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Wonderful France

9 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

Discover the best of France on this chic Country Explorer trip, as Paris meets capital of cool, St-Tropez.

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About this trip

Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, the French Riviera, Burgundy's gastronomic talents and the Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago. View the Palace of the Popes at Avignon, soak up the sun-kissed charm of the Côte d'Azur and meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: FWOF

8 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Arles

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, Nice and Avignon

    • View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Paris, France

Day 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Paris, France

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing

Beaune Hospice, France

Day 3

Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Day 4

Lyon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

Day 5

French Riviera

France Avignon Bridge, France

Day 6

French Riviera – Pont du Gard – Avignon (2 Nights)

Avignon Papal Palace, France

Day 7

Arles Excursion

Day 8

Avignon – TGV Train – Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 9

Depart Paris

Day 1

Arrive Paris (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris. Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. This evening meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks including the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel

Renaissance La Defense

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Renaissance La Defense

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Paris Sightseeing Day 2 - Paris Sightseeing

Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the quaint historical local neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Tonight why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret?

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will take us to the village of Giverny where we’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.

Adult Price: €49.00

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Adult Price: €139.00

Day 2

Day 3

Paris – Beaune – Lyon Day 3 - Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town or consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local 'Bouchon'.

Hotel

Novotel Gerland

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Novotel Gerland

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Enjoy an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and taste the most acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover Lyon's secrets, from the Gauls to the medieval old town. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France and our chef will prepare a mouth-watering three course dinner, with local wines included.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 3

Day 4

Lyon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights) Day 4 - Lyon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

Travel south to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Enjoy a Regional Meal this evening in Monaco before arriving at your hotel in Nice on the French Riviera.

Hotel

NH

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

NH

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 4

Day 5

French Riviera Day 5 - French Riviera

Spend today as you wish. The Côte d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to relax on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Adult Price: €83.00

Day 5

Day 6

French Riviera – Pont du Gard – Avignon (2 Nights) Day 6 - French Riviera – Pont du Gard – Avignon (2 Nights)

Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Later arrive in Avignon where your orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône. This bridge inspired the famous French song 'sur le pont d'Avignon'.

Hotel

Mercure Pont

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Mercure Pont

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Treasures of Provence

Discover one of the most beautiful villages of France amongst outstanding natural scenery, a true Treasure of this region. Enjoy a walk through the centuries of local history where you'll get a real insight into Provence before a delightful meal with wine. (On occasion, may be offered without meal for €25)

Adult Price: €63.00

Day 6

Day 7

Arles Excursion Day 7 - Arles Excursion

Today travel to Arles and marvel at the Roman amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing with a Local Specialist, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 7

Day 8

Avignon – TGV Train – Paris Day 8 - Avignon – TGV Train – Paris

This morning take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner in the City of Light.

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Adult Price: €32.00

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Adult Price: €36.00

Day 8

Day 9

Depart Paris Day 9 - Depart Paris

This morning after breakfast, say 'au revoir' to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Delicious Provençal home cooking is the perfect accompaniment to a fascinating dinner enjoyed on the banks of the Sorgue with Poppy Salinger, who will regale you with stories of her famous former husband

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris and Arles. Enjoy a guided walk with a Local Specialist across the top of the Pont du Gard aqueduct dating back to Roman times

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Arles

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, Nice and Avignon

    • View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Good tours snd guides , great driver and tour director. A few meals were disappointing especially the welcome meal st the Champs D'EyseeProduct : I found it great but quite exhausting - would have been more enjoyable to spend more time in less places

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    Exceptional trip! So much visited, so much fun. The guides were very knowledgeable, and the sites visited served to give the group a variety of experiences. The weather was excellent the entire trip-lucky us! So happy to have taken this tour-

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    Even though most of our trip including our guide was very good we were very disappointed that we were unable to get a transfer( which is supposed to be included) to Paris airport after the tour. We had to pay for our own taxi which was very expensive. The only bus that was going did not suit the

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    Service rating : The service was 1st class....everything was taken care of by our guide.Product : The tour was very fast paced. We are in our mid sixties & in good shape....a lot of walking...up hills, etc. We had a few handi-capped ladies who could not do a lot of the tours...although they did

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    Service rating : Excellent service, we felt very well looked after. We didn't have to worry about anything, hotel check-in was arranged for us and our luggage was always waiting for us in our room. We only had to enjoy our travel knowing that the logistics details were well taken care of.Product

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