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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Combine the glamorous French capital with centuries of history and glorious sunsets on the French Riviera. This favorite French tour delivers it all in just nine days, from strolling around the Pont du Gard to soaking up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco in France's glorious south.

Countries Visited

France

  1. Day 1
    Bonjour France
    Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris – the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and picturesque avenues of the 'City of Light', before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendor for you to admire.Accommodation: Renaissance La Défense
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Discover the Delights of Paris
    Join a Local Specialist to explore the Latin Quarter, a vibrant student hotspot and home to the Sorbonne University. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighborhoods. Consider an optional experience to the exquisite gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.Accommodation: Renaissance La Défense
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey through Burgundy to Lyon
    Travel through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune – most famous for the colorful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavors in a local bouchon – the choice is yours.Accommodation: Charlemagne
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Continue to Monaco and the French Riviera
    Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for lunch and perhaps a taste of the sweet flavors of calissons. Continue to the glamorous Principality of Monaco, one of the smallest and wealthiest nations on earth. View the palace, home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner together in Monaco before traveling further along the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera to our hotel, where we'll spend the next two nights.Accommodation: Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    The French Riviera Your Way
    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, you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.Accommodation: Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    On to Saint-Tropez, Arles and Avignon
    We arrive by boat in glitzy Saint-Tropez for a morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surroundings. This afternoon journey to the ancient city of Arles to admire its Roman theater and arena - once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh with your Local Specialist, exploring the heritage of this town where he was inspired to produce more than 300 paintings and drawings. Later, journey to Western Europe’s largest river delta region - the Camargue. Here we will Connect With Locals for a home cooked Be My Guest experience of regional dishes made with produce from local farmers and markets. Later, we make our way to Avignon where we will spend the next two nights.Accommodation: Mercure Avignon Gare TGV.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Explore Ancient History in Pont du Gard and Avignon Connect with Locals
    This morning we visit the impressive Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge to cross the river Gardon. It's arches of stone, still standing since the 1st century AD when it was originally built to take water to the Roman settlement of the present day city of Nîmes. Take time in Avignon to explore its impressive Old Town, once the seat of the Papacy. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rhône, which inspired the French song, Sur le Pont d'Avignon.Accommodation: Mercure Avignon Gare TGV.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Travel By High-Speed Train to Paris
    The French countryside is your companion as you take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the vineyards of Burgundy, back to Paris where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own or explore Montmartre with a stroll through the 'village' overlooking the city of Paris on an Optional Experience. Later, enjoy market-fresh produce and seasonal cuisine at Maison Plisson celebrating an unforgettable sojourn through France during a Farewell Dinner and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that advances Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.Accommodation: Evergreen Laurel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Au Revoir Paris
    This morning after breakfast, it's time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)

Be My Guest

  • Avignon: Join Patrick for a Be My Guest experience at his home and enjoy a traditional meal from local produce.

Iconic Experience

  • Paris: Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening.
  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.
  • Beaune: Marvel at Beaune's famous renaissance roofing style during an orientation of this wine capital.
  • Monaco City: Bask in the stunning views on your Monaco Orientation.
  • Saint-Tropez: Soak up the beautiful surroundings on your morning sojourn on your visit to Saint-Tropez.
  • Arles: Admire the exquisite Romanesque Cathedral and Amphitheater on your city tour of Arles, guided by a Local Specialist.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Paris: Enjoy market fresh produce and seasonal flavors during a Farewell Dinner at Maison Plisson. In this combination grocery store and restaurant, every ingredient is hand-selected based on rigorous criteria to guarantee exceptional flavors and quality. Maison Plisson’s mission is to guarantee healthy and sustainable menus, minimal food waste and to contribute to a growing network of high quality and responsible producers. This experience advances Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Must-see Highlights

  • Explore Paris and Arles
  • Discover Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Avignon
  • Visit Pont du Gard
  • View the Eiffel Tower, Saint Sulpice church, and the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon
  • Scenic Cruise to St. Tropez
  • Scenic Train Ride from Avignon to Paris

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • TGV Express train between Avignon and Paris.
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
3.8
Professional Staff
4.4
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4
Value for Money
3.7

Ratings based off 40 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

There were two departures from the published itinerary, including a walking tour of "hidden Paris," with a local specialist. Everyone was annoyed by this. No actual substitution was made, and there was almost no apology. Toward the end, for some reason, a couple of offerings published in the itinerary were moved from one day to another, making for one 12 hour day. Not easy. Additionally, this Trafalgar tour guide did the bare minimum. Some felt he was passive aggressive. In my opinion, either he was too laid back or negligent. Could not be sure which. In either case, he did the bare minimum to see to our comfort and pleasure.

They didn't pick me up from airport, I had to pay for taxi, hotels war 3 star motels , very small and clean . Didn't include museums , it was all day driving in the city. Tour guide want knowledgeable and couldn't answer all questions that we had. I didn't feel that tour package was worth it . It was bad service overall.

Our Tour Guide Bruno was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. He had a great sense of humor and very attentive to the needs of the groupd.

The Wonderful France trip my wife and I took was really WONDERFUL! We enjoyed every minute of it. Everything was perfectly planned and well organized. The Tour Director was exceptionally knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. We both enjoyed the trip very well.

My husband and I appreciated the vast amount of places we were able to go to and see within the 8 days of this tour. Although there was a lot of traveling by bus, it was relatively comfortable and allowed us to visit more places than we would have been able to see on our own. This was a moderately paced tour that allowed for some leisure time on our own. We appreciated the priority access to certain sites because it was part of a tour, allowing us to skip long lines. Some of the hotels were a bit far from shops and sights, so one recommendation would be to place more of the hotels closer to the city. I would definitely recommend this trip to those who want to see more of France outside of Paris in an organized and pre-planned tour.

The itinerary for Traflagar's Wonderful France was most interesting. The Tour Director and Local Specialists were excellent. I enjoyed the bus trip very much. The 'Be my Guest' experience was exceptional.

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