The Magical French Riviera
Departing 14 September 2019

With its sunny climate and fabulous scenery, the French Riviera is a byword for style and sophistication – conjuring up images of glamorous resorts, enticing blue sea and famous film festivals. Faded elegant mansions line the beautiful coastline and beautiful villas blend effortlessly with quaint fishing villages and harbour towns.

Departing 14 September 2019

7 nights

£929 per person 

Price includes:

  • Return flights from Belfast International to Nice with easyJet
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • 1 piece of checked in 23kg luggage
  • 7 nights accommodation in the 4* Van der Valk Saint Aygulf Hotel
  • French style breakfast and 3 course meals
  • 3 full day tours exploring the region
  • Services of an experienced tour manager

Optional extra

Single room supplement – £175 per person

Flight times (correct at the time of publication)

Belfast – Nice 10.00am – 1.35pm

Nice – Belfast 2.05pm – 3.45pm

Itinerary

SATURDAY:
On arrival at Belfast International Airport, please make your way to the Easyjet check- in area to meet your Tour Managers, collect your boarding passes and your tour manager will help assist with check-in.  Once checked-in and recieved your boarding passes proceed through security to your departure gate.  Once onboard, sit back and relax for the flight to Nice.   On arrival, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel with the rest of the day free to relax.

SUNDAY:
After breakfast you are free to explore Saint Aygulf at leisure.  Take a stroll through the town or sit back and relax in the hotel’s beach club with specular views across the bay of Frejus and Saint Raphael.

MONDAY:
After breakfast (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager), depart to visit the tiny principality of Monaco.  Hob nob with the rich and famous and have your picture taken at the Royal Palace – former home of Princess Grace.  You may want to wander the grand prix track or stroll down to the harbour and mix with the millionaires and their superyachts.  Later you will meet your coach (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager) and make your way to your hotel.

TUESDAY:
Today is a free for you to relax around the pool, or a chance to browse the shops in the resort.  The choice is yours.

WEDNESDAY:
After breakfast (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager), depart for Saint Tropez – driving along the coast until we reach the town made famous with the arrival of Brigitte Bardot.  Home to celebrities and millionaires, the once fishing village offers amaze of rambling old lanes in the heart of the old town lined with brightly coloured ochre housed.  Later in the day we visit Port Grimaud, built in true Provencal style around quaint narrow streets and pretty canals before meeting your coach (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager) and make your way to your hotel.

THURSDAY:
A free day today.  Relax and explore at leisure.  You may decide to take the local bus into Frejus – a town steeped in roman history.

FRIDAY:
After breakfast (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager), travel into the beautiful countryside.  Drive through the deepest and widest canyon in Europe, the Gorges du Verdon, from Castellane, nestling deep at the bottom of the canyon, pass the lovely 15th century village of Moustier Saint Marie and Draguignan with its labyrinth of narrow street and quirky squares and fountains. Later you will meet your coach (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager) and make your way to your hotel.

SATURDAY:
This morning after breakfast and checking out, you will meet your coach (departure time will be confirmed by your tour manager) and travel to Nice Airport for your return flight home to Belfast.

Offer updated 17/4/19 tsa-tvs

The Great War Remembered
Departing 24th May & 4th October 2019

Tour Details
The largest battle of the Western Front where over one million soldiers were wounded or made the ultimate sacrifice in 1916. We visit the key sites, locations, memorials and cemeteries of the battlefields. We uncover fascinating insights and stories on this moving tour of remembrance in the company of our local expert historian.

Departing Fridays 24th May & 4th October 2019
5 days
£639 per person sharing

Price includes:
Return flights from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow with Aer Lingus
Airport taxes and security charges
1 piece of checked 20kg baggage
Executive coaching for the duration of your tour
Cross channel ferry, Dover – Calais
4 nights’ accommodation in 3* Ibis Arras Centre les Places
Buffet breakfast
Visits and entrances to the museums and places of interest as described
Services of an accompanying experienced tour manager

Supplements:

Single Supplement – £188 per person

Flight times (correct at time of print) Outward: 8:45 am – arrive 10:15 am Return: 7:20 pm – arrive 8:40 pm 

A valid EU member state passport is required for this tour

Offer updated 27/12/18 tsa-tvs

Timeless Provence

2019 Departures from Dublin 
14 May 19  from  £1059 - £1529pp
19 Sept 19  from   £1109 - £1479pp

Striking natural beauty, immortalised by Van Gogh and Cezanne, home of the Papacy and capital of Roman Gaul. Provence evokes an ambience of provincial France at its finest. Of all the regions of France, Provence is the most irresistible. The borders are defined by nature: to the west, the River Rhône; the south, the Mediterranean; the east, the Alps; and to the north, where the olive trees end. It is a land of striking natural beauty and great diversity - from sun baked plains with fields of lavender, interspaced with vineyards and olive groves, crowned in the distance by the hills of the Luberon and the azure blue sky. The deep valleys are the home of vast oak and pine forests giving that unmistakable Mediterranean aroma to the air.

The desolate wilderness of the Camargue is fascinating, with its white horses galloping across flat wetlands, herds of black bulls and striking flocks of pink flamingos, which appear to fly and land in perfect formation!

The towns are a delight and so distinctive - perhaps the most famous being Aix en Provence – its old quarter is street upon colourful street of traditional shops with quiet and hidden squares, complete with the soft murmur of ancient fountains giving an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. It has vibrant, colourful markets and crowded café terraces nestling under the shade of countless plane trees. The majestic Mont St. Victoire, so immortalised by Cézanne, towers over all: Paris-like in stature and style, yet village-like in gentility, pace and ambience.

So, for a unique blend of interesting and superb monuments, fine food, culture and most of all, some outstanding scenery, come with us and see . . .

Highlights 

  • Tour of colourful Cassis and including a boat trip to see the stunning Calanques or limestone cliffs
  • Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, Provence’s former stylish capital
  • Visit to Avignon – home of the Pope’s Palace and almost mythical bridge
  • Walking tour of Arles, capital of Roman Gaul, with an iconic amphitheatre and immortalised by Van Gogh
  • Visit the Camargue, the unique wetland region famous for its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos and enjoy a boat trip through the Carmague delta
  • Tour of the Luberon Hills and it’s timeless Provençal villages so vividly described in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’
  • Visit to the Pont du Gard, one of the ancient Romans’ largest aqueducts
  • Escorted by one of our experienced tour managers
  • Seven nights at a choice of hotels rated four to five-star, with breakfast, two dinners in hotels plus two dinners in excellent restaurants experiencing the fine and typical Provençale cuisine
  • Return scheduled flights from Dublin 

Prices updated 10/11/18 tsa/riv

 

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