Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and the fun-filled French Riviera.
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Bask in the rich culture and romance of fascinating France on a tour that explores captivating Paris, picturesque Provence, historic Normandy and the fun-filled French Riviera. Follow the Cézanne Trail in Aix-en-Provence; enjoy a tour of the glittering gem of the Riviera, Monaco; and sip wine during your tour of a well-known winery in Vouvray. Exciting experiences like a high-speed train ride through the French countryside and a spectacular dinner cruise on the Seine bring to life the joie de vivre of this fabulous country.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 10 nights
- Travel aboard the high-speed TGV from Paris to Avignon
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 15 meals
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights include:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Notre Dame
- Omaha Beach Cemetery
- Chateau de Chenonceau
- Chateau du Clos Luce
- St. Paul de Vence
Day 1 -Depart USA for Paris
Embark on your trans-Atlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Paris, France. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - Paris, France
Your tour begins in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a wonderful sunset dinner cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine. (D)
Day 3 - Paris
A panoramic tour of Paris reveals the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triomphe; the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the Place de la Concorde and its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt; Place Vendome; and the Champs-Elysées, the promenade famous for its people watching. (B)
Day 4 - Paris - Caen
Set off for the Normandy coast. During WW II, the largest invasion in history took place here. Enjoy an insightful visit to the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains, where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France, before making your way to the hotel. (B & D)
Day 5 - Huppain Port-en-Bessin
This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetery with time to visit the new interpretive center and to see the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through la Pointe Du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mère Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit other landing beaches, such as Utah and Juno. Then, stop off at a local cider farm to sample Normandy's drink of choice. (B)
Day 6 - Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Blois
Journey south to the Loire Valley which is brimming with chateaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Visit Chateau de Chenonceau on the banks of the Cher River, a jewel of Renaissance architecture with traditional French gardens. Enjoy dinner at a local bistro in Blois. (B & D)
Day 7 - Blois - Amboise - Blois
Embark on a tour of Chateau du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years, showcasing a display of his early inventions. Proceed to the picturesque center of Amboise for free time to explore the colorful market street. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a well-known winery in Vouvray. (B)
Day 8 - Blois - Paris
Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train heading for Avignon, Provence. Enjoy a delightful tour of this walled city that was the center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. ( B & D)
Day 9 - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence - Avignon
Embark on a walking tour “in the footsteps of Cézanne” through Aix-en-Provence's tree-lined avenues to view sites from the famous painter's life. Experience the markets and monuments of this ancient city before returning to Avignon. (B)
Day 10 - Avignon - St. Paul de Vence - Grasse - Nice
Today, journey to St. Paul de Vence, a 16th century walled town overlooking the Mediterranean coast. Travel to Grasse, a retreat in the alluring Cote d'Azur region of France. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, when visiting a famous perfumerie. Then it's off to Nice, the playground of the rich and famous. (B)
Day 11 - Nice - Monaco - Nice
Enjoy a morning stroll through the local Flower Market in Nice. Next, see Place Massena and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Witness the splendor of Monaco, the glittering gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous Casino of Monte Carlo and the 13th century Prince's Palace. See the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a quaint restaurant. (B & D)
Day 12 - Nice
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Mercure Pont D Avignon, Mecure Omaha Beach, Port En Bessin, Pullman Hotel Montparnasse, Paris, Hotel Nice Riviera, Nice and Holiday Inn, Blois
Dates & Prices
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|23rd April 2015||$2949||Please call for availability.|
|30th April 2015||$3149||Please call for availability.|
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: Departs 23rd April 2015 from $2949 - Please call for availability 30th April 2015 from $3149 - Please call for availability 14th May 2015 ($3,199), 21st May 2015 ($3,199), 28th May 2015 ($3,199), 11th June 2015 ($3,199), 18th June 2015 ($3,199), 9th July 2015 ($3,099), 16th July 2015 ($3,099), 3rd September 2015 ($3,199), 9th September 2015 ($3,199), 11th September 2015 ($3,199), 23rd September 2015 ($3,199), 24th September 2015 ($3,199), 25th September 2015 ($3,199), 1st October 2015 ($3,099), 8th October 2015 ($3,099), 15th October 2015 ($3,099), 5th November 2015 ($2,899), 10th March 2016 ($2,899), 14th April 2016 ($3,149), 21st April 2016 ($3,149)
Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.