10 days in Bordeaux, Basque Country, Carcassonne | France Just For You
  • Focus on the South West of France
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Focus on the South West of France

10 days
Bordeaux, Basque Country & Carcassonne
Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
US$ 2,820 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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From Bordeaux Unesco city and its worldwide famous vineyards, to Biarritz and St Jean de Luz mythical beach towns…feeling the fresh air in the Pyrenees foothills…ending in Carcassonne medieval town....what a program.

Bordeaux region: Heritage & Wines

  • Start your journey with 3 nights inside the gates of Bordeaux UNESCO city, a wonder of the 17th century. You will be welcomed by a French family, in a peaceful atmosphere, walking distance to all Bordeaux landmarks and restaurants.
  • Built along the banks of the Garonne river the opulent merchants' homes are very specific to Bordeaux. The rise of colonial trade together with the growth of the wine industry contributed to the amazing expansion of the Gironde region during the 18th century. 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!
  • 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.
  • On the 4th day, you will drive South towards the Basque Country – about 2hr30.

map to south west of france

 

The Basque Country: Culture & Sceneries

  • Stay in a typical Basque villa for 4 nights, less than a mile to the beach & to the lively town - in the heart of the Basque Country. From there, you will discover the seaside with St Jean de Luz to Biarritz but also take trips to Spain which is less than a 15-minute drive away.
  • 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 hams” after strolling a valley discovering 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.
  • Several “most beautiful Villages of France” will be on your scenic drives – and you may witness there some locals playing the Basque Pelote game at the town’s fronton. 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 at a terrace watching surfers.
  • You will also follow a local guide in Biarritz. He will give you the keys to the Basque culture: so you will understand about the Basque language and the traditions and festivals such as Pelote or Basque Force. You will end this tour at the covered market, tasting some Basque pr

 

Carcassonne & the Cathars

  • Carcassonne medieval “Cité” will amaze you by its size and conservation. You will reside in a cozy B&B for 2 nights in the lively bastide town of Carcassonne walking distance to all sightseeing and restaurants – but away from the tourist crowds.
  • In the Cathar country, walkers/hikers will be rewarded with breath taking landscapes and fortresses such as Quéribus or Perpeytuse. History lovers will be passionate 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 list of some of the most famous restaurants in the world.
  • We can arrange for you to then reach Barcelona, Toulouse, Italy or Paris depending on your plans.

 

 

This trip will be full of strong and pure emotions.

This itinerary includes

9 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 10 days
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Activities included in this tour

bordeaux wine tasting

Bordeaux Wine tasting & blending

Visit a Medoc wine estate with an English speaking guide: from the vineyards to the wine storehouses. After the tour, you'll make your own blend with different varieties.

A Private Guide to Biarritz

A Private Guide to introduce you to the Basque culture

Follow a local guide in Biarritz, by the Ocean. He will give you the keys to his city and to the Basque culture. You will end this tour at the covered market, tasting some Basque produces: cheese, hams and wines. 

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