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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