Best of France - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from $3685 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"We enjoyed every minute of this trip"
Carl , Jun 2014

Châteaux, chic beach resorts, cheese and wine – all you want to see and taste in France. But this in-depth experience also peels back the layers to reveal the soul of this great country.

It's Insider moments like… learning the strategic importance of Carcassonne's double ring of ramparts with its 53 towers from our local historian, and why the fortified town made such a good backdrop for the film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
FBOF

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Paris.

  • 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 wander through the streets of this beautiful city. This evening, 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

  • 3.

    PARIS – BEAUNE – LYON

    Drive south into Burgundy wine country, once home to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune to discover the treasures in the 15th century Hospice de Beaune. Tonight in Lyon, why not try out some local sights and specialities for which the city is justifiably famous.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Lyon Gerland

  • 4.

    LYON – AVIGNON – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (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 were married. Later, enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    B4 Nice Plaza/Garden Beach

  • 5.

    FRENCH RIVIERA 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

  • 6.

    FRENCH RIVIERA – 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 Specialist. ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Best Western Le Donjon Authentic Accommodation/Mercure Porte De La Cite

  • 7.

    CARCASSONNE – LOURDES – BAYONNE

    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. Dine tonight at your hotel in Bayonne.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Best Western Le Grand Bayonne/Le Bayonne Hotel & Spa

  • 8.

    BAYONNE – BORDEAUX (2 NIGHTS)

    Head 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 Centre/Novotel Centre Meriadeck

  • 9.

    DORDOGNE EXCURSION

    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, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Later return to Bordeaux where you will have free time to explore the city.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 10.

    BORDEAUX – LOIRE VALLEY

    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 where you enjoy typical French hospitality.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Mercure Tours Nord

  • 11.

    LOIRE VALLEY – MONT ST. MICHEL – OMAHA BEACH

    Travel through Brittany to visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, 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

  • 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

    Hotel

    Novotel Tour Eiffel

  • 13.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées – see all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. 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

  • 14.

    PARIS – RETURN HOME

    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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Best Western Le Donjon is situated in the heart of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this four star accommodation is formed of three renovated properties, combining ancient architecture, modern luxury and comfort.
  • Be My Guest

    Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a 17th century traditional farmhouse.
  • Local Specialists

    in Paris and Carcassonne.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Carcassonne and Paris
  • Orientations of Beaune, Lyon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Dordogne Valley and the Loire Valley
  • See the  Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • 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
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Chateau Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Eiffel Tower

Dining

  • 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

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • 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
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lyon

  • Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery

    Adult Price: €68.00 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.

Nice

  • St Paul Corniche Drive Perfumery And Dinner

    Adult Price: €82.00 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.

Arles

  • On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

    Adult Price: €22.00 Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Biarritz

  • St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

    Adult Price: €37.00 With your Local Specialist you’ll discover the Maison Louis XIV and the Maison Rose where Louis XIV met his bride, Spanish princess Maria Theresa. You’ll also see the church where they married in 1660 (complete with hanging sailing ships inside) and have time to explore this unique seaside town’s 400 year history and beautiful beach.
  • Highlights Of The Pyrenées

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrenées, where we’ll catch a funicular train to ascend through mountain pastures to the top of these magnificent mountains, finding ourselves in Spain. You’ll have time to enjoy some Basque hospitality before our descent, with a drink included.Weather permitting.

Bordeaux

  • Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €79.00 We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Here you’ll visit the vineyards and cellars with the owners and taste their wine as they share the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, discover a hidden gem from the World Heritage list before dining in traditional Bordelaise style, with drinks included. May be operated without dining for €48.

Paris

  • Le Grand Louvre

    Adult Price: €45.00 The Louvre, the biggest and best known museum in the world, was once the palace of kings. You’ll follow your Local Specialist through the sumptuous maze of galleries to see the main attractions including Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece - the 'Mona Lisa' - and the State Apartments, decorated in the style of Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 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.
  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €34.00 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.
  • Versailles Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00 Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret – immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!
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