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Uncover the most-loved highlights of France on this custom vacation – from the romance of Paris to historic Normandy, the grand chateaus of the Loire Valley, Burgundy’s Côte d’Or vineyards, Avignon’s medieval charm, and the glamorous French Riviera. Soak in French culture, cuisine and natural beauty with unique tours, behind-the-scenes visits, priority access and more!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4ParisEiffel Tower, The Louvre & Art Museums, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, VersaillesHotel Moris, Hôtel A La Villa Des Artistes
4 - 6Normandy RegionD-Day Beaches, Regional Cider, Mont Saint-Michel, Monet HouseBrunville Hotel Bayeux, Le Mouton Blanc
6 - 8Loire ValleyFrench Châteaux, Picturesque Towns, Food & WineChateau de Beauvois, Chateau d'Artigny
8 - 10BeauneVineyards, Chateaux & Abbeys, BikingHôtel Henry II Beaune Centre, Hotel Abbaye de Maizières
10 - 12AvignonPont d’Avignon, Avignon Cathedral, Palais des PapesHotel Cloître Saint Louis, Hotel de l'Horloge
12 - 14NiceGorgeous Beachside Town, Old Town Market, Castle of NiceSplendid Hotel & Spa Nice, Le Suisse

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Paris airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Paris

3 Nights

Paris, standing by the romantic River Seine, by any other name would have been just as enigmatic and iconic. The city conjures up visions of cafés, wide tree-lined avenues, riverside promenades and a proverbial nightlife set to a background score of lively accordions playing Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose.

Included Activities

Eiffel Tower Priority Access Tour
Discover the varied facets of the magnificent Eiffel Tower on this exciting tour which lets you skip waiting in line! Instead, put your time to good use by exploring in detail this iconic landmark synonymous with the city. Start walking near the base of the tower as you listen to your expert guide narrate the history of this spectacular edifice also known as ‘The Iron Lady’. Learn about the unique architectural features of this iconic landmark as you wander around its first two levels. Savor breathtaking views of the city and its historic attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Trocadero Gardens, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Sacre Coeur basilica. Ride the lift up to the summit of the tower, which is the highest observation point in Europe. Capture panoramic images of the City of Light from your vantage viewpoint. Make your way back down with memories of a lifetime! (2hrs; Group Size: Max 16 guests; Shared Activity; Meeting Point: History Group, 38 avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris 7ème; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that the first and second levels of the tower offer wheelchair access while the summit does not. Includes Eiffel Tower entrance & summit access.)

Sampling Wine & Cheese in Paris
Make the most of this convenient way to get to the heart of some of the best and most iconic French cheese and wines enjoyed in Paris. Meet up with your local English-speaking fromager at the Rue du Faubourg du Temple in the afternoon, well in time for the trip. This Decouverte tasting tour will introduce you to the region’s best cheese and wine, with the heritage ambiance adding to your experience. Walk down to the 17th century cheese cellar of the Marais cheese shop at the Paroles de Fromagers, located in the heart of old Paris. Learn the intricate cheese making process and the subtle art of tasting and pairing them with the best wines. Enjoy sampling a variety of perfectly-aged French cheeses, along with a range of deliciously matured French wines to go with them in the heritage tasting room. (Duration: 1.5 hrs, Time: 1630 hrs; Private Activity; 7 cheese & 3 wine tastings included; Meeting Point : 41 rue du Faubourg du temple 75010, Paris; Fitness level: Easy; Please inform ahead of food allergies, if any).

Discover Paris on Your own
Head out at a convenient time on this self-guided tour to unravel the delights of this magnificent city. With the entire day at your disposal, start as early or as late as you wish. Take your pick of historical landmarks and monuments to visit such as the Place Vendome, Eiffel Tower, Palais Garnier, Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, and Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur among others. Or, you could stroll around the numerous museums that the city is famed for including the world-famous Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, the Army Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art to name a few. Rest a while as you enjoy authentic French cuisine for lunch at one of the charming bistros that dot the city. Or, take along a picnic lunch to relish in the serene environs of Jardin des Tuileries or Parc de la Villette, counted among the largest parks in the city. Afterward, browse around the iconic shopping street of Champs-Elysees with its luxury brand stores, jewelry and watch establishments, charming boutiques, affordable ready-to-wear brands, and fragrant patisseries. You could also step into a comfortable boat and settle in for a leisurely cruise down the Seine river to enjoy the city from the water. For the perfect ending to the day, enjoy a typical Parisian cabaret show at the famous Lido theater or unwind at one of the hip clubs that the city of lights is synonymous with. (Full Day; Self-guided Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes as there may be a fair bit of walking involved.)

Hotel Options
Hotel Moris – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 6

You will be transferred from your hotel to Paris train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Paris (St Lazare) to Normandy Region (Caen) (Duration: 2.25 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Normandy Region train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Normandy Region

2 Nights

The Normandy region, shaped by miles of the Atlantic coast, numerous streams and rivers (including the Seine), has always been known for its rich agricultural and marine produce. It has also been an important center of scholarship and learning, captured by the striking island monastery of Mont St-Michel and the romantic ruins of the Jumièges Abbey.

Included Activities

Normandy D-Day Beaches with Pointe du Hoc
Set off from Bayeux on this fascinating exploration of the D-Day beaches that featured prominently in the Allied victory of World War II. Drive past the scenic landscape to the beautiful beaches that witnessed the largest seaborne invasion in world history. Retrace the steps of American soldiers as you stroll down the Utah and Omaha beaches. Listen to incredible stories of courage and bravery from your guide before you pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery. Get a closer look at Pointe du Hoc and gain insights into how American Rangers scaled the 90 feet (27 m) cliff to capture this fortified site on that fateful day. Afterward, stop at the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise that was at the heart of the jump zone for the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne. Soak in the history to your heart’s content before heading back. (Full Day; Time: 0900 hrs; Shared Activity; Group Size: Max 8 guests; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Le Mouton Blanc – Opt 2
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 8

You will be transferred from your hotel to Normandy Region train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Normandy Region (Caen) to Loire Valley East (St Pierre des Corps) (Duration: 4 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Loire Valley East train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Loire Valley

2 Nights

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the prosperous and fertile Loire River valley straddling Central France is known for its classic French châteaux and grand palaces. The eastern part of the region, Loire Valley East, is strewn with pretty little French towns, famous chateaux and castle grounds dotting a beautiful countryside.

Included Activities

Historical Attractions of Loire Valley
Explore the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Loire Valley on this delightful tour. Set off for the scenic environs surrounding the gently flowing Loire River. Known as the Valley of Kings, this region has always attracted royalty for its spectacular natural beauty and pleasing climate. Arrive at the sprawling Chambord estate and admire its towering Renaissance-inspired architecture that ranges over turrets, chimneys and dormer windows. The chateau is also famous for its double return staircase, thought to be designed by master creator Leonardo Da Vinci himself. Head to Chenonceau, known as the “ladies castle”, as it was the residence of French empresses like Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. Built in the 16th-century on the river Cher, the Chateau is famed for its vast collection of artwork, Renaissance furniture and intricate tapestries. Stroll through the exquisitely laid out gardens and formal parklands. Finally, savor the finest wines from the Loire Valley during a lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced produce. (Full Day; Shared Activity; Group size: Max 8 guests; Transport, guide services, entrance fees, tastings and lunch with drinks included).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 8 - 10

You will be transferred from your hotel to Loire Valley East train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Loire Valley East (St Pierre des Corps) to Beaune (Duration: 6 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Beaune train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Beaune

2 Nights

Located right in the heart of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or vineyards, the old medieval town of Beaune lives and breathes for the ‘draught of vintage tasting of Flora and the country green’.

Included Activities

Burgundy Sampling in Beaune
Enjoy an extensive wine tour and tasting session at the charming villages of Côte de Beaune. Meet your local guide at the Beaune Tourist Office in the popular Boulevard Perpreuil, well in time for your tour. Drive along the Grands Crus roads via Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, enjoying your ride through the pretty little villages of Pommard, Volnay, and Meursault. Visit the famous monuments of Bâtard-Montrachet, Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, and Chevalier-Montrachet, during your day-long excursion. Learn all about the region’s classic wines and pick up interesting anecdotes on the subject from your guide. Enjoy tasting a variety of delicious wines in Beaune. You will also visit a little known but impressive wine estate in the town, right off the beaten tourist path! Savor white wines such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er cru ‘Les Charmes’ or the famous Grand cru Corton–Charlemagne. Relish a sumptuous lunch in Beaune after your tasting tour and then return to your hotel. (Full Day, Time: 0930; Shared Activity; Group size: Max 8 guests; Wine tasting included; Fitness level: Easy, Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 12

You will be transferred from your hotel to Beaune train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Beaune to Avignon (TGV) (Duration: 3.25 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Avignon train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Avignon

2 Nights

The graceful architecture and historical significance of Avignon has earned the centre of the city the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once part of the dukedom of Anjou, a vassal of the Pope, Avignon has had its share of colorful medieval history.

Included Activities

Best of Provence & Pont du Gard Tour
Spend an enjoyable day in the picturesque Provence region known for its mountainous scenery and fragrant lavender fields. Drive past the scenic countryside to the hamlet of Roussillon that sits perched atop ochre cliffs with its colorful houses making for a striking contrast. On Thursdays, you could mingle with the locals at the weekly market while browsing through fresh produce and exquisite handicrafts. Stop to take stunning images of the hilltop village of Gordes that is home to houses and buildings made of different varieties of natural stone. Travel on to the picturesque town of Fontaine de Vaucluse for a peek at the cave where the River Sorgues originates. Head on to Pont du Gard, a well-preserved ancient Roman aqueduct bridge and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterward, journey to the breathtakingly beautiful Les Baux de Provence to explore its medieval fortress and charming cobblestone streets. You can make a short stop at Antiques in Saint Remy de Provence to photograph the two ancient Roman monuments that occupy pride of place. On Sundays, you can stop by the weekly market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue before returning to the city by nightfall. (Full Day; Time: 0900 (Apr 1 – Oct 31)/ 0830 (Nov 1 – Mar 31); Group Size: Max 8 guests; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomTraditional Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 12 - 14

You will be transferred from your hotel to Avignon train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Avignon (TGV) to Nice (Ville) (Duration: 4 hrs)

You will be transferred from the Nice train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Nice

2 Nights

A Mediterranean seaside with palm trees, sunny days and balmy nights, a grand boulevard and the old-world opulence of the South of France – that’s Nice for you in a nutshell. The glittering queen of the French Riviera, Nice has attracted the bold and the bountiful to its sunny shores along the Cote d’Azur for ages.

Included Activities

Walking the Markets of Nice
Enjoy a morning on the French Riviera, arriving at the scenic Promenade des Anglais, which overlooks the trendy Beau Rivage beach. Armed with a local food connoisseur, navigate the charming streets of Nice’s Old Town, replete with pastel-colored buildings and aromas of lavender. Visit the vibrant open-air markets of Cours Saleya and Liberation in the heart of Nice, where the freshest produce from across the south of France are traded every day. Apart from people watching, witness an assortment of vegetables, fruits and flowers showcased in interesting ways. Sample an array of unique dishes from Nice, whether it’s the famous niçoise salad, the ratatouille, or socca from a third-generation seller Chez Thérésa! Interacting with vendors, learn about their various contributions to French culinary tradition. Settle down under awnings at a cozy bar nearby, and taste a couple of boutique wines while soaking up the sights and sounds outdoors. Hop between artisanal shops that specialize in chocolates, cheeses, pastries and charcuterie, before dispersing. (Half Day; Time: 0930 hrs; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Group size: Max 6 guests; 6 food and 2 wine tastings included; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Highlights of Nice on Foot
Arrive at the picturesque waterfront Promenade des Anglais and its iconic Beau Rivage beach to begin exploring the several landmarks and attractions in the heart of Nice, on foot. Pass by the belle epoque Opéra de Nice, and head to the atmospheric Masséna Square framed by myriad neo-classical structures. Continue onward to the lush and fountained Paillon Promenade. Following your local insider’s live commentary amid whiffs of lavender, learn about the history of the French Riviera. Making your way through the bustling Old Town, take in the fantastic architecture of pastel-colored buildings that fringe the narrow streets. Amble about Cours Saleya – a lively and colorful open-air market retailing a variety of produce from across Provence. Admire the ornate 17th-century Sainte-Répérate Cathedral and the bevy of modern urban installations at the Promenade des Arts. Finally, relax in the botanic gardens of Castle Hill, and take in panoramic vistas of the city and beyond! (Duration: 3 hrs; Times: 0930/1430 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Group size: Max 8 guests; Pick-up & Drop-off at central hotel; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Le Suisse – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Sea View With Balcony
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort

You will be transferred from your hotel to Nice airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,190 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,290 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Paris (St Lazare) – Normandy Region (Caen)
    • Normandy Region (Caen) – Loire Valley East (St Pierre des Corps)
    • Loire Valley East (St Pierre des Corps) – Beaune
    • Beaune – Avignon (TGV)
    • Avignon (TGV) – Nice (Ville)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Paris: Eiffel Tower Priority Access Tour
    • Paris: Sampling Wine & Cheese in Paris
    • Paris:  Discover Paris on Your own
    • Normandy Region: Normandy D-Day Beaches With Pointe du Hoc
    • Loire Valley: Historical Attractions of Loire Valley
    • Beaune: Burgundy Sampling in Beaune
    • Avignon: Best of Provence & Pont du Gard Tour
    • Nice: Walking the Markets of Nice
    • Nice: Highlights of Nice on Foot
  • All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Visitor’s tax 1.50 to 3 Euro per person and night, payable directly at the hotels
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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Highlights of France

14 days $ 5,190 / person

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