An insider’s journey to the best of France with this wonderfully leisurely pace

OVERVIEW

Solos Mix

Starting in the flamboyant and historic city of Paris, this journey will take you through five of France’s most seductive regions … the graceful châteaux of the Loire Valley, the glorious Dordogne, the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon, to ancient Provence and the stunning Côte d’Azur. Wonderful experiences… the extraordinary Carrières de Lumières, the incredible caves of Gouffre de Padirac and afternoon tea in Rothschild’s luxuriant Villa Ephrussi.

For an in depth, scenic and fabulously paced discovery of France, this tour offers all the highlights, whilst benefiting from a smaller group experience, perfectly suited to solo travellers.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    holiday_ages
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    France
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    see Dates & Prices section
  • Transport:
    Private coach
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 28 travellers
REVIEWS

'A great range of attractions to see, offering a broad view of the French countryside and Southern cities.'

Leanne, 59 years, Melbourne, VIC
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INCLUSIONS

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 15 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Daily breakfast
  • 11 dinners
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Welcome drink Loire Valley
  • Hand Selected Experiences - barge cruise Dordogne, Calanques cruise, visit Carrières de Lumières, Villa Ephrussi afternoon tea
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • All tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
  • Memories Photobook

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $1847 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

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Trip Code: france19-6

TERMS & CONDITIONS
18 AUG - 2 SEP 2019
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$10747 tour only*
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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)
In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS)

Prices From: (per person in AUD)

Own Room

Standard

$10747

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $2120 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

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Trip Code: france19-8

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay 3 nights amongst the glorious châteaux of the  Loire Valley amd see the magnificent Château Chambord
  • Enjoy the gardens and interior of the elegant Château Chenonceau
  • Visit Amboise and Da Vinci’s residence – Château du Clos Lucé
  • Visit the classic 16th and 18th century gardens of Château Villandry
  • Explore Tours and relax in the cafés on Place Plumereau
  • Stay 3 nights in perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Canéda
  • See the tragic village of Oradour-sur-Glane, destroyed in WWII
  • See the magnificent Palaeolithic rock paintings on the cave site of Lascaux IV
  • Cruise down the River Dordogne past medieval castles
  • Visit the incredible caves of Gouffre de Padirac
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the huge fortified town of  Carcassonne
  • Stay 3 nights in the centre of medieval Avignon
  • Walk across the spectacular  Pont du Gard
  • Experience the extraordinary Carrières de Lumières sound and light show in the quarries of Les Baux
  • Enjoy a special Provençal dinner in St Remy
  • Stay 3 nights in the old town of Nice
  • Discover the dramatic Calanques on a coastal cruise along the Côte d’Azur
  • Explore Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo, plus visit a perfumery in Grasse
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in the artisan village of Saint Paul de Vence

PRE TOUR STAY, PARIS Arrive to Paris

Arrive to Paris and check in to your hotel.  You will need a pre tour stay, as your touring commences tomorrow morning.  If other solo travellers opt to stay at our recommend group hotel, we arrange a time to meet up with fellow solo travellers this evening at the hotel (unhosted). Pre tour night of stay charges apply. Meals: not included

DAY 1
Paris to Loire Valley

Your tour commences mid-morning in central Paris. After meeting your Tour Manager we board our coach and make our way south-west to the verdant Loire Valley where, during the 15th and 16th centuries, the Kings of France and their courtiers created their grand holiday palaces. What better way to be introduced to the wonderful Loire Valley than our afternoon stop at Chambord to view the magnificent château. This enormous château was created by King Francois I as a hunting lodge within the surrounding grounds, which consisted of over 5000 wooded hectares. Later we continue to our hotel in the centre of Tours where we spend the next three wonderful nights. This evening we enjoy a welcome drink before dinner in our hotel. 

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
Chateau Chenonceau and Tours

This morning we enjoy a visit to the magnificent Château Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher on a series of graceful arches. Possibly one of the most photographed of the Loire châteaux this was the former home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Explore the stunning gardens and interior of the château.

Later we stop to explore the charming riverside town of Amboise, on the banks of the River Loire, with its Royal Palace, where Leonardo da Vinci once lived as a guest of King Francois I. We have included a visit to da Vinci’s residence – Château du Clos Lucé. Here in the underground rooms you will see on display, forty machines designed by this amazing inventor. This evening will be free in the old town of Tours around Place Plumereau, to discover your own provincial bistro for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
Fontevraud, Chinon & Chateau Villandry

Our first stop of the day will be a guided visit of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. The romanesque abbey church with its royal tombs and the renaissance cloister, have all been beautifully restored and the complex is now a museum and cultural centre. Lunchtime will be spent exploring Chinon, with its massive castle looming over the narrow cobblestoned streets of this riverside town. In the afternoon we will visit the gardens of Château Villandry. Inspired by the classic gardens of the 16th and 18th century, different levels of the gardens include ponds, topiary, ornamental hedges and an extraordinary kitchen garden covering 12,500 square metres.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4
Oradour-sur-Glane and Lascaux

This morning we make a poignant visit to the ‘ghost village’ of Oradour-sur-Glane. In June 1944, without apparent provocation, soldiers from the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division massacred all the inhabitants of this quiet, little village. The village was then destroyed. The village was never rebuilt and has been preserved as a memorial to this awful atrocity. We have included entrance with audio guides to the museum ‘Centre de la memoire d’Oradour’.

Later we will continue to Lascaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its magnificent Palaeolithic cave paintings. Whilst the actual caves themselves are now closed to the public, we visit the nearby Lascaux IV museum to see the superb replicas of the cave paintings found in the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery. As a finalé, we continue to the Dordogne Valley with its sleepy villages, medieval châteaux, meandering rivers and lush landscape that so epitomises French rural life. We stay the next three nights in the perfectly preserved Sarlat la Canéda, one of the most stunning towns in France. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5
Sarlat and River Dorgogne Cruise

A guide joins us for the whole day. First we explore the medieval, architectural time capsule village of Sarlat. Noted for its gourmet food, cheeses, Pâté and foie gras, Sarlat is also famous for its beautifully preserved old town with its café filled squares and delightful stone alleyways. In the afternoon we will drive to the nearby village of La Roc Gageac, set beside the pretty Dordogne River. Here we will board a barge and drift slowly down the River Dordogne past medieval castles. Later we visit the incredibly picturesque village of Domme. We have included a ride on the petit train up through the ramparts to the town square. You will have time at leisure to explore the sleepy village and enjoy the sweeping views across the Dordogne Valley. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6
Rocamadour & Gouffre de Padirac Caves

This morning we will visit the ‘pilgrimage town’ of Rocamadour. Incredibly picturesque, this town sits on a tributary of the Dordogne. High above the old town are churches and monastic buildings, whilst below is an old town dating back centuries, and which once welcomed those on the ‘Pilgrims Trail’. In the afternoon we change our focus from man’s creations to that of nature, as we enjoy a guided visit through the astounding caves of the ‘Gouffre de Padirac’. This 25 kilometre underground system boasts massive galleries and chambers. A visual feast and beautifully lit, we also experience a 500 metre boat ride inside the caves to emerge into the spectacular ‘Grand Dome’. 

The astounding caves of the ‘Gouffre de Padirac ’are a natural wonder. Located in France’s Lot region the site is the most visited in the area. You descend 75 metres into a chasm, you can do it by elevator or by foot. From there you board a boat to follow a subterranean river for 500 metres through spectacular vaulted caves such as the Lac de la Pluie (lake of rain) where a 60 metre stalactite hangs from the ceiling, and the spectacular ‘Grand Dome’. Visually stunning, the extraordinary rock formations and vast rock galleries are beautifully lit. What an experience! 

Tonight, in Sarlat, we enjoy dinner in local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7
Toulouse and Couiza

Today we visit the vibrant city of Toulouse. Set on the banks of the Garonne River, this beautiful city is nicknamed ‘La Ville Rose’ or Pink City, due to the extensive use of terracotta bricks and tiles. Your time will be at leisure in the magnificent main square flanked by the 120 metre long façade of the ‘Capitole’ – a grand 18th century town hall fronted with pink and white marble columns. Make sure you spend time wandering amongst the shops and pavement cafés of the Vieux Quartier (Old Quarter). We now enter the land of the Cathars, in the lovely Languedoc Roussillon region. Here, in the village of Couiza we stay three nights in the wonderful 16th century, castle style, Château des Ducs de Joyeuse. Dinner is included in your château. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8
Old town of Carcassonne and Couiza

This morning we are joined by a local guide as we explore the ramparts and old town of Carcassonne. This medieval castle, with its gigantic double walled fortifications and 53 watchtowers, is the 2nd most visited site in France outside of Paris. Dating back to the 13th century, Carcassonne is an extraordinary timepiece and after our guided tour we have quality time to explore this magnificent castle city.  Mid-afternoon we return to our château hotel to relax and enjoy our delightful surroundings. Here we can try our hand at Pétanque (Boules), the traditional French village sport. Playing Pétanque in front of our 500 year old château – this is the real France at its very best! Dinner tonight will be in the village at the traditional bistro, Le Carnotzet.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9
Beautiful Mirepoix and Rennes-le-Chateau

A leisurely start today as we head across the vine covered hills to enjoy lunchtime in the perfectly preserved time capsule of Mirepoix. Without doubt this is one of the most beautiful medieval town squares in Europe, with its colourfully painted, half-timbered houses that date back to between the 13th and 15th centuries. Sitting atop centuries old wooden rafters carved at the ends with monsters, animals and gargoyles, these rows of shuttered houses provide shady covered walkways for cafés and shops.

In the afternoon we will visit the Bérenger Saunière Museum and Domain in the nearby hilltop village of Rennes-le-Château. This village and its church are famous for so many conspiracy theories surrounding the treasures of the Knights Templars, the secret location of the Holy Grail and even the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Early evening we will assemble in our Château’s old vaulted chapel to enjoy a tasting of the excellent local wines, before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10
Canal du Midi and Aigues-Mortes

This morning we take a scenic drive past the dramatic, mountain perched, ruined Cathar castles of Puilaurens and Quéribus and then on to the outskirts of Béziers where we stop to marvel at the Ecluses de Fonserannes, a unique staircase of locks on the Canal du Midi. Created in the mid 19th century, and still working perfectly, these seven wooden locks stretch over 300 metres and raise the leisure boats and cruisers up over 21 metres. An extraordinary engineering feat! Later we will drive into the famous Camargue region and enjoy a visit to Aigues-Mortes. The 13th century walls of this historical town form a striking contrast to the vast salines (salt flats) that encircle it. Take the chance to climb the ramparts and walk around the city. Later we continue to medieval Avignon, beside the River Rhone, where we stay three nights. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11
Nimes, Pont du Gard and Avignon

Today we visit Nimes, where a local guide will join us for a walking tour of this remarkable city. Dating back to the bronze age, the central part is traffic free and right in the middle you will find the Maison Carrée Roman temple, and the giant Arena of Nimes – the best preserved amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. On our way back to Avignon this afternoon, we have included a visit to walk across the spectacular Pont du Gard – an imposing 2000 year old Roman aqueduct which was built with giant stones weighing up to six tonnes. In a beautiful setting, this remarkable structure spans 200 metres between the craggy hillsides of the River Gard. Your evening is free to discover your own little restaurant or bistro in Avignon’s old town. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12
Avignon and St Remy

A leisurely morning in Avignon. Do as much or as little as you wish. Mid afternoon we journey to the crumbling castle and once deserted village of Les Baux to discover the craft shops and cafés scattered throughout the ruins. Set on the craggy hillside, this rejuvenated town is an extraordinary sight. We have also included entrance to enjoy a stunning audio visual art show – the Carriere des Lumiere. Inside an abandoned quarry you will have a totally unique sound and vision experience as classic works of art are projected as massive frescos all around you, onto the walls and ceilings. We then continue to the romantic town of St Remy to explore and enjoy a special Provencal dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13
Cassis, Calanques Cruise and Nice

First stop today will be in the old fishing village of Cassis, on the Côte d’Azur. From here we enjoy a morning cruise to explore some of the incredibly picturesque Calanques. These rugged inlets with steep cliffs tumbling into the crystal clear, azure waters are best viewed by boat.

If the UNESCO World Heritage Organisation think the ‘Calanques’ are notable and worth eternal preservation then we reckon you should see them. These deep rugged inlets cover a length of 20 kms and a depth of up to 4 kms along the coast between Cassis and Marseille. Roots of plants and bushes are anchored into colourful rock faces, which tumble down into the crystal clear azure blue waters. Perfect for our spectacular afternoon cruise on the Côte d’Azur! . Lunchtime will be at leisure in the picturesque harbour of Cassis. Later we continue to Nice, nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Riviera’, where we stay the next three nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14
Nice, Villa Ephrussi and Monaco

Your morning is entirely free in the elegant resort town of Nice. Take time to stroll and shop amongst the winding streets and perhaps enjoy lunch in one of the attractive seaside restaurants. Nice also boasts a number of art museums. Make sure you visit the wonderful fresh food, local produce and flower markets which are amongst the best in France!

In the afternoon we will visit Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and the fabulous Villa Ephrussi – home of the Rothschild family. We have included a tour through this exceptional villa, perhaps the grandest on the Côte d’Azur, to see Béatrice Ephrussi’s grand apartments, tapestry and porcelain collections, and the magnificent gardens. We have also included afternoon tea in the restaurant, which boasts enormous views along the Azure Coast.

Late afternoon we have also included an excursion to Monaco. Following the scenic drive along the ‘Moyenne Corniche’ to the city of Monte Carlo we will see the Royal Palace before time in the old town to enjoy dinner at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast DAY

DAY 15
Grasse, Cannes and St Paul de Vence

First stop this morning will be in the hill town of Grasse where we will enjoy a visit to a local perfumery. Then, dropping down to the coast, we will stop in the extravagant seaside resort of Cannes. Famous for its movie stars and the Cannes Film Festival, we have time to explore the old port town and ‘La Croisette’ – the seafront promenade lined with palm trees, upmarket boutiques, cafés and grand hotels.

As a finale, we will drive in to the foothills of the Alpes Maritimes to the old town of St Paul de Vence. With its imposing ramparts, overlooking the Provençal countryside, the wonderful natural light attracted an artists’ colony. Soon they were followed by film directors and movie stars, then galleries and shops. We enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16
Nice on the Cote d’Azur

Your tour ends today after breakfast.  

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

This tour is operated by Albatross Tours. Book with Encounter Travel for your Solo Traveller Saving, and if applicable the Return Traveller Reward (conditions apply). We’ve hand-picked this tour as generally it is a popular choice for solo travellers.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Loire Valley

Chateau de Rochecotte

3

Dordogne

Hotel de Selves

3

Couiza

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse

3

Avignon

Cloitre Saint Louis

3

Nice

Hotel Aston La Scala

3

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Château de Rochecotte, Loire Valley

Rooms at Hotel de Selves, Dordogne

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse, Couiza

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

PRE TOUR HOTEL OPTION - HOTEL OPERA CADET, PARIS
Hôtel Opéra Cadet, located in the central 9th arrondissement of Paris near the Opéra Garnier, the Grands Magasins and the Grands Boulevards district, is the ideal place for your holidays or business travel. Bask in the welcome of its peaceful, sunny atmosphere to experience the best of Paris. Niched between Montmartre and the Grands Boulevards and between the Opéra and the Gare du Nord station, home to the Thalys and Eurostar train lines, the Hôtel Opéra Cadet is a haven of peace and comfort, with a dedicated multilingual staff to look after your every need.

The Hôtel Opéra Cadet enjoys a central location in a pleasant, partially pedestrian street lined with shops, so you can explore the heart of Paris on foot. The Opera, the Place de la Madeleine, the Grand Boulevards district, the Grands Magasins (Printemps and Galeries Lafayette), the Gare du Nord, and more are nearby. Public transport is also close at hand - the Cadet metro station is just 50 m away and the area has plenty of bus stops for easy access to attractions like the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysées, Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower.

CHATEAU DU ROCHECOTTE HOTEL, LOIRE VALLEY
The chateau of Rochecotte, Hotel was purchased by the Pasquier family in 1984, and they continue to maintain it and the 24 hectares gardens with a passion since then. Enter into the chateau of Rochecotte is an invitation in the luxury, a journey to the heart of the Loire Valley’s history. The team knows how to welcome warmly the customers. You will appreciate the peace which reigns in this chateau and will feel like home. The restaurant of the chateau is absolutely to be tested during your stay. You will find in your plate the sophisticated and greedy cuisine of our chef Emmanuelle Pasquier and our head pastry chef Franck Joly.

HOTEL DE SELVES, DORDOGNE
This contemporary 4-star hotel is situated just a ten minute walk from the medieval district. The hotel is set around beautiful gardens, large terraces and a swimming pool, Guest rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and feature high quality services and offer modern comforts. 

CHÂTEAU DES DUCS DE JOYEUSE, COUIZA
Dating back nearly 500 years this ‘castle château’ was built following the wedding and merging of two prominent families, the Voisin family and the Dukes of Joyeuse. Today it is an elegant castle hotel, with renaissance style furniture and a wonderful central courtyard where you can take breakfast. There is a medieval style restaurant and the old chapel has been turned into a wine cellar.  

CLOITRE SAINT LOUIS, AVIGNON
Once a 16th century monastery, this historic 4 star hotel is centred around the vaulted archways and ceilings of its ‘Cloitre’ or ‘Cloister’. Located on a quiet side street inside the old city walls, the Saint Louis, is well located just 50 metres from Avignon’s main Rue de la Republique with all the sights within an easy walking distance.

HOTEL ASTON LA SCALA, NICE
Located in the heart of Nice only 5 minutes from the beach, the Aston La Scala 4 Star Hotel has 149 rooms with a rooftop swimming pool.  An idyllic location in the heart of Nice on the French Riviera.  Experience a room with view over the Promenade du Paillon, Nice Old Town and the Fountain. The Hotel also has a Restaurant and Lounge Bar open all year.

Allowing you to stay on the Mediterranean in complete serenity.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Paris, France
Depart from: Nice, France

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
Transfers are not included.  Please make your way from the airport to your hotel where you will be met on day 1.

DETAILS

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum group size of 28 travellers. This tour is from our ‘Solos Mix’ range, and is not exclusively for solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Overall, it’s an easy to moderate pace, varying from day to day. There are 3 nights of stay while touring, and a pre tour night included in Paris.  Refer to the tour map on the itinerary page for details. 

A number of tours visit a variety of medieval hilltop towns which may have some steep, uneven cobbled stone streets or castles, and attractions with steep staircases and no lifts. Additionally some larger cities only provide coach passenger drop off points 15 minutes or so walk from the old town centres. Please note: this need to walk from coach drop off points in some European towns and cities is common to ALL Tour Operators. A reasonable amount of walking will be involved, and our tours do require a certain level of fitness and mobility. These tours are not suitable for people with walking difficulties or limitations. If unsure please call our office for further clarification.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice.  

Minimum Mobility Requirements - The Need To Walk
Requirements for joining the tour:

A number of tours visit a variety of medieval hilltop towns which may have some steep, uneven cobbled stone streets or castles, and attractions with steep staircases and no lifts. Additionally some larger cities only provide coach passenger drop off points 15 minutes or so walk from the old town centres. Please note: this need to walk from coach drop off points in some European towns and cities is common to ALL Tour Operators. A reasonable amount of walking will be involved, and our tours do require a certain level of fitness and mobility. These tours are not suitable for people with walking difficulties or limitations. If unsure please call our office for further clarification.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

TOUR MANAGER
This is a group tour with a coach driver and Tour Manager. Your Tour Manager is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
You will be travelling in a first class air conditioned coach. There are a few cruises (not overnight) included in the itinerary.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
COACH TOURING: Hotel porterage for one suitcase per person is included at each stay during your group touring programme. It is not included on the first or last days of your tour when arriving or departing your hotel independently.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels and on most of the coaches.

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to.  

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

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