Explore your France

Duration

14 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2021 / October 2021

Cities to visit: Paris; Rouen; Arromanches, Lower Normandy; Caen; Mont Saint Michel; Saint Malo; Dinan; Rennes; Angers; Tours; Villandry, Centre; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Chenonceaux, castle; Chambord; Limoges; Sarlat-La-Caneda; Beynac-Et-Cazenac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine; Rocamadour; Padirac, Midi-Pyrénées; Collonges-La-Rouge, Limousin; Saint Emilion; Bordeaux; Lourdes; ; Carcassonne; Marseille, Provenza Alpes Costa Azul; Arles; Avignon; Lyon, Ródano Alpes; Tournus; Beaune, Burgundy; Dijon, Burgundy; Abbey Of Fontenay; Semur-En-Auxois; Vezelay

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, 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.

Day

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:  Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. 

Reception.  Transfer to hotel  and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT -  IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    

08.00hrs– Paris - we start a panoramic tour of Paris with a local guide. Lasting approximately 2 1/2 hours, you will see the: Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elisées, Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, Opera, the Louvre Museum, Tour St. Jacques, the City Hall, the Ile de la Cité with Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin quarter, the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg Gardens, Invalides, the Military School, the Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower and the banks of the River Seine. We will make short stops by Invalides and the Champs de Mars.   

After the visit, transfer to the district of Montmartre . Time to stroll and have lunch in the bohemian district of Montmartre with its little restaurants and street artists.   

14.00hrs - After lunch, return to the hotel stopping by the Louvre Museum for those who want to stay in the city centre. We suggest a visit to the museum (our guide will give you the option of a guided tour of the inside of the museum).      

Afternoon free. In the evening there is the option of going to a show at the Moulin Rouge. 

08.00hrs Versailles  – Departure from the hotel and transfer to Versailles to visit the Palace and the gardens, with two and a half hours to do so from our arrival. Return to the city centre for lunch.  Afternoon free. Your guide will offer you the option of a boat trip on the river Seine and a visit to the Latin Quarter.

Total distance: 355 Km.   
Countryside:  Placid scenery, River Seine.   

07:30 hrs  Paris –departure. The departure time may vary depending on the hotels where the travellers have to be collected. We leave for Normandy, our route following the course of the river Seine. 
09:30 hrs - Giverny –Arrival-. We include tickets to the house of Monet with its very beautiful gardens, and where we will talk about French Impressionist art.    

11.00hrs - Giverny –Departure-.  
12.00 hrs Rouen – Arrival. Time to see the Gothic cathedral, to stroll around its mediaeval streets and have lunch    

14:30 hrs - Rouen –Departure-. We continue on our way through Normandy. Pleasant countryside. 
16:45 hrs -  Arromanches –Arrival-. We are on the beaches where the British troops landed in the Second World War.   

18:15 hrs - Arromanches –Departure-. 
19.00hrs – Caen – Arrival. Time for a stroll in the centre. 

Total distance: 270 km.
 
Countryside: Beautiful hilly countryside and a spectacular arrival at Mont. Saint Michel    

08.00hrs – Caen – departure. – We continue through Normandy.  
09:45 hrs – Mont St. Michel – We reach the “Marvel”, surrounded by the ocean. Don’t miss a stroll through its narrow streets and a visit to its Abbey, sometimes turned into an island surrounded by the ocean.    

NB: Bus traffic is regulated and parking is away from the town, with access to it on buses from the car park itself.   

12:30 hrs – Mont St. Michel – departure. We go on to French Brittany.  
13:15 hrs  – St. Malo. A seaside city surrounded by impressive walls and with an active and beautiful port. Time for a stroll and for lunch    

15:15hrs – St. Malo – departure. 
15:45 hrs – Dinan – Arrival, time in this pretty mediaeval village.     

17.00hrs – Dinan –departure. We travel through inland Brittany. 
18.00 hrs – Rennes. - Accommodation and time in the capital of Brittany. We suggest a stroll around its monumental historic centre. 

Distance covered: 335 km.
 
Countryside: Today we are on the course of the River Loire with its interesting villages and castles along the way.    

08.00hrs - Rennes –Departure-  
10.00 hrs - Angers. - Time in this city on the Loire. If you wish, you can visit the castle which has a very interesting tapestry of the Apocalypse.    

11:45 hrs – Angers – departure, we go on our way through pleasant fields. 
13:45 hrs - Tours –Arrival-. We are in the regional capital. You can stroll through its historic centre by the Loire. Time for lunch.   

15:30 hrs - Tours –Departure-.  
16.00hrs - Villandry . Tickets included to the gardens of this great palace . Considered some of the most beautiful gardens in France.   

17:30 hrs - Villandry –Departure-.  
18:15 hrs - Amboise –  Arrival in this picturesque town on the banks of the Loire Valley with a very interesting mediaeval quarter.  Dinner  and accommodation included.  

NB : Sometimes we may stay in Tours, as the hotel capacity in Amboise is highly limited.

Total distance: 310 km.
 
Countryside:  The River Loire scattered with beautiful villages and castles marks our route. Have your cameras ready, we will pass alongside the River Loire and see some castles along the way.   

We will see the Loire region in a little more depth. In the morning, a stroll in Amboise, to the castle of Clos Luce where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last 3 years before his death (entrance not included).  

10:30 hrs – Amboise. – Departure. 
10:45 hrs – Chenonceau –Arrival. Many believe this is the most beautiful castle on the Loire, in the form of a bridge over the river Cher, a tributary of the Loire. Its interior is also magnificently preserved. Tickets included.    

12:15 hrs – Chenonceau –departure. We continue along pretty local roads to Chambord. 
13:15 hrs – Chambord –Arrival. Time to see the park of this immense castle on the Loire and for lunch.    

15:30 hrs – Chambord. - Departure. We travel towards the centre of France, going through picturesque villages on our way.  
17:30 hrs- Argenton sur Creuse –Arrival-. A stroll in this charming mediaeval town on the banks of the river Creuse. 

18:30 hrs - Argenton –Departure-.  
19:45 hrs - Limoges –Arrival-. We recommend a stroll around the Cathedral district.

Total distance: 190 km . 
Countryside: Small roads, mediaeval villages.  Very beautiful scenery of the Dordogne Valley. We recommend comfortable footwear (visit to the caves).      

Limoges. - A city known for its famous porcelain. We include a brief tour with a local guide of the city, its cathedral, its ancient station and the Porcelain Museum (tickets included) with one of the most beautiful porcelain collections in the world.   

11.00 hrs - Limoges –Departure-. We go on our way to the south of France, pretty hillside scenery and charming villages on our way. - 
12:30 hrs - Collonge la Rouge. - A small village full of charm built with red stone on the Way of St James. Time for lunch and to take a stroll.     

14:15 hrs - Collonge la Rouge –Departure-. 
15.00hrs - Padirac Cave . - Considered the most impressive caves in France. We include tickets and a visit to these impressive caves, 3 lifts will take us to an underground river that we will see in a boat.   NB: T he caves may be closed in November or in certain weather conditions. -    

17.00 hrs – Padirac – Departure-.    
17:30 hrs – Rocamadour  - Arrival. -  We are in an important sanctuary town overlooked by its castle, considered one of the most beautiful towns in France. Don’t miss a stroll around its charming streets and we suggest a walk down the via crucis and coming back up in the lift. Our guide will accompany you to the entrance to the mediaeval village before giving you your rooms in the hotel. Dinner included.

Total distance: 295 km 
Countryside:  Very beautiful scenery in the Dordogne region.   

08:30 hrs - Rocamadour –Departure-. Beautiful countryside of the Dordogne. 
09:30 hrs - La Roque Gageac.  - A small village by the river overlooked by a castle. A very picturesque place. Stop for photos.   

10:15 hrs - La Roque Gageac –Departure-.  
10:30 hrs – Beynac  – We include  tickets to this magnificently well preserved mediaeval castle . You will admire the views of the Dordogne Valley and we will hear more about life in the Middle Ages.   

11:30 hrs - Beynac –Departure-. 
12.00 hrs.- Sarlat  – Time in this World Heritage town. The Renaissance historic centre is magnificently well preserved. Time for lunch and a stroll.    

14:30 hrs – Sarlat – departure. We travel to the region of Bordeaux. Pleasant scenery and vineyards en route.    
16:45 hrs - Saint Emilion.  This beautiful mediaeval village has based its wealth for more than 2000 years on its winemaking. Interesting stroll. We include a visit to a characteristic wine establishment; the wine culture blends with the stones of the place.    

18:30 hrs - St. Emilion –departure.  
19:30 hrs – Bordeaux  – Arrival, accommodation. We recommend a stroll around the classic centre of this city on the banks of the River Garonne.

Total distance covered: 270 km 
Countryside: Pleasant vineyard scenery.    

In the morning we include a two-hour visit with a local guide to Bordeaux, the port city known around the world for its wines. One part of the urban centre, the Port de la Lune, was recently declared World Heritage.  Outstanding features include the eleventh century cathedral, the grand Theatre of Bordeaux, the monument to the Girondins and the Place Royal. Free time to stroll and for lunch.     

13:30 hrs Departure from Bordeaux. We venture into the wine producing region of Bordeaux.     17.30 hrs - Lourdes –Arrival-. Time to visit the Sanctuary. We recommend you attend the candle procession, which normally takes place at 9 PM from the end of March to late October. Dinner included.

today´s highlights: medieval villages of s. bertrand or carcassonne.

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).

today’s highlights:  provence region. carrieres de lumiere in les beaux. 

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 beaux, we have the chance to visit this small medieval village and we will include admission to the carrieres de lumiere, 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.

today’s highlights:  burgundy region. rochepot castle.  

we will leave lyon for burgundy. we stop at tournus, a nice little town with its huge stone door and large abbey. after this, on small roads we travel through beautiful vineyards and countryside to la rochepot, we include admission to its powerful medieval castle. beaune, time for lunch and stroll in the wine capital of burgundy; you can visit the wine museum or see the historic hospice. in the early afternoon, arrival in dijon, the capital of burgundy, with its lively streets, magnificent urban complex and many medieval and renaissance buildings, particularly the ducal palace.

today’s highlights:  burgundy region. admission to fontenay abbey.  

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 vezelay, 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.

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