Best of France 2017

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain First Class 2017

Enjoy France a la carte - chateaux, chic beach resorts and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcasonne with its enchanting city walls. Cross Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Carcassonne
  • Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley.
  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • See the Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral while in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha while in Normandy
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Chateau Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Eiffel Tower
Dining Highlights
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
13 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ParisArrive Paris: Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialities. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights including the Champs Elysees and the Arc d'Triomphe.Welcome Reception
Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel
Day 2LyonParis - Beaune - Lyon: Drive south into Burgundy wine country, once home to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, past the Cote d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune to discover the treasures in the 15th century Hospice de Beaune. Tonight in Lyon why not try out some local specialities for which the city is justifiably famous.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel Gerland
Day 3French RivieraLyon - Avignon - Monaco - French Riviera (2 Nights): Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favoured by artists such as Van Gogh and Cezanne to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to the rich and famous. View the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. Later enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Best Western Plus Massena
Day 4French RivieraFrench Riviera: Spend today as you wish. The Cote d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants.Buffet Breakfast
Day 5CarcassonneFrench Riviera - Arles - Carcassonne: Visit the town of Arles with free time to explore the city. Pass Alaric's Mountain to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Best Western Le Donjon Authentic Accommodation
Day 6BiarritzCarcassonne - Lourdes - Biarritz: Wind your way through the Corbieres Hills and 'Cathar' landscapes toward the Pyrenees. See the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette's grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Radisson Blu
Day 7BordeauxBiarritz - Bordeaux (2 Nights): Head north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world's major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel Centre
Day 8BordeauxDordogne Excursion: Enjoy a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval 'Bastide' villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Later return to Bordeaux where you will have free time to explore the city.Buffet Breakfast
Day 9Loire ValleyBordeaux - Loire Valley: Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Château Chenonceau. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. This evening join your fellow travellers for a special Be My Guest dining experience where you enjoy typical French hospitality.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Mercure Tours Nord
Day 10Omaha BeachLoire Valley - Mont St. Michel - Omaha Beach: Travel through Brittany to visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring the abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lo and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day Landing Zone and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Mercure Omaha Beach
Day 11ParisOmaha Beach - Giverny - Paris (2 Nights): Head south east towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabaret venues.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel
Day 12ParisParis Sightseeing: This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 13Depart ParisDepart Paris: Say 'au revoir' to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 02 April, 16 April, 27 August, 15 October and 22 October 2017 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

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