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Place Masséna by night in Nice, FrancePromenade des AnglaisNotre Dame Cathedral during Autumn in Paris, FranceSacre Coeur Basilica
Place Masséna by night in Nice, France
Promenade des Anglais
Notre Dame Cathedral during Autumn in Paris, France
Sacre Coeur Basilica
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
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  • Style: Spain Portugal Morocco and France Regionals
  • Description: Eat and drink your way round France, the land of good food and wine. Savour the romance of Paris, gastronomic Lyon, papal Avignon, jet-set Nice, medieval Carcassone, Biarritz, Bordeaux and the D-Day landing beaches at Normandy.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART CANADA

    Overnight flight to Paris.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE PARIS

    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 breath-taking sights.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 3

    PARIS - BEAUNE - LYON

    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 delicious regional wines at a local wine cellar. Tonight in Lyon, why not try out some gourmet specialities for which the city is justifiably famous!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    LYON - AVIGNON - MONACO - NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    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 are buried. Join your companions this evening for a Highlight Dinner with wine at a local restaurant.


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

  • Day 5

    NICE - FREE TIME

    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

    NICE - ARLES - CARCASSONNE

    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 Guide. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 7

    CARCASSONNE - LOURDES - BIARRITZ

    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)

  • Day 8

    BIARRITZ - BORDEAUX (2 NIGHTS)

    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 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 / Dinner)

  • Day 9

    DORDOGNE EXCURSION

    Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion as part of a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Built on narrow grid streets in the 13th and 14th centuries, these villages featured central covered market squares and strong rampart walls to protect the inhabitants during the period of the 100 years war. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or shopping for souvenirs.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    BORDEAUX - LOIRE VALLEY - TOURS

    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 dinner)

  • Day 11

    TOURS - MONT ST. MICHEL - OMAHA BEACH

    In Brittany, visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel, featuring the Abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and the D-Day landing beaches, 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)

  • Day 12

    OMAHA BEACH - GIVERNY - PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    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)

  • Day 13

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – see all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide! 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

    PARIS – CANADA

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


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • BeauneVisit this medieval town. Wine-tasting at a local wine cellar.
  • LyonLyon Orientation tour of this gastronomic city.
  • AvignonSee the Papal Palace.
  • MonacoSee the palace, cathedral and Monte Carlo Casino.
  • NiceSee the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.
  • ArlesView the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral.
  • CarcassonneGuided tour of this walled city.
  • LourdesSee St. Bernadette’s grotto.
  • BiarritzVisit this Atlantic resort.
  • BordeauxOrientation includes the Esplanade des Quinconces.
  • Dordogne ValleyExcursion to see the ‘Bastide’ villages and visit St. Emilion.
  • Loire ValleyVisit fairytale Château Chenonceau.
  • Mont St MichelVisit the island-town and view the Abbey.
  • Liberty HighwayDrive along this historic route.
  • NormandyVisit the D-Day landing beaches and the D-Day museum.
  • GivernyVisit Claude Monet’s home.
  • ParisView Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.

Dining

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 8 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Paris.
  • 4 three-course dinners with local wine.
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in Nice.
  • Be My Guest dinner in Tours.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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