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Dates

May 26 to June 5, 2019

Starting Price

$5,499 Double, $6,253 Single

Deposit per Person

$1,000

11 Days
Land
Chateau Ladausse
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Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and history of Southern France. We welcome travelers with a cocktail reception at the hotel de Sèze with hosts Michael Gould and Aline Cotel. Cotel, an alumna, Professor of Engineering, and French native will show you Southern France through the eyes of a local. You’ll spend days touring wineries across the renowned Bordeaux region of France while learning firsthand from the people who make some of the world’s finest wines. Explore historic villages and tour the unique architecture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Get your hands clean at an artisanal soap factory where you’ll learn the processes involved in making this little handheld luxury. Spend your last days in France at Chateau Ladausse. The local cuisine is to die for, and you’ll even try your hand at whipping up a culinary delight of your own.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive today into the city of Bordeaux. Take a taxi to Hotel de Sèze, a four-star hotel with a central, dynamic and historic location. Attend a meet-and-greet at Hôtel de Sèze, Salon des Illustres library, before heading to an historic brasserie across the street for dinner. There, you will meet your U-M faculty hosts, Michael Gould and Aline Cotel, as well as our tour organizer, Eric Anthonissen.
Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Hotel de Sèze

Day 2

After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Pessac-Léognan, a wine growing region in Bordeaux. You’ll depart from the hotel to Château Carbonnieux, a winery known for its Grand Cru class of wine. The bus will make a slight detour in order to cross the Garonne River for a beautiful view of Bordeaux from the right bank and for a glimpse of the new Cité du Vin museum. After a private tour of Château Carbonnieux, enjoy lunch with the winemakers. Following lunch, you can relax and enjoy the ride (approximately two hours) to La Balie. Dinner this evening is at La Balie, prepared by chef Diane Anthonissen.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: La Balie

Full Itinerary
Meet Your Trip Host

Aline Cotel

Aline Cotel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in the areas of biological, environmental and geophysical fluid dynamics, in particular stratified turbulence and fish behavior in turbulent flows. As co-founder of the Women in Fluids Network and the Women-Water Nexus, she has created partnerships between women engineers and scientists in developed and developing countries to promote research with a focus on the education of women in STEM. She is also involved in engineering education projects in Western Africa related to retention and professional development of female engineering students. She was most recently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa (2017). She has received numerous awards for her teaching and outreach efforts including the 2016 Arthur F. Thurnau named Professorship, 2015 Willie Hobbs Mentoring Award, 2014 Global Engagement Recognition Award, and the 2012 University Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Aline is French with strong family ties to the Southwest of France and has been visiting the region since her childhood. Along with her husband Mike, they have spent 15 years fixing up a 300-year old farmhouse and spend part of the summer there every year. They have thoroughly explored the local villages and landmarks and have enjoyed the local food, cheese, and wine. This is truly Aline’s favorite region of France and she wants to share her love of the Perigord region with UM alumni. She has visited all 7 continents and has been on UM alumni trips to Antarctica, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama and Uruguay.

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Dates

May 26 to June 5, 2019

Starting Price

$5,499 Double, $6,253 Single

Deposit per Person

$1,000

11 Days
Land
Chateau Ladausse
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064