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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 19 — Oct 31, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, October 19 - Departure
Depart From: Depart from U.S. for overnight flight to Paris.

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: Sunday, October 20 - Arrival in Bordeaux
Morning: Fly from Paris to Bordeaux. Upon arrival meet your group leader.

Lunch: For those who have already arrived, group lunch in Bordeaux.

Afternoon: Group transfer to Sarlat. Check into your hotel. Enjoy some free time to settle in and explore.

Dinner: Meet the group for an orientation, 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: Monday, October 21 - La Roque Gageac and Cuisine in the Perigord
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning explore the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac and enjoy a ride aboard a gabare boat on the Dordogne river. Learn more about the history of the region and about gabares, the traditional flat-bottomed boats used for transporting goods between the Massif Central and the ports of Bergerac, Libourne and Bordeaux. Continue on to an on-site lecture and cooking demonstration led by a Grande Toque du Perigord (Grand Chef). Learn about regional cuisine of the region and sample some local specialties.

Lunch: Lunch features dishes prepared by your chef.

Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Château des Milandes. Built around 1489, it was the main house of the lords of Caumont who preferred to live in this manor house instead of the uncomfortable medieval castle of Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. In 1940 the entertainer Josephine Baker moved into the château and and lived there until 1968.

Dinner: At your hotel.

Evening: Take an evening walk around the beautiful medieval city of Sarlat as your Group Leader points out sites of interest.

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: Tuesday, October 22 - The Pilgrimage Site of Rocamadour
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Coach to Rocamadour along the scenic Dordogne valley route and stop a few times to admire the spectacular views. Take time to stop in the village of Martel.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Discover the spectacular setting of Rocamadour, built on the side of cliffs overlooking the valley. Learn about the history of the town and the significance of the Black Virgin and other sites. 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. Return to Sarlat in the late afternoon.

Dinner: At hotel.

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 Five: Wednesday, October 23 - The Market and The Prehistory in the Perigord: Ca...
The Market and The Prehistory in the Perigord: Cave Paintings and Les Eyzies

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: First this morning you get to enjoy the local market. Sarlat has an exceptional market that features all the local produce and local products. Start off with your Study Leader before going off on your own. Continue your exploration with a visit to Lascaux to see the world's most famous cave paintings. The Lascaux caves were discovered accidentally in 1940. From 1940 through 1963, more than a million people visited. But they tracked in fungus on their shoes and changed the temperature and humidity with their heavy breathing. In just 15 years, the precious art deteriorated more than during the 15,000 years before that. The original caves were closed. A copy cave showing 90 percent of the paintings found in Lascaux was opened next to the original in 1983. At Lascaux II, the reindeer, horses, and bulls of Lascaux I were painstakingly reproduced using the same dyes, tools, and techniques the original artists used 15,000 years ago.

Lunch: Continue to Les Eyzies for lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies you will have the opportunity to view one of the most important stone and bone tool collections in France, and the premier collection of Paleolithic engravings and sculpture in the world. Travel to Rouffignac to see the "Cave of a Hundred Mammoths" on an electric train ride through the caverns. View over 250 animal figure etchings scattered in this underground maze, made over 140 centuries ago. Return to Sarlat.

Dinner: On your own.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Thursday, October 24 - The Black Pearl of the Perigord
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: At a truffle farm in St Amand de Coly, near Montignac, you will learn about the "Black Pearl of the Perigord" and discuss the history of this rare and mysterious truffle that has become a luxury product and a sign of wealth. You will also learn about truffle hunting and uses in cuisine and taste.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Sarlat to enjoy some fresh market food or explore local fare.

Afternoon: Take coach to Bordeaux with a short rest stop in Bergerac. Upon arrival in Bordeaux, embark on your cruise.

Dinner: Dinner on board

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: Friday, October 25 - Bordeaux AOC and the White Wines of the Graves Re...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning, we venture out into the vineyards of the Graves and Sauternes regions. 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.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a walking tour in the bastide of Cadillac, You will learn about this very special type of towns created during the middle ages by the English or the French Kings. Later, you will learn about the origins 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.

Dinner: Dinner on board

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: Saturday, October 26 - The Red Wines of the Medoc Region
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning we examine the wines of the Left bank wines. You will learn about the importance of the two rivers and the special geomorphology they created.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Discovering the Medoc: The Medoc vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world. This region of the Bordeaux wine AOC is blessed with unique solid and micro climates. This afternoon we drive through the vineyards of Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux and the Haut Medoc, We stop first at Chateau Kirwanin Margaux appellation, part of the famous classification dated back to 1855 regrouping some 60 chateaux among the greatest of Medoc and then to Château Lanessan in Haut Medoc appellation, a cru bourgeois belonging to the Bouteiller family for several generations.

Dinner: Dinner on board

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: Sunday, October 27 - The Gironde Estuary / Cote de Blaye / Corniche
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: 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. We will also visit a small vineyard to taste the local Cote de Bourg before returning to Blaye to explore the citadel.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon on deck observing the scenic vistas of the Gironde Estuary and the cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde. Your Study Leader using our exclusive listening devices will share some historical commentary.

Dinner: Dinner on board

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: Monday, October 28 - The Dordogne / Wines and Underground Sites of St-...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning discuss the great wines of St Emilion. By far the most famous vineyards in the world. Learn about the complexe system of cataloguing and rating the vineyards and discover how these unique wines are made. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the wines of the region. Enjoy the rest of the morning on deck observing the scenic vistas of the lower Dordogne as we enter the river just north of Bordeaux. Observe the unique landscapes as your Study Leader shares historical commentary.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Explore St. Emilion and its many historic sites including the Eglise Monolith, the largest underground church in Europe which was carved by Benedictine monks during the 9th-12th centuries.Visit a vineyard in St. Emilion for a sampling of their wines. Château Laniote, a traditional winery of St Emilion area belongs to the Lafilolie family since the 19th century. The owner, Arnaud, will introduce you to the mystery of wine, from the vine to the bottle. Many of the area growers still keep up the old tradition of planting roses at the ends of the rows, which in pre-pesticide days served as an early-warning system against infection, the idea being that the commonest bug, oidium, went for the roses first, giving three days' notice of its intentions.

Dinner: Dinner on board

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: Tuesday, October 29 - The History of Bordeaux and the Importance of Win...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: This morning discuss the importance of Bordeaux in French history. Start with the role of wine and the wine merchant on the history of Bordeaux. Discuss the cities close connection with England and its role in the Hundred Year War.

Lunch: Lunch on board

Afternoon: Arrive in Bordeaux and set off on foot and tram. Enjoy a unique inside visit and lecture to the Museum of the Wine Merchant. Lead by one of the founders of this unique museum explore the final part of Bordeaux History and enjoy a unique tasting of Wine and cheeses. Set off on foot to explore the Chartrons district dedicated to wine business since the Middle Age and where Thomas Jefferson stayed in the 18th century. Led by your Study Leader a native of the city enjoy a unqiue perspective of this district.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner on board

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 center of Bordeaux.

Contact info:
1 avenue Charles Lindbergh
Merignac, 33700 France
phone: +33 (0)5 56 34 74 74
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1508-mercure-bordeaux-aeroport/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each room at the Mercure Bordeaux Aeroport is decorated in a contemporary style and equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms also include telephone, radio, hairdryer, free wifi, minibar, and airconditioning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Elevator, Safe, Soundproof Rooms, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Air Conditioning, Restaurant With Dining Menu, Buffet-Style Restaurant, Pool Table, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Free Airport Shuttle, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Fax/Photocopying, Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, October 30 - Bordeaux
Breakfast: Breakfast on board

Morning: Disembark the boat with your luggage which will be taken to the hotel for the night.Then set off on foot and tram and explore some of the great monuments of Bordeaux. Led by your Study Leader, a native of the city, enjoy a unique perspective of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Bordeaux on your own before you check into your hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant

Lodging: Mercure Bordeaux Aeroport Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Thursday, October 31 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Group transfer to the airport for departure

Meals Included: Breakfast

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