European River Cruise: Southern France
Collected by Carrie Finley-Bajak, AFAR Local Expert
Set sail for a float into the French countryside along waterways, canals, and rivers. Discover Provence and towns along in the Rhone Valley. Sample wine, go truffle hunting, visit a lavender farm.
69 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Since 2001, residents of Bordeaux have been able to rent free bikes through Vélo Ville de Bordeaux (VVB), the city's long-term bike loan program. Some four thousand bikes have been loaned to locals since the program launched and the requests...
10 Place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Given its UNESCO world heritage status, there's no mistaking the grandeur of this 18th-century property. But the food at Le Gabriel is as modern as the walls are ancient: expect chef-selected meals with foams, gelées, and plenty of style. Looking...
10 Route de Giscours, 33460 Labarde, France
An original…Giscours can be traced back to the fourteenth century. The first vines were planted back in 1552 by a wealthy Bordeaux draper name Pierre de Lhomme. The vineyards have been in the hands of multiple owners since the beginning, however...
Place des Créneaux Le Doyenné, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France
The Saint-Émilion Church in southern France was long the center of an important Christian community, thanks to the wealth of local winemakers who supported this monument to a Breton monk renowned for performing miracles. The 53-meter tall tower...
This quaint little village has become very close to my heart and not because of the wine. From the tourist office you can take a walking tour of the Romanesque church, hermitage, and monolithic church (the largest in Europe). Once back in the...
Place de la Mairie 1, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
Loved by many; found by few. An excursion from the dock into the countryside to a truffle farm is a great experience. The European tradition of truffle hunting is an active adventure for those wanting to find the elusive gourmet fungus, which are...
33000 Bordeaux, France
My 5:30 a.m. departure from Bordeaux allowed me an opportunity to take one last photo of the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, which opened in 1780. Royal architect Victor Lewis conceived the theatre as a temple of arts and light and succeeded in making...
Grab a map and draw your own path, starting in the town of Bordeaux. See that area to the right, between the parallel Dordogne and Lot rivers? Stay within the borders of this area where authentic food reigns. Tips from the pros: The driving can be...
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