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The lovely wine Cotes-du-Rhone wine region
Culinary capital, Lyon and lively Grenoble, a charming mountain town
Prehistory – at the Caverne Pont d’Arc and Aven d’Orgnac
Historic Train de l’Ardeche steam train
Revived after a two year absence whilst the hotel has been totally refurbished, this diverse tour is based in the heart of the Côte-du-Rhône wine region it offers a wealth of sights, ranging from the caves and prehistory museum at Aven d’Orgnac to the lively cities of Lyon and Grenoble, a steam train ride, with spectacular scenery and, of course, a wine- tasting.
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Departing: 24th September 2019 at 08:55
Returning: 30th September 2019 at 15:35
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lyon via Lille.
On arrival, transfer by coach to Tain l'Hermitage (approx 1.5 hours) and the Fac et Spera Hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 2: Full day tour to Lyon.
Rich from industry that spans back to the 16th century, Lyon is a clean and charming city, particularly known for its gastronomy – it is said that the old town has the largest concentration of restaurants in the world! There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit including a textile museum, the superb Gallo-Roman Museum, Roman theatres, Musée des Beaux Arts and the impressive Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, but there is also much enjoyment to be had wandering the atmospheric warren of streets in the older quarters of the city, where you’ll find lots of Renaissance buildings and a multitude of restaurants. To assist with your discovery of the city, the day starts with a guided walking tour to show you the main sights.
Day 3: Morning train ride on le train de l’Ardeche to Lamastre.
An historic steam train runs from Tournon to Lamastre, winding gently through glorious scenery along the Gorges du Doux. On arrival you will have time to enjoy lunch (not included) from one of the many restaurants in the town. From here we head back to Tain enjoying the wonderful vistas along the way including a stop at the delightful village of Boucieu-le-Roi.
Day 4: Full day tour to Grenoble and the Vercors.
A contrasting day of mountain scenery and city life as we head first to Grenoble, a vivacious city nestled amongst the peaks of the Belledonne, Chartreuse and Vercors mountains, which is, surprisingly, France’s lowest city. Being a university city it is cosmopolitan with a buzzing arts scene whilst at its centre you’ll find a tightly packed maze of modern and medieval buildings and several good museums. The cable car up to the Fort de la Bastille is well worth the visit. The Vercors is one of the most magnificent regional parks in France, a spectacular landscape of mountains, waterfalls, caves, gorges and forests.
Day 5: Day free in Tain with wine tasting.
A day free on market day in the attractive wine town of Tain l’Hermitage which produces some of the best wines of the Côte-du-Rhône (some would argue the world). Your hotel is owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine family so a winetasting is included this afternoon at their main shop.
Day 6: Full day in the Ardeche including the Caverne Pont d’Arc and Aven d’Orgnac.
A long but interesting day today as we have a full day tour into the glorious Ardeche region offering magnificent scenery. You will also visit the magnificent limestone caves at Aven d’Orgnac (please note there are over 700 steps to get down to the cave) and Museum of Pre-History looking at the lives of our distant ancestors from 350,000 years ago and the replica cave paintings at the Caverne Pont d’Arc, close to the natural limestone bridge over the river.
Day 7: Transfer by coach back to Lyon station to catch the return TGV to Lille and onwards by Eurostar to St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note for 2019 the maximum group size on this tour is 40 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.
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.
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4* Hotel Fac et Spera (ex Pavillon de l'Ermitage)
Completely refurbished in 2018, this modern four-star hotel is owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine company and located in the centre of the wine town of Tain l’Hermitage. Two dinners are included and there are lots of nearby restaurants. Facilities at this comfortable hotel include restaurant, bar and comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, free wifi and safe.
Fac et Spera Hotel Website
The lovely town of Tain l’Hermitage is a great base to explore the region and the well-run hotel with just 40 rooms offers a high standard of service. Owned by the renowned Chapoutier wine merchants, its wine list is excellent!
It would be worth seeing if the programme could be altered to allow visiting Grenoble during the week or Saturday and allow for a walking tour? Could the cave visits happen on a Sunday? The last evening meal at the hotel was a little disappointing but otherwise a very good tour. Particularly commend Serge Bertini the Tour Manager.
Review by Mr Graham Coldman who travelled 13-September-2016
problem at paris, tgv staff initially refused to accept my wifes disability scooter previously booked with yourselves and assistance seating given on tickets. finally sorted by tour manager and ourselves by just boarding scooter whilst staff still arguing. not a pleasant start or treatment to a disabled person by rude and unhelpful french rail staff
Review by Mr John Wigmore who travelled 13-September-2016
If only we could work out how to get better train seats. Outbound going backwards was bad enough but right next to the very noisy internal doors was the worst.. Inbound was better and at least we got non table seats which we hate.
Review by Mr John Morrissey who travelled 13-September-2016
Unfortunately I got an allergic reaction to the dinner on the final evening which led to a difficult journey home and cancellation of activities on the first 3 days at home- shellfish sauce? Serge excellent again. Please recommend to him 'Blood in the Snow; Blood on the Grass' by Nicholas Boyd - all about the Vercors resistance,
Review by Mr D Browne who travelled 13-September-2016
Review by who travelled 13-September-2016
Hotel needs some attention. e g shower, coat hangers, service. .Day trip to the Ardeche was too long.
Review by Mr Brian Clark who travelled 13-September-2016
Thoughtful plan and well executed by Tour Guide. Excellent service from local driver,with us every day. Personal impression of rather too much travelling, without 'village' breaks previously enjoyed.Day 3 - long train ride to nowhere: 4 exciting but taxing/dubious for elderly tourists.
Review by Mr David Walker who travelled 07-June-2016
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