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Bordeaux, Dordogne & the Lot

Few areas of France can conjure up visions of wine like Bordeaux and the Medoc or Burgundy. So different in atmosphere, cuisine and scenery from one another yet almost pilgrimage destinations for modern day foodies and wine lovers.

The history of growing grapes to make wine dates from the era of Louis XIV in southwest France near Bordeaux and a drive along the Route des Grands-Crus brings encounters with legendary names like Chateau Margaux, Chateau de Beychevelle, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Chateau Lafite. To the north of Garonne river which borders the Medoc is St. Emilion while to the southeast is the region of Graves and Sauterne. South of Bordeaux is the seacoast where oysters and seafood are the delights in Arcachon.

Because of our nearly four decades of personal and professional partnerships with French providers, we are able to not only offer our clients premium value for these indelible Bordeaux and Dordogne and the Lot experiences but also the opportunity to savor them in a highly personalized luxury manner. Whether you are a budget minded traveler or one with Platinum travel tastes, let Endless Beginnings create a luxury custom journey to fulfill your dreams.

  • Porte Cailhau
  • Porte Cailhau

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the world's largest urban World Heritage Site, cradling half the city (18 sq km) in its Unesco-listed treasure chest. From the elegant symmetry of place de la Bourse, palaces strung with stone-sculpted mascarons (faces), to tree-shaded boulevards laced with hôtels particuliers (mansions) built for 18th-century wine merchants, Bordeaux architecture is world-class. Contemporary architects continue the trend for excellence, with breathtakingly wild and beautiful creations resembling giant wine decanters, gleaming white pebbles, all sorts. An interesting portfolio of art museums embracing all periods and genres is the icing on the cake to this magnificent architectural heritage.

Striding through Bordeaux on its leggy route north past traditional wine-producing chateaux to the Atlantic Ocean, the River Garonne is never far away. From this Gallo-Roman city's golden past as medieval wine trader and key port in Europe during the Age of Enlightenment, to the prestigious vineyards and vibrant quayside culture the river fuels today, the Garonne has been the city's lifeline since birth. Be it strolling, jogging or cycling along the silky-smooth water's edge in a loop from Left to Right Bank, lounging over drinks on a riverside terrace or cruising along the water, Bordeaux's riverside riches merit your full attention.

This is a wine capital hemmed in by green, sun-drenched vineyards. Viticulture here is an ancient art and tradition bearing its own unique trademarks and no other vineyards in the world produce as much fine wine. Paired with the city's exceptional dining scene – a sassy mix of traditional French kitchens, experimental neobistros, creative fusion restaurants, food trucks and barista-run coffee shops.

Your journey in any direction of this geographically flat metropolitan area offers diverse historical, cultural, and ecological attractions that are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. The North's Médoc region produces many famous Bordeaux wines, the South is the Graves region with many of the world's oldest vineyards, and the East has the well-known Saint-Émilion appellation (AOC). To the west lies the Atlantic Ocean with over 250 km (155 mi) of golden sandy beaches, unspoiled pine forests, the largest sand dune in Europe, and the biggest freshwater lake in France called Hourtins' Lake.

Dordogne

While Bordeaux and Burgundy are all about the wine, the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne is a pastoral mixture of rolling hills meandering along the banks of dreamily flowing, gentle rivers. You would not find it out of place to spy Cinderella’s coach to come rolling down the road from the neighborhood chateau! This region is home to not only castles but gastronomic excellence in foie gras, duck and goose confit, truffles and prehistoric caves hidden deep in the landscape at Lascaux, Pech Merle or Font-de-Gaume. Pilgrimage sites like Rocamadour, sleepy villages like Tremolat where you can stay coddled in rustic country elegance or lofty castles guarding both riverbanks and valleys at Souillac or Cahors make this a magical region for a holiday.

  •  Château de la Treyne, Dordogne
  • Palais des eveques. Rocamadour, Gramat, Gourdon, Lot
  • Palais des eveques. Rocamadour, Gramat, Gourdon, Lot

The Lot

The Lot's character is formed by its 'causses' (limestone plateaux) through which the Lot, Dordogne and Célé valleys have carved their way. It is studded with major tourist attractions and beautiful villages such as Rocamadour, Cahors, Figeac and Saint Cirq Lapopie…. Man and Nature have both left their imprint on the Pech Merle cave and Padirac Chasm. When you're rambling or cycling, the unspoiled, authentic nature of the Lot is plain to see. Home to excellent local produce and fine food and wines, the Lot has many treats to offer your taste buds, including truffles, foie gras, lamb and melons from Quercy, and Cahors Malbec Wine.

Bordeaux, Dordogne & The Lot Gallery

  •  France Aquitaine Bordeaux city bridge

    France Aquitaine Bordeaux city bridge

  •  Dordogne Castle

    Dordogne Castle

  •   Sunset landscape bordeaux wineyard

    Sunset landscape bordeaux wineyard

  •  Cathédrale de Bordeaux

    Cathédrale de Bordeaux

  •  Dordogne Valley

    Dordogne Valley

  •  Monpazier, Dordogne

    Monpazier, Dordogne

  •  Penne Dagenais Dordogne

    Penne Dagenais Dordogne

  •  The Lot Valley France

    The Lot Valley France

  •  Vinotheque Bordeaux city Center

    Vinotheque Bordeaux city Center

  •  La Cité du Vin

    La Cité du Vin

  •  Porte Cailhau at night, Bordeaux

    Porte Cailhau at night, Bordeaux

  •  Vineyards of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

    Vineyards of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

  •  Sur le Pont Vieux,Espalion, Aveyron, Lot

    Sur le Pont Vieux,Espalion, Aveyron, Lot

  •  les-sources-de-caudalie Bordeaux

    les-sources-de-caudalie Bordeaux

  •  Argentat, Dordogne

    Argentat, Dordogne

  •  Bordeaux Wine Cork

    Bordeaux Wine Cork

  •  Some Bordeaux Wines

    Some Bordeaux Wines

  •  Famous Monk Tour of St-Émilion

    Famous Monk Tour of St-Émilion

Barge Cruising in France

A gentle cruise on a hotel barge is the perfect way to discover the very soul of Europe, exploring its idyllic pastoral countryside and historical treasures, discovering unknown France experienced only from the intimate access a barge can offer. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, hotel barge voyages allow you to travel in luxury without the strains of packing and unpacking all the while enjoying a blend of daily excursions, fascinating cruising, exceptional Cuisine and phenomenal wine.

  • European Waterways Athos
  • European Waterways Nymphea
  • Ballooning in France
  • Ballooning in France
  • Ballooning Over Vineyards
  • Ballooning over French Vineyards

Ballooning in France

Imagine a romantic hot air balloon flight in France. Floating majestically and effortlessly over the prettiest regions including Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Burgundy, Auvergne. Hot air balloon flights can be enjoyed by everyone as there are no particular age or physical requirements. Take flight in the early hours just after dawn or later in the day just before sunset when the air is still and the light is perfect for drifting gently, gazing down at the countryside carpet below, including châteaux, medieval villages, and vineyards. Finishing up with the traditional Champagne "toast aux Aéronautes" at the landing

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