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
12 days
Starts at
2,995
Flights start at
875
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12 days
11 nights
28 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival in Bordeaux
Sarlat
L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Prehistory in the Perigord: Cave Paintings and Les Eyzies
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

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. Then, at the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies, there will be an on-site lecture and 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.

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.

Evening: Take an evening walk around the beautiful medieval city of Sarlat as your Group Leader points out sites of interest.

DAY
4
La Roque Gageac, Cuisine in the Perigord
Sarlat
B,L
Best Western Le Renoir

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. 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.

Lunch: Enjoy dishes prepared by the chef.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will visit 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: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
The Pilgrimage Site of Rocamadour
Sarlat
B,L,D
Best Western Le Renoir

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: At the hotel.

Evening: Pack and prepare for check out at the hotel to board your river cruise the next afternoon.

DAY
6
The Black Pearl of the Perigord
Bordeaux
B,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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 Group Leader before heading off on your own.

Lunch: On your own.

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

Dinner: On board. Dinner 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Bordeaux and Pauillac
Bordeaux
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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, you 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 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
8
Pauillac, Gironde Estuary and Blaye
Pauillac
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Breakfast: Buffet on board.

Morning: This Morning, 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.

Lunch: On board.

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

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Libourne and St Emilion
Blaye
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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
10
Bordeaux
Libourne
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

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 on foot through Bordeaux’s historic center, including Saint-André Cathedral, a UNESCO listed monument. You will have the chance to taste the famous “canelé,” the signature pastry of Bordeaux.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
The Graves and Sauternes and the Chartrons District
Bordeaux
B,L,D
MS Cyrano de Bergerac

Breakfast: Buffet on board.

Morning: We will venture out into the vineyards of the Graves and Sauternes. Take time to explore a very famous producer, learn about his art and taste his wines. Along the way, explore some of the loveliest villages of the Bordelais.

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
12
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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