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Country Roads of France

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Dordogne Valley
Tour Style: Premium
17 Days from $3,825 per person

Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France'.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Pullman Montparnasse, Paris.
  3. Troyes, in the Champagne region - its magnificent core of medieval buildings is appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Continue to Burgundy, once a powerful duchy and synonymous with fine wine. Stop in the quiet village of Chablis which gives its name to one of the most famous French wines. Join an expert vintner for a taste and introduction to these refreshing, steely whites. Move on to your hotel in Dijon.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Grand Hotel La Cloche, Dijon (2 nights).
  4. Enjoy the Burgundian capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Duchy of Burgundy was more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don't miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Grand cru village of Fixin.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Grand Hotel La Cloche, Dijon.
  5. Head towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you ascend into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. Why not take a spectacular drive into the mountains in the evening for a traditional Savoyard style dinner?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Le Prieuré, Chamonix.
  6. In the morning, embark on a beautiful drive to the lakeside town of Annecy. Enjoy free time for lunch in the Little Venice area or perhaps take a boat trip? Then it's off to Grenoble, the ancient capital of the Dauphiné region.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Mercure Grenoble President.
  7. Glorious mountain scenery will be yours to enjoy as you travel along a spectacular route, used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera and the elegant resort of Nice.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice (2 nights).
  8. Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d'Azur. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Tour Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace, yacht-filled harbour and the cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.
  9. Visit the medieval village of St-Paul-de-Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau, before continuing to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the famous wine, taste the difference for yourself and learn about the various grape varieties that are allowed in the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Journey on to Avignon for the next three nights.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Grand Avignon Hotel (3 nights).
  10. Head to the beautiful town of Arles, ancient capital of Gaul and follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh during an orientation tour. Next, see the greatest of the Roman remains, the incredible three-tiered Pont du Gard. See the remaining arches of the 12th century Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Pont d'Avignon of the famous song and walk through the medieval battlements to the town centre, dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. The rest of your day is at leisure.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Grand Avignon Hotel.
  11. This day is at leisure for you to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Avignon. Why not take an optional experience to Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most picturesque villages in France with its superb stone fortress and Renaissance facades? Or maybe visit an Olive Mill and sample some of the finest olive oil in France?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Grand Avignon Hotel.
  12. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before heading inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem. The city has a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Enjoy an orientation of Albi, known for its amazing cathedral and the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi.
  13. Stop in Cahors, famous for its ‘Black Wine', and see the Pont Valentré before heading to Rocamadour. A resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain, the medieval town is perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River. After some time to explore, make your way to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Au Grand Hotel de Sarlat (2 nights).
  14. Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Later, sample some of the local Dordogne specialties.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Au Grand Hotel de Sarlat.
  15. Onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris. En route to your hotel, stop for a photo of the Eiffel Tower. At night, why not try a French cabaret show?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pullman Paris Bercy Centre, Paris (2 nights).
  16. Sightseeing in the morning with a Local Expert shows you Notre Dame Cathedral and the façades of the Louvre. Drive from the Place de la Concorde along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner followed by a relaxing Seine cruise.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Pullman Paris Bercy Centre, Paris.
  17. Departure transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00.
    meal(s):BB

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Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

15 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Restaurant Dinners (RD), 3 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Côte d’Azur:

  • Walk through the old streets of Monaco to see the Palace and Tomb of Princess Grace.

St-Paul-de-Vence:

  • Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists.

Arles:

  • See the ancient two-tiered amphitheatre built by the Romans in the 1st century AD and which is still used for plays and concerts today.

Lascaux II Caves:

  • This caves contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world. For preservation reasons, they have been replicated in all their glory.

Paris:

  • See the monuments, museums, buildings and bridges on a Seine River cruise through the heart of Paris.
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These departures stay at the Imperator, Nimes instead of Avignon.

undefinedThese departures will stay at alternative accommodation of similar standard on the French Riviera.

There is a 60% reduction to the Single Supplement charge for April 7th, April 21st and October 6th departures, subject to availability.

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: from $470 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $141 per person.

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  • 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 48 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.

Reviews

Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : We had an excellent tour guide, excellent driver, comfortable and clean bus with WiFi and USB plug-ins, good hotels centrally located, enriching optionals, thoughtful and enjoyable "flourishes", well-paced and generally enjoyable experiences.
Vacation : Good value; reasonably priced.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : GET provided good descriptions of the activities on the trip, which made choosing "Country Roads" a "no-brainer." I also found that GET personnel were very helpful and informative when I needed answers to questions and help with some of the options (flight plans) beforehand. Then the whole organization of the trip was well-thought-out and well-executed.
Vacation : As a "rookie" on guided bus touring, I was very happy with the route we followed, the sights we were able to see, and the experiences we had, and delighted with the quality of the hotels we stayed in (beyond my price range in my independent travels!). And I don't see how we could have had a better guide: Mark De Cote was extremely knowledgeable about the areas we visited, had lots of interesting and informative stories that gave us great background on what we were to see, and brought us into contact with locals with whom he had friendships of long-standing, which really brought various aspects of the regions to life. Our main bus driver, Agostino, was possibly the most skilled and talented driver I could imagine -- on those winding, hilly roads in the wine country, and also in the Perigord/Dordogne, he handled everything coolly and calmly, and kept us comfortable and safe.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Service rating : Liked the I sight bus with free wifi
Vacation : Insight Travel did a great job. Our tour guide Laurent Millett was great.

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.

Paris

Bonsoir Paris

Adult Price: € 21.00

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy an evening introduction to this superb 'city of lights' as we take a leisurely drive admiring the gorgeous buildings that adorn the banks of the River Seine. We will stop to allow you to capture some of these fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this excursion may take place before sunset.

Dijon

Beaune & The Burgundy Wine Road

Adult Price: € 31.00

We take a scenic drive through the most prestigious vineyards of Burgundy - the Cote d’Or, where every village sign reads like a wine list. Arriving in Beaune we will discover this charming city on a walking tour, taking in the architectural jewel of the region - the Hospices.

Burgundy Wine Tasting & Dinner

Adult Price: € 76.00

The Premier Cru village of Fixin is your destination for this evening. Our visit begins at a winery, where a third-generation winemaker will take us to see some of his vines before he walks us through the elaboration process. Then he'll take us to a 16th-century cave to taste a selection of his wines. Later, we'll enjoy a wonderful dinner, sampling the rich flavours of Burgundy

Chamonix

Alpine Drive & Savoyard Dinner

Adult Price: € 68.00

The varied seasonal conditions of the Alps has resulted in an honest, robust cuisine fashioned from local ingredients. A spectacular, scenic drive high into the mountains, takes you through the national reserve of the Aiguilles Rouges, (Red Peaks) to a former farmer's lodge, now lovingly converted into a restaurant. You are welcomed with an apéritif before enjoying a delicious dinner of traditional Savoyard specialties. Wine is included.

Nice

Provencal Dinner And Petanque

Adult Price: € 71.00

Provence would not be Provence without the opportunity of a game of pétanque. With an aperitif in hand, gather beneath leafy trees to launch silvery orbs in the sand and see who can become the local pétanque champ. Afterwards, retire to the pleasant surrounds of a nearby restaurant for dinner. A nirvana of Niçoise specialties are spread before you, colourful salads and meat dishes are paraded from the kitchen, rich in olive oil, made with fresh seasonal produce. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included but just make sure you leave room for dessert!

Eze & Botanical Gardens

Adult Price: € 27.00

Follow the narrow winding cobbled alleys through Eze village; a medieval gem filled with old stone archways, flower decked houses, shady squares and gurgling fountains. Visit the hill-top Botanical Gardens, where an impressive collection of cacti, sculptures and other rare plants surround the remains of an ancient chateau. After resting your feet by the contemplation pool, make for the high point of your visit, literally, where there are fabulous panoramic views over the coast.

Nice Old Town at Night

Adult Price: € 22.00

Enjoy a walk with your Local Expert through the historic and colourful maze of alleyways and streets of the Old Town in Nice. See Piazza Rozzetti, stroll along Rue Droite and finish in Cours Saleya for dinner at leisure in one of the hundreds of bistros and outdoor restaurants. Coach transfers are included.

Avignon

Visit to Villeneuve-les-Avignon with Dinner

Adult Price: € 63.00

Gazing at the majestic Rhone river, facing the Popes’ Palace and the world famous Pont d’Avignon, Villeneuve was a residence for Cardinals in the 14C. Many monasteries remain. This evening enjoy drinks and mouth-watering cuisine, served in stunning surroundings, a feast for all the senses.

Les Baux & Olive Mill

Adult Price: € 34.00

Les Baux has a reputation as one of the most picturesque villages in France. The village is set atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles mountains, crowned with a ruined castle. After exploring the winding streets and taking in the panoramic views, continue to a small family-owned olive mill on the plains below. Meet the family, inspect the fruit and mechanised press and learn about the production process. Then it's back outside to the shade of a nearby fig tree for a well-deserved sample of the award winning olive oil.

Montpellier

Van Gogh's Arles

Adult Price: € 27.00

Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his most celebrated works whilst living in Arles. Follow in his footsteps as you take a guided tour through the beautiful old Provencal town.

Sarlat

Gardens of Eyrignac

Adult Price: € 25.00

The magnificent formal gardens of Eyrignac Manor House are the perfect place to have a wander as you admire the superb topiary and magnificent rose garden. They're undoubtedly among the most beautiful gardens in the Perigord region and have a unique collection of sculptures and plants. This beautiful garden has been the passion of the same family for 500 years

An Evening on the Dordogne

Adult Price: € 30.00

Locally known as the “Grande Aygue”, the River Dordogne wends through the local countryside. For several centuries, the river was a commercial centre for the valley and river boats or Gabarres, passed by with captains at the helm. Join us for a cruise on a Gabarre replica and admire the magnificent view that the valley has to offer, including some of the most prestigious chateaux of Perigord. Later on, enjoy a drink with your companions.

Paris

Moulin Rouge

Adult Price: € 162.00

Why not enjoy an evening of excitement and glamour and a glass of champagne at a dazzling French cabaret show? Depending on availability it might be dinner with wine and cabaret at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Parisian cabaret – immortalized by the award winning film!

Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: € 139.00

Dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town! Enjoy an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including, of course, the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night that you will never forget!

Giverny Excursion

Adult Price: € 49.00

A lovely drive takes us along the Seine to the village of Giverny, where the impressionist artist Monet lived for the last 43 years of his life. With our Local Expert, we'll see the decor of his house, fascinating for its blend of colours. However, it's in the garden where the spirit of the artist is most revealed. A spectacular array of colour is created by poppies, delphiniums, lupins, peonies, irises and roses, while the water garden is a wistful dream of bamboo, willow and rustic bridges sweeping over the water lilies, one of Monet's favourite subjects.

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