GRAND TOUR OF FRANCE - 2017
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Get to know France from the inside on this exciting vacation. From Paris, head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, Caen, and the Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches from World War II. On to Bayeux, then the enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and the glorious Loire Valley. Travel through the countryside, famous for its cognac and champagne production, and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle. Spend a night in Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and Avignon. Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and enchanting Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera, summer home of the glitz and glam. Take the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume workshop in Grasse, then carry on to Lyon on the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in delightful Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital, then return to Paris, the “City of Light,” with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to soak in the romantic atmosphere.
Extend your tour with a London extension.
- INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
- INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers cathedral, La Rochelle, Cognac Museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles Roman Amphitheatre, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse perfume workshop, Beaune Hotel-Dieu.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Loire Valley, Cognac, Dordogne, Perigot Noir, French Riviera, Route Napoleon, Burgundy.
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.
Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
5 dinners (D)
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, and walk through its centre, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port, characterised by houses with slate-covered facades, before reaching Caen. (B,D)
CAEN-NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES- BAYEUX-MONT ST. MICHEL.
Time 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)
MONT ST. MICHEL-ANGERS-CHATEAUX COUNTRY.
Time 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)
Spend 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)
CHATEAUX COUNTRY-LA ROCHELLE-COGNAC-BORDEAUX.
Enjoy 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 centre. (B,D)
Discover 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)
TOULOUSE-CARCASSONNE-NIMES- PONT DU GARD-AVIGNON.
Travel 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)
AVIGNON-ARLES-AIX-EN-PROVENCE- FRENCH RIVIERA.
Visit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATRE, 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)
Take 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)
FRENCH RIVIERA-GRASSE-LYON AREA.
First 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)
Travel 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)
Discover the glorious French capital with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On the included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, as well as modern living. 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)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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