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Ophorus Tours - 8 Days Private Bordeaux & Dordogne Package - 4* Hotel

Bordeaux Sarlat-la-Canéda

8 Days Private Bordeaux & Dordogne Package - 4* Hotel

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Arrive in Bordeaux, free time in 18th century world heritage city. Visit several wine regions, Saint émilion & wine tastings of local Bordeaux wines. Reach the Dordogne Valley, visit Lascaux caves with our local guide.

Highlights

  • Private Bordeaux Wine Tours to Medoc & Saint Emilion
  • Visit of Rouffignac & Lascaux IV Caves
  • Tours can be customized to your wishes
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of Bordeaux & Dordogne
  • Sightseeing along the Dordogne Valley
  • Boat ride on the Dordogne River
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Program & Itinerary

Follow us on a thrilling 8-day France vacation package 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 the 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 at your hotel in Bordeaux and you will depart towards ...

Begin your tour in Bordeaux

Follow us on a thrilling 8-day France vacation package 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 the 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 at your hotel in Bordeaux and you will depart towards all the main Bordeaux wine regions that are famous worldwide. 

Then reach the Dordogne region

We will then transfer you privately to the Dordogne region where you will be based in Sarlat. Pickup will be at your centrally located hotel in Sarlat. 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.

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  • day 1

    ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX / PRIVATE HOTEL TRANSFER

    Pick up at Bordeaux Airport or Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.Enjoy some free time to discover the lively city of Bordeaux!Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History" and has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble"....
    Pick up at Bordeaux Airport or Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in.

    Enjoy some free time to discover the lively city of Bordeaux!

    Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History" and has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble". It is home to one of Europe's biggest 18th century architectural urban areas and stands out as one of the first French cities to have entered an era of urbanism and metropolitan big scale projects, with the team Gabriel father and son, architects for King Louis XV, under the supervision of two Governors, first Nicolas-François Dupré de Saint-Maur then the Marquis de Tourny.
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    PRIVATE BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO SAINT EMILION

    Breakfast at your hotel.9.30am Pick up at your hotelDiscover the Magic of the ‘Right Bank’ Wine Region of BordeauxThe 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...
    Breakfast at your hotel.

    9.30am Pick up at your hotel

    Discover the Magic of the ‘Right Bank’ Wine Region of Bordeaux

    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 damp, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and, as such, they are less often used. 

    Mix Incredible Wineries with the Enchanting Village of Saint Emilion

    Today, depart for the Saint Emilion wine region and enjoy a visit and wine tasting in a famous Classified growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion appellation or surrounding (Pomerol, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol…).

    Then, arrive in the village and participate in another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau, followed by some free time for personal discovery and lunch.

    Lunch in the village (at own expense)

    Enjoy some time for lunch in the village. There are many options to choose from so don't hesitate to ask for recommendations from your guide.

    Stroll through the village and final tasting

    In the afternoon, after a walking tour of the village, experience another visit and wine tasting session in a local winery of the Saint Emilion appellation or surrounding (Pomerol, Fronsac, Lalande de Pomerol…). 

    5.30pm return to Bordeaux.
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    PRIVATE BORDEAUX WINE TOUR TO MEDOC

    Breakfast at your hotel.9.30am Pick up at your hotel in BordeauxA Full Day Including Visits to 3 Renowned EstatesThe 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...
    Breakfast at your hotel.

    9.30am Pick up at your hotel in Bordeaux

    A Full Day Including Visits to 3 Renowned Estates

    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. 

    Taste Fabulous Wines, Guided by a Knowledgeable Hand 

    This morning, head towards the famous Medoc wine region on this private wine tour. Experience 3 tours & tastings in Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois Wineries that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of thier 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 winemaking. The visits are followed by a wine tasting session. The wineries are usually located in Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or the Haut Medoc appellations.

    Stop along the famous Route des Chateaux du Médoc for great photo opportunities

    During the day you will inevitably drive along the D2 road or Route des Chateaux du Médoc as it is known locally. It is along this route that some of the most famous Wineries such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Latour or Chateau Pichon Longueville are located. Depending on the timing of the tour, your tour guide will certainly make a stop in front of one of these world renowned wineries so that you may have the opportunity to take some photos. 

    6.00pm return to Bordeaux
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  • day 4

    FROM BORDEAUX TO SARLAT LA CANEDA PRIVATE TRANSFER

    Pick up at your hotel in the course of the day, to be confirmed.Private Transfer from Bordeaux To SarlatThis 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...
    Pick up at your hotel in the course of the day, to be confirmed.

    Private Transfer from Bordeaux To Sarlat

    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.
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  • day 5

    PRIVATE SARLAT GOURMET WALKING TOUR / VILLAGES OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY HALF DAY TRIP FROM SARLAT

    Breakfast at your Hotel.9.20am Meet your guide in your hotel lobby9.30am Begin your Gourmet walking tourThe medieval town of Sarlat hosts one of the biggest and best food markets in the Dordogne. On this 2 hour tour, visit on market day to experience the town at its most atmospheric. Meet...
    Breakfast at your Hotel.

    9.20am Meet your guide in your hotel lobby

    9.30am Begin your Gourmet walking tour

    The medieval town of Sarlat hosts one of the biggest and best food markets in the Dordogne. On this 2 hour tour, visit on market day to experience the town at its most atmospheric. Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in Dordogne Culinary specialties.

    Start your visit of the Market

    Walk towards the Market and begin your discovery of the best produce of the Dordogne region. Then your first stop will be at a family run local delicacies shop. Here, we will stop to taste small toasts spread with patés or foie gras from either duck or goose. Then taste a Top rated Foie Gras from a local producer that has obtained many rewards at the Paris Exhibition.

    Finish this tasting stop with a local cheese called Trappe d'Echourgnac. Trappist cheese is pressed, uncooked, fermented by retro-rubbing or by using the “morge” scrubbing technique. Then walnut liqueur is added. How much? And, then what? Well, that’s a secret never to be told! All this will be rinsed with a tasting of a White & Red Bergerac wine.

    Continue nibbling as you stroll the medieval streets

    Then follow your guide through the medieval streets of Sarlat. This walking tour allows your guide to point out all the local products of the season that arrive from all corners of the Dordogne. If you are lucky, it might be the season of strawberries, of which the Dordogne is famous for, and your guide will make sure that you have the opportunity to sample some.

    Another very popular stop is at a local walnut cake producers stall. Walnut is a true specialty of the Dordogne. It is said that there are as many recipes as there are ducks and gees in the Dordogne, and that's a lot! Let your guide take you to his / her prefered producer.

    Visit a Church that has become a Market

    Your next stop will be inside St Mary's church which houses the covered market. Even though this market is accessible on the other days as well, we stop here as there is a great opportunity to taste very different specialties. As a starter you will get to taste half-cooked Foie Gras accompanied by a glass of Bergerac white wine. This will be followed by dried magret (duck breast) with pepper.

    Finally, listen to your guide as your are introduced to the the king of mushrooms, the black truffle. If you would like to buy some, then this is the place. You can also purchase black truffle oil that makes for a great seasoning.

    End with a total walnut experience

    Back through the market to make our way to our final stop. On the way there will be a few more stops along the way before reaching your final tasting session. Here it will be all about walnuts!

    Taste the local walnut oil, the croquants - a dry and crunchy caramelised sugar biscuit like treat. End the tasting with a shot of walnut liquor to rinse all these delicious treats right down.

    Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense)

    Sarlat is an outstanding destination for those who love local French food. Here, the number of restaurants can be a bit overwhelming so don't hesitate to ask for recommendations from your guide who will be happy to help you choose a restaurant adapted to your budget and wishes.

    In the afternoon, visit the village of Domme

    Drive to the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide, or 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. 

    Enjoy a peaceful Boat Ride

    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 loom over the riverside. The Gabarres are traditional flat-bottomed boats that have been used for transporting goods along the Dordogne since the Middle Ages. 

    A trip on one of the Gabarres offers a relaxing way to enjoy the sight of some of the many Dordogne chateaux and villages from the perspective of the river. Various sights and wildlife are pointed out to you as you meander slowly down the river as well as the history of the Gabarres. 

    Visit the village of Beynac

    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 in 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 defenses were built up on the plateau: double crenelated walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, double barbican. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city on this half-day tour!

    After the visit it will be time to return to Sarlat.

    6.00pm drop off in Sarlat. 
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  • day 6

    LES EYSIES NATIONAL PREHISTORY MUSEUM / ROUFFIGNAC CAVE VISIT / LASCAUX IV VISIT

    Breakfast at your hotel.9.00am Pick up at your hotel in Sarlat.Depart for the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Vézère ValleySome 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you...
    Breakfast at your hotel.

    9.00am Pick up at your hotel in Sarlat.

    Depart for the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Vézère Valley

    Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves 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 created it.

    Guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum 

    Established in July 2004, the museum houses some 18,000 pieces and a collection of six million artifacts. The museum’s collections were established as early as 1913, when indefatigable researcher Denis Peyrony convinced the French state to acquire the Château des Eyzies, built at the end of the 16th century, and to transform it into an excavation warehouse that could double up as a museum. 

    Follow your guide and discover the main chapters of the Hominids’ development through an anthropological frieze and a brief reminder of Africa’s history, starting with the early Australopithecines. Many themes are explored, including the legendary “Lucy”, the small 3.5-million-year-old woman discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. You will then visit the permanent exhibit galleries that will plunge you into the mists of time, revealing seven sequences that cover the entire Paleolithic era through an “ideal historiography”.

    Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

    Enjoy some free time for lunch in Montignac or a village of the Dordogne region. Ask your guide for recommendations.

    Visit Rouffignac Cave

    Continue to Rouffignac Cave. This cave 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. 

    Visit the International Center of Parietal Art - Lascaux IV

    Finally, end the tour with the visit of Lascaux IV cave – opened since December 2016. For the first time, all of Lascaux is revealed. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave. But that’s not the end of the adventure: the entire site inquires into the position that Lascaux occupies in cave art and its relation to contemporary creation. The opening of the International Center for Cave Art marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of ancestral art and an important technological achievement.

    After the visit, return to Sarlat.

    6.00pm drop off in Sarlat.
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    PRIVATE ROCAMADOUR HALF DAY TRIP FROM SARLAT

    Breakfast at your hotel.9.00am Pick up at your hotel in SarlatRocamadour: A Castle set above a sanctuary set above a villageThis morning, board the minivan and head to the nearby village of Rocamadour. Miraculous rock, collection of tales, legends and beliefs, sanctuary of the Black Virgin, pilgrimage site: the Village...
    Breakfast at your hotel.

    9.00am Pick up at your hotel in Sarlat

    Rocamadour: A Castle set above a sanctuary set above a village

    This morning, board the minivan and head to the nearby village of Rocamadour. Miraculous rock, collection of tales, legends and beliefs, sanctuary of the Black Virgin, pilgrimage site: the Village of Rocamadour is all of this at the same time. The old medieval houses, the towers and fortifications, the oratories all tumble along the steep cliff that dominates the Alzou Canyon. The whole site is topped off by the castle and its dungeon and the seven sanctuaries. Your guide will certainly stop here for a breathtaking view of the whole site that make for fantastic photo opportunities.

    Upon arrival, follow a guided walking tour of the village or enjoy some free time for personal discovery. Rocamadour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages of the area. Classified as a Unesco World Heritage site as it is located on the way to Santiago de Compostela (St James Way), the main attraction of the village lies in its sanctuaries especially that of Notre Dame that bears a statue of the Black Virgin. 

    The visit of the village can be painful for those with walking problems but please note that there is a possibility of accessing the sanctuaries by lift (tickets not included in price). 

    1.00 pm drop off in Sarlat.
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  • day 8

    SARLAT

    Breakfast at your hotel and end of our services. 
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Accommodation

Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux) Hotel Plaza Madeleine & Spa (Sarlat)

4* Hotel in Bordeaux: Hotel de Sèze: The elegance of this hotel proposes 55 rooms including 3 suites that blend harmoniously decorated in the sprit of the 18th century with exclusive furnitures. The color and decoration of bold wallpaper deliver an intimate and cozy ambiance. 4* Hotel in Sarlat: Plaza Madeleine Hotel & Spa, has always been considered the Sarlat hotel of reference, an authentic 4 star establishment situated in the heart of the old town. The hotel is ideally situated ...

4* Hotel in Bordeaux:

Hotel de Sèze: The elegance of this hotel proposes 55 rooms including 3 suites that blend harmoniously decorated in the sprit of the 18th century with exclusive furnitures. The color and decoration of bold wallpaper deliver an intimate and cozy ambiance.

4* Hotel in Sarlat:

Plaza Madeleine Hotel & Spa, has always been considered the Sarlat hotel of reference, an authentic 4 star establishment situated in the heart of the old town. The hotel is ideally situated at the entrance of the medieval city with its listed monuments, markets and shops, numerous restaurants, street shows and performances.

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Ophorus Tours - Hotel de Sèze (Bordeaux) Hotel Plaza Madeleine & Spa (Sarlat)

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per person - based on the number of persons travelling
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

BORDEAUX and SARLAT

Departure

Upon arrival in Bordeaux we will come and pick you up at the airport or train station. For the following days, pick up will be at your hotel in Bordeaux and Sarlat.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point every day.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Arrival transfer in Bordeaux
  • Full day private Bordeaux wine tour to Saint Emilion
  • Full day private Bordeaux wine tour to Medoc
  • Accommodation in Bordeaux
  • Transfer from Bordeaux to Sarlat
  • Sarlat private gourmet tour
  • Private Half day villages of the Dordogne
  • Private Full day Paleolithic Art of the Caves
  • Private Half day Rocamadour
  • Accommodation in Sarlat

Excluded

  • Entrance fees and tasting fees
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the drivers and guides
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