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 $2,099 Per Person (Twin Share), Valued up to $3,116
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Discover Paris, Dijon, French Riviera, Lourdes, Bordeaux & More

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 $2,099 per person (twin share), valued up to $3,116

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 Centretwo 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 

What We Like

Enhance your experience in France with optional extra tours available for an additional cost including a Louvre Museum Tour in Paris, dinner and illuminations at Montmartre, Antibes Picasso Museum tour, wine tasting and lunch in the Bordeaux countryside and a visit to the Versailles Palace

Guests can also choose to enjoy the Monte Carlo by night tour in which you will drive to the route of the Grand Prix, see the Prince's Palace, visit the famous Monte Carlo Casino and enjoy the lights and super yachts of the stunning coastline

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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 $904 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

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, excursions and services are subject to availability

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.

And why do we offer this?

Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!

How does it work?

It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.

What do I need to do?

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

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, “City of Lights”; transfer 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 for a Welcome Drink and orientation on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. Afterwards, a delightful cruise on the River Seine introduces you to the sparkling beauty of Paris at night
Overnight: Paris

DAY 2 - Paris City Tour
Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated "Rive Gauche", the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France's higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Pass the colorful Luxembourg Gardens, the second largest park in Paris and garden of the French Senate, housed in the Luxembourg Palace. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join the optional tour of the Louvre Museum where you will enjoy the expertise of a professional guide. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour with dinner and wine
Optional: Louvre Museum Tour (PM)
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Champagne Tasting, Dijon
Travel from Paris to the famed Champagne region with its magnificent stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. This historic province in the northeast of France, formerly ruled by the Counts of Champagne, is best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. In Epernay, visit one of the renowned cellars, learn more about the process and enjoy tastings of this very expensive bubbly delight. Its main boulevard is the elegant residential Avenue de Champagne, with its timeless neoclassical villas and Victorian town houses. Then continue to Dijon, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy, a vast center of wealth and power. View the striking Dijon Cathedral and the Ducal Palace, a remarkably well-preserved Gothic structure that served as royal residence for the estates of Burgundy. Overnight in Dijon, also known as home of the tasty mustard
Overnight: Dijon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Beaune's Burgundy Vineyards, Lyon
Depart Dijon via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines, nestled in the heart of France's finest vineyards. The facilities and cellars of many prominent wineries, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. This walled city still displays its original battlements, ramparts, moats and a historical "old town." A walking tour takes you to the lively central square, with its gourmet cafes, fashionable clothes and local wine stalls. At the Hotel Dieu de Beaune, founded to help the poor and needy, see the original building converted to a museum - a perfect example of 15th century French architecture. Then drive south to 2000 year-old Lyon at the meeting of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Upon arrival, visit Place Bellecour, an enormous square in the heart of the city flanked by a famed statue of Louis XIV. Ascend Fouvière Hill to view the Roman amphitheater and magnificent gardens that overlook the city
Overnight: Lyon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Fields of Provence, French Riviera
Heading south, pass the Olympic city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps on your way through the colorful landscapes of Provence, inspiration for the early Impressionist painters. Here, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso created their masterpieces inspired by the region's incredible beauty and soft light. Travel past the olive groves and pine forests to the picturesque fortified town of Sisteron, nestled between the mountains and the sea, with its hilltop villages and impressive remains of 14th century walls. Continue towards Cannes, the "star" of the dazzling French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival, glitzy hotels, and beautiful people. Next, a visit to a French perfumery. Hear about the many ways to produce this major export and try some of the popular fragrances. The aromas are amazing! Tonight, at dinner, a taste of the French Riviera's specialties
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Full Day in the French Riviera
A full day to enjoy the countless extravagant delights of the Cote d'Azur and your resort in the quintessential Mediterranean twin towns of Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, known for their long sandy beaches and energetic nightlife. Relax on the beach, suntan at the pool, shop to your heart's content and just "people-watch" from a seaside café. Don't miss the optional excursion to the Picasso Museum at Chateau Grimaldi, where he painted and lived. Tonight, see glamorous Monte Carlo's lights glisten as you travel along the magical seaside Corniche on the optional night tour
Optional: Picasso Museum Tour (AM)
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: French Riviera
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Avignon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne
This morning journey on to Avignon, the "City of Popes" named after seven popes who reigned there during the 1300s. Admire the Place de l'Horlorge, the city's main square and the vast Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a fortress-like palace that once served as the papal residence. View the famed Bridge of Avignon, the city’s landmark. Lunch is in the historic center on your own before traveling to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River dating from 19 AD, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in the fairytale medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Carcassonne
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession
This morning’s walking tour takes you around Europe's best restored ancient fortified city with its over fifty towers and turrets, still standing today. Stroll along the cobbled streets to the St. Nazaire Basilica, adorned with magnificent stained glass and intricate carvings. Browse the shops selling medieval wares, and perhaps taste some of the local peasant stews at a café in the medieval town. Your journey continues to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, that rose to international fame in 1858 when visions of the Virgin Mary were described at the Grotto of Massabielle. The town is now a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of reported miraculous healings. Witness the stirring candlelight procession tonight, which has unfailingly taken place since the 1800s. Dinner and overnight is in Lourdes
Overnight: Lourdes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Lourdes Visits, Wine Tasting in St. Emilion, Bordeaux
In Lourdes, visit the sacred church, sanctuary and grotto where the apparitions took place and behold the healing water spring from the grotto, believed to possess healing properties. Time to reflect on your own before departing this holy city. Afterward, drive north through magnificent rolling landscapes to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Emilion. In this fertile area, viticulture was first introduced by the Romans and further intensified in the Middle Ages. The tradition was carried on by the monk Emilion, who was the first to begin commercial wine production. Views of the city include Romanesque churches and fascinating historical ruins stretching along steep and narrow streets. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time to wander on your own in this delightful town before continuing to Bordeaux. A lovely evening tonight! Dinner together at a local restaurant in Bordeaux accented by fabulous wines and local flavors
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - Tour of Bordeaux
Morning tour of Bordeaux, on the crescent-shaped Garonne River, with its rich architectural and cultural heritage. Bordeaux is distinguished for the wines that bear its name, considered by connoisseurs to be amongst the best in the world. The city tour begins at the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Western Europe with its mighty pillar centerpiece, the Girondist Column. In the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the beautiful Grand Theatre built in 1780 and the Victory Arch, an amazing piece of Roman architecture. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this beautiful city. Choose to stroll down Rue St. Catherine, a main pedestrian thoroughfare running through the historic district. This evening, an optional dinner in the Bordeaux countryside will complete the day
Optional: Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner (PM)*
Overnight: Bordeaux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley
Depart Bordeaux to the enchanting town of Cognac, world-famous for the grape-based spirit produced here for over 300 years. Visit one of the cellars, hear about the history of cognac and enjoy a tasting! Onward to the very heart of the magnificent Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux here, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands. Tour the elegant 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 a mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Continue to Amboise, a delightful riverside town with an imposing castle, before continuing to the hotel for overnight. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Loire Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - Farewell in Paris
Begin by crossing the Loire River and head back to the capital Paris for time at leisure to independently discover this city with its never-ending surprises, 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. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner together in a Parisian bistro, including wine as you bid au revoir to your new-found friends and a fascinating journey through France
Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 - Depart France
Bon Voyage!
Meals: Breakfast

*The optional Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner tour may not be available for all departures.

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