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13 Days
2 Countries

France, Monaco

18 Cities

Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco City, French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, Villandry, Loire Valley, Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Normandy Beaches, Giverny

19 Meals

6 Dinners, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Expect only the best on one of our favorite France trips, beginning and ending in Paris. Spend the night as a French lord or lady in an elegant Loire Valley château, be inspired like Cezanne was, by the beauty of Provence and visit the playground of Monaco.

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Day 1

Bonjour Paris

All the flavors of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Light'. 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 an orientation drive through the city.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Paris 17 Batignolles
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Journey through Burgundy to Lyon

We travel south to Burgundy and on to the medieval town of Beaune. On a visit to Hospices de Beaune admire the colorful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century. Next we continue 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?

Cityscape of Lyon, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Lyon Center Saxe Lafayette
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, France
Visit Hospices de Beaune

Vist the Hopsices de Beaune and learn about its captivating past as well as admiring its flamboyant Gothic architecture. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences The city of Lyon, France
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 discove...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Onwards to Avignon, Monaco and the French Riviera

Today we journey to the city of Avignon at the heart of Provence. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Continue through the Provençal countryside to Monaco. Upon arrival we'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married, where we will enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before continuing along the Riviera to our hotel.

Sunflowers in Provence, France
Accommodation Holiday Inn Nice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Saint Benezet Bridge and Papal Palace in Avignon, France
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience See the Cathedral of Monaco
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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, consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

Houses and shops in Saint Paul De Vence, France
Accommodation Holiday Inn Nice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences St. Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and meal in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Admire Arles and Continue to Carcassonne

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. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité, its double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.

Fortress in Carcassonne, France
Accommodation Mercure Carcassonne La Cité
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Arles Orientation

Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh with your Local Specialist to learn about where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most famous works.
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Pilgrimage to Lourdes and on to Biarritz

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.

Cathedral in Lourdes, France
Accommodation Novotel Anglet Biarritz
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Explore Lourdes, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site, France
Lourdes Orientation

Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Train ride and Basque Country dinner in Biarritz, France
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’...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Venture to Bordeaux

This morning, perhaps join an Optional Experience across the border into Spain to discover more about the  Basque Country. Later, after 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.

Big Clock of Bordeaux city, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Center Ville
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit St. Jean De Luz in Biarritz, France
A Morning in Spain - Jewels of the Basque Country

Cross the border into Spain to discover the charming Basque town of Hondarrabia. Stroll through the maze of cobblestoned streets with our Local Spe...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Discover Beautiful Saint-Émilion

Lush green valleys and wine hills take center stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times. You will also have free time to explore Bordeaux and perhaps tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical center admiring its beautiful architecture.

Vineyard Berdeaux in Saint Emilion, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Center Ville
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Enjoy a visit to Saint-Émilion, France
Saint-Émilion Orientation

Take in the vine-laden surroundings and established wine-making heritage of Saint-Émilion.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Bordeaux chateau wine tasting with meal in Bordeaux, France
Secrets Of The Bordelaise

After today’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 Wo...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Explore a Château in the Loire Valley

Today we journey to the renowned Loire Valley, known as the 'Garden of France'. Along the way, we will stop to Connect With Locals over a light lunch and unique Be My Guest experience. Next we Dive Into Culture and visit the remarkable gardens at Château de Villandry where you will see an array of beautiful gardens; such as the Water Garden which is filled with spectacular ponds and fountains. Later, arrive at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.

Chateau de Villandry, Villandry, France
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Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Château de Beauvois

About the Hotel

Saint-Etienne-de-Chigny, France

Step back in time with a stay in the regal 16th and 17th-century Château de Beauvois.

Style

  • Stays With Stories
Be My Guest Join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Chateau de Villandry
Lunch with the Montferrier Family on their Farm near the famous Château de Villandry

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.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Chateau Villandry in the Loire Valley
Discover the Renaissance gardens at Château Villandry

Visit Château Villandry in the Loire Valley and admire the exquisite Renaissance gardens that surround this elegant estate.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Trafalgar Difference Stay in the regal 16th and 17th-century Chateau de Beauvois in Loire Valley, France
Stays With Stories

Step back in time with a stay in the regal 16th and 17th-century Chateâu de Beauvois.

Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

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.

Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
Accommodation Hôtel Mercure Omaha Beach
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Mont Saint Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel Visit

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Arromanches Gold Beach in Normandy, France
Visit the Normandy D-Day Beaches

Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Paris 17 Batignolles
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Monets Garden in Giverny, France
Giverny Visit

View the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
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 ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Discover the Delights of Paris

Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. 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.

Croissants and Coffee in Paris, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Paris 17 Batignolles
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Versailles Palace and gardens in Paris, France
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 t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
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 N...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Farewell Paris

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 holiday.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Iconic Experience
Visit Hospices de Beaune

Vist the Hopsices de Beaune and learn about its captivating past as well as admiring its flamboyant Gothic architecture. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Monaco Cathedral

See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Arles Orientation

Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lourdes Orientation

Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Saint-Émilion Orientation

Take in the vine-laden surroundings and established wine-making heritage of Saint-Émilion.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with the Montferrier Family on their Farm near the famous Château de Villandry

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.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Discover the Renaissance gardens at Château Villandry

Visit Château Villandry in the Loire Valley and admire the exquisite Renaissance gardens that surround this elegant estate.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stays With Stories

Step back in time with a stay in the regal 16th and 17th-century Chateâu de Beauvois.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Mont Saint-Michel Visit

Savor your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Normandy D-Day Beaches

Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Giverny Visit

View the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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

What to expect

Explore Carcassonne and Paris with a Local Specialist
Discover Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
Visit the Hospices de Beaune, Château de 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 the Eiffel Tower in Paris
See the Roman Amphitheater and the Cathedral in Arles
Scenic Drive through the Dordogne and the Loire Valley

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Château de Beauvois

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 discove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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’...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Morning in Spain - Jewels of the Basque Country

Cross the border into Spain to discover the charming Basque town of Hondarrabia. Stroll through the maze of cobblestoned streets with our Local Spe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Secrets Of The Bordelaise

After today’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 Wo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 N...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in France: French
  • Currency used in France: Euro (€)
  • Capital of France: Paris
  • Time Zone(s) in France: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

France passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter France
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, November 6, 2023
Service
An AMAZING TRIP! THANK YOU, Team GET, especially DANIEL. Everything went very well, from paying the tour, the gratuities, etc. even buying our plane tickets through GET. The Team sent us all the information needed before the trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We will share your comments with Daniel and the rest of the GET team. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip.
Monday, November 6, 2023
Vacation
It was overwhelming with 50 people on the bus, some coughing a lot during the entire trip. Most of the places we visited were unbelievable, but some places were so packed that were not enjoyable (Mont Saint Michel & Versailles), and some were very fast paced. We had great meals in many places, especially in the Basque Country. In some places, the portions were very small. All the hotels rooms were very clean, and the breakfasts were delicious. The Travel Director did an excellent job with so many responsibilities. He was totally professional and efficient. The driver was excellent, too.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Service
Everything was great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Vacation
Saw many atractions. Enjoyed the country, the people and the culture.
Marsha Braun
Review date: Friday, June 16, 2023
Service
Our calls were answered promptly, Michelle Gumringer was outstanding to work with. We’re old and had lots of questions:). She was patient and walked us through what was needed. She was also very responsive to my granddaughter who had to change a flight. Well done, Michelle
Vacation
Giovanna was outstanding! Hard working, organized, and positive attitude throughout the trip. Hotels were very good, as well, including breakfasts. Be my guest luncheon was outstanding. Our only complaint, and totally on us, was the amount of time on the bus. Just too long and two many one nighters. Our favorite trips are hub and spoke. Will watch for those.
Renee Larsen
Review date: Friday, May 26, 2023
Service
They answered our questions well. We were very happy with the flights that were booked for us.
Vacation
We visited places that interested us. The hotels were good. Martine and Giani did an excellent job.
Thomas Fielding
Review date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Service
Booking was good. Professional service. Staff at GET very helpful.
Vacation
Travel agenda was good. Some people should not have been on a active tour, as time was wasted waiting for some. This time was lost, and took away from my experience.
Susan Sathre
Review date: Friday, October 21, 2022
Service
They were very professional about any of our concerns.
Vacation
The vacation itself was a great experience, but some of the people that were on our tour should not have tried to be on this trip. We did A LOT of waiting. Thus using up valuable time that we could have been enjoying out vacation.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Service
Easy, helpful
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad you enjoyed your Best of France tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Good, fun. Excellent tour guide
Beatriz Cardenas
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
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