French Dream

Duration

5 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Paris

Available

April 2021 / November 2021

Cities to visit: Paris; Blois; 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

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


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-. 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: 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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