Discover the best of France on this chic Country Explorer trip, as Paris meets the capital of cool, St-Tropez. Stroll along Pont du Gard, soak up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco, and meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal.
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Day 1: Arrive Paris
Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris – the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and winding lanes of the City of Lights, before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendour for you to admire.
Hotel: Renaissance La Defense, 2 nights
Day 2: Paris
Join a Local Specialist to delve into the hidden squares and secret lanes of a Paris not normally frequented by tourists. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighbourhoods. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.
Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Lyon
Journey through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune – most famous for the colourful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavours in a local bouchon – the choice is yours.
Hotel: Novotel Gerland
Day 4: Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera
Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for a delicious lunch and the sweet flavours of Calissons, then stop in the glamourous Principality of Monaco bound for the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera. View the Palace, which has been the home of the Grimaldis since the 13th century, and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Meal together in Monaco before arriving at our hotel, where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Hotel: Montaigne & Spa, 2 nights
Day 5: French Riviera
Walk in the footsteps of the world’s big stars, strolling along the stylish streets of Cannes on this day at leisure in the French Riviera. See the famous Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette, relax on the beach with the beautiful people, or visit the delightful hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.
Day 6: French Riviera – St. Tropez – Arles – Avignon
We arrive by boat in glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surrounds. Continue to Arles, to admire the Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheatre, once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh with your Local Specialist, exploring the heritage of a city that was once an important Phoenician trading port. We arrive in the ancient city of Avignon, once the Seat of the Papacy, where we will spend the next two nights. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, Sur le pont d’Avignon.
Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon, 2 nights
Day 7: Pont du Gard Excursion & Avignon
We cross the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct in the company of a Local Specialist and learn about the history of this elevated architectural wonder that has spanned the Gardon River since Roman times. We return to Avignon for lunch and some time at leisure. Tonight, we enjoy delicious Provençal flavours as we ‘Connect With Locals’ and join the widow of Pierre Salinger for a memorable Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the Sorgue.
Day 8: Avignon – TGV Train – Paris
The picture-perfect French countryside is our constant companion as we take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own terms. This evening we celebrate an unforgettable sojourn through France at a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends.
Hotel: Evergreen Laurel
Day 9: Depart Paris
This morning after breakfast, it’s time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|April: 06, 13, 20||$3,495.00||$4,475.00|
|May: 04, 11, 18||$3,550.00||$4,530.00|
|June: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29||$3,595.00||$4,575.00|
|July: 06, 13, 20, 27||$3,595.00||$4,575.00|
|August: 03, 10, 17, 24||$3,595.00||$4,575.00|
|September: 07, 14, 21, 28||$3,550.00||$4,530.00|
|October: 05, 12||$3,550.00||$4,530.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 4 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach|
|Rail:||TGV Express Train: Avignon / Paris|
|Accommodation:||8 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||An expert Travel Director and separate Driver|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.