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Wonderful France

9 Day France Tour to Paris, Lyon, Avignon

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9 Days
2 Countries

France, Monaco

10 Cities

Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco City, French Riviera, Saint-Tropez, Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Combine the glamorous French capital with centuries of history and glorious sunsets on the French Riviera. This favorite French tour delivers it all in just nine days, from strolling around the Pont du Gard to soaking up the sun-kissed charm of St. Tropez and Monaco in France's glorious south.

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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 picturesque avenues 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, standing in all its glorious splendor for you to admire.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Accommodation Renaissance Paris La Défense
Included Meals Dinner
Iconic Experience Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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. View 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 neighborhoods. Consider an optional experience to the exquisite gardens of Claude Monet at Giverny. Spend your evening embracing the pageantry of Paris and perhaps experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

Baguettes in Paris, France
Accommodation Renaissance Paris La Défense
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Giverny, France
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 in...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a cabaret and dinner in Paris, France
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

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Optional Experiences

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 colorful 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 flavors in a local bouchon – the choice is yours.

Street and Café in Lyon, France
Accommodation Hotel Charlemagne Lyon
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, France
Explore Beaune

Marvel at Beaune's famous renaissance roofing style during an orientation of this wine capital.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences The city of Lyon, France
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 discove...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Continue to Monaco and the French Riviera

Follow the Rhône Valley south, enjoying some free time in Aix-en-Provence for lunch and perhaps a taste of the sweet flavors of calissons. Continue to the glamorous Principality of Monaco, one of the smallest and wealthiest nations on earth. View the palace, home to the Grimaldi family since the 13th century, and the cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Enjoy a delicious Regional Dinner together in Monaco before traveling further along the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera to our hotel, where we'll spend the next two nights.

Fontvieille in Monaco
Accommodation Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Street with houses on the Rock of Monaco, France
Monaco Orientation

Bask in the stunning views on your Monaco Orientation.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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.

Food, Nicoise Salad, Nice, France
Accommodation Novotel Nice Center Vieux Nice
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences St. Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and meal in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

On to Saint-Tropez, Arles and Avignon

We arrive by boat in glitzy Saint-Tropez for a morning sojourn to soak up our fashionable surroundings. This afternoon journey to the ancient city of Arles to admire its Roman theater and arena - 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 this town where he was inspired to produce more than 300 paintings and drawings. Later, journey to Western Europe’s largest river delta region - the Camargue. Here we will Connect With Locals for a home cooked Be My Guest meal of original, regional dishes made with produce from local farmers and markets. Later, we make our way to Avignon where we will spend the next two nights.

Pont d'Avignon and Lavender, Avignon, France
Accommodation Mercure Avignon Gare TGV
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Saint-Tropez Orientation

Soak up the beautiful surroundings on your morning sojourn on your visit to Saint-Tropez.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Be My Guest Guest Lunch made from local produce, Avignon, France
Lunch with Patrick at his Home and Enjoy a Traditional Meal from Local Produce

Join Patrick for a Be My Guest Lunch at his home and enjoy a traditional meal from local produce.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit the Amphitheatre in Arles, France
Arles City Tour

Admire the exquisite Romanesque Cathedral and Amphitheater on your city tour of Arles, guided by a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Explore Ancient History in Pont du Gard and Avignon

This morning we visit the impressive Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge to cross the river Gardon. It's arches of stone, still standing since the 1st century AD when it was originally built to take water to the Roman settlement of the present day city of Nîmes. Take time in Avignon to explore its impressive Old Town, once the seat of the Papacy. 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 French song, Sur le Pont d'Avignon.

Roman Aquaduct in Pont du Gard, France
Accommodation Mercure Avignon Gare TGV
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Pont Du Gard Bridge in Nimes, France
See the Ancient Bridges of Pont du Gard

See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Saint Benezet Bridge and Papal Palace in Avignon, France
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Wine tasting and dinner at Provence Chateau in Avignon, France
Treasures of Provence

The prestigious name, the famous curved bottles and the connection to the papacy all mean that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a wine region unlike any othe...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Travel By High-Speed Train to Paris

The French countryside is your companion as you take the high-speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the vineyards of Burgundy, back to Paris where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city on your own or explore Montmartre with a stroll through the 'village' overlooking the city of Paris on an Optional Experience. Later, enjoy market-fresh produce and seasonal cuisine at Maison Plisson celebrating an unforgettable sojourn through France during a Farewell Dinner and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience that advances Global Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Vineyard in Burgundy, France
Accommodation Evergreen Laurel Hotel Paris
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Grapes in vineyard in Burgundy, France
Celebration dinner at Maison Plisson

Enjoy market fresh produce and seasonal flavors during a Farewell Dinner at Maison Plisson. In this combination grocery store and restaurant, every...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
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 t...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the N...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
See the Top Sights of Paris

Explore the iconic sights and streets of Paris on an orientation drive this evening. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Paris City Tour

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Beaune

Marvel at Beaune's famous renaissance roofing style during an orientation of this wine capital.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Monaco Orientation

Bask in the stunning views on your Monaco Orientation.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Saint-Tropez Orientation

Soak up the beautiful surroundings on your morning sojourn on your visit to Saint-Tropez.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Lunch with Patrick at his Home and Enjoy a Traditional Meal from Local Produce

Join Patrick for a Be My Guest Lunch at his home and enjoy a traditional meal from local produce.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Arles City Tour

Admire the exquisite Romanesque Cathedral and Amphitheater on your city tour of Arles, guided by a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Ancient Bridges of Pont du Gard

See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Avignon Orientation

View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Celebration dinner at Maison Plisson

Enjoy market fresh produce and seasonal flavors during a Farewell Dinner at Maison Plisson. In this combination grocery store and restaurant, every...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
TGV Express train between Avignon and Paris.
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

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 the Champs-Élysées, 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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 in...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
La Nouvelle Eve Cabaret and Dinner

Nestled in the heart of Montmartre, Nouvelle Eve has been spotlighted by ‘Emily in Paris’ and has hosted events for high-fashion icons like Dolce &...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 discove...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal

Today, with our Local Specialist, discover the artists' and shoppers' paradise that is medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most be...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Treasures of Provence

The prestigious name, the famous curved bottles and the connection to the papacy all mean that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a wine region unlike any othe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the N...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

Best Value Why touring is the easiest way to travel Learn more >

Current Entry Requirements Check your destination View Entry Guide >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in France: French
  • Currency used in France: Euro (€)
  • Capital of France: Paris
  • Time Zone(s) in France: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

 

France passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter France
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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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.
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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.
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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
Review date: 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!
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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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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