Introduction
Everything we love best about France is abundant in the scenic southwest. Great wine? Bordeaux wine vintners travel their limestone hillsides to package their harvest into remarkable reds—and we taste our way through their treasures. History? The Vezere River Valley’s cave paintings are some of the earliest signs of modern man. Culture? From the 13th to the 15th centuries, the Dordogne was the border between France and England; the fortifications, châteaux and villages built so close together for defense now make for lovely, compact walking tours in Dordogne. Along the way, we spend time with artisans, tradesmen and even a truffle hunter. And the lifestyle? Think of yourself at one of the loveliest inns we’ve ever discovered, strolling by your 13th century millpond before dining on a country stew and crème brûlée by candlelight. If you love to lose yourself in the life of the places you visit, this is the perfect experience for you.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1-4 BORDEAUX / LES EYZIES
We’ll meet in the city of Bordeaux, and begin with a morning walk in this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City. That afternoon, we visit the ancient village of St. Emilion, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it’s the flinty vineyards, the limestone caves, and the red vintages that bring us here. And we’ll punctuate our scenic walks with a meal built around a tasting of the region’s finest.

After a short drive to the Dordogne Valley, we take our guide Bart’s favorite footpath to cross farm pastures…clamber over a ruined 12th century castle…and visit the gardens of Château de Marquessac. Settling into Les Eyzies, we strike out on a remarkable walk through a valley studded with the fortifications of Domme, Castelnaud and Commarque Castle. Sworn to secrecy, we’ll go truffle-hunting with our ami Edouard, France’s head master, and lunch on a classic truffle omelet.

DAYS 5-6 - COLY / BRIVE
From Coly, a riverside walk in the Vezere Valley leads to a viewing of 27,000-year-old cave art in a site not open to the public. Then we’ll stroll and shop in the tiny villages on the river’s bank. On our final day, we visit the Lascaux II caves before parting company in Brive.
Picture yourself...
  • Ambling through vineyards to spectacular chateaux
  • Marveling at castles and fortified villages
  • Pondering primitive paintings in prehistoric caves
Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley
Culture + Walking
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Bordeaux—10:00 am—lobby of Hotel Burdigala

Ending Point: Brive—12:15 pm—rail station


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 6-11, 2019$4995.00$595.00
June 10-15, 2019$4995.00$595.00
September 16-21, 2019$4995.00$595.00
October 21-26, 2019$4995.00$595.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Bordeaux & the Dordogne Valley
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6 Days / 5 Nights
The Dordogne Valley has a very temperate climate similar to Napa Valley.


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Hotels
Hotel Les Glycines

Overlooking the Vezere river, this four star property features a gourmet restaurant, spa, and six acres of wooded park land.

Manoir D'hautegente

Dating to the 13th century, this country manor sits on the banks of a trout stream and has been owned by the Hamelin family for over 300 years. Family antiques decorate the high-ceilinged bedrooms, which all enjoy river views.

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