About the tour: Highlights of Provence & the Dordogne

Discover the splendour and lifestyle that attracts so many Britons to these beautiful regions of France. From our base in Orange, we begin our holiday in the delightful former capital of Provence that is Aix-en-Provence, known as ‘the city of a thousand fountains’. Pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, of Pont du Gard, an impressive aqueduct dating back to 19BC. In Avignon, see the famous Point St. Benezet, the broken bridge. As we travel to the Dordogne region, to the second base of our holiday, in Rocamador, we make a short visit to Nimes. Head to the charming towe of Sarlat, which is home to some of the best preserved medieval buildings in France. In Rocamador, spend time at the important pilgrimage site, and revel in the stunning scenery, as the town sits overlooking the River Alzou, before returning home with happy memories.

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights' acommodation with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

DATES & PRICES

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Tour Itinerary

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.
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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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    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    Continue south to Orange, Provence, for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today’s included excursion takes us to ‘the city of a thousand fountains’, Aix-en-Provence. It was known in Roman times as ‘Aquae Sextiae’, and was built on thermal springs. The town has been home to famous people such as painter Paul Cézanne, and novelist Emile Zola. Why not enjoy a stroll along the ‘Cours Mirabeau’ a pleasant road with lots of greenery and fountains, where rich families and nobles built elegant homes to celebrate their success; or visit the cathedral of Saint Sauveur. Later this afternoon we leave Aix-en-Provence and make our way back to Orange.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Aix-En-Provence
    Aix-En-Provence

    Today’s full day optional excursion takes us first to the famous ‘Pont du Gard’, an ancient Roman aqueduct originally used to carry spring water over 50 kilometres to the city of Nïmes, before continuing to the historic walled city of Avignon. After free time, we visit the famous ‘Pont St Bénézet’ (broken bridge). Dating from the 12th century, the bridge is said to have been built by Bénézet, a young shepherd whose visions commanded him to construct a bridge across the Rhône. We later continue to the impressive 14th century ‘Palais des Papes’ (Popes Palace). Constructed in the 14th century and dominating Avignon’s skyline, the ‘Palais des Papes’ is the result of two palaces being joined. The Old Palace (North and East) was constructed by Pope Benedict XII, and the New Palace (South and West), by his successor Clement VI.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Pont Du Gard
    Pont Du Gard

    Join us today as we head towards the Mediterranean Sea, on our optional excursion to Cassis with its unforgettable charm. Cassis is still the same small fishing port it was a century ago. Watch the fishermen going through their daily chores, as you relax by the waterside. This afternoon we return to Orange, where we have the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cassis
    Cassis

    This morning we say goodbye to Provence and head north to the Dordogne region making a short stop at Nïmes. Founded by Emperor Augustus in the 2nd century AD, Nïmes is known as the ‘Rome of France’ on account of its arena, which is similar to the Colosseum. We continue our journey to our hotel in Rocamadour where we stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Nimes
    Nimes

    Today’s included excursion takes us first to the bustling market town of Sarlat, home to some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in France. Here you will have free time to explore the town, and the beautiful Gothic and Romanesque style Cathedral, St. Sacerdos. This afternoon we return to Rocamadour, where we have the rest of the day at leisure. Perched on a limestone cliff overlooking the gorge of the River Alzou, the town has been devoted to the Virgin Mary for over nine hundred years.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rocamadour
    Rocamadour

    We say goodbye to the Dordogne region this morning as we travel to the Paris area for an overnight stay (suitable refreshment stops will be made en route). This evening, be sure to take advantage of our optional visit into the Latin Quarter, a bustling area of restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops to the south of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Paris Latin Quarter
    Paris Latin Quarter

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Aix-en-Provence - City of a thousand fountains
    • Nîmes - The 'Rome of France'
    • Sarlat - Medieval buildings
    • Rocamadour - Spectacular setting

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Pont du Gard, Avignon, Pont St Bénézet & Palais des Papes- Impressive aqueduct, walled city and former papal centre.
    • Cassis - Traditional old town
    • Paris Latin Quarter


    Highlights of Provence & the Dordogne

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Mercure Orange, just over a mile from the centre of Orange, offering a bar, restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool (open subject to season). The hotel has two floors, but does not have a lift.

    You will then stay at the 2-star Hotel du Lion d’Or in Rocamadour for two nights. The main building, restaurant and bar are close to the gates of the medieval centre of Rocamadour and there is a second building approximately 60 metres away. Both buildings are serviced by a lift (there are some steps to the entrance of the second building).

    Due to demand, we may also use the Hotel Relais Amadourian in Rocamadour. 

    Overnight stays in the Paris area will be in city-style hotels.

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    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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      Highlights of Provence & the Dordogne

      Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
      01709 787 463