Grand Tour of France

14 days from £1429pp.


Mont St Michel

Visit: Mont St Michel, France

Azay-le-Rideau

Visit: Azay-le-Rideau, France

Blois

Visit: Blois, France

Carcassone

Visit: Carcassone, France

Paris

Visit: Paris, France

A ‘grand’ tour of classic picturebook French treasures exploring Normandy, the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Ardèche and the Cote d'Azur, ending in Paris..

    Please note entrance fees to the châteaux on days 3 and 4 are at additional cost, usually around €12 per château.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to the Rouen area for an overnight stay.

    Mont Saint Michel

    Mont St Michel

    Included excursion exploring the beautiful Normandy and Brittany coastline. Honfleur, with its 17th century Old Dock, is always a favourite. Next, we visit the picturesque island site of Le Mont St. Michel with its impressive abbey, then the fortified town of St. Malo, with its splendid city walls. Overnight in the St. Malo area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Azay-le-Rideau

    Azay-Le-Rideau

    We head to the Loire Valley for a two-night stay in Chinon, a smart ‘bourgeois’ town. Enjoy an included visit to the leafy village of Azay-le- Rideau, with its small but incredibly beautiful château.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Amboise

    Amboise

    ncluded full day exploring the lovely Loire Valley rich in châteaux. We travel first to the picturesque town of Blois. We continue to Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. We end the day at the village of Chenonceaux, home to the Château de Chenonceau built over the river Cher.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    En route to Rocamadour in the Dordogne for a two-night stay, we visit the Remembrance village of Oradour-sur-Glane, scene of a German SS massacre of the villagers. The ruined village has been left exactly as it was during the war.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Rocamadour

    Rocamadour

    Full day at leisure in Rocamadour, perched high on a limestone cliff in the heart of the Dordogne.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Carcassonne

    Carcassonne

    We drive through the beautiful Dordogne countryside to Carcassonne for an overnight stay. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring Carcassonne, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the walls of the old city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Béziers

    Béziers

    This morning we travel to the medieval town of Béziers, then to the famous Grotte de Clamouse to see the calcite and aragonite formations. Continue to Aix-en-Provence for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bormes les Mimosas

    Bormes Les Mimosas

    Our included excursion to the Côte d’Azur begins at the pretty floral village of Bormes les Mimosas, considered to be one of the prettiest in France. We continue to St. Raphael a striking riviera resort, with a charming old centre, fine beach and home to the rich and famous.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Gorges du Verdon

    Gorges Du Verdon

    Free time in Aix-en-Provence or join our optional tour to one of the most impressive natural sights in Europe, the Gorges du Verdon. This dramatic gorge is a sight not to miss as the pretty River Verdon flows through this precipitous valley.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ardèche

    Ardèche

    En route to the Lyon/Macon area for an overnight stay we explore the wild, rugged, yet intensely beautiful scenery of the Ardèche, seeing quaint villages clinging to the hillsides, as well as the famous Gorges de l’Ardèche and the Pont d’Arc, a spectacular arch carved out by the Ardèche river.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To the Paris area for a two-night stay. This evening, be sure to take advantage of our optional visit into the Latin Quarter, a bustling area of restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops to the south of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame, where you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Paris

    Paris

    Included full day to explore the cosmopolitan city of Paris. To make sure you see the major sights, we offer a optional guided sightseeing coach tour which takes in sights such as the famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, and Place de la Concorde. Later, you can enjoy a different view of the city on an optional River Seine Cruise, as you sail past elegant buildings and under the bridges for which Paris is justly proud.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 13 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 10 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions

    • Honfleur, Mont St. Michel & St. Malo - Pretty harbour town, spectacular island and fortified old walled town
    • Azay-le-Rideau
    • Tours
    • Loire Valley Châteaux - Explore beautiful and spectacular châteaux
    • Oradour-sur-Glane - Remembrance village preserved as it was at the end of the war
    • Rocamadour - Spectacular cliffside location
    • Carcassonne - Fortified town
    • Béziers & Grotte de Clamouse - Medieval town and impressive caves
    • Bormes les Mimosas & St. Raphael - Pretty floral village and charming riviera resorts
    • Paris - ‘City of lights’ and cosmopolitan capital
    • Ardeche

    Optional Excursions

    • Gorges du Verdon - Dramatic gorge
    • Paris Guided Sightseeing - The best way to see the major sights
    • River Seine Cruise

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £369.00 (14 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    Overnight stays in the Rouen, St. Malo, Lyon/Macon and Paris areas will be in minimum 2-star city-style hotels. In the Loire Valley you will stay at the 3-star Ibis Chinon or similar for two nights, followed by two nights at the 2-star Hotel Lion d’Or in Rocamadour, or similar. You will then spend one night at a 3-star hotel in the Carcassonne area, and three nights at the 3-star Novotel Beaumanoir, or similar in Aix-en-Provence.

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    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival

    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival

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    Novotel Aix-en-Provence Beaumanoir

    Novotel Aix En Provence Beaumanoir

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    Hotel Du Lion D'or

    Hotel Du Lion D'or

    Holiday Inn Paris Versailles-Bougival


    Situated on the western outskirts of Paris, the Holiday Inn Paris-Versailles-Bougival provides an ideal base. A journey of less than half an hour takes you to the heart of the city, and the main attractions. All bedrooms are well appointed and feature a TV, telephone, hairdryer and air-conditioning. The Restaurant Cape Sud serves fine Mediterranean themed and traditional French cuisine, and the hotel also offers a lift.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Novotel Aix En Provence Beaumanoir


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Hotel Du Lion D'or


    This family run hotel is steeped incharacter and tradition,and enjoys an exceptional setting in the heart of medieval city of Rocamadour. The hotel offers 75 bedrooms across two buildings that are situated 50 metres apart, with some rooms having amazing views over the Alzou Canyon or the city. The reception and restaurant can be found in the main building where a warm and friendly welcome awaits each guest. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and serves fine cuisine and local specialities, together with excellent levels of service. Wifi is free of charge in the public areas. All bedrooms are en-suite with T.V.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

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    Ibis Styles Chinon

    Ibis Styles Chinon

    Hotel Du Lion D'or


    This family run hotel is steeped incharacter and tradition,and enjoys an exceptional setting in the heart of medieval city of Rocamadour. The hotel offers 75 bedrooms across two buildings that are situated 50 metres apart, with some rooms having amazing views over the Alzou Canyon or the city. The reception and restaurant can be found in the main building where a warm and friendly welcome awaits each guest. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and serves fine cuisine and local specialities, together with excellent levels of service. Wifi is free of charge in the public areas. All bedrooms are en-suite with T.V.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Styles Chinon


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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