European Spotlight

Explore Paris, Florence, Rome and more on this Discoveries trip that reveals all that’s special about Europe. Enjoy the bright city lights and stylish promenades of Europe’s classiest capitals where you can relax at Old Town cafés and brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

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

Day 1: London – Paris

Bid farewell to England watching the mystical White Cliffs of Dover disappearing in the distance as you travel by ferry across to France in the company of your Travel Director and fellow travellers. Pass the tragic World War I battlefields of northern France bound for Paris, where you’ll join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception, including dinner and drinks, followed by an orientation drive through the dazzling ‘City of Lights’.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

Explore the iconic and unexpected sights of Paris with your ‘Local Specialist’, which will take you past the grand Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, where we pay tribute to the brave men and women who fought for France. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your very own journey of discovery. Stroll along the Seine admiring the work of artists who have set up their easels next to the river, shop in the Marais district or find a cosy bistro with great views of the city. This evening, consider indulging in the colourful nightlife of Paris and attend a famous cabaret show.

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Geneva

A patchwork of colours provide a beautiful backdrop for our journey through France’s rolling countryside to the Burgundy wine region. We visit the region’s capital, Beaune, renowned for its 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, to admire its colourful geometrically patterned Burgundy tiled roof. Next, we cross the border to Geneva where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Warwick, 2 nights

Day 4: Geneva

Enjoy some free time this morning before continuing along the picturesque shores of Lake Geneva, arriving in the celebrated Chexbres wine region where we will ‘Connect With Locals’ at a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Delve into Vaud traditions and generations of expert winemaking at the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. Upon return to Geneva, explore the ‘City of Peace’ – the dramatic Alps and scenic Lake Geneva provide the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable afternoon of sightseeing. Join your Travel Director on an orientation of this small city to view the Reformation Monument, and see the Old Town, United Nations Building and Red Cross headquarters.

Day 5: Geneva – Grasse – Nice

The idyllic playground of southern France takes centre stage over the next two days as we journey to Nice, the jewel of the French Riviera. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and let the heady scents of French perfume infuse your senses during a visit to the Fragonard Perfumery in the village of Grasse. Here you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art of creating beautiful fragrances.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 6: Nice

Soak up the sophistication of Nice, which for long has lured sun-worshipping aristocrats and tourists in search of a quiet seaside sojourn. Against the backdrop of colourful Italian and French façades, we drive along the Promenade des Anglais and see Place Massena during our orientation of the Bay of Angels. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Old Town. Consider a quiet coffee at one of the sidewalk cafés or dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean waters.

Day 7: Nice – Monaco – Pisa – Florence

Travel along the southern coastline of France, stopping at the Principality of Monaco to see the famous Prince’s Palace of Monaco, built as a Genoese fortress and home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Cross the border into Italy and visit Pisa and its Square of Miracles to view the Leaning Tower and Baptistery, said to be the largest in Italy. We arrive in the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ this evening where we will enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo

Day 8: Florence Sightseeing – Venice

This morning, join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will reveal the story of the wealthy Medici family who influenced the art and architecture of what became one of the cultural centres of the world. You’ll visit the Piazza della Signoria with its beautiful statues and palazzi and enjoy views of the magnificent marble Duomo and Ponte Vecchio on whose arches were built the shops of successful merchants over 670 years ago. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Then, drive across the Veneto plain to Venice, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace, 2 nights

Day 9: Venice

Glide through the turquoise waters of the Venetian Lagoon by private launch to Giudecca Island. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassblowing. See the Bridge of Sighs and the ornate Doge’s Palace before spending the afternoon at leisure exploring the city’s labyrinthine alleys and ornate bridges that span almost 150 canals. Enjoy an evening drink at a charming trattoria on the water, shop up a storm in the alleyways of Le Mercerie or consider an Optional Experience to the colourful fishing island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 10: Venice – Rome

Today we cross the picturesque Apennine Mountains and journey through the rolling gold and green landscape of Tuscany, past the hilltop towns of Orvieto and Orte, arriving later in Rome, the ‘Eternal City’.

Hotel: Barceló Aran Mantegna, 2 nights

Day 11: Rome

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ to uncover the treasures of a city whose history spans millennia. Venture to St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s Pietà, hewn from the most ‘perfect’ block of Carrara marble, and travel across the Tiber River into Ancient Rome. Here you will see the Circus Maximus, which once played host to exhilarating chariot races, and view the Colosseum where brave gladiators and slaves met their fate. This evening we exchange stories about our epic journey through Europe with newfound friends and our Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 12: Depart Rome

For now it’s a fond arrivederci to your Travel Director and travel companions at the end of a memorable holiday together.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 22$4,375.00$5,565.00
May: 06, 20$4,575.00$5,765.00
June: 03, 17$4,575.00$5,765.00
July: 01$4,475.00$5,665.00
July: 15, 29$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 12$4,275.00$5,465.00
August: 26$4,450.00$5,640.00
September: 09, 23$4,595.00$5,785.00
October: 07$4,495.00$5,685.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry:Ferry Crossing from England to France
Accommodation: 11 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 European

This Discoveries adventure does all the ‘musts’, but also takes you off the beaten path. Tick all the boxes with this grand exploration of Europe – one region, a myriad of flavours for you to enjoy. Wander through 17th century Bruges, the reflective waterways of picturesque Amsterdam and medieval Rhineland. From Pompeii to the Eternal City of Rome, Florence to the sophisticated Promenade des Anglais in Nice, get under the skin of Europe.

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

Day 1: London – Bruges

Leave the White Cliffs of Dover behind for the golden fields of France and Belgium, travelling to medieval Bruges. Explore its canals, lined with centuries-old gabled houses before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception including dinner and drinks in beautiful surrounds. We stay overnight in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a former 17th-century monastery with historical features.

Hotel: NH Brugge

Day 2: Bruges – Amsterdam

Journey through the Dutch countryside to captivating Amsterdam, see the city’s iconic sights from the comfort of a canal boat. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner at the Pauw family dairy farm.

Hotel: Westcord Fashion

Day 3: Amsterdam – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg – Rhineland

We travel to Germany, arriving at Boppard where we board a Rhine cruise past hilltop castles. Admire the magnificent ruined sandstone castle in Heidelberg overlooking the Neckar River en route to your Rhineland hotel where you’ll dine this evening.

Hotel: Mercure Am Rathaus

Day 4: Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne

Journey through romantic Black Forest landscapes today – tales of the Brothers Grimm are your constant companion as you continue through southwest Germany to the Swiss border. See the mighty Rhine Falls plunging dramatically near the town of Schaffhausen before arriving in the medieval city of Lucerne, your home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Astoria, 2 nights

Day 5: Lucerne

See Lucerne’s poignant Lion Monument this morning. The mournful mortally wounded lion hewn from sandstone provides a poignant reminder of the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Venture to the flower-lined 14th-century wooden Chapel Bridge, explore Old Town’s colourful façades or consider an exhilarating mountain and cruise Optional Experience. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Day 6: Lucerne – Liechtenstein – Innsbruck

Our love affair with the Rhine continues today as we travel to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and see its capital, Vaduz, before crossing into Austria. We follow the scenic Arlberg Pass through the Tyrol to Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps where we will see the ornate Golden Roof during an orientation tour. Admire the fascinating crystal installations and browse for precious gifts and souvenirs at the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store.

Hotel: Austria Trend Congress

Day 7: Innsbruck – Salzburg – Vienna

Salzburg’s extraordinary natural beauty has inspired musical greats and epic films. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on guided walking tour of the city that gave birth to Mozart, featuring locations that music and movie lovers will remember from the famous film, “The Sound of Music” . This evening, we arrive in the beautiful Baroque city of Vienna, our home for the next two nights.

Hotel: Azimut, 2 nights

Day 8: Vienna

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on a sightseeing tour of one of Europe’s most elegant capitals. View the State Opera House, the City Hall, Parliament, the Imperial Boulevards and the Hofburg, the former imperial palace for the Habsburg dynasty. Spend the evening soaking up the melodic charm of what has become the world’s music capital, celebrating the talents of old masters and modern icons at open-air concerts, palaces and expansive stages.

Day 9: Vienna – Venice

Driving through the scenic Austrian Lake District, we cross the Italian border and journey through the Veneto Plains to the Byzantine city of Venice where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Le Boulevard Lido, 2 nights

Day 10: Venice

‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness the centuries-old Venetian tradition of glassmaking. Navigate the bustling waterways by private launch to the gateway of Venice, St. Mark’s Square where we tread in the footsteps of Casanova and Marco Polo and admire the sights and sounds of the Queen of the Adriatic. See the ornate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon is yours to get lost in Venice. Explore the labyrinthine calle in search of the best Campari Spritz in town, watch the sun set over the Grand Canal or consider a cruise to the Island of Burano for a delicious meal.

Day 11: Venice – Assisi

Journey south to the mystical town of Assisi, where St. Francis was born and laid to rest. Here you’ll stroll through the city’s streets in the company of a ‘Local Specialist’ and have an opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.

Hotel: Casa Leonori

Day 12: Assisi – Pompeii – Sorrento

Pass the site of the bloody World War II battle of Monte Cassino en route to the Bay of Naples and the lost city of Pompeii where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ who will share the story of this remarkable ancient Roman settlement that was buried in ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We continue to the coast and the beautiful seaside resort of Sorrento where we will stay the night and dine in our hotel.

Hotel: La Residenza

Day 13: Sorrento – Isle of Capri – Rome

Cross the enchanting blue water of the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri and ascend to Capri by funicular railway where you will join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided walking tour of the town. Spend a leisurely afternoon soaking up la dolce vita in the piazza before sailing back to the mainland. This evening we arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, where we will spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s, 2 nights

Day 14: Rome – Vatican Experience

Delve into the treasures of the Vatican City with a ‘Local Specialist’ who will take you on a sightseeing tour through St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Cross the Tiber into Ancient Rome to see the mighty Colosseum and enjoy views of Circus Maximus. Then ‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain priority access to the Vatican Museums for a guided tour. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling when it is less crowded, then enjoy an exclusive after hour’s al fresco dinner against the backdrop of St Peter’s.

Day 15: Rome – Florence

Journey north to Florence where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an included walking tour to the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of this once free republic that became a recognised centre for art, architecture and culture. See the beautiful marble Duomo and Baptistery with its famous bronze doors, and the picturesque Ponte Vecchio which straddles the Arno. Learn about the quality and workmanship of one of this city’s historic industries at a demonstration of Florentine leathercraft. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure admiring the work of great masters in the Uffizi Gallery, climbing the stone steps to Piazzale Michelangelo for iconic views, or relaxing in the Boboli Gardens.

Hotel: Cosmopolitan Concept

Day 16: Florence – Pisa – Monaco – French Riviera

We drive to the city of Pisa and its Square of Miracles to see the famous Leaning Tower which bears this city’s name. From Italy to the sun-kissed landscapes of the French Riviera, we stop in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco before continuing to the French Riviera, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy an orientation drive along the scenic Promenade des Anglais, which for centuries has attracted sun-worshipping aristocrats to its shores, and see Place Massena before spending the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Holiday Inn, 2 nights

Day 17: French Riviera – St. Paul De Vence Excursion

Rub shoulders with artists and actors in the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in the French Riviera to indulge in the laid-back seaside atmosphere. Wander along the scenic promenade and embrace café culture on the tranquil shores of the Mediterranean, stroll through the chic city streets shopping at the French Riviera’s fashionable boutiques or relax on the beach watching the sun set. Or perhaps join an Optional Experience to see spectacular views of one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and pay an aromatic visit to the historic Fragonard perfumery to learn how French fragrances are crafted before trying some specialities from the region at a local restaurant.

Day 18: French Riviera – Avignon – Beaune

We travel north to the Papal city of Avignon, an important pilgrimage site. We stop for views of the magnificent Papal Palace and famous Pont d’Avignon before arriving in the capital of the Burgundy wine-producing region, Beaune. Explore the ancient walls and Old Town, see its characteristic geometrically coloured tiled roofs.

Hotel: Mercure Centre

Day 19: Beaune – Paris

We travel north through the vineyards of Burgundy to Paris, our home for the next two nights. The City of Lights shines brightly as you explore its grand boulevards, amble along the Seine or embrace the pageantry of a traditional Parisian cabaret.

Hotel: Evergreen Laurel, 2 nights

Day 20: Paris

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ soaking up the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most romantic cities. See the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. View Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoy a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city before celebrating an unforgettable experience at a Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.

Day 21: Paris – London

Say au revoir to Paris as you travel to the coast. Sail from Calais to Dover watching the famous White Cliffs approach as you cross the English Channel. Arrive later in London and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable holiday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 01, 08, 15, 22$7,395.00$9,155.00
April: 29$7,475.00$9,236.00
May: 06, 13, 20$7,475.00$9,236.00
May: 27$7,395.00$9,155.00
June: 03, 10, 17$7,395.00$9,155.00
June: 24$7,295.00$9,055.00
July: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$7,295.00$9,055.00
August: 05, 12, 19$7,295.00$9,055.00
August: 26$7,375.00$9,135.00
September: 02, 09, 16$7,375.00$9,135.00
September: 23, 30$7,350.00$9,110.00
October: 07$7,350.00$9,110.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Transport:Ferry Crossing from Dover - Bruges - Dover & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:20 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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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

* 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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Provence & The French Riviera

Glamour, picturesque villages and stunning mountain scenery: this tour through the French Riviera and Provence is sure to impress with its diversity and dramatic beauty! Join us as we experience the luxury of the French Riviera, marvel at the architecture of Avignon and venture into the mighty Gorges du Verdon – soaking up some fascinating history along the way.

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

Day 1: Nice – Antibes – Vence

After meeting the group in Nice, our first stop will be Antibes – where we’ll take some time to stroll the picturesque old port. Then, it’s onwards to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the region’s older medieval towns, where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence: a chapel that was built from a plan created by the legendary Henri Matisse. Later on, a welcome dinner awaits us in the Provence region.

Hotel: Château de la Bégude or similar

Day 2: Vence – Grasse – Aix-En-Provence

Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created – so it’s only fitting that we stop in at the Fragonard Museum, where we’ll treat our senses to some beautiful fragrances. Then: onwards to Aix-en-Provence, passing through plenty of quintessential Provençal villages along the way.

Hotel: Hôtel Le Calendal or similar

Day 3: Aix-En-Provence – Arles

On day three, we’ll have the chance to learn more about a centuries-old French tradition – delightful santons figurines – at the Santons Museum. Then, after stopping off in some classic Provençal villages and towns, we’ll move on to Arles – a city that’s famous as the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s paintings – for a delicious included dinner.

Hotel: Hôtel Le Calendal or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Arles

Today, Arles is yours for the taking – so why not seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of local history and culture? City highlights include the Arles Amphitheatre, the Church of St Trophime, the Langlois Bridge and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.

Day 5: Arles – Les Baux-De-Provence – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence

First today: a stop at the famous Les Baux-de-Provence (which is renowned for its Les Baux stone), where we’ll see an extraordinary multimedia art show. Then: it’s onwards to a local olive farm, where we’ll make the most of our glorious surrounds by tucking into a delicious picnic together. We’ll even have the chance to taste some of the farm’s olive produce, too. Appetites satisfied, we’ll make tracks to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where a visit to the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery is lined up for us. Vincent van Gogh lived here from 1889 to 1890 – and in the Van Gogh Field, you’ll have the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of his work.

Hotel: Hôtel Sous les Figuiers or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Pont Du Gard – Avignon – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence

First today, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct with no fewer than three tiers of archways. And this afternoon? We’ll stop off in Avignon, where we’ll visit the Palace of the Popes, before moving on to a local winery –where we’ll visit the wine cellar and learn more about Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône wines (and indulge in a tasting session). Tonight, we’ll dine together back in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Day 7: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Tourtour

First today: one of our tour highlights! This morning we’ll visit the idyllic Sénanque Abbey, where we’ll meet the monks and take some time to enjoy the calming atmosphere and picturesque surrounds. After that, we’ll move on to the fascinating L’Occitane-en-Provence factory in Manosque, where we’ll step inside the museum and blooming gardens. After a sweet-smelling sensory experience, we’ll set a course through the villages of Luberon to beautiful Tourtour: an amber-stoned town filled with delightful cobbled lanes and boutique shops.

Hotel: La Bastide de Tourtour or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Tourtour – Gorges Du Verdon – Tourtour

Onwards to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – the jewel in the region’s crown. Picture this: steep cliff sides, whitewater rapids and turquoise-coloured water. No wonder they call it the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’! When we return to Tourtour, we’ll come together for one last dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to round off the trip with a bang?

Day 9: Tourtour – Castellane – Nice

Onwards to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – the jewel in the region’s crown. Picture this: steep cliff sides, whitewater rapids and turquoise-coloured water. No wonder they call it the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’! When we return to Tourtour, we’ll come together for one last dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to round off the trip with a bang?

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 11, 25$5,039.00$6,559.00
June: 22$5,039.00$6,559.00
July: 20$4,909.00$6,139.00
September: 07, 21$5,039.00$6,559.00
October: 05$4,909.00$6,139.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 8 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and 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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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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Riviera Explorer

Bask in the playground of socialites, celebrities and aristocrats when you explore the sun-kissed French Riviera, from elegant Nice to picture-perfect Antibes, with a side trip to Italy in between.

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

Day 1: Arrive Nice

Stretch your legs on sun-kissed Mediterranean shores, strolling in the footsteps of generations of English aristocrats who once chose Nice to be their holiday retreat. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and will have the day to embark on your own exploration of Nice, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Beau Rivage, 7 nights

Day 2: Nice

Delve into the Italian heritage of Nice’s elegant Old Town when you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour that will take you to the heart of the city, Place Massena. You’ll see the Promenade des Anglais along which the who’s who of Europe once relished beautiful seaside views. Then, see the Bay of Angels, apparently named for the mythical angels who are said to have shown Adam and Eve a new home as lush and beautiful as the Eden they could no longer enter. Your afternoon is free to explore the city your way. Resist the urge to hit the beach and consider an Optional Experience to the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.

Day 3: Italian Excursion

Begin your day in the hilltop village of Dolceaqua with its 11th-century castle. Tread in the footsteps of Claude Monet, walking across the picturesque bridge depicted in several of his paintings. Continue with a visit to an Italian agriturismo in Rocchetta Nervina. ‘Dive Into Culture’ and savour the flavours of taggiasche olives grown on-site during an olive oil tasting and lunch, featuring some of the owner’s favourite local dishes using only products grown on their land.

Day 4: Nice at Leisure or Optional St. Tropez and Cannes Experience

After a few days of sightseeing you may be tempted to spend your full free day sprawled on a sun-lounger with a cocktail but, if you can pull yourself away from the pool, consider a full-day Optional Experience to St. Tropez and Cannes. You’ll embark on a drive along the scenic coast to Sainte-Maxime and board a boat to St. Tropez where you’ll have some free time for lunch and your own exploration. Returning to Nice, you’ll stop in Cannes, and view the Palais des Festivals, home of the annual film festival. Tonight, enjoy a free evening strolling through the elegant streets of Nice in search of a rich Ratatouille, for which the town is justifiably famous.

Day 5: Côte d’Azur and Monaco Excursion

Follow the scenic Moyenne Corniche, bound for the Principality of Monaco. You’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’ and stop at Fragonard Parfumerie, which has been crafting delicate French scents since the 1920s. A stop in medieval Èze delivers panoramic views of the sparkling Côte d’Azur, before you continue to La Turbie for a remarkable photo opportunity of Monaco. See the remnants of Roman rule before following the winding road down to the coast to the glamour of Monaco. Here you’ll visit the Roman-Byzantine Monaco Cathedral and the Prince’s Palace, a 12th-century Genoese fortress and the official residence of the ruling Grimaldi Prince of Monaco. Experience lifestyles of the rich and famous at a dinner in Monaco-Ville before we embark on a scenic drive to Monte Carlo, to see the Grand Casino and parts of the Monaco Grand Prix race track.

Day 6: Excursion to Antibes – Markets and Mega-Yachts

Follow the Mediterranean coastline south to Antibes, once the haunt of Pablo Picasso. Join your Travel Director for an orientation tour before pounding the pavements on your own. Stroll alongside honey-hued façades and into bustling market squares where you’ll have an opportunity to pick from the dizzying array of artisanal fresh produce for lunch on your own. The flavours of cheese, sundried tomato and artichokes lingering on your palate, you’ll want to soak up more of this medieval gem, heading down to the harbour to admire the many private yachts moored there.

Day 7: Nice at Leisure

Get your final fix of Nice on this full free day to explore the city on your own. Explore the legacy of great artists like Matisse and Chagall, spend the morning sunbathing or consider an Optional Experience to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, an elegant seaside villa surrounded by beautiful gardens. Return to Nice in time for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, you’ll join your new friends for a rousing Farewell Dinner as you toast to good times, good friends and some French joie de vivre.

Day 8: Depart Nice

Say a fond farewell to your travel companions at the end of our time on the Riviera.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 19$2,950.00$3,820.00
May: 03, 10, 31$3,275.00$4,515.00
June: 14$3,275.00$4,515.00
June: 28$3,375.00$4,615.00
July: 12, 26$3,375.00$4,615.00
August: 09, 23$3,375.00$4,615.00
September: 06, 20$3,275.00$4,515.00
October: 04, 18$2,950.00$3,820.00
November: 01$2,775.00$3,645.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles
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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