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  • International airfare & taxes
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  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
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Overview

Beginning in the magnificent capital city of Paris and ending on the glittering Cote d’Azur, this 12-day day escorted tour includes the very best of France. You will make a poignant visit to the World War Two battlefields Omaha, Utah and Juno beaches, the Memorial Peace Museum and Sainte Mere Eglise which was the heart of American Airborne operations on D-Day. You will tour the majestic Loire valley with its picture-perfect castles and famous wines. After a high-speed train trip to the south, you will enjoy time in the historic towns of Avignon and St Paul de Vence. After a visit to a parfumerie in the capital of the perfume world Grasse, you will visit lively seaside town of Nice and the glamorous principality of Monaco (C)

Highlights

  • Start your tour with a fabulous sunset cruise on the River Seine to see the sights of Paris at night
  • Panoramic tour of Paris, taking in the highlights such as the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees
  • Two nights on the Normandy Coast where the largest invasion in history took place during WWII, visit the battlefields, Omaha Beach Cemetery and the parachute-shaped Airborne Museum
  • Visit the historic towns and chateaux of the Loire, including the picturesque Chateau de Chenonceau spanning the River Cher
  • Walking tour of the ancient walled city of Avignon and explore the 14th century papal palace
  • Learn the secrets of perfume making  at a famous parfumerie in Provence
  • Enjoy a visit to the Flower Market of Nice and a stroll long the seafront Promenade des Anglais
  • Tour Monte Carlo, taking in the Casino, the 13th century Princes Palace and the Cathedral where Price Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried

Details

Day 1

Overnight flight to the capital of France – Paris – the City of Light

Day 2

Paris

Your tour begins with a glorious sunset dinner cruise along the River Seine. Dine as you glide past the glittering landmarks of Paris.

Dinner included

Day 3

Paris

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris, as you admire the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place Vendome. View the Place de la Concorde with its commanding obelisk from the tomb of Ramses II in Egypt and drive along the Champs Elysees – the grand avenue which hosts the Bastille Day parades and the final stage of the Tour de France cycle race.

Breakfast included

Day 4

Paris – Caen – Huppain Port-en-Bessin

Leave Paris for the Normandy Coast, the setting for the largest invasion of history, the D-Day landings of the Second World War. Visit the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic Battle of Normandy 1944. Then see the remains of the artificial Mulberry Port where the Allies supplied their lines during the liberation of France.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5

Huppain Port-en-Bessin – D-Day Landing Sites

Make the poignant trip to the Omaha Beach Cemetery where you will see the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives and learn the personal stories in the visitor center. Then walk through la Pointe Du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs to seize the enemy position. Next visit Sainte Mere Eglise which was the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, where you will visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit the other landing beaches of Utah and Juno.  

Breakfast included

Day 6

Huppain Port-en-Bessin - Blois

Travel southbound to the lovely Loire Valley, the setting for the French court in centuries gone by and filled with beautiful castles and parks. Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau which spans the River Cher, a Renaissance architectural gem with alluring formal gardens. Enjoy a traditional regional dinner in a local bistro in Blois.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7

Blois – Amboise - Blois

Begin the day with a tour of beautiful Chateau de Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years and which showcases a display of his early inventions. Continue to the picturesque town of Amboise where you will have leisure time to explore the narrow medieval streets in the shadow of the historic chateau. Then visit a Loire winery in the town of Vouvray where you will enjoy a tour and wine tasting.

Breakfast included

Day 8

Blois – Paris – TGV Train - Avignon

Return to Paris where you will climb aboard the high speed TGV train which will take you through the French countryside to Provence and the ancient town of Avignon. Enjoy free time to stroll the quaint cobble stone streets, browse the traditional shops and relax in one of the many town square cafes.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 9

Avignon

Discover more of delightful Avignon on a walking tour with a local expert. This ancient walled city was the center of European religion in the 14th century when it became the Papal home, and you will visit the Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world. This was the residence of nine Popes and you will marvel at the scale and admire the priceless frescoes. You have the afternoon at leisure to continue to explore fascinating and charming Avignon.

Breakfast included

Day 10

Avignon – St Paul de Vence – Grasse - Nice

Travel to the delightful historic walled town perched on a hilltop of St Paul de Vence, a place that inspired Chagall and is still an artistic center. Then continue to Grasse – considered to be the world capital of perfume. Here you will discover the secrets of perfume making from extraction to distillation at a famous parfumerie. Then travel to Nice on the French Riviera where you will spend the final two nights of your tour.

Breakfast included

Day 11

Nice – Monaco - Nice

Enjoy a morning walk through the beautiful Flower Market in Nice, on to the appealing Place Massena and along the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Take the short trip to the glamorous principality of Monaco, where you will experience a tour highlighting the famous Casino of Monte Carlo, the 13th century Prince’s Palace and the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. Return to Nice where you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers at a traditional local restaurant.

Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12

Nice

Your tour ends

Breakfast included

What's Included:

  • International airfare, round trip airport transfers
  • 15 meals
  • 10 nights accommodation*: Paris 2 nights Crown Plaza Republique; Port-en-Bessin 2 nights Mercure Omaha Beach or Ibis; Blois or Tours 2 nights Holiday Inn Blois or Hotel L’Univers Tours; Avignon or Nimes 2 nights Mercure Pont d’Avignon or Mercure Hotel Cite Des Papes Avignon or Hotel Imperator Nimes; Nice 2 nights Hotel Nice Riviera or Boscolo Plaza
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • Sightseeing as described in the above itinerary

* On some dates alternate hotels may be used

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