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
Delight in a visit to Château Virant where you will explore the estate then sample fine wines and olive oils.
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
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
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the 'City of Light' as you board a special Citroën 2CV vintage car to gain a unique perspective of this glamorous city. Afterwards, transfer to the train station for your included high-speed train to Tours. You will then be transferred to the stunning Château de Beauvois, whose Renaissance Tower dates back to the 15th century. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Two Nights, Loire Valley, Château de BeauvoisDaily :
Travel to Chenonceau and here, stop by Château de Chenonceau, a delightful and intriguing castle built during the 16th century, where you will embark on a tour. Later, pay a visit to Château de Villandry, where you will explore its exquisite gardens, including the unique Sun Garden. Afterwards, sample some of fine wines during a tasting. Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore independently.Daily :
Enjoy the morning at leisure to perhaps take in the wonderful surrounds of your stunning château. Afterwards, board your first-class train to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, take in the sights of the city on a walking tour that includes neo-classical neighbourhoods surrounding the Place des Quinconces. See the 18th-century Grand-Théâtre, as well as the reflecting pond in front of Place de la Bourse plus the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre district.
Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand HotelDaily :
This morning, board a train for the seaside town of Arcachon, renowned for its oyster harvesting. Here, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of fresh oysters. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Cap Ferret, a beautiful headland situated on the Côte d'Argent which takes the form of a spit.Daily :
Perhaps enjoy a wine tasting at the fine wine merchant of Millesima, which contains 2,500,000 bottles from the Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Alsace and Champagne regions. Otherwise, sample the gourmet delight of dunes blanches 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 further explore this wondrous medieval village on your own.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 accommodation in Aix-en-Provence.
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.
This evening, say goodbye newfound friends during a Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Transfer to Arles, where you will board your river ship.
Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River ShipDaily :
Tour the castle ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill. Alternatively, enjoy a hike in Camargue National Reserve to see wonderful birdlife, or visit a 'savon de Marseille' soap factory.
Following your chosen experience in Arles, join a guided tour. You also have the option to explore at leisure.Daily :
This evening, travel to the Pont du Gard. Enjoy a guided tour and a tasting of local produce and wine, followed by a cocktail reception. Take in views of the ancient Roman aqueduct as you are entertained by local musicians.
Pay a visit to the Palace of the Popes, which served as a fortress, church and residence to the Popes that once governed the Christian world. Alternatively, play a round of golf on a course with stunning views.
Get to know Avignon on your chosen activity today.Daily :
Join a truffle farmer and their dogs to head out in search of the rare delicacy, then visit Grignan Castle. Alternatively, discover the Drôme region as you visit a renowned family-owned nougat factory to sample their creations, followed by a visit to the village of Garde-Adhémar, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Otherwise, enjoy an onboard French lesson.
Select from three included experiences in Viviers today.Daily :
Hike up to Eden Park Garden, ride the Ardèche Steam Train, or enjoy a mouth-watering onboard chocolate demonstration.
From Tournon, set out on your chosen activity. Later, your ship will make its way to Vienne.Daily :
Tonight, dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, a famous restaurant founded by acclaimed French chef, the late Paul Bocuse.
Perhaps visit a local farm or join in a bike ride. Another option is a visit to Oingt and a local winery.
Today, there are a number of activities from which to choose, all showcasing the beauty of the Beaujolais region.Daily :
Enjoy a tour of Lyon or perhaps embark on a culinary walk.
Explore Lyon with a wonderful selection of activities for you to choose from.Daily :
Board a train to Paris, then on arrival, see the iconic Eiffel Tower and the imposing Arc de Triomphe. Later, board your ship.
Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River ShipDaily :
Tonight, be entertained by the incredible Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys of the extravagant Lido de Paris cabaret.
Choose from a culinary walking tour, discover charming Montmartre, or visit Versailles.
The beauty of Paris unfolds before you on your chosen activity.Daily :
Visit Claude Monet’s house and gardens, or embark on a bike ride from Vernon to Monet's house.
Arrive in Giverny where you may select from two experiences.Daily :
Enjoy an after-hours visit to Palais Bénédictine. On arrival, wander the museum and distillery, followed by a Bénédictine cocktail show. Afterwards, sit down to dinner in the Abbots Hall.
Dock in Le Havre, where you will disembark your ship to discover Honfleur, Normandy's most charming port town.Daily :
Perhaps join a full day World War II excursion to Normandy, travel to the stunning Pays de Caux region and visit a traditional cider farm for a tour and tasting, or enjoy an onboard calvados and cheese tasting.
Arrive in the charming old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux and set out on your preferred activity.Daily :
Visit the site of the Battle of the Somme today. Otherwise join a walking tour through Rouen and see Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf.
After returning from the day’s activity, enjoy a Gala Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Perhaps visit the ruins of Château Gaillard for views of the Seine River, before walking back down to your ship. Otherwise, take a leisurely excursion to Château de la Roche-Guyon, or partake in an onboard impressionist painting class.
Tailor your discovery today with a choice of excursions.Daily :
After breakfast, farewell your crew and disembark your ship, and then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Enjoy a lovely two night stay amid a medieval castle, enjoying beautiful views and stunning gardens
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