Grand Tour of France

12 days from £1249pp.


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

About the Tour

Oh-la-la! This expression most certainly sums up this ‘grand’ tour of classic French treasures. Whether its romantic cities, picturesque coastlines, charming villages or breathtaking countryside you’re looking for in a coach holiday, it’s all here in one itinerary. Explore beautiful Normandy and Brittany, with visits to the island site of Mont St. Michel and fortified town of St. Malo; the lovely Loire Valley, rich in châteaux and discover the delights of the Dordogne, including the cliff-side town of Rocamadour. What’s more, you’ll learn about the country’s past with a visit to the Remembrance village of Oradour-sur-Glane, and savour the sights in the cosmopolitan city of Paris. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 11 or 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 or 10 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

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

We travel to Tours in the Loire Valley where we enjoy a little time at leisure in Tours centre, before continuing to the pretty village of Azay le Rideau with its small but incredibly beautiful château. (Please note: entrance costs for châteaux or places of interest are at additional cost). After time at leisure in Azay le Rideau, we continue to our hotel in Chinon, a smart ‘bourgeois’ town, where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s full-day included excursion takes us through the countryside to visit some of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful villages. We travel first to the picturesque town of Blois, then continue to Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. Amboise is famous for its château, and the Clos Lucé manor house, the place where Leonardo da Vinci lived and ultimately died. We end the day at the village of Chenonceaux, home to the Château de Chenonceau built over the river Cher. The château has extensive parks and gardens created by its many mistresses. (Please note that entrance costs for châteaux or places of interest are at additional cost).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En-route to Rocamadour, we visit the memorial village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Scene of a terrible massacre on 10th June 1944 by the German SS, the village has been frozen in time ever since. We then continue our journey to the Dordogne region, and the village of Rocamadour where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour, where Saint Amadour was reputed to have lived as a hermit. The village is perched high on a limestone cliff in the heart of the Dordogne, and here you'll find many small chapels, including the Chapelle de Notre Dame with its famous Black Madonna, a 12th century carved wooden depiction of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we begin the journey to Carcassonne, famous for the defences of the medieval city. The city exists in two parts – the more modern ‘Bastide St Louis’, which contains the Cathedral of St. Michel, and the walled 'Cité Medieval', whose fortifications were built over many centuries and featured in the religious wars between the Cathars and Albigenses. This afternoon we enjoy time at leisure for exploration before we continue through the beautiful Dordogne countryside to our hotel in the Carcassonne area or an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we travel to the hill-top town of Béziers, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river by means of an aqueduct. After time to discover the town’s rich history, we continue to the famous Grotte de Clamouse, a spectacular series of caves whose amazing abundance of aragonite and calcite formations make it one of the most popular caves in France. After our included visit to the Grotte de Clamouse we continue our journey to Aix en Provence, where we stay for three n

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, our included excursion takes us firstly to the pretty floral village of Bormes les Mimosas, which dates to the 12th century and is renowned to be one of the most beautiful places in the Var region due to its historic buildings, narrow winding streets, and abundance of flowers. We then travel to St. Raphael, a striking riviera resort with its old town area with shaded alleyways, and the ‘Quartier de la Marine’ which was originally a fisherman’s haven and became a renowned seaside resort in the 19th century when the casino and many luxurious villas were built.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy free time in Aix-en-Provence, or why not join us for a full-day optional excursion to one of the most impressive natural sights in Europe, the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, with its dramatic scenery and vast chasms. Our day begins with a visit to Moustiers Ste Marie, a pretty hillside village known for its decorative ceramics and its history. Legend has it that the knight Bozon de Blacas was held captive by the Saracens in the 10th century and pledged to hang a star above his village if he could ever return home safely. The star that shines above Moustiers today is only fifty years old but was painted gold following an unfortunate fall over ten years ago. Worn thin by the wind, the iron had snapped sending the star crashing into the ravine below. One month later, the star was once again hung above the village. We continue to La Palud sur Verdon, where we have time for lunch before a scenic drive around the famous ‘Route des Crêtes’, which offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic viewpoints of the canyon. The Verdon National Park is spread over two French departments, encompasses 43 towns, and has an area estimated at nearly 178,000 hectares. Rich in flora and fauna, and an area of spectacular natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon is one of Provence’s greatest attractions.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we explore the wild, rugged, yet intensely beautiful scenery of the Ardèche, seeing quaint villages clinging to the hillsides. We travel to the spectacular Ardèche gorge taking the scenic route through the gorge, from St. Martin d’Ardèche to Vallon Pont d’Arc, stopping at one of the viewpoints to admire the pretty vistas. We have a little time at leisure in Vallon Pont d’Arc before we travel on to the Lyon/Macon area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We have an early departure this morning as we travel north to the Paris area where we have an overnight 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. Here, you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Honfleur, Mont St. Michel & St. Malo (14-day tour) - Pretty harbour town, spectacular island and fortified old walled town
  • Tours – Quiet city with medieval centre
  • Azay-le-Rideau – Charming town and château
  • 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 cliff-side 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
  • Ardèche – Picturesque ancient villages
  • Paris (14-day tour) - ‘City of lights’ and cosmopolitan capital

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Gorges du Verdon - Dramatic gorge
  • Paris Guided Sightseeing (14-day tour) - The best way to see the major sights
  • River Seine Cruise (14-day tour) – See the city from a different angle

Notes

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

Single Room Supplement from £319.00 (12 days), £369.00 (14 days).

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

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel

Spend the day exploring the beautiful Normandy and Brittany coastline. We begin our day at Honfleur known for its picturesque port and characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages. We continue south to the famous Mont St Michel, an island next to the mainland, with a vast Abbey at its summit. We then travel to St Malo one of Brittany’s most popular destinations and renowned for its walled city and beaches. We stay overnight in the St Malo area.

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

Azay-Le-Rideau

We travel to Tours in the Loire Valley where we enjoy a little time at leisure in Tours centre, before continuing to the pretty village of Azay le Rideau with its small but incredibly beautiful château. (Please note: entrance costs for châteaux or places of interest are at additional cost). After time at leisure in Azay le Rideau, we continue to our hotel in Chinon, a smart ‘bourgeois’ town, where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Amboise

Amboise

Today’s full-day included excursion takes us through the countryside to visit some of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful villages. We travel first to the picturesque town of Blois, then continue to Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. Amboise is famous for its château, and the Clos Lucé manor house, the place where Leonardo da Vinci lived and ultimately died. We end the day at the village of Chenonceaux, home to the Château de Chenonceau built over the river Cher. The château has extensive parks and gardens created by its many mistresses. (Please note that entrance costs for châteaux or places of interest are at additional cost).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En-route to Rocamadour, we visit the memorial village of Oradour-sur-Glane. Scene of a terrible massacre on 10th June 1944 by the German SS, the village has been frozen in time ever since. We then continue our journey to the Dordogne region, and the village of Rocamadour where we stay for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Rocamadour

Rocamadour

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour, where Saint Amadour was reputed to have lived as a hermit. The village is perched high on a limestone cliff in the heart of the Dordogne, and here you'll find many small chapels, including the Chapelle de Notre Dame with its famous Black Madonna, a 12th century carved wooden depiction of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Carcassonne

Carcassonne

After breakfast we begin the journey to Carcassonne, famous for the defences of the medieval city. The city exists in two parts – the more modern ‘Bastide St Louis’, which contains the Cathedral of St. Michel, and the walled 'Cité Medieval', whose fortifications were built over many centuries and featured in the religious wars between the Cathars and Albigenses. This afternoon we enjoy time at leisure for exploration before we continue through the beautiful Dordogne countryside to our hotel in the Carcassonne area or an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Béziers

Béziers

This morning we travel to the hill-top town of Béziers, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river by means of an aqueduct. After time to discover the town’s rich history, we continue to the famous Grotte de Clamouse, a spectacular series of caves whose amazing abundance of aragonite and calcite formations make it one of the most popular caves in France. After our included visit to the Grotte de Clamouse we continue our journey to Aix en Provence, where we stay for three n

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Bormes Les Mimosas

Bormes Les Mimosas

Today, our included excursion takes us firstly to the pretty floral village of Bormes les Mimosas, which dates to the 12th century and is renowned to be one of the most beautiful places in the Var region due to its historic buildings, narrow winding streets, and abundance of flowers. We then travel to St. Raphael, a striking riviera resort with its old town area with shaded alleyways, and the ‘Quartier de la Marine’ which was originally a fisherman’s haven and became a renowned seaside resort in the 19th century when the casino and many luxurious villas were built.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Gorges Du Verdon

Gorges Du Verdon

Enjoy free time in Aix-en-Provence, or why not join us for a full-day optional excursion to one of the most impressive natural sights in Europe, the magnificent Gorges du Verdon, with its dramatic scenery and vast chasms. Our day begins with a visit to Moustiers Ste Marie, a pretty hillside village known for its decorative ceramics and its history. Legend has it that the knight Bozon de Blacas was held captive by the Saracens in the 10th century and pledged to hang a star above his village if he could ever return home safely. The star that shines above Moustiers today is only fifty years old but was painted gold following an unfortunate fall over ten years ago. Worn thin by the wind, the iron had snapped sending the star crashing into the ravine below. One month later, the star was once again hung above the village. We continue to La Palud sur Verdon, where we have time for lunch before a scenic drive around the famous ‘Route des Crêtes’, which offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic viewpoints of the canyon. The Verdon National Park is spread over two French departments, encompasses 43 towns, and has an area estimated at nearly 178,000 hectares. Rich in flora and fauna, and an area of spectacular natural beauty, the Gorges du Verdon is one of Provence’s greatest attractions.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Ardèche

Ardèche

This morning we explore the wild, rugged, yet intensely beautiful scenery of the Ardèche, seeing quaint villages clinging to the hillsides. We travel to the spectacular Ardèche gorge taking the scenic route through the gorge, from St. Martin d’Ardèche to Vallon Pont d’Arc, stopping at one of the viewpoints to admire the pretty vistas. We have a little time at leisure in Vallon Pont d’Arc before we travel on to the Lyon/Macon area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We have an early departure this morning as we travel north to the Paris area where we have 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. Here, you can enjoy the atmosphere and sample the local bars and restaurants.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Paris

Paris

Included, full-day visit to Paris. To make sure you see the major sights, join our optional guided sightseeing tour by coach 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 our 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

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Honfleur, Mont St. Michel & St. Malo (14-day tour) - Pretty harbour town, spectacular island and fortified old walled town
  • Tours – Quiet city with medieval centre
  • Azay-le-Rideau – Charming town and château
  • 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 cliff-side 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
  • Ardèche – Picturesque ancient villages
  • Paris (14-day tour) - ‘City of lights’ and cosmopolitan capital

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Gorges du Verdon - Dramatic gorge
  • Paris Guided Sightseeing (14-day tour) - The best way to see the major sights
  • River Seine Cruise (14-day tour) – See the city from a different angle

Notes

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

Single Room Supplement from £319.00 (12 days), £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

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.

Overnight stays in the Rouen, St. Malo (14-day tour), Lyon/Macon and Paris areas will be in minimum 2-star, city-style hotels.

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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Travel Information

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 £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (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 £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (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 feeder 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 £1 or 1.25 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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