Highlights of Provence & the Dordogne

9 days from £819pp.


Pont du Gard

Visit: Pont du Gard, France

Pont St. Bénézet

Visit: Pont St. Bénézet, France

Cassis

Visit: Cassis, France

Nimes

Visit: Nimes, France

About the Tour

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
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Your Itinerary

    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
    Aix-En-Provence

    Aix-En-Provence

    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
    Pont Du Gard

    Pont Du Gard

    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
    Cassis

    Cassis

    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
    Nimes

    Nimes

    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
    Rocamadour

    Rocamadour

    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
    Paris Latin Quarter

    Paris Latin Quarter

    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

    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

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £229.00 (9 days).

    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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    Accommodation

    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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    Hotel Du Lion D'or

    Hotel Du Lion D'or

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    Mercure Orange

    Mercure Orange

    Hotel Du Lion D'or


    This family run hotel is steeped in character and tradition, and enjoys an exceptional setting in the heart of medieval city of Rocamadour. The hotel offers 75 bedrooms across two buildings that are situated 50 metres apart, with some rooms having amazing views over the Alzou Canyon or the city. The reception and restaurant can be found in the main building where a warm and friendly welcome awaits each guest. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and serves fine cuisine and local specialities, together with excellent levels of service. Wifi is free of charge in the public areas. All bedrooms are en-suite with T.V.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Mercure Orange


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    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.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
    It could be either - this will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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