8 Day Bordeaux Grands Crus & Essential Dordogne Package

A Comprehensive Overview of the Bordeaux and Dordogne Regions

Walking tours of Sarlat, Rocamadour, Beynac, Domme villages included

All wine tasting fees and entrance fees mentioned 100% included

Explore Historic Cave Paintings and Cruise The River Dordogne

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

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Trip Details

Prices:

1800€ per person. – 3* Hotels
2050€ per person. – 4* Hotels
Prices valid (1 Apr 2018 to 31 Oct 2018)


When:

Departs Sat or Tue. Not available in August.
1 Apr 2018 to 31 Oct 2018


Duration:

8 days

Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.


Trip Style:

Multi-Day Shared Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.

Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.


Meeting Point:

In front of the Bordeaux tourism office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000
In front of Place Pasteur Bus stop in Sarlat, Place Pasteur 24200
Hotel pick-up not available
Tour returns to departure point


Finish Point:

Sarlat. Please contact us if you need a return transfer from Sarlat to Bordeaux.


Inclusions:

Private arrival transfer in Bordeaux
Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing in Bordeaux
Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing in Sarlat
Breakfast from day 2 to day 8
Services of an expert English speaking driver guide in Bordeaux and Sarlat
2 full day shared tours to the Médoc & Saint-Émilion – The Discovery Collection
6 Visits and tastings in classified growth chateaus of Bordeaux
All tasting fees in the Chateaus
Private transfer from Bordeaux to Sarlat
Guided walking tours of Sarlat, Rocamadour
English guided tour of the Prehistory museum
Boat ride on the River Dordogne
Entrance fees and visit of Rouffignac and Lascaux caves
Walking tour in Saint-Émilion, Beynac and Domme villages
Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
Small group shared tours of 2 to 8 passengers maximum
Bottles of water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board


Exclusions:

Entrance fees other than mentioned in the program
Meals and drinks
Personal expenses and insurance
Gratuities for the driver/guide

Discover Two of the Most Beautiful Regions of South Western France

Follow us on a thrilling 8-day tour that will take you from the world-famous vineyards of Bordeaux to one of the most unique regions of France: the Dordogne. Start the tour based in recently declared UNESCO city of Bordeaux where your local driver/guide will make you discover the best of the Bordeaux vineyards. Pick up will be in front of centrally located Bordeaux tourism Office and you will depart towards all the main Bordeaux wine regions that are famous worldwide. We will then transfer you privately to the Dordogne region where you will be based in Sarlat. Pickup will be at centrally located Place Pasteur bus stop. Small traditional villages, incredible medieval castles and stunning cave paintings will be on your program in that beautiful part of France. Accommodation is included with a selection in either 3* or 4* hotels in Bordeaux and Sarlat.

Day 1 > Arrival Transfer – Private

Pick up at the airport or at the train station in Bordeaux and private transfer to your centrally located accommodation in Bordeaux.

Day 2 > Saint-Émilion Wine Tour Full Day - Shared Tour

The wine region of Libournais encompasses much of what is referred to as the Right Bank. Named after its historical capital, the expression Right Bank typically refers to wines from the Pomerol and St-Emilion areas of the Libournais. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion that are named the satellite appellations. The area is bordered to the west by Pomerol. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc and a very small quantity of Malbec that is tending to disappear. The climate and damper, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. Saint-Émilion wines were first classified in 1955 and have been continuously revised with the most recent revision occurring in 2012. Chateaus are divided into two First Growth Classification -Premiers Grands Crus Classés A, which currently includes Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pavie and Château Angélus and Premiers Grands Crus Classés B which currently includes 14 chateaux such as Château Beau-Séjour Bécot and Château Figeac. Below the Premiers crus are the Grands Crus Classés which currently includes 63 chateaux.
Today, depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting in a famous Classified Growth Chateau of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation. Then, arrive in the village and participate in another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau. After the visit, follow a commented tasting that will take place in the village and that will include wines from the surrounding appellations such as Pomerol, Cotes de Castillon, Lussac, Montagne or Saint Georges Saint Emilion. Then discover the village on foot and free time for personal discovery and lunch. In the afternoon, experience another visit and wine tasting session in a local winery of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion wine producing region. The wine tasting fees, the guided walking tour of the village and bottled water in the minivan are all included.

Day 3 > Medoc Wine Tour Full Day - Shared Tour

The Medoc area covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, annually producing on average 300,000 hectoliters of wine. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère. The region you will head to spans from the mouth of the river down south and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux.
Today, depart from a centrally located pick up point in Bordeaux and head towards the famous Medoc wine region. During this full day tour, you will experience 3 visits and wine tasting sessions in Classified growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. During these visits you will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process as well as the techniques used during the wine making. The visits are followed by a wine tasting session. The wineries are usually located in Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or the Haut Medoc appellations. Then, follow the castle road to admire some of the most famous chateaus such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville. Wine tasting fees are included and there is bottled water in the vehicles.

Day 4 > Transfer From Bordeaux To Sarlat – Private

This morning we will come and pick you up at your centrally located accommodation in Bordeaux and transfer you to the Dordogne region. Upon arrival in Sarlat, check in at your accommodation and rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5 > Sarlat Gourmet Walking Tour/ Villages Of The Dordogne - Shared Tour

Welcome to Sarlat, one of the most fascinating small towns of France. Today is market day, so follow your guide through the winding streets and stroll through the colorful stalls as he introduces you to the local delicacies. Your tour will include stops where you will taste delicious specialties of the region including duck, cheese, walnut & wine. Begin your tour in front of the tourist information center. Follow your guide on a fun & informative walk in town to discover the cultural and gastronomic highlights this beautiful town has to offer. First, reach cathedral square a perfect setting for an introduction to the most impressive architectural wonders of the town. Admire the Maison de la Boetie private mansion, home to writer Etienne de la Boetie and then wander through the Market with your guide to taste some of the local specialties. After some free time for personal discovery and lunch, meet your guide and depart for your afternoon tour.

Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide (a fortified medieval town) adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. The village is classified as one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (“The Most Beautiful Villages of France”). In 1307, Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme while during the Hundred Years’ War, the bastide was coveted by the English who first took the town in 1347 and repeatedly changed rulers throughout the war until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule again. Then drive to La Roque Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river.

Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the Castle. This Middle Ages construction, with its austere appearance, is perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River. The castle was built from the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to close the valley. The sheer cliff face being sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, the defences were built up on the plateau: double crenellated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican.

Day 6 > Paleolithic Art Of The Dordogne - Shared Tour

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 prehistorians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art. After the visit, return to Sarlat.

Day 7 > Rocamadour Half Day Tour - Shared Tour

Depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that 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. 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 and return to Sarlat.

Day 8 > Breakfast And End Of Our Services

Good to Know

  • Please contact us if you need a return transfer from Sarlat to Bordeaux.
  • Confirmation of the tour will be received within 72 hours, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Touring days can be inverted.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Program and prices are listed as a guide only.
  • Prices are per person in double occupancy.
  • Currency is in Euro.

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