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Wonderful France

9 Days 1 Country 8 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

Paris meets the sparkling French Riviera to give you the best of both on this chic crafted itinerary. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from slow scenic drives to the high-speed TGV.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting Emmanuel and his mother Poppy. Widow of Pierre Salinger – special advisor to John F Kennedy – she'll share stories of life alongside a political icon as you savour Emmanuel's finest home-cooked dishes.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: FWOF

8 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Wonderful France

Your Itinerary

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 Élysées and the Arc d'Triomphe.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Renaissance La Defense

2. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Today 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 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?

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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'.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel Gerland

4. Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

Arrive to Aix-en-Provence, home of Paul Cezanne. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later travel 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. This evening why not dine in one of the many local restaurants?

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 relax on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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'. This evening join your companions for dinner at the hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with Wine
Hotel
Mercure Pont d’Avignon

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

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 new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner in the City of Light.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Evergreen Laurel

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

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Paris and Arles.

  • Local Specialists
    Enjoy a guided walk across the top of Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a lovely meal in the French countryside on the banks of the Sorgue.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • City tour in Arles

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

    • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 30 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    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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    Service:

    Service rating : Heidi was very helpful finding solutions made every negative into a positive. First hotel in Rome, not so clean. Giovanna was also a good director. But more reserved in personality.Product : I loved Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Avignon, the ancient Roman bridge, really nothing to

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    Service:

    Service rating : The trip was great and our fellow passengers were very friendly.The tour guides were fun and informative. Although we went to a lot of places and towns, at times the paced seemed a bit rushed. So, that took a little steam out of the enjoyment. Sometimes we had to wait till others

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    Service:

    Service rating : The tour director was very friendly and helpful but the coach was not as comfortable as Insight's less roomy and the seat rotation was not formalised.........Bruno had to keep reminding the few people who always sat in the front seat to move backProduct : The included dinners

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    Service:

    We were well looked after and enjoyed every experience.

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    • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The 18 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Paris. The 21 December 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Nice. The 27 December 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Nice. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
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