You are a foodie traveler, a food and wine lover.
You are interested in learning more about the history of France, its traditions and culture.
You like the elegance and the “chic à la française".
You are looking for an all-inclusive tour designed for individuals or a small group...
This program featuring the South West of France and the Dordogne Valley is for you!
Dordogne county is historically one of the most interesting in France. It draws from its very remote history to highlight its cave paintings dating from 40,000 BC whose Lascaux is the most representative, and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac museum of prehistory. At the Middle-age, the region was shaken by religious wars and conflicts that opposed the Kingdoms of France and England (Alienor of Aquitaine married to English King Henri II de Plantagenets…).
This period left another kind of heritage: castles and medieval fortresses, built on hilltop villages overlooking the Dordogne river. The more quiet late fifteen and sixteen centuries were more conducive to the development in urban architecture, leaving today a beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architectural heritage especially in Perigueux, Bergerac and Sarlat, the city of consuls with its 400 years of glory starting at the fourteen century.
Food, wine, traditions and culture are all linked to the past time and history. Before the railway and road constructions, the trade was operated on rivers to the ocean. The food, the wine, the wood… were transported by boat to the Atlantic coast. Fortunate families have built chateaux, manors and other prestigious houses which contributed to make the France heritage unique.
About one-hour distance from Sarlat, you find the former Viscounty of Turenne which had been a State in the State for at least 900 years until 1738. Viscounts held in a simple tribute of honor to the King were exempt from tax, and act as sovereign: they organized the General Estates, raised taxes, ennoble, etc. Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte are the witness of this incredible period. Aside to this nobility, peasants worked the land hardly. One of the Dordogne/Perigord main resource has been the live stock especially of ducks and geese, as well as walnuts plantations… and it's still today. In autumn and winter, porcini mushrooms and black truffles arrive on the markets' booths attracting gourmets from all over France and beyond. Dordogne also have beautiful vineyards such as Bergerac producing full-body reds which match perfectly with confit and duck breast.
Bordeaux, listed at the UNESCO world heritage, is the capital of the Aquitaine region. The city gave its name to a prestigious vineyard and its legendary châteaux of Medoc, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, etc.
Ideally located at the Gironde river estuary, a few kilometers distance from the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux was the biggest port before the 1789 Revolution. The wine trade and the commerce contributed to make merchants fortunate and to create a fabulous architectural heritage: private mansions, opera house, theater and museums, tree-shaded thoroughfares and avenues that invite to walks, beautifully designed river banks facing classified buildings such as Hotel de la Bourse, Grand Pavilion and fountains… Bordeaux is now the 9th biggest city of France with 242.000 inhabitants and one of most dynamic cities with shopping streets right in the historic quarters, indoor and open-air markets, cafés, wine bars, intimate bistrots and gourmet restaurants. Bordeaux is 50 miles distance from the Dordogne Valley.
Taste of Dordogne & Bordeaux includes luxury guesthouse and chateau accommodations nearby Sarlat and Saint-Emilion.
Welcome to La Maison de Laroc, located in the heart of the Dordogne Valley in a picturesque village listed among the hundred most beautiful spots in France, this luxury guesthouse is a contemporary architect villa built on a basis of traditional tobacco barns.
The guesthouse is independent to the owners house. It offers 3 spacious and modern-designed bedrooms (with en-suite private bathrooms with walk-in shower), furnished with king-sized beds.
All rooms are air-conditioned and oriented south with a view on the valley.
For the morning great moment of exchange and conviviality, Anne prepares daily delicious breakfasts which include a squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits salad, home-made jams, croissants, baguettes, butter, cereals, yogurts, and more.
Welcome to Chateau Saint-Jean, a 17th century renovated property nestled in a 6 hectares landscape garden with its pool and open-air jacuzzi, surrounded by woods. Located 15 minutes from Saint-Emilion classified village and prestigious vineyards, Chateau Saint-Jean features a gorgeous view down to the glassy waters of the river Dordogne…
It is home to Isabelle, Pascal and her daughter Margot. The chateau offers five spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites, as well two independent apartments and loft-house.
Modern amenities include electric heaters, hairdryer, bathrobes, towels. WiFi free Internet access, cable TV, coffee and tea facilities in each room. Home-made breakfast includes coffee, tea and hot chocolate, freshly baked cake, crepes or waffles, baguette and croissants, butter and jams, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruits and juice, and more.
Join Corinne in her kitchen to learn the best of the South West traditional cuisine that you will be able to make at home with ingredients you will easily find. Program includes 3 hands-on cooking classes operated in Saint-Cybranet quaint village. . You will experience at least 15 different recipes from scratch. Despite the South West cuisine is reputed to be rich, Corinne creates well-balanced menus paired with local wines (ie: Bergerac, Montbazillac, Pecharmant). Classes are scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon. It's followed by a food and wine pairing tasting lunch or dinner.
What are you going to cook ?
The Perigord cuisine celebrates the countryside traditions. Menus follow seasonal fresh produce. It can include duck paté, onion soup, chestnut and foie gras velouté, escargots and mushrooms pastry, truffle scrambled eggs, beef fillet with wine sauce and seasonal vegetables, chicken “Made-in-Perigord", seasonal fruits clafoutis, soufflé, walnut cake, walnut and honey crepes, poached fruits in red wine, brioche French toast, pears and walnut tart, etc. You will of course enjoy the Rocamadour and Cabecou local goat creamy cheese accompanied by walnut oil dressed salad!
Additional food & wine adventures. Each day offers a feast! Aside to cooking classes followed by a tasting lunch or dinner, you will experience the finest South West cuisine in traditional and gourmet restaurants. You will also improve your knowledge in Bordeaux wines through a wine tasting class. You will try to find the numerous aromas in the white and red wine, you will learn about the different grapes that make the Bordeaux wines so fine. You will visit wineries (Bordeaux & Bergerac), a geese farm and a walnut oil mill. You will experience the farmers market tour and shopping!
Taste of Dordogne & Bordeaux includes no more than seven cultural tours. You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Saint-Emilion medieval village, its underground cathedral, convents, ermitage, steep cobble-stone paths, and of course the Dordogne Valley. You will visit Bergerac to learn more about Cyrano and the Mousquetaires…
You will visit the outstanding medieval and Renaissance-style city of Sarlat, as well as La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Saint-Cyprien, Castelnaud La Chapelle quaint villages lining the Dordogne river.
You will visit Les Eyzies-de-Tayac legendary prehistoric site as well as Lascaux decorated caves (or similar) with impressive paintings and engravings, ranging from about 30,000 to 12,000 years ago. The Vézère Valley in Dordogne is so rich in Palaeolithic archaeology that the region was placed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites in 1979.
Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome to Bordeaux. Transfer to the Dordogne Valley.
Pick up at Bordeaux rail station or airport of hotel. Private transfer to Dordogne by private car or van. Check-in at La Maison de Laroc. Transfer to Corinne's house in Saint-Cybranet (10 minutes drive). Welcome aperitif. We will take time to review the itinerary and program. Welcome dinner accompanied by wine to follow. Transfer to the guesthouse. Overnight.
Day 2 (Monday): Morning cooking class. Afternoon tour to Beynac.–
Transfer to Corinne's house by private car or van after breakfast. Welcome tea or coffee before partaking your first cooking class followed by lunch. Afternoon tour to Beynac medieval village through its steep cobble-stone streets and paths, and visit to the 12th-century chateau & fortress. Dinner at a restaurant in Daglan. Transfer to the guesthouse. Overnight.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Visit to local producers. Cooking Class. Visit to the château of Castelnaud.
After breakfast, visit to cheese and geese farms. Then join Corinne in her kitchen to partake your second cooking class. She will teach you how to prepare a well-balanced dinner within 2 hours only. Tasting lunch follows. Afternoon visit to the walnut oil mill and museum, and to Castelnaud-La-Chapelle medieval castle. Dinner at a restaurant in La Roque Gageac. Overnight.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Market Cooking Class. Afternoon guided tour to Sarlat.
After breakfast, transfer to Sarlat. Market tour and shopping followed by cooking class and lunch. Afternoon guided tour to Salat. Dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant. Overnight.
Day 5 (Thursday): Full-day excursion to Lascaux and Marqueysac.
After breakfast, transfer to Lascaux. Half-day guided excursion including the visit to Lascaux. Lunch in a traditional auberge. Afternoon guided tour to Marqueysac beautiful gardens or visit to Chateau des Milandes which was Josephine Baker last residence. Gourmet food & wine dinner at Corinne's house. Overnight.
Day 6 (Friday): Transfer to Saint-Emilion through Bergerac.
After breakfast, transfer to Saint-Emilion through Bergerac. Guided tour of Bergerac including a cruise in a traditional boat (called gabare) on the Dordogne river. Lunch in Bergerac. Afternoon visit to a winery. Check-in at le Château Saint-Jean. Resting time. Dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant in the village. Overnight
Day 7 (Saturday): Full-day wine tour to Saint-Emilion.
Breakfast at Chateau Saint-Jean. Visit to a prestigious Grand Cru winery in the morning. Gourmet lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant in Saint-Emilion. Afternoon wine tasting class and guided cultural tour of Saint-Emilion (by minibus). Transfer to Chateau Saint-Jean. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 (Sunday): Full-day wine tour to Sauternes & Graves
Breakfast at Chateau Saint-Jean. Full-day tour to Sauternes and Les Graves vineyards including visits to wineries (tastings always follow). Gourmet lunch in Sauternes. Transfer to Chateau Saint-Jean. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 (Monday)Check-out and transfer to Bordeaux. End of tour.
Check-out after breakfast. Transfer to Bordeaux airport or train station. End of the tour.
US$ 4,250 per person (DBL occupancy) > Private tour for 4 to 6 people
US$ 5,200 per person (DBL occupancy) > Private tour for 2 people
Single supplement: US$ 750
All taxes & VAT included.
8-night chateau and luxury 4-key guesthouse accommodation
Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners in traditional and Michelin-star restaurants
3 cooking classes followed by tasting lunch or dinner accompanied by wine
Wine tasting class in Bordeaux or Saint-Emilion
Recipes in English
Guided tours of Saint-Emilion, Bergerac, Sarlat, Beynac
Visits to cultural sites as detailed in the itinerary (entrance fees included)
Visits to a prestigious winery in Saint-Emilion (entrance fees included)
Visits to local producers as detailed in the itinerary
9-day transportation by private van, including Bordeaux rail station or airport transfers.
Not included : airfare to/from your country, drinks in restaurants, personal insurance, and personal expenses.
This tour is offered upon request, scheduled April to October, except on public holidays and the 3 first weeks of August. Tour is confirmed with 2 people, and limited to 6 participants. Please contact us.