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The best of gourmet meals and world-famous wines combined with breathtaking surroundings on this unique 9-day wine and gastronomy experience. Enjoy on this France vacation: 6 sommelier led wine tastings of some France's prestigious wines such as Grand Cru Classe of Saint Emilion and Grand Crus and Crus Bourgeois. Continue your tour of France in Saint-Beauzeil attend a delectable hands-on cooking lesson with renowned Chef Guy Heraut, followed by a lunch to savor the fruit of your new expertise. Visit the Foie Gras Museum, and, in addition to four tasty hotel dinners, two delicious dinners at gourmet restaurants, one of which Michelin rated. A diverse line-up of sights waits including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne's medieval Citadel, a town within a town, turreted thick wall ramparts and a maze of narrow cobbled streets bustling with life. See Louis XIV marble quarry, used in the Versailles Palace. This France tour package allows you to walk Montauban's historical center, the city of pink bricks and in Cahors see Pont Valentre (also known as the Devil's Bridge) a fortified work of art with three towers. Another major site will be the prehistoric Lascaux II Caves, the best of European cave paintings as well as another UNESCO site, the village of Saint-Emilion. Visit the historic center of Bordeaux and, in your travel along the 'Route des vins', discover idyllic vineyards, picturesque villages, chateaux, friendly, hospitable "Vignerons" and everywhere selected hotels.


Itinerary

Day 1 - TOULOUSE I CARCASSONNE

Arrival at Toulouse Airport and transfer to Carcassonne, where there will be a guided tour of the Medieval Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage Site. A town within a town, a maze of narrow cobbled streets, turreted thick wall ramparts, bustling with life. Check in at your hotel. Before dinner at the hotel, enjoy a wine tasting initiation by a sommelier. Overnight in Carcassonne. (D)

Day 2 - CARCASSONNE I PENNAUTIER I MINERVOIS REGION I CARCASSONNE

Depart for Château Auzias in Pennautier for a visit of the vineyards and wine tasting. Suggested lunch at the Chais du Château Pennautier with a visit to its wine cellars. Continue to Louis XIV marble quarry (used in the Versailles Palace) and then on through Minervois vineyards to Domaine Ostal Cazes for a visit and a wine tasting session. Return to Carcassonne for a gourmet dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Carcassonne. (B,D)

Day 3 - CARCASSONNE I MONTAUBAN I CAHORS I SAINT BEAUZEIL

Travel to Montauban, the city of pink bricks. Walk through its historical center and then head to Cahors, where you will see the famous Pont Valentré, a fortified work of art with three towers. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Cahors vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. Transfer to the Quercy region and settle into your hotel, Château de l’Hoste. Dinner at the Château and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,D)

Day 4 - SAINT BEAUZEIL

France vacationAfter breakfast, join the chef for a hands-on session in the preparation of “foie gras”. For lunch, enjoy the fruit of your own labor. Transfer to the village for a guided tour of the farm, and learn the history of this magnificent dish, a gastronomy high point throughout centuries. Dinner at the Château and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - SAINT BEAUZEIL I LASCAUX II CAVE PAINTINGS I SARLAT

Departure for the prehistoric Lascaux II Caves, the best of European cave paintings. Visit Sarlat, capital of the Perigord Noir, an exceptionally wellpreserved town with renowned historical monuments. After dinner at local restaurant you will be transferred to your hotel in Sarlat. (B,D)

Day 6 - SARLAT I SAINT EMILION I BORDEAUX

 France vacationsDeparture for Saint Émilion. Here, you visit the Château Ferrand, Grand Cru Classé of Saint Émilion, and the lovely medieval town of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a center of Bordeaux wine-making. Transfer to Bordeaux and discover its Middle Ages vestiges up to the elegance of the 18th century. Overnight in Bordeaux. (B)

Day 7 - BORDEAUX I MEDOC VINEYARDS I BORDEAUX

Travel through the celebrated 'Route des Vins' in the Medoc region, the area of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards. From Pauillac to Margaux, you will discover some of the most prestigious names in the Grand Crus and Crus Bourgeois class wines. Three visits and wine tasting sessions will also be in the program before returning to Bordeaux for overnight. Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 8 - BORDEAUX

 France tour packageA free day in Bordeaux or take an optional excursion to Arcachon, renowned for its delicious oysters. (B)

Day 9 - BORDEAUX TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 8 nights
  • 15 included meals consisting of:
    - 8 buffet breakfasts
    - 1 lunch
    - 3 dinners at hotels
    - 3 gourmet dinners at local restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned minivan
  • Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the program
  • Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows:
    - Tour of Carcassone
    - Tour of Montauban
    - Tour of Cahors
    - Visit of a Foie Gras Farm
    - Tour of Sarlat
    - Tour of Lascaux II Caves
    - Tour of Saint Emilion
    - Tour of Bordeaux
    - Seven wine tastings
    - Cooking class
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charge

Excludes

      • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
      • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required 
      • Tips and Personal items 
      • Travel Insurance 
      • Optional Tours

Notes

    Single Supplement: On Request
    Reduction for third person sharing twin-bedded room: On Request
    (*) Price is per person based on double occupancy.
    Rates for additional nights at first and last city are available.

Departures & Rates

 Daily Departure  Price*
 Minimum of 6 people  $3,061
 Minimum of 4 people  $3,458
 Minimum of 2 people  $4,987

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