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France from the Loire to the Dordogne

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September 29 to October 9, 2022

Travel with European history professor Carolyn Lougee through bucolic countryside to see prehistoric cave art and medieval villages, sample renowned vintages, and tour grand castles and royal gardens.

Castles in the air. Explore some of the exquisite gardens and celebrated châteaus in the Loire Valley, including Chenonceau, Clos Lucé and Chambord. Noble rot. Discover Patiras Island, whose vineyards were rare survivors of the phylloxera epidemic that killed most of Europe’s wine grapes, and taste grand cru wines at a vineyard near Bordeaux that prioritizes sustainability and environmental protection. Mammoth undertaking. Venture deep inside the prehistoric cave of Rouffignac; enter Font-de-Gaume, one of the last great original polychrome-painted caves still open to the public; and visit Lascaux IV, a state-of-the-art museum that features a painstaking reconstruction of the Lascaux cave. Village people. Join the locals at the Saturday market in the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda and tour St. Émilion, a medieval hamlet known for its 12th-century partly subterranean Monolithic Church and high-quality wine production.

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$10,795 per person, double occupancy


Carolyn Lougee

Professor Lougee first came to Stanford in 1973 and has inspired students and alumni travelers on trips throughout Europe for decades, including in France, the United Kingdom, Italy and beyond.

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