Best of France

Enjoy France à la carte – châteaux, chic beach resorts and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls. Marvel at Avignon’s famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and
visit Claude Monet’s home in Giverny.

Price Includes

• 12 nights hotel accommodation
• 19 meals: 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine
• On-trip transport
• All transport and transfers as per itinerary

Travel Dates:
24 Jun – 19 Aug 2018
Other departures available between April – October 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.


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Product itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Paris
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the city to see some of its most magnificent sights. (WR) Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 2
Paris ▶ Beaune ▶ Lyon
We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century Hospice are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Perhaps spend your evening delving into the delicious delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. (BB) Hotel: Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences

Day 3
Lyon ▶ Avignon ▶ Monaco ▶ French Riviera (2 Nights)
We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - sur le pont d’Avignon.
Journeying through the wheat and lavender fields of Provence, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were married. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel. (BB, RM) Hotel: Best Western Plus Massena

Day 4
French Riviera
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Meander along Nice’s elegant Promenade des Anglais treading in the
footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear, relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or perhaps visit the charming hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. This evening you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and indulge in delicious Salad Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels. (BB)

Day 5
French Riviera ▶ Arles ▶ Carcassonne d
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city before winding your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes en route to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and see the double ring of ramparts
spanning some 3km with 52 towers. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Porte De La Cite

Day 6 Carcassonne ▶ Lourdes ▶ Biarritz
We drive toward the Pyrénées this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica perched atop St. Bernadette’s Grotto where the young girl is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. We travel north to the graceful Basque town of Biarritz on France’s Atlantic coast where we spend the night. (BB, DW) Hotel: Radisson Blu

Day 7 Biarritz ▶ Bordeaux (2 Nights)
Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux whose stunning Garonne riverfront and age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France’s most visited cities. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces. Then spend the rest of the day
exploring the Port of the Moon on your terms. (BB) Hotel: Novotel

Day 8 Dordogne Excursion
The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic halfday included excursion passing enchanting medieval Bastide villages, fairy-tale castles and dark oak forests. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure. See the glittering reflection of the Place de la Bourse in the Garonne River, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelais cuisine or meander through the city’s historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night. (BB)

Day 9
Bordeaux ▶ Loire Valley
We meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. Join your fellow travellers and the Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a special Be My Guest Tourangelle dining experience where you enjoy traditional French hospitality. (BB, BG) Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

Day 10 Loire Valley ▶ Mont St. Michel ▶ Omaha Beach
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the extraordinary island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô
and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director will provide an excellent account of the poignant events that took place here and changed the course of history in Europe. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed
their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. (BB, DW) Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 11 Omaha Beach ▶ Giverny ▶ Paris (2 Nights) e
This morning we travel south towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet’s exquisite Impressionist works of art. The City of Light shines brightly as we have an evening at leisure to explore Paris by night. This evening in the glittering capital, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues. (BB) Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 12
Paris Sightseeing
Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Our short insider walk concludes in one of Paris’s loveliest squares, still off the beaten tourist track, but a real favourite among Parisians. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. This evening we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel
Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 13 Depart Paris
For now it’s time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (BB)

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