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Highlights of France

13 Day France Tour to Paris & the French Riveria

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13 Days
2 Countries

France, Monaco

21 Cities

Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco City, French Riviera, Avignon, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, Tours, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Chambord, Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, Deauville, Honfleur, Rouen

16 Meals

12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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It won’t take long for France to touch your heart, but in 13 days it will capture it outright. Surrender to the allure of the Loire Valley, the sophisticated French Riviera and historic villages, towns and cities from Beaune to Bordeaux. You’ll explore a hidden realm of scenic vineyard-clad landscapes, admire the medieval façades of Carcassonne and get your WWII history fix in Normandy, where the tales of the D-Day Landings come to life.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Paris

It's time to explore Paris’s grand past, its dynamic present and exciting future. This is one capital city that doesn’t hold back and doesn’t expect you to either. Dive right into the history, culture and culinary delights of this extraordinary city, from the iconic Iron Lady to croque monsieurs, lazing on the banks of the Seine, or visiting museums and monuments. After checking in there’s time to relax or explore the city your way, but you might like to get a head start on your sightseeing by joining a Choice Experience - a Seine cruise and scenic drive taking in many of the major sights.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Accommodation Courtyard by Marriott Paris La Defense West - Colombes
Optional Experiences Cruise River Seine in Paris, France
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

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Day 2

Paris sightseeing and free time

The Parisians know a thing or two about beauty, elegance and a life well lived, which your full day in Paris will deliver in abundance. Hit the grand boulevards on a city sightseeing tour through the heart of the city conducted by your Travel Director. See the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées then perhaps choose to tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí during an optional visit to Montmartre, exploring the cobbled streets and Artist’s Square. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.

Street and Houses in Paris, France
Accommodation Courtyard by Marriott Paris La Defense West - Colombes
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Montmartre Village and Artists Square in Paris, France
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

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Optional Experiences Visit The Latin Quarter and Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, France
Crack Luxembourg's Code

With your Local Specialist, visit the historic Saint-Sulpice Church once used in the filming of Dan Brown’s famous ‘Da Vinci Code’. En route to the...

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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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Day 3

Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Au revoir Paris. The City of Light will keep shining, but for now our sights are set on medieval Beaune where the official raison d'être is the local wine. The beautiful marketplace and 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu are yours to explore before later continuing your journey to Lyon. Get your bearings during an orientation tour, then perhaps consider joining a Choice Experience delving into the rich history of the city and the classical French cuisine that helped make it famous.

Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, France
Accommodation Hotel Chromatics
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences The city of Lyon, France
Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner and Old Town Discovery

Relax and unwind as we take an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and savor the tastes of acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover the ...

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Day 4

Lyon – Aix-en-Provence – Monaco – French Riviera

Follow the Rhône Valley south and enjoy some free time in the Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence, founded by the Romans over natural hot springs. The last leg of your journey southwards stretches out to the shimmering Mediterranean coast, where the Principality of Monaco and the Côte d'Azur await. Keep your cameras at the ready as you drive along its elegant boulevards and attempt to capture the sophistication that seems to ooze from every corner.

Sunny Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, France
Accommodation Ibis Cannes Mandelieu
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

French Riviera free day

Ooh là là! A full free day on the French Riviera. There’s no shame in spending the day sprawled out on a sun-lounger with a cocktail, but if you can pull yourself away from the beach you’ll want to join your fellow travelers for an optional exploration of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Life is rather idyllic in this enchanting walled hill-town and, like some of its famous residents, you’ll want to linger here a little longer. You never know who you might spot seated in those sleek Ferraris and private yachts that dot the French Riviera.

Houses and Shops in Saint Paul De Vence, France
Accommodation Ibis Cannes Mandelieu
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Chateau wine tasting on the Cote d’Azur in Nice, France
Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Nice

Travel into the Esteral Heights to uncover the quaint town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Walk through the winding streets of the village with your Local ...

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Day 6

French Riviera – Arles – Pont du Gard – Avignon

Fuel up on a characteristically French breakfast of croissant and coffee before embarking on your next adventure. Today we travel west to the Camargue center of Arles, where Vincent Van Gogh found inspiration for so many of his paintings. Next, you'll view the magnificent Pont du Gard, an aqueduct carefully constructed in the first century to supply fresh water. Continue to the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon which features one of the world's most incredible religious architectural legacies. 

Street in Arles, France
Accommodation Hotel Ibis Avignon Sud
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh with your Local Specialist to learn about where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most famous works.
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

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Optional Experiences
Caterham Sports Car Experience

Thrill your senses as you are chauffeur-driven in an iconic, convertible Caterham sports car. During an exhilarating 2 hours drive, you'll take in ...

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Day 7

Avignon – Carcassonne – Lourdes

Like a scene straight from the pages of a children’s storybook, Carcassonne stands proudly on a hillside behind fortified stone walls. Its undeniable charm is evident when you come across the town’s 12th century architecture and turreted medieval castle. From fairy tales to the foothills of the Pyrénées, your next stop is the town of Lourdes where you’ll tread in the footsteps of the millions of pilgrims, who have made the journey to pay homage to St. Bernadette and view the basilica on top of the Grotto where she is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. This evening presents an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight with the pilgrims – a truly magical and moving experience.

City walls, Carcassonne, France
Accommodation Hotel Mercure Lourdes Impérial
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 8

Lourdes – Biarritz – Bordeaux

The beach is back on the agenda today, so get your hat and sunglasses ready for a trip to the glamorous seaside town of Biarritz on the Atlantic coast. There’s no need to think about what to do next. Take your cue from the European royals who have been visiting this resort town since the 1800s and find your new favorite spot on a wicker chair in the sun. If watching local surfers perform their stunts isn’t enticing enough, you could choose a Choice Experience into the Basque country. After a good dose of sun, sea and lofty peaks, it’s back into the rolling countryside of Les Landes and onwards to our final destination of the day, Bordeaux.

Bridge in Biarritz, France
Accommodation Ibis Bordeaux Center Meriadeck
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit St. Jean De Luz in Biarritz, France
St Jean de Luz, Jewel of the Basque Country

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Optional Experiences Drive to the Pyrénées in Biarritz, France
Highlights of the Pyrénées

Experience a beautiful drive into the Pyrénées mountains, where we'll catch an authentic rack railway built in 1924 to journey through mountai...

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Optional Experiences
Picture Perfect Bordeaux

Uncovering the hidden corners and stories of Medieval Bordeaux’s pedestrianized old town with our Local Specialist while also discovering the place...

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Day 9

Bordeaux – Saint-Émilion – Tours

After a night sampling Bordeaux blends and the city’s eclectic mix of street life and well-preserved 18th century architecture, a new adventure awaits. The hilltop village of Saint-Émilion is an appealing stop for red wine lovers. This is château country and there’s no better way to explore it than joining an optional wine tasting at a historic vineyard. Continue to your hotel by the city of Tours, known as the gateway to the Loire Valley. 

Grape and Vineyard in Bordeaux, France
Accommodation Ibis Styles Tours Sud
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Bordeaux chateau wine tasting with meal in Bordeaux, France
Wine Tasting in a French Chateau

Enjoy an iconic travel experience in Bordeaux on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you journey through scenic vineyards to our favorite French...

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Day 10

Loire Valley and Châteaux excursion

Indulge your inner king or queen when you embark on a whimsical tour to Chenonceau with a Local Specialist. This enchanting, fairy-tale château straddling the Cher River is the most photographed sight in the Loire Valley and it’s easy to see why. Explore its priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture and stroll through the exquisite landscaped gardens before continuing to the royal town of Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried. Your encounter with French nobility not quite at its end, you’ll view the splendid Château de Chambord, one of the world’s most remarkable châteaux. Make the most of your last night back in Tours with an Optional Experience to visit the Old Town and enjoy Touraine cuisine in a traditional restaurant.

Chateau Amboise in Loire Valley, France
Accommodation Ibis Styles Tours Sud
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Discover the charm of Tours, with a visit to the Old Town and enjoy some Touraine cuisine in a traditional restaurant
Tours, Old Town and Traditional Dinner

Join our Local Specialist for an enchanting excursion to rival the greatest fairy tales, discovering the dreamlike Old Town of Tours, including the...

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Day 11

Tours – Mont Saint-Michel – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Deauville

Only the epic sight of a medieval town rising out of the sea could compete with the beauty of the Loire Valley and your visit to Mont Saint-Michel will certainly not disappoint. Hear how the Archangel inspired the Bishop of Avranches to build a church atop this rocky outcrop, then continue your journey to the iconic D-Day landing beaches where thousands of Allied soldiers first landed on French soil, in what became the largest seaborne invasion in history. After a poignant stop at the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, you’ll continue on to your hotel in Deauville. This elegant resort is renowned for its racecourse, harbor and high-profile international film festival held in September.

Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
Accommodation Ibis Deauville Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Deauville – Honfleur – Rouen – Paris

You’ll wish you had the talents of Monet during your brief visit to the colorful port town of Honfleur. It’s easy to see why this 'most ravishing spot in the world' was immortalized on canvas by many of the world’s greatest artists. Next head to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Despite this tragic episode, there’s much to fall in love with here, from the cobbled streets to Gothic churches and the impressive cathedral. After a busy day engaging with all that history, return to the glittering French capital for the final evening of your adventure. Consider joining an Optional Experience dinner for a celebration of your memorable journey with new friends.

Boats at Harbor of Honfleur, France
Accommodation Courtyard by Marriott Paris La Defense West - Colombes
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Dinner and sights in Paris, France

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Parisian dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Afterwards, make the most of your tour as we drive throu...

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Day 13

Depart Paris

And just like that, you’ve seen all the highlights of France. From Paris and beyond, you’ll be finishing your trip this morning with a lifetime’s supply of memories. Say a fond au revoir to your Travel Director and newfound friends. 

Baguettes in Paris, France
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

Experience the world-famous 'City of Lights' as Paris transforms in the evening. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine, taking in views of...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square

Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is a must-visit destination in Paris. Join a Local Specialist to explore the winding stre...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Crack Luxembourg's Code

With your Local Specialist, visit the historic Saint-Sulpice Church once used in the filming of Dan Brown’s famous ‘Da Vinci Code’. En route to the...

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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 &...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner and Old Town Discovery

Relax and unwind as we take an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and savor the tastes of acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover the ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Nice

Travel into the Esteral Heights to uncover the quaint town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Walk through the winding streets of the village with your Local ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
On the Trail of Vincent Van Gogh

You simply can’t visit Arles without seeing all of the treasures the Romans left behind. Marvel at the amphitheater built 2000 years ago, then swit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
St Jean de Luz, Jewel of the Basque Country

Truly the jewel of the Basque Country, St. Jean de Luz is a wealthy port town with an intriguing past filled with pirates, a royal marriage and clo...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Picture Perfect Bordeaux

Uncovering the hidden corners and stories of Medieval Bordeaux’s pedestrianized old town with our Local Specialist while also discovering the place...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wine Tasting in a French Chateau

Enjoy an iconic travel experience in Bordeaux on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you journey through scenic vineyards to our favorite French...

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Optional Experience
Tours, Old Town and Traditional Dinner

Join our Local Specialist for an enchanting excursion to rival the greatest fairy tales, discovering the dreamlike Old Town of Tours, including the...

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Optional Experience

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious Parisian dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Afterwards, make the most of your tour as we drive throu...

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France

  • 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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Review date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023
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Ms. Barb answer all my questions, friendly and professional I felt like I was talking to her in person . Reservation time was short , explained all the process from sending the information to the day of the departure .
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your lovely comments about Barb and will be sure to share them with her and the rest of our team. Thank you for booking with us! It looks like you had a wonderful time.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Vacation
We visited so many beautiful places , the whole group was wonderful, bus was brand new and very comfortable, breakfast was delicious and dinners offered were good. Travel director so nice ,well organized gave us extensive information on all the areas and treats according to the region products ( cookies,candies) . Driver was wonderful ; helpful and concerned for our comfort .
Marlowe Yap
Review date: Friday, July 7, 2023
Service
My travel Alyssa Was just amazing , tried her best to help us our Flight seasts were ok , excepT Flying out of NY was a hassle , too big of airport , even with my younger daughter with us , we almost got lost , good thing our flight was delayed Every body in GET are special , accomodating , nice people . Best pasrt of our tour was the Tour director < cost Saver Bruno C,. amazing , sweet. very through in history of places . Except for two or 3 x were like sardines in our , no place for our 3 luggages , for 3 people , I have to put my legs on top of luggage on the bed !!! but we survive , theyhotel should give a larger room to 3 people !!
Vacation
Is the best tour I ever had ! with Bruno , best travel director , very experience , patience , sweet and vast history knowledge , My daugheter , younger , really enjoyed tip " AMAZING < BEUTIFUL Can we have some more travel with Cost Saver !!! TURKEY , my bucket list
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Service
Excellent and responsive service.
Vacation
Excellent itinerary and knowledgeable guides.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Service
Good, some of them are very patient but some of others are not.
Vacation
The tour direct is very caring and patient. There are too much extra charges, some of the hotel rooms are too small to even find room to put two suitcases on the floor. The show in last night is terrible, way too crowed, way too expensive. All four of us came back with positive Covid. Test.
Jian Deng
Review date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Service
I like this travel, I learn a lots from the travel. If the travel can avoid covid is very perfectly.
Vacation
This travel is good , I like this travel. I learn a lots about France . If the travel can avoid Covid-19, is very perfect .
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Service
Great helpful travel specialists.
Vacation
Best trip I have taken out of 5 trips with Insight, Trafalgar and Costsaver. Chantal our guide was very knowledgeable and accomodating. We received the best gift as past travelers and many treats from her. We saw many spectular sites. Very enjoyable and loved the optional tours. The driver Thierry was the best driver. He had to drive us through very narrow streets and make sharp turns. Both were very polite and worked so well together. I wish the next trip I will get them as our tour director and driver again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You cant top having the best trip ever, but we look forward to trying with number 6! Thank you for being a part of our valued travel family. We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves on the Highlights of France!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Kris Ericson-Cano
Review date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Service
We found the tour to be an amazing experience. The sites to visit were well chosen and gave us a profound introduction to France. The tour guide enhanced ever experience with her fascinating narrative. We thoroughly enjoyed the meals and the rooms. Both the tour guide and the driver were true professionals, doing their jobs with skill, attention to detail, and concern for every aspect of our journey.
Vacation
The number of tour stops, the quality of the rooms and the dinners, the comfort of the bus, and the professionalism of the tour guide and driver made the experience a true value.
Jeffrey Weispfenning
Review date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Service
We booked both land and air. We got a really good price on the air, and we were able to make changes quickly when we needed to change our flights to come back to the US early.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very happy that everything worked out well with your early return to the US. We hope to be able to help you plan another trip in the future.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
There are a lot of highlights in France, and this trip provides experience with a large number of them in a relatively short time.
Wendell Covalt Jr
Review date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Service
Excellent tour guide, quality bus, hotels very pleasant, great selection of locations visited and events. all in all an excellent trip.
Vacation
Great guide, locations, quality of events, pleasant hotels, explanations of the different areas of France.
Eddie Byone
Review date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Service
I had a very good experience on the trip, everything went as planned.
Vacation
Well planned the trip was exciting and fun.
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