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Dep : Jun: 4,11,18,25/ Jul : 2,16/ Aug: 6,20,27/ Sep: 3,10,12,17 / Oct : 1 ( 13 Day France and Monaco Sightseeing Tour from Paris )

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 Bonjour Paris

All the flavours of France come to life on this
unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City
of Light'. Spend your day-strolling past its iconic
landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before
joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a
Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through
the city.
Meals: Welcome Reception
Hotel: Mercure 17 Batignolles

Day 2 Journey through Burgundy to Lyon

We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15 -century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette

Optional Experiences:
Local Beaujolais Dinner And Old Town Discovery - Strolling through the maze of hidden courtyards, cobbled streets and hidden traboules with our Local Specialist, we'll step back in time to discover Lyon's secrets. The World
Heritage city was formerly home to ancient Gauls, powerful Romans, Gothic Cathedral builders and wealthy Renaissance Silk Merchants. We'll finish the evening with a mouthwatering three-course French feast, paired with
local wine.
Adult: 71.00 EUR

Day 3 Onwards to Avignon, Monaco and the French Riviera

Today-we journey to the city of Avignon at the heart of Provence. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Continue
through the Provençal countryside to Monaco. Upon arrival we'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married, then in the evening we'll enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before continuing along the Riviera to our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Hotel: Holiday-Inn Nice

Day 4 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, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps
indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Holiday-Inn Nice

Optional Experiences:
You will be offered one of the following two optional experiences depending on availability:

St Paul de Vence and Nice - Your sublime day-on the Riviera starts with a lovely drive to the town of St. Paul de Vence
with your Local Specialist. See why this medieval, walled city lured the likes of Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. Then,
because no visit to the Riviera is complete without it, we'll continue to glorious Nice to enjoy the city, its old town and
its colourful provençal markets.
Adult: 43.00 EUR

St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal - Today, with our Local Specialist, let's discover the artists' and
shoppers' paradise that is medieval St. Paul, consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. Next,
we’ll travel the Corniche roads, to witness spectacular views of the area's gorgeous landscapes and lavish villas. We’ll
then pay a visit to a traditional French perfumery and finish our excursion at a local restaurant for a delicious meal
with wine.
Adult: 86.00 EUR

Day 5 Admire Arles and Continue to Carcassonne

Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins
and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to
explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an
Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of
Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident
expert before winding your way to the fortified city of
Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this
exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double
ring of ramparts and 52 towers.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Mercure La Cité

Optional Experiences:
On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh - You simply can’t come to France without seeing all of the treasures the Romans
left behind. Marvel at the Amphitheatre they built 2000 years ago. Then, switch gears with your Local Specialist to
learn about Arles’ other great claim to fame – the locations where Vincent Van Gogh produced some of his most
famous works in Provence, including The Starry Night.
Adult: 23.00 EUR

Day 6 Pilgrimage to Lourdes and on to Biarritz

We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in
Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You
will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched
atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl,
turned saint, is said to have seen visions of the Virgin
Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we
spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Radisson Blu

Optional Experiences:
Biarritz Train Ride & Basque Country Dinner - All aboard! We’ll take a private train through the streets of the
elegant seaside resort of Biarritz, taking in spectacular coastal viewpoints. We’ll arrive at a typical Basque chalet in the
nearby countryside to enjoy tasty local specialities for dinner. You might even catch the locals playing their favourite
sport: Jaï alaï !
Adult: 69.00 EUR

Day 7 Venture to Bordeaux

Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine
capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront
and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have
made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux
wine has been produced in the region since the 8
century and the biannual wine fair attracts buyers from
all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights
during your orientation of the city.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mercure Centre Ville

Optional Experiences:
A Morning in Spain - Jewels of the Basque Country - Cross the border into Spain to discover the charming Basque
town of Hondarrabia. Stroll through the maze of cobblestoned streets with our Local Specialist, who will reveal the
secrets of this medieval town, known for its beautiful Basque houses and colourful wooden balconies. Discover its
role on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and the impressive Castle of Charles V, today-a parador. Later we
will cross back into France and on to St. Jean de Luz, a wealthy Basque port town with an intriguing past filled with
pirates, a royal marriage and closely-guarded family recipes. Taste this city’s world-famous creation - the macaron,
and enjoy free time for lunch or to explore the local craft shops and the beautiful beach.
Adult: 44.00 EUR

Day 8 Discover Scenic Dordogne

The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take
centre stage today-during a scenic half-day-included
excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine
heritage dates back to Roman times and return to
Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore
the city. Perhaps, tease your taste buds with delicious
Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical
centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mercure Centre Ville

Optional Experiences:
Secrets Of The Bordelaise - After this morning’s drive, you’ll understand why Bordeaux is often described as the
most beautiful wine region in the world. We’ll take you inside the World Heritage Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion,
before heading to our favourite French Chateau Estate. The hostess will take you on a tour of the vineyards and the
cellar, before we sit down to enjoy a Bordelaise-style feast with local wine.
Adult: 82.00 EUR

Day 9 Explore a Château in the Loire Valley

We journey through the 'Garden of France', before we
Connect With Locals for a delicious lunch and Be My
Guest experience. Dive Into Culture and visit the
remarkable gardens at Château de Villandry before
arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of
Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Hotel: Château de Beauvois

Day 10 Off to Mont-Saint-Michel and the Normandy Beaches

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany,
to the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel on the
Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view
the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the
Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach.
Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed
their lives for freedom and visit the Day-Landing Zone
to learn how the operation was planned and executed.
Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 11 Journey to Paris

We travel east towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to visit
the house and gardens that once inspired Claude
Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This
evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned
Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mercure 17 Batignolles

Optional Experiences:
Montmartre Village and Artists' Square - Many people go to Paris, but only a few are lucky enough to experience
what it’s really all about. Join us for a stroll with our Local Specialist through Montmartre – an artists’ village once home
to Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec, tucked away from the modern city. The paint will still be wet on the canvasses, as we
watch apprentices work before our eyes in the famous Artist’s Square. Mingle, barter, and stand in awe of Sacré
Coeur Basilica in this historic, bohemian neighbourhood.
Adult: 37.00 EUR

Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner - It’s world famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life
inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over
1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable
soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret!
Adult: 165.00 EUR

Day 12 Discover the Delights of Paris

Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the
historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals
live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of SaintSulpice. Spend the rest of the day-enjoying the sights on
your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the
Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds
or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace
of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic
adventure with your Travel Director and newfound
friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Mercure 17 Batignolles

Optional Experiences:
Versailles Palace And Gardens - Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every
European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead to the French Revolution. Step inside the opulent
world of Versailles and our Local Specialist will take you through the palace’s Hall of Mirrors and State apartments.
Then, enjoy free time to wander the symmetrical, tree-lined gardens.
Adult: 73.00 EUR
* This optional involves reservation and entrance pre-payments. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation
** This optional is subject to availability.

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 Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.
Afterwards, we’ll drive through the City of Lights to see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer.
Adult: 43.00 EUR
* In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Day 13 Farewell Paris

For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of
France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical
and memorable holiday. Find out more about your free
airport transfer at
Meals: Breakfast

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