Get to know France from the inside on this exciting vacation. From Paris, head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, Caen, and the Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches from World War II. On to Bayeux, then the enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and the glorious Loire Valley. Travel through the countryside, famous for its cognac and champagne production, and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle. Spend a night in Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and Avignon. Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and enchanting Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera, summer home of the glitz and glam. Take the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume workshop in Grasse, then carry on to Lyon on the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in delightful Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital, then return to Paris, the “City of Light,” with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to soak in the romantic atmosphere.
Individual headsetsInside visits and special features: Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers, Loire Valley, La Rochelle, Cognac Museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera, Grasse, Lyon, Beaune
PARIS Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel Porte d’Orleans (F) or Novotel Paris 17 (F)CAEN Mercure Côte de Nacre (ST) at Herouville St. ClairMONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST) at St. Quentin sur le Homme LOIRE VALLEY Novotel (F) at Amboise or Villa Bellagio (ST) at BloisBORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)TOULOUSE Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport (F)AVIGNON Ibis Pont de l’Europe (ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (ST)FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) Nice Vieux Port or Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux LYON AREA Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)PARIS Campanile Porte d’Italie (ST) or Novotel La Defense (F)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
NOTES:December 20 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinnerOn Tuesday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise. Itinerary changes as follows:Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Blois. (B)Day 5: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D)Day 6: Blois–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux. (B,D)
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach