Barging the Oise Valley in France
September 17 – 24, 2024 (Paris extension to 9/27)
Ah, gay Pareé! One visits this city and gets happily lost in the endless variety of activities and sights, thinking it is indeed the essence of French life. This beautiful land and its people, however, cannot truly be appreciated until one ventures into the pastoral countryside. There is no better way to experience the tranquil essence of France than during our six-day cruise on the Seine and Oise Rivers through the Oise Valley, an incontestably captivating region of France. Our floating residence through this idyllic land will be the 11-cabin, 22-passenger hotel barge, MS Raymonde. Mornings begin with the enticing aroma of hot brewing coffee and freshly baked croissants that will accompany our sumptuous buffet breakfast. Luncheon is a three-course meal served aboard the barge. As the sun sets, enjoy an aperitif on deck before the evening’s four-course dinner prepared by our expert chef. Food and beverages are included. The fine wines, delicious food, historic châteaux and tableaux are the true image of France. Eight of the eleven cabins aboard are already sold, leaving just three available. Act quickly if you are eager to join us on the barge, and plan to stay three more days after disembarking for more joie de vivre in gay Pareé! Click here for full details.
The Oise River meanders through a wooded countryside it has carved meticulously throughout history. This cruise includes a multitude of historic sites and guarantees an in-depth look into France’s colorful culture. Enjoy the works of pre- and post-Impressionists at the Pissarro Museum in Pontoise. In Auvers-sur-Oise, follow the footsteps of Van Gogh to the Musée de l’Absinthe and learn about the café atmosphere influencing the artists at the time. The Château de Chantilly gives you a good idea of what the French consider their art de vivre. Pay your respects to those who sacrificed their lives over a hundred years ago at the Armistice Memorial in Compiègne. Of course, our cruise will be filled with French cuisine delights, including a masterclass on making crème chantilly by a member of the Confrérie des Chevaliers Fouetteurs. Whet your appetite for a taste of the very best of France!
NOTES FROM TOTO HEADQUARTERS
South India Update
This tour has a great group, and we still have two more rooms available for anyone who wishes to join us at this final hour. Sales will close for this tour at the end of Black Friday, November 24, 2023. All additional rooms must be released by that date. We hope you will come with us to experience all the stunning beauty that characterizes this region of India. Jai Ho! click here to read full details.
This tour will proceed on a small group basis, unescorted by a member of the Toto Tours team, but fully guided by our trusted partners in the region, the highly-respected tour professionals at Abercrombie & Kent. Naturally, running the tour with a small group requires an increase in the tour cost, but oh, what personal service you will receive! Please Click here to read the details and let us know right away if you are considering joining. We will send you more information regarding the revised arrangements and pricing.
Bhutan Sneak Peek
We have finalized the itinerary for our amazing adventure to a “Kingdom in the Sky,” starting and ending in Bangkok. We recommend you book a pre-night at an airport hotel in Bangkok on November 11, 2024, so you will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for our very early morning flight to Paro on November 12th. At the conclusion of the adventure, tour services end with arrival back at the Bangkok airport. Click here to read the preliminary tour itinerary. The complete details will be available on our website by the end of November.
We look forward to traveling with you soon!
Nov. 4 – 17, 2023
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INDOCHINEVietnam / Cambodia / LaosDetails
May 25 – June 3, 2024
BRAZIL PRIDERio ~ Iguassu ~ São PauloDetails
June 26 – July 10, 2024
ILLYRIAAlbania ~ Macedonia ~ KosovoDetails
Sept 17-24, 2024 Paris Ext. to 27th
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FRENCH TOASTBarging The Oise ValleyDetails
PANDEMIC POSTPONED Tours
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June 25 – July 5, 2020
Incredible IndonesiaSingapore ~ Bali ~ FloresDetails
July 29 – August 9, 2020
Spice IslandFlavors of Sri LankaDetails
October 9 – 20, 2020
Orissa Extension to October 24
BENGAL BAYKolkata, Sundarbans, Andaman IslandsDetails
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KEEP HOPE ALIVE
In this difficult time we have created a short video message (at the right) to offer encouragement, and to remind everyone that this pandemic will someday be a memory. We might feel helpless right now, and unable to do all the things that we love (like exploring the world), but we can use this time to take an exciting inner journey to explore more about who we are and what we believe. We could very well emerge from such an adventure as more centered humans who are better able to cope with unexpected situations, and grateful for all the good things we have. This is the Toto Spirit. We support you on this inner journey and look forward to the day when we can once again travel together! -- Dan Ware, Founder
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