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Living and Learning in Bordeaux: Independent Stay and Study

Program No. 23313RJ
Make Bordeaux your home for six weeks and immerse yourself in French culture, history and cuisine as you explore the city on your own and join experts on educational field trips.
45 days
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Comfortable one-bedroom apartment designed for up to two occupants.


1 Bed Apartment
Accommodation Details

Comfortable one-bedroom apartment designed for up to two occupants.

At a Glance

When you think of Bordeaux, chances are that wine comes to mind. You wouldn’t be wrong – this intoxicating city is the wine capital of France, where rolling vineyards are fueled by the River Garonne. However, Bordeaux is so much more than a viticulture hot bed. As the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s teeming with architectural gems from 18th-century limestone mansions lining sun-dappled streets to the Roman ruins of a 3rd-century amphitheater. While living in your own hotel apartment, explore Bordeaux like a local as you weave your way through the city’s countless museums and meet the locals at beautiful bistros. For an added experience – and additional tuition price – you can even learn to “parler français” in daily language classes, study the intricacies of the region’s wine and cuisine or do both by enrolling in the language and culinary and wine tracks!
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Walking up to two miles per day during scheduled activities. Some field trips require walking up to three miles. Use of public transportation (tramway, bus).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stay in your own hotel apartment in the heart of Bordeaux to truly feel like a local as you explore the city’s 18th-century architecture and modern monuments on your own.
  • Learn about Bordeaux’s culinary and wine heritage through lectures, field trips and hands-on experiences or brush up on your French language skills through daily expert-led classes by enrolling in our culinary and wine or language tracks.
  • Journey Arcachon and Bayonne on a weekend field trip where you’ll experience an oyster tasting and learn about Basque culture at Ortillopitz.

General Notes

Prices may vary depending on the educational track you choose. Go online or call for details.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
South-West France: The Wines and Winemakers
by Paul Strang
South-West France is a wine lover's paradise that cultivates an astonishing array of grape varieties, many that grow nowhere else, and produces a fascinating assortment of wines. In this book, Paul Strang covers the South-West with enthusiasm and keen expertise, providing a history of its wine industry, including a near collapse and unlikely rebirth, and introducing readers to a region that seems to defy globalization.
My Life in France
by Julia Child
The touching and famous story of Julia Child in France, where she learned to cook and fell in love with French cuisine, all in her own words.
Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites
by Clotilde Dusolier
French food-related idioms are explained and delightfully illustrated in this playful meditation on the French language.
F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders
by Piu Eatwell
An alphabetized catalogue of quirky French culture and history tidbits.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
French Wine: A History
by Rod Phillips
French Wine is the first synthetic history of wine in France: from Etruscan, Greek, and Roman imports and the adoption of wine by beer-drinking Gauls to its present status within the global marketplace. Rod Phillips places the history of grape growing and winemaking in each of the country’s major regions within broad historical and cultural contexts.
Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea
by Thomas Parker
This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir (the specific taste of a particular place), demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that developed between the Renaissance and the Revolution.
The Food & Wine of France: Eating & Drinking from Champagne to Provence
by Edward Behr
Behr seeks out the best of French food, in encounters from Champagne to Provence, to tell the stories of French artisans and chefs who work at the highest level. He shares what he learns from these experts on French traditions and how to best enjoy this food.
The Cave Painters
by Gregory Curtis
In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others.
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Popular author Mark Kurlansky offers an engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque Land, discussing everything from language to culinary heritage and seafaring traditions.
Camembert: A National Myth
by Pierre Boisard
Camembert - delectably fragrant, creamy-centered, neatly boxed - is the most popular and most famous French cheese. Originally made by hand in the Norman countryside, it is now mass-produced internationally, yet Camembert remains a national symbol for France, emblematic of its cultural identity. In this witty and entertaining book, Pierre Boisard investigates the history of Camembert and its legend.

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