A Grand Tour of Bordeaux Vineyards
Come discover, Aquitaine, "the land où
il fait bon vivre" (the land of good living) and in particular
Bordeaux known the world over for its fine wines with names like
Château Lafitte-Rothschild, Château Margaux and St.
Estephe to name a few...
This self-guided itinerary will take you on the exploration of the
various Bordeaux wine appellations including Medoc, Entre deux Mers
and Saint Emilion. Stay in 4 star accommodations.
A Southwest Journey through Time
Explore a land of history that dates back 25,000
years ago when men dwell in the caves and grottoes that line the
Rivers Lot and Celé. Walk through picturesque medieval towns
and bastides (fortified towns) of rich cultural heritage embellished
by Romanesque architecture and elegant Renaissance mansions. And
for those interested in future travel be sure to visit Toulouse'
s Space City (Cité de l'Espace), an interactive hands on
space theme park.
Your self-drive itinerary features stays in charming B&B's:
2 nights in Toulouse, 2 nights in Cahors, one night in Conques and
one night in Albi.
Gourmet & Golf in Dordogne
Explore the beautiful region of Dordogne and
stay at the beautiful 16 century Chateau des Vigiers (see photos)
now turned a 4 star hotel/golf resort . For 5 nights you will enjoy
serene holidays in the midst of beautiful scenery of green valleys,
meandering rivers and world renowned vineyards. Golf to your heart's
content and savor delectable cuisine and warm hospitality.
Spa Escape in Bordeaux
Visit the famous Bordeaux wine region and stay
in a truly unique spa/resort set in the midst of the prized Château
Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards. Les Sources de Caudalie is a luxurious
retreat that offers high class comfort and gastronomic delights.
On the same wine estate, you can visit the Caudalie Vinotherapie
Spa which offers a unique program of treatments that uses the virtue
of the grape and wine extract. This spa features Merlot Wraps, Crushed
Cabernet Scrubs and a Vinolift anti-aging treatment.
For Catholic faithful the world over, Lourdes represents a major pilgrimage site second after Rome. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Virgin Marie is said to have appeared 11 times to 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous in the Masabielle Grotto. For more than a century, the sanctuaries welcome pilgrims in search of spiritual inspiration and comfort.
Dordogne Discovery - A Cultural and Gastronomic Adventure
Join us for an adventure through Aquitaine - Bordeaux and Dordogne. This vast region of France offers a unique and varied landscape of verdant river valleys, enchanting castles, picture postcard villages and prized vineyards. In this journey you will walk in the footsteps of history to discover the cave paintings of early men in Lascaux and the fortified medieval castles and towns built by English kings when they ruled the region. Along the way you will enjoy a succulent traditional cuisine and savor prized wines.
Bordeaux City Break
Renowned for its wine, Bordeaux the capital of Aquitaine is a delight to discover for its magnificent historical heritage and its gastronomic pleasures. Located on the banks of the Garonne River, close to the Gironde estuary, Bordeaux is experiencing a “renaissance” thanks to its recent major urban improvement including renovated river embankment, restored facades of 18th century buildings; pedestrian avenues and new tramway lines. The city laid-back atmosphere makes for a wonderful city break and a good base to visit the region’s famous vineyards. Trains from Paris easily reach Bordeaux in three hours.
Toulouse City Break
Toulouse, the great capital of the Southwest set along the Garonne River is a joy to discover. The “pink city” as it is nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage and a unique art de vivre. Toulouse can be reached from Paris by high speed train in 5 hours.
Not to be missed: Place du Capitole; St. Sernin Basilica; Church of the Jacobins; picturesque historic center with Renaissance architecture; the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site; art museums such the Fondation Bemberg with an important collection of Matisse, Bonnard and Toulouse Lautrec; lovely river banks promenade; Space Center and Airbus factory; and rich gastronomic specialties where Cassoulet and fois gras dominate.
Discover France Southwest
The Enchanting Dordogne and Lot Valleys
Join me for an exploration of France’s southwest region. Explore a land of recorded history that dates back 25,000 years ago when men dwell in the caves and grottoes that line the rivers Lot and Dordogne. We will start our journey in the lively town of Toulouse, visit the impressive fortress of Carcassonne, explore Albi, hometown of Toulouse Lautrec and meander through the verdant Dordogne valley land of enchanting castles, picture postcard villages and prized vineyards. Along the way you will enjoy a succulent traditional cuisine and savor prized wines.
In the Heart of Dordogne by Bike- 7 days/6 nights
Enjoy an escapade in the heart of enchanting Dordogne. You will ride alongside the rivers Dordogne and Vezere and discover beautiful landscape of green hills dotted with fairytale castles, picture postcard villages and caves where men left their mark since prehistoric times.