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Journey Through Southern France
Delve into the culture, cuisine and history of Southern France. Along the way, enjoy tours and tastings in some of the country's most famous wine regions. Experience a bit of Parisian life before taking the TGV to Bordeaux. Witness the UNESCO wine region and medieval village of Saint-Emilion. In Bordeaux, visit a Medoc winery and drive along the famed 'route des chateaux.' Discover the Dordogne Valley and two iconic medieval Bastide villages. Stroll amid the narrow streets and half-timbered houses of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. Witness the grandeur of the world's largest brick cathedral, as well as the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi. Tour the spectacular fortified village of Carcassonne and spend the night at an iconic hotel perched along its walls. Enjoy your choice of tour in Toulouse: a walking tour of the city and local market or a tour of the magnificent Airbus facility. Sample the flavors of Provence at the delightful Wednesday market at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. See Provence, through the lens of artists like Cezanne and Picasso. Tour the village of Avignon and marvel at the color and light show in Les Baux. Many incredible moments and surprises await as you come to know Bordeaux and Provence.
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Tour OperatorCollette
OfferOffer valid through 12/31/2017
Duration
12 Days
Itinerary
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ParisOvernight Flight: Join us as we travel from the cultural hub of Paris to Bordeaux, the world's most renowned wine region, and on to colorful Provence. Along the way, this laid-back French adventure is sure to dazzle your senses.
Day 2ParisParis, France - Tour Begins: Your tour opens in Paris, the 'City of Light.' With your hotel just blocks from the Eiffel Tower, you are right in the center of the magic that is Parisian life. This evening, see some of Paris's most iconic sights at night while en route to a welcome dinner at a Parisian cafe.
Day 3ParisParis - Bordeaux: Experience the ingenuity of the nation's modern rail system as you take the high speed TGV* train to the city of Bordeaux. Join your local guide as you discover this incredible city, often referred to as 'La Belle Endormie' or 'The Sleeping Beauty,' due to its charm that often gets overlooked by Paris and Provence. After walking through the heart of the city, visit the newly-opened 'Cite du Vin' wine museum in Bordeaux, already referred to as the Guggenheim of wine. This sensory adventure takes you on a fascinating discovery of wine culture and history, ending with a glass of wine overlooking a 360-degree view of Bordeaux. Tonight, let the charm and romance of the city capture your heart as you meander through the narrow streets on your way to a 'tucked away' local restaurant. Here a chef's tasting menu is carefully prepared with the day's freshest ingredients; this will be a culinary moment to remember.
Day 4BordeauxBordeaux - Medoc - Bordeaux: This morning, head to the Medoc wine region. Travel along the stunning 'Route des Chateaux,' viewing the historic wine estates of the region. Along the way, stop at one of these chateaux to learn about the growth and popularity of wine production in the Bordeaux region. Savor three delicious wines along with regional snacks on the winery grounds, and learn how the regional cuisine and terroir play together to develop this perfect harmony. The afternoon is your last opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bordeaux - be sure to save time to stroll down the longest pedestrian street in Europe.
Day 5BordeauxBordeaux - Saint-Emilion - Dordogne Valley: Travel to the prominent wine region of Saint-Emilion. Your guided tour takes you through this well-preserved medieval city's fascinating underground monuments and to the original settlement. You will also see the Trinity chapel, the catacombs, and the unique limestone monolithic church, the largest church of its kind in Europe. Continue on before stopping to discover an iconic chateau winery, its vineyards and renowned wine. Then, arrive for your 2-night stay on the grounds of a beautiful chateau in the Dordogne Valley.
Day 6MonestierDordogne Valley: A scenic drive is in store as you make your way to the charming local market in Eymet, one of Southern France's iconic 'bastides' (fortified towns) built in the Middle Ages. Your travels continue to Issigeac, another bastide. Enjoy some leisure time to stroll through the ancient narrow streets and browse the small shops. Later, discover a beautiful renaissance chateau, home to a wine co-operative. Enjoy the sweeping views of the fertile valley and discover the clear differences of the wine in this region compared to those of Saint-Emilion and the Medoc. Arrive back at your chateau this evening to relax.
Day 7MonestierDordogne Valley - Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val - Albi - Toulouse: Bid farewell to the Dordogne Valley as you make your way to Toulouse, the pink city and home of the French aerospace industry. En route, spend time in the incredibly charming village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, set in the middle of a beautiful gorge, and made famous by the hit movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. Join a local guide who will share stories as you walk the same narrow streets featured in the film. Then it's off to Albi, the UNESCO World Heritage site often referred to as 'The Episcopal City.' Enjoy a tour in the heart of the city including a visit to the largest brick cathedral in the world, and the museum dedicated to the famous artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. Settle into your perfectly located hotel in Toulouse, a former 17th-century convent overlooking the grand palace. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner where you'll learn about the regional cuisine of cassoulet, foie gras, and Gaillac wine, the oldest in France.
Day 8ToulosseToulouse: This morning it's your choice and you get to choose how to experience Toulouse. Perhaps you'll head out on foot with a local guide to the city's open-air market, followed by a walking tour of some of the city's most beloved landmarks. Or, maybe you'd prefer to choose an exciting tour of the Airbus facility, maker of the world's largest passenger airliner, and the only major competitor to Boeing. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and discover the city on your own; perhaps you will wander the streets of its enchanting Vieux Quartier lined with churches, shops and cafes.
Day 9ToulouseToulouse - Carcassonne: Today we are off to the fairy-tale village of Carcassonne. A local expert will guide you through the old city. This storybook setting comes complete with drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets. Feel like you have stepped into the pages of history with a guided stroll through its medieval alleyways. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore independently. No doubt you will want to soak up as much of this city as you can. Spend the night surrounded by old-world ambiance and ultimate comfort in your iconic hotel situated along the walls of this picturesque, fortified village perched above the valley.
Day 10CarcassoneCarcassonne - Pont du Gard - Avignon - Saint-Remy: This morning you'll journey to Provence and the incredible village of Avignon. En route, marvel at the Pont du Gard, the greatest surviving stretch of aqueduct remaining from Roman times. Later, spend time learning the history of Avignon, often called the 'City of Popes,' and get an inside look at the town of Avignon with your local guide. Revel in the beauty as you visit the dramatic Palace of the Popes, a center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a creme brulee demonstration.
Day 11Saint-Remy-de-ProvenSaint-Remy: Today immerse yourself in the best of Provence on a journey to some of the sights that inspired artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso. Begin with a visit to the beautiful lavender fields in Gordes and learn about this special flower at the Lavender Museum. Then head to Aix-en-Provence to discover the city that inspired Cezanne and enjoy a visit to his workshop. After free time for lunch, take a drive to the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, often a muse of Cezanne, to view Chateau de Vauvenargues, one of Picasso's former residences and his final resting place. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and take in the many amenities of your luxurious hotel.
Day 12Saint-Remy-de-ProvenSaint-Remy - Les Baux-de-Provence - Saint-Remy: Let your senses take over during the famous Wednesday market. Sample the fresh delicacies of this truly authentic Provencal market filled with local residents. From there, head up the scenic roads through the Alpilles mountain range to the hilltop town of Les Baux-de-Provence. As you navigate its winding medieval streets, you'll be captivated by its charm. At the imposing fortress, stand in awe of the recreated giant medieval catapults. Then, enter the caves at the nearby ancient quarries for a mesmerizing sound and light show featuring projections of magnificent works of art. Tonight, prepare your senses for your farewell farm-to-table dinner with wine at your award-winning hotel.
Day 13Saint-Remy-de-ProvenSaint-Remy - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.
Dates/Pricing
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DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
April 15, 2018Land Only$4,799.00 (USD)Quote
Lodging
Hotel Le Vallon De Valrugues Saint-Remy-De-Provence, FranceMercure Paris Tour Eiffel Paris, France
Grand Hotel de L'Opera Toulouse, FranceHotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre Bordeaux, France
Chateau des Vigiers Monestier, FranceHotel de La Cite Carcassonne, France
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.
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Journey Through Southern France
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Delve into the culture, cuisine and history of Southern France. Along the way, enjoy tours and tastings in some of the country's most famous wine regions. Experience a bit of Parisian life before taking the TGV to Bordeaux.
 
 

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