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                                                                       The Classic Gardens of



                                                                           Renaissance, Rococo & Romantic
                                 Michael McCoy
            sarlat               Horticulturist & Tour Director

                      If you love the ‘good life’, you will find its
                      roots run deep through regional France:
                      good food, fine wines and the gentle beauty
                      of the landscape, especially in the south
                      west, the Dordogne and the Lot, included
                      in this itinerary. Over the last 15 years we
                      have been taking tours through France, we
                      have selected the best gardens, grand cha-
                      teaux, ornamental vegetable potagers and
                      exquisite rose gardens. You too will learn
                      how to live the ‘good life’.

                                           Michael                                                   Established 1980

                                                                          2 - 20 June 2011
                                                                          Deluxe Accommodation
                            83 Beecroft Road, Beecroft NSW 2119
                            PO Box 500, Beecroft, NSW 2119                Special Selection of Gardens
                            Tel     (02) 9484 5100
                            Fax     (02) 9484 5111
                            Email travel@rosstours.com                    Escorted by Michael McCoy
                            Web     www.rosstours.com
                                                                          Full itinerary visit www.rosstours.com
                        France                                                            classic Gardens                                                                        2 - 20 J une 2011

                                                                                                                                                                   Tour InclusIons

Day 1 THu 2 jun 11                                      is included. Option tonight for a river cruise        the River Dordogne then Domme, a charming
Home - Paris                                            along the Seine to see the beautiful illuminated      walled ‘bastide’ town, with panoramic views of       l    Return group airfare & taxes Sydney / Paris & Bordeaux / Sydney
Meet your Ross Tour Leader at Sydney Airport            monuments, an unforgettable sight.                    the Valley of the Dordogne. Return to Sarlat.        l    Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
for your Qantas flight to Paris.                                                                                                                                   l    Deluxe accommodation in Hôtel Duminy Vendôme, Paris;
                                                        Day 7 weD 8 jun 11                                    Day 13 Tue 14 jun 11
                                                                                                                                                                        Hôtel Colbert, Châteauroux; Hôtel Univers, Tours; Hôtel Le
Day 2 fri 3 jun 11                                      Paris - Bourges                              (B/L)    Sarlat - Gourdon - Rocamadour - Cahors (B/D)              Renoir, Sarlat; Hôtel Terminus, Cahors; Burdigala, Bordeaux
Paris                                          (D)      Travel to Loire Valley this morning to Prieure        Visit Chateau Marqueyssac this morning then          l    Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
Meet your local guide & coach for the transfer          Notre Dame d’Orsan, gardens of medieval               the medieval city of Rocamadour, a sacred            l    Fine dining at Table D’Orsan & Restaurant le Balandre, Cahors
to your hotel near the Champs-Élysées. Meet             monastic inspiration. Lunch with produce from         city built against a cliff. Travel to Cahors, on     l    Guided tours of Versailles, Giverny, Sarlat, Cahors, Bordeaux
your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at a          the gardens. Continue to Chateauroux overnight.       the river Lot. Dinner included tonight at Le         l    Scenic excursions to picturesque towns of Belaye, Figeac, Puy
local restaurant this evening.                          Day 8 THu 9 jun 11                                    Balendre, a gourmet affair.                               l’Eveque & Domme
Day 3 saT 4 jun 11                                      Bourges - Loire Valley                        (B/D)   Day 14 weD 15 jun 11                                 l    Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including
Paris                                      (B/D)        Into the heart of the Loire Valley to Chateau         Cahors-St Cirq Lapopie-Cahors                  (B)        Domaine St Jean de Beauregard, Château Vaux le Vicomte,
Afternoon departure for the Rose Garden                 Chenonceaux for a guided tour of the castle &                                                                   Versailles, Jardin Bagatelle, Jardin L’Hay les Roses, Monet’s
                                                                                                              Today you will explore the lush fertile Lot Valley
at Val-de-Marne, formerly L’Hay-les-Roses.              gardens. Continue to Amboise for lunch (own                                                                     Garden, Priory D’Orsan, Château de Chenonceaux, Château
                                                                                                              & St-Cirq Lapopie. Return to Cahors with the
Continue on to Vaux le Vicomte for an 'Evening          expense) & then Tours. Check in to your hotel in                                                                Villandry, Château Marqueyssac, Les Jardins D’Eyrignac
                                                                                                              afternoon free. Wine tasting this evening to

of Candles’, when 2000 candles are lit at dusk,         the centre of town. Dinner included in your hotel.                                                         l    Morning and afternoon tea at gardens or sightseeing
                                                                                                              sample the famous Cahors wines.
in the chateau & gardens. A guided tour of the          Day 9 fri 10 jun 11                                                                                             attractions as detailed in the itinerary
chateau is included & dinner in the restaurant.                                                               Day 15 THu 16 jun 11                                 l    Fully escorted by Michael McCoy
                                                        Loire Valley                                   (B)
Day 4 sun 5 jun 11                                      Visit Chateau Villandry with its famous kitchen       Cahors - Puy L'Eveque - Bordeaux               (B)   l    Ross Tours travel wallet & bag
Paris                                             (B)   garden. Next stop is the rose garden at Prieure       Leave Cahors this morning for Bordeaux, via
Relax & enjoy Sunday morning in Paris at your           de Saint Cosme where poet, Pierre de Ronsard is       the picturesque villages of Belaye, Grezels & Puy    Tour cosTs                        Limited places available on this tour.
leisure.To Versailles this afternoon, the largest &     buried. Free time in Tours.                           L’Eveque. Travel through the Cahors vineyards
                                                                                                                                                                   l    Twin Share land only $8,995.00 per person
most affluent palace ever built. Visit the Potager                                                            with a lunch stop in Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
                                                        Day 10 saT 11 jun 11                                                                                       l    Twin Share including air $11,995.00 per person
Du Roi (Kitchen Garden of the King). Take the           Loire Valley                                  (B/D)   Day 16 fri 17 jun 11                                 l    Single Supplement $1,595.00
small train to the Grand & Petite Trianons. Walk                                                              Bordeaux                                     (B/D)   l    Early Bird Discount $350.00 (Pay in full by 14 Jan 2011)
                                                        First stop is the beautiful old city of Loches.
through formal gardens & the intimate enclosed                                                                A sightseeing tour this morning, afternoon is free   l    Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
                                                        Explore the Saturday market. Picnic lunch in the
gardens with the fountains alive & the music                                                                  for you to explore on your own. Meet together        l    Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

                                                        grounds of UNESCO Fontevraud Abbey.
playing. Return to Paris late afternoon.                                                                      tonight for a farewell dinner in your hotel.                                                               Australia's Leading Garden Club

                                                        Day 11 sun 12 jun 11                                                                                       All prices in Australian Dollars, subject to currency fluctuations.
Day 5 Mon 6 jun 11                                      Tours - Vezac - Sarlat                      (B/D)     Day 17 saT 18 jun 11                                 All air taxes as at 1st Aug ‘10. Price based on minimum 15 passengers,
Paris                                           (B)                                                           Bordeaux - Home                               (B)    & departure ex Sydney. Price from other Australian ports and NZ
                                                        Travel to Terrasson to Jardins l’Imaginaire
Jardin Bagatelle this morning. See the roserie,                                                               Morning stroll along the waterfront to discover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                InTEGRIT y
                                                        (Gardens of the Imaginary) with panoramic                                                                  available on application. Group meals do not include beverages. Hotels
potager & iris garden. Another potager this                                                                   the gardens & the magnificent 18th C. facades.       listed in this brochure are correct at time of printing, however, if a
                                                        views over the old town. Continue to Sarlat, a
afternoon, Domaine de Saint-Jean de Beauregard.                                                               Transfer to airport for your homeward flight.        change becomes necessary for any reason, the hotels substituted will be
                                                        medieval city. Dinner included tonight.
Option this evening for the dinner/cabaret at                                                                 Day 18 sun 19 jun 11              In flight          equivalent in standard. Degree of effort to fully participate in the tour
Moulin Rouge.                                           Day 12 Mon 13 jun 11
                                                                                                                                                                   - Ross Tours Category 2.
                                                        Sarlat - Salignac - Domme - Sarlat           (B/L)    Day 19 Mon 20 jun 11
Day 6 Tue 7 jun 11                                                                                                                                                 Please refer to Ross Garden Tours standard terms & conditions
                                                        Discover the rich heritage of the Perigord today.     Home
Paris                                     (B/L)
                                                        Gardens at Eyrignac Manor, lunch at Beynac on         Morning arrival home.
Visit Monet’s famous garden at Giverny. Lunch

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