19359
France
A Feast for the Senses: Wine, Food and History in Bordeaux
Enjoy private excursions to famed vineyards and cellars as you explore the heart of French wine country, including the prehistoric cave of Lascaux and the Cave of the Mammoth.
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Program No. 19359RJ
Length
13 days
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2,995
Flights start at
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13 days
12 nights
31 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival in Bordeaux
Bordeaux
L,D
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Morning: Arrivals in Bordeaux.

Lunch: Group lunch in Bordeaux for those who have already arrived.

Afternoon: Group transfer to Bordeaux. 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Bordeaux: History and the Wine Trade
Bordeaux
B,L
Hotel Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, enjoy a lecture at the hotel on Bordeaux's history and culture. After the lecture, we will proceed on foot through Bordeaux's historic center, including the Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. We will then continue to the Chartrons district, home of Bordeaux's great wine families, to learn about the wine trade at the wine museum.

Lunch: Enjoy a lunch featuring a wine tasting and local products at the wine museum.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will continue on foot to the Museum of Aquitaine, for an overview of the history of Bordeaux and the surrounding region.

Dinner: On you own to explore local flavors.

DAY
4
The National Pre-History Museum and Arrival in Sarlat
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will depart to Lascaux II, a replica of the famous pre-historic cave. En route, enjoy a lecture on Prehistoric art in the Perigord.

Lunch: At a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will continue to the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies. We will have the opportunity to view one of the most important stone and bone tool collection in France, and the premier collection of Paleolithic engravings and sculpture. Later, we will check in to the hotel in Sarlat.

Dinner: Dinner near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Lascaux IV and Rouffignac
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will take a field trip to discover the Rouffignac Cave, also known as the "Cave of a Hundred Mammoths." On an electric train, we will 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.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: 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 IV, you will discover the faithful recreations of the original Bulls room and central corridor to discuss interpretations of the paintings in this Paleolithic sanctuary.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

DAY
6
The Pilgrimage Site of Rocamadour
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions on cobblestone and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will enjoy the local market. Sarlat has an exceptional market that features local produce and products. We will start our exploration with our Study Leader, and then continue on our own.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will head via coach to Rocamadour. En route, we will take in the scenic Dordogne Valley and stop a few times to admire the spectacular views. We will also stop in the village of Martel. We will continue on to Rocamadour, where we will discover a town built on the sides of cliffs overlooking the valley. Learn about the history of the town and the significance of the Black Virgin and other sites.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
La Roque Gageac
Bordeaux
B,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. 2.5 hours of travel via motor coach.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will 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.

Lunch: On your own in La Roque Gageac

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart La Roque Gageac for Bordeaux, where we will board the ship.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Bordeaux and Pauillac
Bordeaux
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: On board. Breakfast is a self service buffet which may include pastries, coffee, tea, juice, breads, jams and jellies, a variety of sausages and cold cuts, eggs, fresh fruit, and yogurt.

Morning: This morning, we will learn 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. Lunch on board will be 3-course sit down meals served at set times. Meals are prepared on a daily basis from fresh ingredients. Beverages include mineral water, fruit juice, tea, coffee, & house wine and beer. Champagne and all wines on the special wine list are available for an additional charge.

Afternoon: We will venture out into the vineyards of the Graves and Sauternes. Take time to explore two very distinct producers, learn about their art and taste their wines. Along the way, explore some of the loveliest villages of the Bordelais.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Pauillac and Medoc Vineyards
Pauillac
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: Buffet on board.

Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture about the wines of the left bank and the different grape varietals used in Bordeaux for blending,

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: We will depart Pauillac this afternoon to discover the Medoc vineyards, producers of 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, stopping at a few exclusive properties for a cellar visit and a special tasting.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Blaye and the Gironde Estuary
Blaye
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: Buffet on board.

Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture aboard; enjoy insight from a specialist on the estuary of Gironde and its very special ecosystem. Enjoy the rest of the morning on deck observing the scenic vistas of the Gironde Estuary and the cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde. Your Group Leader will share historical commentary with the help of our listening devices.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will examine the wines of the Côtes de Blaye. This is a lesser known vineyard that produces some very nice local wines with very little exposure in North America. We will 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.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
St. Emilion
Libourne
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: Buffet 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. Enjoy the rest of the morning on deck to take in the scenic views or to relax.

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. Many of the area growers still keep up the old tradition of planting roses at the end of the rows. You will learn the meaning behind this.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
12
Cadillac, Bordeaux, Farewell Dinner
Bordeaux
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 miles at a time during excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Breakfast: Buffet on board.

Morning: This morning, we will have a lecture to discuss the organization of the Bordeaux wine market and the importance of the wine brokers and shippers We will talk about how and for how long to keep wine and your lecturer will try to answer all of your questions about Bordeaux wines.

Lunch: On board

Afternoon: We will take a field trip through the Chartrons District. Historically, this is where the wine business started in Bordeaux. You will see the house where Thomas Jefferson stayed when he visited Bordeaux. The visit will lead you to the wine museum where you will learn everything about the great wine merchants.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.

Evening: Say farewell to your new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Buffet on board

Morning: After disembarking the ship we will take a coach transfer to the Bordeaux airport. 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 enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures 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!






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