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Nice in the French Rivieria, FranceOmaha Beach and D-Day Landing siteParis, France
Nice in the French Rivieria, France
Omaha Beach and D-Day Landing site
Paris, France
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: It's insider moments like….standing in the musty cellars beneath Beaune as you taste classic Burgundy wines – perhaps the subtle depths of Pinot Noir or the signature richness of Chardonnay. It’s imagining the wealthy wine merchants who come to the town every year to sample the harvest before the world-famous charity auction. And when you’re standing on the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, it’s about taking the time to remember the soldiers who gave up their lives on June 6, 1944.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Paris.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialities. Relax after your journey or take a wander through the streets of this beautiful city. Tonight, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and then enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel/Radisson Boulogne

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Drive south into Burgundy wine country, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune and sample the delicious Local Speciality wines of this region. Tonight in Lyon, why not try out some gourmet specialities for which the city is justifiably famous.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favoured by artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to many rich and famous people! Explore the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. Later, enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Boscolo B4 Nice Plaza/Marriot La Porte de Monaco

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Spend today as you wish. The Côte d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening, why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    Visit the town of Arles, with free time to explore the city. Pass Alaric's Mountain to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 53 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Mercure Porte De La Cite/Best Western Le Donjon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Wind your way through the Corbières Hills and 'Cathar' landscapes toward the Pyrenées. See the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette's grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage. In Biarritz, walk along the renowned surfing beach where the Atlantic waves come crashing in. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Novotel Biarritz Anglet Aeroport

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Follow the west coast north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world's major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Enjoy a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval 'Bastide' villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion, possible one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. Later return to Bordeaux where you will have free time to explore the city.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10


    Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley, and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Château Chenonceau, which straddles the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a special Be My Guest dining experience in a 17th century traditional farmhouse.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord/Alliance Tours Centre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    In Brittany, visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel, featuring the Abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach, where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day museum and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach/Novotel Bayeux/Mercure Pont L'Eveque Deauville/Novotel Caen Cote de Nacre

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Head south-east towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabaret venues.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – see all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert! See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. Or simply relax and watch the world go by! This evening, celebrate with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 14


    Say ‘au revoir’ to your fellow travelers at the end of a magical and memorable vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a 17th century traditional farmhouse.
  • Local Expert in Paris and Carcassonne.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Sample delicious regional wines in Beaune.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris and Carcassonne.
  • Orientations of Beaune, Lyon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, the Dordogne Valley and the Loire Valley.
  • Visit the D Day Museum, Chateau Chenonceau, the Eiffel Tower, and Claude Monet's home at Giverny.
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral and Grand Casino while in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the D-Day Beach of Omaha while in Normandy and the Abbey of Mont St. Michel.
  • See the Roman Ampitheatre and its Cathedral in Arles.


  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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