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Mont St. Michel Rocamadour Grand Tour of France A ‘grand’ tour of classic picturebook French treasures exploring Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Ardèche and the Côte d’Azur, ending in Paris. Day 1 Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Rouen area for an overnight stay. Day 2 Honfleur, Mont St. Michel & St. Malo Spend the day exploring the beautiful Normandy and Brittany coastline. We begin with an excursion to the picturesque Norman port of Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages. We continue south to the famous island abbey at Mont St. Michel and then travel to St. Malo, one of Brittany’s most popular destinations, renowned for its walled city and beaches. Overnight in the St. Malo area. B,D Day 3 Tours, Azay-le-Rideau We travel to Tours in the Loire Valley where we enjoy a little time at leisure in Tours centre, before travelling to the pretty village of Azay le Rideau with its small but incredibly beautiful château. After time at leisure in Azay le Rideau, we continue to our hotel in Chinon, where we stay for two nights. B,D Day 4 Loire Valley Today’s excursion takes us through the countryside to visit some of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful villages. We travel first to the picturesque town of Blois, then continue to Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. Amboise is famous for its château, and the Clos Lucé manor house, the place where Leonardo da Vinci lived and ultimately died. We end the day at the village of Chenonceaux, home to the Château de Chenonceau built over the river Cher. The château has extensive parks and gardens created by its many mistresses. B,D Day 5 Oradour-sur-Glane En route to Rocamadour we visit the memorial village of Oradour-sur- Glane, a village frozen in time since the terrible WWII massacre of the villagers by the German SS in June 1944. We then continue our journey to the Dordogne region, and the village of Rocamadour for a two-night stay. B,D Day 6 Rocamadour Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour in the Dordogne, where Saint Amadour was reputed to have lived as a hermit. There are many small chapels, including the Chapelle de Notre Dame with its famous Black Madonna, a 12th century carved wooden depiction of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. B,D Day 7 Carcassonne After breakfast we drive through the beautiful Dordogne countryside to Carcassonne, famous for the defences of the medieval city. The city exists in two parts – the more modern ‘Bastide St Louis’, which contains the Cathedral of St. Michel, and the walled ‘Cité Medieval’ whose fortifications were built over many centuries and TOUR & EXPLORE GRAND EXPLORER HISTORY & CULTURE featured in the religious wars between the Cathars and Albigenses. This afternoon we enjoy time at leisure exploring Carcassonne, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the walls of the old city. We then continue to our hotel in the Carcassonne area where we stay for one night. B,D Day 8 Béziers & the Grotte de Clamouse Visit the medieval hilltop town of Béziers, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river by means of an aqueduct. After time to discover the town’s rich history, we continue to the famous Grotte de Clamouse, a spectacular series of caves whose amazing abundance of aragonite and calcite formations make it one of the most popular caves in France. We continue to the city of Aix-en-Provence for a three-night stay. B,D Day 9 Bormes les Mimosas & St. Raphael Today’s excursion takes us to the seaside towns and villages of Bormes les Mimosas and St. Raphael. We begin in Bormes les Mimosas, which dates to the 12th century and is renowned to be one of the most beautiful places in the Var region due to its historic buildings, narrow winding streets, and abundance of flowers. We then continue to St. Raphael with its old town area with shaded alleyways, and the 'Quartier de la Marine' which was originally a fishermen's FRANCE Loire Valley 56 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 673


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