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BORDEAUX To PROVENCE 13 - 27 JULY 2019

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Miroir d'Eau
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 eventual demise.

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!


A market in L'Isle sur la Sorgue
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! Our house is only a 10 minute stroll from the heart of the Old Town, in a quiet cul-de-sac with a terrace bordering the river. A tranquil place to rest after a day exploring the gems of Provence!
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 redrew a century of Spanish painting wth the show Picasso & the Spanish Masters. We await the 2019 show with eager anticipation!


Breakfast at Chateau Criessels
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! As these tours have limited places available, you will need to book well before the end of the year.

So contact us quickly - we can put you in touch with satisfied clients if you need more information about our previous tours.

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