The French Connection

Domaine de Beauvois
15 Days from $5,126 per person

Experience the very best of British and French culture as you island hop, learning about life in the Roman Era and the tumultuous times of WWII. Your journey includes visits to the once Nazi-occupied, picturesque islands of Guernsey and Jersey, and onto the Loire Valley, ending in glittering Paris or returning to London on the Eurostar.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to England (not included).

  2. Check in to your luxurious, centrally located hotel. The full day is at leisure to relax, explore or browse the nearby department stores.

    hotel:The Milestone, London
  3. Take part in an half-day sightseeing tour of London's West End and discover Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

    hotel:The Milestone, London
  4. At 09:00 meet your Travelling Concierge and depart to the West of England. Visit stately Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest for an afternoon visit to see the world-famous collection of vehicles at the National Motor Museum. Then journey through the New Forest en route to Evershot, our Dorset home for two nights. Later, join your Travelling Concierge for your Welcome Reception, an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Summer Lodge Country House, Evershot (2 nights).
  5. Join our Local Expert for a walk around the local village where Thomas Hardy drew inspiration for a number of his novels, including 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'. Featured within this story is the Acorn Inn, so stop by for a drink. Later, why not join your Travelling Concierge and explore some of the local villages in the area?
    hotel:Summer Lodge Country House, Evershot.
  6. In the morning, set off along the south coast to the port of Poole. Board your ferry for the crossing to Guernsey adn relax in the Ocean Plus lounge. Alight in St. Peter Port, set on a series of terraces which cascade down to the quayside below. Situated in the heart of St Peter Port, sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and picturesque quayside, is your elegant accommodation. The Old Government House Hotel, belonging to the Red Carnation group, is the only 5-star hotel in Guernsey. It dates back to the early eighteenth century and was once the official residence of The Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the British Crown in Guernsey. Guests are genuinely welcomed as friends and have come to experience this hotel as their 'home away from home' leaving with memories to treasure. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for dinner, which includes a taste and special demonstration on how to make Guernsey's famous Potato Peel Pie.

    meal(s):FB, HD
    hotel:The Old Government House, St. Peter Port (2 nights).
  7. With a Local Expert, an orientation tour guides you to see Castle Cornet, the fortifications from the Napoleonic wars and German occupation of WWII and a visit to the 'Little Chapel'. Complete your sightseeing of this fascinating island with a visit to the La Vallette Underground Military Museum. In the underground tunnels built by the occupying forces, the extensive collection of original items and documents including many extremely rare pieces collected during this period. With the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps make use of the stunning spa facilities your luxury hotel has to offer or take time to explore the boutiques of the capital's 'Arcade' lanes?
    hotel:The Old Government House, St. Peter Port.
  8. Set sail for Jersey this morning. On arrival, meet your Local Expert and visit the Jersey War Tunnels, housing a moving exhibit recalling everyday life for the Channel Islanders during the five years of German occupation. Seize a great opportunity to photograph the iconic Corbiere Lighthouse. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. In the evening, celebrate in style with a dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, offering top quality cuisine and great wine.
    meal(s):FB, MHD
    hotel:Pomme d'Or, St. Helier (2 nights).
  9. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this beautiful island. Perhaps spend time at one of the stunning beaches, browsing the shops or cafe-hopping?
    hotel:Pomme D’or, St. Helier.
  10. Transfer to the port for your ferry trip to the stunning Breton Port of St-Malo. Surrounded by thick city walls, it was home to many French navigators, among them Jacques Cartier, famous for exploring the east coast of Canada. Join a Local Expert for sightseeing of the restaurant-lined squares and narrow, cobbled streets. In the evening, enjoy your choice of some of the best restaurants in town for your Dine-Around evening.
    meal(s):FB, DA
    hotel:Grand Hôtel des Thermes, St-Malo.
  11. Journey along the Emerald Coast for a guided visit to the hilltop abbey of Mont St-Michel. Standing on an island about half a mile offshore, the abbey is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Then, head to the Loire Valley and partake in a lively wine tasting, sampling some of the region's finest.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Domaine de Beauvois, Loire Valley (2 nights).
  12. Drive to Amboise to visit the Château du Clos Lucé, a 15th century chateau where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Later, there will be free time to explore the town or seek out Leonardo's grave before returning to your manor house hotel for a leisurely afternoon.
    hotel:Domaine de Beauvois, Loire Valley.
  13. Head for the grand capital of France. At night, glide along the elegant, tree-lined boulevards that link the Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. See the Eiffel Tower rise before you. Skip waiting in line, with your special access to the Eiffel Tower. Head up to the 2nd floor for sweeping views over Paris.
    hotel:Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero, Paris (2 nights).
  14. Wake up refreshed and ready to embrace this romantic city. Join a food connoisseur for a gourmet walk, sampling chocolates, macaroons, cheese and fresh baguettes. On your last night in the City of Light, enjoy a private reception with an opportunity to meet the choreographer at the bohemian and intimate Nouvelle Eve cabaret and then take the best seats in the house for the dinner and show.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Renaissance Le Parc Trocadéro, Paris.
  15. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight or depart for London via Gare du Nord for the Eurostar option.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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6 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Michelin-starred Highlight Dinner (MHD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Beaulieu Motor museum:

  • Visit the stately home of Lord Montagu, to explore his lordship's world-famous Motor museum and gardens.


  • Visit the La Valette Underground Military Museum with a Local Expert and witness the extensive collection of original items and documents.


  • Follow the fascinating story of a person who existed during wartime occupation, as you move throughout the exhibits in the underground tunnel.


  • Walk within the walls with a Local Expert and be transported back to the days of pirates, corsairs, brigands and other dangerous ne'er-do wells.

Mont St-Michel:

  • Cross the causeway, for a guided tour through the maze of halls and vaults of the massive abbey.


  • The Eiffel Tower draws some 7 million visitors annually, but your tickets are reserved in advance. Skip the lines and ride the elevator to the viewing platforms, for breathtaking panoramas over the city.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
23 Apr 17 7 May 17 $5,695$5,126pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,695 $5,126 pp
21 May 17 4 Jun 17 $6,925$6,233pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$6,925 $6,233 pp
4 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
18 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
2 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
16 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
30 Jul 17 13 Aug 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
13 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $5,975$5,378pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,975 $5,378 pp
27 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 $7,075$6,368pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$7,075 $6,368 pp
10 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $5,875$5,288pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,875 $5,288 pp
24 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 $5,825$5,243pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,825 $5,243 pp

This itinerary includes return to London on the Eurostar for $300 p.p. Please indicate should you wish to end your trip in Paris on Day 15 at the time of booking. 

This departure will stay at alternative accommodation of a similar standard in Dorset.

This departure will stay at alternative accommodation of a similar standard in St. Malo.

These departures will operate as small groups with a maximum 24 guests.

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 $1,950 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $92 per person.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP members SAVE $100 per person on any guided vacation or river cruise!

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the UK and France must have a current passport that is 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 the countries.

  • The currency in England is the Pound (£) and in France is the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. 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.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine.  Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    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.

  • 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.

  • Restaurants in London often include a service charge of 12.5 percent, especially for large groups.  If service isn’t included, it’s customary to leave 10-15 percent of the bill.

    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.


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