Highlights of France
Discover your inner joie de vivre in la belle France, where you'll sweep the country from sophisticated Paris to the dazzling south coast and beyond.
Where else to start your journey than postcard-perfect Paris, where the iconic Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Cathedral de Notre-Dame and Moulin Rouge all lie in wait … But underestimate the rest of France at your peril! This thirteen-day tour also takes in dynamic Lyon, glamorous Nice, the walled medieval town of Carcassonne and the seaside sparkle of Biarritz, with time to enjoy a tipple or two in Bordeaux and Cognac too. You'll then visit the enchanting Loire Valley, seeing storybook chateaus, Mont St. Michel and the historic Omaha Beach, where the D-Day landings took place. Finally, cruise through picturesque Normandy, home to the impressive Rouen cathedral and Monet's favourite town Hornfleur, before finishing back in Paris for your final au revoir to France.
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Duration: 13 days
Tour Highlights: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Nimes, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Cognac, Loire Valley and surrounding areas, Mont St Michel, Deauville and surrounding areas
- Avignon View St. Bénezet Bridge and the Papal Palace
- Beaune Visit this charming town
- Biarritz Visit this glamorous resort
- Bordeaux Orientation tour
- Carcassonne Visit this beautifully preserved walled city
- Cognac Visit a brandy distillery
- Honfleur Visit this picturesque port
- Loire Valley Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist. View the Château at Amboise and Chambord
- Lourdes View St. Bernadette's Grotto
- Lyon Orientation tour of this gastronomic city
- Monaco Visit the Principality
- Mont St. Michel Visit the island town and view the Abbey
- Nice Enjoy the capital of the French Riviera
- Normandy Visit the D-Day landing beach of Omaha
- Paris Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
- Pont du Gard View the Roman Aqueduct
- Rouen View the Cathedral
- St. Emilion Visit the famous wine village
- 12 nights accommodation
- Dining highlights
- First class travel highlights including a variety of optional experiences
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Expert Travel Director and separate driver
- Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Arrive Paris (2 Nights)
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City.
Welcome to Paris! After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.
Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Experience a wonderful sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, featuring the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élyées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. This evening, why not end your day with a spectacular cabaret show for which Paris is famous! Buffet Breakfast.
Paris - Beaune - Lyon
Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city with an orientation tour en route to your hotel. Buffet Breakfast.
Lyon - Avignon - Monaco - Nice (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally drive to the city of Nice, capital of the glamorous French Riviera! Buffet Breakfast,Dinner.
Nice (Day at Leisure)
Relax and experience the Côte d'Azur's sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or visit the colourful Flower Market in the old town. Buffet Breakfast.
Nice - Pont du Gard - Nimes
View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River which was built in the 1st century AD to supply water to the nearby towns. Continue to your hotel in Nimes. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner.
Nimes - Carcassonne - Lourdes
Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's Grotto. This evening there is an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims - a magical and moving experience. Buffet Breakfast,Dinner.
Lourdes - Biarritz - Bordeaux
Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts! Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux. Buffet Breakfast.
Bordeaus - Cognac - Loire Valley (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop village of St. Emilion which is famous for its wine. Later, visit Cognac to visit a brandy distillery. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner.
Loire Valley and Chateau Excursion
Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried, and view the splendid Château de Chambord. Tonight, why not try delicious local Touraine cuisine? Buffet Breakfast.
Loire Valley - Mont St. Michel - D-day Landing Beaches (Omaha) - Deauville
Head north via Le Mans, home of the famous 24-hour car race, through the fortified town of Fougères. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the Abbey. Visit the historic D-Day landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival. Buffet Breakfast,Dinner.
Deauville - Honfleur - Rouen - Paris
Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and view the impressive Cathedral. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris, where you may consider an optional experience to a glittering Parisian cabaret. Buffet Breakfast.
Say 'au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply. Buffet Breakfast.