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 (4.92)
Program No. 14253RJ
Length
14 days
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3,539
Flights start at
875
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4.92 Average
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.

Gail
(5)

If you've read the Martin Walker books about Bruno, you'll love this trip!!

Susan
(5)

Thoroughly enjoyed this program. The area is beautiful. The caves, vineyards and medieval towns are a wonderful combination of nature and history. Highly recommend this one.

Susan
(5)

Seen Paris, the chateaux of the Loire, Versailles and Chartres? Like good food and wine? Enjoy beautiful countryside and exciting natural features? Curious about our prehistoric ancestors and their mysterious art? Want to stretch your mind and your legs? Eager to turn back the clock and find yourself in the Middle Ages and understand more about the history of an unfamiliar region? This journey is for you!

Joel
(5)

This was a lovely trip with a great guide and congenial participants. The wine tasting was lovely and the caves were jaw dropping. We did wish that the Citè du Vin...the new wine museum in Bordeaux ...had been part of the tour...It is world class and we purposely missed a day with the group to see it...so we regret what we missed but felt the museum was a “must see.”. In addition the tour went to the museum of prehistory twice and we would have preferred to go to the see Josephine Baker’s chateau instead. Otherwise though everything we saw and did was amazing. On this tour in particular the food was fantastic even if the hotel rooms were so-so. The foods of the perigords are as wonderful as their reputation says they are!

James
(5)

The combination of Bordeaux wines with marvelous villages and awe inspiring cave art can only be highly recommended.

Alan
(5)

This is an excellent program with a superb leader Sandrine

Mary
(5)

This was a well-planned tour that incorporated handsome big cities, lovely small villages, the scenic countryside dotted with impressive chateaux, excursion to prehistoric caves, plus superb food and wine to sustain us!

Doug
(5)

An outstanding program with a thoughtful and well-chosen itinerary. All four cities -- Bordeaux, Sarlat, Rocamandour, and Toulouse -- are delightful.

Gail
(5)

A fantastic journey through the dramatic landscape of South Western France. Visiting Lascaux, Rouffignac, and Pech Merle caves has fulfilled a lifelong dream. Vive La France!

Robert
(5)

Terrific exploration of Bordeaux, Dordogne, Perigord, prehistoric caves, village markets, historic churches and history of France. Led by a superb French woman Sandrine who is knowledgeable, highly organized, and very personable. One of the best Roadscholar programs I have taken. Wine cheese, variety of cuisines in local areas. However, this is a bad place for a diet! Enticing wines, cheese, fois gras, pastries, and the breads of many varieties, shapes, sizes, and purposes! We also had a friendly cohesive group to enjoy the experience with as well. Robert May 2017

Lydia
(5)

The Southwest France: Bordeaux and Perigord program was an absolute delight.The countryside was breathtaking and the sites were very interesting. Our tour guide and our driver were our very own "A-team". I highly recommend this program

JoAnn
(5)

What a fantastic itinerary! And especially lovely for those who like good wine. All of the caves visited had something special about them, so well worth visiting.

Patricia
(5)

The Bordeaux to Toulouse through the Dordogne Valley trip was a feast of vineyards, 12th century Romanesque churches, medieval villages and prehistoric cave art. A fabulous itinerary.

Mary
(5)

Visiting the Prehistory sites were a life time dream come true. All the rest: chateaus, wine, food, castles, churches, medieval towns and villages, great leader and good companions were bonus. The trip is a good as it's itinerary indicates.

Joseph
(5)

If you have seen enough of Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley but want to see more of France take the tour of Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord. It is a tour you won't forget.

Jane
(5)

Seeing the prehistoric caves in southwestern France was fantastic!

Davi
(5)

Totally in-depth visit to an area of France too often overlooked.






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