Secrets of France Preview 2018

Tour Type: Hidden Journey
Brochure Type: Preview 2018 USA

A foodie frenzy awaits you in the south-west corner of France - the gastronomic centres of Bordeaux, Sarlat-la-Caneda and Dordogne promising a culinary feast of ruby red wines, fresh oysters and foie gras. Explore the region's bustling village markets, medieval cities and the prehistoric paintings at Lascaux Caves before returning to Paris and the historic town of Versailles.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Rocamadour
  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • Orientation of Bordeaux, Arcachon, Moissac, Albi, Villefranche de Rouergue, Brive-la Gaillarde, Sarlat la Caneda and Orleans
  • See Esplanade des Quinconces, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe
  • View the Bay of Arcachon, Albi Cathedral and Sainte Croix Cathedral in Orleans
  • Visit Dunes du Pilat, Saint-Pierre Abbey, Rocamadour Sanctuary, Lascaux II Caves and the Eiffel Tower
Dining Highlights
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • TGV Train from Paris to Bordeaux.
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Duration
10 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ParisArrive Paris: Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of secret regional delights and specialities. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. An orientation drive shows you sights such as the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.Welcome Reception
Les Jardins Du Marais
Day 2BordeauxParis - TGV Train - Bordeaux (2 Nights): This morning board the fast and efficient TGV train to Bordeaux. Wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. Tonight join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona
Day 3BordeauxExcursion to Pilat and Arcachon: This morning visit the Dune du Pilat, Europe's tallest sand dune on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive will bring you to Arcachon, a town famous for its oysters. Why not sample some fresh at one of the beachside cafes during your free time. Later arrive back in Bordeaux where you have time to explore the city or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the nearby town of St. Emilion.Buffet Breakfast
Day 4ALBIBordeaux - Moissac - Albi: This morning visit picturesque Moissac on the banks of the Tarn River. The town is a stop on the Way of St. James, the pilgrim walk to Galicia. Visit Saint-Pierre Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch where you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and food from this region. Later arrive in Albi, birthplace of the famous French artist Toulouse Lautrec. View the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Bastides Authentic Accommodation
Day 5BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDEAlbi - Villefranche de Rouergue - Rocamadour - Brive-la-Gaillarde (2 Nights): This morning stop in the fortified town of Villefranche de Rouergue where you can explore the narrow streets and squares. At Rocamadour, a town built onto a cliff face, visit the Sanctuary and view the Black Madonna with your Local Specialist. During your free time why not try some of the regions local produce such as goat's cheese, walnuts and foie gras?Buffet Breakfast
Le Quercy
Day 6BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDESarlat-la-Caneda - Lascaux Caves Excursion: This morning visit Sarlat-la-Caneda and wander through the markets where the local people shop for fresh food. Visit Lascaux, famous for its caves with paintings thought to date back over 17,000 years. The caves are now protected and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but an included visit to the replica cave will allow you to witness this rare cave art.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7OrleansBrive-la-Gaillarde - Oradour-sur-Glane - Orleans: This morning visit the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane where in 1944 a Nazi attack razed the town to the ground. Learn about the attack and why the town has been left as a reminder of the horrors of war. Later during your orientation of Orleans view the Sainte Croix Cathedral and the statue to the 'Maid of Orleans' - Joan of Arc.Buffet Breakfast
Empreinte
Day 8ParisOrleans - Versailles - Paris (2 Nights): This morning visit the historic town of Versailles. Why not join an Optional Experience to the palace and gardens which have played a huge part in French and European history. Later arrive in Paris. Tonight why not consider attending a Parisian Cabaret?Buffet Breakfast
Les Jardins Du Marais
Day 9ParisParis Sightseeing: Today visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower with great views across the city. Later your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris's oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. The rest of the day is yours to explore Paris. Why not travel to the Montmartre area with its local artists, visit Notre Dame or a famous museum? You could join an Optional Experience to Monet's Gardens in Giverney. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 10Depart ParisDepart Paris: This morning after breakfast, say 'au revoir' as your memorable holiday through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/18/2018$3,450.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/01/2018$3,450.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/29/2018$3,395.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/27/2018$3,395.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/24/2018$3,395.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/14/2018$3,450.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/05/2018$3,395.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Shared Rooming: Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.

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