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Jewels of the South West

2024 Jewels of South West

Reference: 24BRT

  • 10 Day/9 night tour
  • 18 passengers maximum
  • Biarritz, Arcachon, Sarlat, Albi, Carcassonne
  • Taste fresh oysters, Bayonne ham and world-famous Bordeaux reds
  • Travel the scenic roads made famous by the Tour de France

JEWELS OF THE SOUTH WEST REGION 


Delicious oysters. Exquisite wines. Rich Bayonne ham. Take time to savour the finer things in life on this journey of discovery through Southwest France. Starting in Bordeaux (just a two-hour train journey from Paris), we’ll seek out the region’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards – travelling over soaring mountains, along the Atlantic coast, and into enchanting castles and prehistoric caves as we go.

Jewels of south west france river lotHighlights of the Jewels of the South West tour

  • Savour the tantalising flavours of fresh Arcachon Bay oysters, Bayonne ham, and world-famous Bordeaux reds
  •  Admire the famous prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave at Lascaux II
  •  Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the River Lot on a traditional wooden gabare boat

Tour inclusions

  • 9 Nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • 13 Meals. 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Premium mini-coach transportation

 

2024 DEPARTURES DATES :

April 2024

  • Tue 23 Apr         Thu 2 May         

May 2024

  • Tue 7 May          Thu 16 May                       
  • Tue 21 May        Thu 30 May       

June 2024

  • Tue 4 Jun            Thu 13 Jun         
  • Tue 25 Jun          Thu 4 Jul             

July 2024

  • Tue 9 Jul              Thu 18 Jul           

August 2024

  • Tue 20 Aug         Thu 29 Aug        

September 2024

  • Tue 3 Sep            Thu 12 Sep        
  • Tue 17 Sep         Thu 26 Sep        

October 2024

  • Tue 1 Oct            Thu 10 Oct         

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ITINERARY

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    Day 1 - Bordeaux (France)

    • Where better to begin our journey of Southwest France than beautiful Bordeaux? After meeting the group, we’ll clink glasses over a delicious welcome meal. Bon appétit! Accommodation: Hôtel de Normandie (or similar)
    • Meals -  Dinner

    Day 2 - Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

    • This morning we'll move on to Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay, where 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. We'll then stop to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe's highest sand dune, with panoramic views over the bay. This afternoon, we’ll round off our day in the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz – where we’ll have the evening free to wander the waterfront promenade and sample more local delicacies at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)
    • Meals - Breakfast

    Day 3 - Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

    • Today we’ve a full day taking in the beauty of the French Basque Country. First, we’ll indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne – an art and history hub just a short drive away from Biarritz. Here, we’ll discover a local family business going back three generations at the Bayonne Ham Museum – where we’ll indulge in a ham tasting before returning to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure time. Accommodation: Hôtel Georges VI (or similar)
    • Meals - Breakfast

    Day 4 - Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrénées

    • Today we’ll turn to the east – and on to beautiful Pau. We’ll then travel through the Midi-Pyrénées region (along roads made famous by the Tour de France), pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes. Whilst here, we’ll have the opportunity to see the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and the Massabielle Grotto – a significantly holy site within the Christian faith. In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we’ll check into our atmospheric accommodation before enjoying this evening’s included dinner. Accommodation: Hostellerie des Cèdres (or similar)
    • Meals -  Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 5 - Midi-Pyrénées – Carcassonne

    • Following the trail of knights, we’ll continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and past picture-perfect bastides. Along the way, we’ll visit a local winery and enjoy a glass of the region’s speciality – a sparkling Blanquette. Our final stop of the day will be medieval Carcassonne, where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)
    • Meals -  Breakfast


    Day 6 - Carcassonne

    • Today you’ll be free to discover Carcassonne’s chivalric secrets at your own pace. From the alleys, passageways and 52 towers of the UNESCO-listed medieval citadel (which dates back two millennia) to the Château Comtal and its ramparts, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Later this evening, we’ll come together for an included dinner at a local restaurant – swapping stories and photographs of the day’s discoveries. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Donjon (or similar)
    • Meals -  Breakfast & Dinner


    Day 7 - Carcassonne – Albi and River Lot – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    • Today we’ll leave the stronghold of Carcassonne behind and make tracks to the ‘red city’ of Albi. Here, we’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll around the town – taking in the magnificent Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile as we go. Then: we’ll take to the water for a cruise on the River Lot in a traditional wooden gabare boat – enjoying unrivalled views of the clifftop village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (recently voted ‘France’s favourite village’) and the surrounding area. Later, we’ll move on to Sarlat-la-Canéda – one of the most beautiful towns in the Dordogne. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)
    • Meals - Breakfast


    Day 8 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Beynac-et-Cazenac – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    • On the itinerary today: a stroll through stunning Sarlat-la-Canéda, followed by a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac. We’ll enjoy some free time to explore the town’s magnificently well-preserved medieval château – which has kept watch over the Dordogne from its hilltop position for nine centuries. Afterwards, we’ll return to Sarlat-la-Canéda for an evening spent at our leisure – perhaps exploring the picturesque alleyways or dining at one of the charming local restaurants in town. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)
    • Meals - Breakfast

    Day 9 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Vézère Valley – Sarlat-la-Canéda

    • Today our travels through the Dordogne will lead us to the prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave – which was discovered when it was happened upon by a group of teenagers back in 1940. We’ll admire the replica Lascaux Cave II before making a stop at the pretty village of Les Eyzies. Then, we’ll 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. Tonight, we’ll come together and savour a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hôtel Saint-Albert (or similar)
    • Meals – Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 10 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Saint-Émilion –– Bordeaux

    • We’ll spend the final day of our tour in historic Saint-Émilion, a village perched above beautiful rolling countryside and countless vineyards. Here, we’ll have the chance to sample some of the region’s ‘heavy reds’ and say a final santé. We’ll then return to Bordeaux, where we’ll say our goodbyes.
    • Meals - Breakfast
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