Wonderful France

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Paris meets the sparkling French Riviera to give you the best of both on this chic crafted itinerary. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from slow scenic drives to the high-speed TGV. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting Emmanuel and his mother Poppy. Widow of Pierre Salinger – special advisor to John F Kennedy – she'll share stories of life along...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy

Highlights

    • Insider walking tour in Paris
    • City tour in Arles
    • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Nice, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon
    • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard
    • View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

What's this trip about?

    Paris meets the sparkling French Riviera to give you the best of both on this chic crafted itinerary. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from slow scenic drives to the high-speed TGV. You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting Emmanuel and his mother Poppy. Widow of Pierre Salinger – special advisor to John F Kennedy – she'll share stories of life alongside a political icon as you savour Emmanuel's finest home-cooked dishes.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityParis
End CityParis

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Train & Rail Journeys

Destinations

  • Europe
  • France

Attractions

  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Lyon
  • Paris

Activities

  • Culture
  • History
  • Nature

Trip includes

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • VIP entry to many sights
    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
    • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.

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Itinerary

1. ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Paris. Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. This evening meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks including the Champs Élysées and the Arc d'Triomphe. Meal(s) Welcome Reception Hotel Renaissance La Defense 2. PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Tonight why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret? Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast 3. PARIS – BEAUNE – LYON Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town or consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local 'Bouchon'. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Hotel Novotel Gerland 4. LYON – AIX-EN-PROVENCE – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (2 NIGHTS) Arrive to Aix-en-Provence, home of Paul Cezanne. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later travel to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Later arrive at your hotel on the French Riviera. This evening why not dine in one of the many local restaurants? Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Hotel NH Nice 5. FRENCH RIVIERA FREE DAY Spend today as you wish. The Côte d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to relax on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast 6. FRENCH RIVIERA – PONT DU GARD – AVIGNON (2 NIGHTS) Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Later arrive in Avignon where your orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône. This bridge inspired the famous French song 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. This evening join your companions for dinner at the hotel. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Dinner with Wine Hotel Mercure Pont d’Avignon 7. ARLES EXCURSION Today travel to Arles and marvel at the Roman amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing with a Local Specialist, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Be My Guest Dining 8. AVIGNON – TGV TRAIN – PARIS This morning take the high speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner in the City of Light. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Farewell Dinner Hotel Evergreen Laurel 9. DEPART PARIS This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir' to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast

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At Trafalgar, we passionately believe in the power of travel to broaden the mind and build bridges between people. By sharing with you the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have experienced by yourself, we ensure that you get the ‘insider’ view, an authentic and enhanced experience you simply could not have had on your own.

It is this dedication to taking our guests beyond the obvious sights that has helped us grow over the past 65 years into one of the most trusted and successful international guided vacation/holiday companies in the world. From Europe to the United States, South America to South Africa, and with the recent addition of Asia, we pride ourselves on uncovering the hidden gems, cultural highlights and not-to-be-missed attractions of the places you visit. We’ll help you delve deep into the heart of each city and capture the true essence of each new destination.

We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently outstanding quality of service, experience and value.

We're proud to be the most globally awarded guided travel company. Every year, we win some of the most prestigious travel accolades around the world – from the Travel Globes to the Agents' Choice Awards. We've collected 46 major travel awards over the last five years alone, as well as the Gold Trusted Merchant Award from independent reviews provider Feefo.

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As the world’s most awarded and loved travel company, Trafalgar unlocks the best of the world for every traveller. From the iconic sites to breaking bread with locals at private Be My Guest experiences, guests can be assured of a dream holiday without the stress of 'what ifs'. Committed to Make Travel Matter, Trafalgar aims to make a positive impact on locals, communities and wildlife visited, and the planet we call home. With tried and tested tours, created by local travel experts in destination and enjoyed by more than 5million happy guests, Trafalgar’s proud to be recognised by its Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award.

Trafalgar is part of the family-owned and run The Travel Corporation (TTC), driven by service for over one hundred years.

 

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Meals Included

8 hot buffet breakfasts. 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal Adult Price: €83.00 Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Lyon

Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery Adult Price: €69.00 Enjoy an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and taste the most acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover Lyon's secrets, from the Gauls to the medieval old town. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France and our chef will prepare a mouth-watering three course dinner, with local wines included.

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner Adult Price: €138.00 Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner Adult Price: €162.00 Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations Adult Price: €35.00 Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet Adult Price: €49.00 Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will take us to the village of Giverny where we’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter Adult Price: €31.00 A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and exemplar of Gothic architecture. Afterward, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Avignon

Treasures of Provence Adult Price: €63.00 Discover one of the most beautiful villages of France amongst outstanding natural scenery, a true Treasure of this region. Enjoy a walk through the centuries of local history where you'll get a real insight into Provence before a delightful meal with wine. (On occasion, may be offered without meal for €25)

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