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Best of France

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,506 per person
APR - OCT 2023
France De Montferrier Be My Guest

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, St Emilion, Villandry, Loire Valley, Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy Beaches, Giverny ...more Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, St Emilion, Villandry, Loire Valley, Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy Beaches, Giverny
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  1. Day 1 Bonjour Paris

    All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Lights'. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
  2. Day 2 Journey through Burgundy to Lyon

    We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th-century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
  3. Day 3 Onwards to Avignon, Monaco and the French Riviera

    We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, once the Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn Nice
  4. Day 4 The French Riviera Your Way

    The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

    meals Breakfast
  5. Day 5 Admire Arles and Continue to Carcassonne

    Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure La Cité
  6. Day 6 Pilgrimage to Lourdes and on to Biarritz

    We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl, turned saint, is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu
  7. Day 7 Venture to Bordeaux

    Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Centre Ville
  8. Day 8 Discover Scenic Dordogne

    The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city. Perhaps, tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Explore a Château in the Loire Valley

    We journey through the 'Garden of France', before we Connect With Locals for a delicious lunch and Be My Guest experience. Dive Into Culture and visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
    hotel Château de Beauvois
  10. Day 10 Off to Mont-Saint-Michel and the Normandy Beaches

    We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany, to the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mercure Omaha Beach
  11. Day 11 Journey to Paris

    We travel east towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to visit the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
  12. Day 12 Discover the Delights of Paris

    Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. Day 13 Farewell Paris

    For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Best of France
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Carcassonne and Paris with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • Visit the Hospices de Beaune, Château Villandry, the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • Scenic Drive through the Dordogne and the Loire Valley
  • Connect With Locals Return to 17th-century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a delightful Be My Guest lunch.
  • Stays With Stories Step back in time with a stay in the regal 16th and 17th-century Chateâu de Beauvois.
  • Dive into Culture Visit Château Villandry in the Loire Valley and admire the exquisite Renaissance gardens that surround the elegant estate.

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Reviews
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Vacation
Independent Reviews
Beatriz Cardenas
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Service
It was handle so well. My first trip and it will not be my last, hope to be traveling with Trafalgar in the near future. Total Best
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are beyond excited that you enjoyed your vacation. We would love to help you plan your next adventure when you're ready to travel again. Thanks for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback. Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Vacation
Great Tour Director I Highly recommend will travel again soon.
Sharon Presley
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Service
Lisa was great at keeping us informed and answering any questions we had. Other Representatives I spoke with did a great job as well. I greatly appreciate it them helping me get an preferred assigned seat.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Best of France tour. And we're glad we were able to help you plan it. Lisa and the team are incredible, so we're glad you enjoyed working with them. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your kind words. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Vacation
The bus drivers (Benoit & Francois) made us feel safe and confident in their amazing driving skills. Sarah and Simone did a wonderful job making us aware of the little cultural things that made our vacation all the better. In addition to keeping us safe, introducing us to wonderful local guides, and showing us the best of France, they were simply a joy to travel with.
Trusted Customer
Monday, June 20, 2022
Service
Lisa Lewandowski was not very helpful and we had to contact her numerous times to get responses
Vacation
While we enjoyed our vacation, it was a bit rushed. For example, while in Monoco, many of us wanted to see the casino and there was no time, not even for a drive by. We had to souvenir shop while waiting for our main courses to be served. I would suggest doing back-to-back tours. One tour southern France and the other tour northern France. This way there is more time to relax and enjoy the different locations and people can decide if they want to do both sections back-to-back or one section at a time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback and suggestions. We will be sure to share them with our operating partners for reviewing future trips.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Service
The booking process was pretty good. We had 5 people in our group and the prices were all put together and that was a little confusing to see how much you needed to pay.
Vacation
We had a great tour guide and wellness person, the driver was excellent! Our bags were delivered to our rooms and our rooms were always 4 star!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures! We are glad you enjoyed your trip and apologize for the confusion with our pricing an invoices. We will pass that on to our management.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Kathleen Hoskins
Friday, May 20, 2022
Service
Easy. Originally done in 2019, follow-ups in 2020 and 2021.
Vacation
Lots of time on the bus. Some sites too little time.
Dennis Hoskins
Friday, May 20, 2022
Service
Easy. originally done in 2019.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that you were finally able to visit France! Thank you for being a loyal customer.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Vacation
Too much time on the bus, not enough time at sites. Excellent team.
Ronald Rueve
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Service
Original booking was effortless, but then trip was cancelled due to covid so had to start all over again. Chose new date...good so far. then that trip was cancelled because tour operator did not fill the bus. Moved for third time and finally made the trip. The frustrating part was we had booked our own air reservations using loyalty points and since we always fly in a day early to beat the jet lag problem, we had booked our first night on our own. Having to make those changes 3 times got a bit dicey, especially dealing with a hotel crew which spoke little English (not their fault by the way). After all we were visiting their country.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We understand your frustrations completely and apologize for the craziness of the world events the last 2 years that prevented you from taking your trip as planned. Travel was a bit slow to come back but now that it has, we are glad that you finally made it across the pond safely and came home with some happy memories,
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Vacation
Tour was great. Tour director, wellness director and driver were great. Hotels wer a bit off the beaten path making evening doings slim in many places. Also was quite disappointed we were not provided with an email listing of other guests so we could keep in contact with them. This was our 4th tour with Trafalgar and had always gooten these in the past. In fact, on this trip, we travelled with a couple we met on a prior trip. I simply do not understand why Trafalgar would stop providing this information. Sad.
Manuel Balbin
Friday, May 6, 2022
Service
The tour director, the wellness director and the driver were all great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback. We will share your suggestions with the tour operator.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Vacation
Everything was excellent.
Mike Cohen
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Service
We saw a lot of great sites in one trip. That way we got a lot of value from the trip and the cost.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for trusting us to help you plan your trip. Hope to see you again very soon.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Vacation
covered a lot of sites, great food, all on one trip.
Margaret Shultes
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Service
The agent was very knowledgeable about the trip. Explained all the facets of the billing, covid rules, documents needed, etc. She (barb) followed up with calls and email updates
Vacation
Wonderful trip. Bus not roomy enough for long legged guests. Driver, (francois) was amazing. Well check agent, (Christian) was on top of àll covid protections and saw to it everyone complied. Christian was a great compliment to tour director, Mark G. Mark was an amazing font of knowledge about just about anything regarding France. It will be sometime before anyone sees my pix, as I am moving right now.
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