Best of France

Best of France

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Best of France

13 Days Starting and ending in Paris

Visiting: Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco City, French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, Villandry, Loire Valley, Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Beaches of Normandy Tours, Giverny

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Trafalgar

Tour code:

FBOFZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Activities:

Sightseeing, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

Expect only the best on one of our favourite France trips, beginning and ending in Paris. Spend the night as a French lord or lady in an elegant Loire Valley château, be inspired like Cezanne was, by the beauty of Provence and visit the playground of Monaco.

Highlights

  • : Explore Carcassonne and Paris with a Local Specialist

  • : Discover Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux

  • : Visit the Hospices de Beaune, Château de Villandry, the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris

  • : View the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

  • : See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles

  • : Scenic Drive through the Dordogne and the Loire Valley

  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

  • Monaco City: See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.

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Day 1: Bonjour Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Light'. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.

Day 2: Journey Through Burgundy To Lyon
Location: Paris, Beaune, Lyon
Accommodation: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast

We travel south to Burgundy and on to the medieval town of Beaune. On a visit to Hospices de Beaune admire the colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century. Next we continue to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

Day 3: Onwards To Avignon, Monaco And The French Riviera
Location: Lyon, Avignon, Monaco City, French Riviera
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Nice
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we journey to the city of Avignon at the heart of Provence. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Continue through the Provençal countryside to Monaco. Upon arrival we'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married, then in the evening we'll enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before continuing along the Riviera to our hotel.

Day 4: The French Riviera Your Way
Location: French Riviera
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Nice
Meals Included: Breakfast

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

Day 5: Admire Arles And Continue To Carcassonne
Location: French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne
Accommodation: Mercure La Cité
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité, its double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.

Day 6: Pilgrimage To Lourdes And On To Biarritz
Location: Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz
Accommodation: Radisson Blu
Meals Included: Breakfast

We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl, turned saint, is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.

Day 7: Venture To Bordeaux
Location: Biarritz, Bordeaux
Accommodation: Mercure Centre Ville
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, perhaps join an Optional Experience across the border into Spain to discover more about the  Basque Country. Later, after journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.

Day 8: Discover Scenic Dordogne
Location: Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
Accommodation: Mercure Centre Ville
Meals Included: Breakfast

The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times. You will also have free time to explore Bordeaux and perhaps tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture.

Day 9: Explore A Château In The Loire Valley Connect With Locals Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories
Location: Bordeaux, Villandry, Loire Valley
Accommodation: Château de Beauvois
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we journey to the renowned Loire Valley, known as the 'Garden of France'. Along the way, we will stop to Connect With Locals over a light lunch and unique Be My Guest experience. Next we Dive Into Culture and visit the remarkable gardens at Château de Villandry where you will see an array of beautiful gardens; such as the Water Garden which is filled with spectacular ponds and fountains. Later, arrive at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.

Day 10: Off To Mont-Saint-Michel And The Normandy Beaches
Location: Loire Valley, Mont Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach
Accommodation: Mercure Omaha Beach
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany, to the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

Day 11: Journey To Paris
Location: Omaha Beach, Beaches of Normandy Tours, Giverny, Paris
Accommodation: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meals Included: Breakfast

We travel east towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to visit the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.

Day 12: Discover The Delights Of Paris
Location: Paris
Accommodation: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. Enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13: Farewell Paris
Location: Paris
Meals Included: Breakfast

For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Find out more about available airport transfers at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

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Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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