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13 Day Kaleidoscope of France - 13 Day Kaleidoscope of France

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Cities Visited

Avignon , Bayeux , Nice , Paris , Tours

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the "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 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Monday - Chartres, Chambord, Wine Tasting, Loire Valley
After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the great Gothic Chartres Cathedral. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Loire Valley
Spend the day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to 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. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in early evening
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Mont St. Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the 10th century abbey. Continue to Bayeux and step back in time to a historic battle and see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Afterwards, return to Bayeux for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in early evening*The visit to Omaha Beach is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Giverny, Paris
This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, have dinner in a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Paris City Tour
This morning, take a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - TGV Train to Avignon, Pont du Gard
Transfer to the train station for your journey to Provence by the high-speed TGV train. Admire vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, proceed to view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the most ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Next, drive to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will enjoy a sampling of some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Transfer to the hotel in Avignon. Later, take an orientation tour with your Tour Manager. View some of the city's landmarks, including the famous broken bridge, and the lively Place d'Horloge, before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Medieval Pope's Palace
Today, visit the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most significant medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional tour to Arles & St. Remy de Provence. Take a tour of Arles where you will see Langlois Bridge, the Roman Amphitheater and the 12th century Cathedral of St. Trophime. Your guide will show you the exact places where artist Vincent Van Gogh sat to create some of his most famous paintings. Continue to St. Rémy de Provence to see the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. The artist spent a year at the hospital and created some of his most celebrated paintings here, including "The Starry Night" and "Irises"
Optional: Van Gogh's Arles & St. Remy de Provence (PM)
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Cannes, Nice
This morning, depart for the French Riviera. Admire the scenery which inspired so many of the impressionist artists. You will pass by the Mont St. Victoire and the Abbey of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume en route to Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor. Visit a French perfumery in Grasse before arriving in Nice. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour to Monte Carlo by night. Drive along the Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco. Stop at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most frequented landmarks. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbor and the Prince's Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Enjoy the lights of the coastline on your return to Nice
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Full Day in Nice
A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town, and Place Massena. Perhaps, join 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. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. This evening, celebrate your final night in France with dinner and bid au revoir to your Tour Manager
Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, 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

  • Flights New York-Paris, Nice-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 3 nights Paris
  • 2 nights Tours
  • 2 nights Bayeux
  • 2 nights Avignon
  • 2 nights Nice
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • TGV high-speed train Paris - Avignon
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 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, Amboise & Avignon
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • View the Cathedral in Chartres, the finest architectural example of High Gothic style
  • Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
  • Stop in Amboise and tour the Royal Chateau of Amboise
  • Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
  • View the immense Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England
  • Commemorate the D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery
  • Tour Claude Monet's home in Giverny
  • Drive along Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoy the views of French landscape with a ride on the high-speed TGV train
  • View the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Papes
  • Stop at the Pope's Palace, the former papal residence
  • Visit a French perfumery in Grasse
  • †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 Le Meridien Etoile and the Hotel Nice Riviera will be accommodated in a single room & twin room.

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    Accommodations

    Le Meridien Etoile
    This first class hotel is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, across from the Palais des Congrès.

    Oceania L'Univers Tours
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Tours.

    Mercure Caen Centre Port de Plaisance Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated facing the marina in the heart of the city.

    Novotel Bayeux
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Bayeux.

    Novotel Bayeux
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Bayeux.

    Le Meridien Etoile
    This first class hotel is located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, across from the Palais des Congrès.

    Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes
    This first class hotel is located nearby the Palais des Papes.

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

    Hotel Nice Riviera
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Nice.

    Hotel Nice Riviera
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Nice.

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    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
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    Accommodations
    4
    Itinerary
    5
    Professional Staff
    5
    Repeat with Operator
    5
    Value for Money
    5

    Ratings based off 2 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

    Great trip for those that want to visit Normandie and the Mediterranean Coast of France. Plenty of time for lunches and shopping at most stops. Nice to have two nights at each stop.

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