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Christmas 2010 Travelling by Rail to France or Italy Your carriage awaits...


A Continental Christmas by Rail 2010 Your Carriage Awaits. . .

The Train Journey All tours commence with Eurostar’s superb service from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International, connecting with the European

Contents France 5 Nights Alsace

4

Paris

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rail network in Lille, Brussels or Paris (where a coach connection is provided as necessary). There are two classes to choose from:

Standard Class I am delighted to welcome you to our 2010

Equivalent to UK standard class inter-city

Christmas brochure, which features a

trains, with 4 seats across the carriage. On

wonderful range of destinations all using the

both Eurostar and TGV/French railways a

Eurostar to Paris or Lille and onwards by

buffet car is available selling drinks, small

continental railways to a superb selection of

meals and snacks.

destinations throughout France and Italy.

First class (Standard Premier)

For 2010 we have extended most tours to last 7 nights, allowing more time to enjoy the local festive atmosphere, slow down the touring programme and allow more time in each destination during the shortened winter days. We feel that this improves the pace of the tours as well as offering excellent value for money.

France 7 Nights Lake Annecy

12

Dordogne

16

Languedoc-Roussillon

20

Provence

24

The Savoie

28

provides drink and a light meal option served

Southern Provence & the Cote d’Azur

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at your table.

Italy 9 Nights

The benefit of travelling first class is two-fold. Firstly, seats are arranged with 3 across the carriage and additionally, the Eurostar service

Please Note: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying luggage onto and

Lake Garda

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off the train. Luggage can be stored overhead

New for 2010 is a lovely trip to the pretty town

or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are

of Salo on Lake Garda, travelling in two-berth

available at St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, but bags

cabins overnight from Paris to Brescia, staying

do need to be carried onto the platform.

at the delightful, family-owned Gambero Hotel,

Train Timings

located just 50 metres from the lake. Christmas

Where possible - particularly on the longer-

is a wonderful time to visit Italy and Salo has

duration tours - we are scheduling departures

an atmospheric Christmas market and a great

to leave St Pancras as late as feasible to enable

festive atmosphere.

travel from further afield without having to overnight in London. Schedules for

All our tours offer excellent local cuisine – these are not designed to replicate a British Christmas - and are fully escorted by one of our excellent tour managers to ensure you get the

December are still not finalised however, so all timings should be regarded as provisional and may change significantly from those shown.

most from your stay. 2

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Alsace ~ Strasbourg, Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Staying in central Strasbourg at the luxurious and atmospheric 4-star Cour du Corbeau Hotel ~ Departs 23rd December 2010 - 6 days from £799

Day by day itinerary: December 23 Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and and onwards to Strasbourg by TGV ST PANCRAS / PARIS DEP 08.02 / ARR 11.17 PARIS / STRASBOURG DEP 12.24 / ARR 14.43 NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take an earlier train to Paris and wait for the arrival of the main party. EBBSFLEET / PARIS DEP 07.45 / ARR 10.56 On arrival transfer by coach under tour manager’s direction to hotel for check in for 5Little known in Britain, the Alsace region

night stay on room and buffet breakfast basis

has a wealth of interest - from beautiful scenery to fascinating medieval towns and cities, and a superb regional cuisine.

December 24

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Alsace with several towns hosting

Riquewihr

masterpiece, the Issenheim Altarpiece, is

atmosphere. Highlights of the itinerary

Full day tour to Colmar, Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé

include Strasbourg itself, relatively

Less than an hour and 74 km from Strasbourg

Dating from 1049,nearby Riquewihr owes its

unknown but one of France’s most

Colmar is the town that quintessentially

considerable prosperity to the wine industry

beautiful cities, Colmar, Riquewihr,

captures the character of Alsace with its

and boasts a wealth of sumptuous houses and

Ribeauvillé, Heidelberg and Baden-Baden.

immaculately preserved town centre that

public buildings. Highlights include the Gothic

boasts high-gabled timber framed houses that

Church of Our Lady, the Dolder tower and

front the charming streets and squares.

Porte Superieure. 3km away, at the foot of the

Outstanding are the galleried Old Customs

famous castles of Gursberg and Haut

House, the Maison Pfister adorned with frescos

Ribeaupierre, Ribeauvillé is distinctive for its

and medallions and Colmar’s own “Little

impressive Butchers Tower.

Christmas markets and exuding a festive

displayed; the Dominican Church and Collegiate Church of St. Martin.

Venice”, the picturesque Krutenau district. Strasbourg 4

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Other highlights include the Musée

Christmas Eve festive dinner at a local

d’Unterlinden where Grunewald’s

restaurant within a short walk of the hotel.

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“Tour guide very sociable and friendly, sensitive to feedback from members of the party”. Christmas 2009

Strasbourg


December 25

Dominated by the Castle, it is a city with a rich

Hotel Cour du Corbeau, Strasbourg

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

literary and musical history. Highlights include

One of the big attractions of this tour is our

the castle, university, Kurpfalzisches Museum,

base, the wonderfully atmospheric 4* Cour du

Strasbourg

St. Peters Church, Rathaus and, for a superb

Corbeau Hotel in the heart of Strasbourg.

A full day free to explore the beautiful city of

view of the

Recently converted from a 16th century half-

Strasbourg, perfect for a pre or post Christmas

city, the Konigstuhl funicular. Return to the

timbered coaching inn - that has hosted royalty

lunch walk. Lunch is included at the

hotel early evening.

through the ages - into a beautiful new hotel.

atmospheric Maison Kemmerzell, housed in an

Facilities here include bar, lounge areas and

historic building dating back to 1427 in the

beautifully decorated rooms with private

shadow of the Cathedral just a short walk from

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bath/shower, TV, telephone and minibar. Many

the hotel and serving high quality local cuisine

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

are situated on the first floor with a terrace

under the direction of head chef, Guy-Pierre

overlooking the medieval courtyard. The hotel

Hotel.

Morning free in Strasbourg before transferring

The stunning city of Strasbourg is (in)famous

to station to board TGV from Strasbourg to Paris

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

traffic so is very quiet, yet a 50-yard stroll takes

as the headquarters of the European

and onwards to Ebbsfleet / St Pancras

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you to the main river and the bustling heart of

Parliament but is also a wonderful medieval

STRASBOURG / PARIS

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

the city – the magnificent Cathedral is about 5

DEP 12.13 / ARR 14.34

to Paris and and onwards to Strasbourg by TGV.

minutes’ walk from the hotel. The hotel does

PARIS / EBBSFLEET / ST PANCRAS

On arrival transfer by coach to hotel

not have a restaurant so meals are to be taken

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at two delightful restaurants close to the hotel.

Full day tour to Colmar, Riquewihr and

For more details please visit

Ribeauvillé. Christmas Eve dinner at local

www.cour-corbeau.com

city. Highlights include the towering Gothic

Baden Baden

cathedral, known as “the great pink angel” that also boasts a 19th century Astronomical Clock that draws the crowds for its midday

December 26 Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

performance, Chateau Rohan, the delightful “Petit France” district – the oldest part of the city dating from the 1100’s, Rhine Palace, the Palais de l’Europe and lovely cobbled squares flanked with timber-framed houses.

Baden Baden Just 65km from Strasbourg across the border

December 27 Buffet breakfast at the hotel

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restaurant • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager

to station to board TGV from Strasbourg to Paris

• Tour manager throughout

and onwards to Ebbsfleet / St Pancras

Not included in the price:

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2009

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

“The stay in Strasbourg was most enjoyable and well

• Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on

• Single room supplement (£325.00)

Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

Heidelberg

organised”

Another excursion into Germany (138km from

“Accommodation – outstanding”

• Meals other than those stated

Strasbourg) and fully deserving of the full day

“Tour manager / guide – Bernard – was brilliant”

• Items of a personal nature such as

allocated to it, Heidelberg is one of the most

“Thoroughly enjoyable – would definitely recommend

important university cities in Europe and one

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• 5 nights accomodation in standard

• Christmas Day festive lunch at local

Morning free in Strasbourg before transferring

more unhurried, leisured age.

transfer in Paris

at local restaurant

December 28

delightful place that retains the feeling of a

Strasbourg via Paris including coach

• Christmas Eve 4-course festive dinner

Full day tour to Heidelberg

the most beautiful in the world. It is a

TGV from St Pancras/Ebbsfleet to

at the 4-star Cour de Corbeau Hotel

December 27

architecture, and a casino that is claimed as

• Return standard class Eurostar and

room on bed and buffet breakfast basis

Morning tour to Baden Baden

Germany with splendid Belle Epoque

Included in the price:

December 25 December 26

town, and since the 19th century has been

Departs 23rd December 2010 6 days from £799

restaurant Day free with Christmas Day lunch

into Germany, Baden Baden is an elegant spa one of the most fashionable resorts in

Christmas Market

is situated in a tiny street with no through

of Germany’s most beautiful destinations. tours@traveleditions.co.uk

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• Porterage and gratuities

to friends”

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drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

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Paris ~ Secret Paris on Foot at Christmas Exploring hidden Paris in small groups ~ Departs 23rd December 2010 - 6 days from £799

Day by day itinerary:

meeting at the exit of metro station Abbesses

December 23

(line 12). Your informed guide will take you

Travel from St Pancras International or

on a picturesque route through one of the

Ebbsfleet to Paris

city's most beautiful and atmospheric districts.

ST PANCRAS / EBBSFLEET /PARIS

You will see the vineyard, old, old cobbled

DEP 12.29 / 12.45 / ARR 15.50

streets, artists’ studios, where Renoir, Lautrec

On arrival transfer by coach to your hotel for

and Van Gogh painted, quiet gardens, the

check in for five-night stay on bed and

oldest cabaret in Paris, the lively Place du

breakfast basis. Remainder of day free to

Tertre, the famous Sacré Coeur church and a

settle in and to enjoy the delights of Paris.

wonderful view over the city. Stories of famous and not-so-famous past residents abound and bring to life an era of almost

December 24

unsurpassed artistic endeavour during Paris’

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Bohemian heyday.

The first of three included walking tours today

Afternoon free before Christmas Eve dinner at

starting with the village of Montmartre,

the hotel.

Paris has a wonderful atmosphere at Christmas with stylish Christmas decorations enhancing its beauty. Our tour is based in the "très Parisian" 17th arondissement at the stylish 4-star Ampère Hotel just north of the Arc de Triomphe. As well as allowing plenty of time for personal exploration, our tour includes three fascinating local walks, a festive meal programme and is fully escorted. Each walk is restricted to a maximum of 25 people and the content is detailed below. These offer three contrasting views of the city, often away from the main tourist routes and include wonderful anecdotes to truly bring the city’s history alive.

Montmatre 8

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“The tour manager, Geraldine, was exceptional - everything above and beyond the call of duty”. 2009


December 27

Ampere Hotel, Paris

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

The 4-star Ampère Hotel is located in the chic 17th district (nearest metro Pereire) close to the

The Two Islands

Arc de Triomphe (approx 15-20 minutes on

The last of our walks (starting from Pont Marie

foot) and the Champs Elysées and offers a

metro station – Line 7) takes us to the very

haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of

origins of the city. “The Two Islands“ is a

the hustle and bustle of Paris. The hotel has a

walk designed to enjoy the essence of Paris on

stylish restaurant, bar and very comfortable,

the two islands. We start with the magical Ile

well-appointed bedrooms with private

St Louis, with its elegant architecture and

bathrooms, minibar, satellite TV, wifi and safe.

aristocratic inhabitants. This island was a

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favourite with the lost generation of the 1920s,

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

who savoured its old world charm. We also

December 23

look at the architecture and sculptures of

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

Notre Dame Cathedral, the remains of the

to Paris and transfer by coach to hotel

street plan of the medieval city under your

December 24

very feet and the history of the Ile de la Cité,

Late

where Paris was first founded. We explore the

Montmartre. Festive Christmas Eve dinner at

old streets and hear how Paris developed into

hotel/local restaurant

the majestic city of today.

December 25

Morning

(10am)

walking

tour

www.parishotelampere.com

of

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December 26

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Festive Christmas Day dinner

• 5 nights’ accommodation on bed and

December 28

breakfast basis at the 4-star Ampere

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

Late morning (10.00am) walking tour of Le

Hotel

Marais

• Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Day free until transfer by coach to Paris Gare

December 27

du Nord for return train to Ebbsfleet or St

Late Morning (10am) walking tour of the Ile de

Pancras

la Cité

PARIS / EBBSFLEET / ST PANCRAS

December 28

16.13 / 17.18 / 17.34

Transfer to Paris Gare du Nord for return train to

• 3 guided walks

Ebbsfleet or St Pancras

• Tour manager throughout

festive dinners

Le Marais

A full day free to explore the beautifully-

The second of your included walks today as you

decorated streets of Paris.

head to perhaps Paris’s most beautiful area, Le

Alternatively, Paris Walks will be offering their

Marais (meeting point St Paul Line 1) for a

traditional Christmas Day guided walk of the

fascinating, informative and entertaining guided

Latin Quarter (open to the general public and

walk. “Le Marais - Saints and Sinners.” The

not exclusive to Travel Editions). Meet outside

most beautifully preserved quarter of the city,

Café Le Metro at metro station Maubert

Le Marais offers you the chance to discover

Mutualité (line 10) at 14.30. (The cost of this

medieval houses, atmospheric old streets,

walk will be about €12 per person payable

beautiful classical architecture, two lovely

directly to the walking guide, there is no need

churches, the antiques shops in the Village St

to book in .advance). Tour content may be

Paul, and the Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest

amended nearer the time.

square. A host of colourful characters lived here

“Very much enjoyed the tour and made some new

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2008 and 2009 “An enjoyable visit to Paris. Tour manager and guided walks were excellent”

including dissolute duchesses and aristocratic poisoners, whose stories will be relayed on this

I wold like to say how much I enjoyed my trip to Paris

local restaurant.

superb walk. The balance of the day is free for

at Christmas……the programme of walking tours

further personal exploration.

was excellent” www.traveleditions.co.uk

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Not included in the price: • Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person) • Single room supplement (£315.00) • Standard premier upgrade on Eurostar. Cost is £140 per person

Festive Christmas Day dinner at the hotel or

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• Return station transfers in Paris • 3 day metro pass

friends”

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Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris

December 26

Latin Quarter (optional)

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Included in the price: • Return standard class Eurostar from St

Afternoon optional Latin Quarter walking tour. Latin Quarter

Departs 23rd December 2010 6 days from £799

• Meals other than those stated • Items of a personal nature such as

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Lake Annecy Staying at the lakeside Les Grillons Hotel in Talloires ~ Departs 21st December 2010 - 8 days from £849

“Hotel and food excellent – couldn’t have been bettered!! Tour manager looked after us very well.” 2009

Lake Annecy is one of the most beautiful areas of France and our short Christmas tour features the lovely town of Annecy itself, majestic Mont Blanc and Chamonix, Lake Geneva, the spa town of Evian, delightful Yvoire and the UN city of Geneva. This tour is based at the delightful, family-owned 3-star Les Grillons Hotel, situated with mountain and lake views on the edge of the village of Talloires about 10km from the town of Annecy. Dinner is included every night in the hotel’s cosy restaurant with open fires and excellent hearty cuisine.

Annecy

Day by day itinerary:

December 22

December 21

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Annecy by

Annecy & Lake Annecy

TGV.

One of the largest lakes in France, Lake Annecy

ST PANCRAS / PARIS

is surrounded by glorious mountain scenery

DEP 10.25 / ARR 13.47

and attractive towns and villages, including our

PARIS / ANNECY

base, the pretty village of Talloires famed for its

16.50 / 20.32

gourmet restaurants including the Michelinstarred Père Bise.

NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take an

The town of Annecy is one of the most

earlier train to Paris and wait for the arrival of

attractive and charming towns in the Alps, set

the main party

at the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy and

EBBSFLEET / PARIS

surrounded by mountains. Its small medieval

DEP 09.12 / ARR 12.17

quarter is laced with canals, bridges and arcaded streets. Perfect for leisurely and relaxing

On arrival transfer to hotel for check in for 7-

browsing, there are nonetheless some major

night stay on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

sights - the formidable 12th Century Palais de

Late dinner at the hotel.

l’Isle and the turreted Chateau d’Annecy.

Lake Annecy 12

Lake Geneva

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Chamonix

December 25

century and 17th century country house, Les

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Charmettes, once home to the philosopher

December 21

Rousseau. Aix-les-Bains is a gracious spa

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

Departs 21st December 2010 8 days from £849

Full day free with Christmas lunch and

town on Lac du Bourget, famed for its

to Paris and onwards to Annecy by TGV.

Included in the price:

dinner. A lovely lakeside walk with glorious

thermal baths and Faure Museum housing a

On arrival transfer by coach to hotel for check in

collection of Impressionist paintings and

• Return standard class Eurostar / TGV

lake and mountain scenery is sure to build up

for 7-night stay.

Rodin statues.

from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to

an appetite and/or aid digestion!

December 22

Annecy via Paris including coach

Full day Annecy and lake

transfer in Paris

Dinner at the hotel.

December 23

December 26

Full day tour to Chamonix

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

December 24

• 7-nights’ accommodation on half board basis at the Les Grillons Hotel, Talloires

December 28

Morning tour to Geneva

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

December 25

• Christmas Eve 4-course dinner

December 23

Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and Route des Grandes Alpes

Full day free

• Christmas Day 4-course lunch and

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Stirring scenery and the gentle climate have

Travel by TGV from Annecy to Paris and

December 26

made the shores of Lac Léman a popular

onwards by Eurostar

Full day tour to Lake Geneva via Routes des

Chamonix and Mont Blanc

resort area since the first spas were built at

ANNECY / PARIS

Grandes Alpes including Evian and Yvoire

At the foot of Europe’s highest peak lies the

Evian in 1839. Highlights of this varied day

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December 27

attractive resort town of Chamonix.

include the pretty medieval walled fishing

PARIS / ST PANCRAS

Full day tour to Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains

Wonderful alpine views are possible from the

port of Yvoire with its massive 14th century

DEP. 15.07 / ARR. 16.36

December 28

Aiguille du Midi cable car - the highest cable

castle and Evian (home to the famous

NB: Return train does not stop at Ebbsfleet – Ebbsfleet

Travel by TGV from Annecy to Paris and

car in Europe - which takes you close to the

mineral water) with its tree-lined lakeside

passengers will need to board later return train.

onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras

peak of Mont Blanc.

promenade. Our route takes us through

PARIS / EBBSFLEET

wonderful mountain scenery (weather and

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light dinner • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager • Tour manager throughout

Not included in the price: • Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person) • Single room supplement (£147.00) • Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on

road conditions permitting) via the ancient

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2009

December 24

ruined abbey at St Jean d’Aulps and the

“Les Grillons was truly excellent. Nothing was any

• Meals other than those stated

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

bustling ski town of Morzine – perfect for a

trouble and the staff were hard-working and ever-

• Items of a personal nature such as

hot chocolate!

present”

Geneva

drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

“In your tour manager Steve – you have a real star”

Geneva is one of the most international cities

Dinner at the hotel.

Travel Editions. We cannot praise enough the welcome

of the United Nations, International Red Cross

we received in the hotel”

and World Health Organisation. More than

December 27

200 international organisations are based here

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

and one in three residents are non-Swiss.

Hotel Les Grillons

Sights include the world’s tallest fountain, the

Chambéry and Aix-les-Bains

jet d’eau, 16th century St. Peter’s Cathedral,

Once the capital of Savoy, the dignified town

UN Building and excellent museums such as

of Chambéry has a distinctly Italianate feel

the Museum of Modern and Contemporary

that betrays its history as part of Italy.

Art, Museum of Art and History, International

Highlights here include its much-loved and

Motor Car Museum and Voltaire Museum.

extravagant Fontaine des Eléphants, Chateau

Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.

of the Dukes of Savoy dating back to the 14th

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• Porterage and gratuities

“We had a wonderful holiday – the best ever with

in the world, being the European headquarters

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Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

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This charming 3-star hotel is located on the edge of Lake Annecy (many rooms have lake view) about 15 minutes’ walk from the pretty village of Talloires. Facilities include extensive grounds, bar, restaurant and comfortable rooms with all modern amenities. (There is no lift). Accommodation here is on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. For more details please visit Fontaine des Elephants, Chambéry www.traveleditions.co.uk

Annecy Reservations: 020 7251 0045

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“Very impressed with this tour and will not hesitate to use Travel Editions for future holidays.”

Dordogne On Half Board basis at the delightful Le Soleil d’Or Hote ~ Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £849

Day by day itinerary:

December 24

December 22

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras / Ebbsfleet to Paris to Paris and onwards to Limoges by

Prehistoric Man

SNCF fast train

Our theme today is prehistoric man from our

ST PANCRAS / PARIS

base in Montignac as we visit Lascaux II and

DEP 08.02 / ARR 11.17

Les Eyzies. The Dordogne area boasts a wealth

PARIS LIMOGES

of sites occupied thousands of years ago by our

DEP 12.56 / ARR 16.10

distant ancestors. The most famous site of all are the paintings at Lascaux (now closed),

NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take an earlier

which were discovered in the 1950s by three

train to Paris and wait for the arrival of the

boys out playing in the woods. To preserve the

main party

originals, they have been beautifully replicated

EBBSFLEET / PARIS

at Lascaux II, which offers a fascinating and

DEP 07.45 / ARR 10.56

beautiful glimpse into prehistoric times. We also visit Les Eyzies, considered to be the capital

On arrival transfer by coach under tour Probably the most beautiful river in

manager’s direction to Montignac for check in

France, the Dordogne winds majestically

for 7-night stay on dinner, bed and breakfast

through a magnificent tableau of

basis.

of pre-historic Dordogne. Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.

medieval hill villages, craggy hillsides, vineyards and towns full of character. Our tour takes you to some of the

December 23

highlights of this delightful region

Breakfast at the hotel.

including Sarlat, Rocamadour, Beynac, the replica Lascaux II prehistoric caves

Sarlat

and much more.

The beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canèda boasts

The tour is based in the centre of the

a wealth of medieval, Renaissance and 17th

pretty riverside town of Montignac,

Century buildings almost without equal in the

ideally situated for exploring the sights of

whole of France and has been protected by

this region and perfect for a pre- or post

law since 1962.

dinner stroll along the river to a typical

Highlights include the Cathedral St. Sacerdos,

local café or bar. The excellent local

Chapelle des Penitents Bleus, and Bishop’s

cuisine is a feature of this tour, with

Palace, but the real attraction here is to

dinner included daily in the hotel's

wander the immaculate streets at leisure.

charming restaurant. Sarlat 16

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Rocamadour


December 28

Le Soleil d’Or Hotel

Breakfast at the hotel

Our delightful base on this tour is the charming, friendly 3-star Le Soleil d’Or Hotel,

Rocamadour

located on the banks of the Vezère in the heart

A relaxed and leisurely day today with return to the hotel in good time to allow time for

Domme

of the attractive town of Montignac. Facilities

Périgueux Market

here include lovely gardens, excellent

packing and a final look around Montignac.

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

restaurant, bar, riverside terrace and

One of the most important centres of

December 22

comfortable bedrooms with private bath or

pilgrimage after the discovery in 1166 of an

Travel by Eurostar and SNCF from St Pancras /

shower, TV and telephone. A 3- course dinner

ancient cave containing the undecayed body of

Ebbsfleet to Limoges. On arrival transfer by

is included each evening. For more details

St. Amadour, the spectacular situation of

coach to hotel for 7-night stay on dinner, bed

please visit www.le-soleil-dor.com

Rocamadour on a rock above the Alzou Valley

and breakfast basis

commanding wonderful views has ensured its

December 23

continued popularity with tourists. Highlights

Full day tour to Sarlat

of this iconic and impressive site include the

December 24

picturesque pedestrianised town leading up to

Mornign and early afternoon tour to Lascaux II

the compex of religious buildings including the

and Les Eyzies. Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel

Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £849

Basilica of St-Sauveur, the Stations of the

December 25

Cross, the Chapel of Notre-Dame (Miracles)

Included in the price:

Day free with lunch and dinner at hotel

and the tomb of St Amadour.

December 26

La Roque-Gageac

• Return Eurostar and SNCF from St

December 25

Gageac and the beautiful medieval fortified

Full day tour to Beynac, La Roque-Gageac &

Breakfast at the hotel.

town of Domme that offers a wonderful

Domme

panorama of the Dordogne river. Breakfast at the hotel. Day free in Montignac

December 29

December 27

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day tour to to Bergerac, Monbazillac &

Paris including coach transfers in Paris • 7 nights accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the 3-star Le Soleil d’Or Hotel in Montignac

Périgueux

with lunch and dinner at hotel. The hotel is

Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Limoges via

situated on the banks of the Vezere river which

December 27

Transfer by coach to Limoges for return SNCF

December 28

offers lovely riverside walks to work off the

Breakfast at the hotel.

train to Paris and onwards to Ebbsfleet and St

Full day tour to Rocamadour

Pancras

December 29

Bergerac, Monbazillac & Périgueux

LIMOGES / PARIS

Transfer to Limoges for SNCF and Eurostar back

The lively and attractive market town of

DEP. 10.32 / ARR. 13.35

to Ebbsfleet / St Pancras.

Bergerac is a delightful place to explore with

PARIS / EBBSFLEET / ST PANCRAS

• Tour manager throughout

December 26 Breakfast at the hotel.

excellent shops, restaurants, and fascinating

DEP. 16.13 / ARR. 17.18 / 17.34

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2008

Not included in the price:

Christmas excesses!

tobacco museum. Nearby is Chateau

Beynac, La Roque-Gageac & Domme

best wine, including a famous dessert wine of

Probably the most spectacular and memorable

the same name.

of the fortresses along the Dordogne, Beynac’s

The ancient and gastronomic city of Périgueux

14th Century fortress towers above a village

is well worth exploring with lots to see,

that clings to a sheer cliff overlooking a

• Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch and dinner • Transfers and full coach touring

“Another excellent Travel Editions’ holiday. Our tour

Monbazillac that produces some of the area’s

itinerary conducted by tour manager

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

guide, Sandra, was exceptional at all times and if there

• Single room supplement (£175.00)

was a column above excellent I would have ticked it!

• Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on

Many thanks for a truly wonderful holiday. We’ll be

Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

back!!”

• Meals other than those stated

including the Cathedral St Front, the cathedral

“I enjoyed the tour very much and appreciated the

• Items of a personal nature such as

beautiful stretch of the Dordogne. This lovely

quarter of medieval streets and the Musée de

care and interest of our tour manager”

day exploring the Dordogne also takes us to

Périgord that houses a comprehensive

the gorgeous riverside village of La Roque18

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collection of prehistoric artefacts. tours@traveleditions.co.uk

drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

“Sandra – knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and very Bergerac www.traveleditions.co.uk

• Porterage and gratuities

friendly, comfortable hotel” Reservations: 020 7251 0045

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

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The festive meals were excellent …..all in all, this was one of the best Christmas-time holidays we have had.”. 2009

Languedoc-Roussillon The Hidden South of France ~ Departs 21st December 2010 - 8 days from £849

Day by day itinerary:

enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants

December 21

within a short walk of the hotel which enjoys a

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Lille and

superb central location within walking distance

onwards to Montpellier by TGV

of most of the main sights. There is an excellent

ST PANCRAS / LILLE

Christmas market “Les Hivernales.”

DEP 11.04 / ARR 13.26 LILLE / MONTPELLIER DEP 15.06 / ARR 19.58

December 23 Breakfast at the hotel.

Regrettably due to long wait times Ebbsfleet is not an option for this tour.

Millau Viaduct, St-Guilhem-le-Désert A day of wonderful contrasts today as we see

On arrival transfer (on foot - 100m) under tour

the ultra-modern Millau Viaduct and the

manager’s direction to hotel for check in for 7-

contrasting, quaint, medieval splendour of St-

night stay on bed and breakfast basis. (Please

Guilhem-le-Désert. The newly-opened 1.5 mile

note that the hotel is as close to the hotel as the

Millau Viaduct has been hailed as one of the

coach or taxi parking.)

engineering wonders of the 21st century and it is certainly a spectacular sight. Standing 1,125

The southern region of Languedoc-

feet tall it is the highest bridge in the world,

Roussillon and its capital, Montpellier, is a wonderful Mediterranean escape for a

December 22

taller than the Eiffel Tower and more than 100

memorable Christmas. Highlights of the

Breakfast at the hotel.

metres taller than Canary Wharf. The huge bulk of the 242,000 tonne structure, designed by

tour include the perfectly-preserved medieval citadel town of Carcassonne,

Montpellier

British architect Lord Foster, is belied by its

Millau Viaduct, Narbonne and Aigues-

The capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region,

elegant lines, described by its creator as a

Mortes and the Camargue. Montpellier

Montpellier is an attractive and lively southern

“sculpture in the landscape.” Remotely situated

itself, our base, is a delightful southern

city, and the perfect base for touring this area.

in the Hérault Valley, the stunningly picturesque

city with a lively atmosphere and plenty

The main sights here include the Promenade de

9th century village of St-Guilhem-le-Désert

of bars, cafés and restaurants catering to

Peyrou, a grand 18th century square dominated

grew up around the abbey founded by William

most tastes and budgets.

by the Chateau d’Eau; old town lined with 17th

of Aquitaine. It is dominated by the strikingly

century mansions including the Hotel des

simple Romanesque Abbey church, famed for its

Trésoriers de la Bourse; 12th century Towers de

possession of a fragment of the True Cross.

la Babote and Des Pins, and Musée Fabre that houses an excellent collection of French paintings. This morning you will enjoy a guided walking tour of this delightful southern city in the morning with the afternoon free for Montpellier 20

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Millau Viaduct www.traveleditions.co.uk

Carcassonne


December 25

Holiday Inn Montpellier-Metropole

Breakfast at the hotel

Located in the centre of the beautiful city of Montpellier and dating from 1898, this

A full day free to relax in the hotel or enjoy the

traditional 4-star hotel offers a high standard of

sights of Montpellier. Dinner is at the elegant

accommodation and service. Facilities here

and impressive Castel Ronceray on the outskirts

include comfortable rooms with private

of Montpellier with return transfers by coach

facilities, bar and belle-epoque-style restaurant

(our 6th year at this excellent restaurant).

“La Closerie” and tranquil enclosed garden. For more details please visit www.holiday-inn.com/montpellier St-Guilhem-le Désert

December 26 Breakfast at the hotel.

Sète Harbour

Carcassonne and Narbonne A delightful full day of touring to work off the

December 24

excesses of Christmas Day today. The citadel of

Breakfast at the hotel.

Carcassonne is a perfectly restored medieval town. Crowning a steep bank overlooking the

Pézenas and Sète

River Aude, it offers a fairytale skyline of turrets

Not quite a full day today as we head to

and ramparts. Dating back in parts to the 5th

Pézenas and Sète with return to the hotel mid-

century, highlights of the fortified old town

afternoon in plenty of time to relax and

include the Chateau Comtal and the Basilica of

prepare for a superb Christmas Eve dinner at a

St-Nazaire which houses the famous Siege Stone,

local restaurant.

Musée Lapidaire and Porte Narbonnaise, the

The charming and compact town of Pézenas is

gateway to the old city, which is almost like

easily appreciated in a gentle stroll that takes

stepping back in time. The charming town of

in most of its (well-indicated) sights, such as

Narbonne is bisected by the 17th century Canal

the Hotel des Barons de Lacoste, Maison des

du Midi, with the restored medieval quarter to

Pauvres and Porte Faugères. The fishing port

the north, where most of the sights are to be

of Sète is very much a working town as well as

found. These include the 13th century Cathédrale

a tourist destination, and its quayside

St-Just et St-Pasteur, Archbishops’ Palace and

restaurants selling fish straight off the

“horreum,” an intriguing underground warren of

boat are as likely to be frequented by sailors as

granaries and grain chutes dating from the 1st

visitors. Sights here include the Grand Canal

century BC when Narbonne was the capital of

lined with Italianate houses decorated in pastel

the largest Roman province in Gaul.

Carcassonne

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

Departs 21st December 2010 8 days from £849

December 21

Aigues-Mortes

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Lille and

December 27

onwards to Montpellier by TGV. Transfer (on foot

Included in the price:

Breakfast at the hotel.

- 100m) to hotel for check in for 7-night stay

• Return standard class Eurostar and

December 22

TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to

Nimes, Aigues-Mortes& the Camargue

Montpellier

Montpellier via Lille

The perfectly preserved walled town of

Millau Viaduct, St-Guilhem-le-Désert

breakfast basis at the 4-star Holiday

Aigues-Mortes (“Place of Dead Waters”) is

December 24

Inn Montpellier-Metropole Hotel,

approached across the salt marshes of the Petit

Pézènas and Sète. Dinner at local restaurant

based on shared occupancy of a twin

Camargue just to the east of Montpellier. Now

December 25

room

marooned 3 miles from the sea the fortified

Day free with dinner at local restaurant

town was established by Louis XI in the 13th

December 26

century to consolidate his power on the

Full day tour to Carcassonne and Narbonne

Mediterranean and was built to a strict grid

December 27

pattern. The Camargue region is a protected

Nimes, Aigues-Mortes and the Camargue

area of outstanding natural beauty and

December 28

numbers wild horses and migrant flamingoes

Transfer (on foot) to station for TGV and Eurostar

amongst the wildlife it accommodates.

to St Pancras

December 23

• 7 nights accommodation on room and

• Christmas Eve four-course dinner at local restaurant • Christmas Day four-course dinner at local restaurant • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager Holiday Inn, Metropole

Not included in the price:

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2009

December 28 Breakfast at the hotel

colours and seafood restaurants and the Marin

• Tour manager throughout

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

“An excellent base hotel with a lovely breakfast and

• Single room supplement (£210.00)

very friendly and informative staff.”

• Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

Cemetery above the town, where poet Paul

Morning transfer (on foot) to station for TGV

“Our guide – Angela – was excellent, lively, helpful,

Valéry is buried.

and Eurostar to St Pancras.

great fun, well-organised and so knowledgeable about

• Meals other than those stated

MONTPELLIER / LILLE

the area. Christmas meals were outstanding”

• Items of a personal nature such as

4-course dinner this evening is at the

DEP 08.24 / ARR 13.29

charming and atmospheric Le Kinoa restaurant in the centre of Montpellier. 22

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LILLE / ST PANCRAS Narbonne

DEP 15.05 / ARR 15.26 tours@traveleditions.co.uk

www.traveleditions.co.uk

drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

“We have travelled with Travel Editions before and there is no reason not to again. Congratulations!!” Reservations: 020 7251 0045

• Porterage and gratuities Holiday Inn, Metropole, Restaurant

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

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“This was another excellent tour with a very good tour leader who knew her stuff, but also a very good mix of people (as usual)”. 2009

Provence Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape~ Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £779

Day by day itinerary:

heart of the city, Place D’Horloge. This morning,

December 22

you will enjoy a guided walking tour with the

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

afternoon free for personal exploration.

to Lille and onwards by TGV to Avignon ST PANCRAS / EBBSFLEET / LILLE DEP 12.57 / 13.15 / ARR 15.24

December 24

LILLE / AVIGNON

Breakfast at the hotel.

DEP 16.06 / ARR 20.10

Uzès and the Pont du Gard On arrival transfer by coach under tour

A leisurely day today with return to the hotel

manager’s direction to hotel for check in for

mid-afternoon to allow plenty of time to rest and

7-night stay on room and breakfast basis.

prepare for our festive Christmas Eve dinner. A charming hilltop town, Uzès’ narrow streets are perfect for strolling, browsing or stopping at

December 23

a leisurely cafe. Sights include the ducal palace

Breakfast at the hotel.

and 12th century Fenestrelle Tower. The threetiered Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct dates

One of the most alluring regions of

Avignon

from around 19 BC and spans the Gard Valley.

France has to be Provence, conjuring up

Your base for 7 nights and the cultural heart of

Amazingly-preserved, this hugely impressive

images, immortalised in countless films

the Provence region, Avignon is a beautiful and

158-foot high structure served as aqueduct and

and books, of sleepy villages, boules,

fascinating city. Surrounded by massive ramparts

general crossing, and is a remarkable symbol of

rustic cuisine and robust wines. This is

the old town is dominated by the immense and

the Romans’ engineering capabilities. Indeed,

only part of the truth. It is also a region

imposing Palais des Papes, headquarters of the

the Romans considered it the best testimony to

that boasts some of the best preserved

Catholic Church from 1309 to 1377. The

the greatness of their Empire and, at 48 metres,

Roman sights in the world, beautiful

building’s heavy fortification reflects the violent

was the highest bridge they ever built.

cities with world class museums, galleries

nature of 14th Century religious life, whilst its

and restaurants, and stunning scenery

luxurious trappings were either looted or

Evening 4-course dinner at atmospheric local

dotted with rich vineyards and fragrant

destroyed during the Revolution of 1789.

restaurant, Le Petit Bedon, a short walk from the

olive and peach groves.

Nonethelesss, there is lots to see here including

hotel, a venue for our Christmas groups for the

the Grand Tinel tapestries, Stag Room, Consistory

past 4 years.

Hall, Benedict XI’s Cloister and Grand Chapel. Elsewhere in the city, major sights include the incomplete Pont St Benezet bridge, partially destroyed by floods in 1668, that lends its name to the famous song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”, Petit Palais, several churches including the Notre Aix-en-Provence 24

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tours@traveleditions.co.uk

Pont du Gard www.traveleditions.co.uk

Avignon


Luberon is one of the most appealing areas of

Rémy. The village is divided into two: the

Your Hotels

Provence with limestone cliffs, river-hewn

bustling, inhabited lower village of elegant

We use two hotels for our Christmas tours,

gorges, rugged peaks and rustic villages, such

Renaissance houses and cobbled streets and

both located within 100 metres of each other in

as the perched village of Gordes with its 16th

the deserted “Ville Morte” above, its ruined

the heart of Avignon.

Century Castle. This is the area that inspired

buildings hardly distinguishable from the limestone crags. Arles is another town with a

The Bristol

strong Roman history, with a well-preserved

This traditional 3-star hotel is located on the

Arena offering lovely views of the town from

tree lined boulevard Cours Jean-Jaurès in the

December 27

its top tier, Constantine Baths and Roman

heart of Avignon within the city walls. Facilities

Breakfast at the hotel

Theatre. Other sights in this beautiful

include cosy bar and double-glazed air-

Provencal town include the lovely 12th

conditioned rooms with private bath/shower,

Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Century Church of St Trophime and its

TV and telephone. Attached to the hotel

Another day that illustrates the tremendous

peaceful cloisters and Espace Van Gogh. A

(though run separately) is a typical French

December 25

range of sights in this wonderful region.

protected area of outstanding natural beauty,

Breakfast at the hotel.

Orange contains two of the finest Roman

the marshy 75,000 hectare expanse of the

everything from a cup of coffee to full meals.

Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £779

monuments in Europe; the Théatre Antique

Camargue is a wilderness of enormous

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

For more details, please visit

interest. It is a nature lovers’ paradise with

Included in the price:

Full day free to enjoy the delights of Avignon

d’Orange and the Arc de Triomphe, which was

December 22

www.bristol-hotel-avignon.com

with dinner at characterful local restaurant, Au

built to celebrate Caesar’s victory over the

wild horses, migrant flamingoes and a host of

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

Jardin de la Tour (coach transfer included)

Gauls. The old town is also worth exploring

other birds often visible.

to Avignon and transfer to hotel for 7-night stay

Cloitre St Louis

,presided over by chef de cuisine Jean-Marc

with its 17th Century Hotel de Ville, Notre

December 23

Alternatively,you can upgrade your

Larrue, where our groups have enjoyed festive

Dame Cathedral, and peaceful, shady squares

Avignon

accommodation to the stylish 4-star Cloitre St

dinners for more than a decade.

overlooked by terrace cafes. In the 14th

December 29

December 24

Louis. This hotel, an intriguing blend of old

century, the Popes of Avignon decided to build

Breakfast at the hotel

Uzès and the Pont-du-Gard. Dinner at local

and new, converted and extended from a

restaurant

monastery with its own private chapel, is set

Peter Mayle’s ‘A Year in Provence’.

Orange

a new castle (Chateauneuf) and plant the

brasserie open throughout the day serving

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

December 26

vineyards that have since produced one of the

Day free until transfer to the station for return

December 25

round a beautiful courtyard and offers a stylish

Breakfast at the hotel

finest Cotes-du-Rhone red wines, famous

travel by TGV from Avignon to Lille and on to

Full day free with dinner at local restaurant

restaurant, bar and very comfortable bedrooms

throughout the world. This attractive village is

Ebbsfleet / St Pancras

December 26

with all modern facilities. For more

Aix-en-Provence and The Luberon

full of wine merchants offering tastings and

AVIGNON / LILLE

Aix-en-Provence and The Luberon

information, please visit

A wonderful quintessentially Provencal day

sales.

DEP 13.41 / ARR 17.38

December 27

www.cloitre-saint-louis.com

today as you head to Aix and the Luberon. The

LILLE / EBBSLFLEET / ST PANCRAS

Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape

There is a supplement of £175 per person

former capital of Provence, Aix is a lovely

DEP. 18.35 / ARR. 18.47 / 19.03

December 28

sharing twin/double room for this hotel.

The Bristol

• Return standard class Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Avignon via LilleParis • 7 nights’ accommodation on room and breakfast basis at 3-star Bristol Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin room with private facilities •

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners

• Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager • Tour manager throughout

Not included in the price:

town with a host of fountains, classical

December 28

Arles, Les Baux-de-Provence and the Camargue

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

mansions and elegant boulevards. The city’s

Breakfast at the hotel

December 29

• Single room supplement. Bristol

most famous son is Paul Cézanne, whose

Travel by TGV from Avignon to Lille and back to

he died in 1906. Other sights include the

Les Baux-de-Provence & Les Alpilles, Arles and The Camargue

Cathedral of St Sauveur, noted for Froment’s

Another superb day of touring to finish this

“Triptych of the Burning Bush” and several excellent museums. It is a wonderful place to

studio is preserved exactly as he left it when

£125.00 / Cloitre St Louis £305.00

Ebbsfleet / St Pancras

• Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

festive programme first takes you to the

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2009

• Meals other than those stated

ancient ruined citadel of Les Baux-de-

“A very enjoyable holiday led by an outstanding tour

• Items of a personal nature such as

linger, too, at an outdoor café, particularly one

Provence, which clings to one of the highest

manager”

of many along the elegant tree-lined Cours

ridges of the spectacular Alpilles, an area of

Mirabeau. The regional national park of The

limestone crags south of the pretty village of St

26

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drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

“Sandra was amazing!!” Arles www.traveleditions.co.uk

“Hotel location great….”” Reservations: 020 7251 0045

• Porterage and gratuities Cloitre St Louis tours@traveleditions.co.uk

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Savoie Staying at the charming Chateau des Comtes de Challes ~ Departs 20th December 2010 - 8 days from £899

Day by day itinerary:

December 22

December 20

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras / Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards by TGV to Chambery

Annecy & the Lake

(including coach transfer in Paris)

The town of Annecy is one of the most

ST PANCRAS / PARIS

attractive and charming towns in the Alps, set

DEP 10.25 / ARR 13.47

at the northern tip of Lac d’Annecy and

PARIS / CHAMBERY

surrounded by mountains. Its small medieval

DEP 16.50 / ARR 1943

quarter is laced with canals, bridges and arcaded streets. Perfect for leisurely and

NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take an earlier

relaxing browsing, there are nonetheless some

train to Paris and wait for the arrival of the

major sights – the formidable 12th Century

main party

Palais de l’Isle and the turreted Chateau

EBBSFLEET / PARIS

d’Annecy. One of the largest lakes in France,

DEP 09.12 / ARR 12.17

Lake Annecy is surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and attractive towns and

On arrival transfer by coach to nearby Challes Scenically wintry, this delightful tour

les Eaux under tour manager’s direction for

visits one of France’s most distinctive and

check in for 7 nights stay on dinner, bed and

beautiful areas, the mountainous Savoie

breakfast basis

villages.

region. Highlights include the delightful town of Chambéry, Annecy and its stunning lake, gastronomic Lyon, Aix-les-

December 21

Bains and Abbaye d’Hautecombe. The

Breakfast at the hotel.

tour is based at the atmospheric, familyrun Chateau de Comtes de Challes.

“Anita deserves a medal - so caring and organised - she was wonderful”. 2009

Chambéry Once the capital of Savoy, the dignified town of Chambéry has a distinctly Italianate feel that betrays its history as part of Italy. Highlights here include its much-loved and extravagant Fontaine des Eléphants, Chateau of the Dukes of Savoy dating back to the 14th century and 17th century country house, Les Charmettes, once home to the philosopher Rousseau. A guided tour in the morning will cover the main sights with the afternoon free

Chambéry 28

for further individual exploration. Reservations: 020 7251 0045

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

Annecy

Annecy www.traveleditions.co.uk


December 24

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

Breakfast at the hotel

December 20

Departs 20th December 2010 8 days from £899

Travel by Eurostar and TGV to Chambéry.

Lyon

December 23 Breakfast at the hotel.

Abbaye d’Hautecombe and Aix-les-Bains

Transfer to hotel for 7-night stay

This morning we head to the beautiful and

Chambéry

peaceful Abbaye d’Hautecombe,

December 22

TGV trains from St Pancras / Ebbsfleet

spectacularly-situated on Lake Bourget with a

Annecy and the lake

to Chambéry via Paris including coach

wealth of architectural and artistic treasures.

December 23

transfers in Paris

This Benedictine monastery contains the

Lyon

mausoleum of the Savoyard dynasty and was

December 24

bed and breakfast basis at the 3-star

transformed by Piedmontese architect, Ernest

Abbaye d’Hautecombe and Aix-les-Bains.

Chateau des Comtes de Challes, based

Melano. We then head into Aix-les-Bains, a

Christmas Eve dinner

on shared occupancy of twin room

gracious spa town on Lac du Bourget, famed

December 25

for its thermal baths and Faure Museum

Day free with Christmas Day lunch and dinner

housing the 2nd largest collection of Impressionist paintings in France, including

Dramatically sited on the banks of the Rhone and Saone rivers, France’s second city, Lyon,

Grenoble

seclusion, though there is a small museum at

Transfer to Chambéry station for return TGV

the entrance which depicts their daily lives.

and Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras

the 1968 Winter Olympics, whose sights include the cable car to the Fort de la Bastille,

has long been a vital gateway between north

lively Place St-André in the heart of the

and south. It is renowned as the gastronomic

medieval city, 13th century Church of St-

centre of the country with a wealth of excellent restaurants from humble bistros to

December 25

André and several museums.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Michelin-starred centres of excellence and is bordered by the two important wine regions of Beaujolais and Cotes-du-Rhone. Sights here date back to Roman times with two theatres

dinner

and a collection of some 30 Rodin statues.

dinner at the hotel.

• Upgraded Festive Christmas Eve

Grenoble and Chartreuse December 27

Grenoble is a thriving university city, home to

• 7 nights accommodation on dinner,

dinner and Christmas Day lunch &

the monastery and live in silence and

time to prepare for festive Christmas Eve

• Return standard class Eurostar and

December 26

works by Pissarro, Renoir, Degas and Sisley

Return to the hotel mid-afternoon in plenty of

Lyon

Included in the price:

December 21

• Transfers and full coach touring itinerary conducted by tour manager • Tour manager throughout

What our previous customers have said about this tour in 2009 “An enjoyable Christmas, the highlight being the

Not included in the price: Chateau de Comtes de Challes

excellent standard of food at the Chateau des Comtes des Challes” “We had a really lovely break” “The tour manager coped wonderfully well….she did

This tour is based at the beautiful Chateau des

occupancy: “Charming” room (nicer

December 27

a really fantastic job”

Comtes de Challes, located in the pretty village

For the energetic, there are lovely walks

Breakfast at the hotel.

décor) £77 per person Junior suite

“Thanks to Anita who made our Christmas”

of Challes-les-Eaux about 6km from

(with sitting area) £126 per

Chambéry. Dating from the 15th century, this

person.Upgraded rooms not available for single occupancy

around the hotel.

atmospheric hotel was converted from a

Gallo-Romaine museum). The old town is an

and Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras

December 26

fortified house and offers a very high level of

CHAMBERY / PARIS

comfort and service. Facilities at this friendly,

Breakfast at the hotel

10.24 / 13.23

family-owned hotel include an elegant

PARIS / ST PANCRAS

restaurant and dining room (where dinner is

DEP. 15.07 / ARR. 16.36

served each evening), bar, delightful grounds

a leisurely promenade. The main sights include the Basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Roman theatres, Cathédrale St Jean, 15th century Hotel de Gadagne that houses two museums and Chemin du Rosaire, a beautiful path that leads down from Fourvière offering spectacular views of the city. 30

Reservations: 020 7251 0045

• Room upgrades for twin/double

Day free with lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Transfer to Chambéry station for return TGV

walkways and Renaissance palaces, perfect for

• Single room supplement (£130.00)

Chateau des Comtes de Challes, near Chambéry

which still stage events (and an excellent atmospheric warren of cobbled streets, covered

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

Chartreuse & Grenoble The Chartreuse is a magnificent region of

and charming, well-appointed rooms with

mountains and forests, famed for the

NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take a later

private bath/shower, TV, telephone and

Monastery whose monks produced the

train from Paris

minibar. It even has its own private chapel!

renowned liqueur, but which is now produced

PARIS / EBBSFLEET

in the town of Voiron. The monks still inhabit tours@traveleditions.co.uk

For more details please visit

DEP 16.13 / ARR 17.18 www.traveleditions.co.uk

Christmad Market Reservations: 020 7251 0045

• Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person • Meals other than those stated • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc • Porterage and gratuities

www.chateaudescomtesdechalles.com tours@traveleditions.co.uk

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Southern Provence & the Cote d’Azur

“Another enjoyable holiday, seeing interesting places with a full commentary! Spring 2010

Sanary, Bandol, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and St Tropez ~ Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £899

Day by day itinerary: December 22 Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Toulon by TGV ST PANCRAS / EBBSFLEET / PARIS 08.55 / 09.12 / 12.17 PARIS / TOULON 13.46 / 17.33

December 23 Breakfast at the hotel.

Toulon & Hyères This new tour is based in the delightful

Your first day of touring takes you a short

seaside town of Sanary-sur-Mer, close to

distance eastwards along the coast to Toulon

Cassis and Bandol. As well as visiting Aix-

and Hyères. Tucked into a fine natural harbour,

December 24

en-Provence for the day, it concentrates

Toulon is home to France’s Mediterranean fleet.

Breakfast at the hotel.

on the wonderful myriad of sights along

Sights here include the opera house, Cathedrale

the coast including the lovely town of

Ste-Marie-de-la-Sedo and several interesting

Bandol, Cassis and the Calanques

Cassis and the dramatic Calanques cliffs,

museums including the Musée des Arts

A lovely scenic and relatively short day today

Bandol, Toulon, Hyeres, the hill village of

Asiatiques, Baroque Musée de la Marine and

as you visit Bandol, a cheerful seaside resort

Grimaud, St Tropez and Marseilles. The

Hotel des Arts. The palm-tree-lined streets of

with tree-lined promenade, casino and yacht

base for this new tour is the charming

Hyères make for a charming town, one of the

harbour, renowned for its superb red wines,

seaside town of Sanary, with its delightful

oldest resorts in the south of France, attracting

produced here since 600 BC, and often served

harbour lined with pretty pink and white

such luminaries as Queen Victoria, Robert Louis

cold. The day also includes Cassis, which has

houses and medieval tower. Full of

Stevenson and Edith Wharton since its 18th

remained much the same little fishing village

attractive harbourside cafés, bars and

century inception. Sights here include the 13th

that attracted artists such as Signac and Derain,

restaurants, Sanary is a wonderful place

century church of St Louis, delightful old town

and is a great place to relax at a waterside café.

for an evening stroll and delicious dinner.

and elegant Belle-Epoque buildings.

From Marseille to Cassis the coastline forms

“Watcher of the Skies”, Cassis Harbour

narrow inlets, the Calanques, a series of jagged white cliffs (some up to 400 metres high) reflected in the dazzling turquoise water. We will return to the hotel in good time to prepare for Christmas Eve festive dinner at a Sanary 32

local restaurant. Reservations: 020 7251 0045

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

Sanary-Sur-Mer www.traveleditions.co.uk


Sanary-sur-Mer

December 27

Jaurès lined with pretty painted houses,

Breakfast at the hotel.

Baroque 19th century Church of the

Soleil et Jardin Hotel, Sanary-sur-Mer

Assumption, citadel and innovative Musée de

This tour is based in the beautiful town of

Aix-en-Provence

l’Annonciade, housed in a former chapel, and

Sanary, at the modern and well-appointed 4-

A wonderful day of sightseeing today to Aix-en-

containing an exceptional collection of early

star Soleil et Jardin Hotel. Located about 5

Provence. Aix is one of Provence’s most

20th century art including works by Signac,

minutes’ walk from the pretty town and

beautiful towns with a wealth of sights that

Bonnard and many more. The picturesque hill

harbour lined with restaurants, the hotel’s

reward detailed exploration. Highlights include

village of Grimaud is a legacy of the ubiquitous

the Cathedral of St Sauveur, noted for Froment’s

Grimaldi family and is dominated by its 12th

“Triptych of the Burning Bush” and several

century castle ruins. Offering lovely coastal

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

private bath/shower, TV, telephone, hairdryer

museums including the Archaeology and

views, its position made it an ideal place for the

December 22

and minibar. For more details please visit

Tapestry Museums. There is a Cézanne trail, too,

Knights Templar to watch for invasions and its

Travel by Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or

www.sanary-hotel-soleiljardin.com

that takes you to significant locations in the

main street, the Rue des Templiers, dates from

Ebbsfleet to Toulon. Transfer by coach to

artist’s life, such as the family estate, Jas de

this time, lined with arcades designed to be

Sanary for 7-night stay

Bouffan, the quarries at Bibémus, and his studio

battened down in case of attack.

comfortable, air-conditioned bedrooms with

December 23

at Les Lauves. Aix is a wonderful place to linger,

Toulon and Hyères

Included in the price:

too, at an outdoor café, particularly one of many

December 24

Breakfast at the hotel.

December 29

Bandol, Cassis and the Calanques. Dinner at

Breakfast at the hotel.

local restaurant

• Return Eurostar and TGV trains from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Toulon including coach transfer in

December 25

Sanary-sur-Mer

December 28

Transfer to Toulon station for return TGV and

Day free, dinner at local restaurant

A full day free in Sanary – perhaps a nice

Breakfast at the hotel.

Eurostar to St Pancras and Ebbsfleet

December 26

TOULON / PARIS 11.32 / 15.31

Marseilles

PARIS / ST PANCRAS 17.13 / 18.29

December 27

coastal walk – with Christmas Day festive dinner at a local restaurant.

St Tropez & Grimaud A final day of coastal delights as we head east.

NB Ebbsfleet passengers need to take a later

December 28

December 26

St Tropez retains its charm despite the

train from Paris

St Tropez & Grimaud

Breakfast at the hotel

onslaught of summer visitors. There is lots to

PARIS / EBBSFLEET

December 29

see here – the old town, pretty Quai Jenan-

DEP 19.13 / ARR 20.18

Transfer to Toulon station for return TGV and

Marseille A fascinating day to day as we explore France’s largest port and 2nd largest city, Marseilles, with a population of 800,000. It has close links to the Middle East and North Africa which lend it an exotic, cosmopolitan air. Sights here

breakfast basis at the 4-star Soleil et Jardin Hotel in Sanary-sur-Mer, based on shared occupancy of twin room • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festive dinners at local restaurants Soleil et Jardin

Counte of Monte Cristo, 11th century Abbey of St Victor, church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde,

Eurostar to St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

• Tour manager throughout

This tour is new for Christmas 2010 but has enjoyed a very favourable response from inaugural customers in spring this year

Not included in the price: • Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person) • Single room supplement (£292.00) • Standard Premier/1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. Cost is £190 per person

to take more. We liked the mix of the information

• Meals other than those stated

and convenience but also the measure of

• Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc

independence.”

Cathédrale de la Major and several excellent

• Porterage and gratuities

“Difficult to fault anything”

museums including the Musée des Beaux Arts St Tropez

“The Soleil et Jardin was was delightful” tours@traveleditions.co.uk

www.traveleditions.co.uk

• Transfers and full touring itinerary conducted by tour manager

escorted tour we have taken and we are encouraged

harbour, Chateau d’If, setting for Dumas’

Reservations: 020 7251 0045

• 7 nights accommodation on bed and

“We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. It was the first

included the renowned fish market, the old

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Paris

Aix-en-Provence

Favoured destination of the rich and famous,

and Archaeology Museum.

Sanary-sur-Mer

Departs 22nd December 2010 - 8 days from £779

along the elegant treelined Cours Mirabeau.

December 25

facilities include indoor pool, bar and

Grimaud

Reservations: 020 7251 0045

Soleil et Jardin, swimming pool tours@traveleditions.co.uk

www.traveleditions.co.uk

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Lake Garda Travelling overnight from Paris and staying in the lovely lakeside town of Salo ~ Departs 21st December 2010 - 10 days from £1195

Day by day itinerary:

including its grand town hall, Cathedral and

December 21

Christmas market.

Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris

The evening is free for dinner in the hotel’s

15.02 / 18.17

excellent restaurant or perhaps one of the

Ebbsfleet passenges will need to take an earlier

many lakeside restaurants within a few

train as the 1502 does not stop at Ebbsfleet and

minutes’ walk.

await the arrival of the main group Ebbsfleet / Paris 12.45 / 15.50 Transfer to Bercy station for overnight train to

December 23

Brescia

Breakfast at the hotel.

Paris / Brescia 20.33 / 06.43

Lake Garda Accommodation is in 2-berth cabins and there

A full day tour of Lake Garda offers a scenic

is a restaurant / buffet car on board to enjoy a

contrast to the wealth of history and culture

leisurely meal as your head towards Italy.

on the other excursions on this tour. Flanked by picturesque villages along its shoreline with a dramatic backdrop of mountains and hillsides

This delightful new tour is the first of

December 22

dotted with vineyards, the lake is regarded by

overnight service from Paris to Brescia

Salo

many as the most beautiful, as well as the

which travels through the night so that

Arrival Brescia and transfer to Salo (approx 30

largest, of the Italian lakes. The lakeside towns

you leave Paris in the evening and arrive

minutes). After checking in to your hotel the

are a delight too, such as pretty Sirmione, Riva

in Italy early the next day, refreshed and

day is free to enjoy the delights of Salo,

and Sirmione.

our tours to take make use of the

ready to sample the crisp, clear air of the Italian lakes. The tour is based at the delightful Il Gambero Hotel in the lovely lakeside town of Salo, which celebrates the festive season enthusiastically with a Christmas market and excellent lakeside restaurants creating a cosy, festive atmosphere. Tour highlights include Lake Garda itself, Verona, Mantova, Vicenza and Padova as well as excellent local cuisine served in the hotel’s charming restaurant with roaring open Salo

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Reservations: 020 7251 0045

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

www.traveleditions.co.uk

Lake Garda


Mantova

December 29

Il Gambero Hotel, Salo

Another of northern Italy’s most beautiful

Breakfast at the hotel.

This tour is based in the beautiful lakeside town of Salo on the western side of Lake

citieis is on the agenda today as you head to Mantova. Described as “the most romantic

Brescia

Garda. Family-run, the 4-star Il Gambero is

city in the world” by Aldous Huxley, Mantova,

Morning free before heading to Brescia for an

situated about 75 metres from the lake and

surrounded by lakes and often described as

afternoon visit before catching the overnight

offers friendly service, a cosy lounge,

“piccola Venezia” (Little Venice), has an

train to Paris. Lombardy’s 2nd city (after

immaculate medieval centre that includes the

Milan), Brescia boasts a rich artistic heritage

impressive Palazzo Ducale and an evocative

ranging from Roman temples to the

skyline of ancient towers.

triumphalist Mussolini-era architecture of Piazza Vittoriale. Highlights include the Roman ruins around the Piazza del Foro; Duomo

Verona

December 24

December 27

dating from the 11th century, Piazza del

Breakfast at the hotel.

Loggia, where the market is held and Museum of Santa Giulia, the city’s main gallery.

Breakfast at the hotel. enjoy a leisurely lunch (a favourite pastime of

One of the highlights of your festive break

many Italians!) or a lovely lakeside walk.

There is time for dinner in the city before boarding your overnight train to paris

today as you visit one of Italy’s most beautiful

BRESCIA / PARIS

cities, to rival Florence or Venice. Renowned as

22.06 / 08.19

the city of Romeo and Juliet and for its opera

December 28

festival held each summer, Verona is an

Breakfast at the hotel.

Highlights include Juliet’s legendary balcony,

Vicenza and Padova

Arrive Paris and transfer to the Gare du Nord

the magnificent Roman Arena, the church of

Another day of glorious architecture and art

for onward train to St Pancras

San Zeno Maggiore, and lovely piazzas

as we visit Palladio’s city of Vicenza and the

PARIS / ST PANCRAS 11.13 / 12.29

including the heart of the city, the Piazza delle

beautiful university city of Padova.

Erbe. We will return to Salo mid-afternoon to

A delightful city, overlooked by most tourists,

NB Ebbsfleet passenges will need to take a later

allow plenty of time to rest and change before

Vicenza is the home and bears the influence of

train as the 11.13 does not stop at Ebbsfleet

your Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.

the architect Andrea Palladio with a host of his

Paris / Ebbsfleet 13.04 / 14.15

December 22

• Return overnight train in 2-berth to first class category – no upgrade

December 25

possible/required) • 7 nights accommodation on bed and

December 26

breakfast basis at the 4-star Il

Mantova

Gambero Hotel in Salo, based on

December 27

shared occupancy of twin room

Day free in Salo

• Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas

December 28

Day festive lunch

Vicenza and Padova

• Transfers and full touring itinerary Il Gambero Hotel

Brescia and overnight train to Paris

conducted by tour manager • Tour manager throughout

December 30 Travel by Eurostar from Paris to Ebbsfleet / St

Not included in the price:

Pancras

• Holiday insurance (£30.00 per person)

main square, the Corso Andrea Palladio lined

pleasure to inspect off-season earlier this year. The

with his buildings including his home, and the

itinerary revisits a host of wonderful sights from a

Full day free with gala Christmas lunch at the

Teatro Olimpico, Europe’s oldest indoor

variety of our tours over the years, including perhaps

hotel. An afternoon lakeside stroll will help

theatre. Padova, renowned for its university,

my favourite small city in Italy, Vicenza. The hotel is

work off the excesses of lunch!

has a wealth of sights, particularly the

a delight with friendly staff, comfortable rooms and

wonderful Giotto frescoes at the Scrovegni

an excellent restaurant with open fires and (I am

Chapel, the imposing Duomo and Baptistry,

assured) festive décor. The lakeside town of Salo is

tours@traveleditions.co.uk

London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris cabin from Paris to Brescia (equivalent

Breakfast at the hotel

Reservations: 020 7251 0045

Included in the price:

Verona. Christmas Eve dinner

I am very excited about this new tour that I had the

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Departs 21st December 2010 10 days from £1195

December 24

Monte Berico church, Basilica in the beautiful

• Single room supplement (£190.00) single occupancy not possible on the overnight train – this will be sharing an all-male or all-female 4-berth cabin • 1st class upgrade on Eurostar (£120.00) • Meals other than those stated • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc • Porterage and gratuities

well used by locals so has a good atmosphere all year Vicenza

Padova

• Return standard class Eurostar from

December 23

December 25

Breakfast at the hotel.

www.gamberohotel.it

check in to hotel for 7-night stay

Our Managing Director writes:

the Palazzo del Capitano.

partial lake view, but all are quiet and wellfurnished. For more details please visit

Arrive Brescia and transfer by coach to Salo for

look. Most important among the sights are the

Palace of reason, several beautiful squares and

minibar. Some rooms have a balcony and/or

Travel by Eurostar to Paris and overnight to Brescia

December 29

hallmark buildings giving the city a distinctive

December 26

shower, satellite TV, telephone, safe and

December 21

Christmas Day lunch

December 30

ancient and beautiful city in its own right.

very well-appointed bedrooms with private

Day by day itinerary at a glance:

Lake Garda tour

Full day at leisure to explore Salo and perhaps

Verona

atmospheric restaurant with open fire and

Sirmione

and its restaurants are thriving over the festive season. www.traveleditions.co.uk

Reservations: 020 7251 0045

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