Wonderful France - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

9 days

from €1639 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"Everything was first rate"
Evert , Jul 2014

The best of both worlds, France's capital Paris meets its capital of cool, St. Tropez, on this chic retreat. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from the slow scenic drive to the high-speed TGV.

It's Insider moments like… sipping an aperitif in Provence to the music of the ‘galoubet' and the smell of lamb roasting on open fires. Before a game of ‘boules', your hosts tells you how this popular local restaurant was once old family stables.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
FWOF

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE PARIS

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Evergreen Laurel

  • 2.

    PARIS – TGV TRAIN – PONT DU GARD – AVIGNON

    Take the high speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. Visit the Pont du Gard aqueduct, with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the impressive aqueduct which dates back to the Romans. Later, your orientation of Avignon includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d'Avignon'. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Mercure Pont D'Avignon

  • 3.

    AVIGNON – ARLES – AIX-EN-PROVENCE

    Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles with a Local Specialist, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. This evening join your companions for a journey into the Provençal countryside for an authentic Be My Guest dinner of regional food with a local family.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Novotel Beaumanoir

  • 4.

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ST. TROPEZ – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (2 NIGHTS)

    Traverse scenic hills to the coast and sail from Ste. Maxime to the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Bridget Bardot was 'found'. See the Bay of Cannes before making your way 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. Later, arrive at your hotel on the French Riviera.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    NH Nice

  • 5.

    FRENCH RIVIERA FREE DAY

    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 – ST. MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME – LYON

    Travel to the sleepy provençal village of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume. View the basilica, built in the late 13th century over a roman villa, following the dream of the Count of Provence, is said to be the lost burial site of Mary Magdalene.  Later pass the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône before arriving 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'.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Lyon Gerland

  • 7.

    LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Arrive later in Paris, the City of Light! Tonight, why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Renaissance La Defense

  • 8.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Later, consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles, once the Royal residence of Louis XIV. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a special Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a speciality dinner cooked in a wood-fired oven in a rustic provençal family-run restaurant.
  • Local Specialists

    In Arles and Paris.
    Enjoy a guided walk across the top of Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Arles and Paris
  • Cruise along the Cote d'Azur
  • Orientations of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, Nice, Lyon and Beaune
  • View the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-de-Provence, The Old Town and Place Masséna in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the basilica of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon
  • Visit the Pont du Gard, St. Tropez and the Eiffel Tower

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
    4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner 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)
  • Cruise from St. Tropez to Ste. Maxime.
  • 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
  • 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

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.

Aix en Provence

  • The Secrets Of Aix And Paul Cezanne

    Adult Price: €33.00 Join us as we explore the magnificence of the private mansions, fountains, squares and the cathedral of the town of the Counts of Provence. Later, enjoy a private tour of one of the favourite haunts of Paul Cezanne with a Local Specialist - a native of Aix en Provence.

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.

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.

Paris

  • 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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