Small group tours in Bordeaux and Dordogne, Suggested highlights, TGV (high-speed train) tickets and Private transport as mentioned, Transport with a Registered guide, Entry fees for visits and wine tastings at six wineries, A walking guided tour of the city of Saint-Emilion, Sightseeing of the Chateau road, a visit of the Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour, three nights in a 4* hotel in Bordeaux and two nights in a 4* hotel in Sarlat la Caneda - with breakfasts.
Day 1 : Transfer to Bordeaux.
TGV transfer from Paris to Bordeaux.
Welcome to Bordeaux!
Bordeaux, a city renowned for many good things: listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”, it is officially classified as “City of Art and History” - and last but not least, is the wine capital of the world!
Private transport from Bordeaux train station to your hotel.
Check in at the Four-Star Hotel Majestic in Bordeaux for three nights - with breakfasts.
Day at leisure to enjoy Bordeaux
Enjoy your day with a walking-tour of the city. We suggest visiting the Place de la Bourse, Cathédrale Saint-André, La Cité du vin, and the Museum of Aquitaine... You'll love it!
Day 2: Medoc, Pauillac, visit and wine tasting at three wineries
Pick up is at 9:20 AM at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
Sightseeing along the Chateau Road, a tour of a winery with wine tasting
You'll start your day at a winery located along the Castle Road. Enjoy a visit of the property while gleaning some of the the technical aspects of the wine making process. After this it'll be time to experience what may become your first commented wine tasting session - an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the wines produced, whether as an introduction or as an expansion of your existing knowledge.
Lunch at your leisure in Pauillac.
Tour & Wine Tasting at two Wineries
We'll return to Bordeaux after lunch, stopping along the way at two different carefully selected wineries to properly round-out your full-day wine tour from Bordeaux to Medoc, and directly distinguish between the different appellations.
Sightseeing and photos ops
Left Bank Bordeaux wines include the most renown Châteaus like Châteaux Margaux, and Palmer. As time allows, we will stop in front these and some other renown wineries such as Rauzan Segla, and Cantenac Brown.
Drop off is at 6:00 PM at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
Day 3: Saint Emilion, Pomerol, visits and wine tasting at three wineries
Check-out is after breakfast.
Pick up is at 9:20 AM at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
As it takes about an hour to get to Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, it's a good opportunity to gain some more insight into Bordeaux’s Wines while admiring the magnificent landscape we passing through: the Right Bank of the Bordeaux region.
Visit and wine tasting in a famous Classified Growth Château of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation
You'll start with the very best of what Saint-Émilion and Pomerol region wines have to offer! Most of the great Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wines comes from the chateaus located on the côtes and the plateau. The côtes are the limestone hillsides that surround the picturesque village of St. Emilion, and the plateau has soils with a mixture of limestone, clay, gravel, sand and iron deposits. The majority of the best Saint Emilion wine comes from the estates located on these very plateau and côtes. It's why St. Emilion produces wines of such richness, exotic texture and minerality.
On to another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau in the Village
This visit is followed by a commented tasting taking place in the village and includes wines from many of the surrounding appellations such as Pomerol, Cotes de Castillon, Lussac, Montagne and Saint Georges Saint Emilion.
A short walking tour of the village of Saint Emilion
A protected Unesco World Heritage Site, we'll help you discover some of the village on foot and then you'll have some free time to enjoy personal exploration before going to lunch.
The village takes its name from a Benedictine Monk who lived in the area and is responsible for the inception of the uniquely designed, limestone church at the heart of the village. Today, Saint-Emilion is also famous for its fascinating romanesque churches and the ruins which appear all along the steep and narrow streets punctuated with cafés and boutiques of the terroir.
Lunch at your leisure.
Afternoon visit and wine tasting
Continuing with your experience of discovery, a third visit and wine tasting session takes place in a local winery of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion wine producing region. Here you'll meet with independent and passionate wine makers directly to learn about the living cultural heritage of Bordeaux’s wine: from grape varieties of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to geology of the soil, the climate, and most importantly, the art of wine making itself in this unique appellation.
Drop-off is at 5:30 PM at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
Day 4: Transport to Sarlat la Caneda
Check-out after breakfast and then private transport from your hotel to the Bordeaux train station.
TGV (high-speed train) to 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 discover its treasures - enjoy the festive things happening here along with so many goodies to eat.
Officially 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 piece of the sweet life in the Dordogne Valley.
Private transport from Sarlat's train station to your hotel.
Check-in at the Four-Star Hotel Plaza Madeleine for two nights - with breakfasts.
Day at leisure to enjoy Sarlat la Caneda
Surrender to the abundance of the local products! Strawberries, chestnuts, black truffle, as well as the local cheeses and wines of the Dordogne. Of course there's also the amazing foie gras, magret, confit and other rillettes... A feast for the senses!
Day 5: Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour
Pick up is at 8:50 AM in front of the bus stop at Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Caneda.
Discover an underground world in the Padirac Chasm
Your adventure begins at the Padirac Chasm, only an hour from Sarlat, with a tour of one of the most extraordinary natural sites of the region. Here the atmosphere changes and you'll see what the inside of the earth looks like as you take an open elevator down to 103 metres (325 feet) below the surface. Then you'll go on an extraordinary and peaceful boat ride along an underground river (!) followed by a walk along a path taking you through large caves decorated with impressive limestone formations. At this depth there is no more daylight but there are many impressive vaulted chambers, each one more breathtaking than the last!
The fortified village of Rocamadour
Next up it's the fortified village of Rocamadour, beautifully set high up on a gorge of the River L’Alzou, a tributary of the River Dordogne. The village is renowned for its historical monuments, such as the well-preserved fortress overlooking the village. For centuries, pilgrims, Kings, Bishops and Nobles from many countries have flocked to the village in order to climb the 216 steps up to the shrine of the Virgin Mary and pray at the tomb of early Christian hermit, Zaccheus of Jericho (from whom it is believed the village was named). This remarkable, naturally set religious village attracts over a million-and-a-half visitors and pilgrims per year.
Next, a guided walking tour of the village - classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site located on the route to Santiago de Compostela (St. James Way).
Please note that accessing the sanctuaries by lift is possible for those with walking problems (a lift-ticket is not included in the tour price).
Lunch is at your leisure and there will be some free time for personal exploration.
At last we depart from Rocamadour to Sarlat while enjoying a relaxing drive along the Dordogne valley.
Drop-off is at 5:00 PM at Place Pasteur in Sarlat.
Day 6: Check out and departure
A leisurely check-out after the nice breakfast.
Bordeaux: The Four-Star Hotel Majestic in Bordeaux for three nights
The Hotel Majestic welcomes you to its 18th Century building, located between the Grand Theatre and the Place des Quinconces.
Dordogne: The Four-Star Hotel Plaza Madeleine in Sarlat la Caneda for two nights
The hotel is located in the heart of Sarlat offering direct access to the medieval city with its market and entertainment. With a contemporary, opulent decor, a relaxed atmosphere and high quality services, the PLAZA MADELEINE is also recognized in prestigious National Guidebooks. For your enjoyment, PLAZA MADELEINE has state-of-the-art heated pool and wellness center, all keeping in step with other specialized hotels that offer much more than just a comfortable night's rest.
This package includes
Please note that this package is based on a double occupancy room
- Three nights in a Four-Star hotel in Bordeaux - with breakfasts
- Two nights in a Four-Star hotel in Sarlat la Caneda - with breakfasts
- TGV (high-speed train) tickets - as mentioned
- Private transportation - as mentioned
- Confortably appointed touring minivan
- A Registered English-speaking Guide
- Entry fees for visits and wine tastings at six wineries
- A walking guided-tour of the city of Saint-Emilion
- Sightseeing of the Chateau road
- A visit of the Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour
This package does not include
- Extra meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Other visits not mentioned
- Guide appreciation gratuities
- Providers are subject to change according to their availability at the time of the reservation. Should this arise, we will offer parallel alternatives at the same high standard.