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14 DAYS EXPERENTIAL FRANCE: LANDSCAPES OF BORDEAUX & OCCITANIE

Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Carcassone, Montpellier

Gourmet & Wine, History & Culture

Highlights

  • Tick off 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites on this journey
  • Tour Paris in style, in a Vintage Austin Limousine Cabriolet
  • Savour the local flavours of Paris on a gourmet market tour and a cocktail lunch in a local chef’s Parisian home
  • Exclusive wine tasting of Grand Crus in Saint Emilion
  • Hot Air Balloon flight over UNESCO-listed Rocamadour, and experience an authentic cheese tasting
  • Private boat along the historic and picturesque Canal du Midi
  • Relish the fresh oysters off the Thau Lagoon

The southwest of France stretches from the wild Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean-influenced Languedoc-Roussillon region, with an astounding series of landscapes in between from beaches, vineyards, forests, mountains, and fortified villages.

From Paris, the high-speed TGV whisks you to Bordeaux in 2 hours, where you get to experience its famed exquisite wines as well as the gorgeous coast of chic villages and beaches. Travelling inland takes you to Midi Pyrenees, with rolling hills that rise up to the Pyrenees mountains that divide France and Spain. This area is known for its medieval bastide towns as well as its vibrant capital Toulouse. The route along the Canal du Midi takes you past the  stunning citadel of Carcassonne to Montpellier with an elegant historic core and a Mediterranean ambience – taste the local.

From

SGD 19,980 Per person

14 Days 13 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival In Paris

Arrival In Paris
Paris
N.A.

Upon arrival in Paris, meet your driver at the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel.

Pairs City Tour in a Vintage Car (Half-day)

In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day private city tour in a vintage car, an Austin Limousine Cabriolet 1930. Travel in style to admire the emblematic monuments of Paris, such as Place Vendome, Opera Garnier, the Louvre, Tuileries gardens, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and more. This tour does not include any admissions, but there will be opportunities to stop for photographs.

Day 02 Paris

Paris
Paris
Breakfast included

Paris’ Left Bank Walking Tour (Half-day)

Meet your guide at your hotel for a walking tour to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Left bank: Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Rive Gauche, often considered as the ‘true Paris’. Discover the artistic and cultural history of this district, the monuments, and also the authentic Parisian life, which can also include the visit of some fancy boutiques and the possibility for you to taste some delicious pastries.

Louvre Skip-the-Line Private Tour (1.5hr)

In the afternoon, we invite you for personalized guided tour of the Louvre Museum, with the privilege of skipping the queues. If this is your first visit, we would highly recommend the ‘Masterpieces Tour’, or the tour among the prestigious collections of the museum can be tailored according to your preferences.

 

Day 03 Paris

Paris
Paris
Breakfast, Cocktail Lunch included

Paris Gourmet Experience with a Local Chef (Half-day)

Join our local chef Véronique for a special gourmet experience, starting with a one-hour market food tour to discover typical groceries and various gastronomic boutiques, perfect for some local food shopping – cheese, charcuterie, wine, bread, macaroons, pastries. Fancy some chocolates from Alain Ducasse or the unmissable Pate Croute from typical Parisian traiteur Lastre?

Next, Chef Veronique will invite you for a home-made degustation cocktail lunch in a typical setting of her refined Parisian Haussmann apartment. Taste a selection of cheeses and charcuterie as well as other delicacies purchased at the market, of course, accompanied by a bottle of wine to go!

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Private Tour

Meet your private guide for a visit of Eiffel Tower, with skip-the-line access to the 2nd level and the summit. This is one of the most amazing spots to admire the city of love!

Day 04 Paris / Bordeaux

Paris / Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Breakfast included

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and be transferred to the train station for your high speed TGV in 1st class to Bordeaux (approx. 2hr 5min).

Upon arrival, look out for your driver at the designated meeting point for a transfer to your hotel.

Day 05 Bordeaux / Cap Ferret / Arcachon Bay / Bordeaux

Bordeaux / Cap Ferret / Arcachon Bay / Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Breakfast included

Head to the center of Bordeaux for a historical guided visit.

Arachon Bay Excursion with Pinasse Ride (Half-day)

Next, head out to chic Cap Ferret (approx. 55km, 1hr), where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) in a relaxed setting overlooking the bay, and visit the typical village of L’Herbe, often cited as the most beautiful of Cap Ferret. You will board a traditional boat called a pinasse and cruise the waters of Arcachon Bay which is an exceptional natural territory between oyster beds and the sand dunes Dune du Pilat.

Day 06 Bordeaux / Saint Emilion / Bordeaux

Bordeaux / Saint Emilion / Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Breakfast included

Cite Mondiale De Vin Museum Visit (2hrs)

Visit Cite Mondiale De Vin museum – a unique cultural leisure site dedicated to wine as a universal and living cultural heritage and a must-see in Bordeaux.

Saint Emilion Private Tour (Full-day)

Next, head off to the medieval Saint Emilion where you will visit one of the elite wineries whose 20 hectares of vineyards has earned the tiltle of ‘First Growths of Saint Emilion’. Enjoy tasting its Premier Grand Cru while enjoying views of the historic town. After lunch (own arrangement), your guide will take you around the village, a golden belt of vineyards that earn it the title of wine capital of Aquitaine. End the tour with a visit of a Grand Cru in an 18th century mansion, where you will discover the French art of living and taste five vintage wines, before the transfer back to Bordeaux.

Day 07 Bordeaux / Toulouse

Bordeaux / Toulouse
Toulouse
Breakfast included

After breakfast, meet your driver for your private transfer to Toulouse (approx 250km, 2hr 45min).

Chateau de la Brede Exclusive Visit

Enjoy an exceptional private visit of Chateau de la Brede, a French historical monument. This special tour will be led by a descendant of Montesquieu, Baron de la Brede, who will take you on the footsteps of the famous French writer and philosopher.

Puymirol Exploration

Stop at the bastide town of Puymirol, which was built in 1246 during the Hundred Years War, and still retains its medieval town defences and stone buildings. Enjoy lunch (on own expense) and stroll through the narrow streets before continuing on your journey.

In Toulouse, you have the evening at leisure to explore on your own.

Day 08 Toulouse / Albi / Cordes-sur-ciel / Toulouse

Toulouse / Albi / Cordes-sur-ciel / Toulouse
Toulouse
Breakfast, Lunch included

Albi and Cordes Excursion (Full-day)

Embark on a full day private tour, first to the Episcopal City of Albi, inscribed on the list of 802 unique cultural sites of UNESCO. Explore the Sainte-Cecile’s Cathedral, the Berbie Palace, the Pont-Vieux and the Tarn’s riverbanks.

After lunch, continue onwards to Cordes-sur-Ciel, a unique place that is steeped in history and retains a magical, timeless setting. Step through medieval gates through the rows of fortification of the town and marvel at the remarkable architectural heritage.

Day 09 Toulouse / Rocamadour / Toulouse

Toulouse / Rocamadour / Toulouse
Toulouse
Breakfast included

Rocamadour Excursion, with Hot Air Balloon Flight and Cheese Tasting (Full-day)

Depart Toulouse early for Rocamadour. You will enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the UNESCO World Heritage town and see how the buildings cascade along the cliff. An important pilgrimage site for a thousand years, Rocamadour . means discovering the verticality of a site and rising above traditions and history. Rocamadour is one of France’s most important tourist destinations and a Site, it has also been a. With a Sanctuary built into the cliff around a central courtyard, it’s the Chapelle Notre Dame and the Vierge Noire that are the highlight of any visitor’s trip. Rocamadour is both a place of legend and a place of history where old stone houses, majestic towers and a castle keep cascade off the cliff into the Alzou canyon. Then you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting. Belonging to a family of goat cheeses known as Cabecous, this small velvety disk lends its name to the sacred village of Rocamadour.

Day 10 Toulouse / Carcassonne

Toulouse / Carcassonne
Carcassonne
Breakfast included

After breakfast, a private transfer will be arranged to Carcassonne.

Carcassonne Private Walking Tour (2hrs)

Meet your guide who you immerse you in the charming atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Carcassonne and discover its secrets – through its medieval streets that’s protected by the city’s defences and 52 towers, taking in the stunning castle and beautiful churches. Whether you are an adventurer, a history buff or simply curious, the tour can be tailored to your interests.

Day 11 Carcassonne / Montpellier

Carcassonne / Montpellier
Montpellier
Breakfast included

Canal Du Midi Private Cruise (1.5hrs)

Depart Carcassonne and board your private boat for a cruise along the Canal Du Midi. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this canal is defined by its beauty, lined with shady plane trees which often touch to form an arc of green above the water from bank to bank, and crossed by pretty arched bridges. Experience sailing through a lock and discovering several works of art.

Montpellier Private Tour (Half-day)

Then go for a guided tour in Montpellier. From medieval streets ideal for shopping to new neighbourhoods combining natural spaces and buildings designed by the greatest international architects, via its new modern tram lines designed by Christian Lacroix. This city is a Mediterranean crossroads, a charming and exceptional destination. A medieval city where the town centre, Place de la Comedie, Faculte de Medecin and Place Royale du Peyrou attract visitors from around the world.

Day 12 Montpellier / Bassin De Thau / Montpellier

Montpellier / Bassin De Thau / Montpellier
Montpellier
Breakfast, lunch included

Sete and Bassin de Thau Excursion (Full-day)

Start the day with a gourmet tour in the covered market of Sete, where you breathe in the authentic atmosphere of the city, a dazzling array of local specialties and regional products awaits.

Next, discover the Thau Lagoon. This inland sea is the largest body of water in Occitanie which presents visitors a plateau of a multitude of universes: oysters from Bouzigues, delicious wines, small fishing ports, water sports, architectural heritage and more. Enjoy an oyster and wine tasting among the unspoilt nature.

Day 13 Montpellier / Paris

Montpellier / Paris
Paris
Breakfast included

After breakfast, a private transfer will be arranged to Montpellier Railway Station for your high-speed TGV train to Paris (approx. 3hr 10min).

Upon arrival in Paris, make your way to the meeting point for your transfer to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure to do more sightseeing or some last minute shopping before your departure from France.

Day 14 Departure from Paris

Departure from Paris
N.A.
Breakfast included

 After breakfast, a private transfer will be arranged to Paris CDG Airport for your departure flight.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax
From S$19,980
Minimum 4 Pax
From S$13,580
Single Supplement
From S$2,880

Low Season: November – March
Mid Season: April, May, October
High Season: June – September
Hotel La Bourdonnais • Renaissance Bordeaux Hotel • Grand Hotel Opera • Hotel Le Pont-Levis • Grand Hotel Du Midi

Paris

Paris

Hotel La Bourdonnais (Classic Room)

This boutique hotel draws inspiration in its decor by naval officer La Bourdonnais of the French East India Company, with vintage curios and prints evoking vintage glamour. Rooms have an elegant, contemporary touch, some with views to the Eiffel Tower. The cocktail bar is an exotic highlight. (Opened: 2014; Rooms: 53)

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Renaissance Bordeaux Hotel (La Muse)

Housed in a 19th century oil factory, Marriott’s latest hotel in Bordeaux embodies the sense of regeneration of the trendy Wet Docks Quarter, which is home to bars, restaurants and museums. Chic, modern rooms play on the building’s industrial heritage, and the rooftop boasts of a pool, bar and restaurant with panoramic views of the city and river. (Opened: 2021; Rooms: 149)

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Toulouse

Toulouse

Grand Hotel Opera (Classic Room)

This former convent has been restored to an opulent luxury hotel, with tasteful period decor that pays homage to its heritage. The location is unbeatable, right on the bustling Place due Capitole close to the city’s key sights and bars and restaurants. There is a small spa on site, as well as two F&B establishments, including one in the charming inner courtyard. (Renovated: 1998; Rooms: 57)

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Hotel Le Pont-Levis (Superior Room)

This cosy hideaway by Michelin-starred chef Franck Putelat is located just beyond the gates to the medieval city of Carcassonne, housed in an 18th century building that has been completely modernised. The layout and decor of each room is different, some with an outdoor jacuzzi and terrace, and there is a small outdoor pool to cool down in the summer heat. (Opened: 2013; Rooms: 12)

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Montpellier

Montpellier

Grand Hotel Du Midi (Classic Room)

This centrally located hotel on the Place de la Comédie is perfect for exploring the historic centre of Montepellier. Its grand Haussmann building contrasts with the chic Parisian interiors and pastel colours in the contemporary rooms. (Opened: 2015; Rooms: 44)

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Category 2

Indicative cost per person

Minimum 2 Pax
From S$22,580
Minimum 4 Pax
From S$15,780
Single Supplement
From S$4,780

Low Season: November – March
Mid Season: April, May, October
High Season: June – September
Fauchon L’Hotel Paris • Intercontinental Bordeaux LeGrand Hotel • Grand Hotel Opera • Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne – MGallery • Domaine de Verchant

Paris

Paris

Fauchon L’Hotel Paris (Classic Room)

The first hotel from the luxury French food retailer of the same name, this boutique hotel offers a gourmet experience with gourmet minibars and in-suite dining menus and a popular restaurant serving French gastronomy. Its historic facade hides a bold, contemporary interior where pink is a recurring theme. Rooms offer wonderful views of the city and Eiffel Tower. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 54)

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Intercontinental Bordeaux LeGrand Hotel (Superior Room)

In a prime spot right on Bordeaux’s central square Place de la Comedie surrounded by galleries, shops and restaurants, this is the grand dame of this beautiful city, mirroring the elegant facade of the Opera House across the square. There’s a spa by Guerlain, a 2-Michelin starred restaurant by Gordon Ramsay, and the rooftop bar is perfect for a sundowner overlooking the city. (Renovated: 2014; Rooms: 130)

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Toulouse

Toulouse

Grand Hotel Opera (Junior Suite)

This former convent has been restored to an opulent luxury hotel, with tasteful period decor that pays homage to its heritage. The location is unbeatable, right on the bustling Place due Capitole close to the city’s key sights and bars and restaurants. There is a small spa on site, as well as two F&B establishments, including one in the charming inner courtyard. (Renovated: 1998; Rooms: 57)

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery (Classic Room)

On the site of the former bishop’s palace, this 5-star hotel is an integral part of Carcassonne’s history, with its Neo-Gothic and Art Deco interiors. Right in the heart of the medieval city, the hotel offers views of the lower town from its ramparts, its gardens and its walls. (Renovated: 2008; Rooms: 59)

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Montpellier

Montpellier

Domaine de Verchant (Deluxe Room)

This 16th century country house, set in the heart of magnificent landscaped grounds surrounded by vineyards, offers an exquisite, tranquil retreat where contemporary furniture graciously complements its beautiful old stones and meticulously restored antique mosaics. There is a spa with views to the vineyards and a Mediterranean restaurant on site. (Renovated: 2010; Rooms: 26)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Private transfers for all destinations as described in the itinerary.
    • Return transfers between CDG Airport and Paris hotel
    • All transfers between hotels and TGV stations
    • Bordeaux to Toulouse
    • Toulouse to Carcassonne
    • Carcassonne hotel to Canal du Midi
    • Canal du Midi to Montpellier hotel
  • Private tours and admission fees as per itinerary
    • City Tour in a Vintage Car
    • Half-day Walking Tour of Paris’ Left Bank
    • 5hr Skip-the-Line Louvre Private Tour
    • Half-day Gourmet Experience with a Local Chef
    • Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower
    • Half-day Excursion to Arachon Bay
    • Full-day Private Tour to Saint Emilion
    • Exclusive Visit of Chateau de la Brede
    • Visit Puymirol
    • Full-day Excursion to Albi and Cordes
    • Full Day Excursion to Rocamadour, with Hot Air Balloon Flight and Cheese Tasting
    • 2hr Private Walking Tour of Carcassonne
    • 5hr Private Cruise on Canal Du Midi
    • Half-day Private Tour of Montpellier
    • Full-day excursion of Sete and Bassin de Thau
  • Train Tickets (First Class)
    • Paris to Bordeaux
    • Montpellier to Paris

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfares
  • Visa
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, bar, spa services

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