* France – Travel through France with french incoming agency
Period : March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Reference : 10P025
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Coach Tour Incoming trip in France exploring the culture and culinary delights of her diverse regions as well as some of her best known landmarks. From the romantic capital, travel south to the wine-producing region of Burgundy, via the Rhone Alps to sunny Provence, then through the rural south west and the charming Dordogne countryside to the green landscapes of the Loire Valley.
D1 Classic Paris
Group arrival in Paris airport (flight arrangements at your discretion) where you will be welcomed by your guide. Coach transfer to Paris for a sightseeing tour of the city’s best known and loved landmarks – the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the elegant boulevards, and the Invalides. Take a ride to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower from where there’s a sweeping view over the capital’s skyline (an aperitif at the Tower to admire the stunning panorama is an optional extra). Check-in to your hotel in Paris. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Burgundy and Blackcurrants (380 km)
After breakfast, set off for Burgundy, and her capital, Beaune. Free time for lunch within the old city walls and bastions, then follow the wine route in search of the humble blackcurrant! “Crème de cassis” , or blackcurrant liqueur, is a local speciality, often mixed with white wine to make the well know drink “kir”. Stop at a fruit farm where home-made jams, bubbling in copper cauldrons, and the famous Crème de Cassis liqueur are produced. Check-in to your hotel . Dinner and overnight.
D3 Lyons and the Silk Industry (170 km)
Breakfast then leave for Lyons. Capital of the European Silk Industry in the 16th and 17th centuries, you can visit a workshop and watch the silk weavers at work. Free time for lunch then an afternoon sightseeing tour of some of Lyons main attractions: Bellecour Square at the heart of the city, Terreaux Square with its famous fountain and 17th century Town Hall, the riverside quays, the Renaissance district, the business quarter of la Part-Dieu, and the Fourviere and Croix Rousse Hills. Check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D4 Beaujolais Vineyards (120 km)
Breakfast then an outing into the gently undulating countryside of the Beaujolais vineyards, stopping at a wine estate to learn all about the viticulturists’ art. Lunch of regional delicacies in a typical local inn, or “auberge”. The afternoon is given over to the some of the region’s finest vintages, with a route through the famous-name villages of Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chiroubles, Morgon. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D5 Avignon and Cotes du Rhone Wines (250 km)
Breakfast then leave for Avignon. Take to the river for a leisurely cruise on the Rhone and to admire the city’s monuments. Free time for lunch followed by a visit to the imposing Palace of the Popes. Afterwards you can taste some of the local Cotes du Rhone wines, with bread and cheese, in the Palace’s Wine Cellars. Check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D6 Pont du Gard and Roquefort Cheese Cellars (230 km)
After breakfast set off for the Pont du Gard, a masterpiece of engineering dating from antiquity, built by the Romans to carry water into the nearby city of Nimes. Free time for lunch then continue to Roquefort, and a visit to one of the cellars where this tangy blue-veined cheese is aged and matured, followed by some tasting. Cross the Millau viaduct, the tallest in the world (340m high pylons), and a modern day architectural marvel gracefully spanning the Tarn Valley. Check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D7 Aveyron, in the heart of the south west (250 km)
Breakfast then leave for Villefranche-de-Rouergue, a beautiful bastide, or fortified town, dating from the 13th century, with narrow-cobbled streets and the St Sauveur Charterhouse. Continue to Monteils to visit a duck farm and taste some of the local produce. Lunch of local specialities then on to Rocamadour via Figeac, with its picturesque little streets and ornate, half-timbered houses, best known as birthplace of the famous French Egyptologist, Champolllion. Check-in to your hotel in the region of Rocamadour. Dinner and overnight.
D8 Sarlat and the Dordogne Valley (130 km)
Breakfast. The old town of Sarlat is the capital of the Black Perigord region, its centuries’ old houses made from honey-coloured stone giving it a special charm all of its own. Continue to the village of La Roque Gageac for a boat trip along the river Dordogne, by traditional “gabarre”, or barge, with a stop at the bastide town of Domme to admire the panoramic views of the stunning Dordogne valley. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D9 Tours and the Loire Valley (390 km)
Breakfast. Set off for the lovely town of Tours, the “Garden of France”, between the Loire and Cher rivers, and free time for lunch. Visit the mediaeval old town with its well-preserved half-timbered houses and the famous Place Plumereau, lined with lovely old buildings and numerous cafés and restaurants spilling out onto the square. Stop at a brasserie for “teatime”, Tours style. Check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D10 Cruise on the Cher River / Paris (250 km)
Breakfast. Cruise on the river Cher, and learn all about the history of navigation on the river, as well as the Cher Valley’s fauna and flora. Free time for lunch then head back towards Paris. Check-in to your hotel in Paris, dinner and overnight.
D11 Return Journey
Breakfast then coach transfer to Paris airport for your return flight (flight arrangements at your discretion). End of our services.
Services of a local coach for transfers and excursions as per the itinerary (09 am to 07 pm – maximum 10h/day)
Services of an English-speaking Guide for the duration of the itinerary
Accommodation sharing a double room in 3* hotels as per itinerary
Half Board (3 course menu – drinks not included) from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D11
2 local speciality lunches (wine and coffee included)
1 teatime in Tours (local pastry and hot/cold beverage)
Visits with tasting: blackcurrant farm, Beaujolais wine estate, Palace of the Popes Wine Cellar, Roquefort cheese cellars, duck farm
Entrance Fees : 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, Silk Workshop, Palace of the Popes, Pont du Gard Aqueduct
River Cruises : Avignon (45 mn), Dordogne « gabarre » barge (50 mn), Cher (1h)
Free Places : 21st person in a single room, 42nd person sharing a double
Single Room (10 nights) : 400 €
Aperitif at the Montparnasse Tower: + 8 €