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La Grande France

Solos Mix 45 Years & Over
Wednesday 2 May - Thursday 17 May 2018


Trip Month May 2018
Duration: 17 days
Status: Early bird offer
Destinations: Paris, Loire Valley, Sarlat La Caneda, Couiz, Avignon, Nice
Trip Style: Tour
Accommodation: Quality hotels
Prices: From $9291 for a single room (Valid for early bird offer till 31 October 2017)
Transport: Private coach,Cruise
Pace: 2
an easy pace, some free time and a mix of faster paced & slower paced days
Group Size: maximum 28
Trip Code: france18-5

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Starting in the flamboyant and historic city of Paris, this journey will take you through five of France’s most seductive regions. 

Starting out from Paris travel to the Loire Valley and stay amongst the glorious ‘chateaux’, while visiting Chambord, Chenonceau, some of the incredible gardens of the valley and exploring Amboise and Chinon.

From the Loire Valley continue to the glorious region of Dordogne, cruise on the river Dordogne and relax with your three night stay in the perfectly preserved Sarlat-la-Caneda.  Your wonderful discovery carries onto the south to the land of the Cathars in the Languedoc Roussillon with a superb countryside stay.

Then onto the ancient and beautiful Provence and to the stunning Côte d’Azur winding up in the quintessential French coastal city of Nice where you visit Cannes, and of course Monte Carlo.

For an indepth, scenic and fabulously paced discovery of France, this tour offers all the highlights, whilst benefiting from a smaller group experience, perfectly suited to solo travellers. 



  • 15 nights specially selected hotel accommodation on tour
  • 1 night pre tour hotel stay (1 May 2018)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 11 dinners
  • Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
  • Welcome drink, Loire Valley
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • All tips for your tour manager, driver and local guides
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described, including the special highlights; Barge cruise Dordogne, Cruise Canal du Midi, Cruise Calanques, Villa Ephrussi afternoon tea
  • Fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • Travel App and ‘On Tour’ Travel Map
  • Memories photobook


Take advantage of great savings when you choose to share a room. Our roommate matching option means you can take advantage of the twin share room rate.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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