Best of France with Traflagar

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Best of France with Traflagar

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Tour Plan

World Location

Trip Images

Highlights

  • Admire the enchanting city walls of Carcassonne
  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower where sweeping vistas await
  • Pay your respects at the D-Day beaches of Normandy
  • Visit the home of renowned artist, Monet in Giverny
  • Enjoy lunch with a local family at Château de Villandry
  • Step back in time and spend the night in a regal Château

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • Paris: Mercure 17 Batignolles
  • Lyon: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
  • Beaune: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
  • Monte Carlo: Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn
  • Nice: Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn
  • Carcassonne: Mercure La Cité
  • Biarritz: Radisson Blu
  • Bordeaux: Novotel Centre
  • Luynes: Château de Beauvois
  • Villandry: Château de Beauvois
  • Colleville sur Mer: Mercure Omaha Beach
  • Port En Bessin: Mercure Omaha Beach
  • Giverny: Mercure 17 Batignolles

Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Travel Extras with Trafalagar

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights


Tour Plan

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Day 1 - Arrive Paris

All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Lights'. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.

Hotel - Mercure 17 Batignolles

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

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Day 2 - Paris – Beaune – Lyon

We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th-century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

Hotel - Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 3 - Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, once the Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - Sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

Hotel - Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn

Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

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Day 4 - French Riviera Free Day

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 5 - French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne

Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a 'Local Specialist' to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.

Hotel - Mercure La Cité

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 6 - Carcassonne – Lourdes – Biarritz

We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl turned saint is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.

Hotel - Radisson Blu

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 7 - Biarritz – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.

Hotel - Novotel Centre

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 8 - Dordogne Excursion

The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city. Perhaps, tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 9 - Bordeaux – Loire Valley

We journey through the Garden of France, before we 'Connect With Locals' for a delicious 'Be My Guest' lunch. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'.

Hotel - Château de Beauvois

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

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Day 10 - Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Normandy Beaches

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

Hotel - Mercure Omaha Beach

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 11 - Normandy Beaches – Giverny – Paris (2 Nights)

We travel west towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.

Hotel - Mercure 17 Batignolles

Included Meals - Breakfast

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Day 12 - Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

Join your 'Local Specialist' on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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Day 13 - Depart Paris

For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Included Meals - Breakfast

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