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.
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(based on 25/11/2014 departure date)
Take the Eurostar to Paris where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.
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.
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. Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast
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.
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. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
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. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
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. Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
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! Includes Breakfast
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. Includes Breakfast
Join your Eurostar service to the UK. Includes Breakfast
Why not take the Eurostar service from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet international?
New Year in Paris Departure Saturday 20 December 2014 will include New Year in Paris and a 'Reveillon' dinner.
Tuesday 8 and 15 April 2014.
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