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The Treasures of France

8 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

From fairytale châteaux to the chicness of France's capital Paris, this Country Explorer trip has it all.

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About this trip

Explore centuries of French heritage as you cross the valleys and vineyards of the north in search of beauty and to mourn the tragedy of war. Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the D-Day landing beach at Omaha and marvel at the architecture and masterpieces of France's most famous fairytale châteaux before visiting vibrant Paris and the exquisite Palace of Versailles.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: FTOF

7 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 4 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

The Treasures of France

Your Itinerary

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Paris, France

Day 1

Arrive Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 2

Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux

Day 3

Bayeux – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Mont St. Michel

Loire Valley, France

Day 4

Mont St. Michel – Blois (2 Nights)

Day 5

Châteaux Excursion

Paris, France

Day 6

Blois – Chambord – Chartres – Paris (2 Nights)

Place de Concorde, Paris, France

Day 7

Paris Sightseeing

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Day 8

Depart Paris

Day 1

Arrive Paris

Welcome to France. Relax and unwind after your journey or take some time to explore the City of Light. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Later enjoy an orientation drive which will introduce some of the sights of this magical city to you, including the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotel

Evergreen Laurel

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux

This morning visit Rouen where Joan of Arc was tragically burnt at the stake. Then travel to Honfleur, a picturesque port immortalised by many artists. Later in Bayeux visit the Tapestry Museum and see the Bayeux Tapestry depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Hotel

Novotel Bayeux

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Bayeux – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Mont St. Michel

Your Travel Director provides excellent historical commentary during your visit to the D-Day Landing beach at Omaha and the military cemetery. Stop for lunch in Arromanches, a town at the heart of the Normandy landings. You might like to finish your day with an Optional Experience to the historic walled port town of Saint Malo, former home of French explorer, Jacques Cartier.

Hotel

Relais Du Roy

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Jewels Of St Malo

You’ll explore the prettiest walled port in Brittany with our Local Specialist. Stroll along the medieval ramparts, admire the aristocratic old houses of wealthy shipping merchants and drink in the emerald coastline. Home of Jacques Cartier and the great romantic, Chateaubriand, this is your chance to discover one of the jewels of France.

Adult Price: €31.00

Day 3

Day 4

Mont St. Michel – Blois (2 Nights)

Visit the Benedictine Abbey at Mont St. Michel with a Local Specialist. Legend has it that the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches, inspiring him to build an oratory on this rocky island jutting into the English Channel. Travel through scenic countryside and later stop for a memorable Be My Guest experience at a picturesque château, including wine tasting and a light meal. Travel to your hotel in Blois where you dine tonight.

Hotel

Holiday Inn Blois Centre

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner with wine

Day 4

Day 5

Châteaux Excursion

Your Local Specialist takes you on a visit to the Amboise Royal château, where King François I spent much of his childhood with his mother, Louise of Savoy. During the first few years of his reign the château reached the pinnacle of its glory. As a guest of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to Château Amboise in December 1515 and lived and worked in the nearby Clos Lucé, connected to the château by an underground passage. Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. Continue with a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built on the River Cher. The beautiful architecture - reflected in the waters of the river - is complemented by magnificent landscaped gardens. The Château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, as a number of women influenced its construction and development. It contains priceless collections including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and numerous masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

In The Footsteps Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Visit the Manor house and gardens where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years, preserved much as he left them on his death almost 500 years ago. Your guided tour culminates in a display of Leonardo's most extraordinary inventions - from submarines to helicopters.

Adult Price: €39.00

Dinner In The Loire Valley

Santé. Toast our new-found friends as we enjoy a typical French meal in an atmospheric Old World setting. Drinks are included.

Adult Price: €66.00

Day 5

Day 6

Blois – Chambord – Chartres – Paris (2 Nights)

Visit Chambord, one of the most remarkable and recognisable châteaux in the world. Influenced by Italian Renaissance architecture, the château resembles a medieval stronghold incorporating classical Italian ornamental flourishes. The château was constructed by King François I as a royal hunting lodge, however, he didn't live to see it completed. Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and marvel at the original stained glass windows. Tonight in Paris consider going to see a spectacular cabaret show, for which the city is internationally renowned.

Hotel

Renaissance Paris La Defense

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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

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 6

Day 7

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. During your free time you may want to explore a world class museum or gallery, or even join an Optional Experience to Versailles. The finale to this great trip starts with a visit to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across this wonderful city. Then celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner with wine at a Parisian bistro.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

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

Versailles Palace And Gardens

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.

Adult Price: €65.00

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Paris

Say 'au revoir' to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a wonderful trip. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th century Château d'Éporcé, enjoying delicious home-cooked dishes created by the resident culinary expert, Lydia

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Mont St. Michel, the Loire Valley and Paris

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Insider walking tour of Paris

    • Orientation of Paris, Bayeux and Blois

    • View the Champs Élysées and Arc d'Triomphe in Paris

    • Visit the town of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Bayeux Tapestry, the historic D-Day beach of Omaha, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, Amboise and Chenonceau châteaux, Chambord Château, Chartres Cathedral and the second level of the Eiffel Tower


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 4 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (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

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

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


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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.


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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 42 Reviews

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    Tour director makes the organisation well...Journey not too long..local tour was interesting The group mix was friendly

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    Service rating : Guide at Mont Saint Michel so wordy we gave up and purchase our own tickets to the abbey..as we noted there wasn't enough time to see it after she spent 30 minutes rambling on about obscure facts.Product : Be My Guuest should be changed to incorporate an experience of cheese

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    Service rating : Our travel director Nicola's was excellent, personable and thoughtful. Our destinations were amazing and interesting with excellent local guides. We got to know France better and it's people in rural areas as well as Paris.Product : The tapestry and church at Beyeux,Mount st

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    Service rating : Through no fault of Trafalgar, we tried to combine two tours and had to compromise. We missed orientation of the city in Paris and the arrival dinner. We gave up a day in Venice to join our group in Paris, and our flight to Paris delayed almost an hour. It would be nice to have a

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    Service rating : Overall I enjoyed the tour. There are aspects that I felt that could be tweaked both in where we went, some locations that we stayed and some of the places we ate / food.Product : The Chateau of Chambord is not worth the time that we spent there. Whilst it is gorgeous to look at

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