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Secrets of Paris
Commences Paris 20 September and ends Paris 23 September 2018

  • Program Status Places Available
  • Program Code GCTSP18
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 3 Nights
    • 3 Paris

Commences 20 September 2018 and ends 23 September 2018

 Tour Highlights

  • A visit to the lively morning market in the Marais area - where Paris began in Celtic times - with its pre-revolutionary buildings, spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical 17th century splendour.
  • Explore the Ile de la Cité and the Latin Quarter, the heart of student Paris and where France's oldest university, La Sorbonne, was founded in 1257.
  • Journey 50kms out of Paris to visit the beautiful Château de Chantilly, one of France's finest heritage buildings housing precious collections of Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France.
  • Travel by canal boat from Bastille to La Villette and tour the recently-opened, magnificent building of La Philharmonie, designed by the famous French Architect, Jean Nouvel.
  • Enjoy a Parisian dinner and an evening concert in the Sainte Chapelle surrounded by its exquisite stained-glass windows.
  • And many more highlights of Paris which Louise & Michele would love to share with you

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 follow this tour with our 'Secrets of Paris', three night extension.

Tour Inclusions

    • 3 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • Cooked breakfast daily
    • Touring by comfortable coaches, mini-coach. All with A/C
    • 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
Louise Shave


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
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

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  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).
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  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.

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