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

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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 Sep 5 — Sep 16, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, September 05 - In Transit to Program
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: Sunday, September 06 - Arrival in Bordeaux and transfer to Sarlat
Morning: Arrivals in Bordeaux.

Lunch: Group lunch in Bordeaux for those who 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 at the hotel.

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, September 07 - Prehistory in the Perigord: Cave Paintings and Le...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This 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, as well as the premier collection of Paleolithic engravings and sculptures in the world. Exploration of the museum will be on your own. Afterwards, discover the Cave of Rouffignac or "Cave of a Hundred Mammoths" on an electric train 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.

Dinner: At the 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, September 08 - 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. The coach will then return to Sarlat.

Dinner: On your own.

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: Wednesday, September 09 - La Roque Gageac / Cuisine in the Perigord
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This 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.

Lunch: 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. Enjoy what the chef has prepared for you during your demonstration.

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." We will then return to Sarlat.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel la Couleuvrine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


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

Morning: 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.

Lunch: On your own. Take the time to enjoy some fresh market food or explore local fare.

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

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, September 11 - Bordeaux and Pauillac
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, enjoy a lecture 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.

Afternoon: We will venture out to the Pauillac Chateaux. Take time to explore two very distinct producers and learn about their art and taste their wines and cheese (Margaux appellation and Haut Medoc ). Along the way, explore some of the loveliest villages of the Bordelais.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, September 12 - Pauillac, Gironde Estuary and Blaye
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture aboard; enjoy the explanations from a specialist on the estuary of Gironde and its very special ecosystem.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will discover the Corniche, a beautiful scenic road that follows the Dordogne River as it joins the Gironde to form the estuary. En Route we will have time for a wine tasting in a family run proprety of the Cotes de Bourg. We will then return for a walk to the Blaye Citadel , built by Vauban in the 17th century and classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, September 13 - Blaye, Libourne and St Emilion
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This 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.

Lunch: On board.

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.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, September 14 - Libourne or Bourg - Cadillac
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, we will hear a lecture and discuss the organization of the Bordeaux wine market and the importance of the wine brokers and shippers. We will have time to sample wine as well.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit Bordeaux and have some free time to explore. Later, we will enjoy a Gala Dinner on board the ship

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Cyrano de Bergerac sails on the Gironde.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2013 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 87 (41 cabins on the upper deck, 21 cabins on the middle deck, 25 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 174 Cabin Size: 140 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar and dance floor, dining room, bar with TV and terrace, sun deck with loungers, terrace, French balconies, gift shop, and free WiFi on board. Also included is central, 230V electricity, and radar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, September 15 - The History of Bordeaux and the Importance of Win...
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, we will visit a château in the Sauternes area and a château for graves appellation.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a lecture on the aging of wines.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Wednesday, September 16 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: After disembarking the ship we will take a coach transfer to the airport. 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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