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Highlights of France 2014

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Château D'AmboisePalais des Papes in Avignon, FranceParis, FranceNotre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Château D'Amboise
Palais des Papes in Avignon, France
Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
  • Duration: 13 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: We take you beyond sophisticated Paris to the south coast and more! Find examples of France's Roman history and walk through walled medieval towns. Explore the renowned wine and brandy regions of Bordeaux, Cognac and Normandy, take pictures of fairytale palaces and castles and laze on the Cote d'Azur.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Paris! After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.

    Hotel: Ibis Styles Bercy

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  • Day 2

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Experience a wonderful sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, featuring views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élyées and the Arc de Triomphe.  Spend the rest of the day as you wish. Consider visiting the Louvre. This evening, why not end your day with a spectacular cabaret show for which Paris is famous!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PARIS – BEAUNE – LYON

    Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city with an orientation tour en route to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Park & Suites Lyon Gerland

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  • Day 4

    LYON – AVIGNON – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally drive to the city of Nice, capital of the glamorous French Riviera!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Apogia

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  • Day 5

    NICE – FREE DAY

    Relax and experience the Côte d'Azur's sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or visit the colourful Flower Market in the old town.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    NICE – PONT DU GARD – AIGUES MORTES – BALARUC LES BAINS

    View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River.  Drive through the Camargue to the walled city of Aigues Mortes, once the departure point for some of the Crusades. Continue to your hotel in the peaceful resort of Balaruc Les Bains, close to the picturesque Thau Lake.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mercure Sete Balaruc Les Bains

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  • Day 7

    BALARUC LES BAINS – CARCASSONNE – LOURDES

    Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's Grotto. This evening there is an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims – a magical and moving experience.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: La Solitude

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  • Day 8

    LOURDES – BIARRITZ – BORDEAUX

    Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts! Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux and visit the hilltop town of St. Emilion during your included excursion. Don't miss the chance to sample splendid Graves wines at a wine cellar in this picturesque village.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ibis Bordeaux Centre Meriadeck

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  • Day 9

    BORDEAUX – COGNAC – LOIRE VALLEY (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the vineyards of Bordeaux to Cognac to visit a brandy distillery. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Tours Sud

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  • Day 10

    LOIRE VALLEY AND CHÂTEAU EXCURSION

    Your Local Guide takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci died and is buried, and view the splendid Château de Chambord. Tonight, why not try delicious local Touraine cuisine?


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    LOIRE VALLEY – MONT ST. MICHEL – D-DAY LANDING BEACHES (OMAHA) – DEAUVILLE

    Head north via Le Mans, home of the famous 24-hour car race, through the fortified town of Fougères. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Visit the historic D-Day landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ibis Deauville

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  • Day 12

    DEAUVILLE – HONFLEUR – ROUEN – PARIS

    Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and view the impressive Cathedral. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Ibis Styles Bercy

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  • Day 13

    DEPART PARIS

    Say ‘au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ParisSightseeing with your Local Guide includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower.
  • BeauneVisit this charming town.
  • LyonOrientation tour of this gastronomic city.
  • AvignonView St. Bénezet Bridge and the Papal Palace.
  • MonacoVisit the Principality.
  • NiceEnjoy the capital of the French Riviera.
  • Pont du GardView the Roman Aqueduct.
  • CarcassonneVisit this beautifully preserved walled city.
  • LourdesView St. Bernadette's Grotto.
  • BiarritzVisit this glamorous resort.
  • BordeauxOrientation tour.
  • St. EmilionVisit the famous wine village.
  • CognacVisit a brandy distillery.
  • Loire ValleyVisit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Guide. View the Château at Amboise and Chambord.
  • Mont St. MichelVisit the island town and view the abbey.
  • NormandyVisit the D-Day landing beach of Omaha.
  • HonfleurVisit this picturesque port.
  • RouenView the Cathedral.

Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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