Grand Tour of France

Grand Tour of France

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Grand Tour of France

14 Days Starting and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Beach, Bayeux, Mont Saint-Michel, Angers, Châteauroux, Bordeaux, Dordogne, Rocamadour, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera, Orange, Lyon, Beaune

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

4780-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 43

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$2739
$2543 (USD) Operator discount: -$125 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$72
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Tour Overview

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now is 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 Bordeaux wine-growing region. All of this and much more are included on this tour of France that begins and ends in Paris. History buffs are sure to be amazed by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history with a stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st Century. Visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome. Go back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to the clifftop town of Rocamadour. 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 town's 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 Loire Valley with its spectacular vineyards and castles. Discover Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, showcasing many charming villages. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll have 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!

Highlights

  • Visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome.

  • Visit to the clifftop town of Rocamadour.

  • See Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6, 1944.

  • 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.

  • Ancient Roman history with a stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st Century.

Places You'll See

Tribe Paris La Defense Esplanade

Ibis Caen Porte D'angleterre

Novotel Amboise

Hotel Vert

Ibis Styles Bordeaux Meriadeck

Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De L'europe

Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port

Doubletree By Hilton Lyon Eurexpo

Novotel Paris Charenton Le Pont

Tribe Paris La Defense Esplanade

Ibis Caen Porte D'angleterre

Novotel Amboise

Hotel Vert

Ibis Styles Bordeaux Meriadeck

Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De L'europe

Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port

Novotel Paris Charenton Le Pont

Doubletree By Hilton Lyon Eurexpo

Tribe Paris La Defense Esplanade

Ibis Caen Porte D'angleterre

Novotel Amboise

Hotel Vert

Ibis Styles Bordeaux Meriadeck

Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De L'europe

Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port

Novotel Paris Charenton Le Pont

Doubletree By Hilton Lyon Eurexpo

Tribe Paris La Defense Esplanade

Ibis Caen Porte D'angleterre

Novotel Amboise

Hotel Vert

Ibis Styles Bordeaux Meriadeck

Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De L'europe

Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port

Novotel Paris Charenton Le Pont

Doubletree By Hilton Lyon Eurexpo

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Paris, France
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Novotel Paris 17
Meals Included: No Meals

Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travel companions.

Day 2 : Paris-Rouen-Honfleur-Caen
Location: Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Caen
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ibis Caen Porte D'Angleterre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km

Day 3 : Caen-Normandy Landing Beaches-Bayeux-Mont St. Michel
Location: Caen, Normandy Beach, Bayeux, Mont Saint-Michel
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Vert
Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. Experience the most moving site of the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry, listed by UNESCO, depicting William the Conqueror’s 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.
Today’s Distance: 118 mi/ 190 km

Day 4 : Mont St. Michel-Angers-Châteaux Country
Location: Mont Saint-Michel, Angers, Châteauroux
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Novotel Amboise
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km

Day 5 : Châteaux Country
Location: Châteauroux
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Novotel Amboise
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day at leisure or take an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire Valley, 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.

Day 6 : Châteaux Country-Bordeaux
Location: Châteauroux, Bordeaux
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Moxy Bordeaux
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, rich in agricultural resources including vineyards, forests and cereal fields, and stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees in the South. On arrival in Bordeaux, discover the city on the included guided city sightseeing tour and consider an optional wine tasting excursion.
Today’s Distance: 230 mi/ 370 km

Day 7 : Bordeaux-Dordogne-Rocamadour-Toulouse
Location: Bordeaux, Dordogne, Rocamadour, Toulouse
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ibis Pont Jumeaux
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the sacred medieval town of Rocamadour, dramatically perched high upon a cliff. Built on three successive levels, Rocamadour is both a place of legend and history where old stone houses, majestic towers and an impressive castle were built on the cliff edge of the Alzou Canyon. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km

Day 8 : Toulouse-Carcassonne-Pont Du Gard-Avignon
Location: Toulouse, Carcassonne, Pont du Gard, Avignon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De L'Europe
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel to Carcassonne, immerse yourself fully in the medieval atmosphere of the city and discover its secrets on a guided tour. Then, stop for a picture at famous Pont du Gard, one of the wonders of Antiquity, and the finest remaining example of an ancient aqueduct built 2000 years ago by the Romans.This architectural gem, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, is set in a beautiful, unspoilt natural setting. Upon arrival in Avignon, free time to explore the old quarter featuring an amazing architectural and historic heritage, such as the Palace of the Popes.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km

Day 9 : Avignon-Arles-Aix-En-Provence-French Riviera
Location: Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Visit Arles, known all over the world for Van Gogh’s paintings. Admire the famous Roman amphitheatre, then continue to Aix-en-Provence. Walk down its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition, and the 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km

Day 10 : French Riviera
Location: French Riviera
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera at your own leisure. Tonight, maybe join the optional “Monte Carlo by Night” excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Day 11 : French Riviera-Orange-Lyon Area
Location: French Riviera, Orange, Lyon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Doubletree By Hilton Lyon Eurexpo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

See more of the Provence region today and stop in Orange, a town surrounded by beautiful countryside. It boasts Roman and Celtic heritages, as well as first class wines and original culinary and craft products. Next is Lyon, located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km

Day 12 : Lyon Area-Beaune-Paris
Location: Lyon, Beaune, Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Novotel Paris 17
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Stop to visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km

Day 13 : Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Novotel Paris 17
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

Discover the glorious ville lumières (City of Lights) and 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 complete your experience.

Day 14 : Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

UNESCO Sites

Arles (Roman and Romanesque Monuments)|Bordeaux (Port of the Moon)|Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge (See Only)|Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne|Mont Saint Michel and its Bay|Paris Banks of the Seine|Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)|The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes (Chenonceau Castle)

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Accommodation

Tribe Paris La Defense Esplanade



The city-styled Tribe Paris La Défense Esplanade offers stylish warm spaces in a relaxed atmosphere and has 184 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms and a fitness center. The terraced restaurant offers delicious cuisine using local produce, the menus are a nod to TRIBE's Australian roots and the bar offers low-alcohol cocktails to make life more inclusive. The ultra-comfy rooms are fully furnished with a flat-screen TV, coffee machine, mini-bar, complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. The property is located in a natural setting near the esplanade, and the nearest metro station is less than a ten minute walk away.





Ibis Caen Porte D'Angleterre



This 91-room property is located not far from the city center of Caen, its in-house restaurant serves regional cuisine and there is a friendly all day bar for drinks.





Hotel Vert



Hotel Vert offers all comfort and services to make easier you to stay at Mont-Saint-Michel: a staff that listens to you, reception open all day, and some spacious and comfortable rooms. You'll be charmed by the good value for money of this 2-star hotel.





Novotel Amboise



The Novotel Amboise hotel is located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire with its nearby castles (including Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny). Built on a hill overlooking Amboise and its castle, this 4-star hotel has 121 air-conditioned rooms.





Ibis Styles Bordeaux Meriadeck



The decor of the Ibis Styles Bordeaux Centre Mériadeck is inspired by the industrial heritage of Bordeux and the property offers 102 modern, air-conditioned rooms, all equipped with a flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi and a functionally furnished bathroom. Delicious drinks can be enjoyed at the lounge bar, which is open daily and the in-house restaurant serves French cuisine for lunch and dinner. The tram stop next to the hotel, allows easy access to the UNESCO-listed capital of southwest France, with its historic center, gardens, museums and monuments.





Ibis Pont Jumeaux



This 104-room modern budget hotel is located on the bank of the Canal du Midi, near the Palais des Congrès, an ideal location from which to discover the monuments of the pink city. Free Wi-Fi access is offered throughout, there is a traditional restaurant serving fresh colorful lunch and dinner menus as well as a relaxed 24-hour bar with terrace.





Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De l'Europe



Located opposite to the city walls, just a short walk from the city centre and the famous "Pope Palce" and "Pont d'Avignon" as well as its conference centre. Free public car parks nearby. Easy access: 437 yards (400 m) from the central train station and 10 minutes by train shuttle to the TGV train station.





Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port



The hotel has 114 spacious, air-conditioned and fully renovated rooms and a paying enclosed car park.





Doubletree by Hilton Lyon Eurexpo



A polished contemporary 133-room hotel located in the St. Priest area with a surrounding park and views of the Alps and Lyon Hills. The Spacious, modern rooms beautifully combine a warm-heated décor with functional amenities such as Free Wi-Fi, ecological individual air-conditioning, adjustable bedside table, work area and LED TV screen. Amenities include a fitness centre and a restaurant serving eco-friendly, authentic cuisine using local produce and fruits and vegetables from the hotel's own garden.





Novotel Paris Charenton Le Pont



The Novotel Paris Charenton is ideally located on the edge of Bois de Vincennes, Paris's largest public park. It has 133 spacious, soundproofed rooms, all equipped with a flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi, a minibar, coffeemaker and a bathroom furnished with a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The restaurant serves modern, delicious cuisine with a sunny outdoor terrace and drinks can be enjoyed at the hotel's bar well into the night. The Liberté Metro Station is 80 meters away from the hotel and provides direct access to Bastille, Opera Garnier and Place de la Concorde.

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Mrs Susan Hyland  

We have just returned from a Cosmos…

28-Sep-2022

We have just returned from a Cosmos tour- Gourmet Tuscany. We stayed in Montecatini Terme and traveled from there to many wonderful places, in towns and the fabulous Tuscan countryside. We visit Vineyards for wine tastings, farms for cooking lessons and lunches and dinners in authentic Italian restaurants. All assisted by a friendly, informative tour director. First class holiday

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Rick  

Excellent in every respect

08-Dec-2022

I recently did a 2-week "best of Italy" tour with this company. Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and they catered for my rather difficult dietary requirements really well. Really happy and will certainly book with them again

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John Lomanno  

A wonderrful experience

09-Nov-2022

WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

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Bruce  

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27-Oct-2022

Great organisation, tour guide(Kris) and driver(Tony) who went extra mile and good group of people from all over world. The hotels were excellent in New Orleans and Nashville and very good in other cities. The itinerary was well thought out with visits to Gracelands and Grande ole Oprey topping the bill. We added 3extra nights in New Orleans (giving us 6nights) which was absolutely fab and would advise anyone doing this tour that they consider some extra nights to see and do as much as you can

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Francine Ramos  

The tour director expertise and…

18-Dec-2022

The tour director expertise and personality made the trip all the more pleasant. No stress. The local guides as well added to the beauty of this trip. They were knowledgeable and personable. I also have to mention the travelers (the group of 21). The people were friendly an accommodating. This is my third trip with this tour company and I will continue to travel with this company due to excellent planning and customer service. Thank you

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Sunday - Saturday

May 05, 2024 - May 18, 2024
$2864 $2664 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$75 (USD)

Sunday - Saturday

May 12, 2024 - May 25, 2024
$2889 $2688 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$76 (USD)

Sunday - Saturday

May 26, 2024 - Jun 08, 2024
$2889 $2688 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$76 (USD)

Sunday - Saturday

Jun 16, 2024 - Jun 29, 2024
$2889 $2688 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$76 (USD)

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Sunday - Saturday

Jun 30, 2024 - Jul 13, 2024
$2914 $2712 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$77 (USD)

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Sunday - Saturday

Sep 08, 2024 - Sep 21, 2024
$2914 $2712 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$77 (USD)

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Sunday - Saturday

Sep 22, 2024 - Oct 05, 2024
$2914 $2712 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$77 (USD)

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Sunday - Saturday

Oct 13, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
$2739 $2543 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$72 (USD)

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  • Low Deposit

    Cosmos requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cosmos charges.

    Up to 65 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 64 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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