Best of France Summer 2020

Best of France Summer 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

A round-trip from Paris, blazing a trail past Avignon, Carcassonne and the Loire Valley. Marvel at the beaches of Biarritz, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Day 1 - 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.
Accommodation: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meals: 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?
Accommodation: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - 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 14th century. 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 Dinner in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 4 - French Riviera Free Day
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, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.
Meals: 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.
Accommodation: Mercure La Cité
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 6 - 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.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu
Meals: 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.
Accommodation: Novotel Centre
Meals: 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. Perhaps, tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.
Meals: 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. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.
Accommodation: Château de Beauvois
Meals: Breakfast, ,

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 the 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.
Accommodation: Mercure Omaha Beach
Meals: Breakfast,

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.
Accommodation: Mercure 17 Batignolles
Meals: 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 the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. 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: Breakfast,

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.
Meals: Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • VISIT the Hospices de Beaune, Chateau Villandry, the D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Saint-Sulpice Church 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 and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • SCENIC DRIVE through Dordogne and the Loire Valley

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many people are on each tour?

Motor Coaches are standard size and carry on average 38 to 44 guests.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 66 reviews . Currently showing 18 reviews with comments only.
By Robert W on Sep 15, 2019

Good trip. We did not like some of the hotels were far out of town with no Metro near. The wine was mostly terrible. The Tour Director could have provided more information about things to do and see at the hotel stops!

By James E on May 12, 2019

I felt there were too many optional tours, especially on the last two days. Several of these such as the tour of Monmart would have been better as part of the tour and prices adjusted accordingly. The welcome dinner was also marginal at best and the location too loud for any real conversations. All other dines including the optional ones were very good.

By Frances H on May 12, 2019

Three was too much rushing to get to places, often we didn't get to see the sight but for a short time or in 2 stops, not at all. The accommodations were below my expectations in 2 hotels. My suggestions for this tour are less stops , and advise seniors that this is tough, steep terrain.

By Bruce B on May 11, 2019

Taking any tour, there are destinations you definitely want to visit and others, not so much. One part of the tour that disappointed me was the minimum time spent at Omaha Beach. I stood on that beach and reflected the best I could on what happened there 75 ago. It was a short visit there and the American Cemetery. We were then back on the bus. I would have like to visit Utah Beach but not possible. I think this year especially, more time should have been spent there.

By James W on Oct 07, 2018

We have gone on 7 Trafalgar tours. All have been excellent.

By TERRY W on Oct 07, 2018

Most of the rooms included with the tour were below average. We expected better.

By Victoria D on Sep 09, 2018

I researched several companies and decided on a particular trip/operator. Then I discovered Affordable Tours which pleasantly surprised me with a huge monetary discount that I would not have received had I booked with the company of the tour. The agent, Mason, that I dealt with was absolutely wonderful!! He made me feel that I was a priority even though I know I was just one of his many clients. Thank you so much!!

By Meredith S on Aug 12, 2018

We are very thorough when it comes to booking tours - we need to know that we're getting the best value for our money while still experiencing all that we want to experience. We look at every tour out there and narrow it down by price and places visited. This is the 2nd bus tour that we have taken with Trafalgar - both have been exceptional.The Best of France truly was the best of France!!!

By Saroj T on Sep 03, 2017

Trafalgar offered a very good tour. The tour director was excellent, organized and courteous . The tour met my expectations.

By Julie D on Jun 04, 2017

Great trip. Active and packed itinerary which is what we wanted. Saw so many things. Recommend the optional experiences as they make the trip more robust.

By Beverly N on Oct 25, 2015

I highly recommend the Best of France tour with Trafalgar. The trip ran so smoothly with seeing so many places all over the country. The hotel rooms were clean and comfortable. The food was delicious. Our bus driver was excellent. The tour guide was good. She was helpful but not high energy like other tour guides we have had in the past. We had a wonderful trip. I think going on the last tour of the season was a great idea. We had a total of 30 in the group. The weather was cooler and the places we visited were not crowded as they are in the summer months.

By Arnold K on Oct 04, 2015

Always difficult to figure out what "look, see, and visit" means on a tour. On the downside this tour, Best of France 2015 came down to long days due to travel distances, and lack of available free time to explore cities we spent the night at. Arrived at Normandy and Omaha Beach late in the day and only had 1 3/4 hrs to try and see it all. This memorial deserves better than that. The attractions as a whole, were all worth seeing. I this this trip would be better severed by adding two extra time off or free time days to rest and relax. The booking agency itself was very good and no problems with booking nor payment. Would have to experience Trafalgar one more time to determine if this trip was the exception or the norm. We drove 4000 Km or 2400 miles on this trip.

By Donald E on Apr 13, 2014

After adding in the cost of the optional excursions, the cost of the trip is high. All the extras should be included in the trip.

By Herbert C on Sep 15, 2013

The tour was exhaustive because of very early wake-up call followed by long hour bus ride. Frequently,the bed time was no earlier than 11:00 pm because of late dinner. Most of the sites visited provided no local tour guides. We were given a bunch of verbal instructions on the spot prior to setting us loose. The sites that had local guides were equally disappointing because of their strong accent and difficult to understand.

By Beverly H on Sep 01, 2013

Our agent set up our first tour with Trafalger, so we were really glad to be working with her again. Our trip through France with Trafalger was wonderful. Our tour director and our driver were the best. I'm excited to plan another trip through Affordable.

By Manuel P on Apr 28, 2013

The trip was good, however two tours were not. the river cruise in Paris was wall to wall guests with no seats available but they still poured more in. Versailles was over crowded with as many as three tour trips in the same room all being addressed by the their tour directors at the same time while crowds were passing thru in both directions. No consideration given to capacity at these two events. I would not recommend either in spite of the great items to be seen in Versailles.

By Carrol S on May 13, 2012

I wished that the hotels were closer to the towns so that we could do some exploring on our own. The hotel in Nice was perfect. The one in Paris was a little out of the way. Our last time there the hotel was in a perfect location. Our tour director and driver were excellent.


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