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Best of France

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,533 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Saint Emilion vineyard at sunset, France

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
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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.

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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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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Lyon

Available on Day 2

Local Beaujolais Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Strolling through the maze of hidden courtyards, cobbled streets and hidden traboules with our Local Specialist, we'll step back in time to discover Lyon's secrets. The World Heritage city was formerly home to ancient Gauls, powerful Romans, Gothic Cathedral builders and wealthy Renaissance Silk Merchants. We'll finish the evening with a mouthwatering three-course French feast, paired with local wine.
Adult Price: € 69

Nice

Available on Day 4

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, let's discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval St. Paul, consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. Next, we’ll travel the Corniche roads, to witness spectacular views of the area's gorgeous landscapes and lavish villas. We’ll then pay a visit to a traditional French perfumery and finish our excursion at a local restaurant for a delicious meal with wine.
Adult Price: € 83

Cannes

Available on Day 4

St Paul de Vence and Nice

Your sublime day on the Riviera starts with a lovely drive to the town of St. Paul de Vence with your Local Specialist. See why this medieval, walled city lured the likes of Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we'll continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and its colorful provençal markets.
Adult Price: € 43

Arles

Available on Day 5

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t come to France without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the Amphitheater they built 2000 years ago. Then, switch gears with your Local Specialist to learn about Arles’ other great claim to fame – the locations where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most famous works in Provence, including The Starry Night.
Adult Price: € 23

Biarritz

Available on Day 6

Biarritz Train Ride & Basque Country Dinner

All aboard! We’ll take a private train through the streets of the elegant seaside resort of Biarritz, taking in spectacular coastal viewpoints. We’ll arrive at a typical Basque chalet in the nearby countryside to enjoy tasty local specialties for dinner. You might even catch the locals playing their favorite sport: Jaï alaï!
Adult Price: € 69

Available on Day 7

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

Truly the jewel of the Basque Country, St. Jean de Luz is a wealthy port town with an intriguing past filled with pirates, a royal marriage and closely-guarded family recipes. Our local specialist will guide you through it all and give you the chance to taste this city’s world-famous creation – the macaron. Later, you’ll have time to explore the local craft shops and the beautiful beach.
Adult Price: € 40

Highlights Of The Pyrénées

Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrénées, where we'll catch a historic funicular train and ascend through mountain pastures to find ourselves in Spain at the top! Keep an eye out for the Basque ponies, local sheep and the Pyrenean birds of prey. You'll have time to enjoy Basque hospitality and wonderful views before our descent, with a drink included. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: € 42

Bordeaux

Available on Day 8

Secrets Of The Bordelaise

After this morning’s drive, you’ll understand why Bordeaux is often described as the most beautiful wine region in the world. We’ll take you inside the World Heritage Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, before heading to our favorite French Chateau Estate. The hostess will take you on a tour of the vineyards and the cellar before we sit down to enjoy a Bordelaise-style feast with local wine.
Adult Price: € 82

Paris

Available on Day 11

Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Led by a Local Specialist, you’ll see the 'City of Light' from a new perspective on the Panoramic Observation Deck. You’ll have all of Paris at your feet on the terrace, with unbeatable 360-degree views of the most iconic monuments. Later, you’ll visit the Latin Quarter to stroll through the medieval maze of cobblestone alleyways, with sidewalks bistros, boutiques and hidden squares to explore.
Adult Price: € 37

Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

It’s world-famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over 1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret!
Adult Price: € 165

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Ooh, la LA! Get swept away by Can-Can dancers and other dazzling acts at one of Paris’s oldest and most authentic cabaret houses. We’ll dine, pop a few bottles of champagne, and enjoy fun, music and la joie de vivre! Truly a night you’ll never forget.
Adult Price: € 139

Available on Day 12

Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Afterward, we’ll drive through the City of Lights to see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38

Versailles Palace And Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead to the French Revolution. Step inside the opulent world of Versailles and our Local Specialist will take you through the palace’s Hall of Mirrors and State apartments. Then, enjoy free time to wander the symmetrical, tree-lined gardens.
Adult Price: € 73

Reviews
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Vacation
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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.
Joseph Lauzon
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Service
Paid big bucks for small group experience, got 40 people on the coach!
Response from Grand European Travel:
After reviewing your booking, you did sign up for Trafalgar's Best of France which was not offered as a small group option. We do apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We hope that you were able to come home with some happy memories from the trip despite there being more people in the group than expected.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Vacation
New bus had TWO tire blowouts and we spent over six hours sucking our thumbs while repairs were made, got a free drink to compensate us!
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Representative was friendly and returned calls and e-mails.
Vacation
Itinerary and optional excursions were great. The dinners were average. Dishes served were catered to the American palate (bland). The only French dish I could think of was the escargot I had for aperitif during the farewell dinner.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Service
The material for our upcoming trip was sent to us in a timely manner. When I inquired how best to get from the airport to Paris, the Trafalgar rep told us to take a cab and that the cab would cost exactly 50 Euros.
Vacation
The Best of France tour had an excellent itinerary. We can't think of anything or place that we did not see! All of the essentials and well-known places were included in the tour itself or in the optional tours. Although some of the hotel rooms were on the smaller side, all hotels were attractive, comfortable, clean, and in safe areas. We were also well fed. Our Tour Director - Martine - was friendly, professional, and organized. She did an excellent job of reorganizing our time in Paris when the "yellow vests" had several areas closed down. And our bus driver - Bart - was a real favorite with the group. Well done, Trafalgar!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Service
Travel consultant was very knowledgeable and provided great info enabling us to book with confidence
Vacation
Trip met all expectations, but the included meals in Lyon and Chateau Bouvior were not that good and for those of us who do not like duck there were no alternatives offered. Would have liked more time at Omaha Beach
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