The Treasures of France 2017

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

Explore centuries of French heritage as you cross the valleys and vineyards of the north in search of beauty and to mourn the tragedy of war. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and marvel at the architecture and masterpieces of France's most famous fairytale chateaux before visiting vibrant Paris and the exquisite Palace of Versailles.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • Insider walking tour of Paris
  • Orientation of Paris, Bayeux and Blois
  • View the Champs Elysees and Arc d'Triomphe in Paris
  • Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Bayeux Tapestry, the historic D-Day beach of Omaha, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Amboise and Chenonceau chateaux, Chambord Chateau, Chartres Cathedral and the second level of the Eiffel Tower
Dining Highlights
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 lunch (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
8 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1ParisArrive Paris: Welcome to France. Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you, including the Champs Elysees and the Arc d'Triomphe.Welcome Reception
Evergreen Laurel
Day 2BayeuxParis - Rouen - Honfleur - Bayeux: This morning visit Rouen where Joan of Arc was tragically burnt at the stake. Then travel to Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Later in Bayeux visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066.Buffet Breakfast
Novotel Bayeux
Day 3Mont St. MichelBayeux - D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) - Mont St. Michel: Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day Landing beach at Omaha and the military cemetery. Stop for lunch in Arromanches, a town at the heart of the Normandy landings. You might like to finish your day with an Optional Experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Relais Du Roy
Day 4BloisMont St. Michel - Blois (2 Nights): Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel with a Local Specialist. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel. Travel through scenic countryside and later stop for a memorable Be My Guest experience at a picturesque chateau, including wine tasting and a light meal. Travel to your hotel in Blois where you dine tonight.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine
Holiday Inn Blois Centre
Day 5BloisChateaux Excursion: Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the Amboise Royal chateau, where King Francois I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the chateau reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to Chateau Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Luce, connected to the chateau by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the chateau. Continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale chateau built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture - reflected in the waters of the river - is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Chateau is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. It contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.Buffet Breakfast
Day 6ParisBlois - Chambord - Chartres - Paris (2 Nights): Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable chateaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the chateau resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The chateau was constructed by King Francois I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn't live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and marvel at the original stained glass windows. Tonight in Paris consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned.Buffet Breakfast
Renaissance Paris La Defense
Day 7ParisParis 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. During your free time you may want to explore a world class museum or gallery, or even join an Optional Experience to Versailles. The finale to this great trip starts with a visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a Parisian bistro.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 8Depart ParisDepart Paris: Say 'au revoir' to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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