Most beautiful villages & world heritage sites
Journey Thema: Santiago Pilgrimage Route, Spain, French Basque specialty, Catari school, pastel, Medieval Castle, Prehistoric Cave Art
Local Scenery: Vineyards, cedar forests, sea and mountains, meadows, wheat fields, sunflower fields (early July), limestone plateaus, valleys, rivers of the World Natural Heritage
per person : 2,150 €
Charter : 5,375 € (1-4 people) 7,526 € (5-7 people)
A French driver will guide you in english.
*Customers' meals, lodging and entrance fees are not included.
Mileage 2,200 Km
Visit one chateau in Bordeaux. You can choose one from the following three.
Please let us know your wishes when you contact us.
① Medoc region (5th grade Cinquièmes Crus rated in 1855)
② Saint-Emilion region (Grand Crus Classés )
③ Sauterne (Grand Crus Classés )
Lunch near Sauternes Chateau and head to the Basque area.
Pass through the pine forest to the entrance to the Basque Country and head for Bayonne, which has its origin with the meeting of two rivers. The old town there flourished as a trading port.
Take a tour of the Sainte-Marie cathedral and cloister, or have a walk through the famous ham and chocolate shop.
Overnight in Biarritz, which has flourished as a resort for nobles since the 19th century .
Near the old port where whales were witnessed, is the Virgin Rock, which was built to pray for safety sailors, so take a stroll along the coast.
It is a resort area on the Atlantic coast that is crowded with surfers and families, so there are stylish boutiques and restaurants.
Swing up on the wooden La Rhune mountain railway and climb up to 905m above the mountain, overlooking Basque Country.
From the train window, you can see small horses, sheep, and eagles called Potock.
*Operates from March 26 to early November
We will head to the small tuna fishing port town of Saint Jean de Luz , which was famous for the wedding of Louis XIV and Queen Mary Therese .
Tour of a church with an inverted hull for a wedding, a cotton shoe called espadrilles, a basque linen, and enjoy shopping such as macaroons a rustic almond flavor cookie that Louis XIV preferred (which are completely different from Paris macaroons).
Drive along the coast road, which cannot be reached by train or bus, to San Sebastian on the Spanish Sea Basque. The coastal landscape and far-flung pasture landscapes are registered as protected areas.
After arriving in San Sebastian, we will visit the Igueldo observatory overlooking La Concha Bay, which means scallop in Spanish regarding to the pilgrim path of Santiago de Compostella.
In the old town, there are many tapas bars lined up, so please enjoy the famous pintxos (thin sliced bread with anchopi and cod side dishes) and the white wine with a slight sparkle called Txacoli.
In the small village of Ainhoa you can see Basque traditional houses built around the 17th century.
It is located 730 km to the final point also on the pilgrimage route, and has flourished as a post town on the border of Spain from the 13th century.
Famous as the village of pepper Espelette is a lovely place for slow food.
There are many specialties such as ground veal ash, piperard, local wine called ilreggie, apple cider cider, sheep cheese called Osso Iraty, cherry jam from neighboring village Itzas, gadobasque. Visit the traditional Basque country house and the Notre Dame church built in the 14th century at La Bastide Clairance, which is registered as one of the most the beautiful village list.
*If you go to Lourdes through the mountain Basque pass and small villages instead of the highway, you will not visit La Bastide Clerance.
Overnight at Lourdes, the holy land of the Catholic Church.
The spring from the cave where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, is famous for causing miraculous water.
You can get water from the nearby faucet, so please take it back home.
*Anyone can participate in the Lourdes candlestick procession (Procession Mariale) starting from 21:00.
(April to the end of October. It will not be held due to weather conditions or special religious events)
Options: Choose between Gavarnie Valley and Midi Observatory.
① Gavarnie Valley
Its glacier shaves over 100,000 years, and the erosion creates a 1700m-high and 5km-wide huge Gavarnyi Valley, where you can hike for about two hours.
Take a stroll along the riverside promenade where there is not much difference in elevation, while looking at the highest waterfall in Europe. If you are not confident in your
physical strength, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery from the cafe near the village. You can also have a picnic
② Pick du Midi Lookout
Head to the Pick du Midi lookout through passes, famous for the Tour de France, in the Pyrenees National Park.
Climb the ropeway to 2,877m and you'll find a magnificent view of the Pyrenees of Spain and France, previously only accessible to astronomers.
*There are regular holidays in May and each month.
Leave the Pyrenees and stay in Carcassonne , Europe's largest fortified city .
Walk through the walls of the iconic Contal Castle in southwestern France, visit the Narbonne Gate and the beautiful stained glass Saint-Nazaire Temple.
At night, you can enjoy the superb view made of illuminations.
Head out to the heart of the Occittanie region, Cordes sur Ciel, the fortress named as the "city in the sky", and Bishop's city of Albi, admiring the grassland, rows of hills and sunflower fields in early July .
In the world heritage Bishop Albi, we will guide you to the view spot overlooking the rosy old town of red bricks and Pont Vieux Bridge from the opposite bank of the Tarn river.
Because of the "catary minority" many attractions include the Gothic cathedral with the largest classical organ in France can be seen. Arts thema with the Lautrec Museum is open too.
Take a stroll through the old town, where 34 houses of wealthy houses made through pastel trade are located, and then take a stroll through the stone-paved medieval villages after taking you to the hills overlooking the sky-fortress city of Cordes-sur-Ciel .
Cordes-sur-Ciel is representative of 400 Bastides (a wall-town-village with a market rather than a church in the center) scattered in southwestern France.
Overnight in one of the most popular place, Conques in France's most beautiful villages. Take a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone village and the Saint-Foy church with the tampan, which is said to be the masterpiece of Romanesque carving . There are also directions to two view points with a panoramic view of the village.
At night, there is an organ concert at the church and you can go up to the second floor called Tribune. Light up.
*Every night from April to October, there will be an organ concert from 21:30 and light up from 22:15.
Travel down to the river that winds through the cliffs of the precipice, and visit the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie in the Quercy region.
A fairy-tale village that has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages is beautiful no matter where you cut it out, and it is very popular with photographers and people who draw coming from all over the world. There are several restaurants in the village, so please select your own lunch or ask for booking.
Overnight on the Rocamadour, a sacred place built over the limestone plateau and attached to the cliffs along the valley . Upon arrival, we will guide you to some superb view spots.
On the way down to the village, please visit the sanctuary, cathedral, chapel, etc. In the evening, you can see the Rocamadour village illuminated from the opposite bank of the valley.
After many tourists getting back to hotel, explore the quiet villages of the daytime bustle.
Visit three beautiful villages of Dordogne. From La Roque Gageac, enjoy the cruise on Dordogne river, which is registered as a World Natural Heritage site .
(Reservation required for river descent: From November to the end of March, the village will be closed for a walk.) You can also dine while enjoying the spectacular view of the Dordogne region from the terrace of the auberge in the city of Domme .
Enjoy goose foie gras, walnuts, truffles, and strawberries that are very sweet in summer.
Please let us know if you would like to make a reservation.
At Benac-et-Cazenac , you can see the famous castle which stands on the hill and was the stage of the 100-year war over the succession of the French throne.
A pioneer of the French Revolution, staying at Sarlat town, where the famous French artist La Boetie was born and raised .
Many restaurants and souvenirs shops line the Liberte Square (Freedom Square). Lively at night with light up and artistic events.
We will use the latest technology to tour the Lascaux IV cave paintings that faithfully reproduce the real thing .
One of the most famous archeological sites in southwestern France, the cave paintings painted by the Cromagnon 15,000 years ago are also known as the birthplace of prehistoric art.
Bypass the endless vineyards and head to Saint Emilion , the world-famous wine region . Take a guided tour of the monolithic church of monoliths, catacombs, hermitage where St. Emion lived and more (reservation required).
If you like wine, please visit the winery built from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance as an option.
Arrival in Bordeaux.
09: 30-13 :15 Winery
17:30 Biarritz Arrival (hotel)
08:30 Departing Biarritz
09:30-12:30 La Rhune (railway train)
16:30 Arrive at San Sebastian (hotel)
09:00 San Sebastian
14:00~15:00 La Bastide Clairance
17:00 Arrive at Lourdes (hotel)
09:30-13:00 Gavarnie Circle Valley (or Midi Observatory)
16:30 Carcassonne arrival (hotel)
08:30 From Carcassonne
18:00 Arrival at Conques (hotel)
09:30 Departing Conc
11: 30-15 :00 Saint cirq lapopie
16:30 Arrival at Rocamadour (hotel)
09:00 Departure from Rocamadour
10:15~11:30 La roque Gageac
14:30~15:30 Benac e Coznac
16:00 Arrival at Sarla (hotel)
09:00 From Sarlat
10:00~13:30 Lascaux Cave
15:00~17:00 Saint Emilion
18:30 Arrival in Bordeaux