Châteaux of Southern France

Southwestern France is celebrated for its majestic châteaux, which offer access to beautiful gardens, charming villages, evolving creative scenes and—bien sûr—some of the finest wine-growing country in the world. On this Insider Journey, savor an authentic taste of châteaux living in the company of horticultural expert and art historian Amy Kupec Larue, who will open doors to exclusive estates, tastings and cultural experiences (with plenty of time for roses and rosé in equal measure). Days will be focused in and around Bordeaux at its most exciting moment—the harvest season—and golden afternoons will be reserved for enjoying the French countryside at two idyllic wine and wellness hotels: Les Sources de Caudalie and La Maison d’Estournel. It will be a true education in the French L’Art de Vivre!

Plus: When you sign up for this special trip, you’ll automatically be enrolled on a complimentary basis in a four-part virtual live lecture series hosted by Amy—the latest Indagare Clubs offering. The French Gardens Club will provide an immersive sneak peek at the highlights of the Insider Journey—along with some exclusive surprises—and give you the chance to meet your fellow travelers. Click here to learn more.

The health and safety of our travelers is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and a seamless travel experience. For any questions, please reach out to our team at insiderjourneys@indagare.com.

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Join horticultural expert Amy Kupec Larueone of Indagare’s most popular Insider Journey and Club hosts—for exclusive, private tours of some of the finest castles, gardens, vineyards and art collections in southwestern France, at châteaux including: Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Château Pape Clément, Château Giraud, Château Giscours, Château Pédesclaux, Château Pichon Baron and Château Chasse-Spleen.
  • Explore the flavors of Bordeaux, Périgord (often described as the Tuscany of France), Médoc, Sauternes and other such sought-after regions with private tours, tastings and gala dinners at Grand Cru Classé estates.
  • Experience the traditional and contemporary sides of southwestern France’s most charming villages, with time for history- and architecture-focused touring, shopping, gallery-hopping and more. Top stops include Les Chartons, known for its antiques stores; The Forest of the Senses, a sprawling open-air museum with an immersive walking trail; La Cité Du Vin, an interactive experience that focuses on the five senses to educate on the history of wine; Roman ruins; and more.
  • Soak in the beauty, elegance and l‘art de vivre of French countryside culture while staying at two gorgeous luxury hotels focused on wine and wellness: the Les Sources de Caudalie (an Indagare Index property) and La Maison d’Estournel.
  • Connect with your host and fellow travelers—and gain a deeper understanding of the itinerary—before the trip with complimentary enrollment in Amy’s new French Gardens Club (four virtual sessions, $650 value; see here for details).
  • Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions within Paris, the Loire Valley or beyond. Plus: You’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue, while on the ground.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

  • When
    October 2 - 8, 2022
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Foodies , Art Lovers

This Journey's Host

AMY KUPEC LARUE, HORTICULTURAL EXPERT AND AUTHOR

Horticultural expert, botanist and art historian Amy Kupec Larue has been living, working and traveling in Europe for 30 years, in pursuit of her passion for flowers, plants and French culture. Since 2005, she has been guiding garden aficionados and groups—including the Pacific Horticulture Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of America—on tours through public and private gardens in Paris, Normandy, the Loire Valley, the South of France and Tuscany. An ardent rose lover, she has been a jury member of the Bagatelle Rose Commission since 2009.

Still deciding? You can get to know Amy before deciding to join the trip! Sign up for the French Gardens Club in time for the first session on June 14 and get a taste of her expertise—and a sneak peek at the itinerary highlights. If you join the Insider Journey, we’ll apply your Club attendance towards the trip cost.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    October 2 - 8, 2022
  • Length
    7 days / 6 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 13 travelers
  • Host
    Amy Kupec Larue
  • From
    $9,550

Includes

  • Accommodations at Les Sources de Caudalie (Prestige Room; 4 nights) and La Maison d’Estournel (Various Room Categories; 2 nights). Indagare can arrange room upgrades upon request, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary, as well as group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • Gratuities for drivers, guides and meals
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all trip details, international flights and trip extensions (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical, security and evacuation services for the duration of the trip
  • Complimentary enrollment in the Indagare French Gardens Club with Amy Kupec Larue (four virtual sessions, $650 value)

Excludes

  • Transportation to/from France and airport transfers
  • Meals not specified and premium or alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Additional gratuities
  • Any Covid testing fees
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes) and liability for changes in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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