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Padirac Chasm tours

Among the largest caves in Europe

The Padirac Chasm is an awe-inspiring natural wonder; a treasure of geological architecture formed over thousands of years by water activity. They are among the largest karst caves in Europe, stretching out across about 40 miles (though only about a mile of these is open to the public). It is not known exactly when the caves were discovered, but the first official exploration - led by Édouard-Alfred Martel - took place in 1889. After ensuring the caves were safe they were opened to the public in 1899, and have been an acclaimed visitor attraction ever since.

A tour of the caves begins at a depth of 338 feet (103 metres), and is partially navigated by boat on the subterranean river system. Highlights include the Great Pendant, a 197 feet (60 metre) stalactite hanging over the 'Rain Lake', and the Grand Dôme. This is the largest cavern, stretching 308 feet (94 metres) over the heads of visitors. Also on display are some of the impressive rock structures, such as limestone flowers, that have been carved into some of the caves. Giving a wonderful history of the geology of this fascinating region, the Padirac Chasm is truly a sight to behold.

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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.
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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 September 2016 and in August 2017.
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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 August 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to October 2017.
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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. This wonderful tour takes in seductive Paris, vibrant Milan and Venice - the most beguiling of cities.

Departs in September 2016.
9 days from £3,995per personView tour details
Nice & the Côte d'Azur

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 September 2016 to October 2016 and from April 2017 to September 2017.
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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 September 2016 to October 2016 and 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 in September 2016.
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7 days from £1,275per personView tour details
Classic Garonne & The Dordogne Cruise

Enjoy this relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions. From the handsome city of Bordeaux, we navigate the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, enjoying the unique landscapes lining their banks.

Departs from August 2016 to October 2016 and from May 2017 to October 2017.
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Lake Annecy, Chamonix & Mont Blanc

Glorious lakes and mountains form the backdrop of this relaxing French retreat. We combine the picturesque scenery of Lake Annecy with the Alpine charm of bustling Chamonix. We travel high into the mountains by rail and enjoy a leisurely cruise across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Annecy.

Departs in September 2016.
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