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.
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Program No. 14253RJ
Length
14 days
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Flights start at
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14 days
13 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Bordeaux
D
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Activity note: The hotel is located in a narrow historic street, therefore the motorcoach drop off point is 300 feet from the hotel entrance. Luggage in and out of the hotel is handled by porters.

Morning: Flight arrivals and group transfer from Bordeaux Mérignac Airport to the hotel in the heart of Bordeaux’s historic center.

Afternoon: We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening 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: At a local restaurant.

DAY
3
Bordeaux, History & The Wine Trade
Bordeaux
B,L
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Activity note: Today's activities include walking up to two miles over the course of the day with frequent stops. There will also be public transportation use.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: There will be a lecture titled, "Introduction to Bordeaux". We will then take a field trip on foot through Bordeaux’s historic center, which will include Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. Next, you will enjoy a tasting of canelé, the signature pastry of Bordeaux.

Lunch: At the Wine Museum in the Chartrons District. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch featuring local products.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the Museum of Aquitaine, for a history overview of Bordeaux and its region.

Dinner: On your own.

DAY
4
Bordeaux Region, The Châteaux, Villages & Vineyards of Medoc
Bordeaux
B,L,D
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach and walking up to two miles over the course of the day with frequent stops.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by private motorcoach to the Medoc wine region. There will be a lecture titled, “Bordeaux Wines: History and Economic Impact on the Region.” Next, we will have a wine tasting in a Medoc region château.

Lunch: At a château.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the vineyards of the Medoc.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
5
St. Emilion
Bordeaux
B,L
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to Saint-Emilion, to explore the underground cathedral, constructed deep into the limestone. Later, enjoy some free time in the village. We will then return to Bordeaux.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Bordeaux on your own.

Dinner: On your own.

DAY
6
The National Prehistory Museum / Arrival in Sarlat
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart for Sarlat with an en-route discussion on the histroy of the Perigord.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At the National Prehistory Museum of France, view the largest Paleolithic collection from prehistoric sites in the Vézère Valley on a self-guided visit..

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
7
Dordogne Valley, Region Specialties, Medieval Bastides
Sarlat
B,L
Best Western Le Renoir

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Wednesday is market day in Sarlat. Take some leisure time to experience the open air market that occupies the town's main squares. We will then depart by coach to Vitrac, a charming village along the Dordogne River.

Lunch: Enjoy the gourmet tastes of the Perigord through a cooking demonstration at a chef-owned restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Domme, a typical "bastide" from the 13th century and medieval village, overlooking the Dordogne valley. There will be an en-route lecture titled, "Introduction to Bastides." We will then proceed through the Dordogne valley to La Roque Gageac, a scenic town set in the cliffs dropping to the banks of the Dordogne River. Afterward, an excursion will take us to meet a truffle hunter and discover the secrets of truffles, a product famous in the Perigord region's gastronomy. Following a tasting of the "Black Diamond," we will return to Sarlat.

Dinner: On your own.

DAY
8
Lascaux 4 / Prehistoric Art of the Perigord
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart to see the replica of the famous prehistoric cave, Lascaux 4. There will be an en-route lecture titled, "Prehistoric Art in the Periogord." We will then continue to Les Eyzies, along the Vézère valley.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discover the Cave of Rouffignac "Cave of a Hundred Mammoths" on an electric train ride through the caverns and view more than 250 animal figure etchings that are scattered in this underground maze, made over 140 centuries ago. Then, return to Sarlat.

Dinner: At a restaurant.

Evening: Take delight in a walking exploration of Sarlat at night, when the picturesque stone streets and buildings are illuminated.

DAY
9
Dordogne Valley and Rocamadour
Rocamadour
B,L,D
Best Western Hotel Beau Site Notre Dame

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach. Rocamadour is built into the side of a cliff. Some stairs may be avoided by using the escalator. However, there are many steps throughout the village that are unavoidable. Most of the village is pedestrian only.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach from Sarlat, in the Dordogne region.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to Rocamadour, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of medieval times. The charming village sits perched on the rugged face of a cliff rising 492 feet above the Alzou Canyon. Follow the path of pilgrims on the Great Stairway or stroll the narrow, pedestrian-only streets.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
10
Gouffre de Padirac/ Medieval St-Cere/ Montal Castle
Rocamadour
B,L
Best Western Hotel Beau Site Notre Dame

Activity note: The Gouffre de Padirac is a deep shaft. Elevators take the visitors to the cave and back to the surface. However, from the bottom of the abyss there is a further descent to the cave river of more than 300 feet below ground. The trip is now continued in boats and finally reaches the Salle du grand Dôme. Please note that there are many steps.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart by coach to St. Céré. Visit the old town and the Jean Lurçat Museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to Gouffre de Padirac. Later enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. In the late afternoon, check in at the hotel in Rocamadour.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

DAY
11
Cave Painting of Pech Merle and Albi
Toulouse
B,L,D
Best Western Les Capitouls

Activity note: Today's activities include travel by motorcoach

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit Pech Merle. Then, we will depart by coach to Albi.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Examine the complete retrospective of Toulouse-Lautrec's works at the museum dedicated to him in Albi.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
12
Toulouse, Historic Capitol of the Languedoc & Occitania
Toulouse
B,L,D
Best Western Les Capitouls

Activity note: Today's activities include walking and standing for up to two hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture titled, "Introduction to the Languedoc Region: Occitan People, Land, and Culture." We will then take a field trip on foot to the historic center of Toulouse where we will see Saint Semin Basilica, the largest Romanesque church in Western Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage site as well as the City Hall located within the "Capitole."

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the sights with your study leader.

Dinner: Enjoy Toulouse-styled Cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole containing meat (typically pork sausages, goose, duck, and sometimes mutton) and white navy beans. The dish is named after its traditional cooking vessel, the cassole - a deep, round, earthenware pot with slanted sides.

DAY
13
Carcassonne / Free Time in Toulouse
Toulouse
B,D
Best Western Les Capitouls

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy an excursion to Carcassonne.

Lunch: On your own in Carcassonne.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore or rest in Toulouse.

Dinner: Farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Program Concludes
In flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Depart to Toulouse Airport for return flights. Avoid flights earlier than 8:30 a.m. if possible. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!