France Magnifique - 12 Day Tour
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.
Call 877-929-7245 to book your France Magnifique vacation.
- 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
Day 1 – International Flight to Paris
Embark on your trans-Atlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Paris, France. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 – Welcome to Paris
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. Overnight Paris. (D)
Day 3 – Paris Sightseeing
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. Overnight Paris. (B)
Day 4 – Caen / Huppain Port-en-Bessin
Set off for the Normandy coast. During WWII, 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. Overnight Huppain Port-en-Bessin. (B, D)
Day 5 – Normandy Coast
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. Overnight Huppain Port-en-Bessin. (B)
Day 6 – 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. Overnight Blois. (B, D)
Day 7 – Excursion to Amboise
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. Overnight Blois. (B)
Day 8 – Paris / TGV Train to Avignon
Climb aboard the high-speed TGV train heading for Avignon, Provence. Upon arrival, 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. Overnight Avignon. (B, D)
Day 9 – Excursion to Aix-en-Provence
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 during your visit. Overnight Avignon. (B)
Day 10 – 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, where you’ll 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. Overnight Nice. (B)
Day 11 – Visit to Monaco
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. Overnight Nice. (B, D)
Day 12 – Tour Conclusion
Your magnificent French adventure ends after breakfast today. (B)
Hotels include the Concorde Lafayette, Mercure Omaha Beach, Holiday Inn Blois, Mercure Hotel Cite Des Papes, and Hotel Nice Riviera.
Tour prices are land only, per person. Prices are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change.
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.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your France Magnifique vacation.