26 days in Bordeaux, Dordogne, Basque Country, Carcassonne, Provence | France Just For You
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    Southern France from Bordeaux to Avignon
Surfers in the Basque Country

Southern France from Bordeaux to Avignon

26 days
Bordeaux, Dordogne, Basque Country, Carcassonne & Provence
Wine Tasting
Gourmet Experience
US$ 5,950 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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Bordeaux Unesco City & the Vineyards

  • 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 the historical district - away from the crowds, 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.
  • One day, follow a local food guide and stroll Bordeaux old town, stopping at many different food and wine shops to get a nice overview of the Bordeaux region gastronomy. A very pleasant walking tour !
  • On the 4th day, you will drive about 1hr away from the city of Bordeaux in the Medoc vineyards and reach your second B&B, in the vineyards. At night, you will taste a delicious dinner prepared by your hosts whom will be happy to share their love for wine with you.
  • From the Arcachon basin oysters to the St Emilion wines, this region has a lot to delight the gourmet travelers.

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 Dordogne region: from nuts to ducks

  • In Black Perigord you will stay in a restored stone house for 6 nights, nestled between the woods and the Dordogne river, perfectly located to explore the area. Your lovely hostess will open her home to you - which is filled with personal touches (artwork, books, photographies).
  • Dordogne is famous for the prehistoric caves in Lascaux and we'll recommend you a much more intimate visit: we plan for you to walk back on the prehistoric men footsteps, in 20,000-year-old painted caves - access is limited to 40 person per day.
  • Visit the old city of Sarlat and feel the buzz of activity on market days.
  • 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.

 

French & Spanish Basque Country

  • On the 13th day, you will reach the French Basque Country where you will stay for 3 nights in a comfortable house: 5 miles to the Ocean, between Biarritz and Saint-Jean de Luz lively towns.
  • 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.
  • You will then cross the Spanish border for 2 nights and enjoy the gorgeous sceneries of the Spanish cliffs down to the ocean, right from your room ! Some landscapes may be familiar as some of the famous series Game of Thrones scenes were shot there. From the lively San Sebastian to the arty Bilbao, the Spanish Basque Country has a lot to experience.

 

Carcassonne & the Cathar Country

  • Carcassonne and the Cathar country are the perfect stop over on the way to Provence. Carcassonne medieval “Cité” will amaze you by its size and conservation. You will reside in a cozy B&B, by the walls of the cite, 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.

 

Provence : Olives, Wine & Romans

  • You will spend the last 6 nights in a typical Provencal stone house, perfectly located to explore Avignon and Isle sur la Sorgue (famous for its Antiques). Your hostess and her family will welcome you warmly and give you hints and tips about the surrounding area. You will stay in a very comfortable room equipped with a small kitchen if you wish to have a light dinner in the rose garden sometimes.
  • So many things to see in less than an hour's drive from your B&B: beautiful Avignon, also referred to as “the City of Popes”, where you can visit the palace of the Popes, the well-preserved ramparts and the famous “Avignon Bridge”. Strolling hilltop villages on market day, walking on the footsteps of famous painters such as Cézanne or Picasso. We will also tell you about some hidden jewels - villages, off the beaten track where you will stroll around charming streets or have a drink at a provencal café with locals. We can also recommend a farmer’s market and wine cellar for each day of the week!
  • Explore a very private wine estate, lost in the hills of Provence. You will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a wine tasting, then have a picnic lunch in the vineyards. A very special place you would not find on your own.
  • If you are interested in history, don’t miss the Roman ruins at Arles, Orange and the Pont du Gard. We will also take you to smaller sites – less famous and much quieter.
  • Discover a family owned olive oil mill, with one of the daughters. She will explain the olive oil farming from the tree to the bottle. Then you will enjoy a crash course on cooking some olive oil dishes. A very Provençal experience !

You may return the car in Marseille, Avignon, Aix or the location which will suit you best.

This itinerary includes

25 nights in premium B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 26 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
All Apps you need for this trip including GPS & How to use them

Pictures of the accommodations

A hidden B&B, in the very heart of Bordeaux historic district

#1A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

A hidden B&B, in the very heart of Bordeaux historic district

Enjoy a very quiet stay, while being in a very lively city

#1A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

Enjoy a very quiet stay, while being in a very lively city

After a delicious breakfast, explore Bordeaux walking

#1A nice B&B in Bordeaux historical district

After a delicious breakfast, explore Bordeaux walking

Stay in the Médoc vineyards, North of Bordeaux

#2A former wine estate

Stay in the Médoc vineyards, North of Bordeaux

Relax in a spacious room...

#2A former wine estate

Relax in a spacious room...

...at the pool or in the indoor jacuzzi...

#2A former wine estate

...at the pool or in the indoor jacuzzi...

...or enjoying a delicious dinner and local wines with your hosts.

#2A former wine estate

...or enjoying a delicious dinner and local wines with your hosts.

A gorgeous house nestled between the woods and the Dordogne river

#3A restored farmhouse nestled between the woods & the Dordogne river

A gorgeous house nestled between the woods and the Dordogne river

Relax in a countryside setting

#3A restored farmhouse nestled between the woods & the Dordogne river

Relax in a countryside setting

Stay in a very large room with unique decoration

#3A restored farmhouse nestled between the woods & the Dordogne river

Stay in a very large room with unique decoration

Enjoy the old stone atmosphere

#3A restored farmhouse nestled between the woods & the Dordogne river

Enjoy the old stone atmosphere

Stay just outside a lovely village, by a golf course

#4A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

Stay just outside a lovely village, by a golf course

The rooms are spacious and independent - for dinner, you have several restaurants less than 5 minute drive.

#4A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

The rooms are spacious and independent - for dinner, you have several restaurants less than 5 minute drive.

The BandB is owned by a friendly family who will introduce you to the Basque culture

#4A comfortable Basque House half-way between Biarritz & St Jean de Luz

The BandB is owned by a friendly family who will introduce you to the Basque culture

A modern house in the Spanish basque country

#5A seaside B&B in the Spanish Basque Country

A modern house in the Spanish basque country

with amazing seaviews from the room

#5A seaside B&B in the Spanish Basque Country

with amazing seaviews from the room

relax or stroll amazing cliffs where game of thrones were filmed

#5A seaside B&B in the Spanish Basque Country

relax or stroll amazing cliffs where game of thrones were filmed

Enjoy this view from the B&B garden

#6A charming house, walking distance to Carcassonne fortress

Enjoy this view from the B&B garden

Or refresh by the swimming pool

#6A charming house, walking distance to Carcassonne fortress

Or refresh by the swimming pool

A restored farmhouse surrounded by horse fields

#7A restored farmhouse in the heart of Provence

A restored farmhouse surrounded by horse fields

Relax in a comfortable room equipped with a kitchenette...

#7A restored farmhouse in the heart of Provence

Relax in a comfortable room equipped with a kitchenette...

...or in the garden

#7A restored farmhouse in the heart of Provence

...or in the garden

Activities included in this tour

bordeaux food tour

Bordeaux Food Tour

Stroll Bordeaux old town, stopping at many different food and wine shops to get a nice overview of the Bordeaux region gastronomy. A very pleasant walking tour !

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 Wine Tasting and picnic in a very special estate in Provence

Wine Tasting & Picnic in a very private Estate

Explore a very private wine estate, lost in the hills of Provence. You will enjoy a tour of the estate followed by a wine tasting, then have a picnic lunch in the vineyards. A very special place you would not find on your own. 

Family owned olive oil mill in Provence

Olive Oil Experience in the Alpilles

Explore a family owned olive oil mill, with one of the daughters. She will explain the olive oil farming from the tree to the bottle. Then you will enjoy a crash course on cooking some olive oil dishes. A very Provençal experience !

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