14 Day Tour from Paris to Paris
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 historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, and walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port, characterized by houses with slate-covered facades, before reaching 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. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors’ epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)
Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Châteaux Country
Time to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its Cathedral. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach your hotel. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)
Day 5: Châteaux Country
Spend some time at leisure or join 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–Cognac–Bordeaux
Enjoy some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue eastwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the Hennessy Museum in Cognac. Next, visit Bordeaux for an orientation walk of the city center. (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–Nîmes–Pont Du Gard–Avignon
Travel to Carcassonne for an orientation walk of this well-preserved medieval town. Then, continue to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Get a view of the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. 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, the most famous of all the Provence towns, 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 with plane trees, and 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 the time today 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, the one 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 Roman times, where you visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu. Return 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
During included sightseeing with a local expert, see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the modern glass Louvre Pyramid, 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)
Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers cathedral, La Rochelle, Cognac Museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles Roman Amphitheater, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse perfume workshop, Beaune, Hôtel-Dieu.
Loire Valley, Cognac, Dordogne, Perigot Noir, French Riviera, Route Napoleon, Burgundy.
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.
Paris: Novotel Porte d’Orleans (First) or Kyriad Bercy (Standard).
Caen: Mercure Cote de Nacre at Herouville St. Clair (Standard).
Mont St. Michel: Hotel Vert (Standard) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (Standard).
Châteaux Country: Novotel Amboise (First).
Bordeaux: Mercure Centre Meriadeck (Standard).
Toulouse: Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport (First).
Avignon: Ibis Pont de l’Europe (ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (Standard).
French Riviera: Park Inn Nice (Standard) or Ibis Styles Vieux Port (Standard).
Lyon Area: Lyon Ouest (Standard) or Parkest (Standard).
Paris: Novotel La Defense (First) or TimhotelBerthier (Standard).
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners.
Dates and Prices
The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees.
Prices in USD based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement: $680
Extra nights per person in Paris:
In single room: $144-$385
In twin: $73-$194
In triple: $65-$146
In single room: $136-$390
In twin: $72-$199
In triple: $67-$195