Hidden Wonders of France

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th July 2017

PASSPORT REQUIRED
£765pp

8 days

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £38.50pp
Single supplement: £145

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Overview

You may well not have heard of Aveyron in the Languedoc Roussillon region of central southern France. It has wild upland scenery, spectacular gorges, some of the most beautiful small towns and villages in France, local crafts, high quality wines such as Marcillac, and great cheeses like Roquefort. This tour will take you there.

Your Holiday Hotel

The 3-star Best Western Le Relais de Laguiole is situated in the charming upland village of Laguiole, known for its cheese and also for the production of high quality knives. The Hotel is situated in the village centre and provides a personalised welcome, with a bar, lounge, regional speciality restaurant, terrace and small garden. There is a leisure centre with indoor pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The 30 bedrooms, accessed by a lift, are equipped with ensuite facilities, flat screen TV, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. Dinner will comprise a 4-course regional menu with a glass of wine, water and tea or coffee. A cold buffet breakfast of local produce is served each morning. Entertainment will be provided on two nights.

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Saturday 22nd July

axi pick up from your home to the coach to join your drivers and fellow passengers. We cross the Channel by ferry, a convenient and relaxing way to reach France. On arrival we will drive south to Orleans for an overnight stop with dinner and breakfast included.

(DAY 2) Sunday 23rd July

We continue south into the heart of France and make an early afternoon stop at the scenic Truyeres Gorge. Here we will take a panoramic cruise under the Gabarit Viaduct, built by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). Later we travel to our Hotel in the wild Lozère uplands.

(DAY 3) Monday 24th July

After breakfast we head towards the Tarn Gorge, one of France’s most dramatic canyons, which we cross on the way to the Aven Armand Show Cave. Accessed by underground funicular railway, the beauty, complexity and scale of the forest of stalactites and stalagmites in the huge cave chamber are breathtaking! We then head back to the Tarn Gorge for a stop in the stone village of Sainte Emerie, and finish today with a dramatic gorge drive past La Malene and Les Vignes.

(DAY 4) Tuesday 25th July

A shorter day today, visiting the historic city of Rodez, with its narrow stone streets and magnificent cathedral. On the way we will pass the medieval heritage town of Espalion overlooking the River Lot, and Bouzouls, with its unique series of deep gorges hollowed out by the Dourdou River.

(DAY 5) Wednesday 26th July

We join the motorway and make a photo stop at the Millau Bridge, one of the highest and most impressive road bridges in the world. We arrive in the little hill town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzonfor a visit to the Cheese Co-operative. We will take a tour and taste the famous Roquefort Blue. Our afternoon visit is to La Couvertoirade, the best preserved of all medieval Knights Templar Fortress settlements. The perfectly preserved stone village is classified as one of the most beautiful in France.

(DAY 6) Thursday 27th July

A relaxing morning exploring Laguiole in the company of a local guide. We will visit the Laguiole Knife Makers, Jeune Montagne Cheesemakers, and Capou Museum of Hand tools. This afternoon we enjoy a tour around the wild Aubrac uplands to the village of Aubrac, with a visit to a local wine producer.

(DAY 7) Friday 28th July

We leave our Hotel in pretty Laguiole and drive north to the Loire Valley for an afternoon visit to the Chateau de Chambord. The largest of the Loire Chateaux, it was completed in 1547 and is one of the loveliest Renaissance buildings in the whole of France. Chambord is on a grand scale with around 400 rooms, 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces, pointed domes and wondrous spires. The instantly recognisable castle is set in an enormous park surrounded by a 30km long wall. We will explore the main areas of the Castle with an audio guide. After the visit we will spend the final night of the tour in the Orleans area with dinner and breakfast.

(DAY 8) Saturday 29th July

We drive back to Calais for a late afternoon ferry back to the UK then continue to Sussex, where we will be met by thewaiting taxis.