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French Panorama - by Eurostar

Take in a picturesque tapestry of flourishing vineyards, chic cultural cities, rich historical heritage, and exquisite chateaux architecture on this inspirational tour through the heart of France.

14 days from

£1282

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(based on 25/11/2014 departure date)

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  • Rocamadour
  • Rouen
  • Honfleur, Normandy
  • D-Day Landing Beaches, Normandy
  • Mont St Michel
  • Hotel de Ville, Tours
  • Châteaux Country
  • La Rochelle
  • Carcassonne
  • Papal Palace, Avignon
  • Pont St Benezet, Avignon
  • Amphitheatre, Arles
  • The Cathedral, Aix-en-Provence
  • Grasse, Cote d'Azur
  • Burgundy countryside
  • Beaune
  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Notre Dame, Paris

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DAY 1 : UK - Paris.

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

DAY 2 : Paris - Rouen - Honfleur - Caen.

Drive to the handsome city of Rouen, famed for its magnificent cathedral which is one of the finest Gothic churches in France. Next, visit the charming seaport of Honfleur, an old maritime city with a lively harbour, picturesque narrow streets and quaint old houses before heading to the historical city of Caen for an overnight stay. Note: Selected departures, overnight will be in La Havre. (B, D)

DAY 3 : Caen - Normandy Landing Beaches - Bayeux - Mont St Michel.

Time to see Caen before visiting the D-Day Normandy beaches, where Allied troops landed on in 1945, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Later, head to Bayeux, home of the famous medieval tapestry depicting the Norman Conquests (entrance fee not included), before travelling to the environs of Mont St Michel, one of France's most famous landmarks, for one night. (B)

DAY 4 : Mont St Michel - Angers - Amboise.

Begin today with a visit to Mont St Michel, a stunning granite islet topped by an imposing ancient monastery (entrance fees not included). Next, travel through the rolling vineyards of Anjou to the charming riverside town of Angers and visit the Cathedral of St Maurice with its beautiful stained glass. Later, head along the Loire riverbank to the historic city of Amboise for two nights. (B)

DAY 5 : Châteaux country.

Spend a day relaxing and enjoying the glorious countryside of the Loire Valley or perhaps join the optional excursion to some of the region's world-famous chateaux, ranging from imposing feudal fortresses to splendid palaces, surrounded by beautiful gardens and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note: On Sunday departures your hotel on days 4 and 5 will be in Blois. The itinerary will be subject to change. (B, D)

DAY 6 : Amboise - Poitiers - La Rochelle - Cognac - Bordeaux.

Visit the quaint old town of Poitiers, situated where the rivers Clain and Boivre meet. Next, journey via the picturesque town of La Rochelle to the Cognac region for Hennessy Cognac tasting and a visit to the museum, before travelling to Bordeaux, France's wine capital, for one night. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 7 : Bordeaux - Dordogne - Rocamadour - Toulouse.

Enjoy an orientation walk around Bordeaux. This historical city is home to over 340 buildings listed as historical monuments and its 18th century architecture and broad tree-lined avenues give the city a regal air. Later, travel into the Dordogne, one of France's most beautiful regions, and visit the small, clifftop town of Rocamadour, before driving through the Midi-Pyrenees to Toulouse, for one night. (B, D)

DAY 8 : Toulouse - Carcassonne - Nîmes - Avignon.

Enjoy a sightseeing walk around picturesque Carcassonne, built more than 1,000 years ago and divided by the Aude River. Later, head to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees, ancient Roman archaeological site protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy splendid views of the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in France and visit the Roman Amphitheatre, before travelling to the medieval walled city of Avignon for one night. (B)

DAY 9 : Avignon - Arles - Aix-en-Provence - French Riviera.

Start your day driving through the charming Camargue along the Rhone River bank and stop for a visit to Arles, the town that inspired Van Gogh's most famous paintings. Then head to Aix-en-Provence to admire the tree lined boulevard of 'Cours Mirabeau' and the 17th-century palace. Later, head to the sun-kissed Riviera coast for two nights. (B)

DAY 10 : French Riviera.

Today is yours to explore chic Côte d'Azur resorts such as Cannes and Nice. Perhaps stroll along the promenade or relax with a glass of wine in one of the many terrace cafés, soaking up the sophisticated atmosphere? Alternatively, join the optional afternoon trip to the Provence countryside to visit the medieval hilltop town of St Paul-de-Vence or to glamorous Monte Carlo. (B)

DAY 11 : French Riviera - Grasse - Route Napoleon - Lyon.

Stop in Grasse, centre of the French perfume industry, for a visit to a perfume workshop, before traversing the lovely Maritime Alps, following the route Napoleon took on his return from Elba in 1815. Passing the lively town of Grenoble, travel to Lyon, the third largest city of France, for one night. (B, D)

DAY 12 : Lyon - Beaune - Paris.

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, renowned for its wine production. See the 'Hotel Dieu', a former hospital building before heading to the French capital and 'City of Light', Paris, for two nights. Don't miss the optional evening cabaret show - a real Parisian spectacle! (B)

DAY 13 : Paris.

A full day to discover the enthralling city of Paris, home to exquisite cuisine, cutting edge fashion, world renowned art and timeless architecture. The included city sightseeing tour takes in the celebrated Notre Dame Cathedral and major attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Opéra, Champs Elysées and Rue de Rivoli. There's also the chance to join an optional excursion to the spectacular Palace of Versailles. (B)

DAY 14 : Paris - UK.

Join your Eurostar service to the UK. (B)

Hotels on Tour

  • Toulouse:SAS Radisson Toulouse Airport (4*)
  • Avignon:Ibis Pont de l'Europe (3*)
  • French Riviera:Park Inn Nice or Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (3*)
  • Lyon:Park Inn Lyon or Park Inn at Macon (3*)
  • Paris:Mercure Porte de St Cloud (4*) or Novotel Defense (4*) or Holiday Inn Express La Villette (3*)
  • Paris:Kyraid Bercy (3*) or Novotel Defense (4*)
  • Caen or La Havre:Mercure Cote de Nacre at Herouville (3*) or Mercure at Le Havre (4*)
  • Mont St Michel:Motel Vert (2*)
  • Chateaux Country:Novotel Amboise (4*) or Villa Bellagio Blois (3*)
  • Bordeaux:Mercure Meriadeck (3*)

What's Included

  • Eurostar UK - Paris - UK
  • Accommodation on tour in twin room with private facilities
  • Meals on tour - 13 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Services of a tour director on tour
  • Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
  • Individual Audio System you will be given headphones and a receiver so you can always hear the tour director/local guides on the coach and on visits.
  • Transfers between overseas station and hotel
  • Single share option no supplement to pay

All this included

  • Rouen Orientation walk
  • Normandy Landing beaches
  • Bayeux Visit
  • Mont St Michel Visit
  • Loire Valley Scenic drive
  • La Rochelle Visit
  • Cognac Museum and tasting
  • Bordeaux Orientation walk
  • Carcassonne Orientation walk
  • Nimes Roman amphitheatre visit
  • Avignon Visit
  • Aix-en-Provence 'Cours Mirabeau'
  • Grasse Perfume workshop visit
  • Route Napoleon Scenic drive
  • Beaune Hotel-Dieu visit
  • Paris City sightseeing

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