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Check-in at Auckland International airport where we are introduced to Chelsea Winter and board our flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
In Hong Kong
Today’s sightseeing with our guide starts with an exciting funicular railway ascent to the top of Victoria Peak to take in the soaring views of Hong Kong. We stop at Aberdeen Fishing Village for a sampan ride allowing a “close up” view of waterborne life for the “floating community”. This is followed by a delicious dim sum lunch. Then a short drive takes you to the famous Stanley Market – one of Hong Kong’s oldest settlements, best known for its bustling market. At leisure this afternoon before we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Paris. (B, L)
Hong Kong – Paris (3 nights)
Welcome to Paris, the city of light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. Relax after your journey or take a stroll in the local neighbourhood. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and dinner in the heart of the city. (D)
This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on a tour of this mesmerising city for views of the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden
squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of the loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Later visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breath taking views across the city. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter. (BB, D)
French Cuisine Experience
Today’s exploration of French culture takes on another dimension as you meet a real Parisian chef for a French cuisine experience including a light lunch. During your Cultural Insight learn some culinary secrets and get to savour your creation. The remainder of the day is then yours to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along the River Seine or enjoy some shopping at Printemps - one of the biggest department stores in the city. Your Travel Director will be there to give you advice. This evening you may wish to consider an Optional Experience to attend a performance of a true French cabaret at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. (BB, L)
Paris – Loire Valley
Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. View the impressive Château de Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. This evening join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouthwatering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse. (BB, BG)
Loire Valley – Bordeaux (3 nights)
Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Château Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Later arrive in the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been producing in the region since the 8th century. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade de Quinconces during your orientation. This evening we will dine in our hotel. (BB, D)
Bordeaux: Pilat And Arcachon Excursion
This morning visit the dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A short drive will bring you to Arcachon, a town famous for its oysters. Enjoy a walking tour and an oyster tasting. Arrive back in Bordeaux where you have time to explore the city. (BB)
Bordeaux: Dordogne Excursion
Enjoy a scenic day 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 Emillion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Then dine in a local restaurant. (BB, D)
Bordeaux – Carcassone
Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site; see the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. This evening we will dine in our hotel. (BB, D)
Carcassone – Avignon (3 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. Continue on to Avignon for our 3 night stay. (BB)
Avignon: Provence Excursion
Arrive at St. Rémy de Provence where you have time to explore the food markets and mix with the local people shopping for fresh produce. At Les Baux de Provence one of the most beautiful villages in France, admire the stunning views over Arles and the Camargue. A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Expert. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue. (BB, BG)
Avignon Orientation & At Leisure
This morning’s orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhone. This bridge inspired the famous French song ‘sur le pont d’Avignon. Then you’ll have time on your own to explore this glorious medieval town. (BB)
Avignon - Lyon (2 nights)
From Avignon we drive to Chateauneuf du Pape where we have the opportunity to experience a Cultural Insight into the wines produced in this area and enjoy a tasting of the local produce. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BB)
Lyon Sightseeing & At Leisure
We take a walking sightseeing tour with local specialist through old Lyon where we discover Traboules, hidden passage ways and secret alley ways. We visit les Halles de Lyon, a unique covered market proudly representing the tastes of their regions. Then time on your own to take in this wonderful city. Enjoy a Beaujolais dinner in a local ‘Bouchon’. (BB, D)
Lyon – Paris
Travel north and stop in charming Beaune, a walled town in the centre of Burgundy, surrounded by the Cote d’Or vineyards before continuing through to Paris. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a farewell dinner. (BB, D)
Time to say ‘au revoir’ at the end of your wonderful French adventure as you prepare to return home and transfer to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong with fantastic memories of your holiday. (BB)
Hong Kong – Auckland
Arrive in Hong Kong for a transit visit before continuing to Auckland.
Terms and Conditions
Costs are based on specially negotiated airfares on which special conditions apply and on twin share accommodation. There are a limited number of singles available at a supplement cost. Room Share is available on request (conditions apply).
Reservations and payment
On receipt of a $1000 non-refundable deposit per person, Trafalgar will confirm your land reservation. Final payment must be received 60 days prior to departure from New Zealand. If payment is not received by the due date, Trafalgar reserves the right to cancel the reservation and apply the appropriate cancellation charges.
Changes to tour costs
Tour costs are based on exchange rates as of February 2017 and are subject to change. Should these rates or costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the cost of the tour. No surcharge will be made in respect of currency fluctuation once full payment has been received. This guarantee does not apply to fuel surcharges or to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. Airfare costs are subject to minimum passenger numbers and may change. Hong Kong and Paris taxes are included and are correct as at 14 February 2017 and are subject to change until group is ticketed.
Before you join the tour
Travel documents and instructions for joining your tour will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before your tour commences provided full payment has been received. Please read the documents and tour literature which are sent to you, in an attractive passport wallet, before departure—they contain a wealth of advice and essential information to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.
Changes to tour itineraries
Trafalgar constantly tries to improve tour itineraries and tour features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and substitute hotels.
This special departure is based on a minimum of 20 passengers and in the unlikely event that we have to cancel your reservation because of insufficient numbers booked we will use our best endeavours to offer an alternative holiday of similar standard. If you do not accept the alternative a full refund of all monies paid to Trafalgar will be made.
Cancellations, refunds & booking changes
Notice of cancellation must be in writing either directly to Trafalgar or through your travel agent. A $1000 fee per person will be charged for all cancellations. Any changes to air arrangements after tickets issued will incur a $125 fee per person per change. Additionally, the following scale of charges will apply when cancellation is notified within 60 days of tour departure from NZ. The charges apply to the land content only. Airfare and stopover cancellation and amendment fees are as levied by suppliers.
Cancellation fees shown above are additional to any fees levied by your Travel Agent. In the event you have to withdraw from a tour after it has begun for reasons such as illness, be sure to obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. We regret that we are not able to make any refunds for absences from the tour, including but not limited to unused hotel accommodation, meals or sightseeing.
We recommend that you purchase insurance coverage for the duration of your holiday including airfare cancellation, baggage and medical coverage.
Optional return dates
The international airfare on which this tour is based allows individual passengers to return independently on a space available basis. There is a fee of $125 per person for this and also a separate costing may apply.
Passports and visas
A current passport endorsed as valid for all countries to be visited is essential. All passengers must hold a machine readable passport and applicable visas. Foreign passport holders must be in possession of a New Zealand Re-entry Permit, if applicable. Please note that passport and visa requirements are not the responsibility of the Tour Operator.
Your tour cost does not include
• NZ domestic flights
• Passport and visa charges
• Meals other than those specified on day by day itinerary
• Items of a personal nature i.e. beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
• Optional excursions
• Travel insurance
• Some gratuities on the tour (at the discretion of the individual traveller)
• Accommodation prior to departure from Auckland
• Single rooms unless the facility has been reserved and paid for at the time of booking