This in-depth vacation shows you the most well-known and lesser-known highlights of beautiful France. Start in Paris visiting Notre Dame Cathedral and the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy a walking tour in Troy, capital of champagne, and enter Burgundy. Two nights in Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-Auxois allow for excursions to the picturesque towns of Dijon and Beaune, where a wine tasting at the famous Marché Aux Vins to try out the various Burgundy wines is included. Continue to the French Alps and stay in the famous ski resort of Chamonix, where a traditional Fondue Savoyarde awaits you at Chamonix’ most popular Brasserie de l’M. Via Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry join the famous Route Napoleon and enjoy spectacular views of the Alps. Stop in Grasse to visit Fragonard’s perfume factory to learn about the art of perfume-making, then arrive in Cannes on the Côte d’Azur for your two-night-stay. An excursion to Nice has been included and optional excursions to the artist town of St. Paul de Vence and Monte Carlo are available. Next is Provence: visit Aix-en-Provence; Avignon, with a visit to the magnificent Palace of the Popes; and the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Also stop in Arles, to visit its Amphitheater, and Nîmes, a former Roman colony dating back to before 28 BC. Via medieval Carcassonne, continue into the Dordogne, stop in Cahors, and arrive in Périgueux, an important stop on the St. James of Compostela Pilgrim’s way. In Bordeaux, board the high-speed TGV train to Paris, where a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits you.
PARIS Welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation drive; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral, ascend the Eiffel TowerTROYES Walking tourBURGUNDY [LF] Stay two nights in Château de Chailly in Pouilly-en-AuxoisDIJON Walking tourBEAUNE Visit the inner court of Hôtel-Dieu; [LF] wine tasting at the Marché aux Vins wine cellarCHAMONIX [LF] Fondue Savoyarde dinner at a local restaurantGRASSE Visit a perfume factoryNICE Walking tour of the Old TownAIX-EN-PROVENCE Walking tourAVIGNON Visit the Palace of the PopesPONT DU GARD Take pictures of the Roman aqueductARLES Walking tour, visit the amphitheaterNÎMES Walking tour, see Maison CarréCARCASSONNE [LF] Walk on the ancient battlementsDORDOGNE Visit Cahors & RocamadourPÉRIGUEUX Walk through the medieval quarter and see St. Front CathedralBORDEAUX-PARIS By high-speed TGV train (first-class)Headsets throughout the tour
PARIS Concorde Montparnasse (F)BURGUNDY Château de Chailly (F) at Pouilly en AuxoisCHAMONIX Prieuré (F)CHAMBERY Alexander Park (F)CANNES Grey d’Albion (SF)AVIGNON Mercure Pont d’Avignon (F)NÎMES Vatel (F)CARCASSONNE Mercure Porte de la Cité (F)DORDOGNE Mercure Centre (F) at PérigueuxPARIS Marriott Paris Rive Gauche (SF)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 7 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including special welcome and farewell dinners in Paris and a special dinner in Chamonix
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 (first-class)