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France

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, "City Of Light" and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour begins with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 5 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 3 PM. Afterwards, a cruise on the River Seine introduces you to the beauty of Paris at night
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Sunday - 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, the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the Latin Quarter, and pass the colorful Luxembourg Gardens, housed in the Luxembourg Palace. This afternoon perhaps join the optional tour to 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: Evening in Montmartre with dinner
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Champagne Tasting, Dijon
Travel from Paris to the famed Champagne region with its 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 bubbly delight. Its main boulevard is the residential Avenue de Champagne, with its timeless neoclassical villas and Victorian town houses. Then continue to Dijon, View 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, Tuesday - 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, are situated in Beaune itself. This walled city still displays its original battlements, ramparts, moats and a historic Old Town. A walking tour takes you to the lively central square. Enjoy a tasting at one of the local cellars. At the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, see the original an example of 15th-century French architecture. Then, drive south to 2000-year-old Lyon. Upon arrival, visit Place Bellecour, and ascend Fouvière Hill to view the Roman amphitheater and gardens that overlook the city
Overnight: Lyon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Fields of Provence, French Riviera
Heading south, journey through the colorful landscapes of Provence, an inspiration for the early Impressionist painters. Travel past the olive groves and pine forests to the city of Aix-en-Provence, famous for being the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Spend free time for lunch on your own. Later, continue to a French perfumery and hear about the many ways to produce this major export and try some of the popular fragrances. Tonight, at dinner, a taste of the French Riviera's specialties
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day in the French Riviera
A full day to enjoy the delights of the Cote d'Azur and your resort in the Mediterranean twin towns of Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins. 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, which still retains its medieval character. 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 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, Friday - 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. In the afternoon, drive to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River dating from 19 AD, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, travel to Carcassonne for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession
This morning, take a walking tour of Carcassonne. Stroll along the cobbled streets to the St. Nazaire Basilica, adorned with stained glass and intricate carvings. Afterward, sip a small tasting of Hippocras wine. This spiced wine, was highly prized during the medieval era. In the afternoon, your journey continues to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of reported miraculous healings. Witness the candlelight procession tonight, which has unfailingly taken place since the 1800s. Dinner and overnight is in Lourdes
Overnight: Lourdes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - 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. Afterward, drive north, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Emilion. 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 before continuing to Bordeaux. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Tour of Bordeaux
Take a morning tour of Bordeaux, on the crescent-shaped Garonne River. Bordeaux is distinguished for the wines that bear its name. The city tour begins at the Place des Quinconces, with its mighty pillar centerpiece, the Girondist Column. In the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the Grand Theatre and the Victory Arch. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this city. 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, Tuesday - Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley
Depart Bordeaux for the 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 Loire Valley. Tour the elegant Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Proceed to Amboise, a riverside town with an imposing castle, before continuing to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Return in Paris
Begin by crossing the Loire River and head back to the capital city of Paris for time at leisure. Tonight, gather together for dinner in a Parisian bistro, including wine as you bid au revoir to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Paris, Paris-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class 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 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.

    *Departures from July 1 -Sept 2 will be staying in Paris.

    There might be last minute changes to the itinerary, if needed, during the Olympic, and Paralympic games. Traffic through Paris will be restricted during the Olympic and Paralympic games in order to ensure the safety of the athletes, spectators, and workers. Public transportation such as the metro, the RER, and tram lines may still be operating, however disruptions and closures are to be expected.


    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 Oceania Le Jura Dijon
    This first 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.

    Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city of Nice, just a five minute walk from Promenade des Anglais and the beach.

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

    Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres Spa NUXE
    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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    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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