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Highlights of France

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"Highlights of France" Escorted Tour
14 days from $ 2,250 pp

Day 1- Depart USA
Overnight flight to Paris.
Day 2 - Arrive Paris
Welcome to Paris! After a welcome meeting with your Tour Director you have time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Perhaps take an evening illuminations tour.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Garden Court St. Ouen
Day 3 - Paris - Beaune - Lyon
We drive to the medieval town of Beaune in the famous wine region of Burgundy. Later, we arrive in Lyon, the third city of France which is the home of thousands of gastronomic specialities. (Buffet breakfast)

Hotel: Kyriad Perrache
Day 4 - Lyon - Avignon - Nice (2 nights)
A scenic morning drive brings us to Avignon. Here we see the Palace of the Popes and St. Benezet Bridge before heading to the Pont du Gard to view the Roman aqueduct. Next we continue to the French Riviera, where we arrive in the elegant resort of Nice for our two-night stay. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Apogia
Day 5 - Nice - Monte Carlo Excursion
Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere of the Côte d'Azur. Why not laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar Or perhaps go shopping in the elegant boutiques. The highlight of our day is an included excursion along the coast to the Principality of Monaco where we see the famous Monte Carlo casinos. (Buffet breakfast)
Day 6 - Nice - Nimes - Sete
We drive to Cannes to see the Film Festival Centre. From here we head for the Roman city of Nîmes where we see the Roman Arena, Maison Carré and city gardens. Then on to our hotel in the fishing port of Séte. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Mercure
Day 7 - Sete - Carcassonne - Lourdes
Today we cross to Carcassonne for a short orientation of this completely walled medieval town. Then we ascend into the spectacular snow-capped Pyrenees to the pilgrimage site of Lourdes, to see the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's grotto. This evening, after dinner, we can join in the torch-lit procession to the basilica with the pilgrims, a magical and moving experience.  (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Best Western Christina
Day 8 - Lourdes - Bordeaux
Today our awe-inspiring journey through the Pyrenees continues through Pau – a palm-tree fringed town with a mountainous backdrop, and to the charming village of Aire-sur Adour. Then on to the glamorous resort of Biarritz on the Atlantic coast. Time to watch the surfers perform their stunts and to explore the chic boutiques before we travel across the rolling country of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux. On our arrival an included excursion takes us to visit the hilltop town of St. Emilion in the heart of the wine country. Perhaps sample some of the delicious Graves wines in one of the wine boutiques in this picturesque village. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Ibis Meriadeck
Day 9 - Bordeaux – Loire Valley (Tours)(2 nights)
A morning departure from Bordeaux takes us across the vineyards to Cognac where we visit a brandy distillery. From here we continue our journey past the strange buildings of Futuroscope at Poitiers, the amusement and science theme park completed in 1987, en route to Tours in the Loire Valley for our two-night stay. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Novotel Tours Sud
Day 10 - Châteaux Excursion
After breakfast our day begins with a visit to the charming fairytale Palace of Chenonceau straddling the River Cher. Next we stop to visit the imposing castle at Amboise, associated with Leonardo da Vinci. Afterwards, we view the beauty of the enormous Castle of Chambord before we head back to our hotel. Tonight, why not try some typical Touraine cuisine (Buffet breakfast)
Day 11 - Loire Valley (Tours) – Deauville
This morning we will travel via Le Mans, famous for its 24-hour car race. From here we continue to the fortified town of Fougères before heading to Mont St. Michel, where we visit the island town and view its abbey. Finally, we visit the D-Day landing beaches and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach, before arriving at our Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival. (Buffet breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Ibis Deauville
Day 12 - Deauville - Paris (2 nights)
We drive along the Normandy Coast to the picturesque harbour at Honfleur, summer haunt of the Impressionist painters. Then through cheese and cider country, we make our way to Rouen where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Then we return to the glittering capital city of Paris for the next two exciting nights. (Buffet breakfast)

Hotel: Mercure Fontenay Sous Bois
Day 13 - Paris sightseeing & at leisure
This morning's sightseeing tour features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. The rest of your day is at leisure. Paris has something for everyone. Maybe visit the Pompidou Centre, view the numerous art treasures in the Louvre Museum, or simply relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by. This evening, why not sample Paris nightlife at a cabaret show (Buffet breakfast)
Day 14 - Paris - USA
It's time to say 'au revoir' to Paris and your new-found friends as we transfer you to Charles de Gaulle airport for your return flight to the USA. (Buffet breakfast)


Rates in US$ per person
(double occupancy)

2012 Departures

Rate

April: 11-18-25
May: 02-16-23-30

June: 13-20-27

July: 04-18-25
August: 01-15-22-29

September: 12-19-26

$ 2,250

Supplements & Reductions

Single Room Supplement

$ 430

Triple Room Discount

$ 50

Young Traveler Reduction (05-17 years)

5%

Extensions Available on Request!



The Tour Includes

  • Deluxe motorcoach with air conditioning

  • Superior Tourist or Tourist class Hotels in all cities

  • Meals as indicated in the program

  • Multilingual tour escort during tour

  • Sightseeing and excursions mentioned in the program with local guide

Not Included

  • Air fare

  • Airport transfers

  • Tips, beverages and extra services

  • Everything not mentioned in the program.


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