BORDEAUX AND THE COGNAC REGION, FRANCE
BORDEAUX AND THE COGNAC REGION, FRANCE Flyer
9
Days
7
Nights

Day 1 Depart USA 
Depart the USA for Bordeaux, France. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 Arrive Bordeaux 
Central Holidays welcomes you to the Medoc region of France and Bordeaux. Along with Burgundy and Champagne, Bordeaux is one of the best wine regions of the world and the city is both the commercial and cultural center of southwest France. With close to 60 local wineries to choose from, the entire region breathes good taste. Upon arrival in Bordeaux you will be met by your Central Holidays tour director and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax. This evening enjoy your welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 3 Bordeaux 
Today the beauty of Bordeaux is yours to explore as you join your Central Holidays guide for a full day tour of this stunning region of France. From tick pine forests to wispy sand dunes the landscape will take you on a visual adventure. Included in your tour is a visit to a local estate with wine cellar. Taste the nectar that is created by local grapes as you sample the finest wines paired with light bites today. You will have some time to explore our different stops and take photos of this truly breathtaking place. The evening is yours to venture along and try one of the many acclaimed restaurants waiting to tantalize your taste buds. (B)

Day 4 Bordeaux - Optional tour to Arcachon 
Bordeaux awaits for you to discover at your own pace today. Start in the city center and begin your exploration by taking in the historic architecture of this port city. Only Paris, France has more historical monuments than Bordeaux, which boasts 362 of its own with some dating back to Roman times. Or take an optional tour to Arcachon, a long-time oyster-harvesting area on the southern side of the Arcachon Bay. This seaside town (which you will tour) lured bourgeois Bordelaise at the end of the 19th Century. Here you will visit an oyster farm to learn about the history, and economic value to the region that this product produces. Afterwards you will sample the product along with a wine tasting. (B)

Day 5 Bordeaux - Optional tour to the Cognac 
Region You have one final day to explore and taste the svelte beauty of Bordeaux at your leisure or take an optional tour to the Cognac Region. Cognac, the medieval town which bears the name of the region, is attractive with its narrow medieval cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance facades. It is here that the fabled nectar has been created since the 17th century and that the very air one breathes is permeated by the heavy scent of spirits evaporating from oak casks held in storage: this aroma is referred to as the "angels’ share”. World famous firms such as Camus, Hennessy, Niartell, Otard, Prince Hubert de Polignac, Rémy- Martin, Courvoisier, and Renault-Bisquit are located here; each distillery has its own secret and unique process for mixing the various blends of its eaux-de-vie. Here you will have a guided tour to learn about the double-distilling process that goes on in copper stills before ageing in oak barrels where the precious liquor will improve, taking on its final bouquet and famous golden glow. Discover the history of cognac, its vineyards, and distilleries which show you not only how it is made but proudly display the oldest reserve of cognacs dating back to 1830. Then how about a taste! Dinner is provided for you at a local restaurant in the evening. (B,D)

Day 6 Bordeaux/Mont-de-Marsan/Biarritz 
Today you depart Bordeaux for the luxurious seaside town of Biarritz located on the Bay of Biscay and a popular destination for tourists and surfers due to its amazing coastline. Along the way we stop at Mont-de-Marsan. There are various half-timbered medieval houses you will discover in Montde- Marsan. The most impressive ancient houses are in stone, however - the two fortified houses dating from the 12th century. The houses are fortified because they once formed part of the town’s defensive walls, and are located in Rue Maubec. Welcome to Biarritz, beautiful French villas adorn the coastline of wide, sandy beaches that are perfect for you to soak in that French sun. Beautiful cathedrals, museums and restaurants are here to show you the absolute best French coastal experience. Check into your hotel and relax. (B)

Day 7 Biarritz 
We invite you to join a walking tour today to explore the various highlights of Biarritz with us. From strolling interior streets to walks along the beautiful beach, we will visit some of the city’s top spots including the famous bridge on the beach, the Museum of the Sea and the Asiatica Museum which houses various Asian art. We’ll also see the two famous casinos on the waterfront and visit the Chapelle Imperial and famous blue dome of the Russian Orthodox Church. (B)

Day 8 Biarritz - Optional tour to San Sabastian and Bilbao, Spain 
Biarritz beckons with glitz, glamour and glistening coastal sun – whether that means spending a day basking in the vibrant seaside rays of this world-class surfing destination or prefer to enjoy time to delve deeper into one of its many museums. Or take an optional tour to San Sebastian and Bilbao. We cross the international border to San Sebastian, known as the gastronomic heart of Spain. This city simply radiates beauty, elegance and charm. The best way to explore this lovely and trendy seaside place is to stroll its streets, parks and avenues. The Bay of Biscay is a welcome backdrop as you walk along San Sebastian’s many promenades to must-see sites as Zurriola Beach, Kursaal, La Concha Beach and the port. Next, your day trip takes you to Bilbao. A city tour takes you strolling around the Old Town area to see attractions such as: the Euskalduna Palace, a modernist gem that houses the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and the Basque Symphony Orchestra; and the Alhondiga Bilbao, a historic building originally inaugurated in 1909 that today serves as a multi-purpose complex, seamlessly marrying the old world and new and offering a plethora of things to do with shops, restaurants, a movie theater, library, gym, even a roof top pool! Tonight we invite you to join us for an authentic French dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 Biarritz to USA or extend your stay with an optional Paris extension 
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL PARIS EXTENSION
Day 9 Biarritz/Paris 
Transfer to the airport where you will be boarding the plane to Paris, the “City of Lights”. Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the clichés - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. (B)

Day 10 Paris 
Your included morning city tour features the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Home of croissants and French baguettes, there is no end to the breath-taking sites you can explore on your own. (B)

Day 11 Paris to USA 
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B) B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 7 nights (4 nights Bordeaux, 3 nights Biarritz)
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 9 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: a full day tour of Bordeaux including wine tasting, scenic tour from Bordeaux to Biarritz visiting Mont-de-Marsan and a city tour of Biarritz. Optional tours are available
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Bordeaux
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges

    OPTIONAL PARIS EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION - Domestic flight from Biarritz to Paris
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAMS - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of Paris
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
  • LOCAL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES - Hotel & City taxes and service charges

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