France’s Fine Wines & Cuisine

Private Escorted Tour

9 days Carcassonne ai??? Saint-Beauzeil ai??? Sarlat ai???Bordeaux

The best of gourmet meals and world-famous wines combined with breathtaking surroundings on this unique 9-day wine and gastronomy experience. Enjoy: 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. 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 awaits 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. 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.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Evening departure. Meals and refreshments served on board.
Day 2 Toulouse/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 3 Carcassonne (Pennautier/Domaine Clos Centeilles)
Depart for Chateau Auzias in Pennautier for a visit of the vineyards, and wine tasting. Suggested lunch at the Chais du Chateau 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 Clos Centeilles where they still press one of their wines by foot and enjoy an “aperitif vigneron” with wines and local products. Return to Carcassonne for a gourmet dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Carcassonne. (B,D)
Day 4 Carcassonne/Montauban/Cahors/Saint-Beauzeil
Travel to Montauban, the city of pink bricks. Walk through its historical center, and then head to Cahors, where you will see famous Pont Valentre (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 Chateau de l’Hoste. Dinner at the Chateau and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,D)
Day 5 Saint-Beauzeil (Cooking Lesson/Frespech/Foie Gras Museum)
After breakfast, join the chef for a hands-on session in the preparation of foie gras. For lunch, enjoy the fruit of your own labors! Transfer to the village for a guided tour of the farm and the Foie Gras Museum, the only one of its kind in France. Learn the history of this magnificent dish, a gastronomy high point throughout centuries. Dinner at the Chateau and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Saint-Beauzeil/Lascaux II Cave Paintings/Sarlat
Departure for the prehistoric Lascaux II Caves, the best of European cave paintings. Visit Sarlat, capital of the Perigord Noir, an exceptionally well-preserved town with renowned historical monuments. Transfer to your lodgings and gourmet dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sarlat. (B,D)
Day 7 Sarlat/Bordeaux (Saint Emilion Village)
Departure for Saint Emilion. Visit and wine tasting at Chateau Franc Mayne, Grand Cru Classe of Saint Emilion. Visit medieval Saint Emilion, 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. Gourmet dinner at a Michelin rated restaurant. Overnight in Bordeaux. (B,D)
Day 8 Bordeaux (Medoc vineyards)
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. A wine tasting session will also be in the program before returning to Bordeaux for overnight. (B)
Day 9 Bordeaux (optional Arcachon visit)
A free day in Bordeaux to take an optional excursion to Arcachon, renowned for its delicious oysters. Visit a sturgeon farm with tasting of caviar. Return via Dune de Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe. Overnight in Bordeaux. (B)
Day 10 Bordeaux to USA (or extend your stay)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bordeaux Airport. (B)

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Breakfast & meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations in hotels and a chateau
  • One cooking lesson and lunch
  • All excursions, sightseeing and wine tastings as per itinerary
  • 4 dinners at hotels, 2 dinners at famous gourmet restaurants
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Professional driver-guide throughout
  • Travel bag, one per person

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PACKAGE PRICE:

From $3295 per person in double occupancy

* Seasonal air and land supplements apply. Please, feel free to ask for details at time of booking. Additional supplements and restrictions may apply over local holidays. Package prices are subject to change without notice. Please, request airfare updated price before making the final payment. Prices are per person, sharing a room. Package booking code: CHT/10

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