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Country Roads of France

Operated by: Insight Vacations

16 Days from $4,246 per person
Panorama of lavender field in Provence, France

Countries Visited

France ...more France

Locations Visited

Paris, Troyes, Chablis, Dijon, Chamonix, Annecy, Grenoble, Nice, Avignon, Arles, Carcassonne, Albi, Cahors ...more Paris, Troyes, Chablis, Dijon, Chamonix, Annecy, Grenoble, Nice, Avignon, Arles, Carcassonne, Albi, Cahors
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Paris

    On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. After checking in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner at Rural, a local restaurant with a menu inspired from country, home-made recipes.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
  2. Day 2 Champagne Region and on to Dijon

    Journey through the Champagne region, famous for its magnificent core of medieval buildings, appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Stop for a taste of the bubbles which have made this region famous worldwide, with an expert vintner. Continue on to your hotel in Dijon.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche, Dijon.
  3. Day 3 Free Time in Dijon

    Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were 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 Premier Cru village of Fixin.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche, Dijon.
  4. Day 4 Chamonix

    Travel 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. In the evening you may choose to try a local pierrade at a local trendy eatery in a traditional chalet. This Optional Experience provides the chance to try a typical regional meal, cooked on a table barbecue using on a hot stone.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Mercure Chamonix.
  5. Day 5 Lakeside Annecy and Grenoble

    In the morning, embark on a beautiful journey to the lakeside town of Annecy, dramatically situated between lake and mountains, it's a medieval spectacle and a summer getaway for the French and the Swiss locals. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. Explore the city’s many lovely bridges at your leisure. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Park Hotel Grenoble Mgallery, Grenoble.
  6. Day 6 The French Riviera to reach Nice

    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 to reach the elegant resort of Nice. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. In the evening, why not walk through old town Nice, ending in Cours Saleya where dinner is at your leisure at one of the many lovely bistros?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.
  7. Day 7 Monaco and the Côte d’Azur

    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 enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco 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. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.
  8. Day 8 Picturesque Provence

    Visit the medieval village of Saint-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 and on to your hotel.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence.
  9. Day 9 Avignon and Pont du Gard

    Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d'Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace.Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself, as you learn about the grape varieties.Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman aqueduct bridges. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your newfound skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence.
  10. Day 10 Carcassonne and to Albi

    Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before journeying inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel on to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral, before spending the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hôtel Saint Antoine, Albi.
  11. Day 11 Free Time in Albi

    Enjoy a full day at leisure, to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hôtel Saint Antoine, Albi.
  12. Day 12 Cahors and Rocamadour

    Stop in Cahors, famous for its Black Wine, and see the Pont Valentré. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the open air market - full of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies, it's an experience to delight all of the senses. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel La Hoirie, Sarlat le Caneda.
  13. Day 13 Exploring the Dordogne Valley

    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.Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served with wines from the region.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel La Hoirie, Sarlat le Caneda.
  14. Day 14 Paris, The City of Light

    Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. As evening descends, the City of Light lives up to its name as the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to join an Optional Experience to one of the world-famous cabaret shows.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
  15. Day 15 Romantic Capital on the Seine

    During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the imposing facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Today enjoy an Insight Choice experience. Choose between shopping in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian for fashion, perfume or cosmetics with your Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. You are in for a memorable evening starting with a delicious Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole, serving delicious French cuisine and wine.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
  16. Day 16 Au Revoir Paris

    Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the scenery of the French countryside as you travel through Burgundy, the High Alps, along the Route Napoleon and French Riviera, past Cote d'Azur, Avignon, the Languedoc Region and through the Dordogne Valley.
  • Troyes: Explore the medieval heart of the Champagne capital.
  • Dijon: Listen as your Travel Director tells you about the history of Dijon, the capital city of the Burgundy region.
  • Chamonix: Stay in France's mountaineering capital.
  • Annecy: Enjoy free time in the Little Venice area.
  • Nice : Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal town of Nice on the French Riviera.
  • Cote d'Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
  • Monaco: Explore inside Monaco Cathedral.
  • St Paul de Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and why it became a refuge for artists.
  • Aix en Provence: See the mansions of the Cours Mirabeau.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Carcasssonne: Enjoy an orientation of this fortified town and see the fortress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Albi: This is the birthplace of artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Walk the town and marvel at the awe-inspiring cathedral.
  • Sarlat la Caneda: See the golden limestone buildings.
  • Lascaux Caves: These 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 Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Savitha Reddy
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Alyssa Rucker is exceptional. Her replies were very prompt and helpful. She went above and beyond her duty to help out when I reached out to her during our travel.
Vacation
Country Roads of France was a beautiful experience. We had a wonderful tour director Laurent and an exceptionally good driver Denis. Unfortunately we had to go through a bad experience of a stolen purse of my sister's at Avignon Grand Hotel in Avignon where we stayed three nights. She lost everything including her Passport, Global Entry card, Driver's license, money, credit cards, IPhone and her precious pictures of the deceased loved ones. Very unpleasant experience and a lot of inconvenience. Did not get much help at all from the Hotel. A police report was also filed in Avignon.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Service
I do not have complaints with GET and Barb was efficient, as in previous cases. This was our third tour with Insight Vacations and, probably, the last one. We were disappointed: 1. There were some cheap hotels of unacceptable level (Avignon, Albi, Chamonix, etc.). 2. Most of the days were with no activities, obligating the passenger to choose expensive (“optional”) brief activities. The total was around 700 euros per person and I paid around 540 dollars each. It was realty a pity to be so close to important places that we could not visit. 3. The Tour Director was a nice person, but without the knowledge and motivation to give rich explanations about the history, culture and economics of what was seen. Frequently, she left the group alone in the middle of a town with general directions of how to return to the bus (this practice was dangerous and created stress to group members). 4. What was promised in the brochures was not accomplished in some cases. Example: in the map and in the text the village and the castle of popes was mentioned (Chateauneuf-du-Pape). We saw in the distance (miles away) the castle from the bus and attended a degustation of of two cups of wine in a winery called Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Vacation
This was our third tour with Insight Vacations and, probably, the last one. We were disappointed: 1. There were some cheap hotels of unacceptable level (Avignon, Albi, Chamonix, etc.). 2. Most of the days were with no activities, obligating the passenger to choose expensive (“optional”) brief activities. The total was around 700 euros per person and I paid around 540 dollars each. It was realty a pity to be so close to important places that we could not visit. 3. The Tour Director was a nice person, but without the knowledge and motivation to give rich explanations about the history, culture and economics of what was seen. Frequently, she left the group alone in the middle of a town with general directions of how to return to the bus (this practice was dangerous and created stress to group members). 4. What was promised in the brochures was not accomplished in some cases. Example: in the map and in the text the village and the castle of popes was mentioned (Chateauneuf-du-Pape). We saw in the distance (miles away) the castle from the bus and attended a degustation of of two cups of wine in a winery called Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to see that you were disappointed in this trip. The itinerary does include several free days where guests are able to explore on their own at leisure or participate in the Optional experiences. This was mentioned in the day by day itinerary in our brochure and website. We apologize if this was not made clear to you at the time you booked. We do offer several styles of tours that include more dedicated sightseeing time.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Gretta Sencevicky
Monday, July 15, 2019
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Daniel Peletiere handled our reservation and arranged our air travel. Cudo's for a great job! Country Roads of France was "comfortable and enjoyable" thanks to Elizabeth, our guide, and, our driver, Dennis! The incredible heat was "very uncomfortable"; however, Elizabeth made good adjustments in our schedule that prevented our group of 24 from touring the local hospitals for dehydration! Her ability to keep us safe and enjoy the trip should be commended!!!!
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Enjoyed the "creature comforts" of Country Roads of France. Our driver, Dennis, keeps the safest and cleanest bus on the highways! Our guide, Elizabeth, provided a wealth of knowledge at appropriate times, warmth and caring for each member of the 24-person group, patience with those of us who "got lost" more than once, and an enjoyable sense of humor! They were a wonderful team! Our group of travelers was quite diverse; enjoyed their company! The itinerary...seemed repetitive in comparison to that I enjoyed on Country Roads of Italy in 2018... Planning another trip in 2020...GET is on the table! Thanks!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments. We will be sure to let Elizabeth and Dennis know how much you appreciated their expertise. We appreciate your business and are so happy that you enjoyed the Country Roads of France.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Cheryl Huffman
Sunday, June 9, 2019
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It's always easy to book with GET.
Vacation
Great trip with a great bunch of fellow passengers. I totally enjoyed the sights and beauty of the back roads of France, as well as the great food and wine.
Elizabeth Petersen
Monday, May 14, 2018
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Would definitely book with them again.
Vacation
Good value and organized.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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This was my sixth trip with Grand European Travel and I thoroughly enjoyed traveling through Southern France. Our guide was knowledgeable, organized and funny and our coach driver was the most professional and skilled ever.
Vacation
Excellent trip in every way.
Judith Fitzgerald
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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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.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Service
Liked the I sight bus with free wifi
Vacation
Insight Travel did a great job. Our tour guide Laurent Millett was great.
Trusted Customer
Friday, July 1, 2016
Service
We love traveling with Grand European. Good value, good itineraries.
Vacation
We have found on previous Grand European or Insight trips that even limiting the optionals, we could have a full, interesting itinerary. On this particular trip very little was included, so that had we not signed up,for practically all the optional excursions, we would have had a very threadbare experience. This added a significant cost. Most people on our tour were pretty upset about it. Also, our guide, nice as he was, tended to do just the bare minimum.
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