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Grand Tour of France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2099 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2265 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Paris–Rouen–Honfleur–Caen

Drive first to the fine old city of Rouen and walk through its center, rich in gothic architechture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur and then in the world-famous seaside resort of Deauville. Overnight in Caen. (B,D)

Day 3 Caen–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel

Time to see Caen before a visit to the legendary beaches where the Allied troops landed more than 60 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurant, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous tapestry (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway, for an overnight. (B)

Day 4 Mont St. Michel–Angers–Loire Valley

Time this morning to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its cathedral. Then, along the banks of the Loire to Amboise for two overnights. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a typical local restaurant. (B)

Day 5 Loire Valley

Time at leisure or join the 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 châteaux make for splendid panoramas. (B,D)

Day 6 Loire Valley–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux

Travel on the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine as far as Poitiers. Next stop is the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue westwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the Hennessy museum in Cognac. Then, journey to Bordeaux for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 7 Bordeaux–Dordogne–Rocamadour–Toulouse

Time for an orientation walk of Bordeaux, then drive into the heart of one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Southwards by way of Cahors to Toulouse for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 8 Toulouse–Carcassonne–Nîmes–Pont Du Gard–Avignon

Drive this morning along the Autoroute des Deux Mers for an orientation walk in Carcassonne. Then, continue eastwards to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Also visit the famous Roman amphitheater. Get a view of the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Short picture stop at the famous Pont du Gard, before reaching Avignon for an overnight. (B)

Day 9 Avignon–Arles–Aix en Provence–French Riviera

South this morning to visit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known the world over by the paintings of Van Gogh. Stop in Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the optional evening excursion. (B)

Day 10 French Riviera

Take the opportunity today to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera. (B)

Day 11 French Riviera–Grasse–Lyon Area

First to Grasse for a visit to a perfume workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area. (B,D)

Day 12 Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris

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 Hôtel-Dieu before continuing to the French capital and “City of Light,” Paris. Don't miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle. (B)

Day 13 Paris

Included sightseeing with a local expert starts with an inside visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. 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 14 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

Headsets throughout the tour

Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Deauville, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers, La Rochelle, Cognac museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Avignon, Arles, Aix en Provence, Beaune

Scenic Highlights:
Loire Valley, Perigot Noir, Dordogne, Cognac, French Riviera, Burgundy wine country, Route Napoleon, Pont du Gard


Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring


•December 20 Departure - New Year in Paris including "Reveillon" dinner
•On Sunday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise. Itinerary changes as follows:
• Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Blois. (B)
• Day 5: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D)
• Day 6: Blois–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux. (B)


PARIS Kyriad (ST) at Bercy or Novotel Defense Park (F) or Mercure Defense Park (F)
CAEN Mercure Côte de Nacre (ST) at Herouville
LOIRE VALLEY Novotel (F) at Amboise or Novotel (F) at Blois
BORDEAUX Mercure Meriadeck (ST)
TOULOUSE SAS Radisson Toulouse Airport (F)
AVIGNON Ibis Pont Europe (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Alliance (ST) at Cannes les Cannet or All Seasons (F) at Nice or Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Quality (ST) at Menton
LYON Park Inn (ST) or Park Inn (ST) at Mâcon
PARIS Mercure (F) at Porte de St. Cloud or Novotel Defense Park (F)


Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates

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