2017: Grand Tour of France (4780)

14 days from Paris to Paris

You've seen photos of the Eiffel Tower-now's your time to see it in person. You've studied and read about D-Day's Normandy Beaches-now's your chance to visit them. You've heard about France's famous wines-now's your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheater in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaune's Hotel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute.. On the 'route Napoleon', follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandy's landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.

Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cezanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafes.

In Grasse, the world's perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. You'll also travel through some of France's most beautiful areas. Spend time in the Chateaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France's most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you'll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea.

This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a lifetime!

HOTELS
PARIS Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)
CAEN Mercure Cote de Nacre (ST) at Herouville St. Clair
MONT ST. MICHELHotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST)
CHATEAUX COUNTRY Novotel Amboise (F)
BORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
TOULOUSE Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport (F)
AVIGNON Ibis Pont de l'Europe (ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn Nice (ST) or Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST)
LYON AREA Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Novotel La Defense (F) or Timhotel Berthier (ST)

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12863247

Tour Operator
Cosmos
Duration
14 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ParisCheck into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2CaenDrive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, and walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port, characterized by houses with slate-covered facades, before reaching Caen. (B,D)
Day 3Mont St MichelTime to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors' epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)
Day 4Chateaux CountryTime to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach your hotel. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 5Chateaux CountrySpend some time at leisure or join an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chateaux make for splendid panoramas. (B,D)
Day 6BordeauxEnjoy some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue eastwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the HENNESSY MUSEUM in Cognac. Next, visit Bordeaux for an orientation walk of the city center. (B,D)
Day 7ToulouseDiscover one of France's most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse. (B,D)
Day 8TAvignonTravel to Carcassonne for an orientation walk of this well-preserved medieval town. Then, continue to Nimes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Get a view of the Maison Carree, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon. (B)
Day 9French RivieraVisit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEU, lined with plane trees, and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don't miss the optional evening excursion. (B)
Day 10French RivieraTake the time today to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco. (B)
Day 11LyonFirst to Grasse to visit a traditional PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France's great panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area. (B,D)
Day 12ParisTravel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region's wine capital since Roman times, where you visit the famous HOTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital and 'City of Light,' Paris. Don't miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle. (B)
Day 13ParisDuring included sightseeing with a local expert, see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the modern glass Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)
Day 14ParisYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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US$ Price Details

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$680

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Paris:
Pre tour: in single room $144-$385, in twin $73-$194, in triple $65-$146
Post tour: in single room $136-$390, in twin $72-$199, in triple $67-$195

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