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Grand Tour of France

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Price per person
from £1,629

Price based on
London St Pancras (Eurostar)
14th Apr 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. On the “route Napoleon”, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.

Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea. This value-minded tour through France is truly a holiday of a lifetime!

At a glance

Rouen Orientation walk

Honfleur and Caen Visit

Normandy Landing Beaches Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

Mont St. Michel Visit

Angers Visit the cathedral

Chateaux Country Visit

La Rochelle Visit

Bordeaux Orientation walk and wine tasting

Rocamadour Visit

Carcassonne Orientation walk

Pont Du Gard See the Roman aqueduct

Arles Visit the Roman Amphitheatre

Aix-en-Provence Visit

Grasse Visit a perfume workshop

Beaune Visit Hotel Dieu

Paris Guided sightseeing

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

1. Excellent Guide called Truss. She was brilliant a) looking...

30th October 2018
Trusted Customer

1. Excellent Guide called Truss. She was brilliant a) looking after people b) highly professional, patient, but firm c) fantastic historical and contextual commentaries 2. Likewise the coach driver Angelo was incredible. 3. The places visited on this tour were brilliant -some I knew well, others not at all 4.All breakfasts were good with much variety. 5.Whole experience was slightly spoiled by i) bad and often look-warm evening meals ii) many hotel rooms had no walk in showers: therefore unsuitable for disabled/ elderly people

Tour guide Elsa was top notch and so knowlegable about...

1st September 2018
Trusted Customer

Tour guide Elsa was top notch and so knowlegable about France. Nothing was too much trouble for her and along with our driver Angelo made a great team and a very enjoyable holiday and now looking forward to next years holiday with Cosmos.

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26th June 2018
Dr Kenneth Gemmell

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Overview

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute. On the “route Napoleon”, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.

Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. Spend time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea. This value-minded tour through France is truly a holiday of a lifetime!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Paris, France

Day
1

Fly to Paris where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris' avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Paris - Rouen - Honfleur - Caen

Day
2

Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen—one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slatecovered facades. Continue to Caen.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Caen - Normandy Landing Beaches - Bayeux - Mont St. Michel

Day
3

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors’ epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mont St Michel - Angers - Chateaux Country

Day
4

Time to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before departing for Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Chateaux Country

Day
5

Spend the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful châteaux make for splendid panoramas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Chateaux Country - La Rochelle - Bordeaux

Day
6

This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region where you will stop for a WINE TASTING session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city centre of Bordeaux.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Bordeaux - Dordogne - Rocamadour - Toulouse

Day
7

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Toulouse - Carcassonne - Pont Du Gard - Avignon

Day
8

Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this wellpreserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Avignon - Arles - Aix-en-Provence - French Riviera

Day
9

Visit Arles, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATRE, then continue to Aix-en- Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEAU, lined in the French tradition with plane trees. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the optional evening excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera

Day
10

Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte-Carlo-by-Night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

French Riviera - Grasse - Lyon Area

Day
11

First to Grasse to visit a traditional PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lyon Area - Beaune - Paris

Day
12

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since the Roman era, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital of Paris. Don’t miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris

Day
13

Discover the glorious French capital with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate your tour, a French farewell dinner is magnifique!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Paris - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your journey to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Paris - Novotel Paris 17

The 4-star Novotel Paris 17 hotel is situated on the doorstep of the 17th arrondissement, close to the Champs Elysées and the Porte Maillot convention centre. The hotel has free WiFi, 140 rooms, a restaurant, a cosy and modern bar, a fitness room, private car park and 8 modular meeting rooms. The centre of Paris, the Opera, the main department stores and Montmartre can all be reached within 15 minutes on the metro. Make the most of this rich and dynamic capital at Novotel.

  • Location

    34, Avenue De La Porte D' Asnières, Paris, France

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Caen - Ibis Herouville Savary

This 91-room property is located not far from the city centre of Caen, its in-house restaurant serves regional cuisine and there is a friendly all day bar for drinks.

  • Location

    La Grand Parc 6, Herouville-St-Clair, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Mont St. Michel - Hotel Vert

Hotel Vert offers all comfort and services to make it easier for you to stay at Mont-Saint-Michel: the reception is open all day and you can enjoy spacious and comfortable rooms.

  • Location

    Route du Mont Saint-Michel Mont St. Michel, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Amboise - Novotel Amboise

The Novotel Amboise hotel is located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire with its nearby castles (including Chenonceaux, Chambord and Cheverny). Built on a hill overlooking Amboise and its castle, this 4-star hotel has 121 air-conditioned rooms.

  • Location

    17 Rue Des Sablonnieres, Amboise, France

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Bordeaux - Kyriad Prestige

Hotel Kyriad Prestige is located at 20 minutes by car from the city centre of Bordeaux.

  • Location

    116, Avenue De Magudas, Bordeaux-Merignac, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Toulouse - Ibis Pont Jumeaux

This 104-room modern budget hotel is located on the bank of the Canal du Midi, near the Palais des Congrès, an ideal location from which to discover the monuments of the pink city. Free Wi-Fi access is offered throughout, there is a traditional restaurant serving fresh colorful lunch and dinner menus as well as a relaxed 24-hour bar with terrace.

  • Location

    99 Boulevard de la Marquette, Toulouse, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Avignon - Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De l'Europe

Located opposite the city walls, just a short walk from the city centre and the famous "Pope Palace" and "Pont d'Avignon" as well as its conference centre. Free public car parks nearby. Easy access: 437 yards (400 m) from the central train station and 10 mins by train shuttle to the TGV train station.

  • Location

    12, Blv St.Dominique, Avignon, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Nice - Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport

This hotel in Nice offers both an ideal location and a premier guest experience. Enjoy 151 chic, modern guest rooms offering a stylish retreat close to beaches and shopping.

  • Location

    179, Bld. Rene Cassin, Nice, France

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Lyon Area - Hotel Lyon Ouest

Nestled in a haven of greenery, the Hotel Lyon Ouest is situated in a soothing setting along the banks of the river Saone, in the heart of an up-and-coming area with multiple restaurants and a cinema, just 10 minutes by car/15 minutes by public transport from the city centre.

  • Location

    50 Quai Paul Sédallian, Lyon, France

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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