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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 11||$5,759.00||Price on Application|
|April: 18||$5,809.00||Price on Application|
|April: 25||$5,879.00||Price on Application|
|May: 02||$5,909.00||Price on Application|
|May: 09||$5,979.00||Price on Application|
|May: 16||$5,949.00||Price on Application|
|May: 23||$5,979.00||Price on Application|
|May: 30||$6,049.00||Price on Application|
|June: 06||$6,149.00||Price on Application|
|June: 13, 20||$6,039.00||Price on Application|
|June: 27||$6,079.00||Price on Application|
|July: 18||$5,909.00||Price on Application|
|August: 01||$5,909.00||Price on Application|
|September:05||$6,019.00||Price on Application|
|September: 12, 19, 26||$6,119.00||Price on Application|
|October: 03||$6,039.00||Price on Application|
|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