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Wonderful France

Duration 9 days

Destinations visited :
  • France
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  • Monaco
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Combine the glamorous French capital with centuries of history and glorious sunsets on the French Riviera. This favourite French tour package delivers it all in just nine days, from strolling the Pont du Gard to soaking up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco in France’s glorious south.

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DAY 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights)
Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris – the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and winding lanes of the City of Lights, before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendour for you to admire.
Hotel: Renaissance La Defense
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join a Local Specialist to delve into the hidden squares and secret lanes of a Paris not normally frequented by tourists. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighbourhoods. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Paris – Beaune – Lyon
Journey through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune – most famous for the colourful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavours in a local bouchon – the choice is yours.
Hotel: Novotel Gerland
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for a delicious lunch and the sweet flavours of Calissons, then stop in the glamourous Principality of Monaco bound for the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera. View the Palace, which has been the home of the Grimaldis since the 13th century, and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Meal together in Monaco before arriving at our hotel, where we’ll spend the next two nights.
Hotel: Montaigne & Spa
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 5

French Riviera Free Day
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salade Niçoise.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

French Riviera – St. Tropez – Avignon (2 Nights)
We arrive by boat in glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surrounds. Continue onto the ancient city of Avignon, once the Seat of the Papacy, where we will spend the next two nights. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, Sur le pont d’Avignon.
Hotel: Mercure Pont d’Avignon
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Pont du Gard And Arles Excursion
We cross the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct in the company of a Local Specialist and learn about the history of this elevated architectural wonder that has spanned the Gardon River since Roman times. Continue to Arles, to admire the Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheatre, once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent Van Goph with your Local Specialist, exploring the heritage of a city that was once an important Phoenician trading port. Tonight, we enjoy delicious Provençal flavours as we ‘Connect With Locals’ and join the widow of Pierre Salinger for a memorable Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the Sorgue.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

DAY 8

Avignon – TGV Train – Paris Free Time
The picture-perfect French countryside is our constant companion as we take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own terms. This evening we celebrate an unforgettable sojourn through France at a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends.
Hotel: Evergreen Laurel
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 9

Depart Paris
This morning after breakfast, it’s time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • WALKING TOUR in Paris with a Local Specialist
  • CITY TOUR in Arles
  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Avignon
  • VISIT the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris and Pont du Gard
  • CRUISE to St. Tropez
  • VIEW Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

Dining Highlights

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

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 Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Wonderful France

Combine the glamorous French capital with centuries of history and glorious sunsets on the French Riviera. This favourite French tour package delivers it all in just nine days, from strolling the Pont du Gard to soaking up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco in France’s glorious south.