Grand Tour of France


  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

Tour : 4780

Single Share available

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£1,526 pp

Tour only

Based on 6th Oct 2019

From

£1,758 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London St Pancras (Eurostar)

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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!

Highlights

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

Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

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.

Single Share available

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Paris, France

Day
1

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

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,526 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£1,758 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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