Highlights of France - Leisure Holidays

Highlights of FranceFrance

From RM7,242 / per person for 12 nights
Journey beyond sophisticated Paris to the south coast - taking pictures of fairytale palaces and castles.

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Summary

Grand avenues, lush vineyards and the French Riviera are highlights on this leisurely sojourn through France. Journey through the Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz, see Carcasonne with its enchanting city walls and the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy.

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Transfer

On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8am, 11am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Novotel 14 Porte d'Orleans

Day 3: Campanile Lyon Centre Berges Du Rhone

Day 4 & 5: Appart'City Confort Cannes

Day 6: C Suites Nîmes

Day 7: Mercure Imperial

Day 8: Ibis Centre Meriadeck

Day 9 & 10: Ibis Styles Sud

Day 11: Ibis Centre

Day 12: Novotel Pont de Sevres

Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Arrive Paris
After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city.


Day 2: Paris Orientation and Free Time
Join the orientation features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish or join an Optional Experience to a Parisian Cabaret.


Day 3: Paris - Beaune - Lyon
Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city. Enjoy an orientation tour en route to your hotel.


Day 4: Lyon - Avignon - Monaco - French Riviera
Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally drive to your hotel on the glamorous French Riviera.


Day 5: Cannes Free Day
Relax and experience the Côte d'Azur's sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or explore the town of Cannes famous for its film festival.

Day 6: French Riviera - Pont Du Gard - Nimes
View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River which was built in the 1st century AD to supply water to the nearby towns. Continue to your hotel in Nîmes.


Day 7: Nimes - Carcassonne - Lourdes
Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's Grotto. This evening join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims.


Day 8: Lourdes - Biarritz - Bordeaux
Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts. Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux.


Day 9: Bordeaux - St. Emilion - Tours
Enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop village of St. Émilion which is famous for its wine. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley.


Day 10: Loire Valley and Chateau Excursion
Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried and view the splendid Château de Chambord. 


Day 11: Tours - Mont St. Michel - D-day Landing Beaches - Deauville
Head north through the picturesque countryside of the Loire Valley and Normandy. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Then continue to the historic D-Day Landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville.


Day 12: Deauville - Honfleur - Rouen - Paris
Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris.


Day 13: Depart Paris
Say 'au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. 

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Meals

15 meals as per itinerary - 11 Buffet breakfasts, 4 Three course dinners

Local Specialists

Local specialists to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate driver

Hotel Charges & Local Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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