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Wonderful France

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,650 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
People outside street cafe in Paris, France

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Lyon, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Avignon, Sainte Maxime, Arles, Vers Pont du Gard ...more Paris, Lyon, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Avignon, Sainte Maxime, Arles, Vers Pont du Gard
  1. Day 1 Bonjour France

    Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris - the launch pad to a memorable journey through the French countryside. Explore the grand boulevards and winding lanes of the 'City of Lights', before meeting your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. We take to the streets this evening to see some of the city's most iconic sights, including the Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, standing in all its glorious splendour for you to admire.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Renaissance La Défense
  2. Day 2 Discover the Delights of Paris

    Join a Local Specialist to explore the Latin Quarter, a vibrant student hotspot and home to the Sorbonne University. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you stroll through historic neighbourhoods. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey through Burgundy to Lyon

    Travel through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune - most famous for the colourful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend the night. Discover the historic treasures of its well-preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavours in a local bouchon - the choice is yours.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Charlemagne
  4. Day 4 Continue to Monaco and the French Riviera

    Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for a delicious lunch and the sweet flavours of Calissons, then stop in the glamorous Principality of Monaco bound for the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera. View the Palace, which has been the home of the Grimaldis since the 13th century, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner together in Monaco before arriving at our hotel, where we'll spend the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Montaigne & Spa
  5. Day 5 The French Riviera Your Way

    The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 On to Sunny St. Tropez and Avignon

    We arrive by boat in glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surrounds. Continue on to the ancient city of Avignon, once the seat of the Papacy, where we will spend the next two nights. Our orientation of this extraordinary historic city includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the famous ruined bridge straddling the Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, Sur le Pont d'Avignon.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon
  7. Day 7 Explore Ancient History in Pont du Gard and Arles

    We visit the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct before continuing to Arles, to admire the Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheatre, once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh with your Local Specialist, exploring the heritage of a city that was once an important Phoenician trading port. Tonight, we enjoy delicious Provençal flavours as we Connect With Locals and join the widow of Pierre Salinger for dinner at a memorable Be My Guest experience in a converted historic mill on the banks of the Sorgue.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Travel By High-Speed Train to Paris

    The picture-perfect French countryside is our constant companion as we take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy, back to Paris where you have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own terms. This evening we celebrate an unforgettable sojourn through France at a Farewell Dinner with our Travel Director and newfound friends.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Evergreen Laurel
  9. Day 9 Au Revoir Paris

    This morning after breakfast, it's time to bid Paris a fond au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Wonderful France
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • TGV Express train between Avignon and Paris.
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Paris and Arles with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Avignon
  • Visit Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris and Pont du Gard
  • View the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon
  • Scenic Cruise to St. Tropez
  • Scenic Train Ride from Avignon to Paris
  • Connect with Locals Delicious Provençal home cooking is the perfect accompaniment to a fascinating Be My Guest dinner enjoyed on the banks of the Sorgue with Poppy Salinger, who will regale you with stories of her famous husband. (Day 7)

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.


Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Step into the enchanting world of Giverny – Claude Monet’s carefully-crafted paradise. The gardens and home of the Impressionist Master were the inspirations behind some of his most renowned paintings. The famous Japanese bridge, the magnificent waterlilies, his charming pink house – it’s all there waiting for you to discover.
Adult Price: € 49

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

It’s world-famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over 1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret!
Adult Price: € 165

Montmartre Village And Artists' Square

Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist through Montmartre – an artists’ village once home to Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec – tucked away from the modern city. The paint will still be wet on the canvasses, as we watch apprentices work before our eyes in the famous Artist’s Square. Mingle, barter, and stand in awe of Sacré Coeur Basilica in this historic, bohemian neighborhood.
Adult Price: € 37

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. We'll enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterward, driving through this amazing city with our Local Specialist, you'll see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: € 38


Local Beaujolais Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Strolling through the maze of hidden courtyards, cobbled streets and hidden traboules with our Local Specialist, we'll step back in time to discover Lyon's secrets. The World Heritage city was formerly home to ancient Gauls, powerful Romans, Gothic Cathedral builders and wealthy Renaissance Silk Merchants. We'll finish the evening with a mouthwatering three-course French feast, paired with local wine.
Adult Price: € 69


St Paul de Vence and Nice

Your sublime day on the Riviera starts with a lovely drive to the town of St. Paul de Vence with your Local Specialist. See why this medieval, walled city lured the likes of Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. Then, because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we'll continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and its colorful provençale markets.
Adult Price: € 43


Treasures of Provence

The prestigious name, the famous curved bottles and the connection to the papacy all mean that Château-Neuf-du-Pape is a wine region unlike any other. We’ll visit the vineyards and cellars at a favorite French Chateau Estate. Later, there’ll be plenty of wine to sample while we enjoy a traditional Provençal-style dinner!
Adult Price: € 72

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
I was expecting to be taken to the iffel tower not view it from miles away. Never stopped at the Arc de Triumph, or champs Elise. No lunches and not enough dinners. Too much street walking not enough points of interest sights, in order for me to see points of interest had to take all the optional tours. Basically the group was on our own.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. Our brochure and website lists what is included for each tour as well as what sights are visited or viewed from a distance. We do apologize if there was confusion about what was not included or if it was not made clear at the time you booked your trips.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Not what I expected very disappointed
Michael Nichols
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
GET is a great booking company and we have booked tours 5 times with them.
This trip is not GET fault. This trip was the first time it was done. The tour guide was a very nice person but, his English was very poor. He would switch from English to Italian to French all in one sentence. His English was so bad, I stopped listening to him after a while. Way too much time on the bus and way to short rest stops to get something to eat and use the restroom along the way. Hotel rooms were not in tourist areas (except for one) but in industrial areas. Not good for shopping or seeing the sights. The programed and optional food was not great except for the farewell dinner. If I were the tour company, I would not do this tour again. Almost everyone on the tour felt the same way.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We will be sure to share your comments with Trafalgar's Quality Control team and ask foe immediate review.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Camilla Nichols
Sunday, September 22, 2019
My booking experience through Grand European was excellent! Barb did a fantastic job, is extremely efficient, and kept me informed at all times about any changes, etc.
This tour was highly unorganized and a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT! The tour director chosen was a nice person but impossible to understand, thus creating daily frustration in attempts to comprehend the necessary details and itinerary. The location of three hotels (Paris and Lyon) was not conducive to tourism, so there was little nearby to do or see. Once we'd reached our destination by bus, there was barely time to eat and use the restroom, which meant no exploring of the sights mentioned in the description of the tour. The optional tour of Montmarte would've been wonderful if it hadn't been scheduled on a Saturday afternoon when it was overcrowded with people, during lunch, with no time to see the church. Compared to Insight, Trafalgar is like a B grade movie!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment. We have forwarded your comments to Trafalgar and asked for immediate review of this product and the Travel Director. Thank you for brining this to our attention
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Celeste Everett
Sunday, April 28, 2019
We have used Grand European 4 times and have always had the best service. Katlyn, the travel specialist, was very helpful and answered all of our questions. We will definitely use GET again in the future.
Our tour took us to many special places. We loved seeing the Eiffel Tower and visiting the Orangerie Museum. Being able to see Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny was a high point during our trip. It was a privilege being able to experience the French culture and to learn about the history of this beautiful country.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear! Thank you for your repeat business and we look forward to helping you plan your next trip!
Monday, April 29, 2019
Judith Mattes
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Super fun!! Loved all the camaraderie with the rest of the guests, Tour guide eve was awesome, fun and informative. First time on a tour coach and she really made it special. Thank you,
Response from Grand European Travel:
How great! We love to hear that your first coach tour was fun and informative and that you really enjoyed the other guests. We're happy to have you as a part of our travel family.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Great time and great fun looking forward to next trip!
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