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Departure from Loire Valley to Sarlat

From April to October included 



Total: 3200


Follow your guide on this unique multi regional tour that includes the Loire Valley, the Bordeaux wine region and the Dordogne area. Begin your tour in the Loire Valley where you will visit some of the most impressive Renaissance castles and discover the local food & wines. Then arrive in Bordeaux, one of the most famous wine regions of the World, where you will participate in exclusive visits and tastings in some of the most renowned wineries here known as "Chateaus”. Finally, reach the Dordogne region one of France's most spectacular provinces known for its breathtaking landscapes, outstanding Paleolithic Art and fabulous food.


Arrive by train in Tours where we will come and pick you up and transfer you to your centrally located hotel. After leaving your luggage, enjoy some free time for lunch. After lunch, follow your guide on a 2 hour private guided walking tour of Tours so that you may discover the main sites and attractions this regional capital has to offer. End the tour at your hotel and check in to your room. This evening, participate in a welcome dinner organized in a typical local restaurant so that you may discuss with your travel companions and guide about the upcoming experiences we have designed for this tour. Night in Tours.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning depart for the visit of some of the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley: Chambord and Chenonceau. Begin with Chambord; the chateau of is one of the most unique constructions left to us by the Renaissance. Its architecture is a carefully balanced blend of traditional elements of Medieval French architecture and other elements borrowed from the Italian Renaissance. With its dual inspiration, the château was the perfect instrument to sing the praises of the king and the perfect reflection of the personality of the man who had it built – François 1er. After the visit, discover the Chateau of Chenonceau. Property of the Crown, then royal residence, the Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history. Here, enjoy a private guided tour of the castle. In the afternoon, we will take you to the Montlouis and Vouvray wine producing areas. With a range of dry, tender, sweet and even sparkling nectars, Montlouis-sur-Loire are wines which bring a delicate, aromatic bouquet to your glass. The Vouvray appellation (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin Blanc. The wines of Vouvray are characterized by the grape's natural high acidity and can exhibit notes of honey, nuts, ginger, fig, apples and white flowers. Vouvrays are often paired with rich, hearty dishes and flavorful sauces. Enjoy visits and wine tastings in both appellations in carefully selected wineries.
5.30pm return to Tours and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning the wine regions of Bourgeuil and Chinon are on your program. Bourgueil is an AOC appellation of the Loire Valley that is situated on the right bank of the River Loire. Bourgueil wines are made from Cabernet Franc grape variety, but up to 10% of the wine can also be made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Limestone soil produces wines with a dusky red hue, whereas those grown in siliceous soil take on a redcurrant shade. Bourgueil wines have a floral and fruity bouquet, which becomes earthy as the wine ages. Then, discover the wines of Chinon. They are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Visit and wine tasting in selected wineries of both appellations. In the afternoon, discover two major sights of the area. Begin with the gardens of Villandry a reconstitution of a 14th century French garden based on ancient texts. These gardens are divided into four terraces: an upper terrace with the Sun Garden (created in 2008), followed by a terrace with the water garden surrounded by a cloister of linden trees, followed by a terrace with the decorative, embroidery, garden with sculpted box hedges and yew trees in the topiary style, and finally a lower terrace with a decorative vegetable garden. Then head to the castle of Azay le Rideau. Built in 16th century in a lovely setting on an island in the River Indre, the castle was one of the first of many Renaissance chateaux to be constructed in the Loire Valley. There is great attention to detail in both the interior and exterior of the chateau, which has numerous impressive features. Here, you will follow a private guided tour of the Chateau with your own personal guide.
5.30pm return to Tours and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel. Check out from your hotel in Tours.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning depart for the Cognac wine region. Cognac is a variety of brandy produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town of Cognac from which it takes its name. The region authorized to produce cognac is divided into six zones, including five crus. The wine is very dry, acidic, and thin, "virtually undrinkable", but excellent for distillation and aging. It may be made only from a strict list of grape varieties, if it is to carry the name of one of the crus then it must be at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard, although 10% of the grapes used can be Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François, Sélect, Montils or Sémillon. After learning about the methods of distillation, enjoy the visit and tasting in one of the most famous Cognac 'houses' to learn all there is to know about the making of this unique beverage. Then, enjoy some free time in the town of Cognac for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the Bordeaux wine region.

5.30pm check in at your hotel in Bordeaux.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. On this full day tour you will enjoy the visit and wine tasting in 3 prestigious 1855 Classified Growth Chateaus of different Medoc appellations. Your tours will begin with the visit of the installations of the Chateaus so as to better understand the chemistry & technical complexity involved in the wine making process. The visits also point out the importance of the soil and weather conditions, which the French translate into one word: Terroir. All visits are private and will be for our small group only. Lunch will be taken in a selected local restaurant. Your day will also take you along the ‘Route des Chateaux’ so that you may admire some of the most famous estates such as Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux or Chateau Pichon Longueville for great photo opportunities.
6.30pm return to your hotel and night in Bordeaux.


Breakfast at your hotel. Check out from your hotel in Bordeaux.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. Today the wine region known as the right bank is on your program. Your main destination will be the Saint Emilion wine area where Merlot is the predominant grape variety. Here you will first enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in a Classified Growth Chateau. Arrive in Saint Emilion and enjoy another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau followed by a special wine tasting session in the village composed of numerous appellations. Free time for lunch and personal discovery. Then depart for the Dordogne region.

5.30pm arrive in Sarlat la Canéda and check in to your hotel. Night in Sarlat la Canéda.

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning follow your guide for a private guided walking tour of Sarlat. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the town’s most representative of 14th century France. Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to 18th century. Follow your guide on a 2 hour walking tour and discover all the main sites the town has to offer including the Lantern of the Dead, Saint Sacerdos Cathedral, Saint Mary church and covered market, the house of La Boétie and so much more. After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, you will be driven to the small village of Rocamadour. The village has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles. Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery.
5.30pm return to your hotel and night in Sarlat.

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am pick up at your hotel. Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who made it. Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Opened in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world. Continue to Montignac where you will visit Lascaux IV cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Opened in 2016, Lascaux IV is a triumph of technology. Unlike any other cave visits, Lascaux 4 is employing different set designs, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology to bring it to life. In fact, the atmosphere inside the replica cave is just like that of a real cave: dark, damp and muffled. Finally, end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was already mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest. In his Cosmographie universelle he cites “paintings and animal traces”. In the 19th century the cave was known as a tourist attraction. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two pre-historians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art.
5.30pm return to your hotel and night in Sarlat.

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am Pick up at your hotel. By Carsac-Aillac and Montfort depart along the Dordogne valley. First discover and visit the mighty castle of Castelnaud a medieval fortress overlooking the Dordogne River, erected to face its rival, the Château de Beynac. Today the picturesquely restored château houses a much-visited museum of medieval warfare, featuring reconstructions of siege engines such as the trebuchet. After a traditional lunch in one of the selected restaurants of the area, continue with the visit of the hill top village Beynac, La Roque Gageac and the bastide of Domme. All 3 are classified as “Most beautiful village of France”. End the day with a peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river.

5.30pm Return to Sarlat and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel. Check out and departure transfer to Bordeaux. End of our services.

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. Arrival/departure transfers in Tours and Sarlat
2. Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Sarlat
3. Breakfast from day 2 to 10
4. Services of an English speaking driver guide
5. Visit of Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau
6. Wine tasting in Vouvray, Bourgueil and Chinon appellations
7. 3 Chateau visits and tastings in the Médoc
8. 1 Chateau visits and tastings in Saint-Émilion
9. Private tour of the underground monuments in Saint-Émilion
10. All tasting fees
11. Private guided walking tour of Sarlat
12. Visit of Lascaux IV and Rouffignac caves
13. Private visit of the National Prehistory museum in Les Eyzies
14. Visit of Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme villages
15. Boat ride on the Dordogne River
16. Lunch on day 5 and 9
17. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped compact vans
18. Bottled water in the minivan
19. Free Wifi access on board


1. Entrance fees other than mentioned in the program
2. Meals and drinks
3. Personal expenses and insurance
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Pick up information

Hotel pick up every day
Tour ends in Bordeaux

Additional information

Additional information

- Tour is for a maximum of 6 persons
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 72 hours, subject to availability
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per person in double occupancy
- Currency is in Euro

- Price base 2 persons: 5220€ per person
- Price base 4 persons: 3700€ per person
- Price base 6 persons: 3200€ per person
- Single supplement: 1050€

Possible languages: English, Español, Français