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Escorted Rail Tours to Cognac

Sample France's finest brandy

Cognac, the medieval town that bears the name of the region, is an attractive destination with narrow cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance façades. The town owes its size and historical wealth to King Francois I, who granted Cognac a licence to trade in salt. Today, many of the houses in the town bear the symbol of King Francois - a salamander - which is carved into the building façade.

The medieval Old Town is a narrow maze of cobbled streets, surrounded by beautiful 15th to 18th century buildings and a number of brandy-maturing warehouses. Many of the older houses hare half-timbered, while the more recent houses in the Old Town are made from local white stone.

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A Portrait of the Impressionist's Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. Paired with informative on board talks and shore excursions along both the Route des Abbayes and the Alabaster Coast, this is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
7 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Luxembourg, Trier & Metz Christmas Markets

On this Christmas Market holiday, we stay in Luxembourg whilst enjoying the best of the festive season with visits to the Christmas Markets of medieval Trier and nearby Metz.

Departs from November 2016 to December 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £475per personView tour details
Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi

From timeless vineyards and sundrenched, rugged hills to imposing Cathar castles and historic abbeys, join us on a remarkable tour showcasing the very best of Languedoc. We explore the iconic walled Cité of Carcassonne, enjoy an excursion to the 'Ville Rose' city of Toulouse and immerse ourselves in local market life.

Departs from May 2017 to October 2017.
7 days from £1,595per personView tour details
Premium Rhine Cruise

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
8 days from £1,890per personView tour details
Classic Western Mediterranean Cruise

Step on board the Celebrity Silhouette, for a superb ocean cruise experience through the warm waters of the Western Mediterranean. Boarding at Barcelona, we travel across the sea, stopping at charming ports of call - from Cannes and the Côte d'Azur, to Tuscany and Rome, our tour takes us to the highlights of this beautiful European region.

Departs in September 2017.
12 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Premium Corsica & Côte d'Azur

Experience some of the most glorious destinations in the whole of the Mediterranean such as the idyllic, golden island of Corsica, with its picturesque beaches, and the quintessential holiday spots of the Italian and French Rivieras. Taste one of Italy's most famous dishes and discover the glamour of Monaco and Cannes, all from the comfort of your unique five-masted tall ship, the Royal Clipper.

Departs in August 2017.
11 days from £3,095per personView tour details
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to step back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. Travel in comfort and style as this wonderful tour takes in seductive Paris, vibrant Milan and Venice - the most beguiling of Europe's cities, offering the best in culture, art and architecture.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
9 days from £4,395per personView tour details
Nice & the Côte d'Azur

The wonderful hilltop towns of fragrant Provence combine with chic resorts and the glamorous principality of Monaco on this exciting rail tour of Nice and the Côte d'Azur. Join us as we discover the French Riviera, which has long been a favoured destination of the rich and famous.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
7 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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Biarritz & the Atlantic Pyrenees

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and a delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years. Here we see the region's lovely coastal resorts, the mighty Pyrenees and the unique Basque heritage.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
7 days from £1,345per personView tour details
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More about Cognac

It is in the town of Cognac that the fabled Cognac brandy has been created since the 17th century - the heavy scent of spirits evaporating from oak casks held in storage is unmistakable and fills the air throughout much of the town. This unique aroma is referred to as the "angels' share".

For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, an 'Appellation d'origine contrôlée', it must come from the region surrounding the town of Cognac and its production methods must conform to certain strict legal requirements. Most importantly, it must be made from specified grapes and must be twice distilled in copper pots before being aged for at least two years in oak barrels - most are matured for much longer.

The world-famous producers such as Camus, Hennessy, Niartell, Otard, Prince Hubert de Polignac, Rémy-Martin, Courvoisier, and Renault-Bisquit are located in Cognac; each distillery has its own secret and unique process for mixing the various blends of its eaux-de-vie.

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