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Wonderful France

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,426 per person

Countries Visited

France, Monaco ...more France, Monaco

Locations Visited

Paris, Lyon, Cannes, Monte Carlo, French Riviera, Avignon, Sainte Maxime, Arles, Vers Pont du Gard ...more Paris, Lyon, Cannes, Monte Carlo, French Riviera, Avignon, Sainte Maxime, Arles, Vers Pont du Gard
  1. Day 1 Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

    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 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

    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 Paris – Beaune – Lyon

    Journey 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 Novotel Gerland
  4. Day 4 Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

    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 glamourous 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 the late 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 French Riviera Free Day

    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 French Riviera – St. Tropez – Avignon (2 Nights)

    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 Pont du Gard And Arles Excursion

    We cross the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct in the company of a 'Local Specialist' and learn about the history of this elevated architectural wonder that has spanned the Gardon River since Roman times. Continue 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 a memorable 'Be My Guest' dinner in a converted historic mill on the banks of the Sorgue.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Avignon – TGV Train – Paris Free Time

    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 Depart 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. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    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
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Avignon
  • VISIT Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris and Pont du Gard
  • VIEW 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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Bastille Day
Price Discount Availability Price
  • Bastille Day: This departure will be in France during Bastille Day. Celebrations will be taking place throughout the country.
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

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll visit the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will take us to the village of Giverny where we’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.
Adult Price: €49

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 1000 costumes!
Adult Price: €162

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

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

Lyon

Local Beaujolais 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

Cannes

St Paul de Vence and Nice

A lovely drive into the Esteral Heights bring 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 colourful provençale markets.
Adult Price: €43

Avignon

Treasures of Provence

We'll journey through the prestigious vineyards of Château-Neuf-du-Pape to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Enjoy a a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars before a wine tasting, all while learning the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, enjoy a dinner in traditional Provencal style, with drinks included.
Adult Price: €72

Paris

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 flavour of Montmartre life.
Adult Price: €37

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'City of Light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
Adult Price: €38

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
Not what I expected very disappointed
Michael Nichols
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Service
GET is a great booking company and we have booked tours 5 times with them.
Vacation
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
Service
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.
Vacation
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!
Celeste Everett
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Service
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
Vacation
Great time and great fun looking forward to next trip!
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