Twelve Night Classic Gourmet & Culture France Tour

Food, Wine and Culture - Merci! Discover France with a Twelve Night Tour Including Paris, Dijon, Lyon, the French Riviera, Lourdes, Bordeaux, Cognac and More! Visit the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champagne Region and Château de Chenonceau with Deluxe Hotels Stays, Select Meals, All Sightseeing with English Speaking Guides, English Speaking Tour Manager, Air Conditioned Motor Coach Transportation and More for Only $2,699 Per Person (Twin Share), Valued up to $3,989

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Say 'bonjour' to a memorable French adventure with an extraordinary twelve night journey from Paris to Dijon, Lyon, the French Riviera, Lourdes, Bordeaux and more - enjoy deluxe accommodation, select meals and sightseeing for only $2,699 per person (twin share), valued up to $3,989

Your journey begins in the chic capital of Paris where you'll see the iconic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe before travelling to Epernay for champagne tastings, Dijon (the home of mustard) to view striking historical buildings, and Lyon to discover the 2000 year old city and taste Burgundy wines on the way, and then moving on to the glamorous French Riviera for some Mediterranean relaxation followed by the sacred city of Lourdes and the Bordeaux wine country, before returning back to Paris

Enjoy the convenience of a planned getaway giving you the most insightful view into the culture, history and natural beauty of France in style and comfort along the way

Tour Highlights

Begin your French adventure with two nights in the enchanting capital city of Paris, where you'll see the iconic Eiffel Tower, as well as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Concorde Square

Move on to France's famed Champagne region to enjoy champagne tastings in Epernay before heading to Dijon to discover the striking Dijon Cathedral and Dulcal Palace

On the way to Lyon you'll drive the Route des Grand Crus (wine route) and enjoy a walking tour in the town of Beaune, nestled in the heart of France's finest vineyard. Here you'll find gourmet cafes, clothes and local burgandy wine stalls before driving to the 2000 year old city of Lyon where you'll ascend Fourviere Hill for views of the Roman amphitheatre and magnificent gardens that overlook the city

Heading south, you'll pass the Olympic city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps as you travel through Provence and visit a perfumery, before experiencing the chic atmosphere of the famous French Riviera where you'll explore the Mediterranean beach towns of Antibes and Juan Les Pins

Journey to Avignon, the 'City of Popes', where you will visit the Place de l'Horlorge (the city's main square), the famous Bridge of Avignon, and the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Pont du Gard - an ancient Roman aqueduct dating back to 19AD

Your journey continues to the holy city Lourdes in the foothills of the Pyrenees - the city is a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and there have been reports of visions of the Virgin Mary and miraculous healings. Here, you'll see the candlelight precession and visit the sacred church, sanctuary and grotto where the apparitions took place before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Emilion where you'll find Romanesque churches and historical ruins

Move on to the famous wine region of Bordeaux for a city tour that will take you to the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Western Europe and home to the mighty Girondist Column, as well the UNESCO WORLD Heritage Listed Old Town to view Roman architecture and the beautiful grand theatre built in 1780

Depart Bordeaux for the enchanting town of Cognac, famous for the grape-inspired spirit produced here for over 300 years. Here, you'll visit one of the cellars and enjoy a tasting before visiting the heart of Loire Valley to tour the incredible Chateau de Chenonceau

Return to Paris for one final night and enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at a Parisian bistro

See the 'Itinerary' tab for more information

Your Package Includes

Accommodation in central locations throughout the tour - spend three nights at Hotel Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel - minutes from the iconic Eiffel Tower, one night in Dijon at Hotel le Jura - close to Dijon Cathedral, one night in the heart of downtown Lyon at Hotel Mercure Lyon Centre, two nights in the French Riviera at Hotel Aston La Scala overlooking Nice's famous Promenade du Paillon, one night in Carcassonne at Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite Hotel just outside this medieval city, one night in Lourdes at the century old Grand Hôtel Gallia & Londres, two nights in centra Bordeaux at Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre , and one night in Loire Valley at Holiday Inn Blois

Dine on delicious local and international fare with 18 meals including 12 breakfasts,plus six dinners with wine including a taste of French Riviera specialities, dinner at a local restaurant in Bordeaux accented by fabulous wines and local flavours and a farewell dinner at a Parisian bistro

All sightseeing and entry fees (excluding visa fees and additional tips) as per the itinerary and transportation in an air-conditioned motor coach

An English-speaking tour manager to guide you throughout your tour of France and answer all of your questions about culture and history

Comfortable wireless earphones for an enhanced touring experience and all tipping throughout the tour

Important Information

No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund

How to Book Your Travel Dates! Once you purchase your preferred Luxury Escapes package, you will receive a travel voucher with the direct reservation details for the tour company. When you are ready to finalise your travel dates and confirm your booking, contact the tour company directly through the reservation email provided in the voucher

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer

Departure Dates: Tours depart on 7 April 2017, 14 April 2017, 5 May 2017, 26 May 2017, 2 June 2017, 7 July 2017, 4 August 2017, 22 September 2017 and 13 October 2017

Please note, departure dates mark the first day of the tour. Guests must make their own travel arrangements to ensure they are in Paris on their chosen departure date

IMPORTANT: All bookings must be made by 23 November 2016

Tours will be guaranteed approximately 45 days in advance

These packages are for tours only. Flights are not included and need to be purchased separately

Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis

Voucher is valid for ONE PERSON over the age of 8 (twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO VOUCHERS, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply

Single Traveller Surcharge: Guests travelling alone must pay a single traveller surcharge of AUD$1,200 per person and will get their own room throughout the tour

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for all tours is two adults (twin share) sleeping in double or twin bedding

Connecting rooms are available (subject to availability)

Standard tours are for a maximum number of 38-42 people

All tipping is included throughout the tour

Optional extra tours are payable directly to Gate 1 Travel

Please note, disability access is not available throughout the tour. Please consider this when making your booking

All accommodation is subject to availability. If a desired hotel is not available, alternate accommodation of a similar standard will be provided

Airport transfers are not included in the tour unless guests book their flights with Gate 1 travel

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher

Nights must be used consecutively

Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments and change of date - fees are at the tour operator's discretion/policy

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations

Voucher must be presented at check-in

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes

Package cannot be split

Multiple vouchers cannot be purchased

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on the tour companies published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependant on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving

All surcharges are payable directly to the hotels or the company at time of booking

All activities, excusions and services are subject to availability

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

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