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Country Roads of France

Operated by: Insight Vacations

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Dordogne 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.

Paris

Bonsoir Paris

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.
Adult Price: €21

Dijon

Beaune & The Burgundy Wine Road

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.
Adult Price: €31

Burgundy Wine Tasting & Dinner

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
Adult Price: €76

Chamonix

Alpine Drive & Savoyard Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €68

Nice

Traditional Niçoise Dinner with Petanque

Provence wouldn't 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 made with fresh seasonal produce. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included but just make sure you leave room for dessert!
Adult Price: €71

Eze & Botanical Gardens

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.
Adult Price: €27

Nice Old Town at Night

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.
Adult Price: €22

Avignon

Visit to Villeneuve-les-Avignon with Dinner

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.
Adult Price: €68

Les Baux & Olive Mill

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.
Adult Price: €34

Van Gogh's Arles

Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his most celebrated works while living in Arles. We'll see what inspired him as we take a guided tour through this beautiful old Provencal town.
Adult Price: €27

Sarlat

Gardens of Eyrignac

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
Adult Price: €25

An Evening on the Dordogne

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 drinks and cheese with your companions.
Adult Price: €30

Paris

Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Cabaret

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

Moulin Rouge

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!
Adult Price: €162

Giverny Excursion

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.
Adult Price: €49

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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
Service
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!!!!
Vacation
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
Service
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
Service
Would definitely book with them again.
Vacation
Good value and organized.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Service
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
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 3, 2016
Service
Great tour, with an excellent tour guide.
Vacation
Well planned tour with terrific locations to see.
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