Basque Country and Perigord: Pearls of the South West

BASQUE COUNTRY AND PERIGORD: PEARLS OF SOUTH WEST


Departure from Bordeaux


Self-drive motorcycle tour

Length: 5 days


Day 1: BORDEAUX / PERIGUEUX (195 km)

Formalities for bikes rental then road to Libourne and Saint Emilion.

Saint Emilion, essential medieval village, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, with its narrow and steep streets, rich in monuments to the glorious past and surrounded by great wines.

Let’s go to the Perigord toward BrantOme.

Green Venice of Périgord, Brantôme is a tourist and cultural center of the department.
His venerable Benedictine abbey "founded by Charlemagne" bears the mark of the history of its destruction and reconstruction for more than twelve centuries.

Road to Sorges.

Sorges is known by gourmets around the world as the capital of the black truffle, the famous "tuber melanosporum". In the opinion of leading experts, truffles from Sorges offers a fragrance reveals its incomparable flavor. Sorges has dedicated to her a black diamond truffles Ecomuseum created in 1982, which welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year.

Steps in Perigueux capital of White Perigord who takes its name from the white limestone that was used to build many monuments.

Perigueux is a cultural and tourist capital labeled "4 flowers" in the heart of White Perigord. The city offers tourists a Gallo-Roman historical, medieval and Renaissance. Recognized city of art and history, Perigueux has 44 historic buildings registered or classified. The city preserves and showcases its rich heritage civil, military and religious, with its Saint-Front Cathedral, listed as a historic monument and the World Heritage of UNESCO.


Day 2: PERIGUEUX / BERGERAC (205 km)

Departure for an exceptional site to see, the Lascaux cave.

The real cave was closed to the public in 1963 because the walls were attacked with foams resulting in carbon dioxide emissions is to say the respiration of visitors. The idea of this treasure was murdered unbearable for all: the Sistine Chapel of prehistory has been reborn as a faithful replica, in 1983, 200 meters from the original cave.

Road to Terrasson-Lavilledieu we suggest you explore the imaginary garden.

The Garden born in spring 1996 is a kind of ark of Noah plant, which offers 6 hectares a walk made of mythical and symbolic elements at the crossroads of human history and continents of the world, of nature's cycles and civilizations.

Short passage by the department of Lot in the pretty town of Souillac renowned for its distillery.

Along the Dordogne to go in the town of Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Sarlat, capital of Black Périgord, has preserved the integrity of its old buildings and is today one of the most beautiful medieval sets of Europe.
Proceed to Bergerac.

Among the many architectural witnesses bequeathed him the Bergerac can legitimately boast of harboring treasures and especially of country houses, castles, abbeys and churches which since the Middle Ages, defy time. White, gray or yellow ocher Masked always wonderfully built, these "old" stones invite you to an amazing and exciting journey to discover an exceptional heritage.



Day 3: BERGERAC/ SALIES DE BEARN (230 km)

Direction Marmande, downtown territory Val de Garonne, a leading fruit and vegetable gardens of the great Southwest.

Always south to one of the most picturesque Landes houses, Labastide- d'Armagnac founded in the thirteenth century by the Count of Armagnac.

Way toward Salies de Bearn.

Salies-de-Bearn, city of salt, hydrotherapy and fitness consists of old streets organized in snail around the center. The waters of Saleys meander in the heart of the city and move the foot stilts typical houses picons tiles and timber. Furthermore, in this landscape are majestic architecture examples Belle Époque and Art Deco that encircle the spa and casino.



Day 4: SALIES DE BEARN/ BIARRITZ (150 km)

Departure for Saint Palais, you enter in the Basque Country. "Ongi Ettori” Welcome.

Way toward Saint Jean Pied-de-Port.

This is the last step on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela and the vital center of the Lower Navarre. History of thousands of years have shaped the city Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, often called the "little Venice Basque", giving it a force to maintain and remain authentic

Then proceed to Bidarray, Itxassou, Cambo-les-bains

From the perspective of gastronomy, the Basque Country is a tourist destination of the first order. Coastal and border community, whose wealth and culinary diversity are due to a mixture of marine customs and mountaineers, but also the uniqueness of the Basque people, so proud of its traditions, lover of gastronomy, around which structure much of social life.

Then town of Espelette famous for its red chilies.

Yesterday fortress and Lordship attached to the kingdom of Navarre, today town of Labourd, Espelette has earned a worldwide reputation for its famous red chillies drying on house facades.


Way to Saint Jean de Luz.

Located at the gates of Spain, open to the ocean, Saint-Jean-de-Luz has always had a historical role and has been the domain of fishermen, which it protected the boats. The town has repeatedly experienced the assaults of nature, so that the historic city, there is only a part. Hence the construction, in the early nineteenth century, of dikes constituting a "guarantee threshold". This pier is lined with half-timbered houses, big hotels and small guesthouses in which stayed writers and artists.


Arrival in Biarritz.

Biarritz, a sea ... Biarritz, a city ... Biarritz, a world! The city developed over the centuries to become the largest tourist resort of international renown of the XXI century. Tourism is always the highlight of the city. But after an «aristocratic and Hollywood " tourism, the city opened and modernized.


Day 5: BIARRITZ / BORDEAUX (245 km)

Go up to Arcachon by the vast Landes forest and coast road.

Tasting oysters suggestion in Arcachon.


Crossing the Landes forest bring you in late afternoon in Bordeaux and bike drop off.

 
Starting from: 1.090€ p/p (2 persons, 1 motorbike & 1 double room)


For detailed itinerary, contact us.

Bikes available for this tour:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
: Electra Glide, Road Glide, Street Glide, Road King, Softail.

BMW: R1200 GS Adventure, K1600 GTL, R1200 RT, R1200 GS.

 

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