Country Roads of France

16 Day Country Roads Tour from Paris to Paris with Insight Vacations

Read 20 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations 16 Day Country Roads of France. Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France.'

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Country Roads Tour Starts In
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Paris
Country Roads Tour Ends In
Ends In
Paris
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 - 4.5 Star
40
Max Group Size
40
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
France, Monaco
Trip Operated By:
Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations
503 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.5 out of 5
20 Reviews
Trip Code:
E723

Itinerary

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1 Welcome To Paris.
Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (DW) Stay: Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
2 Champagne Region And On To Dijon.
Journey through the Champagne region, famous for its magnificent core of medieval buildings, appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Continue to the Burgundy region, once a powerful duchy and synonymous with fine wine. Stop in the quiet village of Chablis which gives its name to one of the most famous French wines. Join an expert vintner for a taste and introduction to these refreshing, steely whites. Continue on to your hotel in Dijon. (B/DW) Stay: Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery.
3 Free Time In Dijon.
Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don't miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin. (B)
4 Chamonix.
Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you ascend into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. In the evening you may choose to try a local pierrade at a local trendy eatery in a traditional chalet. This Optional Experience provides the chance to try a typical regional meal, cooked on a table barbecue using on a hot stone. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner. (B/DW) Stay: Mercure Chamonix Centre.
5 Lakeside Annecy And Grenoble.
In the morning, embark on a beautiful journey to the lakeside town of Annecy, dramatically situated between lake and mountains, it's a medieval spectacle and a summer getaway for the French and the Swiss locals. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. Explore the city's many lovely bridges at your leisure or perhaps embark on a boat trip on Lake Annecy? (B) Stay: Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery.
6 The French Riviera To Reach Nice.
Glorious mountain scenery will be yours to enjoy as you travel along a spectacular route, used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. In the evening, why not walk through old town Nice, ending in Cours Saleya where dinner is at your leisure at one of the many lovely bistros? (B) Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.
7 Monaco And The Côte D’azur.
Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d'Azur. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline? (B)
8 Picturesque Provence.
Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau, before continuing to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the famous wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the various grape varieties that are allowed into the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. (B) Stay: Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence.
9 Avignon And Pont Du Gard.
Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d'Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace. Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. End your day with a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties. (B)
10 Carcassonne And To Albi.
Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before journeying inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel on to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral, before spending the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (B/DW) Stay: Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi.
11 Free Time In Albi.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi. (B)
12 Cahors And Rocamadour.

Stop in Cahors, famous for its Black Wine, and see the Pont Valentré. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the open air market - full of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies, it's an experience to delight all of the senses. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain. Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog.

After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses. (B/DW) Stay: La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne.

13 Exploring The Dordogne Valley.
Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region. (B/DW)
14 Paris, The City Of Light.
Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. As evening descends, the City of Light lives up to its name as the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to join an Optional Experience to one of the world-famous cabaret shows. (B) Stay: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.
15 Romantic Capital On The Seine.
During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the imposing facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Today enjoy an Insight Choice experience. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to venture into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives and explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. You are in for a memorable evening starting with a delicious Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole, serving delicious French cuisine and wine. (B/DW)
16 Au Revoir Paris.
Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Bastille Day: Celebrated across France on 14 July, Bastille Day commemorates the end of the French monarchy. Witness the remarkable display of fireworks lighting up the warm summer sky and perhaps join in one of the traditional balls.
  • Troyes: Explore the medieval heart of the Champagne capital.
  • Dijon: Listen as your Travel Director tells you about the history of Dijon, the capital city of the Burgundy region.
  • Chamonix: Stay in France's mountaineering capital.
  • Annecy: Enjoy free time in the Little Venice area.
  • Nice: Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal town of Nice on the French Riviera.
  • Côte d'Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
  • Monaco: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Wander the old town to see the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbour and visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Princess Grace.
  • St-Paul de Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and why it became a refuge for artists.
  • Aix-en-Provence: See the mansions of the Cours Mirabeau.
  • Avignon: During a city orientation learn about the history behind this medieval city. See Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as Pont d'Avignon, and pass the medieval battlements to the town centre to see the Papal Palace.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Vers Pont Du Gard: Enjoy a cocktail and a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game.
  • Carcassonne: Enjoy an orientation of this fortified town and see the fortress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Albi: This is the birthplace of artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Walk the town and marvel at the awe-inspiring cathedral.
  • Rocamadour: Visit this medieval cliff top town.
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: See the golden limestone buildings.
  • Lascaux II Caves: These caves contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world. For preservation reasons, they have been replicated in all their glory.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the scenery of the French countryside as you travel through Burgundy, the High Alps, along the Route Napoleon and French Riviera, past Cote d'Azur, Avignon, the Languedoc Region and through the Dordogne Valley.
  • Vers Pont Du Gard: Take part in a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.
Trip Inclusions
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Included Meals
  • Chablis: Taste one of the most famous white wines in the world. Treasure the purity of flavour and rapier-like effect on the palate with an expert vintner.
  • Chambéry: Savour a delightful Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and accompanied with local wine.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Embark on a Côtes du Rhone experience to a famous wine village, where you sample wine with an expert and gain a few tips about what to look for in a robust red - its colour, fragrance and legs are all as important as the taste.
  • Cahors: See the Pont Valentré as you enjoy a tasting through the markets.
  • Dordogne Valley: Sample some of the delicacies of the area when you visit a local farm.
  • Dordogne: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog. Savour a tasting of small canapes, topped with a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine.
  • Paris: Meet a local foodie for a behind-the-scenes look into Parisian life. Taste local delicacies in a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier off-the-beaten-track on a gourmet walking tour.
  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon appétit!
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (20)

16 Day Country Roads of France reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Country Roads of France”
- NSW, Australia May 2019 View Photo

Hannah as usual made our booking process very easy. She promptly answered our questions and queries. We loved the trip. It had a great variety of food and wine experiences combined with a variety of beautiful scenery and historical villages. Elizabeth our tour director took care of all our needs in a professional but caring manner.

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“Great tour of southern France”
- WA, Australia Sep 2018 5 Helpful Votes

We really enjoyed our Insight Country roads of France tour. Plenty of time to relax and plenty of free time to explore. Would recommend this tour in late September. The temperatures were ideal and very little rain. We do feel some of the Optional Excursions should have been included in the tour. We would highly recommend the optional dinner at a winery about 30 minutes from Dijon. Phillips and his family were very welcoming and the food was excellent. Making our booking with Georgie from Global...read more

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“Fantastic Tour of France ”
- SA, Australia Sep 2018 2 Helpful Votes

I absolutely loved this tour and made some great friends. I can highly recommend this tour, it was truly a country roads tour. We were lucky enough to have a fantastic Tour Director Frederic and coach driver Tex. Frederic is so knowledgeable about all parts of France. I enjoyed the trip so much my brother and sisters-in-law are going to do it next year. Thanks Jemma for organising it for me.

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“Wonderfull trip in Country France and Paris”
- VIC, Australia Jun 2018 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

Overall we had a wonderful time. Some of our highlights were Chamonix, Sarlat, Rocamadour, Albi but really enjoyed the tour and experience as a whole. Our wine tours were quite enjoyable and optional food was excellent. Was a good mix of travellers. Would definitely recommend Insight tours and book through Global Journeys. Very helpful and approachable.

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“Country Roads of France”
- VIC, Australia Jun 2018 8 Helpful Votes

Other travellers were very pleasant. Tour was good. Tour guide spent most of her time talking up the optional excursions so people would buy them - obviously wanting her commission. This was a turn off as most were overpriced.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Country Roads of France tour with Insight Vacations. Whilst we are happy to hear that your overall experience on the road with us was an enjoyable one, we truly regret to learn that certain aspects of your trip, notably the Optional Experiences did not quite meet your expectations. As such, your concerns will be shared with our internal team for further review to see where possible improvements could be made going forward. That being said, we sincerely hope to have the opportunity to restore your full faith in our guided holidays in the near future.

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