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Best of France Tour - 13 Days, 2 Countries, 13 Cities

Best of France Tour - 13 Days, 2 Countries, 13 Cities

Paris, France

From: R 37,350.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 37,350.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8046
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    13 Days
  • Valid From

    1st of April 2018 (Sunday)
  • Valid To

    13th of April 2018 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
About the Holiday
SAVE an incredible R4150 When you BOOK Early! In just 13 Days experience the Charm of France!
Enjoy France a la carte - chateaux, chic beach resorts and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcasonne with its enchanting city walls. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Paris
Welcome to Paris, the City of Light. France is a diverse and fascinating country with so much to offer. From architecture to cuisine, your trip reveals a host of regional delights and specialities. This evening meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an orientation drive through the city to take in some of the breathtaking sights including the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Paris - Beaune - Lyon
Drive south into Burgundy wine country, once home to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy, past the Cote d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. Arrive in the medieval town of Beaune to discover the treasures in the 15th century Hospice de Beaune. Tonight in Lyon why not try out some local specialities for which the city is justifiably famous
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3: Lyon - Avignon - Monaco - French Riviera (2 Nights)
Stop in Avignon to see the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song, 'sur le pont d'Avignon'. Traverse Provence, a picturesque area favoured by artists such as Van Gogh and Cézanne to the Principality of Monaco. This small city state is both a constitutional monarchy and home to the rich and famous. View the cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. Later enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at your hotel.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Regional Meal

Day 4: French Riviera
Spend today as you wish. The Cote d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of famous coastline. You might like to lounge on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. This evening why not dine in one of the many pleasant local restaurants.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 5: French Riviera - Arles - Carcassonne
Visit the town of Arles with free time to explore the city. Wind your way through the Corbieres Hills and 'Cathar' landscapes on the way to Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage site which was extensively restored in the 19th century. See the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed on location in and around Carcassonne.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 6: Carcassonne - Lourdes - Biarritz
Drive toward the Pyrenees and see the Basilica on top of St. Bernadette's grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage. Arrive at a graceful Basque town on France’s Atlantic coast.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 7: Biarritz - Bordeaux (2 Nights)
Head north through Les Landes to the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world's major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair held in the city attracts buyers from all over the world. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces during your orientation.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 8: Dordogne Excursion
Enjoy a scenic half-day included excursion through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval 'Bastide' villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St. Emilion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Later return to Bordeaux where you will have free time to explore the city.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9: Bordeaux - Loire Valley
Continue north through the Poitou Charentes region to the Loire Valley and stop to visit the beautiful fairytale Chateau Chenonceau. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers for a special Be My Guest dining experience where you enjoy typical French hospitality.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Be My Guest Dining

Day 10: Loire Valley - Mont St. Michel - Omaha Beach
Travel through Brittany to visit the island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring the abbey and picturesque streets. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lo and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director provides an excellent account of the momentous events that took place here. Pause and reflect on the courage of those who gave their lives. Visit the D-Day Landing Zone and learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 11: Omaha Beach - Giverny - Paris (2 Nights)
Head south east towards the valley of the River Seine. Stop at Giverny and visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet lived for most of his life. One of the founders of French Impressionism, some of his most famous paintings were inspired by this spectacular garden. This evening in the glittering capital, Paris, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabaret venues.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast


Day 12: Paris Sightseeing
Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the quaint historical local neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. See the unique skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower, where you enjoy panoramic views across the city. Spend the rest of the day seeing more sights and shopping for souvenirs. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 13: Depart Paris
Say 'au revoir' to your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Tour is available on 01 October 2017 starting from R39 600 pp.
Includes & Excludes
Includes
#12 nights accomodation at 4-5 star hotels
#12 hot buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
#Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
#Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
#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
Sightseeing Highlights
#City tour in Carcassonne
#Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley
#Insider walking tour in Paris
#Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
#See the Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
#View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral while in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha while in Normandy
#Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Chateau Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Eiffel Tower
Excludes
#International flights
#Visa cost
#Travel and Medical insurance
#Meals not specified
Package Conditions:
Tour is set to start 01 April 2018.
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.
Paris

Paris is the capital city of France. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the 'le-de-France region. Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year.

The earliest archaeological and rather detailed signs of permanent habitation in the Paris area date from around 4200 BCE. The area near the river Seine was settled from around 250 BCE by the Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones, who were known as boatmen and traders.

Paris has an oceanic climate and is affected by the North Atlantic Current, so the city has a temperate climate that rarely sees extremely high or low temperatures.

Two of Paris' oldest and famous gardens are the Tuileries Garden, created from the 16th century for a palace on the banks of the Seine near the Louvre, and the Left bank Luxembourg Garden, another formerly private garden belonging to a chateau built for the Marie de' Medici in 1612.

The lines between cafés and bars in Paris are very blurred, with cafés where you can settle in with a beer and a croissant for breakfast and bars when you can enjoy a late night sandwich along with your cocktail. Techno, house, garage and Latino are the popular sounds of Paris and, to a lesser extent, hip-hop and drum and bass.

Terms and Conditions
Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 21 August 2017.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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