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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. 

From Paris travel to the Loire Valley and stay amongst the glorious ‘chateaux’, while visiting Chambord, Chenonceau, some of the incredible gardens of the valley and exploring Amboise and Chinon.

From the Loire Valley continue to the glorious region of Dordogne, cruise on the river Dordogne and relax with your three night stay in the perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Caneda.  Your wonderful discovery carries onto the south to the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon with a superb countryside stay. 

Then onto the ancient and beautiful Provence and to the stunning Côte d’Azur winding up in the quintessential French coastal city of Nice where you visit Cannes, and of course Monte Carlo.

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:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    17 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    France
  • Travel Style:
    Small deluxe group tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Cruise
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    Maximum 28
  • Trip Code:
    france18-5
  • Terms:
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INCLUSIONS

  • 15 nights specially selected hotel accommodation on tour
  • 1 night pre tour hotel stay Paris
  • Breakfast daily
  • 11 dinners
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Welcome drink, Loire Valley
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • All tips for your tour manager, driver and local guides
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described, including the special highlights; Barge cruise Dordogne, Cruise Canal du Midi, Cruise Calanques, Villa Ephrussi afternoon tea
  • Fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
  • Memories photobook

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay 3 nights amongst the glorious chateaux of the Loire Valley, see mighty Chambord and visit elegant Chenonceau, the incredible Gardens of Villandry, Fontevraud Abbey and Da Vinci’s Clos de Luce 
  • Explore Amboise and Chinon, and visit the Palaeolithic rock paintings on the cave site of Lascaux II and tragic Oradour-sur-Glane   
  • In the Dordogne, stay 3 nights in perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Caneda, visit La Roque Gageac, cruise on the river Dordogne, explore ancient Rocamadour  and visit the incredible caves of Gouffre de Padirac  
  • Sleep for 3 nights in le Château des Ducs de Joyeuse in the Cathar countryside of Languedoc Roussillon, play pétanque, enjoy a wine tasting in the Chateau’s ancient chapel, visit Carcassonne, beautifully preserved Mirepoix  and intriguing Rennes-le-Chateau, and Castelnaudary before cruising down the Canal Du Midi
  • Stay 3 nights in Provence, relax in ancient Nimes, visit Aigues-Mortes set in the salt pans of the Camargue, Avignon and the Roman Pont du Gard, experience the Carriere des Lumiere sound and light show in Les Baux and enjoy dinner in St Remy
  • Visit the pretty harbour town of Cassis and enjoy a dramatic Calanques coastal cruise
  • Relax over 3 nights in the Cote d’Azur, explore Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo, plus visit a perfumery in Grasse
  • Visit exclusive Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, enjoy afternoon tea in Villa Ephrussi – home of the Rothschild family, plus experience a farewell dinner in the artisan village of Saint Paul de Vence  

DAY 0 – TUESDAY 1 MAY 2018
Arrive to Paris

Arrive to Paris and check in to your hotel.  This is a pre tour stay, as your touring commences tomorrow. There’s the option to meet up with fellow solo travellers this evening at the hotel.

Meals: not included

DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2018
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 - THURSDAY 3 MAY 2018
Loire Valley

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 - FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018
Loire Valley

Our first stop of the day will be to visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. Built nearly 1000 years ago, this is the largest abbey in Western Europe. 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 cobbled 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. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - SATURDAY 5 MAY 2018
Sarlat La Caneda in the Dorgogne 

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 II 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 - SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
Sarlat La Caneda in the Dorgogne

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 - MONDAY 7 MAY 2018
Sarlat La Caneda in the Dorgogne

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 -  TUESDAY 8 MAY 2018
Chateau des Ducs de Joyese in Couiza

Driving south we reach the town of Castelnaudary. After time to explore the picturesque old town, we then board a canal boat to enjoy an afternoon cruise down the famous Canal du Midi. Time to sit back and relax as we gently cruise along this age old canal past villages and through picturesque lines of trees. 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 -  WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2018
Chateau des Ducs de Joyese in 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 -  THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018
Chateau des Ducs de Joyese in Couiza

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 -  FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018
Nimes in Provence

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 7 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 delightful Nimes where we stay three nights. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 -  SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018
Nimes in Provence

On our way to Avignon this morning, 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. We then visit the Papal City of Avignon for lunchtime. Your time is free to explore this historic town on the banks of the River Rhône, with its grand central square. Returning to Nimes mid afternoon, 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. Your evening is free to discover your own little restaurant or bistro in Nimes old town.  

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 -  SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
Nimes in Provence

A leisurely morning in Nimes. 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 -  MONDAY 14 MAY 2018
Nice on the Cote d’Azur

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! Uniquely Albatross.

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. Dinner tonight is included in the hotel’s beachfront local restaurant.  

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 -  TUESDAY 15 MAY 2018
Nice on the Cote d’Azur

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 sea-side 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, up market boutiques, cafés and grand hotels. 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, Dinner

DAY 15 -  WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018
Nice on the Cote d’Azur

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. As a finalé, 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

DAY 16 -  THURSDAY 17 MAY 2018
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.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Paris

To be announced

1

Loire Valley

Clarion Hotel Château Belmont

3

Dordogne

Hotel de Selves

3

Couiza

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse

3

Avignon

Cloitre Saint Louis

3

Nice

Hotel Beau Rivage

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.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CLARION HOTEL CHÂTEAU BELMONT, LOIRE VALLEY
Located close to Tours old town, guests are welcomed by a grand building set in 6 acres of manicured parklands. The hotel features a heated swimming pool, bar, restaurant and all rooms feature modern amenities amongst an elegant design.

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.  

HOTEL IMPERATOR, NIMES
Set in the centre of Nimes, the Hotel Imperator is located in an art-deco building facing the Jardins de la Fontaine gardens. Perfectly located, the hotel offers modern amenities which you would expect from a 4-star hotel. 

HOTEL BEAU RIVAGE, NICE
This 4-star boutique hotel with a contemporary design is centrally located in the Old Town of Nice, just a stone’s throw from the sea and Promenade des Anglais and offers style, quality and warm, friendly service. The air conditioned guest rooms have modern ensuite bathrooms with amenities.

 

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

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING #2: Book & pay the tour deposit between 1 November and 22 December 2017
SAVE $200 for tour package

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us

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.

 

TOUR PACKAGE per person

Your Own Room

Early Bird #2: Tour package

$9441

Standard Tour Package

$9641

Airfares are in addition to the tour package price


PRE AND POST TOUR ACCOMMODATION

PRE TOUR: Hotel Opera Cadet Paris including breakfast (1 May 2018)

$303

POST TOUR:  Hotel Beau Rivage Nice including breakfast (17 May 2018)

$471

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $1769 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

‘share’ refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange. 

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • 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 
ROOMMATE MATCH

Roommate matching is optional. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $300 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Thursday 1 February 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

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.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

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.

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  (INTERNATIONAL TRIPS)
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels and on most of the coaches.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information.

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