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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Paris, Champagne & The French Countryside

From its beautiful architecture and historical sights to its stunning countryside and famous cuisine, France is a country sure to delight even the most discerning traveler. This tour through France highlights all of this and more in the Champagne region and the French countryside with overnights in Paris, Metz, Colmar, Lyon, Avignon, and Marseilles

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 one of Paris’ lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive.

Hotel: Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur

Day 2: Paris – Reims – Metz

Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a special Champagne Tasting. Also recognised by UNESCO, France’s Champagne region is celebrated for its specialised artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise. Next, visit the impressive Notre Dame De Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Considered one of the most beautiful examples of gothic art, the 800-year-old cathedral was one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, arrive in Metz, located at the confluence of the Moselle and Seine Rivers. Enjoy an orientation of this 3,000-year-old city and visit the magnificent gothic Cathedral, famous for its glass-stained windows.

Hotel: Mercure Metz Centre

Day 3: Metz – Saint-Avold – Strasbourg – Colmar

Stop in Saint-Avold for a visit of the largest American Military WWII Cemetery in Europe, the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial. Next, enter the Alsace region and arrive in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament has its plenary sessions four days each month. A Boat Cruise is the best way to see Strasbourg with its Little France District and the impressive European Union institutions. Continue to Colmar.

Hotel: Mercure Centre Unterlinden

Day 4: Colmar

Explore Colmar and the famous Little Venice district with its halftimbered houses by Little Train. Balance of the day is at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions.

Day 5: Colmar – Beaune – Lyon

Enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, wine capital of the region, for an orientation of this beautiful town. Admire Notre Dame Basilica and visit the impressive Hotel Dieu, originally founded as a hospital for the poor. Then, continue to Lyon “Capital of the Gauls,” beautifully situated between two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone, and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town to discover the Traboules, secret, hidden passageways winding their way through buildings and along staircases, with a history going back to the 4th century.

Hotel: Mercure Château Perrache

Day 6: Lyon Pont Du Gard – Avignon

This morning enter Provence. At Pont du Gard, marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in 19 BC. Continue to Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. During your walking tour through the Old Town, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colourful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Avignon

Day 7: Avignon – St. Remy-De-Provence  – Les Baux-De-Provence – Marseilles

In St. Remy-de-Provence, visit the St. Paul De Mausole Monastery, used as a hospital when Vincent van Gogh stayed there for a year in 1889. Continue to Les Baux-de-Provence, famous for its breathtaking views. Then, a special treat awaits: an Olive Oil Tasting. Arrive in the busy seaport of Marseilles, and visit the neo-byzantine Notre Dame De La Garde Basilica, spectacularly located on a limestone outcrop near the Old Port on the foundations of an ancient fort.

Hotel: Mercure Centre Vieux Port, 2 nights

Day 8: Marseilles – Excursion To Aix-En-Provence

This morning takes you on an included excursion to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cezanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Explore its centre during your walking tour, and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. An optional excursion is available to Arles with its Roman arena. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Marseilles’ excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.

Day 9: Marseilles

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11, 25$3,029.00$3,864.00
May: 09, 23$3,059.00$3,894.00
June: 06, 27$3,129.00$3,964.00
July: 18$3,029.00$3,864.00
August: 01, 15$2,979.00$3,814.00
September: 05$3,129.00$3,964.00
September: 12$3,029.00$3,864.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 8 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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Wonderful France

Discover the best of France on this chic Country Explorer trip, as Paris meets capital of cool, St-Tropez.Stroll along the Pont du Gard, soak up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco, and meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal.

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

Day 1: Arrive Paris

Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris – the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and winding lanes of the ‘City of Lights’, before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendour for you to admire.

Hotel: Renaissance La Defense, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to explore the Latin Quarter, a vibrant student hotspot and home to the Sorbonne University. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighbourhoods. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Journey through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune – most famous for the colourful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavours in a local bouchon – the choice is yours.

Hotel: Novotel Gerland

Day 4: Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera

Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for a delicious lunch and the sweet flavours of Calissons, then stop in the glamourous Principality of Monaco bound for the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera. View the Palace, which has been the home of the Grimaldis since the 13th century, and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner together in Monaco before arriving at our hotel, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Montaigne & Spa, 2 nights

Day 5: French Riviera

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-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 a delicious Salade Niçoise.

Day 6: French Riviera – St. Tropez – Avignon

We arrive by boat in glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surrounds. Continue on to the ancient city of Avignon, once the Seat of the Papacy, where we will spend the next two nights. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, Sur le pont d’Avignon..

Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon, 2 nights

Day 7: Pont du Gard & Arles Excursion

We visit the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct and learn about the history of this elevated architectural wonder that has spanned the Gardon River since Roman times. Continue to Arles, to admire the Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheatre, once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh with your ‘Local Specialist’, exploring the heritage of a city that was once an important Phoenician trading port. Tonight, we enjoy delicious Provençal flavours as we ‘Connect With Locals’ and join the widow of Pierre Salinger for a memorable ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in a converted historic mill on the banks of the Sorgue.

Day 8: Avignon – TGV Train – Paris

The picture-perfect French countryside is our constant companion as we take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own terms. This evening we celebrate an unforgettable sojourn through France at a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

Day 9: Depart Paris

This morning after breakfast, it’s time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 4, 11, 18$3,595.00$4,485.00
April: 25$3,650.00$4,640.00
May: 02, 09, 16$3,650.00$4,640.00
May: 23, 30$3,695.00$4,735.00
June: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,695.00$4,735.00
July: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,695.00$4,685.00
August: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$3,725.00$4,765.00
September: 05$3,725.00$4,715.00
September: 12, 19, 26$3,750.00$4,740.00
October: 03$3,750.00$4,740.00
October: 10$3,695.00$4,685.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Rail: TGV Express Train: Avignon / Paris
Accommodation: 8 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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Paris to Nice through Vineyards & Mountains

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines; windows that open out on soaring mountain ranges; charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us on a voyage through quintessential France – and discover the history, cuisine and landscapes that make this beautiful country unique.

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

Day 1: Paris – Reims – Troyes

After meeting the group amidst the hustle and bustle of Paris, we’ll begin our journey. Our first stop? The picturesque Champagne region, where we’ll be treated to a delicious champagne tasting at a vineyard that used to belong to premium champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Then: we’ll tour the impressive Reims Cathedral before moving on to Troyes. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our first night together with a welcome dinner.

Hotel: To be advised, 2 nights

Day 2: Troyes – Bayel – Troyes

On the agenda today: a walking tour of Troyes with a local guide. After taking the opportunity to visit the bustling market, we’ll move on to Bayel – where we’ve an appointment to keep at the Crystal Museum. Here, we’ll learn about the history of glass and crystal – from antiquity until the present day – as well as being treated to a glass blowing demonstration. Back in Troyes, the evening will be yours to spend as you please.

Day 3: Troyes – Chablis – Beaune

Day three of the trip will see us sampling more world-class local produce, as we swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis. After that, the afternoon will bring us to Beaune – where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s famous Gothic architecture before we reconvene for a sumptuous included dinner.

Hotel: Hôtel de la Paix or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Beaune

Today we’ll spend some more time in the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, with a visit to the Hospices de Beaune. Originally founded as a hospital for the poor by the Chancellor of Burgundy back in 1443, this unique building is now a museum – and an exceptional example of fifteenth-century French architecture. And then? The rest of the day is yours for the taking!

Day 5: Beaune – Chambéry

After breakfast, we’ll leave Beaune behind and set our sights on Chambéry – but first, we’ll stop off at the family-owned Château de la Greffière for a delicious picnic (filled with local produce, of course). After taking in the marvellous views of the surrounding vineyards over lunch, we’ll be lucky enough to take a closer look at them on a guided tour – with an included wine tasting session to boot.

Hotel: Hôtel des Princes or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Chambéry – Annecy – Chambéry

We’ll check off a tour highlight on day six: the postcard-perfect alpine town of Annecy. Known for its Old Town, canals that rival those of Venice, the magnificent Lake Annecy, candy-coloured houses and cobbled streets, this lovely town is a must-visit while passing through southeastern France. Also on the cards today: a visit to a fromagerie, where we’ll learn everything there is to know about the local cheese ripening process – a tradition that’s been passed down from generation to generation. After visiting the cheese cellars, we’ll have the chance to taste a sample or two.

Day 7: Chambéry – Chabrillan

We’ll have the chance to sample more tasty local produce today at a Chartreuse cellar and distillery. Did you know? The famous French liqueur has been produced by Carthusian Monks since 1737, and is infused with an array of plants, herbs and flowers. Later on, we’ll set a course for the picturesque Vercors region – an area famous for its spectacularly rugged plateaux and towering mountains.

Hotel: Auberge de la Plaine or similar

Day 8: Chabrillan – Sisteron – Forcalquier

Today alpine slopes will give way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we travel to Sisteron – where we’ll stop to take in the views from the Citadel. Our final stop of the day will be Forcalquier, where we’ll round off the evening in style: with a farewell dinner to remember.

Hotel: Hotel Charembeau (or similar)

Day 9: Forcalquier – Entrevaux – Nice

The last day of the tour will take us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside as we press on to Entrevaux – one of the most beautiful villages in France. Then, it’s onwards to the elite resort and shining capital of the French Riviera: Nice. After all, there’s no better place to end our journey than alongside the clear waters of the Côte d’Azur!

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 24$4,569.00$5,939.00
May: 15, 29$4,569.00$5,939.00
June: 12$4,569.00$5,939.00
June: 26$4,349.00$5,219.00
July: 03, 17$4,349.00$5,219.00
August: 21$4,349.00$5,219.00
August: 28$4,569.00$5,939.00
September: 04, 18$4,569.00$5,939.00
October: 02$4,349.00$5,219.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
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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