A Tour to Southwest France

September 2017

castles of Southwest FranceNew View Tours is pleased to offer a 11 night/12-day exploration of the Castles and
Caves in the Perigord region in southwest France.

This trip will be an exploration of the earliest artists and architecture in south west
France. Plans are in place to visit a variety of pre-historic caves with magnificent
paintings, etchings and relief sculptures created 19 – 28,000 years ago. The
newest cave is a re-creation – Lascaux lV opened December 2016. We have tickets
to the original, exclusive Font-de-Gaume; Rouffignac, Cap Blanc and Peche
Merle. We explore castles of Beynac and Castlenaud, where English and French
kings battled across the banks of the Dordogne River. Our first stop is Bordeaux,
we include the new Museum of Wine; in Les Eyzies we see the amazing National
PreHistoric Museum of France. Albi is home of the 13 century brick cathedral
and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. It all comes together in medieval bastides –
fortified “new towns” built by nobles – for example Saint Emilion, Sarlat, Saint
Cirq Lapopie – each unique communes. We’ll wrap up our tour with travels across
the Lot valley to Carcassonne.

The itinerary is a draft and may be adapted to include other favorite destinations,
your individual choice and opportunities and circumstances as they crop up!

Contact Ramelle for a detailed itinerary.

Travel days: Tour starts in Bordeaux Wednesday September 20; wrap up tour in Toulouse on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Tour is designed for 6-10 travelers. We have room for two more.

Cost: $6,500 per person single | $5,300 per person double occupancy

Cave Art

Option: Caves of Spain – Oct 1-5  Add on 4 nights/5 days to visit prehistoric caves in Spain. see the Altamira Museum and cave reproduction; visit Bilbao to see the Guggenheim and the Museo des Bellas Artes with it’s exceptional collection of European and provincial
art. Drive 4 hours back to Bordeaux to connect to your international flight to US.

$800 per person double occupancy

To reserve your place, please complete the online Registration Form.

Be sure to check out the book “Stepping Stones” by Christine Desdesmaines Hugon

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