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Provincial France
Commences Zurich 02 September and ends Paris 20 September 2018

  • Strasbourg, France
    Strasbourg, France
  • Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne
    Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne
  • Bordeaux Wine
    Bordeaux Wine
  • Lyon
  • Pont de pierre, Bordeaux
    Pont de pierre, Bordeaux
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Program Code GCTPF18
  • Activity Rating Easy

Tour Itinerary

  • 18 Nights
    • 1 - Zurich 
    • 3 - Strasbourg 
    • 3 - Lyon 
    • 3 - Orange 
    • 2 - Toulouse 
    • 2 - Bergerac 
    • 3 - Bordeaux
    • 1 - Paris 

Commences Zurich 02 September and ends Paris 20 September 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the attractive city of Strasbourg and the wine-producing villages of the Vosges
  • Discover the historic city of Lyon with its typical small restaurants and surrounding wine regions
  • Learn about Roman Gaul at the great theatre at Orange
  • Visit the recently discovered UNESCO World Heritage rock art at Chauvet
  • Explore Toulouse with its mediaeval old town and modern aeronautics industry
  • Discover the stunning scenery of the Dordogne from Bergerac 
  • Learn about the art of viticulture as we explore the city of Bordeaux and visit some of its surrounding wine-producing châteaux
  • Experience the fast TGV train to the French capital, Paris

Tour Overview

This 18 night program enjoys some of the best provincial cities and regions of France. We stay in hotels especially chosen for their character and location in fabulous cities and historic towns. We experience some typical traditional French restaurants featuring enticing regional cuisine and taste an exciting range of authentic local French wines. 

Our program commences with an overnight in Zurich and journeys through Germany's Black Forest to Strasbourg. We explore the city, its cathedral and its canals, viewing the European Parliament and visiting the tiny wine-producing villages of the Vosges before continuing via Dijon to France's third city, Lyon. Here we experience the city's icons and sample its small characteristic restaurants, as well as visiting its surrounding vineyards before discovering the fantastic, recently exhibited cave paintings at Chauvet. We stay close to the Roman city of Orange to explore the region's ancient past and its present day wines before travelling via the impressive art installation of Baux to pink terracotta Toulouse, where we visit the jumble of its old town and learn about its cutting-edge aeronautics industry. We stay close to Bergerac to experience the dreamy Dordogne and in Bordeaux to fully appreciate the importance of wine production in the history of this elegant city before taking the high-speed TGV to Paris for a final night in the French capital. 

There is the opportunity to extend your stay with a 4 night tour of the beautiful Loire Valley and its châteaux.

Tour Inclusions

  • 18 nights en suite accommodation
  • Typical buffet breakfast and 15 lunches or dinners with wine
  • Touring by comfortable modern coach and TGV from Bordeaux to Paris
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated 
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
  • Services of a Program Leader 
  • Gratuities and necessary tips 
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet 
Golden Compass France Ireland Scotland Tour Leader Louise Shave
Louise Shave

Louise Shave graduated from the University of Auckland, in Languages, History and Music and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

She has a passion for her chosen subjects and really enjoys sharing with travellers the history and culture of countries in which she has lived or experienced. The extensive time she has recently spent living in both France and Ireland has given her an in-depth knowledge of those particular countries. She is a fluent speaker of French.

For the past 14 years, she has led many outbound programmes, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, Bhutan and Nepal. She is much in demand as a guest speaker.

For six years, Louise and her husband explored the waterways of Europe on their 20 metre converted Dutch Barge. Not content with river travel, they also sailed a 10 metre boat across the Irish Sea and then back to England. Three years were spent in Ireland on the canals and rivers, with numerous adventures, followed by more time around the coast and in the English waterways.

As well as those noted above, her interests include art, architecture, theatre, film, reading, trekking, and, not least, her family!



Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 1800 132 385.