Admire the beauty of the French countryside on a high-speed rail journey.
Pay a visit to Château de Villandry and wander the exquisite gardens and lovingly restored castle.
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Arrive in the romantic city of Paris and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
Board your high-speed train to Tours this morning. You will then be whisked away to the charming Fontevraud L’Hôtel, set in a sprawling 12th-century abbey complex in the beautiful Loire Valley. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Tours, Fontevraud L’HôtelDaily :
Today’s exploration takes you some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau, whose current form was built between 1513 and 1517. Here, a private tour takes you through its rooms adorned with a rich art collection. Later, pay a visit to Château de Villandry, where you will wander its unique Sun Garden. A visit to a winery for a tasting is the perfect way to end the day. The night is yours at leisure to discover or relax on your terms.Daily :
Enjoy a free morning to absorb the final moments of luxuriating in the surrounds of your château. Afterwards, it’s onto the next first-class train journey to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, take in the city sights on a walking discovery, that includes neoclassical neighbourhoods surrounding the Place des Quinconces. The 18th-century Grand-Théâtre is a sight to behold, as well as the reflecting pond in front of Place de la Bourse plus the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre district. This evening, taste for yourself why Bordeaux has earned its reputation as a gastronomic haven as you sit down to dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand HotelDaily :
Another train transports you with ease to the seaside town of Arcachon, renowned for its oyster harvesting. There’s nothing better than freshly shucked oysters caught that day, so we’ve arranged a tasting just for you. Afterwards, lunch at Cap Ferret puts you in the prime setting on a headland overlooking the waters of the Côte d’Argent.Daily :
Perhaps hop in an authentic open-roofed Citroën 2CV vintage car and enjoy a guided discovery through Bordeaux. Snake your way along the Garonne and through the city centre to admire World Heritage-listed wonders. Otherwise, tuck into some gourmet delights, including specialty dunes blanches filled with chantilly cream at a local patisserie.
Today, you will be able to choose the sightseeing activity that best suits your interests. Later, board your first-class train to Toulouse, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner.
Stay: Hotel Pullman Toulouse CentreDaily :
Tonight, savour dinner at La Barbacane, a fine Michelin-star restaurant in the heart of this medieval fortified city.
After breakfast, you will embark on a driving tour of the Airbus Factory. During your panoramic tour of the 700-hectare site, you will see the SAS Headquarters, training centre where the pilots are trained and the assembly sites for the A320-A350 flight lines. Later, board your first-class train to the medieval town of Carcassonne.
Stay: Two Nights, Carcassonne, Hôtel De La CitéDaily :
Enjoy a walking tour of the fortified hilltop village, which is famed for its medieval fortress, the Cité de Carcassonne. Traces of humankind dating back to 6th century BC were found on the promontory where the Cité lies today. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to get among medieval wonders or take it easy and relax at your hotel – it’s entirely up to you.Daily :
This morning, embark on another fantastic first-class train journey to the picturesque village of Aix-en-Provence. En route, disembark your train in the busy port city of Marseille, a fascinating city situated on the Provençal coastline. Continue by train to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, which was created as a genuine art gallery.
Stay: Two Nights, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence HotelDaily :
Delight in a visit to Château Virant, which houses an exceptional vineyard and olive oil mill. A member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the estate including its cave and mill, then savour fine wines and olive oils during a tasting.
Enjoy your Signature Experience. This evening, say goodbye to your new-found friends during a farewell dinner.Daily :
Transfer to the railway station for your rail journey to Paris.Daily :
Enjoy a lovely two night stay amid a medieval castle, enjoying beautiful views and stunning gardens.
Open your curtains to views of the Opéra Garnier building during your stay amid the leafy Parisian streets.
Spend two memorable evenings at Fontevraud L'Hôtel, a former royal abbey in the heart of the Loire Valley.
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