Home > All Tours > Europe > Western Europe Tours > Country Roads of France (Small Group)

Country Roads of France (Small Group)

  No Trip Reviews No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Small Group Coach Scenic / Sightseeing
Our Price From 8,325 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 192 Per Person
 Trip Length
16 Days
 Trip Starts
Paris
 Trip Finishes
Paris
16 Day Country Roads of France (Small Group) Itinerary (Insight Vacations)
Countries Explored: France Monaco
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
24
Trip Style
Country Roads
Trip Code
SE723

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations 16 Day Country Roads of France (Small Group). Consider this your ‘Tour de France’ — a 16-day guided tour that embraces the best of the country, from fortified towns and fine wines. Drive along the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco, stopping to step inside its cathedral, where Princess Grace has been laid to rest. In Avignon, play pétanque, a bocce-like sport, then celebrate your new skills with a fine French aperitif. Travel to Carcassonne, a fortified city complete with ramparts and a medieval keep. Drive through the Valley of the Dordogne,...read more then feast on a farm-to-table dinner paired with regional wine in Sarlat-La-Caneda. In Paris, embrace the City of Light’s most beloved sites: marvel at the Eiffel Tower, gaze at Louvre's glorious facades, and be driven down the posh Champs Elysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe.

Itinerary

On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfers leave for the hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. After checking in, the capital’s grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. At 17:30, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner at Brasserie Bofinger, a local restaurant with cuisine inspired by country recipes. (DW) Stay: Pullman Paris Centre Bercy.

Journey through the Champagne region. Stop to savour a taste of champagne, for which this region is world famous, with an expert vintner. Continue on to your hotel in Dijon. (B/DW) Stay: Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche, 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)

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. (B) Stay: Hotel Mercure Chamonix.

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. Continue on to your hotel in Grenoble. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant. (B/DW) Stay: Park Hôtel Grenoble-MGallery.

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.

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)

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 and on to your hotel. (B) Stay: Aquabella Hotel & Spa, Aix-en-Provence.

Head to beautiful Arles and learn about its historical connection to Vincent Van Gough, who produced over 300 artworks during his time in the city. 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 magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct bridge. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your newfound skills as you take part in a game, completed by a glass of pastis, a French apéritif. Stop at the beautiful Château d’Estoublon for a tasting of its renowned wines and gastronomic olive oils. A MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, the chateau uses biodynamic practices throughout the estate, creating a sustainable business for future generations. (B)

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 to Albi, the birthplace of the 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 of carefully selected fresh ingredients, at a local restaurant. (B/DW) Stay: Hôtel Saint Antoine, Albi.

Enjoy a full day at leisure, to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi. (B)

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. 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.

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 region. (B/DW)

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.

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 Élysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Today enjoy an Insight Choice experience. Choose to shop in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian for fashion, perfume or cosmetics with your Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to 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)

Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Celebrated across France on 14 July, Bastille Day commemorates the end of the French monarchy. On select departures, witness the remarkable display of fireworks lighting up the warm summer sky and perhaps join in one of the traditional balls.
  • 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.
  • Eze: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
  • Monaco: Explore inside Monaco Cathedral.
  • Monaco: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit and wander the old town with your Travel Director to see the Royal Palace and the yacht-filled harbour.
  • Saint-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, a lively thoroughfare in Aix-en-Provence.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
  • Cite de Carcassone: 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.
  • Sarlat-la-Caneda: Explore the cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda and see the historic golden limestone buildings.
  • Montignac: 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.
  • Vers-Pont-du-Gard: Join a pétanque player to learn the secrets behind this traditional French discipline. Steady your hand and get ready to test your newfound skills in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.

Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • Paris: Shop in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian with your Local Expert.
  • Paris: Join an avid local foodie on a walk through the streets of Paris. Visit a variety of patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and sample local treats and delicacies along the way.

  • Provence: Taste renowned wines and gastronomic olive oils at Château d'Estoublon. The chateau uses biodynamic practices throughout the estate, creating a sustainable business for future generations.

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • 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 delight 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.

  • Paris: Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at a local restaurant in the heart of Paris for a delightful Welcome Dinner, served with wine.
  • Colombé-la-Fosse: Journey through the Champagne region. Stop for a taste of the bubbles which have made this region famous worldwide, with an expert vintner.
  • Grenoble: Enjoy a delicious raclette dinner in Grenoble.
  • Cahors: See the Pont Valentré as you enjoy a tasting through the markets.
  • Sarlat-la-Caneda: Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region.
  • Paris: Join an avid local foodie on a walk through the streets of Paris. Visit a variety of patisseries, boulangeries and chocolatiers and sample local treats and delicacies along the way.
  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfast (B), and 7 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 20 or more guests).
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
Play Youtube Video

Availability

Small Group Departure
Saturday 03 Sep 2022
Sunday 18 Sep 2022
Status
From: $9,594 $9,402
Save $192 Enquire
Small Group Departure
Saturday 15 Apr 2023
Sunday 30 Apr 2023
Status
From: $8,495 $8,325
Save $170 Enquire
Small Group Departure
Saturday 29 Jul 2023
Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Status
From: $8,550 $8,379
Save $171 Enquire
Small Group Departure
Saturday 03 Sep 2022
Sunday 18 Sep 2022
Status
From: $11,202 $11,010
Save $192 Enquire
Small Group Departure
Saturday 15 Apr 2023
Sunday 30 Apr 2023
Status
From: $9,745 $9,575
Save $170 Enquire
Small Group Departure
Saturday 29 Jul 2023
Sunday 13 Aug 2023
Status
From: $9,800 $9,629
Save $171 Enquire
Key
Definite Departure. Minimum numbers reached for this depature to operate.
Available Departure. Minimum numbers not yet reached, so while this depature is expected to operate, it’s not yet a Definite Departure.
Not Available. Places on this departure are unavailable.
Small Group Departure, Maximum of 24 travelers.
Note
Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Note
Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Insight Vacations.

Similar Tours

17 Day Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco (Insight Vacations)

17 Days Madrid Madrid

Operated By: Insight Vacations

From 5,806
Save 141
17 Day Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco (Small Group) (Insight Vacations)

17 Days Madrid Madrid

Operated By: Insight Vacations

From 7,595
Save 155
16 Day Country Roads of France (Insight Vacations)

16 Days Paris Paris

Operated By: Insight Vacations

From 6,391
Save 1,204
22 Day French Heritage (Small Group) (Insight Vacations)

22 Days Paris Paris

Operated By: Insight Vacations

From 12,539
Save 257