14253
France

Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord

Savor history as you enjoy oenologist-led lectures, gastronomic heritage, ancient villages and prehistoric cave paintings in the timeless regions of Southwest France.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 14253RJ
Length
14 days
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3,849
Flights start at
900
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4.94 Average
Doris
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Trip was lovely and Caroline, our guide, made it a wonderful journey. Always patient and polite, she added so much information to our activities. She even compiled a digital file of photos of all our outings for us to take home. A highlight was our outdoor lunch one day with an abundance of seafood!

Joe
(5)

The trip was very interesting and educational. It was well organized and pleasant. I enjoyed meeting the people who traveled with me.

Nancy
(5)

This is an active and well-planned program that met several of my strong interests -- the caves and the food and wines of this region of France. After seeing pictures of the caves, it was a real treat to visit them. And as a Martin Walker fan, I can now picture the setting of the Bruno books.

Thomas
(5)

Get a copy of “Bruno Chief of Police” or any other of the books written by Martin Walker about the Perigord and it’s diverse population and characters of its history. You will then be ready to jump into a wonderful adventure with Fois Gras and Truffles and sumptuous wines and a Chateaux or Bastid on every hillside. This is a beautiful area of France and this trip allows you to enjoy all its splendor.

Ruth
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Would I take another RS trip? Not soon, and probably never. The 4 caves were really a treasure, but even there, we were rushed through. Accommodations were fine; coach drivers were excellent. Days too long: 8:45-6:30 pm on the road is longer than a working day. Walking 6 miles a day is definitely much more than advertised. Too much food!!!! Too much duck!!. Too long in Bordeaux and Yellow Vest protest disrupted all public transportation; Sandrine made us walk back to hotel when we should have cabbed from the museum. She's the local and should have known the effects of protest. Too many activities packed into each day -- minds on overload. This trip should be 10 days: not as long in Bordeaux and another day in Sarlat. Toulouse was a total bust......Why would you schedule a walking tour of any major city's museums and public buildings on a Monday, when worldwide most museums are closed on Mondays!!?? Were 3 days of lectures on Cathars really necessary?? Were they that important? I don't think so.

Sally
(5)

We love wine and frequently attend wine tastings/dinners, but these wine tastings and amazing lunch at a winery were the best ever. This tour greatly exceeded my expectations and the unique experience, enthusiasm and background of our Road Scholar Group Leader was a significant reason. Access to winery owners and experts for information and discussion was exceptional. Viewing of prehistoric cave drawings was the frosting on the cake!

David
(5)

This program gives an culinary and cultural experience in the Aquitaine, Dordogne, and Occitaine region of France with excellent and comfortable hotels, superb meals, great visits to caves, wineries, fortresses, and churches all with guides, passionate to share their culture.

Molly
(5)

A trip of a lifetime. Among all the wonders and adventures, the prehistoric cave art wins! Seeing the hand prints in Pech-Merle was awe inspiring.

Leo
(5)

Lascaux should be on every ones list of places to visit.

Michael
(5)

One of our best RS trips and we've taken a bunch. Particularly good if you are a fan of France, food, wine and caves. Libby, our group leader, was organized, approachable, and funny. Temperatures were about 10 degrees higher than historical average so pack for both hot and cooler weather.

Patricia
(5)

Exceptional program--especially enjoyed learning about early peoples of this area and viewing the prehistoric cave paintings! Astrid, our trip leader, was well-informed and very helpful throughout the tour.

Catherine
(5)

This was a fantastic journey. I feel fortunate to have made this trip. Astrid was a wonderful,competent, humorous,and knowledgeable guide.

Cathie
(5)

It was a great trip! Julian, our guide , was erudite, funny and patient. The food and wine were delicious (hope you like duck and foie gras). The caves were awe-inspiring! The hotels were comfortable. The bus drivers were courteous and their driving was very skilled.

Richard
(5)

A wonderful program in a beautiful and interesting part of France, experienced with delightful people. I highly recommend it.

Patricia
(5)

This trip into "la France profounde" had a profound effect on me. It revealed layers of history as it stretched from Bordeaux through astonishing caves, an awe-inspiring pilgrimage site, and charming small towns on its way to Toulouse. The website's itinerary sold me on the trip, but the reality proved richer: more stops to special places, outstanding local guides, a superb tour leader in Sandrine Bouc, delicious food, and a very congenial group. By "richer" I mean, for example, that Saint Emilion came alive for me via Sandrine's retelling of the place's history from the legend of the hermit that gave the town its name, through the Black Plague, the War of Religion, and WWII and the Resistance--and that kind of depth was repeated in place after place. The caves were an important component of this trip, and I expected to be impressed by Lascaux IV and was, but Pech Merl and the Gouffre de Padirac wowed me. I considered myself lucky to have taken this trip, to have had Sandrine as group leader, Robert as bus driver for a chunk of the tour, exceptionally nice and enthusiastic fellow travelers, and to have seen Pech Merl now while the cave is still open to the public.

Mary
(5)

This is a great program for people who have visited Paris and want to experience more of France. There are so many diverse experiences in one trip - wine region, charming villages, beautiful churches along the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and prehistoric caves - maybe too many caves, but you can maybe opt out and spend more time in towns. Small group is great, and I hope you have Sandrine as your group leader.

Judy
(5)

This trip was amazing! The caves, the food, the wine, the instructor... all were extraordinarily wonderful. Anyone who wants to see SW France, and especially the cave art, should sign up for this one. Judy Hoyer, NC

Edwina
(5)

the great caves, diverse kinds of winery visits, medieval towns, often exceptional meals, well located hotels, and the awesome road trip through lush, rural countryside made for a splendid trip. Most splendid, however, was the way that our gregarious and knowledgeable group leader Sandrine sequenced our exposure to the treasures of southwestern France. I would happily take this trip again if Sandrine were to be our guide.

Zona
(5)

Add this tour to your bucket list. You won't regret it. It has everything: wonderful food, wine, history, scenery, art, history, architecture, and lots or walking up some steep slopes and steps. You will get a workout both physically and mentally.

Jody
(5)

This program takes place in a very important food and wine region of France and combines a gourmet experience with exciting visits to pre-historic cave painting sites. The history of the south of France is fascinating and the medieval, cobblestone streets and architecture offer an experiential tour back in time to when Elinor of Aquitaine was in power, or the Romans built aqueducts, or a cave-painting artist marked their world view on walls 10,000 years ago. Our tour leader Sandrine was an excellent guide to the area with extensive wine knowledge and a warm and gracious personality who managed the various personalities in the group with grace and good humor. I deliberately went with no historical knowledge so I could be surprised and delighted by everything I encountered, which I definitely was on this wonderful trip. I am in very good physical shape, so no aspect of the trip was too demanding and whenever I could I left the group to go off and walk a lot on my own and melt into the local scene to observe and enjoy the local scene. Some of our group were not in good physical shape and had difficulty with some of the locations, but Sandrine managed to accommodate their needs very well. An excellent value tour with fabulous food, wine and locations.

Grover
(5)

RoadScholarInsurance is a a terrific tour group. The attention to detail is a real plus as is the fact that most everything is included in the trip price. the tours have been interesting and enjoyable. I recommend them highly.

Lucy
(5)

Magnificent itinerary. It's nearly impossible to think of a single detail that could have been improved upon. Our tour guide, elle est fantastique!

Cathi
(5)

Quel beau pays! Those seeking beautiful scenery, and to learn about French food, culture and history will adore this experience!

Christine
(5)

Better than we imagined. You can read about and see photos of the castles, caves and villages of Bordeaux and the Perigord/Dordogne region, but being there is so much more awesome! History, local markets, fabulous food, local wines. All wonderful experience.

Kent
(5)

This Program has a very good combination of History, Food, and Wine.

Sonia
(5)

Wonderful tour!

Mary
(5)

You will not regret taking a Roads Scholar trip - I have been one two; one in the US and one in France - I loved both of them. The people are nice, the guides are good and the food is great! Why is learning more fun now than when I was a kid in school? I don’t know, but it sure is - I would recommend taking any Roads Scholar trip you can I don’t think it will disappoint.

Lucinda
(5)

We had some really unique experiences on this trip, such as visiting a truffle farm and being awed by prehistoric cave art. Especially enjoyed visiting so many beautiful small villages and reacquainting ourselves with the French appreciation for the good things in life.

Jonathan
(4)

Except for Toulouse which was a howling bore the itinerary was excellent. Everyday not in Toulouse had some fascinating to see and do. I loved the beautiful/small French towns. The market at Sarlat was a delightful experience. The vendors treated us with the same courtesy as they regular customers and were generous with tastes of their wares. I even enjoyed the foes gras. If you would like a trip that involves history, beautiful countryside, unusual sights and and pleasant contact with small town France, then this trip is for you.

Pat
(4)

It was interesting to see another part of France. We had previously done Paris, Lyon, and Arles. Seeing the prehistoric cave paintings was eye-opening. And, of course, the food was fantastic. Hope you like duck!

Claire
(5)

The prehistoric cave paintings and preserved medieval towns of this part of France will take you back in history and the lovely scenery and wonderful food will delight you.

Diane
(5)

This was our first Road Scholar tour, but I don't think it will be our last. It was well organized, we saw historic sites that we never dreamed we would experience. Our fellow travelers were well educated, interesting touring companions. Our guide was pleasant and thorough in explaining our daily activities. She was concerned about everyone and made sure our needs were met. All in all a fantastic experience.

Andrea
(5)

If you like French food, French wine, and cave art, this is the trip for you.

Aileen
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

A wonderful trip with many and varied experiences from wine tastings to cave explorations to magical hill-top villages and ancient churches. Our guide Sandrine’s warmth and good humour made it all so pleasant. A trip to remember. I recommend this to everyone who loves French culture and history, as well as good food and good company.






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