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Christmas in Languedoc Escorted Tour by Rail

7 nights starting from
£1155

  • A Mediterranean escape from the British winter

  • Ancient citadels - Carcassonne and St. Guilhem are beautiful 

  • Superb southern cuisine

  • Spectacular engineering - the Millau viaduct is amazing

Home to the heartlands of Occitan, with its turbulent history and cultural distinctiveness, Languedoc-Roussillon is a region of mystical castles, ancient towns and culture-filled cities. Based in the lively city of Montpellier, where Christmas is celebrated with a huge market of local artisans, visits include the magnificent Millau Viaduct, magical Carcassonne, ancient Saint- Guilhem-le-Désert and charming Narbonne.

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23 - December - 2018 £ 1155.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 23rd December 2018 at 08:54

Returning: 30th December 2018 at 15:35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Montpellier by TGV. On arrival, transfer on foot to the Oceania Hotel in the city centre.

Day 2: Morning walking tour of Montpellier with the afternoon free before Christmas Eve dinner at the Pullman Hotel restaurant.
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. The main sights here include the Promenade de Peyrou, a grand 18th century square dominated by the Chateau d’Eau; the old town lined with 17th century mansions including the Hotel des Trésoriers de la Bourse; the 12th century Towers de la Babote and Des Pins, and Musée Fabre that houses an excellent collection of French paintings. There are many restaurants within a short walk of the hotel which enjoys a superb central location. The excellent Christmas market, ‘Les Hivernales’, is full of local artisans and produce.

Day 3: Day free to relax or enjoy the sights of Montpellier with Christmas Day dinner in the Pullman Hotel restaurant.

Day 4: 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 breath-taking 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 Foster-designed Millau Viaduct stretches 1.5 miles over the Tarn River valley, a ‘sculpture in the landscape’.

Day 5: 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 5th century was extensively restored in 1853. A major city during Roman times Narbonne’s delightful, restored, medieval centre is where you’ll find the majority of its sites. These include the impressive 13th century Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Day 6:
 Full day tour to Nîmes, Aigues-Mortes and the Camargue. 
Nîmes is home to some of Europe’s most extensive Roman ruins, including a 1st 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.

Day 7: Morning tour to Pézenas and Sète with the afternoon at leisure in Montpellier. 
Pézenas is a charming little market town, full of lovely old mansions and quaint courtyards – perfect for a morning 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, grabbing a bite along the royal canal is a must.

Day 8: Transfer to the station on foot to travel by TGV train from Montpellier to Lille and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras. 

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Montpellier via Lille
  • Seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Oceania Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Christmas Eve dinner at the rooftop Pullman Hotel restaurant
  • Christmas Day dinner at the rooftop Pullman Hotel restaurant
  • Full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on TGV
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying luggage onto and off the train. Luggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890.

HOTELS

Oceania Montpellier Hotel
The recently renovated traditional four-star Oceania Hotel is located in the centre of Montpellier, dating from 1898, is just a five minutes’ walk from the main square. Hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant, garden and swimming pool. Rooms have air-conditioning, private bathroom, safe and television.

Oceania Montpellier Hotel Website

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel Inn, London King's Cross St Pancras, about 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

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I think that a further rest day ,or two morning only sightseeing tours, during the period of the tour would have been beneficial and less stressful overall. However, a very good tour despite the coughing virus which spread through the coach, and Angela was an ideal tour manager who dealt with any problem before anyone realised one existed always cheerful and affable.

Review by Camp who travelled 21-December-2017


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Highlights for us were Sete, Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert and Aigues-Mortes. Angela, the Tour Manager, is a gem! She is friendly and helpful, and very professional and knowledgeable. Her stories about the places we were travelling through were as interesting as the details of the places themselves.

Review by Strutt who travelled 21-December-2017


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Our first Christmas abroad was excellent, and our tour manager was one of the best. We will certainly consider another Christmas break but PLEASE do not send me any emails about other holidays. I know where you are and am happy to look at your website.

Review by Hatcher who travelled 21-December-2017


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An instructive and full introduction to the area. The Leader, Angela Minton, and Driver, Paschal, went "the extra mile / kilometre" to enhance the trips. The leader looked after us in a solicitous and exemplary manner. Many thanks! The fry weather helped. Our third Christmas visit -- all have been really successful. I have come back with a sheaf of photographs.

Review by Malden who travelled 21-December-2017


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Having done this same trip 5 years ago (in July) I would say that this hotel is much better the one previously used. Also good to have more time in Montpellier than on summer trip.

Review by Mr Anthony Martin who travelled 21-December-2016


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Hotel very good and Christmas meals excellent. The smaller group (28) made it easier to gel with all. Several people like ourselves on their third or fourth Travel Editions Christmas trip. That says it all. You will have to find some new destinations!

Review by Mr Kevin Izod who travelled 21-December-2016


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My first experience with Travel Editions, I was impressed with the variety of excursions and the very comfortable and convenient hotel. The upgrade on Eurostar was worthwhile.

Review by Mrs Catherine Dobson who travelled 21-December-2016


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Very comfortable conveniently situated hotel with good restaurant (excellent breakfasts) and helpful staff. Tour manager Angela relaxed and competent. Luxury coach with careful driver for trips. Can recommend this tour.

Review by Mr & Mrs D Harvey who travelled 21-December-2016


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Very convivial company with people roughly my age. It was a great Christmas. The breakfasts were superb and the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals at the hotel were very good. Well planned and varied trips were very interesting.

Review by Mrs Isobell Hutton who travelled 21-December-2016


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We had a wonderful Xmas holiday. Angela is a lovely caring lady and a brilliant tour manager. Thank you to all concerned and a Happy New Year to you all.

Review by Mrs Anne Lansdowne who travelled 21-December-2016


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Review by Mr Rowland Grateley who travelled 21-December-2016


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A great way of spending Christmas. Montpellier is a stunning city. Only criticism - not enough time in Nimes, Pezenas and Narbonne, too much at Carcassonne (nothing there except lunch).

Review by holland who travelled 01-December-2016


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Review by Mrs Margaret Darby who travelled 21-December-2016


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We enjoyed our holiday and will be booking again. Happy New Year.

Review by Mrs Elizabeth Hastings who travelled 22-December-2015


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Excellent & enthusiastic Tour Manager exceptionally well-versed in the area and the language

Review by Mrs Quona Bullivant who travelled 22-December-2015


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Our tour manager, Angela, was superb in every respect The Pullman Hotel - very comfortable - had the best kitchen that I have ever encountered in a hotel. top restaurant standard.

Review by Mrs Marion Kumar who travelled 22-December-2015


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Overall a good tour led very well by the Tour Manager Excellent hotel (Pullman) with good food and staff. Perhaps one free day or optional trip might be beneficial

Review by Mr Gerard Johnson who travelled 22-December-2015


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Particular praise for our tour manager Angela Minton, also for the excellent hotel

Review by Mr Robert Goodsman who travelled 22-December-2015


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Overall, a very good holiday. Angela is very knowledgeable, cheerful and helpful. Our luggage went ahead so travelling for us was much easier, but some members of the group found the walk between the station and the hotel difficult.

Review by Mr Geoffrey Pleydell who travelled 22-December-2015


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I think that you should consider the possibility of including a warning about problems with the use of travelators at St Pancres. My new suitcase turned out to have no means of breaking on the relatively steep stepless incline and ran away causing a nasty tumble. This delayed me so that I did not make contact with the main party until I joined the train from Paris to Montpellier.

Review by Dr Robert Cheesewright who travelled 22-December-2015


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Another excellent holiday from Travel Editions. I have done this tour before and the Pullman hotel is much better then the Oceana..The two Christmas dinners in the hotel were 1st class as was our Tour Manager Angela who provided two fun evenings for us

Review by Mr Douglas Peverell who travelled 22-December-2015


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See separate email detailing our concerns about the accommodation

Review by Ms Suzanne Burge who travelled 20-December-2014


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Review by Mr Joseph Corcoran who travelled 20-December-2014


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We were on the Avignon trip a year ag and thought that it was better. Fewer people, less time in the coach and more to do and see at the various destinations. Montpellier is a large city and can take quite a while to get in and out of. Perhaps a smaller hub might be an advanage, say Narbone.

Review by Mr John Adam who travelled 20-December-2014


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Angela was an excellent tour manager. The big dissapointment was the Christmas Eve dinner which was of a very poor quality. In contrast the Pullman Christmas Day dinner was very good.

Review by Mr Nevill Hewitt who travelled 20-December-2014


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The tour manager Angela was exceptional, she gave us facts and figures and amusing anecdotes to keep our attention on the subjects!!! The hotel did not get the 'gluten free' quite right as a result 14th dinner was a disaster, 25th was great. Thank You

Review by Mrs Nelun Mackie who travelled 20-December-2014


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We enjoyed the holiday which was very much helped by the weather. The biggest flaw for us was that I cannot travel backwards and on the Eurostar to Paris we were backwards. This led to me being extremely nauseous by the time we reached Paris. Sadly, upon boarding the TGV to Lille at the end of the holiday we were again backwards so in order to avoid being sick my husband sat by the window and I passed the journey with my eyes with closed or staring down the corridor. I believe my problem stems from the speed of the trains affecting my eyes. For that reason we had requested forward facing seats as past experience with you has led to the problem in the past. I realise you warn that you cannot confirm request but this really has put us off travelling with you in the future unless there is a flight option.

Review by Mrs Helen Hedley who travelled 20-December-2014


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