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Length:  14 days from Paris to Paris

2019 Season Departs From:  Paris


Overview

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheater in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years War left many of the towns population destitute. On the “route Napoleon”, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.

Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea. This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a lifetime!



Duration:  14 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
14 April, 2019 27 April, 2019
28 April, 2019 11 May, 2019
12 May, 2019 25 May, 2019
26 May, 2019 08 June, 2019
09 June, 2019 22 June, 2019
23 June, 2019 06 July, 2019
30 June, 2019 13 July, 2019
07 July, 2019 20 July, 2019
14 July, 2019 27 July, 2019
21 July, 2019 03 August, 2019
11 August, 2019 24 August, 2019
25 August, 2019 07 September, 2019
01 September, 2019 14 September, 2019
08 September, 2019 21 September, 2019
15 September, 2019 28 September, 2019
22 September, 2019 05 October, 2019
29 September, 2019 12 October, 2019
06 October, 2019 19 October, 2019
13 October, 2019 26 October, 2019


City Highlights

ROUEN
Orientation walk

HONFLEUR and CAEN
Visit

NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

MONT ST. MICHEL
Visit

ANGERS
Visit the cathedral

CHATEAUX COUNTRY
Visit

LA ROCHELLE
Visit

BORDEAUX
Orientation walk and wine tasting

ROCAMADOUR
Visit

CARCASSONNE
Orientation walk

PONT DU GARD
See the Roman aqueduct

ARLES
Visit the Roman Amphitheater

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Visit

GRASSE
Visit a perfume workshop

BEAUNE
Visit Hotel Dieu

PARIS
Guided sightseeing





Day 1   ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2   PARIS–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–CAEN. Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen—one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slate-covered facades. Continue to Caen. (B,D)

Day 3   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. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors’ epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway. (B)

Day 4   MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY. Time to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before departing for Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 5   CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY. Spend the day at leisure or participate in 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 châteaux make for splendid panoramas. (B,D)

Day 6   CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–LA ROCHELLE–BORDEAUX. This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region where you will stop for a WINE TASTING session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux. (B,D)

Day 7   BORDEAUX–DORDOGNE–ROCAMADOUR–TOULOUSE. 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)

Day 8   TOULOUSE–CARCASSONNE–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON. Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon. (B)

Day 9   AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH RIVIERA. Visit Arles, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEAU, lined in the French tradition with plane trees. See 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)

Day 10   FRENCH RIVIERA. Take time 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)

Day 11   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, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in 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 the Roman era, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital of Paris. Don’t miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle. (B)

Day 13   PARIS. Discover the glorious French capital with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate your tour, a French farewell dinner is magnifique! (B)

Day 14   PARIS. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Transportation

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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