Paris, Normandy & the Loire

Experience the highlights of northern France, including Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley. Starting in Paris, the “City of Light.” Enjoy a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a guided orientation of the city’s main highlights: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and many more. Visit Giverny and its famous gardens, source of inspiration for some of Monet’s most famous paintings, see Rouen with its impressive cathedral, admire Normandy’s striking coastline with memories of D-Day, and relive William the Conqueror’s feats as embroidered in the Bayeux tapestry. The wonder of Mont St. Michel is next, then St. Malo, Rennes, and the Loire Valley. On the way back to Paris, visit gothic Chartres Cathedral. Spend a final night in Paris to celebrate your holiday “joie de vivre!”

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Check into your hotel and use your CosmosGO app to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Arcueil, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Enjoy a full day to explore the “City of Light”, known throughout the world for its fashion, art, museums, cuisine, and joie de vivre. Enjoy included sightseeing with a local expert to see many of the best-known Parisian sites, including views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Optional excursions are also available.

Day 3: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Honfleur – Deauville

Start the day with a visit to Giverny*, home of impressionist painter Claude Monet. The famous water garden at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet’s finest work.Continue to Rouen to visit its great cathedral. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur, situated on the Seine estuary, and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville.

Hotel: Ibis Centre

Day 4: Deauville – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

Visit the legendary beaches of Normandy, where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the american cemetery at Omaha. On to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned bayeux tapestry depicting the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex-who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066 to conquer England. Then, discover spectacular Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessible by a causeway.

Hotel: Hotel Vert

Day 5: Mont St. Michel – St. Malo – Rennes – Châteaux Country

Drive along the Brittany coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its cathedral and ancient walls. Later, visit Rennes with its traditional, colourful, timber-framed houses, then reach the enchanting Chateaux Country.

Hotel: Novotel at Amboise, 2 nights

Day 6: Châteaux Country

Spend a whole day at leisure or to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion to Chateau of Chenonceau, now privately owned, and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley. Visit Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life.

Day 7: Châteaux Country – Blois – Chartres – Paris

Visit picturesque Blois with its renaissance castle, once occupied by Louis Xii. Later, stop in Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Arrive in Paris to enjoy an optional evening excursion.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie or Ibis Styles Paris Porte d’Orléans

Day 8: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10, 24$2,019.00Price on Application
May: 08$2,059.00Price on Application
May: 22$2,149.00Price on Application
May: 29$2,059.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12, 19, 26$2,059.00Price on Application
July: 10, 24$1,979.00Price on Application
August: 07, 21$1,979.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11, 18$2,059.00Price on Application
October: 02$2,059.00Price on Application
October: 16$1,979.00Price on Application
November: 13$1,789.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Tour of France

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this Grand Tour of France that starts and ends in Paris.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 01: Arrive In Paris, France

Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Novotel 17

Day 02: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen

Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen-one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its centre, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slatecovered facades. Continue to Caen.

Hotel: Ibis Ponte d’Angleterre

Day 03: Caen – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.

Hotel: Hotel Vert

Day 04: Mont St. Michel – Angers – Chateaux Country

Time to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before departing for Angers to visit its Cathedral. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel at Amboise, 2 nights

Day 05: Chateaux Country

Spend the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chateaux make for splendid panoramas.

Day 06: Chateaux Country – La Rochelle – Bordeaux

This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for Wine Tasting at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city centre of Bordeaux.

Hotel: Qualitu Centre

Day 07: Bordeaux – Dordogne – Rocamadour – Toulouse

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.

Hotel: Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Day 08: Toulouse – Carcassonne – Pont Du Gard – Avignon

Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous Pont Du Gard before reaching Avignon.

Hotel: Ibis Centre Pot de l’Europe

Day 09: Avignon – Arles – Aix-En-Provence – French Riviera

Visit Arles, known all over the world for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman Amphitheatre, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Hotel: Ibis Prmenade des Anglais at Nice, 2 nights

Day 10: French Riviera

Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Day 11: French Riviera – Grasse – Lyon Area

First to Grasse to visit a traditional Perfume Workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

Hotel: Parkest Hotel

Day 12: Lyon Area – Beaune – Paris

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Visit the famous Hotel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie, 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Discover the glorious ville lumieres with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to complete your experience.

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12$3,169.00$3,793.00
April: 26$3,319.00$3,833.00
May: 10, 24$3,319.00$3,903.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,319.00$3,903.00
July: 05$3,319.00$3,853.00
July: 12, 19$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 09$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 28, 30$3,319.00$3,853.00
September:06, 13, 20, 27$3,319.00$3,903.00
October:04$3,319.00$3,803.00
October:11$3,169.00$3,743.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Treasures of France including Normandy

Voyage through vineyards and valleys, as you soak up France’s rich history and heritage. Visit Joan of Arc’s Rouen, the D-Day landing beaches at Omaha and Juno and marvel at the masterpieces of France’s châteaux, before visiting vibrant Paris and soaking up its joie de vivre.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paris

Bienvenue! The ‘City of Lights’ welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris – past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

Day 2: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux – Normandy Beaches

This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur – its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum. Here you’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach, 2 nights

Day 3: Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach

We begin the day visiting the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.

Day 4: Normandy Beaches – Mont St. Michel

This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a tour of Mont St. Michel’s medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier.

Hotel: La Relais Du Roy

Day 5: Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley

Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to ‘Connect With Locals’ over a light ‘Be My Guest’ meal with wine at a 17th-century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Novotel Amboise, 2 nights

Day 6: Châteaux Excursion

We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

Day 7: Loire Valley – Chambord – Paris

Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable châteaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the ‘City of Lights’ with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro.

Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

Day 8: Depart Paris

For now it’s time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$3,095.00$3,715.00
April: 04, 25$3,125.00$3,745.00
May: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,150.00$3,770.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,125.00$3,745.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,125.00$3,745.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,125.00$3,745.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$3,150.00$3,745.00
October: 03, 10$3,125.00$3,745.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Best of France

Discover the Best of France on an exploration of Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Arles, Bordeaux and more. Enjoy France à la carte – châteaux, chic beach resorts and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls. Marvel at Avignon’s famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet’s home in Giverny.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Paris

All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. Spend your day meandering past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the city to see some of its most magnificent sights lit up at night.

Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 2: Paris – Beaune – Lyon

We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Perhaps spend your evening delving into the delicious delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not meander up the city’s narrow cobblestone lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

Hotel: Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences

Day 3: Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera

We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, what was once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today remains as an important place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song – sur le pont d’Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were married. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Massena, 2 nights

Day 4: French Riviera

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Meander along Nice’s elegant Promenade des Anglais treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear, relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or perhaps visit the charming hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salad Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.

Day 5: French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne

Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively choose to take an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh and local history with our resident expert, before winding your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes en route to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and see the double ring of ramparts spanning some 3km with 52 towers.

Hotel: Mercure La Cite

Day 6: Carcassonne – Lourdes – Basque Coast

We drive toward the Pyrénées this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica perched atop St. Bernadette’s Grotto where the young girl is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. We travel north to the Basque Coast of Biarritz where we spend the night.

Hotel: Radisson Blu

Day 7: Biarritz – Bordeaux

Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux whose stunning Garonne riverfront and age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France’s most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.

Hotel: Novotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Dordogne Excursion

The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure. See the glittering reflection of the Place de la Bourse in the Garonne River, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or meander through the city’s historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

Day 9: Bordeaux – Loire Valley

We meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers and the Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a special Be My Guest Tourangelle dining experience where you enjoy traditional French hospitality.

Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

Day 10: Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Omaha Beach

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the extraordinary island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director will provide an excellent account of the poignant events that took place here and changed the course of history in Europe. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 11: Omaha Beach – Giverny – Paris

The City of Light shines brightly as we have an evening at leisure to explore Paris by night. This evening in the glittering capital, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues.

Hotel: Millenium Opera, 2 nights

Day 12: Paris

Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Our short insider walk will take you off the beaten tourist track, but a real favourite among Parisians. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city – see the Seine snake its way through the city and the grand boulevards and beautiful gardens stretch out below. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Depart Paris

For now it’s time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 01$4,250.00$5,450.00
April: 08, 15, 22$4,275.00$5,475.00
April: 29$4,325.00$5,525.00
May: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,325.00$5,525.00
June: 03, 10, 17$4,325.00$5,525.00
June: 24$4,225.00$5,425.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 $4,225.00$5,425.00
August: 05, 12, 19$4,225.00$5,425.00
August: 26$4,325.00$5,525.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 23$4,325.00$5,525.00
September: 30$4,295.00$5,495.00
October: 07, 14, 21$4,295.00$5,495.00
2019 Dates & Prices
March: 31$4,695.00$6,055.00
April: 07, 14, 21$4,695.00$6,055.00
April: 28$4,750.00$6,110.00
May: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,750.00$6,110.00
June: 02, 09, 16$4,750.00$6,110.00
June: 23, 30$4,650.00$6,010.00
July: 07, 14, 21, 28 $4,650.00$6,010.00
August: 04, 11, 18$4,650.00$6,010.00
August: 25$4,750.00$6,110.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,750.00$6,110.00
October: 06, 13, 20$4,750.00$6,110.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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La France

You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit one of them at Omaha. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your turn to participate in a wine tasting in Bordeaux country. You’ve heard of the high-speed TGV train—now’s you will get the opportunity to ride on it. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris with guided sightseeing, and has overnights also in Caen, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, the French Riviera, Lyon, and Dijon.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Hotel: Les Jardins du Marais, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Garden of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Guided sightseeing features the Opera, Madeleine, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive Courtyard of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. This evening, why not join an optional cabaret show?

Day 3: Paris – Caen –  Excursion To Normandy Beaches

Arrive in Caen and visit the fascinating Memorial Museum For Peace with its great exhibits and audiovisual show about the Battle of Normandy. Continue to the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop in Arromanches and see the Mulberry Harbor. Then, drive to Omaha Beach for a picture stop and visit the American Cemetery and memorial.

Hotel: Mercure Centre

Day 4: Caen – Mont St. Michel – St. Malo

Visit the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel, with a history going back to the 8th century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Look forward to another highlight: in the corsair city of Saint-Malo ride the Little Train, the best way to fully discover the historic walled town with Saint Vincent’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s Gate. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Saint-Malo.

Hotel: Oceania Hotel

Day 5: St. Malo – Esse – Angers – Loire Valley

Drive through Brittany and stop in Esse to visit La Roche-Auxfees, a dolmen dating back to 3500-3000 BC. On your way to the Loire Valley, enjoy an orientation of the beautiful town of Angers. This evening, you may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Mercure Centre at Blois

Day 6: Loire Valley – Chenonceau Castle – Bordeaux

Visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, lovely Chenonceau, a fairytale castle with a moat and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this elegant city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savour dinner at the wellknown Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.

Hotel: Mercure Château Chartrons, 2 nights

Day 7: Bordeaux – Excursion to St. Emilion

local wines for which the Bordeaux area is famous. Balance of the day is at leisure with the possibility to join an optional excursion to the charming village of Saint Emilion.

Day 8: Bordeaux – Arcachon – Dune Du Pilat – Biarritz

Stop in the seaside town of Arcachon, famous for oyster harvesting, and marvel at the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe. Arrive in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village. Time to relax and enjoy the beach or browse through the little shops. Your Tour Director will have suggestions how to make the most of your stay.

Hotel: Radisson Bl

Day 9: Biarritz Lourdes – Carcassonne

In Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites, visit the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Next is the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne.

Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton

Day 10: Carcassonne – Aix-En-Provence

This morning, enjoy a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements before continuing to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, and birthplace of painter Cezanne, that has always attracted artists from all over the world. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through the centre of the town and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Roi René

Day 11: Aix-En-Provence – Grasse – French Riviera

Arrive in Grasse, and visit the famous Fragonard Usine Historique, where an expert will give a lecture about PERFUME-MAKING. Then, enjoy spectacular views as you drive along the Mediterranean coast and the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Hotel: Ellington at Nice, 2 nights

Day 12: French Riviera

A full day at leisure on the enchanting Cote d’Azur gives you a chance to visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops. Optional excursions are available to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo to try your luck at the Casino!

Day 13: French Riviera – Orange Lyon

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and arrive in Orange, Visit the Roman Theatre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in France. Next is Lyon, the third largest city of France.

Hotel: Mercure Château Perrache

Day 14: Lyon – Dijon

Sit back and relax during a Private Cruise on the Rhone and Saone Rivers with a Local Guide, who will explain the sights. Time to walk through Old Lyon to discover the Traboules, secret, hidden passageways winding their way through buildings and along staircases, with a history going back to the 4th century. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy and famous for mustard. During your orientation, hear about the dukes who ruled over the area, admire the architecture, and learn about toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs).

Hotel: Océania Le Jura

Day 15: Dijon – Paris

Ride the high-speed TGV Train to Paris, where an optional excursion to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the Seine River, is available.

Hotel: Novotel Gare Montparnasse

Day 16: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11$5,759.00Price on Application
April: 18$5,809.00Price on Application
April: 25$5,879.00Price on Application
May: 02$5,909.00Price on Application
May: 09$5,979.00Price on Application
May: 16$5,949.00Price on Application
May: 23$5,979.00Price on Application
May: 30$6,049.00Price on Application
June: 06$6,149.00Price on Application
June: 13, 20$6,039.00Price on Application
June: 27$6,079.00Price on Application
July: 18$5,909.00Price on Application
August: 01$5,909.00Price on Application
August: 22$5,949.00$6,832.00
September:05$6,019.00Price on Application
September: 12, 19, 26$6,119.00Price on Application
October: 03$6,039.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Rail:TGV Train: Dijon - Paris
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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French Heritage

A grand adventure lies ahead with famous wines and excellent food, snow-capped mountains, sun-drenched beaches, magnificent châteaux, and learning about Roman remains and fascinating battlefield history.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Journey through the Champagne region, famous for its magnificent core of medieval buildings, appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Join an expert vintner for a taste of champagne and introduction to how the famous bubbly is made. Continue to the Burgundy region, once a powerful duchy and synonymous with fine wine before ending the day at your hotel in Dijon.

Day 3: Free Time in Dijon

Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don’t miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.

Day 4: Chamonix

Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you ascend into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. In the evening you may choose to try a local pierrade at a local trendy eatery in a traditional chalet. This Optional Experience provides the chance to try a typical regional meal, cooked on a table barbecue using on a hot stone.

Glorious mountain scenery will be yours to enjoy as you travel along a spectacular route, used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. In the evening, why not walk through old town Nice, ending in Cours Saleya where dinner is at your leisure at one of the many lovely bistros?

Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d’Azur. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline?

Day 8: Picturesque Provence

Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau and on to your hotel.

Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d’Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties. Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.

Day 10: Carcassonne and to Albi

Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before journeying inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel on to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral, before spending the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hostellerie Saint Antoine, 2 nights

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi.

Stop in Cahors, famous for its Black Wine, and see the Pont Valentré. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the open air market – full of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies, it’s an experience to delight all of the senses. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain. Learn about the aromatic ‘black diamonds’ as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog. After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.

Hotel: La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-Canéda, 2 nights

Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region.

Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. As evening descends, the City of Light lives up to its name as the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory.

Hotel: Le Méridien Etoile, 2 nights

During your time in Paris your Travel Director introduces you to all the sights including Notre Dame Cathedral and the facades of the Louvre. See the Place de la Concorde and travel down the Champs Elysees to Napolean’s Arc de Triomphe. After dark, the City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. Explore Paris with Insight Choice. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by the Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. You are in for a memorable evening starting with a delicious Highlight Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole, serving delicious French cuisine and wine.

Follow the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral – a masterpiece of the Gothic style and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Wander through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the Old Market Square. Here, a superb modern church commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431. Continue to the charming fishing town of Honfleur and to your luxurious hotel located in the chic seaside resort of Deauville.

Hotel: Barrière L’Hôtel du Golf, 2 nights

Following the route of the Rangers and visiting the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Then with a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent near Omaha Beach before a visit to the D-Day Museum to see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay of Arromanches. There are poignant reminders of World War II as you travel past Juno and Gold beaches, which both played a part in the Normandy landings. This evening you are treated to a delightful dinner, which promises creative cuisine, seasonal ingredients and delicious wines.

Journey through Bocage country for an exploration of the hilltop abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your Local Expert. The abbey stands on an island and is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Behind the outer ring of defences huddles the small town – it’s one street containing shops, cafes and hotels. Continue along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint-Malo, situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. A Local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City of the Corsairs. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city, to the cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier and other celebrated voyagers. At your leisure, you can wander around the ramparts of the thick city walls, offering fantastic views over the old town and the bay. By night, the town’s medieval maze of winding streets is abuzz with quaint bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you may wish to join an Optional Experience to Cancale, known throughout France of its oyster beds, for a delicious meal of fresh seafood and other Breton specialties?

Hotel: Hôtel Le Nouveau Monde

Head south to follow the valley of the Loire, passing the moated Angers Castle. Cross the Loire to Saumur, where a local vintner will guide you through tastings of the region’s delicious wines. Head to Château de Villandry, the jewel of the Loire, to visit the glorious gardens. Ensure you don’t miss the water, ornamental and kitchen gardens – a stunning sea of fragrant green herbs, silvery cabbages, and purple basil.

Hotel: Château de Rochecotte, 2 nights

Journey to the fairy-tale Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, considered one of the best representations of French Renaissance architecture. Having recently undergone extensive restorations, your Local Expert will show you the subtle blend of French tradition and innovative Italian decor within this 16th century icon of the Loire Valley. Continue to your chateau hotel, where you can relax like royalty in sumptuous surroundings. Return to your own superb chateau for relaxation and free time. At night, your Celebration Dinner starts with a glass of local sparkling wine and continues with excellent service and delicious Farm-to-Table dishes in the most wholesome setting, ensuring the memory of your meal will linger long after you’ve returned home.

Travelling through the vast wheat fields of Beauce region, Chartres Cathedral looms large on the horizon. Auguste Rodin called it the ‘Acropolis of France,’ and once inside you can marvel at the beautiful stained-glass rose window which floods the cathedral with colour and light. From here, return to the French capital, don’t miss the chance to experience one of the world-famous cabaret shows.

Hotel: Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04, 11$10,150.00Price on Application
April: 18, 25$10,325.00Price on Application
May: 02, 09$10,325.00Price on Application
May: 16, 23, 30$10,350.00Price on Application
June: 06$10,375.00Price on Application
June: 13$10,275.00Price on Application
June: 20$10,175.00Price on Application
June: 27$10,150.00Price on Application
July: 04. 11$10,150.00Price on Application
July: 18, 25$10,125.00Price on Application
August: 01, 08, 15$10,125.00Price on Application
August: 22, 29$10,395.00Price on Application
September: 05, 12$10,395.00Price on Application
September: 19, 26$10,350.00Price on Application
October: 03$10,350.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 21 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 21 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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