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9 Days Culinary and Wine Tour in France

9 Days Culinary and Wine Tour in France

  • Bordeaux - Dordogne Valley

Dordogne Valley & Bordeaux Wine Tasting Tour

Laurent and Kathy Denis bring together over 25 years of culinary experiences and draw on their international contacts and restaurateurs to put together their tours. Join this tour and discover the town of Bordeaux, the world-renowned wine region, as well as the meandering hillsides of the Dordogne Valley. You will taste some of the worlds finest wines, cheeses, traditional dishes and mouthwatering desserts while discovering the monuments and history of these regions.

Highlights

  • Guided excursions
  • Walking tour of Bordeaux
  • Cheese, chocolate and wine tastings
  • Welcome aperitif and a get-to-know your fellow traveler time
  • Private motor coach for sightseeing
  • Dining in local restaurants
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • French, English
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You will spend 6 nights in Bordeaux at a 3-star hotel and 2 nights in the Dordogne Valley at a Village de Gte.

Day 1 - Monday

  • Arrive at your hotel in Bordeaux and check in.
  • Meet the hotel lounge early evening with a welcome aperitif and a get-to-know your fellow traveler time.
  • Next, take a short walk through bustling downtown.
  • Dinner in a favorite local restaurant.

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • Breakfast.
  • Travel to a winery in the Mdoc region, where you will get an overview of Bordeaux wines, enjoy a tour of the winery and follow up with a tasting and lunch.
  • After lunch, take a leisurely drive up the Route des Chteaux stopping for photo opportunities in front of some of the most famous Bordeaux wineries.
  • Before heading back down to Bordeaux, you will stop at a second winery, one of the Great Growths of the 1855 classification.
  • Dinner in Bordeaux at one of its high-acclaimed bistros.

Day 3 - Wednesday

  • Breakfast.
  • You will enjoy a dine-around of sorts in the town of Bordeaux, with time on your own to enjoy what the city has to offer.
  • Start at an artisanal bakery where you savor French breakfast pastries made from a wood-fired oven built under Louis XV in 1765.
  • Continue to explore the aging cellars at a cheese affineur and enjoy samples, of course!
  • Next, meet a third-generation chocolatier for a tour of the production facility with tastings and a demonstration included.
  • While visiting these destinations, enjoy a guided walking tour of Bordeaux while hearing about its history.
  • Dinner at one of Bordeauxs cutting edge brasseries.

Day 4 - Thursday

  • Breakfast.
  • Discover the treasures of the Atlantic peninsula.
  • Start off with a visit and appetizer at one of the oyster farms housed in a line of tightly packed wooden shacks followed by an entre at a waterside restaurant with spectacular views of Arcachon bay and Europes largest sand dune.
  • After lunch, enjoy a walk on the pier, along the water or among shops.
  • At the last stop on your dine-around, you meet with a local pastry chef to enjoy a caf goumande, sampling some of his most delicious creations while learning about life as the chef/owner of a ptisserie franaise.
  • Return to your hotel then you are on your own to find a place for dinner among Bordeaux great choices of bistros, cafes and wine bars.

Day 5 - Friday

  • Breakfast.
  • Today, you will spend the day in the town of Saint Emilion, which is designated an UNESCO world heritage site, as well as Bordeaux.
  • Before arriving in the town, you will make a stop at the neighboring Libourne market, where you meet the chef from your evening restaurant to explore the seasons bounty and see what he chooses to expertly prepare for your dinner.
  • After a guided tour of Saint Emilions historic monuments including the impressive monolithic church sculpted out of the limestone hillside, you have time to explore the narrow streets and alleys lined with wine boutiques and find a perfect spot for lunch.
  • After lunch, regroup for a lesson on how sparkling wine is made and enjoy a tasting combined with the signature cookie of the region - macarons de St. Emilion - not the brightly colored ones, and not coconut-flavored but the regions own version.
  • Following the tour, you will once again meet up with your market chef to hear how he has prepared your special dinner with the ingredients chosen at the market.
  • Upon returning to the hotel, you will need to pack your bags and get ready to leave for the Dordogne in the morning.

Day 6 - Saturday

  • Breakfast.
  • Following alongside the Dordogne River, you drive through the countryside with views of small towns, wine regions and castles.
  • You will arrive in Sarlat, one of the most renowned and visited towns in the Dordogne region. The old town, dating from both medieval and renaissance times, is like stepping back in time, with its outside market being one of the best attractions.
  • Take some time to explore the town and market.
  • Regroup for lunch.
  • After lunch, you explore the Paleolithic cave art at Lascaux II (replica of the original cave) which contains some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17300 years old.
  • Check into your lodging at a gte and take some time to relax and settle in.
  • Regroup for dinner.

Day 7 - Sunday

  • Breakfast.
  • Today begins with a lovely drive with views of picturesque villages, several nestled in the cliff-side along the Dordogne River. Admire castles perched above the river as well as present day dwellings in the cliffs behind these beautiful villages.
  • Visit the manicured boxwood gardens of Chateau Marqueyssac, boasting the most spectacular views of the area.
  • Lunch.
  • After lunch, discover a truffle farm.
  • After relaxing back at the gite, we head into Sarlat for a walk around town.
  • Dinner.

Day 8 - Monday

  • Breakfast.
  • Your final day in the Dordogne starts at the 12th century Romanesque church of St. Crepin-et-Carlucet.
  • Continue your journey to the outskirts of Bergerac where you enjoy lunch at a rustic local favorite.
  • After lunch, make a stop at Chateau de Monbazillac, a medieval castle as well as a producer of sweet white wines.
  • Return to the same hotel in Bordeaux.
  • Farewell dinner.

Day 8 - Tuesday

  • Breakfast.
  • Bon voyage!
  • Atlantic peninsula
  • Dordogne Valley
  • Mdoc via the Route des Chteaux
  • Saint Emilion day trip
  • Sarlat walking tour
  • Walking tour of Bordeaux

This retreat will take place in Bordeaux and in Dordogne Valley, France.

  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dining at GCEs favorite restaurants and meeting passionate food artisans
  • Tastings of cheese, chocolate, and wine
  • Guided tours and excursions
  • Private motor coach for all sightseeing (with the exception of Bordeaux, which will be a walking tour)
  • Excess baggage fees, forwarding of baggage, baggage loss
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, optional trips, meals away from the group, airport taxes, charges, tips for room services
  • Medical expenses
  • Round-trip airfare to France
  • Transportation to Bordeaux
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Bordeaux Merignac Airport (BOD).

Arrival by train

The nearest train station to the location is Bordeaux-Saint-Jean.