Southern Provence and the Cote dAzur by Rail Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£949

  • Spectacular coastal scenery – best viewed in the Mediterranean sunshine

  • Characterful seaside towns such as Bandol, Cassis and Hyères

  • Glamorous resorts – Saint-Tropez epitomises southern glamour

  • Modern Art – see for yourself what inspired great artists

  • Seafood – Sanary has excellent restaurants

Our Southern Provence tour is based in the delightful seaside town of Sanary-sur-Mer, close to Cassis and Bandol and visits Aix-en-Provence for the day, as well as concentrating on the wonderful myriad of sights along the coast including the lovely town of Cassis and the dramatic Calanques cliffs, Bandol, Toulon, Hyeres, Bormes-les-Mimosas, and St Tropez. 

Available Departures

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06 - July - 2020 £ 949.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 06th July 2020 at 07:19

Returning: 13th July 2020 at 18:35

07 - September - 2020 £ 949.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 07th September 2020 at 07:19

Returning: 14th September 2020 at 18:35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar direct from St Pancras to Marseille or from St Pancras/Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Marseille by TGV.
On arrival, transfer by coach (approx. 1 hour) to Sanary-sur-Mer and the Soleil et Jardin Hotel.

Day 2: Full day tour to Bandol, Cassis and the Calanques.
The cheerful Mediterranean resort of Bandol is best known for its excellent red wine which has been produced here since 600BC. Unusually, it is often served cold. Cassis has managed to retain its small fishing village charms and has remained largely unaltered since it attracted painters such as Signac and Derain in the early 20th century. Along the coastline between Marseille and Cassis, the turquoise sea has pummelled the limestone cliffs into a series of deep, dramatic inlets – the Calanques. The best way to view this beautiful area is from the sea and there are plenty of boat trip options if you would like to.


Day 3: Full day tour to Hyères and Toulon.
The oldest resort on the French Riviera, the town of Hyères is gathered around the Castle of Saint Bernard which sits on a hilltop four kilometres from the sea. The palm-tree-and-Belle-Époque-building-lined streets once hosted luminaires such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Wharton and Queen Victoria.The Place Massena, Mediterranean gardens of Castel Sainte-Claire and the gardens of the modernist Villa Noailles are must visits. Toulon is France’s second-largest naval port thanks to its fine natural harbour. The daily produce market on Cours Lafayette is lovely for a browse and the Quai Cronstadt is a great place to watch the world go by.


Day 4: Full day to explore Marseille at your leisure.

Day 5: Full day to relax and explore Sanary-sur-Mer at your leisure.
A charming little seaside town, rather than a tourist resort, Sanary has a lovely coastline of small beaches and a bustling colourful harbour replete with medieval tower. It is the perfect place to stroll, enjoy the many harbourside cafes, bars and restaurants or simply relax.


Day 6: Full day tour to Aix-en-Provence.
The elegant city of Aix-en-Provence is immediately attractive with its medieval centre a knot of grand architecture and atmospheric lanes, peppered with fountained squares. Home to artist Paul Cézanne, you will find his studio preserved exactly as he left it on his death in 1906. There are many lovely cafes to sit in and watch the world go by along the Cours Mirabeau. 


Day 7: Full day tour to Saint-Tropez and Bormes-les- Mimosas.
Saint-Tropez has long been the glamorous playground for the rich and famous, having started out as a Bohemian hangout in the early 20th century for artists such as Matisse, Dufy, Signac and Bonnard – you can see some of their art in the Musée de l‘Annonciade. Despite its popularity with tourists, Saint-Tropez has managed to maintain its Mediterranean charms. The medieval hill village of Bormes has plummeting pedestrianized streets that lead to lively cafés and lovely coastal views. At the foot of the Massif des Maures, Bormes is full of picturesque old buildings and is known for its abundance of flowers.


Day 8: Transfer back to Marseille station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet/St Pancras.

Please note - There will be no option to travel to/from Ebbsfleet on the departure dates which offer the direct outbound service.

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

Please note for 2019 the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.

NEW FOR 2020 
Further to analysis of questionnaires received from many hundreds of our valued clients, we have decided to introduce two key changes to our tours in 2020:

1. The group size on all overseas tours is to be limited to a maximum of 35 or lower.

2. All overseas tours will include a welcome drink on the first evening, so that guests can get to know each other.

We hope that these changes will enhance our tours for all participants.

INCLUDED 

  • Direct train from St Pancras to Marseille, returning via Paris
  • Seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Le Soleil et Jardin Hotel in Sanary-sur-Mer, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Transfers and full coach touring programme as detailed in the 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 as 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.
  • Porterage and gratuities.

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

Soleil et Jardin Hotel, Sanary-sur-Mer
This tour is based at the beautiful town of Sanary, at the modern and well-appointed four-star Soleil et Jardin Hotel. Located about 5 minutes' walk from the pretty town and harbour lined with restaurants, the hotel's facilities include an indoor pool, bar and comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, hairdryer and minibar.

Soleil et Jardin Hotel Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
Located about a 5 minutes' walk from Sanary's delightful, restaurant-lined harbour, the hotel is an excellent and comfortable based for this tour.  

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the 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 087528672 or visit their website.

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I thought this was a very well thought out tour. Karen was excellent. She gave us all the informtion we needed at the right time. I was particularly grateful for her decision to start half an hour later on the first day since it gave us time to recover from a very early start.

Review by Thompson who travelled 02-September-2019


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we understand that a first evening reception is to be introduced next year in order to meet other members of the group at the start of the holiday. good idea!

Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-September-2019


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Sanary is 1 of our favourite Travel Editions venues and this our 3rd visit did not disappoint. Karen was as ever a gem of a Tour Manager and greatly enhanced the holiday. She has a wide breadth of knowledge and a good sense of fun, whilst caring for the needs of the whole group. The trips are diverse and interesting and the hotel is very comfortable and very well situated for access to the restaurants and town.

Review by King who travelled 02-September-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 02-September-2019


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We have been on many TE tours, and we have repeated this one a few times, mainly due to the excellence of the base location, Sanary-sur-Mer. The various destinations are well-chosen and varied, with Marseille especially being worth multiple visits. This time we opted out of the odd day’s itinerary, in favour of doing our own thing in and around Sanary, but that is no criticism of any of the destinations. Karen, our Tour Manager, was excellent (again), in terms of information provided and efficient but relaxed guidance. The small size of the group made it easier to get to know people, but it’s a mystery as to why it wasn’t fully booked, in spite of it being one of TE’s best French rail tour destinations. The hotel is very good – with excellent breakfasts and air-conditioned rooms! With the outward leg using the direct St Pancras – Marseille Eurostar and the return one using Lille (and not Paris) for the train-change, getting there and back is fairly painless and stress-free! We may well do this one yet again! David and Jean Peters

Review by Peters who travelled 01-July-2019


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We thoroughly enjoyed the location and may very well plan a return visit. Our Tour manager Karen Blackwell was so helpful and provided excellent site information for the tours and was always a great pleasure to be with. Thank you for a great holiday.

Review by Davies who travelled 01-July-2019


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This was our ninth time with Travel Editions and it was up to the usual high standard. Just one comment on the tour leader Terry - he must learn to use the term Britain and British rather than England and English all the time. It is insulting to the outer countries in the Union. We do not have English passports!!

Review by Norman who travelled 23-September-2019


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Our tour manager, Serge, was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Our hotel accommodation was the same. We were given an apartment for six for the two of us. Perhaps you could arrange the same accommodation on any further holidays!

Review by MUNRO who travelled 23-September-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 10-September-2018


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MORE INFORMATION ON TOILETS WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL BUT OVERALL A VERY GOOD HOLIDAY IN A VERY PLEASANT RESORT

Review by Bromley who travelled 10-September-2018


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Thankyou we had a lovely well organised holiday

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This was our 2nd trip to Sanary and it didn’t disappoint. Our hotel room was lovely and the air conditioning was thankfully very efficient. Terry was an excellent and informative Tour Manager and we enjoyed the various trips very much. It was unfortunate that our early breakfast on the last day was overlooked by the hotel staff and the reception team could have been more welcoming but overall this did not detract from our enjoyment of this very special place.

Review by King who travelled 10-September-2018


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An enjoyable week in a truly lovely location. The hotel was good but we were disappointed that there was no outdoor pool as shown in the brochure. The tour manager was informative and did a wonderful job of shepherding a rather large group of elderly people around the sites on various visits. We take our hats off to him in the way he dealt with our homeward trip when we discovered that we were in the wrong railway terminus altogether! We assume it was an administrative error as we all had tickets from Marseilles St Charles but the train was going from another station altogether. How he got everyone to the correct place with no time to spare was a miracle and could have been part of a Carry On film!! Well done Terry! The excursions were most enjoyable but left little time to explore Sanary. May we suggest that some half day trips are included, perhaps to a vineyard with the opportunity to taste and buy wine or to gardens. This would broaden the type of experiences and allow more time to relax in such a pretty fishing village. In view of the fact that the journey home is long and the age of the group tends to be elderly, a half day trip on the day previous to the homeward journey might be advisable. We enjoyed the week immensely, despite a few setbacks and would certainly travel with Travel Editions in the future.

Review by Thomas who travelled 10-September-2018


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Did not do the tours as we have been several times before. Terry Allan the tour guide was excellent.he had several problems which were Sncf changed the boarding of our return train to another minor station and it was not clearly indicated. A most enjoyable holiday even if we’ve done it several times over the years.

Review by Cleasby who travelled 10-September-2018


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We've done this same tour a number of times, and so there is little new to say! Sanary remains one of the best of the Travel Editions bases, and, in view of that and the enhanced travel arrangement in the form of a direct Eurostar from London to Marseille on the outward leg, it surprised us that the tour was not fully booked. We might even do it again in 2019! David and Jean Peters

Review by Peters who travelled 02-July-2018


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This was our first holiday with Travel Editions and our first trip to the South of France. The resort of Sanary exceeded our expectations and we thought it was an excellent base for the tours. Terry our tour manager was excellent and his local knowledge and humour resulted in a very enjoyable trip. The hotel , although adequate could benefit from a reverb Overall we were very satisfied and would certainly consider using Travel Editions again.

Review by Garrett who travelled 02-July-2018


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We thoroughly enjoyed yet another TE tour!

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Tour manager Alex was excellent, knowledgeable and always keen to share his love of the area with us. Driver Reme also very good. Hotel didn't have any real places where we could sit and socialise (outdoor pool area was closed).

Review by Holden who travelled 04-September-2017


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We’ve done this tour several times previously, and enjoyed it greatly, particularly the Sanary base – hence the repetition. The introduction of a through train from London to Marseille made it even better. (Anything that cuts out a train change in Paris is an improvement!) We enjoyed the various destinations, although we skipped the day to Aix, as we don’t especially like the place! Marseille is a particular highlight – made even better by the new museum (MUCEM). It’s a pity a couple of people opted out of that day, put off by Marseille’s now-irrelevant image from the past. Our tour manager, Karen, was excellent, as was Rémy, our driver whom we already knew. The small size of the group on this occasion, though unfortunate from Travel Editions’ perspective, made all the practicalities (including getting on and off trains and coaches) work very smoothly. We see that one reviewer was disappointed at the small number, but we regarded that as a plus factor, albeit a fortuitous one. David and Jean Peters

Review by Mr David Peters who travelled 03-July-2017


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On a couple of days we had tours which went to two places. On both occasions it would have been better to have done the part where we had to climb steep paths as the first stop of the trip when it wasn't quite so hot.(Toulon trip & Saint Tropez trip)

Review by Mrs Marilyn Robson who travelled 03-July-2017


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This was a most enjoyable trip and was well organised and run. Our tour manager, Karen was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of information about our destinations and places to visit. All our destinations were very enjoyable and i enjoyed the whole holiday.

Review by Mr Philip Hammond who travelled 03-July-2017


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We loved Sanary sur mer as a base, and Karen as our guide!

Review by Mr George Middleton who travelled 03-July-2017


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I wanted to travel by rail and the journey down was wonderful. There were problems on the last leg of the return as my seat did not exist! I Managed to grab a fold down seat in the corridor which my tour manager kindly took turns with me on but it was not especially comfortable. I was delighted with everything else.

Review by Mrs Margaret Billyeald who travelled 03-July-2017


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Good holiday Would have liked through train from Marseille on return. Karen was truly excellent. Calm patient and friendly.

Review by Mrs Mary Kew who travelled 03-July-2017


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Disappointed that there was a small group of people (17). Aix En Provence didn't have a great deal to see and could be left off future tours. Karen the tour manager was very knowledgeable and always ready to answer questions.

Review by Mr Peter Harrison who travelled 03-July-2017


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Hélène,our tour manager, and Rémy,our driver,could not have done more to make the holiday a success. On board information, notes & maps were excellent and Rémy was always prepared to go the extra mile. I had a lovely room in the hotel with a balcony and the hotel staff were always helpful. Sanary is a charming resort with none of the yachting bling of some other resorts along the coast. The excursions took us to some of the most delightful and interesting places in Southern Provence, from bustling Marseille to pretty hilltop villages. Highly recommended.

Review by Mr Malcolm Walrond who travelled 24-September-2016


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I did feel that the hotel did not deserve a 4 star rating. It was possibly awarded 4 stars because it had indoor and outdoor pools, however it certainly did not come up to the usual 4 star standard expected.

Review by Mrs Carol Sunter who travelled 24-September-2016


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The hotel is a little 'tired' eg loose toilet seat and shower support, but generally it was a comfortable room and a good location for the tour. We felt it was a very well organised tour and the coach tours were instructive without being too regimented

Review by Mr Graham Tanner who travelled 24-September-2016


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I think the visit to Bandol could be omitted. There was insufficient time to do anything. Both the Tour Manager and Coach Driver were excellent.

Review by Miss Jean Barbour who travelled 24-September-2016


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Review by Mr Richard Woodger who travelled 04-September-2016


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the tour was excellent. It was the first time I travelled alone. Everyone was v.friendly and the tour manager did an excellent job. I look forward to going on another trip.

Review by Mrs A Taylor who travelled 04-September-2016


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Our hotel room looked out onto a car park ie cars parked just by our bed on same level. The veranda doors did not open. They had been screwed shut, which we suspect is illegal. I complained to the hotel manager at leadt three times and requested a different room. I was told the hotel was full. In other respects the room and the hotel were satisfactory, with excellent breakfasts. Etc.

Review by Mr Steven Astell who travelled 04-September-2016


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I do not consider the hotel to be 4 star. Room service poor. Bedding not replaced frequently. Wify poor, television reception poor. Bathroom shampoo etc poor. Nice to have tea and coffee facilities but they were not replaced.

Review by Mr James Fairweather who travelled 04-September-2016


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Hotel was good, providing an excellent breakfast. Situated for an easy walk into town for a wide range of restaurants for evening meals, Our tour guide Serge was first class and able to adapt the day's programme at the last minute to provide that little extra.

Review by Mr Bryann Ward who travelled 04-September-2016


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Both the tour manager and coach driver were excellent, going out of their way to enable us to see everything. Maps + info given on the coach was invaluable. So nice to be left to explore on our own and not be led around like tourists! Also good to have a free day in the middle, esp on market day. One destination, on B&B basis, with day trips is the best combination.

Review by Ms Penelope Buckland who travelled 04-September-2016


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Great holiday. Serge and driver were both excellent. He was very knowledgable about many artists and arranged good tours. Will definitely book with you again

Review by Dr Anthea Symonds who travelled 04-September-2016


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Changing trains in Lille is much better & easier than in Paris, although I appreciate you may not always be able to arrange that. The resort of Sanary sur mer was excellent & just a short walk from the hotel. Throughout the tour Alain was friendly & helpful.

Review by Mrs Patricia Cardy who travelled 27-September-2015


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Review by Mr Richard Chillcott who travelled 27-September-2015


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I so enjoyed this trip on the previous occasion that I have now repeated it and brought a friend. I think the visit to Bandol is superfluous after Cassis and oerhaps another village in hinterland would improve the tour...or a visit to a vineyard. The pleasureable aspect is the freedom to roam armed with appropriate information.

Review by Mrs Annie Hogg who travelled 27-September-2015


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Lovely holiday Wonderful Tour Manager who was very informative Went out of his way to be so helpful Even helped us with our cases when we got off at Ebbsfleet Recommend this trip.

Review by Mr Stephen Marsh who travelled 06-September-2015


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An excellent Tour Manager who gave us historical information re. places we visited. Very capable. Hotel unwelcoming, with not much service in the evenings. Not as good as other ones we have stayed in on tours with your company.

Review by Mr John Harrison who travelled 06-September-2015


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Day oiut to Toulon & Hyeres should have arrived earlier for a lunch break -morning too long, as we did not 'eat' until after 2.00pm. Otherwise fine.

Review by Mr J Foreman who travelled 06-September-2015


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The accommodation was good but a small detail AC not working all the time.

Review by Mr Peter Cleasby who travelled 06-September-2015


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Of the many Travel Editions tours we have done, this is the one we have repeated a number of times – as we said last year! We love Sanary as a base, the hotel remains good, and the tours are interesting and varied. A slight tweak maybe worth considering is to have a day in Marseille – maybe instead of Aix-en-Provence, which has become “over-touristy”, and is in any event a destination on your Avignon-based tour. You did temporarily put Marseille on the itinerary when it was the European City of Culture a few years back, but did not retain it. That’s a pity, as there’s much more to do and see than in Aix, and it’s somewhat nearer to get to. Our tour manager, Terry, was excellent and most helpful in every respect. Travel arrangements went smoothly, and it was good to have a train-change in Lille rather than Paris on the outward journey (a subject discussed with you on many occasions!). I always wait a short time before submitting my reviews in order to see what others say, as this provides very fertile ground for further comment! So it’s good to note that the drink-making facilities in the hotel bedroom has yet again come up as being worthy of mention – to the exclusion of any comment at all on the overall holiday experience! I think Travel Editions should levy a fine of £10 on any traveller whose review mentions hotel-room drink-making facilities. Oh dear, does that mean I now owe you £10?

Review by Mr David Peters who travelled 07-June-2015

Travel Editions feedback:

Mr Peters - many thanks for your comments and you will no doubt be pleased to learn that Marseille has been reinstated for this itinerary for 2016 season onwards! Kind regards Travel Editions


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I rang you office to ask for airline seats not table of 4 but got tables for four both ways Our third trip to Hotel though they have spent money on good building improvement cleaning is a big issue seem to only have very young untrained staff

Review by Mr William Foster who travelled 07-June-2015


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We would definitely travel with you again and with such an interesting choice, difficult which holiday to chose next!!

Review by Mrs Margaret Sharma who travelled 07-June-2015


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Hotel excellent. Just 2 comments. No in room provision for tea making. Coffee maker just not suitable as designed to function for demi tasse cups only. Perhaps this will be a permanent problem in France. Our room window was without a locking handle so remained unlocked throughout the stay.

Review by Mr Victor Queen who travelled 07-June-2015


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The tour was really well organised but also flexible to take account of change in the weather etc. Terry our guide was excellent- just the right amount of information, and genuinely wnating to help you get the best from the holiday. Remy our driver was brillliant- calm, helpful, friendly. Hotel excellent and conveniently situated Minor point- would have liked at least one leg of the TGV journey to be on top deck

Review by Mr Philip Woods who travelled 07-June-2015


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Another excellent tour. Sanary is a small, safe and friendly little port. There are plenty of good restaurants and on the day there during the week there was plenty to do. The tours were interesting and in traditional TE style, everywhere we went we were given maps and freedom to explore. The boat trip to the Calanques was particularly memorable. Another part of France we now know thanks to TE!

Review by Mrs Jean Harrison who travelled 28-September-2014


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Review by Mrs Brenda Wheat who travelled 29-June-2014

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Firstly this is not a complaint but an overall account of our holiday experience. Alex our tour manager was second to none as was Reme our driver. As well as carrying out their duties to the highest possible standard they are also lovely people. The hotel was a great disappointment and didn't bear any resemblance to the hotel on your link. Firstly we were very disappointed with the location of our room which was in the bowels of the hotel which we actually had to walk downstairs to. Some of our fellow travellers had lovely rooms with balconies but we were down in the car park. We all paid the same price for our holiday so we thought this was rather unfair. On the first night of the holiday we were woken by somebody entering our room which was most alarming to say the least. Before we could find the light switch, they had left so we spent the rest of the night with the table and chairs against the door. The next morning (which couldn't come quick enough) Alex ascertained that one of the other guests wanted a second room key and gave reception our room number by mistake. Obviously reception didn't ask them to identify themselves by producing their room key. They could have given our room key to anybody which we found to be totally unsatisfactory. The safe in our room didn't work which we reported to reception on the day we arrived. We were told that it would be fixed that day or the next - it was never fixed! Our key card was very temperamental. More often than not we would have to play around with it before it would open the door despite reporting it to reception who told us that it was our cell phones which prevented it from working and it wasn't until the end of the week when Alex was with us (he was in the room next door) and witnessed the problem that they deemed to replace it. The hotel was like the Marie Celeste with very few staff to be seen and no atmosphere. On our first visit to the pool the electric cleaning machine was in the pool while people were in the water. One of the guests removed it as she noticed a label stating that it should be removed before anybody entered the water. I hope this account of our experience is helpful.


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It was good to meet the tour manager Alex again as always he was excellent. He is so knowledgeable and easy going and as always made the holiday special. It would be good to know which tours he will be doing next year.

Review by Mr Ian Redman who travelled 29-June-2014


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Tour Manager, Alex Patrimonio a lovely gentleman and passionate about all things French. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Had problem with hotel room (303) in that safe did not work. Hotel could not fix problem, offering poor excuses. We changed rooms after first night (to 202) after insisting change.Transpired there were 3 other rooms with inoperable safes. This would be known to hotel yet fobbed off. Scarcity of staff at times. Apart from this, staff were charming. Good breakfasts, clean hotel. Nicely appointed. Gentle 10 min stroll to port. Enjoyed the coach tours with Reme, the driver, who was a safe steady, patient driver. He knew the area well. Because of two road accidents on separate days we were diverted but Reme got us safely to our destination. Good drop off and pick-up stops. My wife and I enjoyed the tour.

Review by Mr Keith Barker who travelled 29-June-2014


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A good holiday but little opportunity to socialise or make friends with fellow travellers. A mid-week get together (drink/nibbles) might be a good idea. Thanks to all concerned for an enjoyable break.

Review by Mr Frank Mitchell who travelled 01-June-2014


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This was a lovely holiday, and Sanary is a delightful location in which to be based. Alex, the courier, was absolutely excellent.

Review by Ms Margaret Paton who travelled 01-June-2014


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We have been on a few of your rail holidays in France, and this is the one we have chosen to repeat several times, as Sanary is a lovely place to be based, irrespective of whether one goes on all the days’ outings. There are many restaurants , and all our evening meals – at different ones - were enjoyable. We have always been made most welcome at the hotel, which is highly satisfactory - good quality of bedrooms (we’ve been in several!) and pleasant breakfasts. (Disagree with another reviewer’s description of breakfast as “basic” – there’s a wide choice and it’s perfectly acceptable.) Our Tour Manager, Alex, provided a superb, attentive service with good humour, and our driver, Rémy, known to us already, was again excellent. The trips, as we already knew, were varied and interesting. A slight pity that the changeover from Eurostar to TGV had to be in Paris rather than Lille, but we are aware from conversations with you on this subject that Lille would have been used if feasible – so one tries to be philosophical! Overall this was another enjoyable - and repeatable – experience.

Review by Mr David Peters who travelled 01-June-2014

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Thank you for your comments and pleased you have enjoyed the tour so many times!


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We had a great time,our tour manager wqs perfect and the coach driver was also a gem. Loved it all.

Review by Mrs Angela Bell who travelled 01-June-2014


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we commend the tour manager alex

Review by Mr Raymond Craker who travelled 01-June-2014


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Alex, the Tour Manager, was considerate, caring, helpful and amusing. Sanary was a very pleasant town to base the holiday. It was a pity there wasn't a flying option as the train journey was very tiring - and Eurostar check-in at Paris was a nightmare (not your fault).

Review by Mr Peter Webb who travelled 01-June-2014


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It was a great holiday, our tour manager Alex was very good, just enough information to keep us interested but not bored!

Review by Mrs Margaret Bates who travelled 01-June-2014


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There should be a contact number available on the day of departure in the event of an emergency such missing the Eurostar? This would be good customer service?

Review by Mr Duncan Aitkins who travelled 01-June-2014

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Thank you for your comments and very pleased you enjoyed the tour. A list of our emergency numbers are printed on the 'General Information leaflet,'sent with your joining instructions and tickets.


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planning next trip with Travel Edtions

Review by Mr William Foster who travelled 01-June-2014


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Overall a well organised and enjoyable trip to a beautiful area, especially at this time of year when the flowers are in full bloom. Hotel pleasant but breakfast fairly basic. Some more fresh fruit would have been welcome, given that the local markets are heaving with every fruit imaginable. Excellent, helpful tour manager, Alex, gave us so much interesting information. The coach driver was very pleasant too. Hotel a little more than the stated five minutes walk from the harbour, more like ten. A lot of steep hills and steps to climb on the trips which were difficult for older people. We would have liked maybe an extra day between trips to do our own thing, but enjoyed them all. The Eurostar waiting area in Paris Gare du Nord was overcrowded, very hot and almost unbearable. We had booked this trip in part because a change at Lille was advertised, but later it was changed to Paris. Wherever possible I would urge you to arrange a Lille transfer - so much easier - although I appreciate this is not always feasible, presumably due to timings. We would definitely take another tour with Travel Editions.

Review by Mrs Valerie Ottewill who travelled 01-June-2014

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Thank you for your comments and very pleased to learn you enjoyed the tour. We always use lille change whereever possible but sometimes we are forced to change to Paris due to changes in timings or space on particualr trains.


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good holiday weather excellent tours excellent Alex the tour manager was wonderful a great sense of humour caring nature nothing fazed him .Only downside the booking in to Eurostar in the heat in Paris not to be recommended.

Review by Mr Malcolm Hussey-Yeo who travelled 01-June-2014


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Thank you for another splendid holiday, everything went well, thanks in no small part to our excellent Tour manager Norman who endeared himself to everyone from the start by guarding our luggage at Lille during the period between the eurostar and TGV whilst we stretched our legs. We enjoyed our well organised visits to both parts of the "Le Grand Atelier du Midi" exhibitioin with excellent and knowledgeable guides. Finally, after completing our third holiday with you this year, may we thank you and congratulate you on your very professional , reliable and efficient organisation.

Review by Brinsmead who travelled 06-October-2013


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Overall, an excellent and well planned tour with very enjoyable visits and a knowledgeable and experienced tour manager. Met all our expectations. Hotel good but seemed somewhat understaffed - coffee replacement at break fast slow, minimal bar service. Could suggest a tour based at two locations as the desire to explore Sanary, though a delightful place, started to diminish after the fourth night.

Review by Fleming who travelled 06-October-2013


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Enjoyed every moment from the minute we left St Pancras and met some lovely folk.........looking forward to booking another rail holiday. Thank you.

Review by Martin who travelled 06-October-2013


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Norman Allum the tour manager was excellent with a brilliant knowledge of all the places that we visited. His talks were interesting and erudite which made every journey interesting.He was also very helpful in all ways.

Review by Jones who travelled 06-October-2013


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We really enjoyed our first holiday with Travel Editions,and felt that the Tour Manager did everything to get the best out of the itinary, great bus driver also.

Review by Manning who travelled 29-September-2013


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It would help if we were reminded to bring maps sent in the travel pack the day before the trip takes place. In addition other maps to be distributed by the tour manager should be given out the day before. This will help tourists to prepare for the trip the day before. A very enjoyable trip and the weather was perfect. Many thanks.

Review by Carter who travelled 29-September-2013


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An extra free day would help. Serge was great as our tour manager. Hotel good and clean but bar not manned and it seemed like we were on the MarieCeleste. Change of train times caused us problems as we had already booked train from Euston.

Review by Coulthard who travelled 29-September-2013


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