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Magnificent France

From $2,154 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Paris, Blois, Tours, Villandry, Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Argenton-sur-Creuse, Limoges, Lascaux, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Rocamadour, Padirac, Collonges-la-Rouge, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Carcassonne, Marseille, Arles, Les Baux-de-Provence, Avignon, Lyon, Tournus, Beaune, Dijon, Semur-en-Auxois, Vézelay

    Group Size:
    1-50
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Packages & Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

This tour is part of our Touropa flexible range of touring.

  • Tailor the itinerary by selecting when and where you start and end the tour
  • Choose to take the entire tour or a small portion of the itinerary (even just one night)
  • Guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

We will start the day by going to the south of France, to the area of the Loire Valley with a stop at Blois, a picturesque city where we recommend visiting the castle. After this we continue to the Loire Valley, visiting Tours, the regional capital on the banks of the Loire River, where you will be able to take a stroll and have lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Chateau de Villandry, famous for its gardens and flowers (entrance to the gardens are included). Then we will journey on to Amboise, a city with a fascinating medieval quarter. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Dinner

First a stroll through Amboise in the early hours to the Clos Lucé mansion where leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life. Exploring the Loire region in a little more depth, we visit Chenonceau Castle (tickets included), built like a bridge over the River Cher. We continue to Chambord, the largest castle of Loire (entrance to the park included). We will then travel to the centre of France, making a stop for coffee in Argenton- sur- Creuse, a small medieval town on the banks of the Creuse River. We continue to Limoges, a city known for its porcelain, where we recommend a stroll in the centre to see its cathedral.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We will leave Limoges for the Dordogne. Few regions contain so many villages full of charm and unforgettable countryside. We arrive at Lascaux, we will include admission to the museum and replica of the caves, we will learn about the site’s prehistory with the magnificent cave paintings. After that we see Sarlat-la-Canéda, a world heritage town with an incredibly well-preserved Renaissance historic centre, where there will be time to stroll and have lunch. In Beynac-et-Cazenac we see a medieval castle overlooking the river (admission included). Rocamadour, a beautiful medieval village with an important sanctuary “hung” over a ravine; we suggest you walk down the via crucis and come back up in the lift. Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

We will go to the impressive Padirac caves, where we include a boat ride on the river 75 metres underground. A stop at Collonges-la-Rouge, a very picturesque village built with red stone on the Way of St James. Time for lunch. After lunch we travel to Saint-Émilion, at the heart of the Bordeaux wine producing region. Time for a stroll. Bordeaux, arrival at the end of the afternoon.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

The entire centre of Bordeaux has been declared a world heritage site. You will be amazed by the “water mirror” and stroll through the old town with its pedestrian streets and 11th century cathedral. We will include admission (free visit with audio information in Spanish, French or English) to the Cite du Vin, an impressive interactive museum that recounts the history of the wine and its production; wine tasting included at the viewpoint over Bordeaux. You will have free time later to stroll and have lunch on the banks of the Garonne River, an area full of small restaurants.We continue our way towards the Pyrenees, arriving to Lourdes in the mid-afternoon. We have time to see the sanctuary (we recommend attending the candle procession). Dinner included.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

Following the Pyrenees, we stop at Saint Bertrand, a medieval town hung on the mountainside, dominated by its great cathedral. Time for a stroll before continuing to Carcassonne, a city surrounded by the most beautiful walls in Europe. Time to stroll and have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue to Marseilles, France’s second city, to see its vibrant “Vieux port” (old port). Note: If the group is small, the section from Carcassonne to Marseilles may be done by train (our guide will give you the tickets and inform you, and another different guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival in Marseilles).

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Villages, landscapes, history, today we see some of the most beautiful places in Provence. Arles, a world heritage city, shows us its legacy of the Roman and medieval times and reminds us of Van Gogh. In Les Baux-de-Provence, we have the chance to visit this small medieval village and we will include admission to the Carrières de Lumières, an impressive show of art, image and sound underground, in some former quarries. Time for lunch and stroll in Avignon, with its immense Palais des Papes. We continue to Lyon, where we can walk through the World Heritage Site old town and we will include the cable car to climb Notre Dame de Fourviere, a huge basilica from where we have a great view over the city.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We´ll leave Lyon for Burgundy. We stop at Tournus, nice little town with its immense stone gate and its large abbey. After this we travel to Beaune, time for lunch and walking in the wine capital of Burgundy, you can visit the wine museum or get to know the historic hospice. In the heart of this wine region, we will visit the Castle of Savigny, built in the 15th century, which houses some extraordinary museums (museum of motorbikes, racing cars, planes and helicopters!). Continuation to Dijon, capital of Burgundy, with its lively streets, the magnificent urban complex with its numerous medieval and Renaissance buildings, highlighting the palace of the dukes.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

We leave Dijon for Fontenay Abbey, a world heritage site, where we include admission to this Cistercian centre. After this, a stop in Semur-en-Auxois, a medieval city surrounded by impressive walls. Still in Burgundy, we will have time for lunch and a stroll in Vézelay, one of France’s most beautiful villages, where its immense basilica was one of the starting points of the Way of St James. In the afternoon we continue our route to Paris. Arrival mid-afternoon. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

Accommodation in 3- 4* hotels

English speaking guide

Touring as per itinerary

8 Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Arrival transfer

Ticket admission: Villandry gardens, Chenonceau castle, Castle park of Chambord, Museum and replica of Lascaux caves, Beynac castle, Beynac castle, Padirac caves, Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, Carrieres de Lumiere show, Savigny Medieval Castle and Fontenay Abbey

Gratuities

Basic travel insurance

Boat: Padirac Caves

Funicular: Lyon

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Other meals, snacks and drinks

Departure transfer

Pre and post tour accommodation

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Hotel List (or similar)

Hôtel Mercure Paris La Défense
18 - 30 Rue Baudin, Pl. Charras, 92400 Courbevoie, France
Tel: +33 825 80 27 27
Rating
4
Hôtel Mercure Paris La Défense
Novotel Amboise
17 Rue des Sablonnières, 37400 Amboise, France
Tel: +33 2 47 57 42 07
Rating
4
Novotel Amboise
Campanile Limoges Centre
44 Cr Gay Lussac, 87000 Limoges, France
Tel: +33 5 55 10 70 60
Rating
4.5
Campanile Limoges Centre
Hotel Du Chateau Rocamadour
Route du Château, 46500 Rocamadour, France
Tel: +33 5 65 33 62 22
Rating
3.5
Hotel Du Chateau Rocamadour
Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre Ville
5 Rue Robert Lateulade, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Tel: +33 5 56 56 43 43
Rating
4
Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre Ville
Hotel Alba Lourdes
27 Av. du Paradis, 65100 Lourdes, France
Tel: +33 5 62 42 70 70
Rating
4
Hotel Alba Lourdes
Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed
25 Boulevard De Dunkerque, Rue des Docks, 13002 Marseille, France
Tel: +33 4 91 99 25 20
Rating
4
Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed
Campanile Lyon Berges Du Rhone
4-6 Rue Mortier, 69003 Lyon, France
Tel: +33 4 78 60 03 09
Rating
3.5
Campanile Lyon Berges Du Rhone
Holiday Inn Express Dijon
Access Via, Rue de la Glaciere, Rue Jean Moulin, 21850 Saint-Apollinaire, France
Tel: +33 3 80 46 70 30
Rating
4.5
Holiday Inn Express Dijon

Important things to note

Visit to Padirac caves is subject to weather conditions.

Hotels are confirmed 48 hours prior to departure.

Optional activities can only be booked locally with guide.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. Upon quoting/booking, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Single sharing supplement is available. Single passengers are only able to share a room with the same sex.

Additional discounts: children under 3- 80%, children from 3-8 years- 40%, children from 9-15 years- 10%, travelers over 65 years- 5%.

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Magnificent France

From $2,154 AUD
  • 9 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Paris, Blois, Tours, Villandry, Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chambord, Argenton-sur-Creuse, Limoges, Lascaux, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Rocamadour, Padirac, Collonges-la-Rouge, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Carcassonne, Marseille, Arles, Les Baux-de-Provence, Avignon, Lyon, Tournus, Beaune, Dijon, Semur-en-Auxois, Vézelay

    Group Size:
    1-50
    Age Range:
    1 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Flexible Touring, Guided Group Tours, Packages & Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

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