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Deep Inside France - West Part
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Deep Inside France - West Regions


Monday, 2nd July to Saturday, 7th July 2018
OR
Monday, 1st October to Saturday, 6th October

Day 1: Exclusive private experience in Carcassonne


Pick up

Check-out after breakfast.

9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel in Aix en Provence.

Transfer to Carcassonne

Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions


Carcassonne: Guided tour

Carcassonne, a city imbued with the spirit of the past, boasts 2500 years of history and is privileged to have two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Canal du Midi, classified in 1996, and the Medieval City in 1997.

THE MEDIEVAL CITY

Situated on the right bank of the Aude, the Medieval City is a fortified city unlike any other in Europe, on account of its size and its state of preservation. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades.

THE CANAL DU MIDI

The work of Pierre-Paul Riquet and excavated in the XVIIth century to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi, formerly used for transporting goods and people, is today frequented by numerous boaters and tourists.


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Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.



Hotel Best Western Le Donjon****

Thanks to its location the Best Western Hotel Le Donjon is a part of the heritage of the medieval citadel of Carcassonne. Come and enjoy our luxurious garden, a real haven of peace.

Trend and traditions sum up our idea of modern comfort and amenities with a medieval inspiration, you will find much more in our hotel than just a simple family and professional welcome, it is the definition of a good time.


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Accommodation for 1 night in a Classic room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.



Day 2: Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux


Pick up

9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Transfer to Agen

Lunch at a traditional restaurant - drinks included

Transfer to Bordeaux


Bordeaux: Guided tour of the town

The historic centre of Bordeaux, Port of the Moon, the port city in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city, except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. Urban plans and architectural of the early 18th century onwards place the city as an outstanding example of innovative classical and neo-classical trends and give it an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence. Its urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture.


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Wine tasting in Bordeaux



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Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.



Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux

In the refined environment of an 18th century building, this charming hotel offers you 47 bedrooms, each with its own specific decor, a flat and a suite.

At this three-star hotel, we will give you a warm welcome and do our utmost to meet all your needs.


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Accommodation for 2 nights in a Superior room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.





Day 3: Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux


Pick up

9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Full day around Saint Emilion


Saint-Emilion: Guided tour of the towns subterranean monuments and monolithic church

A magnificent medieval town surrounded by ramparts (listed historic monument), the town is famous not only for its unique architectural heritage, but also for the quality of its wines. Saint-Emilion has numerous listed historic buildings as well as ones on the supplementary inventory of historic monuments. There are also over 200 kilometres of underground galleries criss-crossing the basement of the town.


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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions


Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Saint-Emilion

CHATEAU-FIGEAC, 1st Classified Grand Cru of Saint-Emilion, offers the elegance and the refinement of the greatest Bordeaux wines.

The estate’s location is remarkable, as are its outstanding terroir and its history, which is inextricably linked to that of Saint-Emilion.

Its origins date back to the 2nd century AD and the FIGEACUS family, who gave the estate its name. The Manoncourt family, which has owned the estate for over 120 years, has shaped the unique character of the CHATEAU-FIGEAC of today.



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Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner at a traditional restaurant at a walking distance from your hotel - drinks included.

Overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.



Day 4: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley


Pick up

9.30am: Your private English-speaking guide meets you at your hotel.

Transfer to the Loire Valley


Chateau du Rivau: guided tour and lunch

A unique blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture, Château du Rivau is a beautifully restored French castle set in the heart of Touraine. Although one of the lesser-known Loire valley castles, this French château seems to come straight out of a fairy tale, thanks to its imposing keep, protective drawbridge and glorious gardens. One can still discern its original square layout, typical of a 13th century fortified French castle.

Yet Château du Rivau is also one of the first ornamental castles to be built: its fireplaces, wide windows and frescos endow it with the harmonious style of a 16th century French château.


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Tours: guided tour of the town

Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and its capital city. Located in the heart of the region, it is the best base for sightseeing. Historically and architecturally speaking, it is one of the cradles of the French Renaissance. Discover the pedestrian streets of the "Old Tours" and its half-timbered houses, the cathedral, Saint-Martin Basilica.



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Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.



Hotel de l'Univers****

Your hotel is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometer from the Old Town. This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. In addition to its rich and historic past, as underlined by its celebrated portrait gallery, it offers all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.

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Accommodation for 2 nights in a Comfort room with breakfasts and taxes included. Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 5: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley


Pick up

9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.


Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)

The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.


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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Amboise


Chateau d'Amboise: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)

The Royal Chateau of Amboise introduces Italian style to the Loire Valley. It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Residence of kings Charles VIII and François I, it offers breathtaking views of the Loire river. In its splendid gardens, the gothic chapel shelters the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.


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Free time after your visit.

Drop off

Around 5.30pm, drop off at your hotel.


Caves Duhard: tour and farewell dinner

You are welcomed in this cellar cave, established in 1874. Daniel, owner and wine maker, specializes in mature Vouvray wines. He has a a large range of vintages, from 1947 to today. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives the wine a great aging capacity. The meal is based on the discovery of Loire Valley wines around a tasting of local products. Daniel is a simple and generous man who will share with you his passion for the Loire Valley wines.

  • 3 white wines paired with cheeses.
  • 2 or 3 red wines (Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon) paired with the meal.
  • 1 semi-dry or sweet wine with desert.

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Farewell dinner with drinks included. Transfer in / out from your hotel in Tours is included.


Day 6: Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley


Pick up

9.30am: Your private English-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.


Chateau de Chambord: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)

In the middle of a forest as large as the city of Paris Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. Ordered in 1519 by King Francois I, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces,, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase.


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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions

After the lunch, transfer back to Paris.

End of services.



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This tour includes

Monday, 2nd July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Carcassonne

Pick up , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Carcassonne : Guided tour , Drop off , Hotel Best Western Le Donjon****

Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux

Pick up , Bordeaux: Guided tour of the town. , Wine tasting in Bordeaux , Drop off , Hotel Le Majestic*** in Bordeaux.

Wednesday, 4th July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in Bordeaux

Pick up , Saint-Emilion: Guided tour of the towns subterranean monuments and monolithic church , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions , Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Saint Emilion , Drop off.

Thursday, 5th July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley

Pick up , Chateau du Rivau: guided tour and lunch , Tours: guided tour of the town , Drop off , Hotel de l'Univers****

Friday, 6th July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley

Pick up , Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Amboise , Chateau d'Amboise: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) , Drop off , Caves Duhard: tour and farewell dinner.

Saturday, 7th July 2018 - Exclusive private experience in the Loire Valley

Pick up , Chateau de Chambord: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) , Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions.


Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should they not be available, we will offer you alternatives of same standard.



This tour doesn't include

Extras, options, personal expenses, other meals, other drinks, other visits, extra hour (75 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day), tips.

Hotels and activities are subject to availability until final booking.

 
Features
Size of groupLimited to 20 people
Duration of the tour6 days
Type of tourGroup tour
GuideThis tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
TransportationCoach
DestinationFR RHE | Reims
 
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  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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