The iconic fortress of Carcassone looms over the city on a sunny day.
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Tour code: BTBBB4

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Jewels of Southwest France

  • 10 days
  • France
  • Max 18 Passengers


Delicious oysters. Exquisite wines. Rich Bayonne ham. Take time to savour the finer things in life on this journey of discovery through Southwest France. Starting in Bordeaux (just a two-hour train journey from Paris), we’ll seek out the region’s gastronomic gems and treasured vineyards – travelling over soaring mountains, along the Atlantic coast, and into enchanting castles and prehistoric caves as we go.

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  • Tour Starts/Ends
  • 1 Overnight Stop
  • Day Stop

Tour Highlights

  • Savour the tantalising flavours of fresh Arcachon Bay oysters, Bayonne ham, Blanquette de Limoux wine and world-famous Bordeaux reds
  • Admire the famous prehistoric paintings of the UNESCO-protected Lascaux Cave at Lascaux II
  • Stay in the UNESCO-listed medieval citadel of Carcassonne

Tour Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Bordeaux (France)

    Where better to begin our journey of Southwest France than beautiful Bordeaux? After meeting the group, we´ll clink glasses over a delicious welcome meal. Bon appétit! Accommodation: Hôtel de Sèze (or similar)

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  • Day 2 - Bordeaux – Arcachon Bay – Biarritz

  • Day 3 - Biarritz – Bayonne – Biarritz

  • Day 4 - Biarritz – Lourdes – Midi-Pyrénées

  • Day 5 - Midi-Pyrénées – Carcassonne

  • Day 6 - Carcassonne

  • Day 7 - Carcassonne – Albi – Sarlat-la-Canéda

  • Day 8 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Vézère Valley – Sarlat-la-Canéda

  • Day 9 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Beynac-et-Cazenac – Sarlat-la-Canéda

  • Day 10 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Saint-Émilion –– Bordeaux

Tour Inclusions


- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodation

The Crew


Experienced Tour Leader and Driver



Premium mini-coach transportation


Reviews Rating
  • 31st October 2023
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    We did the Back Roads Jewels of South-west France tour and enjoyed it very much. We travelled on the back roads, not highways in a small bus. There were 16 in our group and the guide was french but spoke English very well. He was excellent as he was informative and helpful and taught us some french as well as explaining french attitudes and customs. Our driver was careful and considerate and also spoke English very well. Instead of packing up and moving to a new hotel every day, we stayed in most places for 2 or 3 nights, which was much easier. We were free to get our own lunches, which was great because we didn't usually want much lunch after a big breakfast. We visited many beautiful and interesting towns, mostly with medieval city walls and were taken to all the most important buildings. I would definitely recommend this trip as we learnt more than we would have if we'd travelled there ourselves.
  • 19th October 2023
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    The tour was thought out very well with great back roads used. Our guide and driver were excellent. Some of the hotels were a bit average but clean and often located in good positions. Two of the dinners were very good , the other two not so much.
  • 19th October 2023
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    The guide and driver were highly professional. Instructions were communicated clearly and I always felt safe and appreciated.
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