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    From Paris to Biarritz on the back roads
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From Paris to Biarritz on the back roads

20 days
Paris, Loire Valley, Dordogne & Basque Country
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
US$ 4,650 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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From Paris to Toulouse, this trip will take you on the backroads. Take the time to visit some of the hidden castles of the Loire Valley, enjoy duck confit in Dordogne, and drive on the scenic roads of the Basque Country.  


3 Days in Paris

  • For the first 3 nights of your French trip, you will be living the Parisian life. Comfortably accommodated in a charming boutique-hotel in a quiet street of the bustling Marais district, you will discover the French capital city’s must-sees and hidden beauties.
  • Being based less than a 10-minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, we have prepared different itineraries for you to explore Paris on foot, by boat, or using public transportation. We also recommend our favorite restaurants and boulangeries in different districts of the capital city, so you’ll know where to take a break.
  • You will pick up the rental car in Paris and drive 3 hours to the gorgeous Loire Valley. The region and its people will welcome you to renowned "sweet way of life", which includes its Renaissance castles and gardens and its famous gastronomy and wines.


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the Loire Valley: Castles, gardens & wine

  • Spend the following five nights of your journey in the lively town of Chinon by the river, where once Joan of Arc once met with the future King of France. The B&B is at the foot of the medieval fortress and you will be within walking distance of restaurants and wine bars. One night you may also enjoy a romantic picnic on the river banks or at the guinguette restaurant. 
  • Enjoy a wine tasting experience in a limestone troglodyte cave and discover five different wines paired with cold meat cuts or cheeses. You'll learn the five steps of wine tasting so you'll be able to recognize and appreciate Loire Valley wine. Then you will enjoy a lunch made of local products, right in the cellar. 
  • Discover the marvels of the Loire Valley. We will make recommendations on how to visit Chambord or Chenonceau castles away from the crowds. We will also recommend a few smaller castles and hidden places in beautiful settings. These places are less well-known but are steeped in history and well worth the escape from the tourist crowds. If you like gardens, don’t miss Chaumont castle or the wonderful Villandry.
  • Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles on the river banks. We have tested several cycle routes so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.
  • On the 9th day, drive south from the Loire to the Dordogne region.


DORDOGNE: a moving testimony of mankind's first steps

  • You will continue your sightseeing expedition in the Dordogne region. In Black Perigord you will stay in a restored stone house for three nights and share a mouth-watering dinner with your hosts. Dom and her husband will happily share their tips with you to help you make the most of your trip.
  • Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves in Lascaux, but we have planned a much more intimate visit to a 20,000-year-old cave for you. If you are interested in history or if you are a Jean M. Auel reader, this is a must! Visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days. 
  • There is a lot to do in Dordogne: 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.
  • On the 14th day, you will drive from Dordogne to the Basque Country, with a nice stop along the way.


The Basque Country: quaint villages & strong culture

  • From the Atlantic coastline to the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, from the peacefulness of the untouched Basque villages to the lively nightlife in Saint Jean de Luz, the Le Pays Basque will not disappoint.
  • Spend 3 nights in a typical Basque villa in the heart of the Basque Country, less than a mile from the beach & the lively town. 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. You can taste the local Bayonne ham after strolling through a valley and learning about the traditional mountain pig farming, a practice which still thrives today. Get acquainted with the Basque weaving tradition, try to make your own Basque cake, or take a stroll though one of the many farmers markets.
  • 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 learn about the Basque language as well as the traditions and festivals, such as the Basque Force. You will end this tour at the covered market tasting some Basque produce.
  • End your trip with 3 nights at a comfortable restored sheep farm in the Pyrenees foothills. Your lovely hostess will be happy to share some tips with you. At night, you will be able to relax in the outside jacuzzi or by the swimming pool and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains.
  • Some of the most beautiful villages in France will be on your scenic drives. There you may see locals playing the Basque game of pelote at the town’s fronton (the pelote court). Lovers of nature and the great outdoors will enjoy long walks and hikes in the Pyrenees mountains. For occasional walkers, we will recommend a relaxing walk along the beach, followed by a coffee on a terrace watching the local surfers.

  

On this trip you’ll experience the generosity of Western France and its inhabitants: gastronomy, architecture, wines, heritage…

This itinerary includes

19 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 17 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 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

Pictures of the accommodations

A unique place, in the very center of Paris

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

A unique place, in the very center of Paris

Stay in a cozy room...

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

Stay in a cozy room...

...less than 10 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral

#1A 3* Boutique-Hotel in the heart of Le Marais district

...less than 10 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral

A historic home, in the center of a lively wine town

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

A historic home, in the center of a lively wine town

relax in a large room

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

relax in a large room

...in the courtyard or the guests living room

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

...in the courtyard or the guests living room

Share breakfasts with other fellow travelers

#2A restored historic home in the center of a lively town

Share breakfasts with other fellow travelers

An old stone farmhouse ...

#3A farmhouse from the 16th century in Dordogne

An old stone farmhouse ...

...with cosy rooms full of charm, enjoying a nice view

#3A farmhouse from the 16th century in Dordogne

...with cosy rooms full of charm, enjoying a nice view

Taste Dom's delicious cuisine inspired from traditional products

#3A farmhouse from the 16th century in Dordogne

Taste Dom's delicious cuisine inspired from traditional products

On warm days, relax by the pool

#3A farmhouse from the 16th century in Dordogne

On warm days, relax by the pool

Stay in St Jean de Luz heights, in a quiet neigborhood, at a lovely lady - passionate about her region.

#4A Villa in St Jean de Luz heights, walking distance to the beach

Stay in St Jean de Luz heights, in a quiet neigborhood, at a lovely lady - passionate about her region.

This is a 3rd generation family house - full of souvenirs and history

#4A Villa in St Jean de Luz heights, walking distance to the beach

This is a 3rd generation family house - full of souvenirs and history

Rest at night in a cozy room, with a balcony opening on to the Rhune mount

#4A Villa in St Jean de Luz heights, walking distance to the beach

Rest at night in a cozy room, with a balcony opening on to the Rhune mount

Walk to Socoa beach, one of the nicest in the Basque Country

#4A Villa in St Jean de Luz heights, walking distance to the beach

Walk to Socoa beach, one of the nicest in the Basque Country

Relax in a very quiet setting - by one of the "most beautiful villages of France"

#5A Typical Basque House, on the Pyrenees foothills

Relax in a very quiet setting - by one of the "most beautiful villages of France"

The rooms are spacious and decorated with taste by your hostess

#5A Typical Basque House, on the Pyrenees foothills

The rooms are spacious and decorated with taste by your hostess

Enjoy staying by the swimming pool, with this scenery - or at the outside jacuzzi

#5A Typical Basque House, on the Pyrenees foothills

Enjoy staying by the swimming pool, with this scenery - or at the outside jacuzzi

Activities included in this tour

loire valley wine tasting

Loire Wine Tasting & Lunch

Enjoy a wine tasting experience in a limestone troglodyte cave and discover 3 different wines paired with cold cuts or cheeses. You will learn the 5 steps of wine tasting so you will be able to recognize the Loire wines. Then, you will enjoy a lunch made of local products right at the cellar. 

Biking in the Loire Valley

Biking day in the castle's country

Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles nestled on the banks of the river. We have tested several itineraries so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.

Prehistoric Caves

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

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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