Country Roads of France - Classic Group

Country Roads of France - Classic Group

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Country Roads of France - Classic Group

16 Days Starting and ending in Paris, France

Visiting: Paris, Troyes, Dijon, Chamonix, Annecy, Grenoble, Nice, Monaco City, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Aix-en-Provence, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Carcassonne, Albi, Cahors, Rocamadour, La Roque-Gageac, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Lascaux

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E723ZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

Consider this your ‘Tour de France’ — a 16-day guided tour that embraces the best of the country, from fortified towns and fine wines. Drive along the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco, stopping to step inside its cathedral, where Princess Grace has been laid to rest. In Avignon, play pétanque, a bocce-like sport, then celebrate your new skills with a fine French aperitif. Travel to Carcassonne, a fortified city complete with ramparts and a medieval keep. Drive through the Valley of the Dordogne, then feast on a farm-to-table dinner paired with regional wine in Sarlat-La-Caneda. In Paris, embrace the City of Light’s most beloved sites: marvel at the Eiffel Tower, gaze at Louvre's glorious facades, and be driven down the posh Champs Elysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

Highlights

  • Nice: Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal town of Nice on the French Riviera. Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and why it became a refuge for artists.

  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.

  • Cite de Carcassone: Enjoy an orientation of this fortified town and see the fortress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Provence: Taste renowned wines and gastronomic olive oils at Domaine de la Vallongue. Set in the heart of the Alpilles the estate plants vines that have been organically grown since 1985 and harvests using traditional, sustainable methods.

  • Monaco City: Visit the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Admire grand aquariums of the Mediterranean and tropical seas, and gain insight into the challenges of scientific research in Polar environments.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Pullman Paris Centre Bercy
Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfers to the hotel leave terminal 2F at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30, and 30 minutes later from terminal 1. After checking in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. At 17:30, meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel before joining a Welcome Dinner at Brasserie Bofinger, a local restaurant with cuisine inspired by country recipes.

Day 2 : Champagne Region And On To Dijon
Location: Paris, Troyes, Dijon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Journey to historic Reims where an orientation by your Travel Director reveals the charming architectural diversity of the city. Stop to savour a taste of champagne before travelling past the Champagne region en route to Dijon.

Day 3 : Free Time In Dijon Relaxed Start
Location: Dijon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grand Dijon La Cloche Dijon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don't miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.

Day 4 : Chamonix
Location: Chamonix
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alpina Eclectic Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you ascend into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. Take in panoramic views of the mountain peaks and valley below from the Chamonix cable car. In the evening you may choose to try a local pierrade at a local trendy eatery in a traditional chalet. This Optional Experience provides the chance to try a typical regional meal, cooked on a table barbecue using on a hot stone.

Day 5 : Lakeside Annecy And Grenoble Relaxed Start
Location: Chamonix, Annecy, Grenoble
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Park Hôtel Grenoble-MGallery.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

In the morning, embark on a beautiful journey to the lakeside town of Annecy, dramatically situated between lake and mountains, it's a medieval spectacle and a summer getaway for the French and the Swiss locals. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. Explore the city’s many lovely bridges at your leisure. Continue on to your hotel in Grenoble. This evening, savour a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6 : The French Riviera To Reach Nice
Location: Grenoble, Nice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu
Meals Included: Breakfast

Glorious mountain scenery will be yours to enjoy as you travel along a spectacular route, used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. In the evening, why not walk through old town Nice, ending in Cours Saleya where dinner is at your leisure at one of the many lovely bistros?

Day 7 : Monaco And The Côte D’Azur
Location: Nice, Monaco City, Nice
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Radisson Blu
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d’Azur. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline?

Day 8 : Picturesque Provence
Location: Nice, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Aix-en-Provence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Aquabella & Spa Aix-en-Provence.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your newfound skills as you take part in a game, completed by a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau and on to your hotel.

Day 9 : Avignon And Pont Du Gard
Location: Pont du Gard, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Aquabella & Spa Aix-en-Provence.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to Pont du Gard to see the magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct bridge. Continue on to Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d'Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace.Stop at the beautiful Domaine de la Vallongue for a tasting of its renowned wines and gastronomic olive oils. A MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, the estate uses traditional practices throughout, creating a sustainable business for future generations.

Day 10 : Carcassonne And To Albi
Location: Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Carcassonne, Albi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Saint Antoine Albi.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Head to beautiful Arles and learn about its historical connection to Vincent Van Gogh, who produced over 300 artworks during his time in the city. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before journeying inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral, before spending the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11 : Free Time In Albi
Location: Albi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Saint Antoine Albi.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Enjoy a full day at leisure, to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi.This evening savour a delicious dinner of carefully selected fresh ingredients, at a local restaurant.

Day 12 : Cahors And Rocamadour Relaxed Start
Location: Albi, Cahors, Rocamadour, La Roque-Gageac
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Perigord
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Stop in Cahors, famous for its Black Wine, and see the Pont Valentré. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the open air market - full of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies, it's an experience to delight all of the senses. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain. Continue to the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac, with its maze of romantic alleys and two-hectare parks .

Day 13 : Exploring The Dordogne Valley
Location: Sarlat-la-Caneda, Lascaux
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Le Perigord
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux, where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced.Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served with wines from the region.

Day 14 : Paris, The City Of Light
Location: Sarlat-la-Caneda, Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile
Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. As evening descends, the City of Light lives up to its name as the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to join an Optional Experience to one of the world-famous cabaret shows.

Day 15 : Romantic Capital On The Seine
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Le Méridien Etoile
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the imposing facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Élysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Today enjoy an Insight Choice experience. Choose to explore community life in the picturesque Montorgueil district. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. You are in for a memorable evening starting with a delicious Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole, serving delicious French cuisine and wine.

Day 16 : Au Revoir Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

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  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an Itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 40 guests.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level Low - These tours typically feature up to 1-2 miles of walking per day on primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking local guide on this tour.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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