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Grand Tour of France with London 2020

Grand Tour of France with London 2020


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s 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 amphitheater 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 Beaune’s Hôtel-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 Normandy’s 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 Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea.At the end of your France tour, travel on the Eurostar train from Paris to London and enjoy your vacation extension featuring a three night stay in Britain’s capital and a guided sightseeing tour, including iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. All services in London, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. This value-minded France tour—with London—is truly a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.
Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: PARIS–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–CAEN.
Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen—one 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 slate-covered facades. Continue to Caen.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi/ 340 km (B,D)

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 75 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 Conqueror’s 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.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km (B)

Day 4: MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–CHÂTEAUX 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.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km (B)

Day 5: CHÂTEAUX 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 châteaux make for splendid panoramas. (B,D)

Day 6: CHÂTEAUX 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. Stop for WINE TASTING at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi/ 310 km (B)

Day 7: BORDEAUX–DORDOGNE–ROCAMADOUR–TOULOUSE.
Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km (B,D)

Day 8: TOULOUSE–CARCASSONNE–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON.
Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)

Day 9: AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH RIVIERA.
Visit Arles, known all over the world for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi/ 330 km (B)

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. (B)

Day 11: FRENCH RIVIERA–GRASSE–LYON AREA.
First to Grasse to visit a traditional PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s 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.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km (B,D)

Day 12: LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS.
Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital of Paris.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km (B)

Day 13: PARIS.
Discover the glorious ville lumières 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 complete your experience. (B)

Day 14: PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND.
Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to London. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 15: LONDON.
Morning guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks. (B)

Day 16: LONDON.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 17: LONDON.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

ROUEN
Orientation walk

HONFLEUR and CAEN
Visit

NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES
Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

MONT ST. MICHEL
Visit

ANGERS
Visit the cathedral

CHATEAUX COUNTRY
Visit

LA ROCHELLE
Visit

BORDEAUX
Orientation walk and wine tasting

ROCAMADOUR
Visit

CARCASSONNE
Orientation walk

PONT DU GARD
See the Roman aqueduct

ARLES
Visit the Roman Amphitheater

AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Visit

GRASSE
Visit a perfume workshop

BEAUNE
Visit Hotel Dieu

PARIS
Guided sightseeingTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; high-speed Eurostar train Paris-London

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Upgrade to Standard Premier on Eurostar train: $178

Single room supplement:
$907-$1,078

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Paris: Novotel Paris 17
Caen: Ibis Caen Porte D'Angleterre
Mont St. Michel: Hotel Vert
Amboise: Novotel Amboise
Bordeaux: Quality Centre
Toulouse: Ibis Pont Jumeaux
Avignon: Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De l'Europe
Nice: Ibis Promenade des Anglais at Nice
Lyon Area: Parkest
Paris: Ibis Styles Meteor Avenue D 'Italie
London: Millennium Gloucester

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

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

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
Accommodations
3.1
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.6

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Ratings based off 71 reviews - currently showing 16 reviews with comments only

Nina, I'm very pleased with you and Affordable tours but as it turned out the Cosmos tour didn't near meet our expectations. We have toured with them 2 times in the past both booked through Affordable and was very satisfied. This time they went just as cheap as possible and had many dissatisfied customers. I can't say enough good things about both the tour guide Peter and the driver Andrea. They were both very professional and very pleasant with the tourist. They did everything to make it a fun and lasting experience. I would be happy to tour with them again. But as far as accommodations they were terrible, to small, terrible located, poor amenities and the Ibis ones were so small that there was no place for luggage. Most of them had no in room coffee service. The plan left us located where no other services were if we chose not to attend an optional event.

The hotels are way far away from the center of the city. Many nights we ended up with the terrible hotel food due to the locations of the hotel. Would not recommend this tour to other people.

The hotel rooms were clean and comfortable, the food was delicious, and the itinerary was outstanding. a lot of walking, so it is sometimes difficult for elderly participants or persons with mobility issues to keep up, but then this tour is advertised as being somewhat strenuous, I believe. The one down side is that that is very little free time in Paris, and we did not even go inside the Notre Dame cathedral, but again, the point of the tour is to see as many venues in a two-week period for a "budget" price, so I am very satisfied that Cosmos delivered on its promises. Our tour director, Katarzyna, was fabulous: very organized and always very pleasant. Thanks for an unforgettable tour!

Trip was basically as described, but came in too late in Bordeaux to do walking tour the evening it was listed (took it next morning before leaving) and as we planned to explore the town that night--had no chance. The other disappointment was at Pont de Gard, where it was listed as a picture stop, but the only pictures taken were of the group from all the tour members' cameras and had no chance to actually go up to the aqueduct to take pictures or explore it at all. A waste of time to enter and walk almost to it to only to take pictures of the group. Also, made a service station stop after 1.75 hours drive for 1.25 hours, then visited Nimes for an hour after about another 1/2 hour, then on to the aqueduct where we had absolutely no time to experience it. This day definitely needed an adjustment. The other negatives were the rooms in Paris and Avignon where there wasn't even room for one suitcase to be open. I expect small rooms, but they should be large enough to open a suitcase! Cosmos is a budget tour, which I understand, but a few adjustments to the itinerary and possibly a few more hundred dollars for a trip to France would be in order. However, the positives were an outstanding tour guide and driver, with the rest of the itinerary being quite good.

Great trip. Saw a lot of France. Early wake up calls but lots to see in the day.

Another excellent trip with Cosmos!!

Our trip was fantastic, especially because of our excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable, caring and careful in looking out for our interests and safety, fun, funny and very personable. The tour was worth every penny and we will definitely book with Cosmos and through Affordable Tours again.

This trip was a wonderful education of beauty and art!

We would have liked a day in Lyon to explore the city. We slept over night there, but had no time to see it. That also was the same for Toulouse. Need to provide 2 days extra for those two cities. The Kyriad Paris Bercy Village was a hotel with sleeping and showering areas that were too small and cramped.

The Grand Tour of Switzerland was wonderful. There was a scenic view around almost every curve. I would have liked an extra day or two at St. Moritz and also at Zermott. Those were very special places where we were able to get outside and enjoy nature. The Grand Tour of France covered too much territory without giving travelers enough time at any one place to really learn about it. Several travel days, especially going down the west side of France were rather boring, with nothing outstanding to see. We felt rushed at coffee break/rest stops, and not given a chance to linger at worthwhile places like the Normandy Beaches while spending hours in villages where there was only an old castle or church and vendors selling souvenirs. It was not a 'grand' tour in my estimation. Some hotel rooms were very small, with no room to stack luggage except in front of the door. The food in France was way below expectations.

The only thing that needs clarification is what towns are visits and what towns are stop overs. For example when I see that we are spending the night in Toulouse or Lyon, I would expect to at least get a quick walking tour of the city (similar to Bordeaux). It's disappointing to stay in big cities such as those and not see the city. The itinerary as posted is not clear on that point, and clarifying it would align expectations

I just need to stress that available internet connection in hotels is now essential/ vital. It is no longer an option, and the tour operators should not select hotels that have no reasonable connection or those who offer weak connection and continue to push their paid connection. We had two of these in this trip. All others were satisfactory, good, or excellent.

The trip exceeded our expectations. It offered great value. We were very pleased.

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful.

In general, the lodging accommodations were distant from city centers and, in a couple of cases, were too small for two people. Otherwise, we enjoyed our tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed our grand tour of France...the only accommodation we did not like was the first one outside of Paris...it was in an unsafe part of town...TErrible way to start a trip but eVerything after that was wonderful. I also enjoyed the four optional tours we took except the dinner in Nice...terrible food and ambiance at the restaurant. I can't wait to book another tour next year!!!


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