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Best of France

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,146 per person

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Lyon, Beaune, Monte Carlo, Nice, Eze, Carcassonne, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Luynes, Villandry, Colleville sur Mer, Port En Bessin, Giverny, Versailles ...more Paris, Lyon, Beaune, Monte Carlo, Nice, Eze, Carcassonne, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Luynes, Villandry, Colleville sur Mer, Port En Bessin, Giverny, Versailles
  1. Day 1 Arrive 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 Paris – Beaune – 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 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

    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 Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn
  4. Day 4 French Riviera Free Day

    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 French Riviera – Arles – 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 Carcassonne – Lourdes – 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 Biarritz – Bordeaux (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Centre
  8. Day 8 Dordogne Excursion

    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 Bordeaux – Loire Valley

    We journey through the Garden of France, before we 'Connect With Locals' for a delicious 'Be My Guest' lunch. '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 Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Normandy Beaches

    We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. 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 Normandy Beaches – Giverny – Paris (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
  12. Day 12 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    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 Depart 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. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Best of France
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • VISIT the Hospices de Beaune, Chateau Villandry, the D-Day Museum, 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, 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 and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • SEE the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • SCENIC DRIVE through Dordogne and the Loire Valley

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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

Local Beaujolais Dinner And Old Town Discovery

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.
Adult Price: €69

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

First we'll travel to the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, travelling on corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal, including drinks.
Adult Price: €83

Arles

On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

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.
Adult Price: €23

Biarritz

Biarritz Train Ride & Basque Country Dinner

First we board our private train to ride effortlessly through the scenic streets of Biarritz, taking in the spectacular coastal viewpoints. Then, at our typical Basque chalet restaurant in the countryside nearby, we’ll try out tasty local specialities, with drinks included.
Adult Price: €69

Highlights Of The Pyrénées

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.
Adult Price: €41

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

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.
Adult Price: €40

Bordeaux

Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €81

Paris

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavour of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: €37

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

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!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres 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.
Adult Price: €139

Versailles Palace And Gardens

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 and involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Adult Price: €65

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

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.
Adult Price: €38

Reviews
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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.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Service
All information needed to make the trip comfortable were supplied before we left on our flight.
Vacation
The Tour Dir and the bus driver made the trip very interesting and everyone enjoyed being together. The places and information for each location give more history of the location.
Teresa Rosolen
Friday, November 9, 2018
Service
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
Claudia Dovman
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Service
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.
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