Grand Tour of France

Paris | Normandy | Loire Valley | Bordeaux | Biarritz | Carcassonne | Provence | French Riviera | Lyon | Burgundy (17 Days)

Take a comprehensive round-trip journey of France. Learn about the history represented in ostentatious castles, half-timbered villages, Roman and medieval wonders. Experience the French ‘joie de vivre’ in Parisian streets, casual but elegant cafes, glamorous seaside resorts, and an affinity for gastronomic pleasures.

  • Marvel at the famous landmarks and architecture of the ‘City of Lights’
  • Be wowed by the extravagant Palace of Versailles
  • Explore beautiful Bayeux’s timber-framed architecture and rich history
  • Visit the beaches of Normandy and their compelling D-Day memorials
  • Wander medieval Mont-Saint-Michel, an unforgettable monastic tidal island
  • Delight in the Renaissance gems of the Loire Valley’s grand castles and manicured gardens
  • Discover the sublime historic architecture and wine of Bordeaux
  • View the Bay of Arcachon and Europe’s tallest sand dune
  • Spend a day among the beach resorts of the Bay of Biscay
  • Step into the middle ages in stunning Carcassonne
  • Relax and unwind in charming Aix-en-Provence
  • Experience the Provençal way of life in St Remy and Les Baux
  • Meet the most glamorous haunts along the Cote d’Azur
  • Stop at the magnificent Roman theatre of Orange
  • See the flamboyant Gothic-style hospital of Beaune
  • Savor the city of Lyon, at the heart of France’s gastronomic scene
  • Finish your journey in Dijon, the home of beef bourguignon and coq au vin
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Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris and private transfer to your hotel. Paris
Day 2 Paris city orientation including the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and a Seine River Cruise. Paris
Day 3 Day trip to the opulent Palace of Versailles. Time to shop and stroll in Paris. Paris
Day 4 Transfer by train or car to Caen and on to Bayeux. Guided city walking tour, including the Bayeux tapestry. Bayeux
Day 5 Visit Normandy’s D-Day landing beaches and memorials. Bayeux
Day 6 Visit the magical islet and monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel. Overnight in Angers, a historic royal capital in the lower Loire Valley. Angers
Day 7 Visit two Loire Valley castles such as Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Chenonceau. Train from Tours to Bordeaux and transfer to your hotel. Bordeaux
Day 8 Guided orientation tour of Bordeaux, including wine tasting class. Optional tickets to La Cité du Vin wine museum. Bordeaux
Day 9 Visit the seaside town of Arcachon en route to your hotel in Biarritz. Biarritz
Day 10 Transfer to your hotel in Carcassonne and guided walking tour of the medieval walled town. Optional stop at the pilgrimage site of Lourdes. Carcassonne
Day 11 Train to Aix-en-Provence for overnight. Guided city walking tour. Aix-en-Provence
Day 12 Day trip to the Provence towns of Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence. Aix-en-Provence
Day 13 Visit towns of the Cote d'Azur en route to your hotel in Nice. Nice
Day 14 Day trip along the French Riviera, including Villefranch sur Mer, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Éze. OR day trip to Monaco and Monte Carlo. Nice
Day 15 Visit the Roman theater of Orange en route to your hotel in Lyon. Lyon
Day 16 Guided foodie walking tour of Lyon’s historic quarter. Visit the Hospices de Beaune en route to your hotel in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. Dijon
Day 17 Train from Dijon to Paris airport in 2 hours. Take your departure flight.  

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