We start our tour with 2 nights in Bordeaux, the
wonderful cité of wine, City of Art & History. We will explore the
old town with its picturesque pedestrian zone, marvel at the Miroir d'Eau, a
World Heritage site, and stay in a charming bed & breakfast.
We then head south east, staying at an old family-owned
chateau, an elegant bed & breakfast in the Midi-Pyrenees, and a small hotel
in Carcassonne, just outside the old city walls. This medieval walled citadel
has a history dating back to the Cathar Wars. A visit to the Chateau Comtal, in
the heart of the Cité, is well worth the time. The Chateau was built in
the XIIth century by the Trencavels, who were the ruling family in the fortification
for two centuries, and supporters of the Cathars. This unfortunately brought them
into direct conflict with Simon de Montfort and the Knights Templar, and their
From there we head to our stay at Chateau de Creissels,
where we have a close up view of the amazing Viaduct de Millau. It is the tallest
bridge in the world with one of its masts as tall as 343 meters. A visit to the
visitor centre with information on the bridge and its building, followed by a
journey across the viaduct, is a must!
Our last stop is for our home for a week, in a
small village in the Luberon region of provence. While in our villa we will visit
the surrounding villages, such as Gordes, the town of artists, and Roussillon,
famous for it's red ochre buildings. And of course we cannot miss a day in Avignon!
L'Isle sur la Sorgue ("The Island on the Sorgue River") has numerous
canals running through it, and the town is famous for it's Sunday market, the
biggest in Provence, with one long street purely selling antiques. A great place
to browse, even if not buying!
Another excellent excursion is to Les Baux, another World Heritage village and
also the site of the Carrières de Lumières, the "Quarries of
Lights", which each year present an amazing sound and light art show. This
year the show of Carrières de Lumières redraws a century of Spanish
painting wth the show Picasso & the Spanish masters.
As we travel on through the countryside we will
take time to explore the small villages and rural areas, have picnics, and indulge
in local cuisine and wine. After all, that is what France is all about! We enjoy
showing our guests the France that WE love, the hidden corners, the little country
roads, what we think of as the REAL France. We have been taking small groups of
clients from many different countries - New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK - since
the year 2000, and have thoroughly enjoyed our times together. So why not join
us for an adventure!
Enquire NOW! Groups of up to 3 people - a perfect private tour! Travel in a large
Peugeot car, with everything pre-paid, all meals, entries, accommodation - you
will only need money for personal purchases - markets are great!
So contact us quickly - we can put you in touch
with satisfied clients if you need more information about our previous tours.