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RAISE A GLASS

Dis­cover the city of Bordeaux and tour some of the city’s best vine­yards, with a wine tast­ing or two, on a four-day ‘In­tro to Bordeaux’ tour with Ar­blaster & Clarke. The tour in­cludes vis­its to the fairy-tale Château Pi­chon Longueville Baron, Bordeaux Wine Gallery & Cel­lar and the new Cité du Vin mu­seum, as well as plenty of free time to ex­plore the city. The tour runs from 30 Septem­ber to 3 Oc­to­ber and costs £1,495pp, which in­cludes re­turn flights from Lon­don to Bordeaux, three nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, some meals, vis­its, tast­ings and a wine guide. ar­blasterand­clarke.com

CANAL CRUIS­ING

Cruise along the Canal des Deux Mers in south­ern France on a canal boat from Min­er­vois Cruis­ers and en­joy the slower pace of life on the wa­ter. The com­pany is based in Le So­mail on the Canal du Midi and from there you can reach Car­cas­sonne, Nar­bonne or Béziers as well as the vine­yards and coun­try­side of the Min­er­vois wine re­gion. This stretch of canal, known as ‘le grand bief’, has no locks to nav­i­gate so is per­fect for begin­ners. A canal boat sleep­ing two peo­ple costs from £895 per week plus fuel and boats are also avail­able which can sleep up to 10 peo­ple. min­er­vois­cruis­ers.com

BRE­TON RE­TREAT

A beau­ti­ful con­verted wa­ter­mill in the tran­quil coun­try­side out­side La Gacilly in Brit­tany is the per­fect place to re­lax and ex­plore Mor­bi­han. The Moulin de Huno, avail­able to rent via No­va­sol, has re­tained many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing the wa­ter wheel, and has two dou­ble bed­rooms, one bath­room and a fully-equipped kitchen/liv­ing room. It is sur­rounded by wood­lands and mead­ows, ideal for cycling or walk­ing, while the town of La Gacilly made fa­mous by Yves Rocher is a short drive away. no­va­sol.co.uk (ID: FBM057)

RIVIERA HIKE

Ex­plore the stun­ning coast­line and pretty hill­top vil­lages of the Côte d’azur on a seven-day walk­ing tour with KE Ad­ven­ture Travel. The tour be­gins in Men­ton and fin­ishes in Nice, pass­ing through Ro­que­brune-capMartin, La Tur­bie, Beaulieu-sur-mer and sev­eral other vil­lages. There will be be­tween four and six hours of walk­ing a day in­clud­ing a stren­u­ous as­cent of Mont Baudon. The tour runs from 20-26 Oc­to­ber and costs £1,075pp, which in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, a guide, lug­gage trans­fers and trans­port dur­ing the tour. The price does not in­clude flights or air­port trans­fers. kead­ven­ture.com

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