Basque Country, Carcassonne, South-West France & the Dordogne

  • 11 Day Tour
  • 7 Sights Visited
  • 2 to 3 Star Rating

Day 1

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth, where we board Brittany Ferries’, the Pont-Aven. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. The crossing takes 24 hours during which you can enjoy the facilities on board.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

Evening arrival in Santander, then travel to Zarautz, for a three-night stay.

Day 3 - San Sebastián and Guernica

Included excursion, first to Guernica which was infamously bombed by the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War. The haunting museum is well worth a visit (admission is extra). Later, we head to San Sebastián with its stunning setting on a sweeping, shell-shaped bay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

San Sebastian

Day 4 - Biarritz; Bayonne and St-Jean-de-Luz

Another day of Basque delights, but on the French side. We include a full-day tour to Biarritz, Bayonne and St-Jean-de-Luz. Biarritz is a playground for the French rich, with a seafront lined with grand buildings. We continue to Bayonne, where you can saunter around the narrow streets of the old town, with half-timbered houses painted in traditional Basque colours. Visit the excellent Musée Basque to delve deeper into the culture. We end the day in the popular French resort of St-Jean-de-Luz, with its sheltered, sandy beaches and pretty old town.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

St. Jean De Luz

Biarritz

Day 5

Our journey takes us east to Pau. Continue to Carcassonne for a three nights stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Carcassonne

Spend a full day in the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne. The walled ‘Cité Médieval’ with its cobbled lanes is a joy to explore with spectacular views towards the Pyrenees from the medieval walls.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Carcassonne

Day 7 - Béziers and Narbonne

Optional excursion around the Languedoc region, which takes us first to the hill-top town of Béziers, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river by means of an aqueduct, then Narbonne, which boasts a pretty medieval core, and a fine Gothic Cathedral.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Albi and Cahors

We head to the rose-red town of Albi, birthplace of the artist, Toulouse- Lautrec. See the impressive 13th century Palais de la Berbie, now a museum, containing a comprehensive collection of his work. We continue along the Lot Valley, to the pretty town of Cahors, situated on a loop of the Lot River. The town’s long and sometimes turbulent past is best represented in its architecture, with Gallic, Roman, Moorish and English influences. We continue to Rocamadour for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Sarlat and Rocamadour

Included excursion to the charming town of Sarlat in the Perigord-Noir, a fascinating town with some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in France. In the afternoon, we return to Rocamadour for time at leisure. Spectacularly perched on a limestone cliff overlooking the gorge of the River Alzou, Rocamadour is an important pilgrimage site for the French.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Rocamadour

Day 10

To the Paris area for an overnight stay. En route we stop in the Remembrance village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, scene of a German SS massacre of the villagers. The ruined village has been left exactly as it was during the war.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Return home

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Regional departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Portsmouth, where we board Brittany Ferries’, the Pont-Aven. Accommodation is in two-berth, inside cabins with en suite facilities. The crossing takes 24 hours during which you can enjoy the facilities on board.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2

Evening arrival in Santander, then travel to Zarautz, for a three-night stay.

Day 3 - San Sebastián and Guernica

Included excursion, first to Guernica which was infamously bombed by the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War. The haunting museum is well worth a visit (admission is extra). Later, we head to San Sebastián with its stunning setting on a sweeping, shell-shaped bay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

San Sebastian

Day 4 - Biarritz; Bayonne and St-Jean-de-Luz

Another day of Basque delights, but on the French side. We include a full-day tour along the French Basque coast. Biarritz is a playground for the French rich, with a seafront lined with grand buildings. In Bayonne, saunter around the narrow streets of the old town, with half-timbered houses painted in traditional Basque colours. We end the day in the small French resort of St. Jean de Luz, with its sheltered, sandy beaches and pretty old town.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

St. Jean De Luz

Biarritz

Day 5

Our journey takes us east to Pau. Then to Carcassonne for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Carcassonne

Spend a full day in the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne. The walled ‘Cité Médieval’ with its cobbled lanes is a joy to explore with spectacular views towards the Pyrenees from the medieval walls.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Carcassonne

Day 7 - Béziers and Narbonne

Optional excursion around the Languedoc region, which takes us first to the hill-top town of Béziers, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river by means of an aqueduct, then Narbonne, which boasts a pretty medieval core, and a fine Gothic Cathedral.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Albi and Cahors

We head to the rose-red town of Albi, birthplace of the artist, Toulouse-Lautrec. See the impressive 13th century Palais de la Berbie, now a museum, containing a comprehensive collection of his work. We continue along the Lot Valley, to the pretty town of Cahors, situated on a loop of the Lot River. The town’s long and sometimes turbulent past is best represented in its architecture, with Gallic, Roman, Moorish and English influences. We continue to Rocamadour for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Sarlat and Rocamadour

Included excursion to the charming town of Sarlat in the Perigord-Noir, a fascinating town with some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in France. In the afternoon, we return to Rocamadour for time at leisure. Spectacularly perched on a limestone cliff overlooking the gorge of the River Alzou, Rocamadour is an important pilgrimage site for the French.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Rocamadour

Day 10

To the Paris area for an overnight stay. En route we stop in the Remembrance village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, scene of a German SS massacre of the villagers. The ruined village has been left exactly as it was during the war.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Return home

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £195; travel insurance from £47.95.



FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.

We accept collapsible wheelchairs and we can also accommodate Electric Scooters however they must be easily dismantled by the customer and each component must weigh less than 20kg and the scooter no more than 60kg in total. The scooter must also have a dry cell battery. Please call before booking so we can make sure the tour suits any extra requirements.