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					                                     Basque Country Tour
                                     Provence Barge Cruise
                                     Tour Cost – Land Only
                                     Classic Barge & Basque Tour
                                     29 August to 15 September 2009
                                     Paris to Pau – 18 days:
                                     $16,500 per person twin share $4,650 single supplement
                                     Classic Basque Tour Only
                                     5 to 15 September 2009
                                     Toulouse to Pau – 11 days:
                                     $10,990 per person twin share $1,990 single supplement
                                     (Includes group transfer Toulouse Airport to Hotel then Day 8 to
                                     Day 18)

                                     Paris to the Pyrenees
                                     18 days – 29 August to 15 September 2009
                                     Cruise the magnificent Rhône River and explore the French villages
                                     and countryside from Tain l’Hermitage to Vallabrèuges. Enjoy
                                     travelling at walking pace as your barge glides past pretty towns,
                                     mysterious forests and grand estates. From Toulouse to Pau
                                     discover the unique culture, delicacies and history of the Basque
                                     people and their striking landscape in France and Spain, enjoying
                                     seven nights in a traditional chalet hotel in the Basque village of
                                     The Pyrenees from Toulouse to Pau
                                     11 days – 05 to 15 September 2009
                                     Alternatively, join us in Toulouse for 11 days in the Basque Country
                                     and share the discovery of this enriched landscape and culture.

                                     Your Accommodation
                                     Hotel Roblin Paris
                                     Ideally situated in Place de la Madelaine and an easy stroll to the
                                     famous Louvre, Opera House and Champs Elysees, the four star
                                     Hotel Roblin is well-known for its warmth, discrete ambience and
                                     elegant introduction to France.
                                     Orient Express Barge Napoleon
                                     Cruise the waterways of the French countryside on a luxury hotel
                                     barge – known in France as a péniche-hôtel. The Napoléon is
                                     one of Europe’s finest river cruisers, combining all the amenities
                                     of a luxury hotel with the friendly ambience of a country inn.
                                     She is beautifully appointed with large picture windows that
                                     provide unsurpassed views of the countryside, accommodating
                                     up to twelve passengers. The six luxurious cabins feature air
                                     conditioning, hairdryer, television and video.
                                     Hôtel de l’Opéra
                                     Located in a picturesque setting in the heart of Toulouse, this
                                     prestigious 17th century hotel is the epitome of French elegance,
                                     combining exceptional charm and traditional service with the best
                                     contemporary amenities.
                                     Hotel Argi Eder Aïnhoa
                                     Located in the heart of Basque Country, Hotel Argi Eder offers
                                     traditional chalet-style accommodation in charming surrounds
                                     and superb service and local delicacies imaginatively prepared by
                                     hosts, Philippe and Jean-Pierre Dottax.

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                                     Day One – Sat 29 August – Arrive Paris
                                     Guests arriving in Paris on our J&H Tours escorted Emirates flight are transferred
                                     to the charming Hotel Roblin for an afternoon at leisure prior to dining Parisian
                                     style at the famous Fauchon Restaurant.

                                     Day Two – Sun 30 August – Paris to Tain l’Hermitage
                                     We depart with a morning transfer to Paris’ Gare de Lyon for our first class
                                     TGV train to Valence and transfer to Tain l’Hermitage to join our luxury Orient-
                                     Express barge, Napoléon. Enjoy an onboard Champagne reception followed
                                     by a wine tasting at Mr Ferraton’s winery.

                                     Day Three – Mon 31 August - Viviers
                                     Relax on the top deck and watch the beautiful French countryside as you enjoy
                                     the scenic cruise to Viviers. We take a guided walking tour of this charming
                                     medieval town before returning to the boat to play the traditional Provençal
                                     game of Pentanque.

                                     Day Four – Tues 1 September - St Etienne des Sorts
                                     Cruise to St Etienne des Sorts with visits to a working lavender distillery and
                                     18th century olive mill in Nyons. We enjoy lunch in the scenic village of Grignam
                                     before a visit to a truffle farm to learn all about the ‘black diamond’.

                                     Day Five – Wed 2 September - Avignon
                                     This morning’s excursion is to Châteauneuf du Pape for a wine tasting before
                                     returning to our barge for lunch. We cruise to Avignon, past Le Pont St Bénézet
                                     (the famous Pont d’Avignon) before mooring opposite the gate to the walled
                                     city. This afternoon take an excursion to the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, a
                                     Unesco World Heritage site.

                                     Day Six – Thurs 3 September - Avignon
                                     Today we enjoy a guided walking tour of Avignon’s walled city including the
                                     Palace of the Popes. We return to our barge for lunch before our guide takes
                                     you to the village of Les Baux where you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your
                                     own pace.

                                     Day Seven – Fri 4 September - Arles
                                     Following breakfast we take a guided walking tour of Arles, best known
                                     because Van Gogh painted here between 1888 and 1890. Enjoy a lunch cruise
                                     to Vallabrèuges and afternoon visit to St Rémy, birthplace of Nostradamus.
                                     Enroute back to our boat enjoy an olive oil tasting at a traditional 18th century
                                     Provençal Bastide. This evening features a special onboard gala dinner as we
                                     farewell ‘Napoleon’.

                                     Day Eight – Sat 5 September – Vallabrèuges to Toulouse
                                     We disembark Napoléon this morning and transfer by private air-conditioned
                                     coach to Toulouse, with a stop en route for lunch at the fortified medieval city
                                     of Carcassonne before our afternoon arrival in Toulouse. Enjoy an afternoon at
                                     leisure at the elegant 17th century Hôtel de l’Opéra before dining tonight in
                                     the Hotel’s restaurant.

                                     Day Nine – Sun 6 September – Toulouse & Albi
                                     This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Toulouse to visit some of the major
                                     landmarks and monuments. Following lunch we leave for an afternoon
                                     excursion to the medieval town of Albi to visit the stunning Sainte-Cécile
                                     Cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec Museum.

                                     Day Ten – Mon 7 September – Toulouse
                                     This morning we take an excursion to view the world’s largest passenger
                                     aircraft at the Airbus A380 Assembly factory. After lunch in the city you are free
                                     to enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Toulouse or just relaxing.

                                     Day Eleven – Tues 8 September – Toulouse to Aïnhoa
                                     We depart Toulouse, stopping to visit the imposing castle in Pau where Henry
                                     IV was born. We enjoy lunch in Pau before an afternoon arrival in the quaint
                                     little Basque town of Aïnhoa for our seven night stay in the beautiful Hotel
                                     Argi Eder.

                                     Day Twelve – Wed 9 September – Aïnhoa
                                     Today we take a walking and orientation walking tour of Aïnhoa, returning to
                                     our hotel for lunch. This afternoon learn more about the land and its people

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with a lecture and presentation of the Basque Country presented by our local
guide. This evening enjoy a traditional gastronomic dinner in the village.

Day Thirteen – Thurs 10 September – Bayonne
This morning’s excursion takes us to the beautiful town of Bayonne for a
walking tour along the narrow streets of the old centre and a visit to the Basque
Museum to admire its wonderful folk art collection. Enjoy lunch in Bayonne
and some free time to explore at your leisure before returning to our Hotel.

Day Fourteen – Frid 11 September - Biarritz
We further explore the Basque region with excursions to Saint-Jean-de-Luz,
where King Louis XIV married Marie-Thérése of Spain, and to Biarritz, one of
Empress Eugenie’s favourite spots on the Bay of Biscay. We enjoy an afternoon
walking tour through this world famous seaside resort.

Day Fifteen – Sat 12 September - Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port
Today we visit the walled Pyrenean town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port, for
centuries a major pilgrimage stop on the route to Santiago de Compostela
in western Spain. We visit a winery and dairy farm to taste local culinary
specialities. In St Etienne-de-Baïgorry we enjoy the culinary specialties of Chef
Pascal Arce in his restaurant overlooking the river.

Day Sixteen – Sun 13 September – Bilbao
We cross the border to Spanish Basque country for an excursion to Bilbao and
the famous Guggenheim Museum, designed by the great architect, Frank
Gehry. We take time to view the famous museum’s exhibitions and taste the
culinary art in its excellent restaurant. We return to our chalet via a scenic drive
through Spanish Basque Country before dining tonight in our Hotel.

Day Seventeen – Mon 14 September – Cambo-les-Bains
After breakfast we visit Villa Arnaga, a typical Basque house that was built for
Edmon Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. We travel the short distance to
Cambo-les-Bains (Cambo Baths), the renowned old spa town. We visit both the
new town and old quarter before enjoying the traditional, inventive cuisine at
Le Chene in Itxassou. We return to Ainhoa for a leisurely afternoon and our
final evening meal at the Hotel Argi Eder.

Day Eighteen – Tues 15 September – Pau
This morning we farewell our Basque friends as we enjoy a relaxed departure
from Aïnhoa and Hotel Argi Eder. We visit the beautiful village of Sare for lunch
prior to our transfer to Pau International Airport where our tour ends.

Tour Cost Inclusions – Classic Barge & Basque Tour
 • Accommodation – one night at Hotel Roblin, six nights onboard
   Napoléon, three nights at Hôtel de l’Opéra, seven nights at Hotel
   Argi Eder
 • All transfers including excursions in air-conditioned coach and
 • First class TGV train Paris/Valence
 • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
 • Wine with lunch and dinner
 • Bottled water supplied on private coach and barge
 • All touring and sightseeing activities including any entrance fees
 • Use of bicycles onboard Napoléon
 • All tipping and taxes
 • Fully escorted by Tour Manager
 • All baggage handling by Tour Manager and local porters
 • Personal Tour Compendium with daily itinerary, travel tips &
 • Group photograph and DVD of tour photos

Tour Cost Exclusions – Classic Barge & Basque Tour
 • Airfares, airport taxes and charges
 • Any tours, transfers, activities, etc outside the published itinerary
 • Travel Insurance and visas
 • Vaccinations and other health requirements as required
 • Excess baggage
 • Any items of a personal nature

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