France Just For You has organized its own very special Tour de France. No need for a bike but be ready for a great deal of adventure! This itinerary will take you off the beaten path to all the must sees & dos throughout 4 of the most enthralling regions of France.
From Paris or CDG airport, drive the rental car for 3 hours to the Loire Valley. We will recommend a great stopover to rest on the way.
You will spend the first 4 nights of your journey in a restored 15th century farmhouse where you will be warmly welcomed by your hosts. They know the Loire Valley inside out and can give you off-the-beaten-path addresses and tips on finding places that tourists usually miss.
Located on the south banks of the Vienne River, this charming B&B is within short driving distance of Chinon and Saumur, beautiful, historic cities.
Discover the vineyards of the Loire Valley with Alain, a real passionate who will take you, like a friend would do, to 3 wineries and have you love the Touraine terroirs and its winemakers. You will have the opportunity to taste very different wines: red, whites, still or sparkling...No worries, Alain will safely drive you back to your B&B.
Your second stop for 3 nights is in the Médoc vineyard, near Bordeaux, in a former wine estate where you will be welcomed by a French family. They have a huge kitchen garden and produce their own fruits to make breakfast jams.
Built along the banks of the Garonne river, the opulent merchants' homes are very specific to Bordeaux. You will find everything you need: from villages nestled into the Medoc or St Emilion vineyards, to the bustling night life in Bordeaux. Also, bear in mind that Bordeaux's Sainte Catherine Street is the longest shopping street in Europe!
In a famous wine estate, we have planned a special tour for you: after visiting the estate from the cellars, to the vats, passing by the vineyards to understand the different grape variety, you will play the sorcerer's apprentice and make your own wine (your own blend). You'll see that it's not that easy!
In Black Perigord you will stay in a restored stone house for 4 nights and share a mouth-watering dinner cooked by your Hostess. Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves in Lascaux and we'll recommend you several more intimate visits, in 15,000 to 20,000 year old caves. If you are interested in history or if you are a JM Auel reader, this is a must! Another day, let a passionate villager take you on an unforgettable search for the black diamond: Perigord truffles. Nestled in a typical Dordogne hamlet, the view of the surrounding valley is gorgeous. This is an experience you'll remember!
We'll tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise. You'll also visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days.
Your last Bed & Breakfast for 4 nights lies in a lovely village on the slopes of Mont Ventoux in Provence. Your Hosts have a very comfortable house, decorated in the Provençal style. Phil used to be a Chef in gastronomic restaurants, so be ready for a fabulous Table d’Hôtes dinner!
You will discover the local vineyards on an electric bike. After several wine tasting stops, you will enjoy a delicious picnic in a gorgeous setting - a great day!
Go shopping in Aix-en-Provence or take a sunbath near Cassis. Arles, famous for its arena dating back to the Roman Empire, will take you 2,000 years back in time.
We recommend you to fly out of Marseille to save time and tiredness. Otherwise, we will be happy to help you plan transportation to your next destination.
After that, will you still watch the “Tour de France” on TV?
This self-drive tour includes :
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Activities included in this tour :
Discover the diversity of the Loire Valley vineyards with Alain - a real passionate - who will drive you to 3 wineries and have you love the Touraine terroirs and its winemakers.
Spend a morning looking for truffles in the Dordogne with a professional and his truffle hound.
Visit a Medoc wine estate with an English speaking guide: from the vineyards near the castle to the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties and end this 2hr tour with a …wine tasting.
Take a tour in Mont Ventoux gorgeous vineyard landscapes driving an electric bike. You will stop for wine tasting and a great picnic.