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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3629 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3689 US Dollar (USD)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors: •Historical Centre of the City of Salzburg
•Historical Centre of Vienna
•Historical Centre of Prague
•Palaces and Ponts of Potsdam and Berlin
•Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue


Itinerary



Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a [LF] welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. and enjoy an orientation drive to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (D)


Day 2 Paris

Guided sightseeing features the highlights of Paris, like the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, and Champs-Elysées. Visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window, and for a panoramic view, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. Choose from exciting optional excursions, like to the magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles and evening excursions. (B)


Day 3 Paris–Honfleur–Deauville–Bayeux

A pleasant drive through the rural area west of Paris takes you to the picturesque town of Honfleur, with its enclosed harbor, and the elegant resort of Deauville on the coast. Time to explore both towns before heading to Bayeux, where you can admire QUEEN MATILDA’S TAPESTRY, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. (B)


Day 4 Bayeux–Normandy Beaches–Mont St. Michel–St. Malo

Along the Normandy Beaches, scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, arrive at the famous ABBEY OF MONT ST. MICHEL, spectacularly perched on a rocky isle in the Gulf of Saint Malo and enjoy an included lunch. Overnight in St. Malo. This evening, [LF] enjoy a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant, where you can try out specialties of the region. (B,L,D)


Day 5 St. Malo–Loire Valley

Enjoy a scenic drive through Brittany to the Loire Valley for your overnight stay in Blois. (B)


Day 6 Loire Valley–Chenonceau Castle–Bordeaux

Visit the 16th-century castle of Catherine de Medici, lovely CHENONCEAU, a fairytale castle with a moat, drawbridge, and towers. Continue to Bordeaux, and join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this pretty city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savor dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (B,D)


Day 7 Bordeaux. Excursion to St. Emilion

In the morning you can join an optional excursion to Arcachon. Situated at the southern entrance of the Atlantic Ocean, Arcachon Bay is crowned by Europe’s largest sand dune, the Dune de Pyla. This afternoon, your highlight is [LF] a visit to St. Emilion, world famous for its wine, where an exclusive WINE TASTING awaits you. (B,D)


Day 8 Bordeaux–Biarritz–Lourdes

A wonderful stop at the coast to visit Biarritz, an ancient fishing village turned trendy seaside resort. Continue to Lourdes, one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Visit the GROTTO where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, and this evening, you can join the memorable rosary and candlelight procession. (B,D)


Day 9 Lourdes–Carcassonne–Nîmes

From Lourdes to the beautifully preserved, medieval, walled town of Carcassonne for a leisurely walk on the ancient BATTLEMENTS and time to explore the town on your own. Continue to pretty Nîmes, and find out what both this city and Genoa, in Italy, have to do with jeans trousers! (B,D)


Day 10 Nîmes–Aix-en-Provence–Nice–Monte Carlo

This morning, drive through the splendid vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon and arrive at Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over the world. Later, head for Nice. Join your Tour Director for a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Spend the next two nights in Monte Carlo. (B)


Day 11 Monte Carlo

Enjoy this enchanting resort on the Côte d’Azur at your own pace. Browse through the elegant shops or you may wish to join an optional excursion to the famous artist town of St. Paul de Vence. (B)


Day 12 Monte Carlo–Grasse–Grenoble

Arrive in Grasse, where an expert will give a lecture about perfume making in the most famous Fragonard PERFUME FACTORY. [LF] You will get a special little gift to take home with you. Next, drive along the spectacular Route Napoleon through the French Alps past medieval towns to Grenoble. (B,D)


Day 13 Grenoble–Lyon–Dijon

Leave the Alps and arrive in Lyon. Orientation features a panoramic view from FOURVIÈRE HILL with its basilica to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city and its Roman ruins. Then, drive north into Burgundy, where road signs read like the wine list of an expensive restaurant. On to Dijon, which was the capital of Burgundy from the 11th to the 15th centuries. During your orientation, hear about the various dukes who ruled over the area, then have the rest of the afternoon to browse the shops and enjoy this charming city. (B,D)


Day 14 Dijon–Paris

Enjoy a ride on the high-speed TGV TRAIN to Paris. Optional excursions are available to the magnificent Louvre Museum to admire the Mona Lisa, and to the Moulin Rouge dinner show, the best way to say, “Au Revoir, Paris.” (B)


Day 15 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


Vacation Highlights

PARIS
[LF] Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel Tower

HONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE
Visit these seaside resorts

BAYEUX
Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry Museum

NORMANDY BEACHES
Take pictures of the landing beaches

MONT ST. MICHEL
Guided visit of the abbey

ST. MALO
[LF] Lunch at a local restaurant

LOIRE VALLEY
Visit Chenonceau Castle

BORDEAUX
Walking tour, dinner at local restaurant

ST. EMILION
[LF] Wine tasting and dinner

BIARRITZ
Visit the seaside resort

LOURDES
Visit St. Bernadette’s grotto

CARCASSONNE
Walk on the ancient battlements

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Walking tour

NICE
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais

MONTE CARLO
Visit

GRASSE
Visit a perfume factory, [LF] enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume making and receive a special gift

LYON
Orientation including Fourvière Hill

DIJON
Orientation

DIJON–PARIS
By high-speed TGV train (first-class)

Headsets throughout the tour



Hotels

PARIS Marriott Paris Rive Gauche (SF)
BAYEUX Novotel (F)
ST. MALO Océania (F)
LOIRE VALLEY Mercure Centre (F) at Blois
BORDEAUX Mercure Château Chartrons (F)
LOURDES Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres (F)
NÎMES Imperator Concorde (F)
MONTE CARLO Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco (SF) at Cap d’Ail
GRENOBLE Mercure Président (F)
DIJON Mercure Clémenceau (F)
PARIS Pullman Paris Bercy (SF)

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 8 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner with wine in Paris and special dinners with wine in St. Malo and in Bordeaux

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only, they vary on departure dates.

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