Multi-days tours from Bordeaux or Sarlat
HIGHLIGHTS OF DORDOGNE : AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE !
2 days - 1 night
BORDEAUX - DORDOGNE
Discover Bordeaux, listed World Heritage Site by Unesco, with a walking guided tour. Enjoy the beautiful restored 18th C. buildings and newly designed gardens. Thanks to ambitious urban planning imposed by 18th century royal courtiers, Bordeaux offers a large number of architectural treasures. You will discover the most representative buildings of this period, including the Grand Théatre, the Tourny Alleys and fountain, the Quinconces Square (the second largest city square in Europe), St Andrew Cathedral, the Town Hall and much more.
Then, on our way to the Dordogne, stop at Saint-Emilion, renowned not only for its wines but also for the village itself, dominating the Dordogne valley from its hilltop position. It makes up the first vineyards in the world to be awarded as a ‘Cultural Landscape’ by UNESCO, listed World Heritage in 1999 as an historical landscape that remains intact and continues as a working activity.
After a walking tour of the town of Saint Emilion and some free time, enjoy a visit to a winery, one of the Grand Cru Classé with wine tasting. Ride through the world famous vineyards and discover some well-known Chateaux such as Petrus, Cheval Blanc, Pavie and Angelus.
Arrive in the lovely village of Monpazier considered as the best sample of a ‘bastide’ town and sample the atmosphere of a charming medieval village with its covered market as a central square.
Diner & Overnight
The Amazing Dordogne
Excursion to the Dordogne Valley, one of the most bucolic areas of Perigord, the so called ‘Frenchman’s Paradise’ (Henry Miller).
Visit one of the most well-known medieval castles of the area, Beynac or Castelnaud, facing each other on top of a rocky spur and from where the English & French could fight each other during the Hundred Year War.
Then continue your discovery tour to the stunning troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac, one of the most beautiful villages of France, situated at the Dordogne River listed as "Basin de la Dordogne" in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Then, continue your discovery with the remarkable town of Sarlat. Step back to medieval times with a guided walking tour of the beautiful town of Sarlat. This famous and most visited town in the Dordogne department is one of the best-preserved medieval towns of France, with its Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings animated streets and squares with many cafés, bistros and restaurants.
Visit the amazing International Center of Parietal Art, ‘Lascaux IV’ (opened in December 2016) where you will discover the almost entire replica of the Lascaux cave, that houses incredible polychrome paintings and engravings from the Paleolithic period. The Lascaux cave was discovered in September 1940 by 4 teenagers.
The new technology and latest researches will give you a new approach of the world famous Prehistoric cave of Lascaux dating back to 20, 000 years BP.
Drive back to Bordeaux
(Note: from Sarlat, the itinerary will be slightly different and tailor made)