If you have never been to this area of South West France, you are in for a treat. Rich in history and charm, there are sandy shorelines, with a background of beautiful mountains. You will enjoy interesting and beautiful walks, but as always, have time to relax over a good meal with a glass of excellent wine. James, your guide has a great love for the local flora and fauna, and he will introduce to many local varieties as you walk. Many local contacts make this a wonderful way to visit France, including superb food and wine during candlelit dinners.

Your trip includes wine tastings, lunches at small little known restaurants, or a local chateau, where you will sometimes spend the night. We stay at different hotels, sometimes for several days at a time, each one unique in its own way.

The next to last day of your trip we will cross into Spain to visit the Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao.   The Guggenheim Museum was designed by Frank Gehry and sponsored by the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation.  This museum was specifically built to house exhibitions of monumental works and is I think one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe.  Frank Gehry designed it around the idea of boat lines and fish and it has a wonderfully curvilinear and scaly quality to it with a tremendous sense of light.  The fact that Jeff Koons’ 15 metre puppy guards it like Cerberus is an added bonus of floral contrasting with metallic.

Our last day we drive to the town of Saint Jean de Luz.   This is where Louis XIV chose to marry Marie-Therese.  Much of the old port retains its late seventeenth century beauty having been rebuilt at this time following the disastrous fire set by the Spanish in 1558.

Dates: (8 nights) Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, Oct. 6  – 14
Rate: $3,280.00
USD (Single Supplement: $500.00 USD)

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