This is the ideal vacation to explore the highlight cities and sights of France. Enjoy two-night stays in Paris, Bordeaux, and Monte Carlo. Start with a special welcome dinner at a Parisian restaurant, followed by an orientation drive through the “City of Light.” Also visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Next, continue to Normandy and stop in the seaside resorts of picturesque Honfleur and elegant Deauville, before arriving in Bayeux to admire Queen Matilda’s tapestry. Continue via the landing beaches to Mont St. Michel, to visit the Abbey, and to St. Malo, where a special dinner at a local restaurant awaits you. A scenic drive through Brittany brings you to the Loire Valley, to visit Catherine de Medici’s Castle, lovely Chenonceau. Enter the Bordeaux area, savor dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at Château Soutard in St. Emilion. Other highlights are the ancient fishing village of Biarritz; Lourdes, where you will visit St. Bernadette’s Grotto and have a chance to join the memorable evening rosary and candlelight procession; medieval Carcassonne; Nîmes; Aix-en-Provence; and Nice. Stay two nights in Monte Carlo. Hear about perfume making from a local expert at the famous Fragonard perfume factory in Grasse and receive a small souvenir gift, before turning north, along the famous Route Napoleon to Grenoble. Explore Lyon, France’s second-largest city, and stay in Dijon, one of Burgundy’s prettiest cities, then, travel on the high-speed TGV train back to Paris, with the chance to join an optional excursion to the magnificent Louvre Museum to admire the Mona Lisa.
PARIS [LF] Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant and orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel TowerHONFLEUR & DEAUVILLE Visit these seaside resortsBAYEUX Visit Queen Matilda’s tapestry in the Tapestry MuseumNORMANDY BEACHES Take pictures of the landing beachesMONT ST. MICHEL Guided visit of the abbey; lunch at a local restaurantST. MALO [LF] A special dinner with wine at a local restaurantLOIRE VALLEY Visit Chenonceau CastleBORDEAUX Walking tour, dinner at local restaurantST. EMILION [LF] Wine tasting at Château SoutardBIARRITZ Visit the seaside resortLOURDES Visit St. Bernadette’s grottoCARCASSONNE Walk on the ancient battlementsAIX–EN–PROVENCEWalking tourNICE Walk along the Promenade des AnglaisMONTE CARLO Stay two nights at the Côte d’AzurGRASSE Visit a perfume factory, [LF] enjoy a lecture on the history of perfume making and receive a special giftLYON Orientation including Fourvière HillDIJON OrientationDIJON–PARIS By high-speed TGV train (first-class)Headsets throughout the tour
PARIS Marriott Paris Rive Gauche (SF)BAYEUX Novotel (F)ST. MALO Océania (F)LOIRE VALLEY Mercure Centre (F) at BloisBORDEAUX Mercure Château Chartrons (F)LOURDES Grand Hotel Gallia & Londres (F)NÎMES Novotel Atria Nîmes Centre (F)MONTE CARLO Riviera Marriott La Porte de Monaco (SF) at Cap d’AilGRENOBLE Mercure Président (F)DIJON Mercure Clémenceau (F)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 1 lunch (L); 8 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Paris and special dinners in St. Malo and in Bordeaux
NOTE:In the rare event that the TGV train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; high-speed first-class TGV train