13 days in Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Dordogne | France Just For You
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    Scenic Roads & French Cuisine
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Scenic Roads & French Cuisine

13 days
Loire Valley, Bordeaux & Dordogne
Wine Tasting
Villages & Markets
Sceneries
US$ 3,040 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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Travel through three of the most fascinating regions in France. Let your friendly Hosts introduce you to the French "sweet life" in their charming B&Bs.

The Loire Valley

  • If you start from Paris drive 3 hours to the Loire Valley where you will spend the first 4 nights of your journey in a lively historical town. Your B&B is right at the foot of the medieval fortress where one day, Joan of Arc met the future King of France. From this B&B, you will enjoy walk to restaurants, wine bars or enjoy a romantic picnic on the river banks.
  •  You will visit some of the Loire famous castles such as Chambord or Chenonceau but we will also take you to hidden beauties you would not find on your own. You willwander off the beaten path into tiny villages stretched along the Vienne and Loire rivers and get a taste of French gastronomy in restaurants and local markets we have tested for you. 
  • Discover the vineyards of the Loire Valley with Vincent, a real passionate who will take you, like a friend would do, to several wineries and have you love the Touraine terroirs and its winemakers. Taste very different wines: red, whites, still or sparkling...No worries, Vincent will safely drive you back to your B&B.

Bordeaux region

  • Carry on your tour in Bordeaux city for 3 nights, in a typical house in the very heart of Bordeaux Unesco city. You will be welcomed by a family, in a peaceful atmosphere.
  • 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 Gironde’s amazing expansion 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!
  • 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 Bordeaux wine (your own blend). You'll see that it's not that easy!

 loire valley bordeaux dordogne map 

Dordogne

  • Drive about 2hr30 and continue your sightseeing expedition in the Dordogne region. In Black Perigord you will stay in an old stone Perigord style house for 5 nights. One night, you will share with fellow travelers a mouth watering dinner prepared by your lovely hosts. You are very close to Sarlat and the prehistoric caves and we will be happy to recommend some intimate visits for you, in 20,000 year old caves. If you are interested in history or if you are a JM Auel reader, these are a must!
  • Visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days. Let a passionate villager take you on an unforgettable search for the black diamond: Perigord truffles. Nestled in a typical Dordogne hamlet, the view on the surrounding valley is gorgeous. This is an experience you'll remember! We'll also tell you where to find the most typical goat cheeses - and if you like outdoor activities, you'll be in paradise.
  • Eventually, you will jump into the middleages history with fortresses hanging on cliffs all along the Dordogne river - one of the most famous castles of the area is only a 30 minute walk from your B&B. Also, 4 of the "most beautiful villages of France" are within a 4 mile drive. 
  • On your last day, you can return the car in Brive airport, Bordeaux station or airport...or drive to your next destination. 

 

 Here life is truly "sweet".

This itinerary includes

12 nights at 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 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

Wine Tasting Tour

Spend a half-day wine tasting with a professional. He will take you to several cellars so you can enjoy the diversity of the Loire Valley wines. 

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.

Truffle Hunt in France

TRUFFLE HUNT

In Dordogne, spend a morning looking for truffles with a passionate professional and his truffle hound.

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