The Black Perigord
DAY 1: BORDEAUX- LASCAUX-SARLAT- PÉRIGUEUX
Enjoy breakfast on board before leaving by coach with a guide to discover the Périgord region. Our first stop will be the commune of Montignac, within the heart of the Vézère Valley, to explore the Lascaux II replicas of the famous prehistoric masterpieces. The Lascaux cave has been entirely and meticulously reproduced using the same paintings, techniques, and pigments so that the public today can appreciate the 17,000-year-old art. We’ll have lunch before setting out for a guided tour of the Manoir D’Eyrinac gardens in Salignac-Eyvigues. These gardens blend the classical and structured harmony of French gardens with the imagination of the Italian Renaissance. Mostly composed of yews, box trees, hornbeams and cypress trees, this garden is considered one of the most splendid in France. The elegant and poetic White Roses Garden, framed by the surrounding hills as far as the eye can see, brims with white flowers and refreshing fountains. Afterwards, we’ll leave by coach for Sarlat. By wandering the city’s cobblestone streets, you’ll experience close to one thousand years of exciting history and architecture dominated by limestone and French Oak materials. We’ll then head to Périgueux, where we’ll settle into a 3-star hotel for dinner and the night. The evening is free to do as you please.
DAY 2: PÉRIGUEUX- BOURDEILLES-BORDEAUX
We’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before leaving for a guided tour of Périgueux. After a presentation of its history in the last standing tower, we’ll take some time to stroll through its medieval streets. You’ll be able to see some amazing courtyards and a Renaissance-style staircase. Our visit will finish at the Saint-Front Cathedral, one of the major sites for modern day pilgrims on the Way of St. James. After our tour, we’ll relax over a tasting of some local products, including stuffed duck neck, foie gras, and several types of rillettes. You can also taste 4 different Bergerac wines: a sweet wine, a dry wine, a Bergerac red and a Pécharmant. We’ll have lunch in a local farmhouse inn and then continue on to a guided tour of the Château de Bourdeilles. The Château de Bourdeilles is one of the four baronies in the Périgord and consists of two distinct buildings: the 13th- to 14th-century feudal fortress is dominated by an octagonal keep originally meant to protect those who took refuge there, and the Renaissance constructions that house a prestigious collection of 15th- to 19th-century furniture and a dazzling "Golden Room". After our tour, we’ll return to Bordeaux for dinner and accommodations at a 3-star hotel.
DAY 3: BORDEAUX
Enjoy breakfast this morning before checking out of the hotel.
Times are approximate. The times and the order of visits can change.
Length: 3 days
INCLUDED in the cruise program BOQ - BOS - BOP - BOA