France—The Southwest

Explore the Pyrenees, Dordogne, Basque Country, and Bordeaux

Whether you’re experiencing la belle France for the first time or you’re a committed Francophile, this tour will guide you deep into the heart of France to experience the people, culture, and scenic beauty of the Southwest. In our private vans we’ll explore the spectacular peaks of the Pyrenees, the terraced vineyards of the Dordogne valley, the picturesque Pays Basque and sophisticated Bordeaux.

Professional photographer Wayde Carroll will be your guide as you capture the changing light of the season. We’ll explore a variety of techniques and share ideas in a friendly ambiance. Multi-night stays will ensure an immersive experience. Through regional gastronomy and conversations with local artisans, you’ll also develop an understanding of the complex history and rich resources that have shaped the unique character of France’s southwest.

And new to the Lightminded Tours guide team is Karen Brinkmann, a lifelong student of French language and culture. Karen has spent years visiting the region and has put together the perfect itinerary for travelers to experience the best of Southwest France’s natural beauty, rich gastronomy, and unique culture.