You’ve seen photos of Notre Dame Cathedral—now’s your time to not only see it, but to visit it. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit one of them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to participate in a wine tasting in Bordeaux country. You’ve heard of the high-speed TGV train—now’s your chance to ride on it. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris and has overnights also in Caen, St. Malo, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Nîmes, 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 traveling 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: Marriott Paris Rive Gauche, 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 Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, and Arc de Triomphe. Visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and admire its Rose Windows. 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 Harbour. 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 Essé to visit La Roche-Aux-Fees, 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 pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor dinner at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant.
Hotel: Mercure Chateau Chartrons, 2 nights
Day 7: Bordeaux – Excursion to St. Emilion
A morning at leisure offers the opportunity to join an exciting optional excursion. Later, enjoy a highlight visit to St. Emilion for an exclusive wine tasting at Château Soutard.
Day 8: Bordeaux – Biarritz – Lourdes
Stop in Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. Continue to Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, and join the memorable Rosary and candlelight procession this evening.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres
Day 9: Lourdes – Carcassonne – Nimes
Travel from Lourdes to the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne for a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements and time to explore the town on your own. Continue to Nîmes and find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans!
Hotel: Novotel Atria Nimes
Day 10: Nimes – Grasse – French Riviera
This morning, 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: AC Ellington at Nice, 2 nights
Day 11: French Riviera At Leisure
A full day at leisure on the enchanting Côte d’Azur gives you a chance to visit the beach or browse through the elegant shops. To make the most of your stay, optional excursions are available to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence and to Monte Carlo.
Day 12: French Riviera – Aix-En-Provence – Lyon
Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities, was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through the center of the town. Next is Lyon, the second largest city of France. Drive to Fourvière Hill, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its Roman ruins before arriving at your hotel.
Hotel: Mercure Chateau Perrache
Day 13: Lyon – Dijon
Sit back and relax during a private cruise on the Rhône and Sâone Rivers with a Local Guide, who will explain the sights. Time to walk through Old Lyon and see the Murales, examples of trompe l’oeil, started by a group of students in the ‘70s. Continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy and famous for mustard. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, admire the architecture, and learn about toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs).
Hotel: Oceania Le Jura
Day 14: 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: Marriott Paris Rive Gauche
Day 15: Paris
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 04, 11||$5,159.00||$6,547.00|
|May: 18, 25||$5,299.00||$6,942.00|
|June: 22, 29||$5,189.00||$6,832.00|
|August: 03, 24||$5,189.00||$6,577.00|
|Meals:||14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 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