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Highlights of France

Operated by: CostSaver

13 Days from $2,150 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Chateau Chambord, Loire Valley, France

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Monaco ...more Paris, Monaco
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

    Take a walk through Paris's grand past, its dynamic present and exciting future - this is one capital city that doesn't hold back and doesn't expect you to either. Dive right into its history, culture and culinary delights, from the iconic Iron Lady to croque-monsieurs, lazing on the banks of the Seine, museums and monuments. After checking in there's time to relax or explore the city your way, but you might like to get a head start on your sightseeing and join an Optional Experience, including dinner and a scenic drive stopping at all the best photo spots.

    hotel Novotel 14 Porte d'Orléans
  2. Day 2 Paris sightseeing and free time

    The Parisians know a thing or two about beauty, elegance and a life well lived which your full day in Paris will deliver in abundance. Hit its grand boulevards on a city sightseeing tour conducted by your Travel Director. See the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées then spend the rest of the day discovering the city on your terms. Don't resist the urge to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dali during an optional visit to Montmartre this afternoon, exploring the maze of streets and Artist's Square. There's time to shop for artwork and savour some local specialities before a real highlight this evening - an optional dinner and cabaret performance.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Paris – Beaune – Lyon (1 Night)

    Au revoir Paris. The City of Lights will keep shining, but for now our sights are set on medieval Beaune where the official joie de vivre is the local wine: making, tasting, and most of all drinking it. Later today you'll arrive in Lyon. Get your bearings during your orientation tour in preparation for a free afternoon to explore the city on your terms. If you really want to discover its secrets, consider joining an Optional Experience which will deliver France's gastronomic capital on a plate.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Axotel Perrache
  4. Day 4 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

    A brief brush with the Papacy in the 14th century has gifted Avignon with some of the world's most incredible religious architectural legacies. The heart of Provence may no longer hold the importance that the Vatican does today, but views of its Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge are no less inspiring. The last leg of your journey southwards stretches out to the shimmering Mediterranean coast, where the Principality of Monaco awaits. Keep your cameras at the ready as you drive along its elegant boulevards and attempt to capture the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner. Next stop, the glamorous Côte d'Azur.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Campanile Nice Aéroport
  5. Day 5 French Riviera free day

    Ooh là là! A full free day on the French Riviera. There's no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun-lounger with a cocktail, but if you can pull yourself away from the beach you'll want to join your fellow travellers for an optional exploration of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Life is rather idyllic in this enchanting walled hill-town and, like some of its famous residents, you'll want to linger here a little longer, but the sun-kissed promenades of Nice beckon and you'll join your Local Specialist to explore its old town and colourful Provençal markets instead. You never know who you might spot seated in those sleek Ferraris and private yachts that dot the French Riviera.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 French Riviera – Pont Du Gard – Nîmes (1 Night)

    Fuel up on a characteristically French breakfast of croissant and coffee before embarking on your next adventure. There's not a stone out of place as you'll come to discover yourself when you view the magnificent Pont du Gard, an aqueduct carefully constructed in the first century to supply fresh water to the nearby towns. The remarkable ingenuity of the Romans still fresh in your mind, you'll continue to Nîmes where you'll have some time after check-in to see how the Roman Empire left its magic touch on its architecture. During your afternoon you could choose to delve into the secret stories and life of Vincent van Gogh who was inspired to paint many of his most renowned paintings in Provence.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel C Suites
  7. Day 7 Nîmes – Carcassonne – Lourdes (1 Night)

    Like a scene straight from the pages of a children's storybook, Carcassonne stands proudly on a hillside behind fortified stone walls. Its undeniable charm is evident when you come across the town's 12th-century architecture and turreted medieval castle. From fairy tales to the foothills of the Pyrénées, your next stop is the pilgrimage town of Lourdes where you'll tread in the footsteps of the millions of Catholics who have made the journey to pay homage to St. Bernadette and view the basilica on top of the Grotto where she is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. This evening presents an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight with the pilgrims - a truly magical and moving experience.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Imperial
  8. Day 8 Lourdes – Biarritz – Bordeaux (1 Night)

    The beach is back on the agenda today, so get your hat and sunglasses ready for a trip to the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz on the Atlantic coast. There's no need to think about what to do next. Take your cue from the European royals who have been visiting this resort town since the 1800s and find your new favourite spot on a wicker chair in the sun. If watching local surfers perform their stunts isn't enticing enough, you could choose an Optional Experience into the Pyrénées, catching a funicular to the top of these magnificent mountains. After a good dose of sun, sea and lofty peaks, it's back into the rolling countryside of Les Landes and onwards to our final destination of the day, Bordeaux.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Centre Meriadeck
  9. Day 9 Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion – Tours (2 Nights)

    After a night sampling Bordeaux blends and the city's eclectic mix of street life and well-preserved 18th-century architecture, a new adventure awaits. The hill-top village of Saint-Émilion is an appealing stop for red wine lovers. This is château country and there's no better way to explore it than joining an optional wine tasting at a UNESCO-listed vineyard, complete with a tour of the underground cellars. Later arrive in the city of Tours, the gateway to the Loire Valley. At its car-free centre you'll discover a fascinating medieval reflected in its timber-framed houses and renaissance mansions.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ibis Styles Sud
  10. Day 10 Loire Valley and Châteaux excursion

    Indulge your inner king or queen when you embark on a whimsical tour to Chenonceau with a Local Specialist. This enchanting fairy-tale château straddling the Cher River is the most photographed structure in the Loire Valley and it's easy to see why. Explore its priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture and stroll through its exquisite landscaped gardens before continuing to the Château d'Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried. Your encounter with French nobility not quite at its end, you'll head to the splendid Château de Chambord, one of the world's most remarkable châteaux. Make the most of your last night back in Tours with an Optional Experience in the Old Town and Touraine cuisine in a traditional restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Tours – Mont-Saint-Michel – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Deauville (1 Night)

    Only the epic sight of a medieval town rising out of the sea could compete with the beauty of the Loire Valley and your visit to Mont-Saint-Michel will certainly not disappoint. Hear how the Archangel inspired the Bishop of Avranches to build a church atop this rocky outcrop, then continue your journey to the iconic D-Day landing beaches where thousands of Allied soldiers poured out onto French soil, in what became the largest seaborne invasion in history. After a poignant stop at the American cemetery at Omaha Beach, you'll arrive at your hotel in Deauville. This elegant resort is renowned for its racecourse, harbour and high-profile international film festival held in September.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ibis Centre
  12. Day 12 Deauville – Honfleur – Rouen – Paris (1 Night)

    You'll wish you had the talents of Monet during your brief visit to the colourful port town of Honfleur. It's easy to see why this "most ravishing spot in the world" was immortalised on canvas by many of the world's greatest artists. Next head to Rouen which holds the rather unenviable status as the city where Joan of Arc was tragically burned at the stake. Despite this, there's much to fall in love with here, from the city's cobblestone centre to its Gothic churches and impressive cathedral. After a busy day engaging with all that history, you'll return to the glittering French capital for a night on your own. You may consider joining an Optional Experience dinner at a terraced café along the River Seine for a final celebration of your memorable journey with new friends.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Pont de Sèvres
  13. Day 13 Depart Paris

    And just like that, you've seen all the highlights of France. From Paris and beyond, you'll be finishing your trip this morning with a lifetime's supply of memories. Say a fond au revoir to your Travel Director and newfound friends. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of France
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 4 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Avignon View St. Bénezet Bridge and the Papal Palace
  • Beaune Visit this charming town
  • Biarritz Visit this glamorous resort
  • Bordeaux Orientation tour
  • Cannes Visit the home of the annual film festival
  • Carcassonne Visit this beautifully preserved walled city
  • Honfleur Visit this picturesque port
  • Loire Valley Visit the magnificent Château de Chenonceau with your Local Specialist and view the Châteaux at Amboise and Chambord
  • Lourdes View St. Bernadette's Grotto
  • Lyon Orientation tour of this gastronomic city
  • Monaco Visit the Principality
  • Mont-Saint-Michel Visit the island town and view the abbey
  • Normandy Visit the D-Day Landing beaches of Omaha
  • Paris Sightseeing includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Pont du Gard View the Roman Aqueduct
  • Rouen View the cathedral
  • SAINT-ÉMILION Visit the famous wine village

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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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 Dinner And Illuminations

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Parisian dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Afterward, driving through this amazing city, we'll stop at scenic vantage points for opportunities to capture these fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 67

Latin Quarter and Luxembourg Gardens

With your Local Specialist, visit Paris’ historic Saint-Sulpice church, used in the filming of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code.' En route to the famous Latin Quarter, stroll through the Luxembourg gardens, admiring a replica of the Statue of Liberty and the gardens’ famous beehives. Then, we'll enjoy free time in the Latin Quarter and view Notre Dame Cathedral.
Adult Price: € 32

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Montmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world-famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse, barter for original art and taste local cuisine, for a real flavor of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: € 37

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 1,000 costumes!
Adult Price: € 165


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.
Adult Price: € 69


St. Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

First, we'll travel to the medieval hilltop town of St. Paul to visit this artists' paradise. We'll continue along the Riviera, traveling on corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal, including drinks.
Adult Price: € 83


St. Paul de Vence and Nice

A lovely drive into Esterel Heights brings us to the quaint walled hilltown of St. Paul de Vence. Our walk through the village’s winding streets with a Local Specialist reveals elegant fountains,vine-covered ramparts and interesting galleries. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and colorful provençale markets.
Adult Price: € 43


On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t come to France without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the Amphitheatre they built 2000 years ago. Then, switch gears with your Local Specialist to learn about Arles’ other great claim to fame – the locations where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most famous works in Provence, including The Starry Night.
Adult Price: € 23


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.
Adult Price: € 41


Wine Tasting in a French Chateau

We’ll journey through the scenic vineyards of St. Emilion to our favorite French Chateau Estate. Here we'll enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars before tasting some of the world’s most prestigious wines, all while learning the secrets of the French wine-making process.
Adult Price: € 37


Tours, Old Town and Traditional Dinner

With our Local Specialist, we'll discover the charm of Tours, the bustling city of Saint Martin and its Renaissance kings. This evening tour will include a visit to the Old Town and we'll also enjoy Touraine cuisine in a traditional restaurant.
Adult Price: € 67

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Great helpful travel specialists.
Best trip I have taken out of 5 trips with Insight, Trafalgar and Costsaver. Chantal our guide was very knowledgeable and accomodating. We received the best gift as past travelers and many treats from her. We saw many spectular sites. Very enjoyable and loved the optional tours. The driver Thierry was the best driver. He had to drive us through very narrow streets and make sharp turns. Both were very polite and worked so well together. I wish the next trip I will get them as our tour director and driver again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You cant top having the best trip ever, but we look forward to trying with number 6! Thank you for being a part of our valued travel family. We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves on the Highlights of France!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kris Ericson-Cano
Monday, October 28, 2019
We found the tour to be an amazing experience. The sites to visit were well chosen and gave us a profound introduction to France. The tour guide enhanced ever experience with her fascinating narrative. We thoroughly enjoyed the meals and the rooms. Both the tour guide and the driver were true professionals, doing their jobs with skill, attention to detail, and concern for every aspect of our journey.
The number of tour stops, the quality of the rooms and the dinners, the comfort of the bus, and the professionalism of the tour guide and driver made the experience a true value.
Jeffrey Weispfenning
Thursday, September 26, 2019
We booked both land and air. We got a really good price on the air, and we were able to make changes quickly when we needed to change our flights to come back to the US early.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very happy that everything worked out well with your early return to the US. We hope to be able to help you plan another trip in the future.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
There are a lot of highlights in France, and this trip provides experience with a large number of them in a relatively short time.
Wendell Covalt Jr
Friday, June 21, 2019
Excellent tour guide, quality bus, hotels very pleasant, great selection of locations visited and events. all in all an excellent trip.
Great guide, locations, quality of events, pleasant hotels, explanations of the different areas of France.
Eddie Byone
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
I had a very good experience on the trip, everything went as planned.
Well planned the trip was exciting and fun.
Vickie Kjesbo
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Example: Air France strikes resulted in cancellation of the Heathrow to CDG leg flight. AF rescheduled 2 days later! Get Rep was able to get on a direct DET to CDG flight! GREAT RELIEF, GREAT JOB, and THANK YOU!!!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad we could be there for you to make sure your trip was hassle-free! Thank you for your comment, we'll share it with the team. Happy travels!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Excellent package, loved the visit sites selected, enjoyed Nikolas our guide.
Marsha Wagner
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Pros: Great customer service. Tour Director wonderful. Also, he was very informative and knowledgeable about France. Driver did an excellent job. Saw everything we were suppose to plus. Trip very well organized. France is a beautiful country, enjoyed every minute of it! Cons: Very fast pace.
Cost saver package so hotels were probably in line for what we paid. Dinner excursions pricey.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Easy to set up vacation and work with agent. Enjoyed the highlights of France tour and the guide and driver were exceptional. Very attentive. Would recommend to others.
Great value and allowed optional experiences.
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