French Dream

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2020 / November 2020

Cities to visit: Paris; Blois; Tours; Villandry, Centre; Amboise, Centro Valle de Loira; Chenonceaux; Chambord; Limoges; Sarlat-La-Caneda; Beynac-Et-Cazenac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine; Rocamadour; Padirac, Midi-Pyrénées; Collonges-La-Rouge, Limousin; Saint Emilion; Bordeaux

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

Distance travelled: 335 km.
 

08:00 h - Paris –departure- (exact departure time depends on hotel pick-ups). 
10:30 h - Blois - arrival - hill side city with a castle in the heart of the Loire Valley. We recommend taking a walk at its lively town centre. 

11:45 h - Blois –departure- 
12:15 h - Tours –arrival- Capital of the region. You can visit its historic city centre right by the Loire. Time to have lunch. 

15:30 h - Tours –departure- 
16:00 h - Villandry. Entrance included to the grounds of its grand palace. The gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the whole of France. 

17:30 h - Villandry –departure- 
18:15 h - Amboise – We arrive in this quaint town on the Loire river. Dinner included.  

Important: Due to limited hotel availability in Amboise, at times we will sleep in Tours instead. Note: In the event we count with very few English speaking passengers on board, the guide assigned to the portion of the journey between Paris and Tours may not be fluent in English.

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 to a city known for its porcelain, where we recommend a stroll around the Cathedral district.

Distance travelled: 222 km.
 
Lanscape: Small roads, medieval towns, beautiful lands of the Dordogne Valley. 
Comfortable footwear highly suggested for this part of the trip. 

08:00 h - Limoges – We set off and continue towards the Dordogne river, one of the most historically important in central France. Few other regions count with having towns and landscapes as charming and unforgettable as here. 

09:15h - Lascaux- We arrive at this monumental cave complex where we can see Palaeolithic cave paintings and learn about this period in human history. Museum and cave entry fees included.


11:15 h - Lascaux –departure- We continue south through quaint villages and landscapes. 
13:00 h - Sarlat- considered among the most beautiful cities in France, its well preserved medieval and reinnaisance town centre has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Time to have lunch and experience its charm. 

15:15 h – Sarlat – departure- 
15:30 h –Beynac - Few minutes away from Sarlat we stop at another medieval town in the heart of the Dordgne Valley, Beynac. Perched high up on a cliff at breath-taking heights, its castle acts as a stone sentinel (entrance included) . We will take in the views of the Dordogne Valley and learn more about life in the Middle Ages. 

16:30 h - Beynac - Departure. 
18:00 h - Rocamadour - Arrival - This city, famous for its sanctuaries and castle, is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. We recommend to access the Via Crucis by lift then descend on foot and explore this charming town. Our guide will take you to the entrance to the medieval town before handing the hotel keys. Dinner included.

Distance travelled: 295 km  
Landscape: Breathtaking landscapes of the Dordogne and Bordeaux regions. 
Important: Comfortable footwear highly suggested for the cave visit. 

08:30 h - Rocamadour – departure- Beautiful landscapes of Dordogne. 
09:00 h - Padirac Cave - Considered one of the most important caves in France, we will explore it by boa t thanks to the 3 lifts that take us to its underground river. Entrance fee and visit included.  
Important: At times, the caves may be closed to the public for safety and weather-related reasons. 

11:15 h - Padirac –departure- 
12:00 h – Collonge la Rouge - We have time to visit and eat lunch at this pleasant red stone village on the Way of St. James. 

14:30 h - Collonge la Rouge –departure- 
17:00 h - Saint Emilion – Heart of the vinemaking region of Bordeaux. This lovely medieval town owes its wealth on more than 2000 years of winemaking tradition. Time to explore. 

18:30 h – Saint Emilion- departure- We travel towards Bordeaux along pleasant landscapes and vineyards. 
19:30 h – Bordeaux – arrival - Accommodation. We recommend to visit the town centre of this city on the banks of the Garonne River.

Total distance covered: 540 km 
Countryside:  Pleasant vineyard scenery from the train crossing the regions where Bordeaux and Cognac wines are produced.   
NB:   Our guide will leave you at the station, and will not accompany you on the railway trip to Paris. Our services end when you reach the station in Paris (transfer to hotel not included in the event of additional nights). The train timetables are approximate and offered as a guide and may be changed.    

 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. 

There is subsequently free time to stroll and have lunch in this beautiful city. Our guide will give you the  train tickets  and take you to the station. Expected train departure at 14:04 hrs, in a little under two hours we reach Paris (at around 16:15 hrs). 

End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night. 


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