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Best of France

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Saint Emilion
Tour Style: First Class
14 Days from $2,965 per person

Enjoy France à la carte – châteaux, chic beach resorts and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls. Marvel at Avignon's famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. All the flavors of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the city to see some of its most magnificent sights.

    hotel:Millenium Opera
  3. We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colorful 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. Perhaps spend your evening delving into the delicious delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous.

    hotel:Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences
  4. We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the wheat and lavender fields of Provence, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were married. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.
    meal(s):BB, RM
    hotel:Best Western Plus Massena
  5. The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Meander along Nice's elegant Promenade des Anglais treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear, relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or perhaps visit the charming hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. This evening you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salad Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.

  6. Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city before winding your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar' landscapes en route to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and see the double ring of ramparts spanning some 3km with 52 towers.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Mercure La Cite
  7. We drive toward the Pyrénées 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 is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. We travel north to the graceful Basque town of Biarritz on France's Atlantic coast where we spend the night.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Radisson Blu
  8. 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. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces. Then spend the rest of the day exploring the Port of the Moon on your terms.
  9. The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take center stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion passing enchanting medieval Bastide villages, fairy-tale castles and dark oak forests. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure. See the glittering reflection of the Place de la Bourse in the Garonne River, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or meander through the city's historical center admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

  10. We meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. Join your fellow travelers and the Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a special Be My Guest Tourangelle dining experience where you enjoy traditional French hospitality.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Mercure Tours Nord
  11. We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the extraordinary island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director will provide an excellent account of the poignant events that took place here and changed the course of history in Europe. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Mercure Omaha Beach
  12. This morning we travel south towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. The City of Light shines brightly as we have an evening at leisure to explore Paris by night. This evening in the glittering capital, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabaret venues.
    hotel:Millenium Opera
  13. Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Our short insider walk concludes in one of Paris's loveliest squares, still off the beaten tourist track, but a real favorite among Parisians. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city - see the Seine snake its way through the city and the grand boulevards and beautiful gardens stretch out below. 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.

    meal(s):BB, FD
  14. 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 vacation. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8 am and 11.30 am.. Conditions apply.


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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $960 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $127 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am and 11:30 am.

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Meal Summary

12 nights, 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Return to 17th century France and join the de Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a traditional three-course Tourangelle dinner accompanied by local wines

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Carcassonne and Paris

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • City tour in Carcassonne
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes, Bordeaux
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Château Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny, The Eiffel Tower
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral while 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 while in Normandy
  • See the Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley.


Friday, September 29, 2017
Service rating : From the very start of our planning, your representatives were helpful, prompt in replying to our phone requests and when we needed to make a change during the planning process, they covered that immediately as well. All payments were documented and we were kept informed throughout the process. We have used other travel services and found Grand European to be top notch.
Vacation : We had a group of 40 people who turned out to be very congenial. Brian Tipo was our leader and really handled every aspect of our travel professionally. The only major glitch during our 14 days was the strikers in Paris, which caused a change in plans leaving the city at the beginning of the tour. Brian never blinked...had everything under control the entire time. He provided lots of information as we traveled from city to city and knew his history. The hotels were spacious and well appointed in all cases. We had only one less than perfect hotel (the Novotel in Paris near the Eiffel Tower) which was home base during Paris before and for three days after our tour. We found the breakfast service at Novotel Paris to be messy in all respects. Everything else about our tour was fun, informative, delicious and included some interesting added surprises (which Trafalgar is known for). We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Service rating : My wife and I enjoyed the trip and are planning our next years trip with your firm. Thanks again, Neal Dolan
Vacation : Everything went as schedule, no problems.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Service rating : Accommodations, itinerary, use of local specialists, optional experiences were all excellent. Our coach driver and tour director were outstanding and all of this enhanced our vacation.
Vacation : We were able to thoroughly enjoy France through this itinerary while not having to do any of the planning for hotels or towns to visit. Trafalgar did it all and delivered an excellent experience for us.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Service rating : The Best of France tour was everything we hoped it would be and more. We saw and tasted the best of France, experienced hidden treasures, and met wonderful people along the way. Our guide, Giovana, was first rate, full of facts and fun. It's a busy, aggressive schedule, but how else could we have seen all the best of France? And we met many great people on the bus. We highly recommend the trip.
Vacation : The basic tour and the optional experiences (we did all but one of them) were reasonably priced. We were fully informed about the tour. We have another Trafalgar tour booked next year.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Service rating : Service was grand. tour was exceptional value for the money. Tour director dis a job above and beyond. Helped us with lost baggage.
Vacation : Tour itiniary excelent flavor of France. Sites burned in my brain. The tour director was excellent.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Service rating : Very good to excellent organization, schedule was kept as promised, Travel Director excellent, very helpful, always ready to answer questions very pleasantly.
Vacation : Excellent trip!!!!! Well organized and conducted.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Service rating : the tour guide geovanna & bus driver dennis were excellent
Vacation : somewhat expensive the airfair was high
Friday, May 19, 2017
Service rating : Yes, would book another trip - planning on it already. As a first time traveler more prep information would have been helpful.
Vacation : Courteous, easy transaction - additional side trips easily paid for on trip
Friday, May 19, 2017
Service rating : Fabulous trip! We saw so many beautiful places and things. Our travel director, Giovanna, was exceptional. She was fun, organized and knowledgeable, but most of all, she put so much effort into taking care of each and everyone of us. She truly wanted this to be a perfect trip for each of us and was extremely responsive to our needs. In addition, our bus driver, Denis Richard, was the best ever! France was my 4th extended bus tour and this is the first time I've felt the need to praise the driver. We were constantly amazed at his superb driving skill! Denis was also exceptional in his efforts to take care of us and his personality is perfect for his job. His friendly and outgoing nature added to our fun, but most of all we felt safe with him driving. We definitely want to use Grand European again. Oh, PS: The buses were very comfortable.
Vacation : See previous notes. Wonderful trip, exceptional Travel Director and Bus Driver. Overall magnificent trip. A truly beautiful experience.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Service rating : Some of the support people were great, one was no help at all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do strive to provide the best service from beginning to end. Please accept our apologies for this shortcoming.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Vacation : Too many cities in too little time. Not enough time spent in many of the stops.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is a pretty full itinerary with many city stops. We are sorry to see that you felt there was not enough time spent at each.We will share this feedback with our Quality Control team for further review and thank you for your honest comments.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Service rating : Every thing worked out great, plane ride,tour, and friends that I met on the trip.
Vacation : Price of trip was great. Had a good time.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges. 

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


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.


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.

St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country

With your Local Specialist you’ll discover the Maison Louis XIV and the Maison Rose where Louis XIV met his bride, Spanish princess Maria Theresa. You’ll also see the church where they married in 1660 (complete with hanging sailing ships inside) and have time to explore this unique seaside town’s 400 year history and beautiful beach.


Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner

We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favorite 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.


Beaujolais Gourmet 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.


St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.


Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

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!

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

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.

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.

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