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Best of France

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,595 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
  1. Day 1 Bonjour Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. Day 13 Farewell Paris

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

    meals Breakfast
Best of France
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

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

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

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

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Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
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
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 23, 2019
Service
We have traveled with GET for 12 trips for the past 9 years, the travel reps are very knowledgeable and reliable. We enjoyed each trip, the fellow travelers are friendly and we make friends with them after the trip.
Vacation
The hotel in Paris was far away from T station, it took more than 20 minutes to walk to the nearest station.
Louise Sincaglia
Friday, July 26, 2019
Service
I definitely would book with them again. I dropped the rating to a Good because a trip to the Eiffel Tower advertised in the travel book did not happen. very disappointed
Vacation
We did not get to go to the second level of the Eiffel Tower as advertised.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry and understand how disappointed you must have been. The Eiffel Tower visit was removed from this trip in October of 2018 and replaced with Notre Dame. We do apologize for the miscommunication and hope there were happy memories made despite the change.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Maxine Broderick
Monday, July 1, 2019
Service
Not enough information was given when questions were asked. Last minute details were too last minute - not enough to react if we needed to take action.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. We will be sure to share this with the team and use it as an opportunity to improve.
Monday, July 1, 2019
Vacation
No purchases made other than optional excursions.
Clare Friend
Friday, June 7, 2019
Service
Josh was quick to answer any questions I had as well as keeping me updated on travel documents and any changes in our trip.
Vacation
A fantastic over all. Our TD was ok . I do however prefer Insight Vacation over Trafalgar.
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