Bordeaux & Provence October 2017

From incredible wineries to the Land of Cezann & Van Gogh...With a Jewish Heritage Twist

October 4th – October 15th, 2018.

Join us for an unforgettable 12 days and 11 nights in Bordeaux & Provence, where we will enjoy luxurious Hotels, Jewish heritage education, Colourful food Markets, exceptional wines and gourmet dining throughout.

Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in south-western France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th- century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. Bordeaux was also the home to a prominent medieval Jewish community. During our tour we will walk along Rue Cheverus, which once formed the centre of the local medieval Jewish community. We will explore nineteenth-century Jewry with its gray stone synagogues, and visit the memorial dedicated to the Bordeaux Jews who died in the Holocaust. We will discover the Portuguese Consul, General Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved over 10,000 Jews and 20,000 other refugees, over a three-day period in June 1940 by countermanding his government’s orders and issuing Portuguese visas.

Provence established by the Romans and dotted with the remains of amphitheatres and arenas, an aqueduct and the remains of the Roman towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Vaison-la-Romaine. Provence is bordered on the west by the River Rhone, and on the south by the famous Côte d’Azur, the playground of the rich and famous. Provence’S signature lavender and sunflower fields blend with its vineyards and ancient olive trees, offering its visitors the very same vision, in the spectacular natural light that inspired such Impressionists as Van Gogh and Cezanne. The nature of the area is deeply sensual, allowing its beauty and pleasures to be savoured by all the senses in the colourful Provençal markets.

Day 1
Thursday October 4th – Bordeaux, activities include:

Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Bordeaux

Transport from the airport to the centre of Bordeaux, where a guided tour of the city centre will be taking place. We will explore monumental sites such as the Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André etc..
During our guided tour we will enjoy traditional chocolate and pastry tasting, typical of this region
Following lunch at the City centre we will explore Jewish Bordeaux
Finally we will check in our luxurious hotel for short refreshment before our welcome dinner.

Day 2
Friday October 5th – Bordeaux’s famous wineries & Arcachon bay, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Bordeaux

Following a traditional breakfast we will explore the home Bordeaux’s most famous wineries, including: Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Pichon-Longueville etc…
We will visit and have a wine tasting at the renowned Chateau Mouton Rotschild
After lunch we will drive to Arcachon bay, which is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of France, it’s incredible geological features are a natural preservation area.
We will cross the Arcachon bay by private boat
We will discover the winter district built in the 1800’s as a second home for the European aristocracy
A short drive will bring us to the sand dune where we will witness the incredible sunset of Bordeaux.

Day 3
Saturday October 6th – Saintes and Cognac, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, (free) Dinner and Overnight:  Bordeaux

We will commence our morning at Saintes. Saintes has been a commercial crossroads for over 2000 years, and the towns Roman and medieval heritage is still very much in evidence
We will explore Saintes ancient gems including St Eutrope (a Romanesque masterpiece), a roman amphitheatre, Abbaye aux Dames church and arc de Germanicus
We devote our afternoon to the Cognac City where we will have a walking tour of the old district and enjoy a Cognac spirit tasting.

Day 4
Sunday October 7th – Saint Emilion & Carcassonne, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Carcassonne

We will depart our Bordeaux hotel and drive to Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets, explore Saint Emilion during a guided tour of the village
We will discover the incredible underground monuments of Saint Emilion, where a number of religious monuments were established, with Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church, being the most well-known
Around midday we will depart to our next destination Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, famous for its medieval architecture.
Following check-in to our luxurious Carcassonne hotel and dinner, we will enjoy a night tour of this medieval fortified city.

Day 5
Monday October 8th – Narbonne & Montpellier, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Remy

Following breakfast and checkout, we will head towards Narbonne, a town on the Canal de la Robine, known for its seaside resort, Narbonne Plage
We will explore the magnificent Narbonne central market and enjoy a walking tour of the city including its breathtaking Gothic architecture
We will drive to Montpellier, a city 10km inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where we will explore this beautiful city’s architecture, monuments and parks
We will head to Saint Rémy de Provence, our next destination, where we will spend the next 3 nights.

Day 6
Tuesday October 9th – Pont du Gard, La Poterie, Uzès & Vignobles David’s Winery, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Remy

Discover Pont du Gard, a Roman Aqueduct and explore the mechanisms required to build it
Tour the village of La Poterie, where we will visit artists working with ceramics in their studios.
Visit to the pictured village of Uzès, a small town with a history dating from Roman times and a medieval castle dating back to the 11th century
Visit Vignobles David’s Winery, a local kosher winery, where we will meet Frederic David, the owner, and enjoy a wine tasting session.

Day 7
Wednesday October 10th – Saint Remy, Les Baux de Provence & Arles, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Remy

Enjoying the local farmers market for a real culinary experience
We will then visit the institution where Van Gogh spent the last year of his manic life, now used to treat depression with art therapy
Tour the village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles Mountains
Visit the town of Arles, known for its amazing Roman Amphitheatre
Explore the tiny allies of Arles, filled with boutique shops and patisseries
Walk into the famous scenery where Van Gogh painted some of his best paintings

Day 8
Thursday October 11th – Jewish Heritage day, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Marseille

Explore the town of Avignon and it historic centre including the Pont d’Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visit the beautiful gardens of the Pope’s Palace.
Visit two of Provence’s most remarkable synagogues, synagogue of Carpentras with it 12th century Mikve and the Cavaillon Synagogue.
We will arrive in the evening to the Luxuries Intercontinental Hotel in Marseille where we will spend our 4 last nights

Day 9
Friday October 12th – Cassis & Aix en Provence, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Marseille

Discover the fishing village Cassis, its colourful market and lively harbour
Exploring the Massif des Calanques, known as the French Fjords, by boat
See the sights of Aix en Provence – the town of water, inspiring many famous artists and the home of Cezanne
Explore the old Jewish quarter of Aix en Provence.

Day 10
Saturday October 13th – Marseille, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Marseille

Enjoy a walking tour of Marseille
Visit the MuCEM (Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée)
Enjoy a scenic stroll and take in the panoramic views of the coastline
See Vieux Port, a city that originated as a Greek port in 600 BC
Explore Marseille by night.

Day 11
Sunday October 14th – The Beautiful Romantic Villages of Provence, activities include:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Overnight:  Marseille

Visit L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its incredible Sunday farmers and antique market
Visit the romantic village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, and enjoy a hike to its famous natural fountains
Visit to Roussillon, known for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries
Discover the village of Gordes, famous due to Peter Mayle’s book, ‘A Year in Provence’
Learn about Lavender production by visiting a Lavender Museum
Feast on our last night gourmet Gala dinner.

Day 12
Monday October 15th:

Breakfast followed by transport to Marseille airport.

The price includes:
  • Ground transport, Comfortable air-conditioned touring coach
  • Every day-Breakfast at Hotel, Light lunch, 8 full Dinners including wine
  • Entrance fee to the monuments that are in the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking Local Guides
  • 4 or 5 star Hotels – The hotels that are mentioned in the itinerary or similar
Other Costs:
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses are not included in the itinerary
  • Tips for local service providers $200 will be collected at the beginning of the trip
  • Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security etc

All clients should be aware that while all efforts are made to avoid any problems before, during or after your trip, Yaya Food and Travel carries no insurance for your health or luggage. While using the services only of registered suppliers, we recommend that you purchase fully comprehensive travel insurance, to include cancellation, as Yaya Food and Travel, cannot be held liable for any mishaps during your stay.

Hotels:

Bordeaux: 5* Hotel Burdigala Bordeaux – MGallery by Sofitel – View This Hotel

Carcassonne: 4* Pont Levis Hotel – View This Hotel

St. Remy: 5* Hôtel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa – View This Hotel

Marseille: 5* InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu – View This Hotel

Price:

The price for a person for this program is Please Enquire

Single Supplement: Please Enquire

Deluxe rooms available.

The price does not include international flights.

Aya Massias of Yaya Food and Travel Ltd will accompany the tour.