Highlights of France

13 days

from €130 pppd

Trip available from Oct 2016 to Oct 2016.
"We love travelling with Trafalgar"
Bradley , Jun 2014

We take you beyond sophisticated Paris to the south coast and more. Find examples of France's Roman history and walk through walled medieval towns. Explore the renowned wine and brandy regions of Bordeaux, Cognac and Normandy, take pictures of fairytale palaces and castles.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
FHIG

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Paris. After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.

    Hotel

    Mercure Paris La Defense Grande Arche

  • 2.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning your sightseeing tour features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    PARIS – BEAUNE – LYON

    Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city with an orientation tour en route to your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Campanile Centre Berges Du Rhone

  • 4.

    LYON – AVIGNON – MONACO – FRENCH RIVIERA (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally drive to your hotel on the glamorous French Riviera.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Park & Suites Le Cannet

  • 5.

    CANNES FREE DAY

    Relax and experience the Côte d'Azur's sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or explore the town of Cannes famous for its film festival.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.

    FRENCH RIVIERA – PONT DU GARD – NIMES

    View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River which was built in the 1st century AD to supply water to the nearby towns. Continue to your hotel in Nimes.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    C Suites

  • 7.

    NIMES – CARCASSONNE – LOURDES

    Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's Grotto. This evening there is an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims – a magical and moving experience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Quality Hotel Christina

  • 8.

    LOURDES – BIARRITZ – BORDEAUX

    Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts. Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ibis Centre Meriadeck

  • 9.

    BORDEAUX – ST. EMILION – COGNAC – LOIRE VALLEY (2 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop village of St. Emilion which is famous for its wine. Stop in Cognac to visit a brandy distillery. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Ibis Styles Tours Sud

  • 10.

    LOIRE VALLEY AND CHÂTEAU EXCURSION

    Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried and view the splendid Château de Chambord. Tonight why not try delicious local Touraine cuisine?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 11.

    LOIRE VALLEY – MONT ST. MICHEL – D-DAY LANDING BEACHES (OMAHA) – DEAUVILLE

    Head north through the picturesque countryside of the Loire Valley and Normandy. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Then continue to the historic D-Day landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Ibis Centre

  • 12.

    DEAUVILLE – HONFLEUR – ROUEN – PARIS

    Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and view the impressive cathedral. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris, where you may consider an Optional Experience to a Parisian cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Adagio City Hotel Malakoff

  • 13.

    DEPART PARIS

    Say ‘au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Paris

    Sightseeing includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Beaune

    Visit this charming town
  • Lyon

    Orientation tour of this gastronomic city
  • Avignon

    View St. Bénezet Bridge and the Papal Palace
  • Monaco

    Visit the Principality
  • Cannes

    Visit the home of the annual film festival
  • Pont du Gard

    View the Roman Aqueduct
  • Carcassonne

    Visit this beautifully preserved walled city
  • Lourdes

    View St. Bernadette's Grotto
  • Biarritz

    Visit this glamorous resort
  • Bordeaux

    Orientation tour
  • St. Emilion

    Visit the famous wine village
  • Cognac

    Visit a brandy distillery
  • Loire Valley

    Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist. View the Château at Amboise and Chambord
  • Mont St. Michel

    Visit the island town and view the Abbey
  • Normandy

    Visit the D-Day landing beach of Omaha
  • Honfleur

    Visit this picturesque port
  • Rouen

    View the Cathedral

Dining

  • 12 buffet breakfasts

  • 5 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

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.

Paris

  • Dinner And Hidden Gems Of Paris

    Adult Price: €67.00 Spend an evening discovering one of the loveliest areas of Paris, made famous by artists, writers and students over the centuries. Then enjoy a taste of local cuisine, at a memorable dinner in typical Parisian style with drinks included.
  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €139.00 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!
  • Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

    Adult Price: €37.00 Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavour of Montmartre life.
  • Notre Dame, Latin Quarter And Seine Cruise

    Adult Price: €39.00 Come with us to explore the magnificent cathedral at the heart of Paris, Notre Dame. With your Local Specialist, you’ll also enjoy discover theLatin Quarterand have free time for a bite to eat. Then relax on our River Seine cruise, the perfect way to discover the city - don't forget your camera.

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.

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.

Biarritz

  • Highlights Of The Pyrénées

    Adult Price: €40.00 Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrénées, where we’ll catch a funicular train to ascend through mountain pastures to the top of these magnificent mountains, finding ourselves in Spain. You’ll have time to enjoy some Basque hospitality before our descent, with a drink included. Weather permitting.

Tours

  • Tours, Old Town and Traditional Dinner

    Adult Price: €67.00 You’ll discover the charm of Tours, bustling city of St. Martin and Renaissance kings, and its Old Town on this evening tour. You'll also enjoy Touraine cuisine in a traditional restaurant.

Cannes

  • St Paul de Vence and Nice

    Adult Price: €43.00 A lovely drive into the Esteral Heights bring us to the quaint walled hilltown of St Paul de Vence. Our walk through the village’s winding streets with a Local Specialist reveals elegant fountains,vine-covered ramparts and interesting galleries. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and colourful provençale markets.
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