Day 1 Bordeaux - Arcachon Bay - Biarritz

Where better to begin our journey through South West France than in Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay? After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune – we’ll get our first taste of coastal cuisine with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port’s traditional cabins. To round off our first day, we’ll gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Biarritz - Bayonne - Biarritz

Today we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, a true cultural art and history hub just a short drive from Biarritz. We’ll visit a traditional Bayonne ham museum and indulge in a ham tasting over a glass of wine before returning to Biarritz together. (B)

Day 3 Biarritz – Lourdes - Midi Pyrenees

Today we’ll turn to the east and briefly on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel onwards through the Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check in to comfortable rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner. (B,D)

Day 4 Midi Pyrénées - Cathar Country - Carcassonne

Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past pictureperfect Bastides. After passing through Cathar country, we’ll visita local winery and enjoy a glass of the region’s speciality – a sparkling Blanquette. Our final stop of the day will be Carcassonne, where we’ll enjoy a group dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 Carcassone

Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. (B)

Day 6 Carcassonne - Albi - Sarlat

Historic Albi will be this morning’s first stop. After an included visit to the town museum, we’ll move on to the town ;of Sarlat in the Dordogne, where we’ll check in to our hotel for the night. (B)

Day 7 Sarlat - Vezere Valley - Sarlat

Today our travels through the Dordogne will take in the pre-historic paintings of Lascaux Cave and the pretty Les Eyzies village. We’ll then follow the ‘Royal Road’, winding between craggy rocks and flowing rivers until we get to a local truffle farm, where local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out the rare delicacies. After returning to Sarlat, the night will be yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B)

Day 8 Sarlat – Beynac-et-Cazenac - Sarlat

On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its magnificent medieval château. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together. (B,D)

Day 9 Sarlat - Saint-Émilion - Bordeaux

We’ll spend the final day of our tour in Saint-Émilion, where we’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final ‘santé’. We’ll then move on to Bordeaux, where our tour will end. (B)

This tour can be combined with Iberian Inspiration and/or La Belle France.

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Departure dates and prices 2019 A Taste of Bordeaux - tour code BEHTBBB-9

Back-Roads brochure price twin/double room from £2669

Travel 55 discount price twin/double room from £2536

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + tour code 

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Back-Roads Touring
A Taste of Bordeaux

10 days / 9 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2536

Join the hunt for black truffles, enjoy sparkling wine and world famous Bordeaux reds on this nine day tour of south west France.

Small groups up to 18 guests.

To book this Taste of Bordeaux tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 code T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price.

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The Back-Roads Difference

  • Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world famous Bordeaux reds
  • Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne
  • Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Oyster tasting
  • Local ham tasting in Bayonne
  • Truffle farm experience
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Lascaux Cave, the Château de Beynac and Bayonne ham museum

Why Back-Roads Touring

Smaller groups of up to 18

With a maximum group size of 18 people on Europe tours (22 on French barge tours) and 14 people on Asia tours, Back Roads pride themselves on ensuring that each guest has a personalised holiday experience.

Mini-Coaches

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your Tour Leader can offer intriguing insights about the views we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Hand Picked Boutique Accommodation

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.


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