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Secrets of France

10 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

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

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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

13 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Paris, France

Day 1

Arrive Paris

Bordeaux Vinyards, France

Day 2

Paris – TGV Train – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

Day 3

Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon

Day 4

Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi

Day 5

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

Day 6

Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion

Day 7

Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-sur-Glane – Orleans

Day 8

Orleans – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 9

Paris Sightseeing

Paris, France

Day 10

Depart Paris

Day 1

Arrive Paris

Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of secret regional delights and specialities. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. This evening, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. An orientation drive shows you sights such as the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel

Les Jardins Du Marais

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Paris – TGV Train – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

This morning board the fast and efficient TGV train to Bordeaux. Wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation. Tonight join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Best Western Bayonne Etche Ona

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Here you’ll visit the vineyards and cellars with the owners and taste their wine as they share the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, discover a hidden gem from the World Heritage list before dining in traditional Bordelaise style, with drinks included. May be operated without dining for €49.

Adult Price: €80.00

Day 2

Day 3

Excursion to Pilat and Arcachon

This morning visit the Dune du Pilat, Europe's tallest sand dune on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive will bring you to Arcachon, a town famous for its oysters. Why not sample some fresh at one of the beachside cafes during your free time. Later arrive back in Bordeaux where you have time to explore the city or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the nearby town of St. Emilion.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Bordeaux – Moissac – Albi

This morning visit picturesque Moissac on the banks of the Tarn River. The town is a stop on the Way of St. James, the pilgrim walk to Galicia. Visit Saint-Pierre Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch where you have the opportunity to learn about the culture and food from this region. Later arrive in Albi, birthplace of the famous French artist Toulouse Lautrec. View the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century.

Hotel

Mercure Bastides Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Albi Experience

Enjoy a walking tour of this historic UNESCO World Heritage listed town with your local specialist. You’ll also visit the museum of acclaimed artist, Toulouse Lautrec, who was born nearby.

Adult Price: €38.00

Day 4

Day 5

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

This morning stop in the fortified town of Villefranche de Rouergue where you can explore the narrow streets and squares. At Rocamadour, a town built onto a cliff face, visit the Sanctuary and view the Black Madonna with your Local Specialist. During your free time why not try some of the regions local produce such as goat's cheese, walnuts and foie gras?

Hotel

Le Quercy

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Sarlat-la-Canéda – Lascaux Caves Excursion

This morning visit Sarlat-la-Canéda and wander through the markets where the local people shop for fresh food. Visit Lascaux, famous for its caves with paintings thought to date back over 17,000 years. The caves are now protected and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Collonges La Rouge with Dinner

Wander through this stunning red sandstone village surrounded by vineyards and walnut trees with your local specialist. Later enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Adult Price: €66.00

Day 6

Day 7

Brive-la-Gaillarde – Oradour-sur-Glane – Orleans

This morning visit the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane where in 1944 a Nazi attack razed the town to the ground. Your Local Specialist will describe the attack and why the town has been left as a reminder of the horrors of war. Later during your orientation of Orleans view the Sainte Croix Cathedral and the statue to the 'Maid of Orleans' - Joan of Arc.

Hotel

Empreinte

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Orleans – Versailles – Paris (2 Nights)

This morning visit the historic town of Versailles. Why not join an Optional Experience to the palace and gardens which have played a huge part in French and European history. Later arrive in Paris. Tonight why not consider attending a Parisian Cabaret?

Hotel

Les Jardins Du Marais

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Adult Price: €139.00

Versailles Palace, Gardens And Fountains

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens as the fountains play. This optional is subject to availability.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 8

Day 9

Paris Sightseeing

Today visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower with great views across the city. Later your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris's oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. The rest of the day is yours to explore Paris. Why not travel to the Montmartre area with its local artists, visit Notre Dame or a famous museum? You could join an Optional Experience to Monet's Gardens in Giverney. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will take us to the village of Giverny where we’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.

Adult Price: €49.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Paris

This morning after breakfast, say 'au revoir' as your memorable holiday through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

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

  • 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, Oradour-sur-Glane and Paris

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Rocamadour and Oradour sur Glane

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

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

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

    • View the Bay of Arcachon, Albi Cathedral and Sainte Croix Cathedral in Orleans

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 3 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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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The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


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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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    Service rating : Very goodProduct : Small group made a big difference would be our preference in future

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    Service rating : Guide was not prepared for this tour. 1. Did not count guests on Day 2. At Montparnasse train station discovered Roma was missing so we all waited while he rang the hotel and organised a taxi for her to catch up to us.2.Rocadamour-he walked the group the wrong way along a

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    Service rating : George our driver was very experienced taking the large bus through difficult situations like road detours. Julian our guide answered all our questions and his knowledge of his country France was excellent. Both men very polite and helpful. The hotels and restaurants were very

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