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Adventures Afloat: The South of France by River: Wine and History From Sarlat to Bordeaux

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Program #19359RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
500 feet is the highest elevation.

Itinerary for Oct 5 — Oct 17, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, October 05 - Departure from the USA
Depart From: International flight to France.

Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel, located in one of the towers of the old rampart of the city of Sarlat, unites a medieval history with an exceptional art de vivre. In La Couleuvrine, you will find both the charming welcome of the olden days and the well-being provided by modern comfort. Situated within walking distance of the center of the old town, the hotel is ideally located for exploring.

Contact info:
1 place de la Boucquerie
Sarlat-la-Canéda, 24200 France
phone: +33 (0)5 53 59 27 80
web: www.la-couleuvrine.com/gb/index.htm

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Wifi access, Elevator, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.


Day Two: Monday, October 06 - Arrival in Bordeaux
Morning: Arrivals in Bordeaux.

Lunch: Group lunch in Bordeaux for those have already arrived.

Afternoon: Group transfer to Sarlat. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to settle in, freshen up, and explore before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding

Dinner: Welcome dinner and cocktail.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel, located in one of the towers of the old rampart of the city of Sarlat, unites a medieval history with an exceptional art de vivre. In La Couleuvrine, you will find both the charming welcome of the olden days and the well-being provided by modern comfort. Situated within walking distance of the center of the old town, the hotel is ideally located for exploring.

Contact info:
1 place de la Boucquerie
Sarlat-la-Canéda, 24200 France
phone: +33 (0)5 53 59 27 80
web: www.la-couleuvrine.com/gb/index.htm

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Wifi access, Elevator, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.


Day Three: Tuesday, October 07 - The Pilgrimage Site of Rocamadour
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The coach will depart for Rocamadour. On our way, we will take the scenic Dordogne Valley route and make a few stops to admire the spectacular views. We will also take time to stop in the village of Martel. Rocamadour, built on the side of cliffs overlooking the valley, attracts visitors for its history and the significant Black Madonna. Learn about the history of the town with an on-site lecture.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At a local distillery, discover the regional fruit wines, juices and liquors that have been produced here for generations. Learn about the economic impact of this industry while you enjoy some sampling.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel, located in one of the towers of the old rampart of the city of Sarlat, unites a medieval history with an exceptional art de vivre. In La Couleuvrine, you will find both the charming welcome of the olden days and the well-being provided by modern comfort. Situated within walking distance of the center of the old town, the hotel is ideally located for exploring.

Contact info:
1 place de la Boucquerie
Sarlat-la-Canéda, 24200 France
phone: +33 (0)5 53 59 27 80
web: www.la-couleuvrine.com/gb/index.htm

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Wifi access, Elevator, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.


Day Four: Wednesday, October 08 - Market in Sarlat / La Roque Gageac / Le château d...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a trip to the local market. Sarlat has an exceptional market that features all the local produce and local products. Start off exploring with your study leader before heading off on your own. Afterwards, the coach will depart for La Roque Gageac, where you will explore this beautiful village onboard a gabare boat on the Dordogne River. Learn more about the history of the region and about garbares, the traditional flat-bottomed boats used for transporting goods between the Massif Central and the ports of Bergerac, Libourne, and Bordeaux. There will then be an on-site lecture and cooking demonstration. Led by a Grande Toque du Perigord, learn about regional cuisine and sample some local specialties.

Lunch: Enjoy dishes prepared by the chef.

Afternoon: We will take a visit to the Château des Milandes, where you will discover the extraordinary story of Josephine Baker, who was not only an international singer, but also a French patriot during World War II. She helped the resistance, and after the war, she lived there with her "rainbow family."

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel, located in one of the towers of the old rampart of the city of Sarlat, unites a medieval history with an exceptional art de vivre. In La Couleuvrine, you will find both the charming welcome of the olden days and the well-being provided by modern comfort. Situated within walking distance of the center of the old town, the hotel is ideally located for exploring.

Contact info:
1 place de la Boucquerie
Sarlat-la-Canéda, 24200 France
phone: +33 (0)5 53 59 27 80
web: www.la-couleuvrine.com/gb/index.htm

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Television, Telephone

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Wifi access, Elevator, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and reservations.


Day Five: Thursday, October 09 - Prehistory in the Perigord: Cave Paintings and Le...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to discover the Rouffignac Cave, also known as the "Cave of a Hundred Mammoths." On an electric train, we will ride through the caverns and view the more than 250 animal figure etchings that are scattered in this underground maze, made over 140 centuries ago. Then, at the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies, there will be an on-site lecture and you will have the opportunity to view one of the most important stone and bone tool collections in France, as well as the premier collection of Paleolithic engravings and sculptures in the world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the original Lascaux caves which were discovered in 1940 and feature paintings claimed to be 17,000 years old. During a guided visit of Lascaux II, you will discover the faithful recreations of the original Bulls room and central corridor to discuss interpretations of the paintings in this Paleolithic sanctuary.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, October 10 - The Black Pearl of the Perigord
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart Sarlat with luggage and head to a farm in St. Cyprien where we will learn about the "Black Pearl of the Perigord" and discuss the history of this rare and mysterious truffle that has become a luxary product as well as a sign of wealth. You will also learn about truffle hunting and its uses in cuisine.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will make a quick stop in Bergerac on our way to Bordeaux to board the cruise.

Dinner: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, October 11 - Bordeaux AOC and the White Wines of the Graves Re...
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: You will learn about the origin of viticulture and the history of winemaking in the region. Discover the appellations (AOC) within Bordeaux and sample some of the wines to develop your palate.

Lunch: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Afternoon: We will venture out into the vineyards of the Graves and Sauternes. Take time to explore two very distinct producers and learn about their art and taste their wines. Along the way, explore some of the loveliest villages of the Bordelais.

Dinner: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, October 12 - The Red Wines of the Medoc Region
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: We will talk about the wines of the left bank and the different grape varietals used in Bordeaux for the blending.

Lunch: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Afternoon: Discover the Medoc vineyards, producers of some of the best wines in the world. This region of the Bordeaux wine AOC is blessed with unique solid and micro climates. We will drive through the vineyards of Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, and the Haut Medoc, stopping at a few exclusive properties for a cellar visit and a special tasting.

Dinner: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Monday, October 13 - The Gironde Estuary / Côtes de Blaye / Corniche
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: We will examine the wines of the Côtes de Blaye. This is a lesser known vineyard that produces some very nice local wines with very little exposure in North America. We will then discover the Corniche, a beautiful scenic road that follows the Dordogne River as it joins the Gironde to form the estuary. The narrow road goes along high cliffs revealing some interesting local architecture.

Lunch: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Afternoon: There will be an onboard lecture. Enjoy the explanations from a specialist on the estuary of Gironde and its very special ecosystem. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon on deck, observing the scenic vistas of the Gironde Estuary and the cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde. Your Study Leader will share historical commentary with the help of our listening devices.

Dinner: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Tuesday, October 14 - The Dordogne / Wines and Underground Sites of St-...
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: We will discuss the great wines of St. Emilion and the right bank, by far the most famous vineyards in the world. Learn about the complex system of cataloguing and rating the vineyards, and discover how these unique wines are made. Enjoy the rest of the morning on deck to take in the scenic views or to relax.

Lunch: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to explore St. Emilion and its many historic sites including the Eglise Monolithe, the largest underground church in Europe which was constructed by Benedictine monks during the 9th-12th centuries. We will then visit a vineyard in St. Emilion for a sampling of their wines. Many of the area growers still keep up the old tradition of planting roses at the end of the rows. You will learn the meaning behind this.

Dinner: Gala dinner on board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Barge

Ship Information: The MS Princesse d'Aquitaine was built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011. It is 110 m long and 11.40 m wide. There are 69 cabins which can hold 138 passengers. Facilities include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, dining room, large sundeck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.

Contact info:
12 rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. WI-Fi is available on board with supplement.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 15 - The History of Bordeaux and the Importance of Win...
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: We will have a lecture to discuss the organization of the Bordeaux wine market and the importance of the wine brokers and shippers. We will talk about how and for how long to keep wine and your lecturer will try to answer all of your questions about Bordeaux wines.

Lunch: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip through the Chartrons District. Historically, this is where the wine business started in Bordeaux. You will see the house where Thomas Jefferson stayed when he visited Bordeaux. The visit will lead you to the wine museum where you will learn everything about the great wine merchants.

Dinner: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Lodging: MS Princesse d'Aquitaine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The MERCURE Bordeaux Aeroport hotel is located at MERIGNAC airport and just 10 minutes from the centre of BORDEAUX, a city World Heritage Listed by UNESCO.

Contact info:
1 avenue Charles Lindbergh
33700, MERIGNAC France
phone: +33 (0) 556347474
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1508-mercure-bordeaux-aeroport/index.shtml

Room amenities: Airconditioning, Hair dryer in bathroom , Emergency exit map, Automatic air control, Bathroom doors 32 inches wide, Web, TV, Telephone, Radio in room, Opening windows, Remote control TV, Radio in bathroom, Wi-Fi in your room, Direct dial telephone Work desk in all rooms DDI - Direct Dialing In Satellite/cable colour TV, Manual temperature control, Free access with phone card, Automatic temperature control

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Lounge and Laundry Facilities

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, October 16 - Bordeaux
Breakfast: On board the MS Princess d'Aquitaine.

Morning: We will disembark the ship. Afterwards, enjoy a unique inside visit and lecture to the Museum of the Wine Merchant. Led by one of the founders of this unique museum, explore the final part of Bordeaux history and take delight in a special tasting of cheese and wine.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will check-in at the hotel. Take the afternoon to explore Bordeaux on your own.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Aeroport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Friday, October 17 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Group transfer to the airport for departure. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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