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9 Day – Bordeaux, Midi Pyrenees, Sarlat and Saint Emilion

Earthy truffles and exquisite wines, take time to savour the finer things in life in South West France.  As we seek out Bordeaux’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards, we’ll travel over soaring mountains and along the Atlantic coast, into enchanting castles and otherworldly caves.

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Tour Highlights

  • Taste fresh oysters, local sparkling wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds
  • Sleep beneath turrets and towers with two nights in the romantic walled city of Carcassonne
  • Join the hunt for black truffles at a traditional truffle farm
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced driver/tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D) 2 wine tastings and Oyster tasting
  • Entrance included to: Albi Cathedral, Lascaux Caves and Château de Beynac.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Bordeaux, Arcachon Bay and Biarritz

Day 2

Biarritz and Bayonne

Day 3

Biarritz, Lourdes and Midi-Pyreness

Day 4

Midi-Pyreness, Cathare Country and Carcassonne

Day 5


Day 6

Carcassonne, Albi and Sarlat

Day 7

Sarlat and Beynac-Et-Cazenac

Day 8

Sarlat and Vezere Valley

Day 9

Sarlat, Saint Emilion and Bordeaux

Day 1

In a region of outstanding natural beauty, where better to begin our sojourn through South West France than in Atlantic Ocean-fringed Arcachon Bay?

After stopping to see the Great Dune of Pilat – Europe’s highest sand dune – we get our first taste of coastal cuisine with fresh oysters and a glass of local wine from one of the port’s traditional cabins.

To round off our first day, we gather together in Biarritz for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2

Time now to indulge our cultural sides in Bayonne, just a short drive from Biarritz – a true cultural art and history hub.  This charming fortified city is brimming with heritage sites for you to peruse at your own pace before we return to Biarritz together. (B)

Day 3

We turn to the east and briefly on to Pau, focussing our camera lenses on this town’s postcard-worthy good looks.

We travel onwards through the peaceful Midi-Pyrénées region, pausing en route at the spiritual town of Lourdes that’s been a pilgrimage point for many years.

In keeping with the spirit of our surroundings, we settle down for the night into comfortably rustic accommodation before tucking into dinner. (B,D)

Day 4

On the trail of knights, we continue our own crusade through the Midi-Pyrénées and its picture-perfect Bastides.

Onwards through Cathar country, we reach a sociable hour for a glass of wine with a local producer of this region’s speciality – a sparkling Blanquette.

Fully refreshed, our final stop of the day is Carcassonne. (B,D)

Day 5

Today is free to discover Carcassonne chivalric secrets at your own pace. (B)

Day 6

A small town that’s big on charm, historic Albi is this morning’s first stop with an included visit to the cathedral and town museum.

By the time we get to Sarlat and check in to our hotel for the night, we’ll have entered the Dordogne region. (B)

Day 7

The itinerary today includes a stroll through stunning Sarlat and a delightful visit to the riverside town of Beynac-et-Cazenac and its châteaux.  Returning back to Sarlat, enjoy the night at your own pace. (B)

Day 8

Our travels across the area take in the prehistoric painted Lascaux Caves and the pretty Les Eyzies village, curled up in the heart of the Vezere Valley.

The route we take follows the ‘Royal Road’, winding between craggy rocks and flowing river until we get to a local truffle farm.  Local guides will give us an exclusive lesson in seeking out these rare delicacies.  That brings us to Sarlat to enjoy our last meal together. (B,D)

Day 9

This is the epicentre of Bordeaux’s world-renowned ‘heavy reds’ and our chance to sample some of the region’s best wines – saying a final “santé” before it’s back to Bordeaux.

We make time for Saint-Émilion before we end in Bordeaux (B).

Important Information

We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.

On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced  driver/tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Oyster tasting
  • Truffle farm experience
  • Entrance included to: Albi Cathedral, Lascaux Caves and Château de Beynac.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.