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Country Roads of France

Operated by: Insight Vacations

16 Days from $4,496 per person

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

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

    Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.(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. Continue to the Burgundy region, 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. Continue on to your hotel in Dijon.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery.
  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 MGallery.
  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. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Mercure Chamonix Centre.
  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 or perhaps embark on a boat trip on Lake Annecy?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery.
  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, before continuing to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the famous wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the various grape varieties that are allowed into the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.(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. Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. End your day with a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties.(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 Hostellerie 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 Hostellerie 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. Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog. After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine. 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-la-Canéda, Dordogne.
  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 local region.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne.
  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 at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to venture into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives and 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.

Authentic Dining

  • Chablis: Taste one of the most famous white wines in the world. Treasure the purity of flavour and rapier-like effect on the palate with an expert vintner.
  • Chambéry: Savour a delightful Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and accompanied with local wine.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Embark on a Côtes du Rhone experience to a famous wine village, where you sample wine with an expert and gain a few tips about what to look for in a robust red - its colour, fragrance and legs are all as important as the taste.
  • Cahors: See the Pont Valentré as you enjoy a tasting through the markets.
  • Dordogne Valley: Sample some of the delicacies of the area when you visit a local farm.
  • Dordogne: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog. Savour a tasting of small canapes, topped with a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine.
  • Paris: Meet a local foodie for a behind-the-scenes look into Parisian life. Taste local delicacies in a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier off-the-beaten-track on a gourmet walking tour.
  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon appétit!
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Vers Pont Du Gard: Take part in a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Bastille Day: Celebrated across France on 14 July, Bastille Day commemorates the end of the French monarchy. Witness the remarkable display of fireworks lighting up the warm summer sky and perhaps join in one of the traditional balls.
  • 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.
  • Côte d’Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
  • Monaco: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Wander the old town to see the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbour and visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Princess Grace.
  • 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: During a city orientation learn about the history behind this medieval city. See Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as Pont d'Avignon, and pass the medieval battlements to the town centre to see the Papal Palace.
  • 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.
  • Carcassonne: 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.
  • Rocamadour: Visit this medieval cliff top town.
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: See the golden limestone buildings.
  • Lascaux II 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.
  • 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.

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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

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!!!!
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
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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
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.
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