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14 Day Classic France

14 Day Classic France


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, "City of Lights" and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. Your tour begins at 5:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at Paris no later than 3:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. Afterwards, a delightful cruise on the River Seine introduces you to the sparkling beauty of Paris at night
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Friday - Paris City Tour
Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Pass the colorful Luxembourg Gardens, the second largest park in Paris and garden of the French Senate, housed in the Luxembourg Palace. This afternoon perhaps join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour with dinner and wine
Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Champagne Tasting, Dijon
Travel from Paris to the famed Champagne region with its magnificent stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. This historic province in the northeast of France, formerly ruled by the Counts of Champagne, is best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. In Epernay, visit one of the renowned cellars, learn more about the process and enjoy tastings of this very expensive bubbly delight. Its main boulevard is the elegant residential Avenue de Champagne, with its timeless neoclassical villas and Victorian town houses. Then continue to Dijon, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy, a vast center of wealth and power. View the striking Dijon Cathedral and the Ducal Palace, a remarkably well-preserved Gothic structure that served as the royal residence for the estates of Burgundy. Overnight in Dijon, also known as home of the tasty mustard
Overnight: Dijon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Beaune's Burgundy Vineyards, Lyon
Depart Dijon via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines, nestled in the heart of France's finest vineyards. The facilities and cellars of many prominent wineries, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. This walled city still displays its original battlements, ramparts, moats and a historical old town. A walking tour takes you to the lively central square, with its gourmet cafes, fashionable clothes, and local wine stalls. Enjoy a tasting at one of the local cellars. At the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, founded to help the poor and needy, see the original building converted to a museum - a perfect example of 15th-century French architecture. Then, drive south to 2000-year-old Lyon at the meeting of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Upon arrival, visit Place Bellecour, an enormous square in the heart of the city flanked by a famed statue of Louis XIV. Ascend Fouvière Hill to view the Roman amphitheater and magnificent gardens that overlook the city
Overnight: Lyon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Fields of Provence, French Riviera
Heading south, pass the Olympic city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps on your way through the colorful landscapes of Provence, an inspiration for the early Impressionist painters. Here, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso created their masterpieces inspired by the region's incredible beauty and soft light. Travel past the olive groves and pine forests to the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, famous for being the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Spend free time in Aix-en-Provence for lunch on your own. Later, continue towards Cannes, the "star" of the dazzling French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival, glitzy hotels, and beautiful people. Next, a visit to a French perfumery. Hear about the many ways to produce this major export and try some of the popular fragrances. The aromas are amazing! Tonight, at dinner, a taste of the French Riviera's specialties
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day in the French Riviera
A full day to enjoy the countless extravagant delights of the Cote d'Azur and your resort in the quintessential Mediterranean twin towns of Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, known for their long sandy beaches and energetic nightlife. Relax on the beach, suntan at the pool, shop to your heart's content and just "people-watch" from a seaside café. Don't miss the optional tour to St. Paul de Vence. Drive into the pine-scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence - a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists - a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. Tonight, see glamorous Monte Carlo's lights glisten as you travel along the magical seaside Corniche on the optional night tour
Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Avignon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne
This morning journey on to Avignon, the "City of Popes" named after seven popes who reigned there during the 1300s. Admire the Place de l'Horlorge, the city's main square and the vast Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a fortress-like palace that once served as the papal residence. View the famed Bridge of Avignon, the city's landmark. Lunch is in the historic center on your own before traveling to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River dating from 19 AD, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in the fairytale medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession
This morning's walking tour takes you around Europe's best-restored ancient fortified city with its over fifty towers and turrets, still standing today. Stroll along the cobbled streets to the St. Nazaire Basilica, adorned with magnificent stained glass and intricate carvings. Afterward, indulge in a tasting of Hippocras wine. This spiced wine, was highly prized during the medieval era. Following the tasting, time at leisure for lunch on your own. Your journey continues to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, that rose to international fame in 1858 when visions of the Virgin Mary were described at the Grotto of Massabielle. The town is now a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of reported miraculous healings. Witness the stirring candlelight procession tonight, which has unfailingly taken place since the 1800s. Dinner and overnight is in Lourdes
Overnight: Lourdes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Visit Lourdes, Wine Tasting in St. Emilion, Bordeaux
In Lourdes, visit the sacred church, sanctuary, and grotto where the apparitions took place and behold the healing water spring from the grotto, believed to possess healing properties. Time to reflect on your own before departing this holy city. Afterward, drive north through magnificent rolling landscapes to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Emilion. In this fertile area, viticulture was first introduced by the Romans and further intensified in the Middle Ages. The tradition was carried on by the monk Emilion, who was the first to begin commercial wine production. Views of the city include Romanesque churches and fascinating historic ruins stretching along steep and narrow streets. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time to wander on your own in this delightful town before continuing to Bordeaux. A lovely evening tonight! Dine together at a local restaurant in Bordeaux accented by fabulous wines and local flavors
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Tour of Bordeaux
Morning tour of Bordeaux, on the crescent-shaped Garonne River, with its rich architectural and cultural heritage. Bordeaux is distinguished for the wines that bear its name, considered by connoisseurs to be amongst the best in the world. The city tour begins at the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Western Europe with its mighty pillar centerpiece, the Girondist Column. In the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the beautiful Grand Theatre built in 1780 and the Victory Arch, an amazing piece of Roman architecture. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this beautiful city. Choose to stroll down Rue St. Catherine, a main pedestrian thoroughfare running through the historic district. This evening, an optional* dinner in the Bordeaux countryside will complete the day
Optional: Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley
Depart Bordeaux to the enchanting town of Cognac, world-famous for the grape-based spirit produced here for over 300 years. Visit one of the cellars, hear about the history of cognac and enjoy a tasting! Onward to the very heart of the magnificent Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux here, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands. Tour the elegant Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Proceed to Amboise, a delightful riverside town with an imposing castle, before continuing to the hotel for overnight. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Farewell in Paris
Begin by crossing the Loire River and head back to the capital city of Paris for time at leisure to independently discover this city with its never-ending surprises. Tonight, gather together for a Farewell Dinner in a Parisian bistro, including wine as you bid au revoir to your new-found friends and a fascinating journey through France
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Tuesday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Paris, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Paris
  • 1 night Dijon
  • 1 night Lyon
  • 2 nights French Riviera
  • 1 night Carcassonne
  • 1 night Lourdes
  • 2 nights Bordeaux
  • 1 night Loire Valley
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Carcassonne and Bordeaux
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Travel to the famed Champagne region with tastings of this bubbly delight
  • View the striking Dijon Cathedral and Ducal Palace, remarkable Gothic structures
  • Drive via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines
  • Visit Avignon, "City of Popes" and the spectacular Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard
  • Witness the stirring candlelight procession in Lourdes and behold the holy waters
  • Wine and Cognac tastings throughout your journey in the wine country
  • Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple Rooms at the Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel, Radisson Lyon, & the Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons, will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

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    Accommodations

    Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
    This first class hotel is situated in the center of Paris, close to the Eiffel Tower.

    Hotel Le Jura
    This tourist class hotel is situated in Dijon's city center.

    Radisson Blu Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the business district next to the famous part-Dieu shopping mall.

    AC Ambassadeur Antibes
    This first class hotel is situated in the town of Juan Les Pins.

    AC Ambassadeur Antibes
    This first class hotel is situated in the town of Juan Les Pins.

    AC Hotel Nice
    This first class hotel is situated a few steps from the Promenade des Anglais.

    Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite Hotel
    This first class hotel is a short walk away from the medieval city of Carcassonne.

    Gallia Et Londres
    This first class hotel is located at the entrance of Our Lady's Shrines, in the heart of Lourdes.

    Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons
    This first class hotel is located in the old Bordeaux wine merchants district.

    Novotel Amboise
    This first class hotel is set on a hill overlooking Amboise.

    Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
    This first class hotel is situated in the center of Paris, close to the Eiffel Tower.

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    Trip was great! However the transfer from the airport to hotel on the first day didn't happen. Otherwise all was well


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