9-day car hire (Renault Clio or similar)
Free time to discover different cities at your leisure
Guided walking tour of the Sanctuary of Lourdes
Guided walking tour of Toulouse and Carcassone
Experience things for yourself at your own pace with this 9-day self-drive package to the fascinating cities of France. Hire a car and make your way to Toulouse, known as the Pink City, to explore its elegant squares and one of the biggest Romanesque churches in Europe, the basilica of Saint-Sernin. Continue your journey to Carcassonne, a medieval city plucked from a fairy tale book, comprised of watch towers, a hilltop castle, and numerous ancient buildings. Travel to the miraculous town of Lourdes, one of the most famous catholic pilgrimage sites in the world on account of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Gain insight into the history and faith of Marian pilgrims and visit impressive basilicas. Depart for Bayonne to admire its waterside city and then enjoy a relaxing drive along the breathtaking Basque coast in Biarritz before returning to Bordeaux.
Tour departs daily from January to December 2020.
Arrive at Bordeaux TGV Station and collect your hire car. Proceed to drive to Toulouse which is an approximately 2.5 hour to 3-hour drive. Check into your hotel and have the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.
Today, you will take a private walking tour and discover the beautiful town of Toulouse known as the Pink City. Follow your guide and admire the largest Romanesque Church of Europe, the head church of the Dominican church, the typical and unique brick-built architecture as well as one of the most amazing City Halls of France that depicts some of the most glorious episodes of the town’s history.
Breakfast at your hotel before heading off to Carcassonne which is designed to look like a fairy-tale medieval city. Bathed in late-afternoon sunshine and highlighted by dark clouds, La Cité, as the old walled city is known, is truly breathtaking. The visit to the Basilica with its outstanding stained-glass windows is a must. Depart from Toulouse and discover the largest fortified town of Europe with your own personal guide. After your private tour, return back to Toulouse.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to Lourdes which is an approximately 2-hour drive. You will check into your hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
Breakfast at your hotel. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the Sanctuary of Lourdes with your guide. You’ll learn about the history of the Marian apparitions and visit the main shrines of the Sanctuary, as well as other locations that played an important role in Lourdes’ history. Visits include the Crypte, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica of the Rosary and the impressive underground Basilica Saint Pius X.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to Bayonne which is approximately 1 hour and 45-minute drive. You will check into your hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
Breakfast at your hotel and day at leisure to discover Bayonne and surrounding area.
Breakfast at your hotel and day at leisure. Suggested visit to Biarritz.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive back to Bordeaux where you will drop your car back off at the TGV Station. This is an approximate 2-hour drive. End of tour.
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