Back
Web Page Book Now

Journey Through Southern France - 2018

Vine-gilded vistas and majestic groves dotting the landscapes. An idyllic countryside said to have inspired the Masters. The axis of universally-renowned cuisine and nave for some of the world's finest and most exclusive vintages. This is Southern France, also known as le Midi, where a kaleidoscope of colors paint a vivid panorama, and the notes of fine vintages and heady culinary alchemy is a common seduction. Walk into a living storybook at the UNESCO-designated village of Carcassonne, and venture to the iconic bastides and wine cooperatives of the Dordogne Valley. Take in the pastoral splendor of Saint R my's lavender fields. Follow your smell for adventure on a chase for truffles during a chef-led, dog sniffing journey. Savor a Grand Cru in the region it was born, break bread amongst the vineyards of 16th-century architectural titans, and toast votre sant inside the grape-festooned region of Bordeaux as you embark on a discovery of Southern France you'll never forget.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts
8 lunches
8 dinners
See the Medoc wine region, along the stunning "Route des Ch teaux."
Discover the medieval city Saint- milion.
Hunt for truffles with a local chef and his keen-sensed dogs.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $5,299
Start Location
Bordeaux, France
End Location
Saint-R my-de-Proven, France
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 44
Tour Style
Luxury
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
09 Apr 201918 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $5,299
30 Apr 201909 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,299 
ItineraryExpand
Bordeaux, France - Tour Begins
Welcome to Bordeaux, a region known as much for its vibrancy and dynamism as its world-renowned wine. A local restaurant famous for its s lection de vins and locally-sourced meat invites you for a gastronomic adventure expertly pairing locally sourced foods and wine to mark the beginning of your journey through the south of France.
Dinner Included
Bordeaux - Medoc
This morning, explore Bordeaux through a local's perspective during a guided city tour. Embark on an interactive journey through a world of wine and culture at La Cit du Vin. Referred to as the "Guggenheim of wine," this sensory adventure takes you on a fascinating discovery of wine culture and history, ending with a glass of wine while overlooking a 360-degree view of Bordeaux. Next, travel the stunning "Route des Ch teaux," viewing the historic wine estates of the Medoc region. Complete your journey today with a walk through a winery to absorb the atmosphere of the vineyards, smell the grapes and taste locally grown wine. Enjoy the evening at leisure to take in the sights and sounds of Bordeaux.
Breakfast Included
Bordeaux - Saint milion - Monestier (Dordogne Valley)
A tuk-tuk vehicle brings you through the charming medieval village of Saint milion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Bordeaux's largest winemaking areas. After getting acquainted with the city, enjoy time to explore this perfectly compact French village. Then it's on to the Ch teau Des Vigiers, known as "Petit Versailles," your home for the next two evenings. Tonight, enjoy a fine dining experience in this 16th-century estate.
Breakfast Included
Dinner Included
Dordogne Valley
Venture to the countryside for a charming local market experience. Stop in Eymet, one of Southern France's iconic "bastides" (fortified towns) before visiting the Chateau Monbazillac a wine cooperative best known for its dessert wine and a symbol of the Bergerac region since the end of the 16th century. This afternoon, it's your choice how you would like to explore the Dordogne Valley. Independently pedal the ancient narrow streets on a bicycle for an up close and personal view the valley; OR, relax while enjoying the spa* your chateau has to offer.
Breakfast Included
Dordogne Valley - Carcassonne
Bid adieu to the Dordogne Valley as you make your way to Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site and virtual storybook that comes to life, replete with drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets. This afternoon step back centuries to medieval times when you explore this breathtaking city independently.
Breakfast Included
Carcassonne - Pont du Gard - Avignon - Saint R my
Journey this morning from Carcassonne to Provence. En route, marvel at the Saint-Benezet Bridge and the Pont du Gard, the greatest surviving stretch of aqueduct to have remained since Roman times. In the incredible village of Avignon, often called the "City of Popes," you'll gain an inside look at all this village has to offer during a walking tour with your local expert guide. End with a visit to the dramatic Palace of the Popes, a center of European religion since the Popes moved there in 1309. This evening, sip on locally crafted cocktails followed by dinner.
Breakfast Included
Dinner Included
Saint R my
A visit to Gordes yields a sojourn to France's famed lavender fields and museum, where you'll learn the origin of this beautiful and fragrant flower. An unforgettable epicurean adventure commences with a truffle hunt led by a local chef and trained truffle dogs. Apr s hunt, savor the unique experience of farm tastings throughout the countryside, among landscapes said to have inspired Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, and other master artists.
Breakfast Included
Lunch Included
Saint R my - Les Baux-de-Provence - Saint R my
Navigate the winding medieval streets in the hilltop town of Les Baux-de-Provence where you have time to explore. Experience one of the world's most impressive and beautiful multimedia presentations, the Carri res de Lumi res, set in the ancient quarries of the Alpilles Mountains. With cavernous sound and a spectacle of light complemented by fortress views on the Alpilles mountain range, you'll notice immediately why this is one of the most acclaimed attractions in the region. Later, take time to relax or explore the charming village of Saint R my. Tonight's farewell dinner leaves you to compare notes and experiences with your fellow travelers as you prepare to bid au revoir to the magic of Southern France.
Breakfast Included
Dinner Included
Saint-R my - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.
Breakfast Included