Trafalgar Tours ~ Best of France (2019)


Tour Name Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
Best of France (2019) 13 Days France Apr 28, 2019 $3099

Journey from Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls to Biarritz and through the Loire Valley. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Included:

Sightseeing Highlights
WALKING TOUR in Paris and Carcassonne with a Local Specialist
ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
VISIT the Hospices de Beaune, Chateau Villandry, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
VIEW the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy
SEE the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
SCENIC DRIVE through Dordogne and Loire Valley

Dining
12 hot buffet breakfasts
7 dinners (including Be My Guest) with local wine

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 Trip Highlights
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

Day 1 Arrive Paris (flight not included)
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.
Hotel: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meal: Welcome Reception

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 Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?
Hotel: Novotel Gerland
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, what was once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today remains as an important place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, 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.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Massena/Montaigne & Spa
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4 French Riviera Free Day
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Amble along Nice's elegant Promenade des Anglais, treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear or relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers. Consider a visit to the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salade Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.
Hotel: Mercure Porte De La Cité
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

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. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.
Hotel: Radisson Blu
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

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. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.
Hotel: Novotel/Mercure Château Chartrons
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 Dordogne Excursion
The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city. Maybe, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. 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 Bordelaise cuisine or meander through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 Bordeaux – Loire Valley
We journey through the Garden of France, before we 'Connect With Locals' for a delicious Be My Guest lunch. Carry on to visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before we arrive at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.
Hotel: Château de Beauvois
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 10 Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Normandy Beaches
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 11 Normandy Beaches – Giverny – Paris (2 Nights)
We travel west towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.
Hotel: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and hear about the lives of the day-to-day local Parisian. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast