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Languedoc Roussillon by rail
- Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras to Montpellier via Lille
- Six nights accommodation in standard room on bed and buffet breakfast basis at four star Oceania Montpellier based on shared occupancy of twin room.
- Full coach touring as detailed in the itinerary conducted by tour manager
- Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities.
Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Lille and onwards to Montpellier by TGV. On arrival, transfer on foot about 200 metres to our hotel, the Oceania Montpellier.
Morning in Montpellier with afternoon visits to Pézenas and Sète. Capital of the Languedoc region, Montpellier is a dynamic, lively city, renowned for its cultural life and many students, which matriculate at its 13th century university. Pézenas is a charming little market town, full of lovely old mansions and quaint courtyards – perfect for an afternoon stroll. Sète is France’s largest fishing port and a lively seaside resort. With a strong cultural identity of its own, which includes a fine cuisine, eating in a restaurant along the royal canal is recomended.
Full day tour to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the Millau Viaduct. Sitting pretty in a ravine off the Hérault river, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a village of old honey-coloured, tiled houses gathered around the 12th-century Abbaye de Gelone. Hailed as an engineering masterpiece of the 21st century, the Lord Norman Fosterdesigned Millau viaduct stretches one and a half miles over the Tarn river valley, a ‘sculpture in the landscape’.
Full day to relax and explore Montpellier at your leisure. Our hotel is located just off the main square, Place de la Comédie, which leads into the atmospheric historic centre. This area is filled with squares, grand 17th and 18th century mansions and plenty of restaurants. You are also just a short walk from Montpellier’s cathedral, the Sun King’s triumphal arch and the Promenade Peyrou.
Full day tour to Carcassonne and Narbonne. The Cité de Carcassonne is a dramatic sight, a walled fortress crowned with fairy tale turrets perched above the River Aude. The walled city, some parts of which date back to the fifth century was extensively restored in 1853. A major city during Roman times Narbonne’s delightful, restored, medieval centre is the where you’ll find the majority of its sites. These include the 13th century Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur and the Archbishop’s palace.
Full day tour to Nîmes, Aigues-Mortes and the Camargue. Nîmes is home to some of Europe’s most extensive Roman ruins, including a first century Roman arena. The wonderfully preserved walled city of Aigues-Mortes (Place of Dead Waters) is approached across the salt marshes of the Petit Camargue. It was from here, before the city became marooned three miles from the sea, that Louis IX twice departed for the Crusades. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Camargue is a nature-lover’s paradise, famed for its flamingos and white horses.
Transfer on foot back to Montpellier station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
The traditional four star Oceania Montpellier hotel, is located in the centre of Montpellier. Dating from 1898, this hotel offers a high standard of accommodation and service. Price based on shared occupancy of a twin room. Facilities here include comfortable rooms with private facilities, bar and belle-epoque-style restaurant "La Closerie" and tranquil enclosed garden.
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Delightful tour guide. Good trip overall. It would have been good to have had longer at most destinations as there was a lot to see, and not enough time. Often we left at four o'clock, which seemed very early for a whole day trip, even to places fairly close by. There seemed to be very little flexibility, and some places, eg Sete, would have been ideal for an evening meal of seafood, but we had to leave there by four o clock.
Many thanks for a lovely holiday. The tours were excellent and did exactly what your original advertisement said. Steve was a great leader and gave timely and informative talks on the coach. Whilst time was short at most places it gave us a wonderful snapshot of that part of France. We will probably book again with you in the future.
Mr J Burton
Although this was a short trip, there was a great variety of content - ancient and modern, hills and coast, large towns and small villages.
Miss L Schluter