Summary of The Day: Bienvenue! Welcome to Paris for the start of your 12-day Highlights of France Tour! If you arrive early in the day, take time to explore, stroll the boulevards, visit the many museums, shop in charming boutiques or simply people-watch from a Parisian cafe. Tonight, a welcome dinner is included - a great opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and tour leader.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Paris behind us, we make our way to the Burgundy region, stopping along the way to see Chateau de Fontainebleau. One of the largest French royal chateaux, Fontainebleau served as a French royal residence for eight centuries! Kings, queens, emperors and empresses have all made their mark on the palace. Learn the history of this incredible structure and the chateau grounds.
Travelling on to the famous Burgundy region, we'll enjoy wine-tasting here in the heart of French wine-country before arriving at our accommodations in Dijon.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll head south to the French Riviera. On the way, we'll stop at a traditional French perfumery, learning about the art of making perfume. You may even have the opportunity to create your own fragrance! This evening we'll arrive at our hotel accommodation, then you have free time to relax, shop or explore, the choice is yours!
Summary of The Day: The day is yours to luxuriate along the famous French Riviera! Traditionally a favored holiday destination of high society and global jet setters, the Cote d'Azur is one of the most glamorous regions in the world.
Take an optional trip to Monaco for the day and experience the glamour and style of Monte Carlo! Formula One fans might be content just strolling along the streets of Monte Carlo, where famous cars streak by during the annual Monaco Grand Prix. Alternatively, catch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, visit the Oceanographic Museum, or head over to the casino! Of course, those of you looking forward to a bit of quality beach time could also spend the day in Nice. The choice is yours!
Summary of The Day: Watching the stunning scenery sweep past you as we continue to travel through the French countryside, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct: Pont du Gard. Once you are up close to this impressive structure, you will notice that there are no nails, cement or mortar holding the arches together. The Pont du Gard has been an attraction for centuries, thanks to its immaculate three-tiered construction, which carried over 44 million gallons of water a day to the local townships.
Then it's off to Avignon, a fortified city with a long history, stunning architecture and religious significance as the seat of papal power for a number of years. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, where you will be able to see the Palace of the Popes, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. You will then have the rest of the evening to spend as you wish.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll continue our tour of France and travel to the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne. This comfort stop offers plenty of photo opportunities. The town itself is very impressive with two outer walls and 53 towers; you will have time to explore here before we travel to Lourdes.
Lourdes is a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees and is famous for the Marian apparitions said to have occurred in 1858. After we we check in to our hotel in Lourdes you will have free time to do as you please.
Summary of The Day: Today we head to the coast and the stunning town of Biarritz. Here we'll have time for a comfort stop and a spot of shopping before we continue onto Bordeaux. In Bordeaux, you'll have plenty of free time to explore! This is the capital of one of the world's major wine producers. Half the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage site - the largest urban UNESCO-listed area in the world.
Summary of The Day: Today we travel through the Loire Valley, passing stunning scenery and vineyards until we reach the stunning Chateau de Chenonceau. Built in 1513, and having served as a royal residence, the castle straddles the River Cher, and is a stunning example of what a typical French chateau should be. It retains all of its former glory, with original furnishings, art-pieces and decorations all exquisitely preserved. Having evaded the Revolutionaries, it's one of only a few examples of such a well-preserved French royal residence.
Why not explore the many rooms of this beautifully-restored castle, including Louis XIV's living room, the Room of Five Queens, the grand gallery and the incredible kitchen, housed in the piers of the bridge. Don't forget to stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens too!
After exploring the chateau, we travel to the town of Tours where we have a two night stay.
Summary of The Day: Today is a free day, you have the opportunity to do as you please or continue to explore this region. One nearby attraction is the amazing Château de Chambord. Chambord is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Building began in 1519 under Francois I, and though it wasn't completed until much later, Chambord became the largest château in the Loire Valley, hosting royal guests until the time of the Revolution. Although it was plundered and its furnishings sold, the building itself escaped destruction, and today it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Summary of The Day: Today we travel north to the Normandy region, stopping en route at magical Mont Saint-Michel. An island located just off France's northwestern coast, Mont Saint-Michel has a permanent population of only 44, but attracts as many as 3 million visitors each year! It is one of France's most recognizable landmarks, and it's on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. You'll have time here for some photos and the chance to explore before we continue onto the D-Day landing beaches of Omaha Beach and Arromanches. It was here that the Allied forces landed in June 1944, facing heavy German gunfire and artillery, particularly at Omaha Beach, with German soldiers encamped in the high cliffs overlooking the beach. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the Normandy landings began the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe and led to the eventual liberation of France.
You'll have time to explore the region and reflect on all that transpired here before we travel onward to our accommodations for the evening.
Summary of The Day: Today is all about Monet ... Claude Monet that is! We'll make a stop in the town of Giverny to see the house where the famous painter lived and gained inspiration for his masterpieces. The flower garden and a Japanese-inspired water garden - both of which will be familiar to art fanatics - are also included in the tour. We'll then continue on to Paris, where your tour leader will lead you on a driving tour of this famous city.
Look out for famous sights like the Opera Garnier, Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, Ile de la Cite and the Louvre. You'll also get a glimpse of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the famous Arc de Triomphe. After the driving tour you will have free time to explore. This evening, why not join your fellow travelers at a cabaret, on one of our famous optional excursions?
Summary of The Day: Your Highlights of France tour concludes after breakfast. Don't forget to swap details with your fellow travellers before your onward journey home!
|Number of people||USD $1,750.00|
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