Wonderful France

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Combine the glamorous French capital with centuries of history and glorious sunsets on the French Riviera. This favourite French tour delivers it all in just nine days, from strolling around the Pont du Gard to soaking up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco in France's glorious south.

Departure dates

From 04/05/2024 to 13/10/2024

What's included

Highlights.
4 Dinner (D)8 Breakfast (B)Avignon: Join Patrick for a Be My Guest Lunch at his home and enjoy a traditional meal from local produce.
Paris: Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening.
Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.
Beaune: Marvel at Beaune's famous renaissance roofing style during an orientation of this wine capital.
Monaco City: Bask in the stunning views on your Monaco Orientation.
Saint-Tropez: Soak up the beautiful surroundings on your morning sojourn on your visit to Saint-Tropez.
Arles: Admire the exquisite Romanesque Cathedral and Amphitheatre on your city tour of Arles, guided by a Local Specialist.
Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
Paris: Enjoy market fresh produce and seasonal flavours during a Farewell Dinner at Maison Plisson.
In this combination grocery store and restaurant, every ingredient is hand-selected based on rigorous criteria to guarantee exceptional flavours and quality.
Maison Plisson’s mission is to guarantee healthy and sustainable menus, minimal food waste and to contribute to a growing network of high quality and responsible producers.
This experience advances Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.
: Explore Paris and Arles with a Local Specialist: Discover Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Avignon: Visit Saint-Sulpice church in Paris and Pont du Gard: View the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon: Scenic Cruise to St.
Tropez: Scenic Train Ride from Avignon to Paris: An expert Travel Director and professional Driver: Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted: All porterage and restaurant gratuities: All hotel tips, charges and local taxes: Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals: Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras: Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing: Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys): TGV Express train between Avignon and Paris.
: Optional Experiences and free time: On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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An expert Travel Director and professional DriverCherry-picked hotels, all tried and trustedAll porterage and restaurant gratuitiesAll hotel tips, charges and local taxesBreakfast daily and up to half of your evening mealsMust-see sightseeing and surprise extrasAudio headsets for flexible sightseeingLuxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)TGV Express train between Avignon and Paris.
Optional Experiences and free timeOn occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris - the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and picturesque avenues of the 'City of Light', before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Champs-?lys?es and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendour for you to admire.
  • Day 2 Join a Local Specialist to explore the Latin Quarter, a vibrant student hotspot and home to the Sorbonne University. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighbourhoods. Consider an optional experience to the exquisite gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.
  • Day 3 Travel through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune - most famous for the colourful geometric-tiled H?tel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavours in a local bouchon - the choice is yours.
  • Day 4 Follow the Rh?ne Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for lunch and perhaps a taste of the sweet flavours of calissons. Continue to the glamorous Principality of Monaco, one of the smallest and wealthiest nations on earth. View the palace, home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner together in Monaco before travelling further along the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera to our hotel, where we'll spend the next two nights.
  • Day 5 The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Ni?oise.
  • Day 6 We arrive by boat in glitzy Saint-Tropez for a morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surroundings. This afternoon journey to the ancient city of Arles to admire its Roman theatre and arena - once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh with your Local Specialist, exploring the heritage of this town where he was inspired to produce more than 300 paintings and drawings. Later, journey to Western Europe's largest river delta region - the Camargue. Here we will Connect With Locals for a home cooked Be My Guest meal of original, regional dishes made with produce from local farmers and markets. Later, we make our way to Avignon where we will spend the next two nights.
  • Day 7 This morning we visit the impressive Pont du Gard - an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge to cross the river Gardon. It's arches of stone, still standing since the 1st century AD when it was originally built to take water to the Roman settlement of the present day city of N?mes. Take time in Avignon to explore its impressive Old Town, once the seat of the Papacy. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rh?ne, which inspired the French song, Sur le Pont d'Avignon.
  • Day 8 The French countryside is your companion as you take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the vineyards of Burgundy, back to Paris where you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own or explore Montmartre with a stroll through the 'village' overlooking the city of Paris on an Optional Experience. Later, enjoy market-fresh produce and seasonal cuisine at Maison Plisson celebrating an unforgettable sojourn through France during a Farewell Dinner and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience that advances Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.
  • Day 9 This morning after breakfast, it's time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end.
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  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
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