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Wonderful France

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Paris
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $2,246 per person

Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris, the French Riviera, Burgundy's gastronomic talents and the Roman footprints left on the French landscape centuries ago. Meander along Pont du Gard, soak up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco, and meet the widow of Pierre Salinger, special advisor to John F. Kennedy, over a home-cooked meal.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Discover romance, sophistication and French joie de vivre in Paris – the launchpad to a memorable journey through the picturesque countryside of France. On arrival to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8 am, 11 am and 2 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Explore the grand boulevards and labyrinthine lanes of the City of Light 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, lit up in all its glorious splendor for you to admire.

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    hotel:Renaissance La Defense
  3. Join a Local Specialist to delve into the hidden squares and secret lanes of a Paris not normally frequented on the beaten track. Your short insider walk concludes in one of Paris's loveliest squares. Soak up the authentic atmosphere and local day-to-day life of the Parisians as you meander through quaint historic neighborhoods, before ascending to the second level of the iconic Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramic views of the city – the grand boulevards, manicured gardens and iconic Seine stretch as far as the eye can see. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.
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  4. Journey through the picture-perfect Burgundy wine region and stop in its walled regional capital, Beaune – perhaps most famous for the colorful geometric-tiled Hôtel-Dieu. We continue to the great gastronomic capital of Lyon, where we spend tonight. Discover the historic treasures of its well preserved Old Town or perhaps indulge in delicious Beaujolais flavors in a local Bouchon – the choice is yours.
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    hotel:Novotel Gerland Musee Des Confluences
  5. Meandering through the French countryside, we enjoy free time in Aix-en-Provence for a delicious lunch and the sweet flavors of Calissons, stopping in the glamorous Principality of Monaco en route to 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 Meal together in Monaco before arriving at our hotel where we'll spend the next two nights.
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    hotel:Montaigne and Spa
  6. Walk in the footsteps of the world's big stars strolling along the sophisticated streets of Cannes on this day at leisure in the French Riviera. See the famous Palais des Festivals at the end of La Croisette, relax on the beach with the beautiful people, or visit the delightful hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a favorite haunt of the rich and famous.
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  7. We arrive by boat on the sun-kissed shores of glitzy St. Tropez for a leisurely morning sojourn to soak up our glamorous surrounds. Continuing to Arles, we admire the Romanesque Cathedral and Roman amphitheater, once the site of bloody battles and exhilarating chariot races. Tread in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh with your Local Specialist exploring the fascinating heritage of a city that was once an important Phoenician trading port. We arrive in the ancient city of Avignon, once the Seat of the Papacy and today a popular pilgrimage site, 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 River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, sur le pont d'Avignon.
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    hotel:Mercure Pont D'Avignon
  8. We ramble atop 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. We return to Avignon for lunch and some time at leisure. Tonight, we enjoy delicious Provençal flavors with the widow of Pierre Salinger at a memorable Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.
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  9. 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.
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    hotel:Evergreen Laurel
  10. This morning after breakfast, it's time to bid Paris a sad au revoir as our fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Return transfers will arrive at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 8am and 11.30am. Conditions apply.

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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: $700 p.p.

Triple Discount: from $80 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport transfers will operate at 8:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00 am and 11:30 am.

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Meal Summary

8 nights, 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Delicious Provençal home cooking is the perfect accompaniment to a fascinating dinner enjoyed on the banks of the Sorgue with Poppy Salinger, who will regale you with stories of her famous former husband

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Paris and Arles. Enjoy a guided walk with a Local Specialist across the top of the Pont du Gard aqueduct dating back to Roman times

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • City tour in Arles
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, Avignon
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Pont du Gard
  • Cruise to St. Tropez
  • View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Palace of the Popes in Avignon

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport 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 France.

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

  • 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.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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.

Avignon

Treasures of Provence

Adult Price: € 63

Discover one of the most beautiful villages of France amongst outstanding natural scenery, a true Treasure of this region. Enjoy a walk through the centuries of local history where you'll get a real insight into Provence before a delightful meal with wine. (On occasion, may be offered without meal for €25)

Lyon

Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery

Adult Price: € 69

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.

Nice

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Adult Price: € 83

Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.

Paris

Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

Adult Price: € 49

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.

Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 139

Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.

Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

Adult Price: € 162

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!

Notre Dame And Latin Quarter

Adult Price: € 33

A guided drive through Paris' bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world's most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you'll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

Adult Price: € 38

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.

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