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Self-drive tour in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Provence & Riviera - 14 days / 13 nights in 4*hotels

 
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Self-driven tour in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Provence and The Riviera, A comfortable automatic SUV for two weeks, Suggestions, Guided walking tour in Bordeaux, Grand cru tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion, Lunch at a local duck farm and Foie Gras producer, Entrance tickets for Chateau de Beynac and Paleolithic Lascaux caves, Avignon Popes' Palace, A guided walking-tour in Aix en Provence, Free entrance and tour at Fragonard Perfume factory and museum in Grasse, three nights in a 4* hotel in Bordeaux, three nights in a 4* hotel in Sarlat la Caneda, two nights in a 4* hotel in Avignon, two nights in a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence and three nights in a 4* hotel in Nice - all with breakfasts included.


Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux


A car for 14 days to be picked up at the rental agency in Bordeaux


Hit the french roads in a comfortable automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) - w/ GPS included!


Welcome to Bordeaux!

Bordeaux, a city renowned for so many good things: listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. It is also classified as a “City of Art and History”, and last but not least, the Wine Capitol of the World!

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Check in at the Four-Star Hotel Majestic**** in Bordeaux for three nights - with breakfasts and parking included.


Day 2: A day at your leisure to enjoy Bordeaux


A guided walking-tour in Bordeaux

Enjoy your day with a walking-tour of the city. We suggest you visit Place de la Bourse, Cathédrale Saint-André, La Cité du vin, and the Museum of Aquitaine... You will love it! 



Day 3: A  day at your leisure to discover Saint Emilion


Suggestion:

Discover Saint Emilion with its Underground Church, Les Cordeliers, La tour du Roy, and tasting rooms. Not to be missed! 


Grand cru tour and fine wine tasting in Saint Emilion


Day 4:  A lovely drive to Sarlat la Caneda


Check out after breakfast and depart for Sarlat la Caneda.


Welcome to Sarlat la Caneda!

A paradise for food lovers, a thrill for history buffs, and a godsend for lazy travellers who want it all in one place... Sarlat will cajole you to discover its treasures! There are just so many things to do and goodies to eat.

Listed as "A Town of Art and History", Sarlat's charming medieval streets and picturesque squares attract thousands of people every year in search of a slice of the sweet life in the Dordogne Valley.


Check in at the Hotel Plaza Madeleine**** for three nights - with breakfasts and parking.


Day 5 : Have you ever had really amazing Foie Gras?


Lunch at a local duck farm and Foie Gras producer

Discover the pride of Dordogne at a local farm near Sarlat: the Foie Gras and Magret - yet another in the  "must-try" category!


Visit of Chateau de Beynac

Follow in the footsteps of Richard the Lionheart and Alienor of Aquitaine! This 7th century fortress, one of the most authentic and well-preserved in the region, offers its visitors a magnificent view of five different castles from the heights of its medieval keep.



Day 6: Discover and enjoy Sarlat with a leisure day


Suggestions:

The local market in Sarlat...Prepare to be blown away! The local strawberries, chestnuts, black truffle, and of course the local cheeses and wines of the Dordogne. But then there's the foie gras, magret, confit and other rillettes...You'll absolutely love this! 

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Gouffre de Padirac...At 103 meters underground (320 ft), legends and a natural paradise intertwine to make this a most unforgettable natural wonder to visit.

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Rocamadour...The nearly vertical medieval city of Rocamadour dominates the canyon of the Alzou, it is a wonder of balance and superb ancient engineering! 


Visit of the Paleolithic Lascaux Caves

The discovery of the monumental Lascaux cave in 1940 brought with it a new era of our understanding of both prehistoric art and human origins. Today, the cave continues to feed our collective imagination and to profoundly move new generations of visitors from around the world.



Day 7: Heading to Avignon! 


Check out after breakfast and depart for Avignon.


Welcome to Avignon!

From its elaborate past when it was the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon still shines with its stunning architectural legacy, much of it having UNESCO World Heritage status.


Check-in at Hotel de l'Horloge**** for two nights - with breakfasts.


Day 8: A day to enjoy the city of Avignon


Visit of the Popes' Palace

The Popes' Palace is the largest Gothic palace in the world! Built by the Popes over seven decades, today there are twenty five rooms open to your visit. At one point it served as military barracks and is now used regularly as a theatrical stage and a cultural setting for prestigious exhibitions.

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Day 9: On to Aix en Provence


Check out after breakfast and depart for Aix en Provence.


Suggestions:

Isle sur la Sorgue...The "chineurs" - lovers of beautiful objects d'art, galleries and antique shops and will be delighted as there are nearly 300 antique dealers in this small town!


Gordes...Rising up as a citadel and offering views of landmarks from its past: a majestic protective castle, a massive church with its fortifications, and surrounded by unusually tall buildings (for the era). A precipice overlooks the narrow streets below designed to shelter from the ancient onslaught  of the Mistral winds.



Roussillon...Located in the very heart of the biggest deposits of ocher in the world and is consequently distinguished by a palette of vibrant colours.

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Welcome to Aix en Provence! 

Bathed in the light of its special climate, Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance as evidenced in its bustling streets and squares.

An unbroken history continues here in the joys and drama of everyday life - a pleasurable shopping trip blending with its noble heritage. Pause for a drink on a terrace to take in the graceful architecture and stroll around in the town's baroque splendour.

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Check in at the Hotel Aquabella**** for two nights - with breakfasts.


Day 10: A leisurely day to take in the Aix en Provence area


Enjoy a guided walking tour

Founded by the Romans during the 1st century BC (!) Aquae Sextiae as it was called then, was and still is a town of warmthFrom these origins, Aix-en-Provence preserved many of its monumental fountains. Strolling the streets you'll appreciate how superbly maintained the ensemble of 17th and 18th Century buildings are, helping to make this town one of the most distinguished in France.

The St-Sauveur cathedral and cloister offers a rich panorama of medieval architecture. Try not to leave without visiting one of its picturesque food markets, they're a big part of what makes Aix-en-Provence the gastronomic capital of the region.

Near the city center, the Montagne Ste-Victoire perfectly evokes the memory of Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne who immortalized it on canvas numerous times. 

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Suggestions:

Arles...This city was once a Roman Gaul metropolis, and once that Empire fell it became the symbol of a radiant Christian epoch.  Evidence of this past can be vividly seen in the Alyscamps, the ancient theatre, and the Baths of Constantine.


Nimes...
The city of Nîmes was built in a remarkable way with its Roman monuments over two thousand years ago. It is how this this ancient architecture remained intact over the centuries that gives the city its identity, its personality, its singularity, and its exceptional appeal.




Baux de Provence...This city belongs to the group labeled "The Most Beautiful Villages of France". Views from the top of the rocky promontory are absolutely breathtaking. The fortifications of this impregnable village located in the heart of the Alpilles provide an interesting exemple of the defensive style of architecture in use between the 11th and 13th centuries. The main relic of this mighty stronghold is the castle crowned by a massive keep. Inside, you can see the castral chapel and restored medieval war machines. Strolling in the village will give you the opportunity to discover numerous splendly preserved 15th century houses and tiny chapels.  



The Lavender Fields...The Provence fields produce some of the finest lavender in the world - and they’re certainly among the most famous. Come in early summer, when the spring poppies are starting to disappear and the bright lavender bloom arrives, transforming an already beatific landscape into a patchwork of vivid colours.


Day 11: Departure to Nice - but don't miss Cassis and its gorgeous creeks!


Check-out after breakfast and depart for Cassis.


Welcome to Cassis!

This lovely and classic Provençal harbour has, since the age of time, been protected by its high calcium-rich cliffs acting as a perfect to shelter for maritime vessels. In the Roman period, the city was not only known for its coral trade, but also for its links with the Middle East and Northern Africa. Nowadays Cassis is prosperous thanks to thousands of annual visitors who come in search of its cultural authenticity, glorious sunshine, and spectacular ancient architecture. So many tiny chapels, fortifications and old houses surround the harbour.

Many artists, and particularly those of the 19th century, were fascinated by its colourful facades and surroundings; Paul Signac, Georges Braque and Maurice Wlaminck, to name a few. Here you'll have the chance to awaken that fascination yourself!


Suggestion:

How about a cruise of the beautiful Creeks of Cassis?
Spanning 20 km between Marseille and Cassis, the Calanques is composed of jutting limestone cliffs dotted with hiking trails and climbing sites. The shoreline is cut into by a succession of dramatic creeks, their bright walls in brilliant contrast to the deep turquoise and blue of the Mediterranean. The park has 18 such creeks in Cassis and three others east of La Ciotat and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, so the picturesque cruise is well worth the time.



Welcome to Nice!

Nice's Carnival and Promenade des Anglais are both quite well known. But it is only after you've gotten here and soaked up some of the city's atmosphere and unique light that the accompanying phrase "Capitol of the Côte d'Azur" begins to make sense as a palpable reality.


Check-in at the Hotel Aston la Scala**** for three nights - with breakfasts.


Day 12: Enjoy free time to discover Nice area


Suggestions:

Grasse...Only 15 km from Cannes, and 300-400 meters (roughly 1100ft) above sea level, it's a breath of fresh mountain air in a setting of green forests and caves. Although the fourth largest city in the Alpes-Maritimes, Grasse and its surrounding countryside are places of real vacation and rest.


Saint Paul de Vence...Medieval walls encircle narrow streets and capture the heritage going back over a thousand years. Picking out the signs of its history, either alone or with a guide, is to enter into the soul of Saint-Paul de Vence.

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A visit of the Fragonard Parfumerie - a factory and museum in Grasse

Crafted here daily in the heart of the old town, this exquisite perfume and soap factory was established in a 19th century building - one of the earliest manufacturers in Grasse. 



Day 13: Off to Monaco! Enjoy a day at your leisure...

Suggestions:

Eze...Truly one of the most charming and "eze-going" villages on the French Riviera with expansive views of the entire coastline.



Monaco...Nestled on the French Riviera, the Principality is one of the top privileged resorts of the Private-Jet-Set. Super Yachts, palaces and the most exotic sportscars are legion here.

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Day 14: Last day on the Riviera


Check-out after the delicious breakfast.

Depart for Nice and drop-off the car at the rental agency there.


Accommodations


Bordeaux : Hotel Majestic**** in Bordeaux for three nights

The Hotel Majestic welcoming you into an 18th Century building located right between the Grand Theatre and the Place des Quinconces.

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Dordogne: 
Hotel Plaza Madeleine**** in Sarlat la Caneda for 3 nights.

The hotel is located in the heart of Sarlat with direct access to the medieval city, its market and entertainment venues. With contemporary, opulent decor, a relaxed atmosphere, and quality service, the PLAZA MADELEINE is also recognized in the prestigious National Guidebooks. For your enjoyment the PLAZA MADELEINE now has a new heated pool and Wellness Center, aligning it with the great comfort hotels that offer much more than just a clean place to sleep.

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Avignon: Hotel de l'Horloge**** (Four Star) for two nights


In the city centre, on Place de l’Horloge and close to the Pont d’Avignon, the Hôtel de l’Horloge  is a charming Four Star establishment in an ideal location to discover Avignon's art and culture.

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Aix en Provence: Hotel Aquabella**** (Four Star) for two nights

You will find the Aquabella Hotel surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden and ideally situated in the heart of Aix en Provence.

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Nice: The Hotel Aston la Scala**** (Four Star) for three nights

Right in the center of Nice, in the Jean-Médecin district, this upscale hotel is a stand-out for several reasons: the imposing Art Deco style building, a variety of accommodations, the individualized room decor, a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views, complete catering services and a seminar meeting space. The service is remarkable, in keeping with the elegance prevailing throughout.

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This package includes

Please note that this package is based on a double occupancy room

  • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Bordeaux - breakfasts and parking included
  • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Sarlat la Caneda - breakfasts and parking included
  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Avignon - breakfasts included
  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence - breakfasts included
  • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Nice - breakfasts included
  • A comfortable automatic SUV - with GPS included
  • A guided walking-tour in Bordeaux
  • The Grand cru tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion
  • Lunch at a local duck farm and Foie Gras producer
  • Entrance fees for Chateau de Beynac and the Paleolithic Lascaux caves
  • Entrance fee for the Avignon Popes' Palace
  • A guided walking-tour in Aix en Provence
  • Free entrance and tour of the Fragonard Perfume factory and museum in Grasse


This package does not include

  • Public parking in Avignon (around 15 euros for 24h)
  • Public parking in Aix en Provence (around 12 euros for 24h)
  • Public parking in Nice (around 29 euros for 24h)
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Other visits not listed
  • Guide appreciation gratuity


Additional information

  • Providers are subject to change according to their availability at the time of reservation. Should this arise, we will offer a parellel alternative at the same high standard.
 
Features
Duration of the tour14 Days / 13 Nights
Hotel addressHotel Majestic: 2 Rue de Condé, 33000 Bordeaux; Hotel Plaza: 1 Place de la Petite Rigaudie, 24200 Sarlat; Hotel de l'Horloge: 1 Rue Félicien David, 84000 Avignon; Hotel Aquabella: 2 Rue des Étuves, 13100 Aix; Hotel Aston: 12 Avenue Félix Faure, 06000 Nice
TransportationAir conditioned automatic SUV with GPS included
Types of travelSelf-driven Tours
DestinationsDordogne, Bordeaux, Provence, French Riviera
Number of destinations4
Duration14 days
 
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  • Private transportation in a full option minibus comfortable Mercedes minivan.
  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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