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Tour Itinerary

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now is 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 Bordeaux wine-growing region. All of this and much more are included on this tour of France that begins and ends in Paris. History buffs are sure to be amazed by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history with a 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. Go back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to the clifftop town of Rocamadour. 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 Loire Valley with its spectacular vineyards and castles. Discover Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, showcasing many charming villages. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea. This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a lifetime!

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE
    Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
  2. 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: 186 mi/ 300 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. 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, listed by UNESCO, 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: 130 mi/ 210 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY
    Spend the day at leisure or take an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire Valley, 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–LA ROCHELLE–BORDEAUX
    This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, then enjoy a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for a wine tasting session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux. Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    BORDEAUX–DORDOGNE–ROCAMADOUR–TOULOUSE
    Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the medieval town of Rocamadour, dramatically perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
    Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    TOULOUSE–CARCASSONNE–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON
    Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, stop for a picture at famous Pont du Gard before reaching Avignon.
    Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH RIVIERA
    Visit Arles, known all over the world for Van Gogh’s paintings. Admire the famous Roman amphitheater, then continue to Aix-en-Provence. Walk down its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition, and the 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
    Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    FRENCH RIVIERA
    Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera at your own leisure. Tonight, maybe join the optional “Monte Carlo by Night” excursion to see the Principality of Monaco. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. 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, the Route Napoleon, 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. 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. Stop to visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.
    Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    PARIS
    Discover the glorious ville lumières (City of Lights) and 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    PARIS
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Cosmos' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Cosmos has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Cosmos' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Cosmos' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Cosmos will enact new tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including adherence to social distancing requirements.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

Cosmos will ensure safe distances for guests throughout the journey, on coach and during excursions. This includes providing masks for guests use at any time where social proximity could be an issue as well as the possibility of reducing group sizes, if required. And wireless listening technology – including Cosmos' Go Beyond Devices in Europe – enables safe distances between guests and other travelers on excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for team and guests, Cosmos will conduct regular temperature checks for both guests and team, and when necessary, masks will be worn by Cosmos' team members when with guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

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 Styles Nice Vieux Port
Lyon Area: Golden Tulip Eurexpo
Paris: Ibis Styles Meteor Avenue D 'Italie

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Questions & Answers

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
Accommodations
3.1
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 72 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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