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.
Enjoy a walking discovery of the fortified hilltop village, which is famed for its fortress, the Cité de Carcassonne.
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The romantic city of Paris is ready to embrace you with open arms. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, attend 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 to some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau. 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Daily :
Enjoy a free morning to relax at your hotel. Afterwards, it’s on 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’s right for you. Later, board your first-class train journey to Toulouse.
Stay: Hotel Pullman Toulouse CentreDaily :
Tonight, we’ve arranged something very special. Dinner is served at La Barbacane, a fine Michelin star restaurant in the heart of this fortified city.
Embark on a tour of the Aeroscopia Museum. Devoted to the history of aviation, it houses an exceptional collection of legendary aircraft, scale models and a large historic mural. Later, it’s first-class rail travel all the way to the medieval town of Carcassonne. Tonight, we’ve arranged something very special.
Stay: Two Nights, Carcassonne, Hôtel De La CitéDaily :
Enjoy a walking discovery 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. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps explore more of Carcassonne’s medieval wonders or take it easy and relax at your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.Daily :
This morning, a first-class train journey takes you into the quintessential French town of Aix-en-Provence. En route, disembark your train in the busy port city of Marseille, situated on the Provençal coastline. Re-board your train to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence.
Stay: Two Nights, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence HotelDaily :
Visit Château Virant, housing a prized vineyard and olive oil mill. Arranged especially for you, a member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the estate including its cave and mill, then be rewarded with sampling fine wines and olive oils during a tasting.
You have the choice between two experiences here today. Enjoy dinner with your griup this evening.Daily :
Enjoy a guided walking discovery of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Afterwards, stop to see Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery on your way to Arles, where you will board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception.
Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River ShipDaily :
Perhaps visit Avignon’s imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, or take part in a French lesson on board your ship.
Set out on a guided exploration of Arles this morning and admire the charming sun-baked buildings that inspired many of Van Gogh’s paintings. As you continue to Avignon, you can’t help but be drawn to its imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, which is also on today’s agenda. This incredible structure is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe.Daily :
Take a ride on the Ardèche Steam Train, winding through the Doux gorge. For wine lovers, visit the historic Maison M. Chapoutier winery for a tasting. Otherwise, enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory for a little indulgence.
Choose how you’d like to spend your day.Daily :
A morning walking tour of Vienne reveals its spectacular Roman ruins, including a theatre and temple. Alternatively, hike to Mount Pipet for panoramic views of the town below.
After your morning activity, it’s time to head back on board as your ship sets sail for Lyon. On arrival, become acquainted with this picturesque city during an orientation tour.Daily :
This evening, dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, founded by renowned chef, the late Paul Bocuse.
See what makes the food in Lyon so famous on a discovery of the city’s fresh food market. Otherwise, explore the sights with a local guide or embark on a bike tour. You also have the option to visit the Beaujolais wine region.
Spend the morning on your preferred activity and this evening on a Signature Experience.Daily :
Set out on a guided exploration of Tournus, including a visit to the Abbey of Saint Philibert. Alternatively, travel to Château Cormatin for a guided tour.
The day unfolds just the way you’d like it, thanks to a choice of activities on offer.Daily :
Explore Beaune, an ancient town encircled by medieval ramparts. With its surrounding landscapes blanketed in grapevines, it comes as no surprise that Beaune is renowned for its production of fine Burgundy wines. BLDDaily :
Leave your ship and travel to Le Creusot Montceau, where you’ll jump on a train bound for Paris. On arrival, your second vessel is waiting for you on the Seine.
Stay: Seven Nights: an Aria River ShipDaily :
This evening, a night of glittering feathers and sparkling lights awaits as you take in a Parisian Cabaret show at the Lido.
Get your fill of French food on a walking tour, soak up Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur, or the Palace of Versailles may prove to be just too tempting.
Spend the morning on your chosen activity.Daily :
Perhaps visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or take an onboard impressionist painting class.
The choice is yours when it comes to today’s touring.Daily :
Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to explore Honfleur, a lovely little port town.Daily :
Stay in Caudebec-en-Caux and explore, or head out on a World War II excursion to the beaches of Normandy. You might like to taste the fruits of the Pays de Caux region with a visit to a unique cider farm.
The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour.Daily :
From Rouen, look back on World War I at the Somme Battlefields. Otherwise stay in the city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, or play a round of golf.
From Rouen, set out on your preferred activity. Tonight, come together for a gala farewell dinner.Daily :
See one of Monet’s greatest inspirations, the water lilies at his house and gardens in Giverny. Or take the scenic route, pedalling from the river all the way to Monet’s house.
Arrive in Vernon and set out on your choice of sightseeing experience.Daily :
After breakfast, the time has come to farewell your crew and disembark your ship, and then be transferred to the airport.Daily :
Enjoy a lovely two night stay amid a medieval castle, enjoying beautiful views and stunning gardens.
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.