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Best of France

Operated by: Trafalgar

13 Days from $3,443 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Tours of the Loire Valley, France

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

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 ...more 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
  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 Light'. 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 and on to the medieval town of Beaune. On a visit to Hospices de Beaune admire the colourful 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 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

    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, then in the evening we'll enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before continuing along the Riviera to 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
    hotel Holiday Inn Nice
  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
    hotel Mercure Centre Ville
  9. Day 9 Explore a Château in the Loire Valley Connect with Locals Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories

    We journey through the 'Garden of France', which is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in France. We then Connect With Locals for a delicious lunch and Be My Guest experience. 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 you will be arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    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. 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
    hotel Mercure 17 Batignolles
  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 France Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • 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

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Regional Dinner (RD)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • 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.

Dive Into Culture

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

Iconic Experience

  • Beaune: Vist the Hopsices de Beaune and learn about its captivating past as well as admiring its flamboyant Gothic architecture.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Monaco City: See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Lourdes: Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year.
  • Saint-Émilion: Take in the vine-laden surroundings and established wine-making heritage of Saint-Émilion.
  • Mont-Saint-Michel: Savour your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.
  • Omaha Beach: Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach.
  • Giverny: View the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces.
  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Must-see Highlights

  • : 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 Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • : See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • : Scenic Drive through the Dordogne and the Loire Valley

Trafalgar Difference

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

Whats Included

  • : 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

Dates & Prices

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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Thomas Fielding
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
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
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
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
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
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
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 19, 2022
Service
The booking process was pretty good. We had 5 people in our group and the prices were all put together and that was a little confusing to see how much you needed to pay.
Vacation
We had a great tour guide and wellness person, the driver was excellent! Our bags were delivered to our rooms and our rooms were always 4 star!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures! We are glad you enjoyed your trip and apologize for the confusion with our pricing an invoices. We will pass that on to our management.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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.
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