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Vineyard in Southern France

Backroads of Southern France

A chance to see many of the gems of Southern France, travelling from the Alps to the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean to Bordeaux.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Nice

Welcome to France! After a warm welcome from your specialist tour guide leave Nice behind and enter the calm beauty of St-Paul-de-Vence, a walled village rising above the rolling countryside near Vence. St Paul was “discovered” in the 1920s by painters such as Signac, Modigliami, Bonnard and Soutine. On arrival join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink at the world-famous Auberge de la Colombe d’Or. Overnight Saint-Paul-de Vence

 

Day 2 – Moustier Ste. Marie

Before leaving St Paul visit the Foundation Maeght, a modern art museum exhibiting the work of such artists as Braque, Chagall, Miro and Giacometti. Afterwards wind your way up into the Alps to the Gorges du Verdon, frequently called the Grand Canyon of France. Spend the night in the small town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie. Overnight Moustiers-Ste-Marie

 

Day 3 – Arles

Today travel west to the city of Arles. On the way admire views of the Mont St. Victoire, the mountain which inspired Cezanne on more than 60 occasions! Afterwards continue to Arles, where Van Gogh produced more than 200 paintings and 100 drawings. Overnight Arles

 

Day 4 – Excursion to Nimes

After breakfast depart for a full day excursion to Nimes. Visit one of the best preserved Roman Temples still standing, the Maison Carree. Afterwards drive a few miles north of Nimes to admire another wonder of the Ancient World, the Pont du Gard. Built in 19 BC this aqueduct has stood for more than 2,000 years without the aid of mortar! Overnight Arles

 

Day 5 – Arles – Collioure

From Arles travel southwest along the Mediterranean to the picturesque village of Collioure nestled between the sea and the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the way stop in Montpellier for lunch and visit the collection of 18th and 19th century paintings housed in the Musee Fabre. Overnight Collioure

 

Day 6 – Collioure - Vernet Les Bains

From Collioure climb into the Pyrenees towards the snow peak of Canigou. Take the one hour hike up the foot path to St Martin du Canigou, a Romanesque abbey perched 3,500 ft above sea level! Afterwards depart to Vernet-les–Bains for overnight. Overnight Vernet-les-Bains

 

Day 7 – Vernet-les-Bains – Carcassonne

Today depart for the walled city of Carcassonne one of the largest fortress cities  in Europe. Enjoy visits to the Cite’s Chateau Comtal and the Romanesque Basilique of St Nazaire. Tonight sample the local gastronomic delight of Cassoulet. Overnight Carcassonne

 

Day 8 – Carcassonne – Conques

Today continue northward into the Languedoc region and your next destination, the village of Conques. En route stop in Albi to visit the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec which houses the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work anywhere in the world. Later continue to Conques, the recommended stopping point between Le Puy and Moissac for medieval pilgrims on their journey to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain. Overnight Conques

 

Day 9 - Conques – Sarlat

Travel west into the Dordogne, the region is noted for its concentration of prehistoric cave paintings. Spend the next three nights in the town of Sarlat-la-Caneda, a charming market town with numerous restored gothic and renaissance town houses. Overnight Sarlat

 

Day 10 – Excursion to Souillac and Rocamadour

This day trip will take you to Souillac and to Rocamadour. Visit the Padirac Chasm, a great hole 338 feet deep believed to be the doorway to Hell by many inhabitants right up in the 19th century. Board a flat bottomed boat for a journey over the waters of an underground river. Overnight Sarlat

 

Day 11 – Excursion to Les Eyzies de Tayac

After breakfast travel to Les Eyzies de Tayac, the prehistoric capital of France. Tour the Font-de-Gaume Cave with its painting of horses, bison, mammoths and reindeer, the finest group of polychrome prehistoric paintings still open to the public. Overnight Sarlat

 

Day 12 – Sarlat – St Emilion

Today travel west to the most famous wine producing region of the world, the vineyards of Bordeaux. On the way stop in Perigueux to visit the Cathedral of St Front, one of the largest and most curious churches in France. After the tour continue onto St Emilion for overnight. Overnight St Emilion

 

Day 13 – Bordeaux

Spend the day exploring and tasting the finest wines of the region: from Medoc, the heart of Bordeaux’s great reds to the great whites of Sauternes and Bersac. Tonight celebrate the end of the tour at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight Bordeaux

 

Day 14 – Departure

This morning an executive motorcoach is provided for the transfer to Bordeaux airport.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Open Market in ARLES

Carcassonne, France

ST EMILION, France

BORDEAUX, FRANCE

conques, france

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

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