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The bus driver, Phillipe was also a delight, the bus comfortable, the hotels generally excellent and the local guides excellent, but what made this trip so special was the variety of activities that we experienced. Caves and conoeing was a fun day, Arles was my favorite. Both Toni and Phillipe are professional, engaging and so much fun to be around. "Les Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence.
From grand chateaux to canoeing on the Dordogne to the spectacular Carrieres des Lumieres Show at Les Baux. The food was delicious and the setting divine." It was a wonderful group of people and We all got along well. Unexpected and a jaw dropping experience of color, light and music.
We'll continue on to castle-topped Chinon, where we'll have dinner together and sleep (2 nights). You'll be free for the rest of the day and evening to explore the town's ancient streets, tour the medieval castle, or sample the local wines. We'll have a countryside picnic en route, then stop for a thought-provoking walk through the WWII martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane — frozen in time as a memorial since June 10, 1944, when its unarmed residents were senselessly gunned down by German troops. Today begins with a chance to appreciate some of Europe's oldest art: the 13,000-year-old drawings of Rouffignac Cave. After a walking tour of Carcassonne's fortified old town — . Then we'll devote our afternoon to visiting the majestic, astonishingly well-preserved Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard.
Our day will end with dinner together in the quintessential market town of Sarlat, where we'll sleep (3 nights). We'll hop aboard a subterranean train to marvel at engravings and drawings depicting bison, horses, woolly rhinoceros, and…mammoths. You'll have the entire day to savor the colorful weekly market in one of France's most pedestrian-friendly towns. This engineering marvel helped supply millions of gallons of fresh water daily to one of the largest cities in Roman Gaul — 20 centuries ago!
The art by Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo with music ranging from classical to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was a once in a lifetime sensory experience that I'll never forget." My overall tour experience was everything and more than I expected. "Bosch Brueghel Arcimboldo - a beautiful, enchanted theater in the underground galleries of the quarry in Baux-de-Provence. All the hotels were fine, but the ones I loved were the historic - and inevitably quirky - ones.
With paintings and music, this was truly an unusual work of art. Food was fabulous, Patrick outstanding, our bus driver always cheerful and expert at negotiating the narrow roads and sharp corners. "My absolutely perfect day was in the Dordogne region.
Beside the wonderful experience at the cathedral of course. " This was our third Rick Steves tour, and it was our favorite. There were no grumps and everyone was friendly and fun to be with.
Everyday we understood what to expect for the day and what we should be planning for.
We had a great group of fellow travelers, many who had been on these tours multiple times.
Great as these sights are, they're just the lyrics — the culture of France provides the melody you'll never forget. Then we'll be treated to a scholar's tour of the famed cathedral of Chartres.
Join us for Loire to the South of France in 13 Days. Then we'll take an orientation walk through our neighborhood, followed by time to get acquainted over dinner together. One of the most impressive structures in all of Europe, it is also home to some of the world's finest medieval stained glass, and the veil of Mary. This morning we'll say to Chartres and drive south to the Loire Valley, the land of a thousand châteaux.