Grand Tour of France
Get to know France from the inside on this exciting vacation. From Paris, head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, an overnight in Caen, and the historic Normandy D-Day landing beaches from World War II. On to Bayeux, the enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and along the Loire Valley for two overnights. Travel through the countryside famous for its cognac and champagne production and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle. Spend a night in Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and an overnight in Avignon. Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and the enchanting town of Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera. Head northwest via the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume workshop in Grasse and then Lyon on the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in the delightful town of Beaune, the region’s wine capital. Return to Paris, the “City of Light,” with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to soak in the romantic atmosphere.
Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers, La Rochelle, Cognac museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse, Beaune
PARIS Kyriad (ST) at Bercy or Novotel Defense (F),CAEN Mercure Côte de Nacre (ST) at Herouville or Mercure (F) at Le HavreMONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (ST)LOIRE VALLEY Novotel (F) at Amboise or Villa Bellagio (ST) at BloisBORDEAUX Mercure Bordeaux Centre (ST)TOULOUSE Radisson Toulouse Airport (F)AVIGNON Ibis Pont de l’Europe (ST)FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Ibis Styles (ST) at Nice Vieux PortLYON AREA Park Inn (ST) or Park Inn (ST) at MâconPARIS Mercure (F) at Porte de St. Cloud or Novotel Defense Park (F) or Holiday Inn Express (ST) at La Villette
Buffet breakfasts (B); 5 dinners (D), including a dinner at a local restaurant in Bordeaux
NOTES:April 8 and 15 Departure – Easter week December 20 Departure – New Year in Paris including “Reveillon” dinnerOn Sunday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise. Itinerary changes as follows: Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Blois. (B) Day 5: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D) Day 6: Blois–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach