Immerse yourself in the beauty and romance of Southern France with this relaxed pace, small group tour. Begin with the breath-taking sites of Toulouse, known as ‘La Ville Rose’, the pink city, with its hidden gems, art, history, and culture. Continue through majestic scenery of the Lot Valley to Cahors in the Midi Pyrenees, awarded the Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (city of art & history). Combine the southern atmosphere with historical and gastronomic wealth in the charming pedestrian-friendly town of Sarlat, our home for 5 nights! Yes, you read that correctly, no packing/unpacking for 5 nights! Explore the legendary landscapes, local vineyards, historical sites, pre-historic caves, a meandering boat ride, delicious tastings, beautiful medieval villages and much more with your fellow BE travellers. Wind down the journey through the vineyards of Saint Emilion to the captivating Southern French city Bordeaux, the world wine capital!
Ladies, expect an abundance culture, history, gastronomy, and FUN on our She Sees Southern France tour.
We hope you can join us!
Day 1 | Wednesday, May 24 (D)
*Independent arrival at the Toulouse Airport
Welcome to Toulouse, France! Upon arrival meet our private group transfer and check in to our centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk of the enchanting ‘Pink City’ with our guide. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner.
Overnight Crowne Plaza Toulouse (or similar) – 1 nt
Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will have a designated group flight from Toronto. The group transfer and orientation tour will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
Day 2 | Thursday, May 25 (B/L/D)
TOULOUSE – CAHORS
Depart this morning through the majestic scenery of the Lot Valley to the city of Cahors. Rich in art and history, the Ministry of Culture awarded Cahors with Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire. Enjoy a walking tour, uncovering the stories of the most emblematic monuments in the history of Cahors. Discover the remains of the amphitheatre, Saint Stephen Cathedral, Renaissance merchant’s houses as well as the famous Pont Valentré military bridge.
Overnight Best Western Plus Divona (or similar) – 2 nts
Day 3 | Friday, May 26 (B/L)
CAHORS – SAINT CIRQ LAPOPIE – CAHORS
The village of Saint Cirq Lapopie is one of the most well preserved in the area, perched on a steep cliff 100m above the Lot River. Crowned ‘Most preferred village of the French’ in 2012, it attracts visitors from all over the world. See for yourself on a guided walking tour of the historic part of the village with houses dating back to the 13th century, no doubt stopping for numerous photo opportunities. Discover the prehistoric cave of Pech Merle and remarkable preservation of paintings over 20,000 years old. There will also be free time to explore this wonderful village on your own. Return to Cahors for an evening at leisure.
Day 4 | Saturday, May 27 (B/D)
CAHORS – PADIRAC – ROCAMADOUR – SARLAT
Depart this morning through the beautiful Dordogne Region to Padirac Chasm. Experience one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the region, an impressive cave with an underground river and miles of stalagmites and stalactites. Continue on to the nearby historic, pilgrimage village of Rocamadour.
Enjoy a guided walking tour and learn about the miraculous rock, collection of tales, legends and beliefs, the sanctuary of the Black Virgin and the importance of this historical pilgrimage site, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue on to beautiful village of Sarlat, our home for the next five nights.
Overnight Hotel Plaza Madeleine (or similar) – 5 nts
Day 5 | Sunday, May 28 (B/L)
SARLAT – VEZERE VALLEY – SARLAT
Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vezere Valley. Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings, and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. Learn about this fascinating art and the people who created it. Continue to the impressive town of Lascaux and visit the International Center of Parietal Art – Lascaux IV. End the day with the visit of the living troglodyte village of La Madeleine. This exceptional natural site, among the best preserved in the Vézère Valley, has attracted people from prehistoric times to the present day. Return to Sarlat for an evening at leisure.
Day 6 | Monday, May 29 (B/L/D)
SARLAT – BEYNAC – MARQUEYSSAC – SARLAT
Depart this morning for a day excursion starting with a visit to Castelnaud Castle. Built on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Périgord Noir, this castle offers magnificent panoramic views over the Dordogne Valley. Continue to the majestic gardens of Marqueyssac. Surrounding a stone-tiled château from the early 19th Century, the gardens offer beautiful pathways of over 150,000 hand pruned boxwoods and stunning viewpoints. This afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch and peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre, admiring the mighty castles that loom over the riverbanks. Complete the day with a tasting at a walnut oil mill before returning to Sarlat for the evening
Day 7 | Tuesday, May 30 (B/L)
SARLAT – MILANDES – DOMME – ROQUE GAGEAC – SARLAT
Today’s excursion will start at Château des Milandes, dedicated to the life of Josephine Baker was the first black woman ever honoured with a Pantheon burial. Continue to the fortified medieval town of Domme with its impressive panoramic view over the Dordogne valley. Then drive to riverside town of La Roque Gageac. With its old-fashioned charm and breath-taking landscapes, this one street town stretches along the river and is sculpted out of the rock between the river and the cliffs. Return to Sarlat for an evening at leisure.
Day 8 | Wednesday, May 31 (B/D)
It’s Market Day! The medieval town of Sarlat hosts one of the biggest and best food markets in the Dordogne. Today we have a gourmet tasting and walking tour! Sample regional delicacies: pates, walnut products, croquants, Bergerac wine, truffle oils, and more. Meet the passionate farmers, vendors and shopkeepers at Market Day in Sarlat.
Day 9 | Thursday, June 1 (B/L)
SARLAT – SAINT EMILION – BORDEAUX
We continue our journey west to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saint Emilion. Particularly well-preserved this quaint and charming medieval town is best known for its wines. Savour the flavours with lunch and wine-tasting at a local winery with time in the afternoon to visit the incredible monolithic church. Later, continue to Bordeaux for an evening at leisure.
Overnight in Novotel Bordeaux Centre, or similar – 2 nights
Day 10 | Friday, June 2 (B/D)
Start the day with a walking tour highlighting the most famous landmarks in Bordeaux, including the Grand Theatre located in the heart of downtown; the monument to the Girondins and its fountain, the Allée de Tourny, the Place de la Bourse and rue St. Catherine which has been the “main street or high street” since Roman times. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to explore and do some last-minute shopping prior to gathering for our Farewell dinner to reminisce and share stories of our wonderful “She Sees Southern France” journey.
Day 11 | Saturday, June 3 (B)
It’s time to bid farewell to France with a private group transfer to the Bordeaux airport. Bon Voyage!
B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost
**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**