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Grand Tour of France

14 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

 

Itinerary

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)

Sightseeing:

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.

Scenic Highlights:

Loire Valley, Cognac, Dordogne, Perigot Noir, French Riviera, Route Napoleon, Burgundy.

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring.

Hotels

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).

 

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners.

Excursions

Loire Valley

French Riviera

Paris

 

Dates and Prices

The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees.

Departure
Details
Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
Popular Departure 04/02/2017 04/15/2017 $2,099
$2,049
  04/09/2017 04/22/2017 $2,159
  04/16/2017 04/29/2017 $2,159
  04/23/2017 05/06/2017 $2,189
Popular Departure 04/30/2017 05/13/2017 $2,189
$2,139
Popular Departure 05/07/2017 05/20/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  05/14/2017 05/27/2017 $2,239
$2,189
Popular Departure 05/21/2017 06/03/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  05/28/2017 06/10/2017 $2,239
Popular Departure 06/04/2017 06/17/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  06/11/2017 06/24/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  06/18/2017 07/01/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  06/25/2017 07/08/2017 $2,239
$2,189
Popular Departure 07/02/2017 07/15/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  07/09/2017 07/22/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  07/16/2017 07/29/2017 $2,179
Popular Departure 07/23/2017 08/05/2017 $2,179
$2,129
Popular Departure 07/30/2017 08/12/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  08/06/2017 08/19/2017 $2,179
$2,129
Popular Departure 08/13/2017 08/26/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  08/20/2017 09/02/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  08/27/2017 09/09/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  09/03/2017 09/16/2017 $2,239
$2,189
Popular Departure 09/10/2017 09/23/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  09/17/2017 09/30/2017 $2,239
$2,189
  09/24/2017 10/07/2017 $2,179
  10/01/2017 10/14/2017 $2,179
Popular Departure 10/08/2017 10/21/2017 $2,179
$2,129
  10/15/2017 10/28/2017 $2,099
$2,049
  10/29/2017 11/11/2017 $2,099
  11/26/2017 12/09/2017 $1,999
$1,949
  12/20/2017 01/02/2018 $1,999
$1,949
 

Prices in USD based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement: $680

Extra nights per person in Paris:

Pre tour:

In single room: $144-$385

In twin: $73-$194

In triple: $65-$146

 

Post tour:

In single room: $136-$390

In twin: $72-$199

In triple: $67-$195

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