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Best of France

13 Days from $3,398 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Journey from Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls to Biarritz and through the Loire Valley. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Journey from Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls to Biarritz and through the Loire Valley. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. All the flavors of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the city to see some of its most magnificent sights lit up at night.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Mercure 17 Batignolles
  2. We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colorful 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 cozy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Novotel Gerland
  3. We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today an important place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song Sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalized 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 Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Best Western Plus Massena/Montaigne & Spa
  4. The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Amble along Nice's elegant Promenade des Anglais, treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear or relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers. Consider a visit to 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 delicious Salade Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Visit Arles with its honey-colored 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Mercure Porte De La Cité
  6. We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global center 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Radisson Blu
  7. 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 bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Novotel/Mercure Château Chartrons
  8. The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take center 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. Maybe tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical center admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. We journey through the Garden of France before we connect with locals for a delicious Be My Guest lunch. Carry on to visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before we arrive at our special hotel for the night.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Château de Beauvois
  10. We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, which features an 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Mercure Omaha Beach
  11. We travel west towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Mercure 17 Batignolles
  12. Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and hear about the lives of the day-to-day local Parisians. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travelers at the end of a magical and memorable vacation. Return transfers will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11:30 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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31 Mar 19 12 Apr 19 $3,795$3,416pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
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  • Solo Traveler Discount: This departure includes a 20-100% discount on standard single supplement subject to availability.
  • Bastille Day: This departure will be in France during Bastille Day. Celebrations will be taking place throughout the country.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,090 per person

Triple Room Discount: $10 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. 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 8 am and 11:30 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

19 meals: 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners with local wine.

Insider Experiences

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 Château de Beauvois

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Carcassonne and Paris

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Walking tour in Paris, Carcassonne
  • City tour in Carcassonne
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes, Bordeaux
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Château de Villandry, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley.
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Reviews

Friday, November 9, 2018
Teresa Rosolen
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Service rating : Our driver went out of his way to retrieve a cellphone from a site we visited for one of our traveling companions. It relieved her and our[ 4 of us] so we were able to get back to enjoying our vacation .
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear and we appreciate you sharing your story. Our team is committed to making everyone's trip worry free!
Monday, November 12, 2018
Vacation : All our days were packed with fun, interesting and Sara is a great tour coordinate keeping this running, smoothly and she is a never ending source of information and had us laughing with her wit
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Claudia Dovman
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Service rating : Where do I begin? My initial contact was okay, but they could not accommodate my request for three additional days in Paris. In the end I was unable to arrange for that and was disappointed by that. As I called with additional questions or requests I found some agents were not friendly and even condescending in tone. My request for receiving the printed information on the tour was ignored. I have a vision impairment and like to have time to read the material in advance. Three weeks I felt was not sufficient time. All in all I think that three stars was a generous rating.
Vacation : I have come to dislike bus tours in general, but chose this one for three destinations included on it. Two of those, Carcassone and Mont St Michel, were disappointingly short visits for the size and importance of these places. I can say I was there, but I can hardly say that I visited them. Perhaps this tour should be a bit longer, maybe 17 or more days to allow for longer visits to these sites. Our guide, Giovanna, and our driver, Thierry, were outstanding. Could not have asked for better. I have traveled with Giovanna before eleven years ago. I would take a tour with her again anytime. She works so hard for her groups with humor and enthusiasm. Hotels and food were okay. The hotel in Paris was lovely. Hope to return there someday on my own.
Friday, October 26, 2018
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Service rating : I had no idea the trip was 2,500 miles and the travel routine was wake-up call at 6 AM; bags out 6:30; leave hotel 7:30; rest stop 9:30 and then drive another 2 hours to a tourist site. After lunch and visiting the tourist site, back on the bus for 2 hours to a rest stop and then up to two more hours to the hotel. The guide starts talking at 7:30 AM when the bus leaves the hotel so it's impossible to get any more sleep before the sun rises.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This particular trip does cover quite a bit of ground and the whole country of France. We do offer more leisurely options with less miles to cover and longer stays in each city. We feel badly that you felt the itinerary was too rushed and too much time spent on the coach and thank you for sharing your comments
Monday, October 29, 2018
Vacation : Explained in previous answer
Friday, October 19, 2018
Timothy Goss
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Service rating : Very professional yet personal service. We were contacted just to check in or to give us updates.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your Best of France trip and that we were able to help you plan it. We hope you think of us again the next time you travel abroad.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation : This was a tour that had so many highlights! We rode over 2400 miles around France to see and experience the very Best France had to offer. The tour was efficient, our tour director Brian Tippa was exceptional and our overall experience was five stars.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Susan Holzhauer
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Service rating : They answered all our questions and there were alot since this was our first time to use a tour group.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing your experience, we're really glad we could be there for you to help plan your first tour! We're happy to hear you had a great time.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Vacation : It simply was done very well. Couldn't have been better.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Anita K.
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Service rating : This was my first trip outside of North America. I made the trip alone. I requested a roommate and was assigned an amazing woman from Singapore. What a treat to meet many amazing people: in my tour group, in France, the hotel personnel. The travel director was amazing and the coach driver was beyond good. The travel director knew the history and quirky stories of the places we visited. The local guides provided that extraordinary touch. I plan on using GETours on future travels.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How fantastic that our Room Share program worked out so well for you! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and look forward to seeing you on another trip very soon.
Monday, October 8, 2018
Vacation : The GETours agent was kind. He helped me through my planning and ultimately my adventure selection. I appreciate his time and help.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Michael Ireland
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Service rating : The booking process was smooth and efficient. GET's agent was courteous, knowledgeable, and quickly responded to our requests for some modifications. Trafalgar, which provided the tour itself, also gets an excellent rating on all counts: trip leader, coach and driver, itinerary, etc. We fell in love with France!
Vacation : I think I just did. Everything was excellent.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Stephanie Omlie
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Service rating : It would have been nice to know that the cab fare is set in Paris. I would not have atrranged for the hotel to pick me up a day early if I had know that. It cost me double. I was told the wrong hotel we were staying at the first night and could not change it without losing that cost. Then I had to pay for a cab to the correct hotel and lost time for sight seeing.
Vacation : I loved France. Our tour guide was the absolute best I have ever had. He was knowledgeable, funny , told interesting history. Loved him! The bus driver was also the best. Great safe driver, helpful and nice. Great pair. The bus was clean and comfortable. Never to hot or to cold. The trip was great. Would have liked to stay in St Berittz a couple days. Food was good and side tours we’re interesting.! Would tour with Trafalger again.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Shamoun Gabrial
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Service rating : Their customer service was excellent and we were treated like kings. I loved how we were dropped off right at the gate in the airport and that made our travel a lot more easy. Our tour guide, Sarah, was very helpful. We loved her!
Vacation : One of the best tours I’ve taken.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Robert Palazzo
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Service rating : Great caring attentive service. Lots of follow ups, fast responses to your questions/inquiries.
Vacation : Great tour. Super tour guide Mark.
Friday, August 10, 2018
David Downey
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Service rating : We loved meeting so many people from all over the world. Bruno was a doll and really helped when we had a question. The weather was warm but thank heavens the bus was nice and cool. We are looking forward to our next vacation. Pat and David
Vacation : It was our first trip to France and we truly enjoyed the entire trip. Hubby loved the Omaha trip and I loved the stores in Paris. We will send a photo this week.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Ben Judd
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Service rating : The tour leader / travel director was excellent, both in knowledge of French history and culture. She also had that positive emotional bond with all of the tour group. Although the long days were tightly packed and sometime tiring, overall the experience was excellent. On the other hand, the booking agent was somewhat difficult to deal with and had little knowledge of further steps in the process.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that you enjoyed the expertise of your Travel Director and the Best of France. We do apologize for the difficulties in getting your questions answered during the booking process. We will use this as a training opportunity for our reservations team going forward.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Vacation : Vague question. Good value for the money to get a feel for regions of France. This tour has been optimized over years of experience. If one expected lots of gourmet food, that couldn't happen at this price point, but adequate opportunities to experience daily foods of France.
Friday, July 6, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : I would definitely use Grand European Travel again. They answered all my questions thoroughly And I felt confident in my choice.
Vacation : This tour was well thought out and the hotels were very nice. The tour guide, Mark Gascogne, made this trip a delight and the coach driver, Pasquale, was an expert. We all felt very comfortable with him behind the wheel.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Jimmy Mcpeters
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Service rating : Chantal, our tour guide, tried to insure that all hotel check ins, dinners, and excursions went as planned. She checked with travelers to see if there were any issues that needed to be dealt with. Her commentary throughout the trip provided plenty of history and information about France and specific areas visited. Our driver for the trip, Pascal, made sure that there were no worries in getting from place to place.
Vacation : We thought that the itinerary for this trip was just about right. Our least favorite stop was Arles and we didn't get a good feel for Lyon.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Mark Doolittle
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Service rating : Excellent guide and driver - and jam-packed experience to maximize our experience in Fance.... a very complete trip!
Vacation : Chantal & Pascal were excellent and took us through a jam-packed French experience.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Gwen Shafer
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Service rating : From the very start of our planning, your representatives were helpful, prompt in replying to our phone requests and when we needed to make a change during the planning process, they covered that immediately as well. All payments were documented and we were kept informed throughout the process. We have used other travel services and found Grand European to be top notch.
Vacation : We had a group of 40 people who turned out to be very congenial. Brian Tipo was our leader and really handled every aspect of our travel professionally. The only major glitch during our 14 days was the strikers in Paris, which caused a change in plans leaving the city at the beginning of the tour. Brian never blinked...had everything under control the entire time. He provided lots of information as we traveled from city to city and knew his history. The hotels were spacious and well appointed in all cases. We had only one less than perfect hotel (the Novotel in Paris near the Eiffel Tower) which was home base during Paris before and for three days after our tour. We found the breakfast service at Novotel Paris to be messy in all respects. Everything else about our tour was fun, informative, delicious and included some interesting added surprises (which Trafalgar is known for). We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Neal Dolan
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Service rating : My wife and I enjoyed the trip and are planning our next years trip with your firm. Thanks again, Neal Dolan
Vacation : Everything went as schedule, no problems.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Accommodations, itinerary, use of local specialists, optional experiences were all excellent. Our coach driver and tour director were outstanding and all of this enhanced our vacation.
Vacation : We were able to thoroughly enjoy France through this itinerary while not having to do any of the planning for hotels or towns to visit. Trafalgar did it all and delivered an excellent experience for us.
Friday, September 22, 2017
George Klody
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Service rating : The Best of France tour was everything we hoped it would be and more. We saw and tasted the best of France, experienced hidden treasures, and met wonderful people along the way. Our guide, Giovana, was first rate, full of facts and fun. It's a busy, aggressive schedule, but how else could we have seen all the best of France? And we met many great people on the bus. We highly recommend the trip.
Vacation : The basic tour and the optional experiences (we did all but one of them) were reasonably priced. We were fully informed about the tour. We have another Trafalgar tour booked next year.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Maurice Faubert Jr
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Service rating : Service was grand. tour was exceptional value for the money. Tour director dis a job above and beyond. Helped us with lost baggage.
Vacation : Tour itiniary excelent flavor of France. Sites burned in my brain. The tour director was excellent.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Very good to excellent organization, schedule was kept as promised, Travel Director excellent, very helpful, always ready to answer questions very pleasantly.
Vacation : Excellent trip!!!!! Well organized and conducted.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Michael Schickler
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Service rating : the tour guide geovanna & bus driver dennis were excellent
Vacation : somewhat expensive the airfair was high
Friday, May 19, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Yes, would book another trip - planning on it already. As a first time traveler more prep information would have been helpful.
Vacation : Courteous, easy transaction - additional side trips easily paid for on trip
Friday, May 19, 2017
Mary Lewis
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Service rating : Fabulous trip! We saw so many beautiful places and things. Our travel director, Giovanna, was exceptional. She was fun, organized and knowledgeable, but most of all, she put so much effort into taking care of each and everyone of us. She truly wanted this to be a perfect trip for each of us and was extremely responsive to our needs. In addition, our bus driver, Denis Richard, was the best ever! France was my 4th extended bus tour and this is the first time I've felt the need to praise the driver. We were constantly amazed at his superb driving skill! Denis was also exceptional in his efforts to take care of us and his personality is perfect for his job. His friendly and outgoing nature added to our fun, but most of all we felt safe with him driving. We definitely want to use Grand European again. Oh, PS: The buses were very comfortable.
Vacation : See previous notes. Wonderful trip, exceptional Travel Director and Bus Driver. Overall magnificent trip. A truly beautiful experience.
Friday, April 21, 2017
James Cummings
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Service rating : Some of the support people were great, one was no help at all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do strive to provide the best service from beginning to end. Please accept our apologies for this shortcoming.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Vacation : Too many cities in too little time. Not enough time spent in many of the stops.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is a pretty full itinerary with many city stops. We are sorry to see that you felt there was not enough time spent at each.We will share this feedback with our Quality Control team for further review and thank you for your honest comments.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Stanley French
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Service rating : Every thing worked out great, plane ride,tour, and friends that I met on the trip.
Vacation : Price of trip was great. Had a good time.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The reservations were handled in an efficient and professional manner.
Vacation : Many of the stops were geared towards shopping rather than learning about the culture. Ex. At St. Paul de Vence we could have visited a museum.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Daniel did an excellent job of arranging every item.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for letting us know. We will share your comments with Daniel and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your trip. We hope to see you again very soon. Grand European Travel
Friday, June 3, 2016
Vacation : Great places visited, wish I had faster thoughts to decide what to do with the little bit of free time.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Very nice tour.
Vacation : The buffet breakfasts in the hotels were not good. One hotel, the room set up for the breakfast was too crowded. The Radisson was the best hotel of the whole trip. I would give Novotel 2 stars. Would not stay there again.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Except for the hotel in Nice
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our Travel Directors are the best! Thank you for sharing your comments. Grand European Travel
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Vacation : krista Taylor, was the best tour director we ever had. She was fantastic. She made the trip wonderful.
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges. 

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: €162.00

Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: €139.00

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theaters in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: €65.00

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Adult Price: €38.00

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

2CV Experience

Adult Price: €60.00

View the hidden gems of Paris in classic style! Enjoy a guided drive around France’s most Iconic city in France’s most iconic car - the 2 CV (a.k.a. deux chevaux). Drive off the beaten track and let your personal Parisian driver give you all the insider facts about Paris. Note: We recommend two people per car. However, if you would like three people in the rear seat, the price will be €40 per person.

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: €33.00

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Lyon

Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Adult Price: €69.00

Enjoy an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and taste the most acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover Lyon's secrets, from the Gauls to the medieval old town. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France and our chef will prepare a mouth-watering three course dinner, with local wines included.

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Adult Price: €83.00

First we'll travel to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

Arles

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

Adult Price: €23.00

Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Biarritz

Highlights Of The Pyrénées

Adult Price: €40.00

Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrénées, where we’ll catch a funicular train to ascend through mountain pastures to the top of these magnificent mountains, finding ourselves in Spain. You’ll have time to enjoy some Basque hospitality before our descent, with a drink included. Weather permitting.

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

Adult Price: €40.00

With your Local Specialist, discover the town where Louis XIV met his bride, Spanish princess Maria Theresa. Rich in Basque heritage, you’ll visit the house of Louis XIV, see the church where they married in 1660 (complete with hanging sailing ships inside) and sample the most famous patisserie created for the event, the macaron. Later have time to explore this unique seaside town’s 400 year history, weekly market and beautiful beach.

Bordeaux

Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

Adult Price: €80.00

We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Enjoy a a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars before a wine tasting, all while learning the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, discover the World Heritage monolithic church of St. Emilion, before dining in traditional Bordelaise style, with drinks included. May be operated without dining for €49.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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