Region
in Carcassonne, Basque Country & Dordogne
Heritage & History Tours
Gourmet Food Tours
Countryside Tours

Explore the South West of France: fortresses clinging to the cliffs in the Cathar Country and Dordogne, many “most beautiful villages of France”, and a very rich and unique gastronomy. This is where to experience the authentic France.

 

Includes

12 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 13 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinner, with your Hosts and other travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities & visits
FJFY App all your trip, contacts, GPS destinations, weather… in your smartphone
5.0
Gabriele
This trip was such an awesome cultural adventure and we can not say enough about Emilie and France Just for You. This service was outstanding, well planned according to our …
Duration
13 days
Price
US$ 3 480
Per traveler, including taxes,
based on double occupancy.

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Paris Dordogne Carcassonne Basque Country

Carcassonne Medieval Heritage

  • Carcassonne and the Cathar country are quite unknown but are very worthy of a visit. Carcassonne's medieval “Cité” will amaze you by its size and conservation.
  • You will reside in a charming house in the lively Bastide neighborhood, within walking distance to the medieval city and to restaurants.
  • In the Cathar country, walkers/hikers will be rewarded with breath taking landscapes and fortresses such as Quéribus or Perpeytuse. History lovers will be intrigued by the Cathar history.
  • Wine lovers may be surprised by the quality of the “Minervois” wines which have improved a lot in the past 10 years. They are now on the wine lists of some of the most famous restaurants in the world.
  • On the 4th day, you will drive about 3hrs along the Pyrenees Mountains to get to the Basque Country.

 

Paris Dordogne Carcassonne Basque Country

Le Pays Basque: regional culture between ocean and mountains

  • From the Atlantic coastline, its waves and tanned surfers, to the rugged Pyrenees mountains . . . from the peacefulness of the Basque untouched villages to the lively nightlife in Saint Jean de Luz . . . the Basque Country will not disappoint.
  • Stay in a former sheep farm lavishly renovated for 5 nights, in the heart of the Basque Country. Your lovely hostess will be happy to share some tips with you. At night, relax in the outside jacuzzi or by the swimming pool with a breathtaking view of the mountains.
  • We will craft your days so you get a feel of everything the Basque culture has to offer, and there is a lot: taste the local Bayonne ham after strolling a valley  to discover the traditional and still alive mountain pig farming, get acquainted with the Basque weaving tradition, try to make your own Basque cake or stroll one of the many farmers markets.
  • Get introduced to one of the most famous games of the Basque culture: la pelote. Meet a former international player who will explain to you all about the history of this mythical game, the different variants . . . and then get on the ground and play. A very fun & cultural experience!
  • Several “most beautiful villages of France” will be on your scenic drives. Nature and outdoors lovers will enjoy endless walks and hikes in the Pyrenees foothills, occasional walkers will relax on the walks along the beaches and enjoy a coffee on a terrace watching surfers.
  • We will also plan for you to explore the very near Spanish Basque Country and spend some time in San Sebastian.
  • On the 9th day, drive North to Dordogne. We will plan for a nice stop along the way.

 

Paris Dordogne Carcassonne Basque Country

Dordogne: ducks, knights & nuts

  • You will end your sightseeing expedition in the Dordogne region. In Black Perigord, stay in a restored stone house for 4 nights and share a mouth-watering dinner with your hosts. They will happily share with you tips and hints to help you make the most of your journey.
  • Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves in Lascaux and we'll recommendto  you a much more intimate visit, in a 20,000 year old cave. If you are interested in history or if you are a JM Auel reader, this is a must! Visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days.
  • Spend a special day with Bea, your private guide in Dordogne. She will take you back to the prehistoric and medieval times . . . away from the beaten paths. 
  • There is a lot to do in this region: medieval castles to visit, wonderful food to taste - we'll tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise.
  • You may return the rental car in Toulouse or Bordeaux airports or train stations – less than 3 hrs drive from your last B&B.

 

A great trip to get off the beaten path and explore these culturally rich regions!

Activities included

pelote basque game with a player

Pelote Game with a Player

Get introduced to one of the most famous game of the Basque culture: la pelote. Meet with a former international player you will explain you about this mythical game history, the different variants…and then get on the ground and play: A very fun & cultural experience!

your guide in Dordogne

Private Guide in the Dordogne

Spend a special day with Bea in Dordogne. She will take you back to the prehistoric and medieval times...away from the beaten paths. 

Prehistoric Caves

Walk back on the prehistoric men footsteps, in 20,000 year old painted caves - access is limited to 40 person per day. 

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Our Travelers’ Reviews

Naomi
You may already know from other reviews that "France Just for You" will create an itinerary based on your interests and time frame, booking attractions and lodgings, arranging a car, and providing a detailed guide book with historical and cultural information, and suggestions for things to see and do with your unscheduled time. The whole service is …
Ben & Family
This company is amazing!!! You will not be disappointed. We did our trip with them in the summer of 2015. It was fabulous. A wealth of information and such incredible Customer service. We now compare everything to France Just For You....and there is really no one quite like them! I wish they could plan all our international travel!!!!
Liz & Bruce
We definitely experienced a new way of traveling : out-of-the-way places, local markets and quaint little restaurants. We met a lot of French people and other travelers and always had a great time ! We had already gone to France twice in the past, but thanks to Emily and Guilaume we rediscovered this fabulous country in a whole new way. We are …

Our Travelers’ Photos

Ginette and Craig
from the US
In Chaumont castle, Loire Valley
Amy
from the US
Enjoying a great view in Burgundy
Dina & Jim
from the US
Who just received their travel pack at home
Patricia, Brandon, Alyssa & Anika
from Canada
in a cellar in the Loire Valley
David
From the US
Celebrating his 80th birthday at a cooking class in Burgundy
Tonya & Robert
From the US
In Versailles - Hall of Mirrors
Naomi
From the US
In Villandry gardens in the Loire Valley
Ginette, Craig, Bev & Dan again
from the US
Having breakfast on their private terrace near Aix en Provence
Darlene & Howard
from the US
At Emilie's parents with Jeanne & Pauline (our daughters)
Rory & Mike
From the US
Enjoying a romantic moment
Scott & Linda
From Australia
In Mont Saint Michel
Deborah & Richard
from the US
On Omaha Beach, Normandy