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'Best Trips' Around the World Series: France

- From $3,415.00 USD per person

Discover the best of France on an exploration of Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Bordeaux, Arles and more.


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ARRIVE PARIS

All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the City of Lights. 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.

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Welcome Reception

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?

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Local Beaujolais Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Enjoy an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and taste the most acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover Lyon's secrets, from the Gauls to the medieval old town. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France and our chef will prepare a mouth-watering three-course dinner, with local wines included.

Adult Price: €69.00

LYON – AVIGNON – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (2 NIGHTS)

We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today 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 Rainier and Princess Grace were married. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

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Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

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.

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

First we'll travel to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

Adult Price: €83.00


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.

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Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €23.00

CARCASSONNE – LOURDES – BIARRITZ

We drive toward the Pyrenees 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 turned saint is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Biarritz Train Ride & Basque Country Dinner

First we board our private train to ride effortlessly through the scenic streets of Biarritz, taking in the spectacular coastal viewpoints. Then, at our typical Basque chalet restaurant in the countryside nearby, we’ll try out tasty local specialities, with drinks included.

Adult Price: €69.00

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.

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Highlights Of The Pyrénées

Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrénées, where we’ll catch a funicular train to ascend through mountain pastures to the top of these magnificent mountains, finding ourselves in Spain. You’ll have time to enjoy some Basque hospitality before our descent, with a drink included. Weather permitting.

Adult Price: €41.00

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

With your Local Specialist, discover the town where Louis XIV met his bride, Spanish princess Maria Theresa. Rich in Basque heritage, you’ll visit the house of Louis XIV, see the church where they married in 1660 (complete with hanging sailing ships inside) and sample the most famous patisserie created for the event, the macaron. Later have time to explore this unique seaside town’s 400 year history, weekly market and beautiful beach.

Adult Price: €40.00

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.

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Enjoy a a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars before a wine tasting, all while learning the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, discover the World Heritage monolithic church of St. Emilion, before dining in traditional Bordelaise style, with drinks included. May be operated without dining for €49.

Adult Price: €80.00

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.

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Buffet Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner with wine

LOIRE VALLEY – MONT ST. MICHEL – NORMANDY BEACHE

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, which features an 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.

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Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine


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.

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Buffet Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavour of Montmartre life.

Adult Price: €37.00


Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Adult Price: €162.00

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Adult Price: €139.00


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.

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Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Adult Price: €38.00

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €65.00


DEPART PARIS

For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travelers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Buffet Breakfast


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