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Highlights of France

Duration 13 days

Destinations visited :
  • France
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  • Monaco
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It won’t take long for France to touch your heart, but in 13 days it will capture it outright. Surrender to the allure of the Loire Valley, the sophisticated French Riviera and historic villages, towns and cities from Beaune to Bordeaux. You’ll explore a hidden realm of scenic vineyard-clad landscapes, admire the medieval façades of Carcassonne and get your WWII history fix in Normandy, where the humbling tales of the D-Day Landings come to life.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights)
Welcome to Paris. After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.
Hotel: Novotel 14 Porte d’Orléans
Meal:

DAY 2

Paris Orientation and Free Time
This morning your orientation features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish or join an Optional Experience to a Parisian Cabaret.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Paris – Beaune – Lyon
Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city. Enjoy an orientation tour en route to your hotel.
Hotel: Campanile Berge Du Rhone
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally, drive to your hotel on the glamorous French Riviera.
Hotel: Appart’City Confort Cannes
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

French Riveria Free Day
Relax and experience the Côte d’Azur’s sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or explore the town of Cannes famous for its film festival.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

French Riviera – Pont Du Gard – Nîmes
View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which was built in the 1st century to supply water to the nearby towns. Continue to your hotel in Nîmes.
Hotel: C Suites Nîmes
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 7

Nîmes – Carcassonne – Lourdes
Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette’s Grotto. This evening, there is an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims – a magical and moving experience.
Hotel: Mercure Imperial
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 8

Lourdes – Biarritz – Bordeaux
Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts. Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux.
Hotel: Ibis Centre Meriadeck
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Bordeaux – St. Émilion – Tours (2 Nights)
Enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop village of St. Émilion which is famous for its wine. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley.
Hotel: Ibis Styles Sud
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 10

Loire Valley and Château Excursion
Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried and view the splendid Château de Chambord.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Tours – Mont St. Michel – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Deauville
Head north through the picturesque countryside of the Loire Valley and Normandy. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Then continue to the historic D-Day Landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival.
Hotel: Ibis Centre
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 12

Deauville – Honfleur – Rouen – Paris
Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and view the impressive cathedral. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris, where you may consider an Optional Experience to a local restaurant.
Hotel: Novotel Pont de Sevres
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 13

Depart Paris
Say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Beaune Visit this charming town
  • Lyon Orientation tour of this gastronomic city
  • Avignon View St. Bénezet Bridge and the Papal Palace
  • Monaco Visit the Principality
  • Cannes Visit the home of the annual film festival
  • Pont du Gard View the Roman Aqueduct
  • Carcassonne Visit this beautifully preserved walled city
  • Lourdes View St. Bernadette’s Grotto
  • Biarritz Visit this glamorous resort
  • Bordeaux Orientation tour
  • St. Émilion Visit the famous wine village
  • Loire Valley Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist. View the Châteaux at Amboise and Chambord
  • Mont St. Michel Visit the island town and view the abbey
  • Normandy Visit the D-Day Landing beach of Omaha
  • Honfleur Visit this picturesque port
  • Rouen View the cathedral

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
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Highlights of France

It won’t take long for France to touch your heart, but in 13 days it will capture it outright. Surrender to the allure of the Loire Valley, the sophisticated French Riviera and historic villages, towns and cities from Beaune to Bordeaux. You’ll explore a hidden realm of scenic vineyard-clad landscapes, admire the medieval façades of Carcassonne and get your WWII history fix in Normandy, where the humbling tales of the D-Day Landings come to life.