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  • CAHORS WINE TASTING FEES - 1 WINERY VISIT

    € 35.00

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private

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A Full Day Excursion to Ruins and Vineyards Along The Lot Valley on this small group private day trip from Sarlat. Visit mighty Bonaguil castle one of the last standing medieval fortress. Visit Cahors wine region and taste delicious Malbec.

Highlights

  • Visit mighty Bonaguil castle
  • Reach the Malbec wine producing region of Cahors
  • Visit the vineyards & taste local red wines
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Program & Itinerary

Join our expert English-speaking local guide, a connoisseur of castles and wines, for an unforgettable day of exploration. We will pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat and introduce you to the captivating wonders of the Dordogne & Lot Region. Before we begin, our guide will provide you with the detailed itinerary and program for the day. Hop aboard our spacious and comfortable ...

Embark on a Captivating Castles & Wines Tour from Sarlat

Join our expert English-speaking local guide, a connoisseur of castles and wines, for an unforgettable day of exploration. We will pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat and introduce you to the captivating wonders of the Dordogne & Lot Region. Before we begin, our guide will provide you with the detailed itinerary and program for the day. Hop aboard our spacious and comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, exclusively reserved for your group, and set off on a remarkable journey through the Quercy region of France.

Travel in Comfort and Style in a Mercedes Minivan

Experience the utmost comfort and convenience in one of our spacious Mercedes Minivans. Normally accommodating up to 8 passengers, today's tour is exclusively reserved for your group, ensuring ample space for social distancing. You have the freedom to choose your preferred seat while enjoying the informative commentary provided by your guide. Our vehicles are equipped with an on-board P/A system, allowing you to hear every detail regardless of your seating location. 

Explore the Mighty Castle of Bonaguil

Our first stop is the magnificent Bonaguil Castle, a gem of military architecture near the Lot Valley. As the last of the grand fortified castles built in France, it holds immense historical significance. Designated as a National Monument in 1862, it stands as one of the most impressive and evocative castle ruins in the country.

Bonaguil Castle boasts a typical medieval structure, featuring three defensive lines, each higher than the preceding one. The outer wall served as the first line of defense, followed by the main castle and finally the keep. Perched on a rocky needle surrounded by rugged terrain, access to the castle is limited to one side. A fortified barbican safeguards the main entrance, with a deep dry moat carved into the rock, creating a formidable defense.

Discover the castle's intriguing history and architectural marvels during a private tour led by a certified guide. Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere and gain insight into the castle's unique features.

Enjoy Lunch in the Charming Village of Puy l'Eveque

After exploring Bonaguil, we journey southward to the picturesque medieval village of Puy l'Eveque. Here, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in a delightful lunch at a nearby restaurant (at your own expense). Take in the charming ambiance and savor the local flavors before continuing our adventure.

Venture into the Malbec Wine Region of Cahors

Next, we make our way to the scenic Lot River, renowned for its vineyards and the birthplace of Malbec. Originally known as Cot or Auxerrois, Malbec is the dominant grape variety in the Cahors wines. It is often complemented by up to 30% Merlot and Tannat, another local grape variety. Cahors wines are known for their robustness, with a tendency to be tannic when young and benefiting from aging.

The region boasts 4,400 hectares (10,000 acres) of vineyards, and the designation AOC Cahors is exclusively used for red wines. The climate in this area is ideal, featuring an oceanic influence with Mediterranean characteristics. The Autan wind, blowing dry hot air from the south in autumn, contributes to the perfect ripening of the berries. The Lot River serves as a natural thermal regulator.

The vineyard terraces along the Lot are divided into three distinct areas, characterized by alluvial soils originating from the Central Mountain range. The lower terraces produce subtle and fruity wines, while the mid terraces yield more ample varieties. The higher terraces and Grèzes areas, composed of limestone blocks from the Causse plateau, produce richer Cahors wines suitable for aging. Beyond 300 meters altitude, on the less fertile limestone plateau, wines are less full-bodied but possess great finesse.

Immerse yourself in this unique wine region as we visit a carefully selected winery within the Cahors appellation. Learn about the local winemaking process, participate in a wine tasting session, and savor the distinctive flavors guided by an experienced expert.

Conclude the Tour and Return to Sarlat

With hearts and glasses full, we conclude our journey through castles and wines and make our way back to Sarlat. Reflect on the cherished memories and the rich heritage you've encountered throughout the day. Book now for an extraordinary adventure that combines history, culture, and the art of winemaking.

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  • Pick up at your accommodation in Sarlat

  • Visit the castle of Bonaguil with your guide

  • Reach the Cahors wine region

  • Lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Visit and wine tasting in a local winery

  • Return to Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Bonaguil Castle & Malbec Wine Tour private

Know before you book

  • Dordogne Tour available from April to October
  • 9 hour Bonaguil castle & Cahors wine tour from Sarlat
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit Bonaguil Castle
  • Pre-booking of Cahors winery
  • English-speaking driver guide, Expert of the Dordogne
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments 
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks & wine tasting fees
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide
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