Grand Tour of France
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Youve seen photos of the Eiffel Towernows your time to see it in person. Youve studied and read about D-Days Normandy Beachesnows your chance to visit them. Youve heard about Frances famous winesnows your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.
History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaunes Htel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years’ War left many of the town’s population destitute. On the route Napoleon, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandys landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.
Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Czanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafs.
In Grasse, the worlds perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend time in the Chteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of Frances most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and youll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea. This value-minded tour through France is truly a holiday of a lifetime!
Normandy Landing BeachesVisit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
Mont St. MichelVisit
AngersVisit the cathedral
BordeauxOrientation walk and wine tasting
Pont Du GardSee the Roman aqueduct
ArlesVisit the Roman Amphitheatre
GrasseVisit a perfume workshop
BeauneVisit Hotel Dieu
Day 1: Paris
Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Day 2: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen
Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouenone of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slatecovered facades. Continue to Caen.
Day 3: Caen – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel
Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.
Day 4: Mont St Michel – Angers – Chateaux Country
Time to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before departing for Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Chateaux Country
Spend the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chteaux make for splendid panoramas.
Day 6: Chateaux Country – La Rochelle – Bordeaux
This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region where you will stop for a WINE TASTING session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city centre of Bordeaux.
Day 7: Bordeaux – Dordogne – Rocamadour – Toulouse
Discover one of Frances most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
Day 8: Toulouse – Carcassonne – Pont Du Gard – Avignon
Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this wellpreserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon.
Day 9: Avignon – Arles – Aix-en-Provence – French Riviera
Visit Arles, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATRE, then continue to Aix-en- Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEAU, lined in the French tradition with plane trees. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Dont miss the optional evening excursion.
Day 10: French Riviera
Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte-Carlo-by-Night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.
Day 11: French Riviera – Grasse – Lyon Area
First to Grasse to visit a traditional PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of Frances great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.
Day 12: Lyon Area – Beaune – Paris
Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the regions wine capital since the Roman era, where you visit the famous HTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital of Paris. Dont miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.
Day 13: Paris
Discover the glorious French capital with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate your tour, a French farewell dinner is magnifique!
Day 14: Paris
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.