A leisurely coach tour of magnificent south-central France, with the spectacular (but extinct) volcanoes of Auvergne, the magnificent canyon known as the Gorges du Tarn, the picturesque centres of pilgrimage of Le Puy and Conques, and historic cities such as Bourges and Clermont-Ferrand - plus excellent food and wines! The tour will be escorted by historian Jacques R. Pauwels, PhD, who will lecture on the history of the area.
May 10 - 24, 2018
“Land only” (from Paris CDG to Toulouse Airport): $3,110 Single room supplement: $675 *Includes all airport taxes and related fees
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Evening departure from Toronto to Paris, with Air France. An aperitif (also Champagne!), dinner and a light breakfast will be served on board.
This morning we motor south to Vichy, one of the most prestigious spas in France, but also residence of the collaborator-regime of Marshal Pétain during WWII. Tour of the parks, fine hotels and villas, etc., and free time for lunch. In the afternoon we continue to the city of Clermont-Ferrand, capital of the province of Auvergne, known in France as the “city of tires” since it is the home of one of the country’s most famous corporations, Michelin! Dinner and overnight in the centrally-located Holiday Inn.
Leisurely excursion into the Cévennes, an isolated and rugged mountain chain punctuated by peaks such as the Mont Aigoual and Mont Lozère and littered with picturesque towns and villages such as Meyrueis and Florac. Return to Ste Énimie in late afternoon. No group dinner this evening.
After a leisurely breakfast, we head for nearby (25km) Conques, arguably the prettiest of all towns and villages along the roads to Santiago de Compostela in France! The major attraction here is the magnificent Romanesque Abbey Church of Ste. Foy, featuring fine sculptures, a cloister, and a sumptuous collection of relics and other treasures, most famously the 10th-century statue-reliquary of the church’s patron, Ste. Foy, herself. After our tour of the town, there will be plenty of time to explore on your own, take pictures, even have lunch. In the afternoon we return to Entraygues, and rest of the day at leisure. No group dinner this evening.
Morning visit to Cordes-sur-Ciel, with its ancient city walls and gates, medieval and Renaissance houses, churches, covered market, and of course wonderful views of the surrounding countryside! Afterwards there will be ample time for exploring on your own, visiting museums, taking pictures and shopping. In the afternoon, you may want to stay in Cordes, or you may want to join our side trip to nearby Albi, cradle of the mysterious medieval heresy whose members were known as Cathars or “Albigensians,” for a visit to the magnificent and fascinating, fortress-like red brick Cathedral. Return to our hotel and an “Au Revoir”dinner at the restaurant of our hotel.
Flights from Toronto to Paris and back from Toulouse (via Paris) with Air France, including all airport taxes, security fees, and fuel surcharges; Accommodation based on double occupancy in superior tourist-class (3-star) hotels; the single room supplement is $675; Breakfast daily and a total of eight 3-course dinners (or full lunches); Overland transportation by private coach; All visits and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary, including admission to museums and monuments mentioned.
All items of a personal nature; Beverages with dinners, and meals other than those outlined within itinerary; A gratuity for the coach driver, $30 or equivalent in local currency; Travel Insurance, available upon request.
For more information, watch:
"Baïlèro," one of the “Songs of Auvergne” composed by Joseph Canteloube, sung by Frederica von Stade
Conques : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1NjHL1p-Rk
Cordes-sur-Ciel : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3vRYGbhpCQ
September 06 - 21, 2020
$6,595 including all taxes and fees from Toronto based on double occupancy
September 06 - 20, 2020
$7,795.00 from Toronto based on double occupancy.
September 28 - October 02, 2020
$1,495 including HST based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $435 including HST. Given the circumstances, all payments will be fully refundable until the Labour Day weekend or if the trip can't go because of COVID issues.