1 day: A train
Departure from Moscow from Belorussky railway station by train.
2 day: Poland
Moving through the territory of Poland and the Czech Republic. Overnight at the hotel in the Czech Republic.
Day 3: German Franconia
Breakfast. On the way to France we’ll stop in Ansbach. The narrow streets of the old part of the city have retained the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. In front of us is the Ansbach Residence of the Margravs, resembling an Italian palazzo, and a beautiful greenhouse, and a luxurious park, and St. John’s Cathedral, on whose wall the whole history of the city is told. Moving to France. Overnight at the hotel.
4 day: Champagne and Burgundy
Breakfast. Moving to Troyes – one of the most picturesque cities in the Champagne region, the old center of which reminds of a noble drink, because it has developed in the form of a cork! The beautiful past of the city is preserved in its ancient architecture: half-timbered houses, magnificent Gothic churches and Gothic palaces of nobility. Moving to Auxerre, the ancient city of Burgundy, which stores many monuments of past eras. The city is considered the small homeland of St. Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland. Moving to Bourges. Overnight stay on the way.
Day 5: Province of Berry and Limousin
Breakfast. Moving to Bourges, the historic capital of the Duchy of Berry. We will explore the beautiful Saint-Etienne Cathedral with a magnificent collection of stained glass windows and mysterious sculptures, stroll through the old town, we will see the palace of Jacques Coere – one of the real masterpieces of Gothic architecture. Moving to Limoges, the capital of Limousin. At the time of Octavian Augustus, there was a small settlement here, whose inhabitants converted to Christianity in 250 AD. Limoges became the birthplace of the outstanding artist Leonardo Limousin and the founder of the flow of impressionism, Auguste Renoir. Accommodation in a hotel in Aquitaine for 5 nights.
6th day: Perigord paints – white and green
Breakfast. Perigord is not only a region of France, it is a whole magical kingdom. And we have time to inspect all its parts, which are divided by color. Perigueux is the spiritual, administrative, and cultural center of Perigord. The city has a remarkable architectural heritage of the Gallo-Roman era, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and its Cathedral of Saint-Fron is a UNESCO monument. From the center of White Perigord we go to Green, this is a region of wooded hills. Inspection of the castle complex Burdey with an impressive collection of medieval furniture, tapestries, interior items. Finish the day in the town of Brant. This is one of the most romantic places not only in the region, but in the whole of France. No wonder the city bears the name of Venice of Perigord, and here you can also take a boat trip. Return to the hotel.
Day 7: Purple and Black Perigord
Breakfast. The day begins with a drive to Monbaziyak Castle – this is a typical wine estate of Purple Perigord. The idyllic panoramas and fabulous appearance of the castle complements the story of the production of a unique sweet wine. We invite him to taste. Examine Bergerac. This city is unusually photogenic, a walk through it is a real pleasure. The old quarters of Bergerac still keep the spirit of bygone eras, while the city is full of life. Further the road leads to the valley of the Dordogne River. A true example of medieval architecture, Beynak Castle in Kaznak remembers Richard the Lionheart and King Philip. Located near La Roque-Gageac is the Dordogne business card. A walk along the river on a retro gabarra is an opportunity to look around the most powerful fortresses of the region Benac and Castelnau, Bastida Domme, and against the backdrop of the majestic landscape, hear the stories of the century war. We will also explore the Marcessac gardens – this is a miracle of topirian art. The gardens are decorated with belvedere, rocaille, cascading waterfalls and green theaters. Return to the hotel.
Day 8: Perigord-Weser Valley
Breakfast. We drive to the valley of the Weser River, which is called the “Valley of Man”. In these places there are many remnants of ancient settlements. The prehistoric cave city of Lasko is one of the most striking such examples. Sarlat-la-Caneda – the pearl of the Black Perigord. We walk through the old streets and courtyards, and in the central square you can wander through one of the main gastronomic markets of the region. We are going in the direction of the cave cities of Weser. We will explore the Maison-fort Reynyak – this castle, built into the rocks, amazes with the richness of its interiors. The skillful work of decorators makes you feel like a real lord – a resident of the castle. Thousands of valuable interior items, a smoldering hearth, figures in the costumes of the era give the effect of complete immersion. The castle also has an impressive collection of ancient finds. Then we will visit the foie gras farm, see what geese gluttons look like, and perhaps buy this French delicacy. The day will end in Les Aesies – one of the most charming villages of the Valley of Man. Here is the largest pre-historic study center in Europe. Return to the hotel.
Day 9: Region Quercy
Breakfast. Meet Kaor, the capital of the county of Quercy. The history in this amazing city is felt at every turn, and the memory of the past is carefully preserved. Therefore, Cahors received an honorary status several years ago. "cities of history and art". From here we head to the city of Saint-Cirque Lapopie from the list of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Located in the picturesque valley of Lot, Saint-Circ is reflected in the calm waters of the river for more than one hundred years and is admired by more than one generation of travelers. Then we go to Conk, standing on the slope of a high hill on the pilgrim path. He is also a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Return to the hotel.
Day 10: Quercy – the most beautiful villages in France
Moving to Rocamadour – a place of pilgrimage and tourism at the same time. Here, the chapels literally cling to the edge of the rocky slope. We invite you to visit the farm, where they produce the famous Rocamadour goat cheese. Turenn is one of the most attractive towns in the province. A little further away is a small picturesque village built entirely of red sandstone, Collon-la-Rouge. It was in this place that the Association “The Most Beautiful Villages of France” was created, now uniting about 140 villages throughout France, meeting the requirements of preserving ancient architecture and general harmony. Moving to the Clermont area. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Auvergne Region
Breakfast. We are going to Moulin – the capital of the Bourbon dukes. The city was founded in 990 by one of the first Bourbons. In the cathedral there is one of the most valuable masterpieces of medieval painting – the triptych “The Virgin in Glory”. Moulins also has a striking gold embroidery museum. Of interest is the house of Manten, giving the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of the luxurious life of the XIX century French city bourgeoisie untouched by anyone Moving to Burgundy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Alsace and Bavaria
Breakfast. Examine Kaysersberg. The foundation of this city was the fortress built by the will of the King of Germany, Henry VII. This city is one of the most fascinating places in Alsace, with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses under bright red tiled roofs. City streets are festively elegant, and it is felt that people live with taste here. Transfer to the small picturesque town of Amberg. Here, as in medieval times, narrow crooked streets, ancient lanterns and paved pavement are preserved. Moving to the Czech Republic. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Poland
Breakfast. Moving through the territory of Poland. Departure by night train to Moscow.
14 day: A train