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NEW AQUITAINE

BORDELAIS, PERIGORD, BASQUE COUNTRY AND POITOU-CHARENTES

What characterizes New Aquitaine is its diversity. From La Rochelle to Hendaye, the coast of Aquitaine, over 400 km, offers endless beaches frequented in summer by tourists from around the world.
The vineyard and the forest often share the hinterland:
The Bordeaux region first with its world-famous wines, but also the Charentes with the famous cognac. The forest then in the Landes occupies one of the largest wooded areas in Europe. And then the Périgord with its gardens, its prehistoric sites and culinary specialties and finally the Limousin back but full of charm and greenery.
Finally the Basque Country to the south between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean whose charm, landscapes and traditions seduce every visitor.

OUR DIFFERENT TOURS

In this region

Bordelais

For most visitors, the Bordeaux region is above all synonymous with wine and vineyards. In several wine properties, visits and tastings allow to learn the secrets of Bordeaux wines shared between prestigious châteaux and family properties. These visits are also an opportunity to discover beautiful wine villages and particularly Saint-Émilion, a walled city of charm: steep alleys, charming little squares, shaded cafes …
Capital of Aquitaine, Bordeaux is located on either side of the Garonne. The architecture, economy and cultural life of the city have always been based on wine trade: 17th century districts with many buildings located around the Place de la Bourse, Rohan Palace and Grand Theater, old town with pretty medieval streets in the Saint-Pierre district.
True inland sea, the Arcachon basin has favored the development of oyster farming to discover absolutely around Arcachon, a seaside town since the 19th century,
Also to visit Bastide towns around Bordeaux, dating from the Middle Ages such as Sainte-Foy-La-Grande, Sauveterre-De-Guyenne, Cadillac or Libourne.
Finally, the Landes de Gascogne Park, a forest planted in the 19th century, bordered by immense sandy beaches.

Discover our proposals for vineyard and heritage discovery programs and our possibilities for visits and tastings in the vineyard, evenings in castles, visits to the Arcachon basin and its oyster producers. There are many possibilities for establishing fascinating itineraries.

Périgord

Whatever their color, the Périgord landscapes evoke well-being: white, green, purple or black. Along the small roads of the Dordogne or Vézère valley, there are charming villages, prehistoric sites and medieval fortresses.
Sarlat, capital of the Périgord Noir is an ideal stopover to discover this region which will also delight lovers of a renowned gastronomy based on truffles, nuts and foie gras.

BASQUE COUNTRY

In the south-western corner of France where the oblique shale slabs of the Pyrenees rise straight up out of the ocean, the Basque country shows off its eternally green hills and quaint villages of red and white houses centred around the church or fronton : namely, Ascain, Ainhoa and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle route.
On the coast : Biarritz, which became famous after the Empress Eugenia and Napoleon III stayed there, offers a superb site complete with beaches and promontory walkways along the coast.
Bayonne, historic city clustered around the cathedral, is also a port on the Adour River.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a tuna fishing port in a superb setting, was witness to Louis XIV’s wedding to the infanta, Marie Therese. Today, it is the capital of the Basque country and its tiny streets are enchanting.
The Basque country is a land of traditions and festivities : the mysterious Basque language is jealously preserved, “Pelote Basque”, a traditional ball game, the Basque house, the “extea”, polyphonic melodies, sheep cheese, Espelette hot peppers, jambon de Bayonne, fish specialities, the famous festivals of Bayonne and Dax make this small region one of unending discoveries.
From the Basque country, our transglobe tours offer the possibility of visiting neighbouring regions which hold delightful surprises: to the north, the forest and beaches of the Landes region, to the east, the Béarn, and to the south, the Spanish Basque country including the city, San Sebastian, and the famous museum in Bilbao.

PoItou-charentes

he Poitou-Charentes region invites you to take a stroll in the sun along the Atlantic coast and on the nearby islands, and meet history in the heart of the villages or near the fortifications: in La Rochelle, Saintes, Poitiers, Rochefort, etc.
Savour the calm and silence of the Poitevin Marsh, or rather the vertiginous images at the Futuroscope, or share the enthusiasm of the Puy du Fou actors.
Appreciate the variety of islands off the coast : Noirmoutiers, Yeu, Ré, Aix and Oléron, and their maritime heritage.
Admire the golden vines around Cognac and the meanders of the Charente River or the light bathing the Romanesque churches.
Taste the luscious fruit of the bountiful earth here: melons, oysters, mussels, snails, cheese and dairy products … and of course, Cognac. The local producers will happily present all of these products to you.
 

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NEW AQUITAINE

BORDELAIS, PERIGORD, BASQUE COUNTRY AND POITOU-CHARENTES

What characterizes New Aquitaine is its diversity. From La Rochelle to Hendaye, the coast of Aquitaine, over 400 km, offers endless beaches frequented in summer by tourists from around the world. The vineyard and the forest often share the hinterland: The trong>Bordeaux region first with its world-famous wines, but also the Charentes with the famous cognac. The forest then in the Landes occupies one of the largest wooded areas in Europe. And then the Périgord with its gardens, its prehistoric sites and culinary specialties and finally the Limousin back but full of charm and greenery. Finally the Basque Country to the south between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean whose charm, landscapes and traditions seduce every visitor.

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