French lifestyle in Bordeaux and Perigord

Bordeaux has always been associated with the exceptional quality of its wines by wine lovers from around the world. But beyond this worldwide reknown, its lovely 18th century architecture and over 350 historic monuments, Bordeaux is also a vibrant and cosmopolitan town which has evolved without losing its character or identity. Thanks to the UNESCO listing, the development of Bordeaux has entered a new dimension attracting visitors from all over the world who want to discover this architectural gem and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the capital of the Aquitaine region.

The nearby Perigord region radiates from the art of living: the villages with their glittering golden stones, the rich landscapes and the great gastronomy. The stately heritage, from the caves of Lascaux, the 1000 castles to the churches on the pilgrimage route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, are simply admirable.

Our programme combines the visit of Bordeaux, capital of Aquitaine and the nearby Perigord region.

Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux

Arrival in Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine region. Welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel. Make your first contact with the city and according to your mood stroll through the old Bordeaux or seat on the terrace of a street cafe or a wine bar and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the city. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Bordeaux.


Day 2: Bordeaux and Haut Medoc

Morning guided visit of the city by bus and on foot (approx. 2 hours)

Among the e.g. visited sites: the place des Quinconces and the Monument aux Girondins, the great Theater on the Place de la Comédie, the Stone Bridge, the Cathedral Saint André, the place of the Parliament and the Rohan Palace, the Rue Sainte Catherine, the great clock, the facades along the quays with the stock exchange and the Three Graces fountain.

Afternoon excursion to the region of Haut-Medoc, along the banks of the Gironde Delta. Here are divided, the renowned, classified and large domains of the Bordeaux wine directly to each other, Haut-Médoc, Listrac, Margaux, Medoc, Moulis, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien. Visit and wine tasting at Château Giscours classified third great wine, Chateau Lascombes second major wine (Grand Crus). Back to Bordeaux in the early evening. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Bordeaux.


Day 3: Bordeaux / Saint-Emilion / Perigueux

Departure to Saint Emilion, known for its thousand-year-old vineyards, but also for its site classified by Unesco as a World Heritage. Guided tour of the medieval town and visit of a vineyard and a wine cellar with explanations of the various stages of production of Saint-Emilion followed by a wine tasting at the Clos de la Madeleine winery.

Continue to Périgueux, a city of art and history, gourmet capital of the Périgord. Discovery of the panoramas of Périgueux. Walk through the many small streets and medieval alleys and visit the holy cathedral with its Byzantine style facade. Dinner and overnight in Perigueux


Day 4: Perigueux / Lascaux II / Valley of the Vezere / Sarlat

Departure to Montignac to visit the cave of Lascaux II fac simili of the famous prehistoric cave. Afternoon descent into the valley of the Vézère also listed by Unesco as World Heritage. Visit of the shelter Pataud in Les Ezyies. Visit of the Limestone Cave village of la Madeleine, then stop in the small village of St Léon sur Vézère. Arrival in Sarlat and hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight in Sarlat.


Day 5: Castles and Gardens of the Perigord

Visit of Sarlat, city with an incredible beauty and an extraordinary architectural heritage. Discover more than a thousand years of architecture in this surprising medieval city.

Afternoon visit of the castle de HauteFort, one of the most beautiful of the Périgord which is still owns a wonderful collection of furniture of the 17th and 18 Century. Its French garden and English park open to different perspectives on the countryside and the villages of the area. After visit of the garden of the Manoir d'Eyrignac, an historic monument from the XVIIe et XVIIIe century, which undoubtedly belongs one of the most beautiful gardens of the Périgord. Gourmet evening meal at the hotel with regional specialities. Overnight in Sarlat.


Day 6: Sarlat Dordogne Valley / Bordeaux

Visit of the fortification of Domme: Royal walled village of the XIII century. La Roque Gageac: discover this village which counts among the most beautiful villages of France. Visit of the castle of Beynac and stroll through the picturesque streets of the Middle Ages. Visit the Milandes castle, former residence of Josephine Baker and attend a bird of prey demonstration followed by a Promenade on a flat boat (Gabare) on the Dordogne river. Continue to Bergerac and return to Bordeaux. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Bordeaux.


Day 7: Bordeaux / Departure

Transfer to the airport or the railway station for departure.


Our services

  • 6 x hotel accommodation with breakfast in good middelclass hotels (3 x Bordeaux, 1 x Perigeux, 2 x Sarlat)
  • 2 x regular dinners at hotel (Perigueux and Sarlat)
  • 1 x gourmet dinner with regional specialties in Sarlat
  • Transfers, sightseeing and tours as described with private bus and English speaking guide
  • Wine tasting at Château Giscours, Chateau Lascombes and Clos de la Madeleine in Saint Emilion
  • Admission to Lascaux II, shelter Pataux, chateau de Hautefort, garden of Eyrignac, Beynac Castle, Castle Les Milandes.
  • Boat trip on the Dordogne


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