France

Best of France: 12-Day Tour

From Paris in the north to the dazzling sun-kissed coast of the Côte d'Azur, discover the very best of France on a 12-day tour. Soak up the romance of the City of Lights, go wine-tasting in Rhone vineyards and Chateauneuf du Pape, see the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, visit Claude Monet’s house in Giverny with its famous gardens, visit a Grasse perfumery and soak up the sights of the French Riviera in glamorous Cannes. Includes premium accommodation, daily breakfasts, a selection of dinners with wine, a high-speed train transfer and more.

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The elegant cities, countryside vineyards, medieval towns and glittering Mediterranean resort towns of France await on this classic 12-day tour, taking you to Paris, Tours, Normandy, Avignon and Nice on the Côte d'Azur.

What You’ll Love...

The Tour – Centuries of history, sun-kissed vineyards and Côte d'Azur glamour

Your French initiation begins in the world capital of romance: Paris. Explore this magnificent city and take in the sights including the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

France is a country rich in history and you’ll be taken back in time with visits to Chartres – home to the finest Gothic cathedral in the whole of France – the fairytale Chateau de Chenonceau, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval Papal Palace in Avignon and the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, which depicts the Norman conquest of England.

French wine is world-revered and you’ll have the chance to sample the nectar of the Rhone vineyards and Chateauneuf du Pape. Feast your senses further with a visit to a French perfumery in Grasse, where you can learn the secrets behind how this much sought-after export is produced.

Walk in the footsteps of the legendary artist Claude Monet at his former home in Giverny, whose garden served as inspiration for many of his paintings.

Finish your tour in style on the French Riviera, the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast where the world’s glitterati flock to the glamorous beach resorts. See where the famous film festival takes place in Cannes, swim in the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean sea, stroll the promenades and explore the Old Town in Nice.

Your Package Includes:

  • Premium nightly accommodation in hotels such as the Hotel Nice Riviera – located in the heart of the French Riviera, a short walk from the beach – and the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel in downtown Paris close to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Daily breakfasts and five additional meals with wine, including dinner in a traditional French bistro
  • High-speed TGV train transfer from Paris to Avignon
  • Sightseeing on an air-conditioned coach with wireless headphones for an enhanced touring experience
  • The services of an English-speaking tour manager and local guides in Paris and Ambroise
  • Hotel taxes, fees, service charges and porterage, tipping and gratuities

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

LOW SEASON

21 April 2019

5 May 2019

4 August 2019

18 August 2019

22 September 2019

6 October 2019

HIGH SEASON

19 May 2019

30 June 2019

8 September 2019

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged eight years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply (see below). Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone a single traveller surcharge applies, payable directly to the tour company after booking. A surcharge of AU$1520 applies to departures on 19 May 2019 and 30 June 2019, a surcharge of AU$1610 applies to departures on 8 September 2019, and a surcharge of AU$1340 applies to all other departure dates.

Maximum tour group size is 42 people.

Standard bedding configuration is one double bed or twin beds on request.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults and one child aged from 8 to 17 years on a rollaway bed, subject to availability. Triple share rooms are on request and in some hotels guests may be accommodated in a twin and single room. Surcharges may apply.

Connecting rooms may be possible, subject to availability at each hotel.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

Oceania L’Univers Tours

Novotel Bayeux

Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes or Hotel Mercure Pont d’Avignon Centre

AC Hotel Nice or Hotel Nice Riviera

Allocated hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel depending on your chosen tour date.

International flights and airport transfers are not included on this tour. Airport transfers can be pre-booked with the tour operator for an additional charge.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

*The following optional tours are available for a surcharge *(please contact tour provider for further information):

Versailles apartments

Van Gogh’s Arles and St. Remy de Provence

Monte Carlo by night

St. Paul de Vence

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.

Please note disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer to LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

DAY 1 - Arrive in Paris

Arrive in Paris, the City of Lights; make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France.

Overnight: Paris

DAY 2 - Chartres, Chambord, Wine Tasting, Loire Valley

After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours.

Overnight: Tours

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3 - Loire Valley

Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in the early evening.

Overnight: Tours

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Mont St. Michel, Normandy

Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the mighty 10th century Abbey. Continue to your hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight: Normandy

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5 - Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy Landing Beaches

Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Begin by stepping back in time to a historical battle, and see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Then, turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the Allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. Make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening.

*The visit to Omaha Beach is subject to local conditions.

Overnight: Normandy

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Giverny, Paris

This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, join your fellow travelers for dinner in a French Bistro.

Overnight: Paris

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7 - Paris City Tour

This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Les Invalides where Napoleon is buried, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments

Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)

Overnight: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - TGV train to Avignon, Pont du Gard

After breakfast, transfer to the train station for your journey to Provence by the high-speed TGV train. Enjoy vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, proceed to view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the most ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Next, drive to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will enjoy a sampling of some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Transfer to the hotel in Avignon and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, savor dinner together at a local restaurant

Overnight: Avignon

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 9 - Medieval Pope’s Palace

Today, take an orientation tour of the town, including a view of the famous broken bridge, the lively Place d'Horloge and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most significant medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this charming city, or join the optional tour to Arles & St. Remy de Provence. Take a tour of Arles where you will see Langlois Bridge, the Roman Amphitheater and the 12-century Cathedral of St. Trophime. Your guide will show you the exact places where Van Gogh sat to create some of his most famous paintings. Continue St. Rémy-de-Provence to see the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. The artist spent a year at the hospital and created some of his most celebrated paintings here, including “The Starry Night” and “Irises”

Optional: Van Gogh’s Arles & St. Remy de Provence (PM)

Overnight: Avignon

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Cannes, Nice

After breakfast this morning, depart for the French Riviera. Admire the scenery which inspired so many of the impressionist artists. You will pass by the Mont St. Victoire and the Abbey of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume en route to elegant Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor. Pay a visit to a French perfumery in Grasse before arriving in Nice. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour to Monte Carlo by night. Drive along the dazzling Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco. Stop at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most frequented landmarks. Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamor; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbor and view the Prince’s Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Enjoy the lights of the coastline as you return to Nice

Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)

Overnight: Nice

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Full Day in Nice

A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town, and Place Massena. Perhaps take a mini-train up to the "Colline du Château" for panoramic views of the city and “Bay of the Angels” or visit one of the museums. This morning you may wish to join the optional tour to St. Paul de Vence. Drive into the pine-scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence - a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists - a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. This evening, celebrate your final night in France together with a Farewell Dinner

Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)

Overnight: Nice

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 12 - Depart France

Your tour ends after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour begins in Paris and ends in Nice.

Getting to France is easy. Flights depart from most Australian capital cities to Paris (including stopovers) via Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and more with an approximate flight time of 24 hours.

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