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Secrets of France

10 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

This insider's look at the south-west of France reveals small villages, historic landmarks and local rural character.

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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.
      • Group Size: Itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
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      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      A foodie frenzy awaits you in the south-west corner of France - the gastronomic centres of Bordeaux, Sarlat-la-Canéda and Dordogne promising a culinary feast of ruby red wines, fresh oysters and foie gras. Explore the region's bustling village markets, medieval cities and the prehistoric paintings at Lascaux Caves before returning to Paris and the historic town of Versailles.


      Trip type: Hidden Journey

      Trip code: FSML

      9 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners with local wine

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Rocamadour

        • Insider walking tour in Paris

        • Orientation of Bordeaux, Arcachon, Moissac, Albi, Villefranche de Rouergue, Brive-la Gaillarde and Sarlat la Caneda

        • See Esplanade des Quinconces, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe

        • View the Bay of Arcachon and Albi Cathedral

        • Visit Dune du Pilat, Saint-Pierre Abbey, Rocamadour Sanctuary, Lascaux II Caves and the Eiffel Tower


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners
          with local wine


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • TGV Train from Paris to Bordeaux.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Paris, France

      Day 1

      Arrive Paris

      Bordeaux Vinyards, France

      Day 2

      Paris – TGV Train – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

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      Day 3

      Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon

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      Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi

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      Albi – Villefranche de Rouergue – Rocamadour – Brive-la-Gaillarde (2 Nights)

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      Day 6

      Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion

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      Day 7

      Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-sur-Glane – Chateau D'Augerville

      Paris, France

      Day 8

      Chateau D'Augerville – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

      Paris, France

      Day 9

      Paris Sightseeing

      Paris, France

      Day 10

      Depart Paris

      Day 1

      Arrive Paris Day 1 - Arrive Paris

      The bustling boulevards of Paris roll out the red carpet, welcoming you to an unforgettable Hidden Journey across the City of Light, your launchpad to an in-depth exploration of one of the world's most fascinating destinations. From delectable French cuisine to Roman and Medieval architecture, your trip delves into a host of secret regional delights and specialities. Amble through the city's leafy avenues and labyrinthine lanes to hidden squares and tiny bistros for a tasty café au lait or two before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation of the city's greatest sights including the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

      Hotel

      Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Paris – TGV Train – Bordeaux (2 Nights) Day 2 - Paris – TGV Train – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

      We board the TGV high-speed train to Bordeaux a region famed for its centuries-old tradition of fine wines and gourmet culture. See the sights of this splendid historic city during an orientation tour, including views of the expansive Esplanade des Quinconces. Spend some time at leisure meandering through the Port of the Moon and admiring its age of Enlightenment charm. This evening, join your travel companions for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Best Western Etche Ona

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Best Western Etche Ona

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon Day 3 - Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon

      The sandy shores of Dune du Pilat, which span some 2.7km, provide a dramatic vista for our morning before we drive to the colour fishing village and oyster capital of Arcachon, where you'll have time to watch fresh oysters being shucked and perhaps enjoy them with picturesque views over the bay from one of the beachside cafés. We return to Bordeaux for an evening at leisure. Watch the glittering Palais de la Bourse shimmering in the Garonne as the sun sets, indulge in delectable wine tastings or join an Optional Experience to the nearby town of St. Emilion, a charming historical vineyard.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi Day 4 - Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi

      Meandering from the Garonne to the banks of the Tarn River, we visit the artistic town of Moissac, a stop on the way of St. James, the pilgrim walk to Galicia. Visit the medieval Saint-Pierre Abbey, with its tympanum that depicts the Apocalypse of the Book of Revelation. Enjoy an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch with the Guffroy family and learn about Garonne farm-life in a beautiful French setting. Later arrive in Albi, built around a fortified UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure exploring the quaint cobblestone lanes of this Episcopal City.

      Hotel

      Mercure Bastides Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Mercure Bastides Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Albi – Villefranche de Rouergue – Rocamadour – Brive-la-Gaillarde (2 Nights) Day 5 - Albi – Villefranche de Rouergue – Rocamadour – Brive-la-Gaillarde (2 Nights)

      Set against the foothills of Mont-Leuze with the natural harbour stretching as far as the eye can see, Villefranche de Rouergue is our first stop today where we will have time to meander through its narrow streets and quiet squares before travelling to the pilgrimage centre of Rocamadour, dramatically carved out of a cliff face. Join a Local Specialist to view the Shrine of the Black Madonna, celebrated for its healing powers. Then spend the rest of your afternoon and evening allowing the bold and buttery aromas and flavours of the Occitania region to infuse your every sense.

      Hotel

      Le Quercy

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Le Quercy

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion Day 6 - Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion

      Our stop this morning is in beautiful Sarlat-la-Canéda where we wander through the medieval squares lined with honey-coloured façades and rub shoulders with the locals as they shop for their daily produce at the town's charming markets. We visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lascaux, famous for its cave paintings of animals that date back over 17,000 years. The caves are now protected, but an included visit to the replica cave will give you rare insights into the prehistoric cave art that reflects great hunting endeavours.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-sur-Glane – Chateau D'Augerville Day 7 - Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-sur-Glane – Chateau D'Augerville

      This morning, we visit the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane where in 1944 a Nazi attack left hundreds of its inhabitants dead and razed the town to the ground. Learn about the attack and why French President Charles de Gaulle left the town intact, as a stark reminder of the horrors of war. This evening we stay in a national heritage site of France, at a historic chateau in Loiret, which has had a colourful history dating back to the early 13th century and once hosted Catherine de' Medici and King Charles IX.

      Hotel

      Chateau D'Augerville Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Chateau D'Augerville Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Chateau D'Augerville – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights) Day 8 - Chateau D'Augerville – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

      The opulence of Versailles is explored today as we visit the small town on the outskirts of Paris where King Louis XIV and his descendants once made their home. Delve into five centuries of history and join an Optional Experience for an in-depth visit of the Royal Palace with its gleaming Hall of Mirrors and The Battles Gallery. Meander through the exquisite gardens and admire the art of symmetry reflected around every turn. We arrive in Paris for an evening at leisure exploring the romance of a city that has as much verve at night as it does during the day. Perhaps consider embracing the pageantry of Paris at a colourful Parisian cabaret tonight.

      Hotel

      Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Paris Sightseeing Day 9 - Paris Sightseeing

      Spectacular views from the second level of the Eiffel Tower are ours to enjoy this morning. See the Seine snaking its way through the city centre and the gleaming Louvre pyramid in the distance. Join your Local Specialist who will share a rare insight into the hidden squares and secret passages of Paris's oldest historical neighbourhoods. Your short insider walk concludes in one of the city's loveliest squares that remains off the beaten tourist track. This afternoon is yours to soak up the sophistication and flair of Paris. Amble along the cobblestone lanes of Montmartre admiring the works of street artists, visit Notre Dame or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the exquisite Gardens of Monet in Giverny. Tonight we join our Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate an enchanting journey through France.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Depart Paris Day 10 - Depart Paris

      After breakfast we bid au revoir to Paris as our Hidden Journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 10

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Located on the banks of the Tarn in an 18th century-listed water mill, the Mercure Albi Bastides promises perfect riverside views across the World Heritage town of Albi. Stay in a national heritage site of France, at the historic chateau Chateau D'Augerville in Loiret, which has had a colourful history dating back to the early 13th century and once hosted Catherine de' Medici and King Charles IX

      • Be My Guest
        The Guffroy family shares tales of Garonne farm-life and the beautiful French countryside over a traditional lunch from the south west of France using ingredients straight from the farm

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Rocamadour and Paris

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        • City tour in Rocamadour

        • Insider walking tour in Paris

        • Orientation of Bordeaux, Arcachon, Moissac, Albi, Villefranche de Rouergue, Brive-la Gaillarde and Sarlat la Caneda

        • See Esplanade des Quinconces, Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe

        • View the Bay of Arcachon and Albi Cathedral

        • Visit Dune du Pilat, Saint-Pierre Abbey, Rocamadour Sanctuary, Lascaux II Caves and the Eiffel Tower


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners
          with local wine


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • TGV Train from Paris to Bordeaux.

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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        Service rating : Travel Director, Coach Driver and Local Specialists were helpfulProduct : Lascaux II was supposed to be the main attraction on the itinerary but Lascaux IV was visited instead.Coach and most of the hotels were ok

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        Service rating : David Moore, our tour director was brilliant in looking after us, and organising our activities. Gilbert our driver was an absolute gentleman and excellent driver - I felt very safe with him at the wheel. The tour itself - Secrets of France was just perfect. And the small group

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        Service rating : The travel director, Giovanna Agrawal, was quite good. However, over the years I have been traveling with Trafalgar (13 tours) the hotels and the included meals have been declining in quality. It is very unlikely I will ever travel with Trafalgar again.Product : Some

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        Service rating : I must commend both Giovanna (our Tour Director) and George (our driver) for exceptional attitude in dealing with a very difficult traveler by the name of Kay in our small group. This person threatened -several times- to have Giovanna fired citing numerous examples of "being

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        Service rating : GUIDE AND DRIVER WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE OUR TOUR MEMORABLEProduct : VERY BEAUTIFUL PART OF FRANCE -- PLENTY OF BACKROOAD JOURNEYS

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