Best of France

13 Day Guided Tour from Paris to Paris with Trafalgar

Read 22 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 13 Day Best of France. A round-trip from Paris, blazing a trail past Avignon, Carcassonne and the Loire Valley. Marvel at the beaches of Biarritz, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy and visit Claude Monet's...read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Paris
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Paris
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
52
Max Group Size
52
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
France, Monaco
Trip Operated By:
Trafalgar
Trafalgar
857 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
22 Reviews
Trip Code:
FBOF

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Paris
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Lights'. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city. (WR) Stay: Mercure 17 Batignolles
2 Paris – Beaune – Lyon
We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d'Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th-century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends? (B) Stay: Mercure Centre Saxe Lafayette
3 Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)
We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, once the Papal Seat in the 14th century. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song - Sur le pont d'Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married. This evening, we enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before arriving at our hotel. (B/RD) Stay: Best Western Plus Masséna/Holiday Inn
4 French Riviera Free Day
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise. (B)
5 French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a 'Local Specialist' to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, and see the double ring of ramparts and 52 towers. (B/D) Stay: Mercure La Cité
6 Carcassonne – Lourdes – Biarritz
We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl turned saint is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night. (B) Stay: Radisson Blu
7 Biarritz – Bordeaux (2 Nights)
Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city. (B) Stay: Novotel Centre
8 Dordogne Excursion
The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city. Perhaps, tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night. (B)
9 Bordeaux – Loire Valley
We journey through the Garden of France, before we 'Connect With Locals' for a delicious 'Be My Guest' lunch. 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the remarkable gardens at Château Villandry before arriving at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories'. (B/BMG/D) Stay: Château de Beauvois
10 Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Normandy Beaches
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight. (B/D) Stay: Mercure Omaha Beach
11 Normandy Beaches – Giverny – Paris (2 Nights)
We travel west towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to see the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets. (B) Stay: Mercure 17 Batignolles
12 Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Join your 'Local Specialist' on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. See the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo at the Louvre, enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (B/FD)
13 Depart Paris
For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

Trafalgar Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • Visit the Hospices de Beaune, Chateau Villandry, the D-Day Museum, Claude Monet's home at Giverny and the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette's Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • Scenic drive through Dordogne and the Loire Valley
Trip Inclusions
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Including Be My Guest)
  • 6 dinners
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 (22)

13 Day Best of France reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“One of the best trips we have done!”
- ACT, Australia Sep 2019

The Best of France is one of the best trips we have done - so many interesting places and our Tour Director, Marie DuBois, was absolutely fantastic. Accommodation and meals were A1 apart from Bordeaux - the hotel was below par and dinner in the restaurant was forgettable. Yvonne Brooks once again arranged this trip for us and it went smoothly without a hitch - thank you Yvonne.

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“Simply loved this trip!”
- QLD, Australia Sep 2019

We simply loved our France trip! Trafalgar is fabulous and we were so happy we decided to do the "Best of France" tour. It was so comprehensive and we enjoyed going to all of the main regions of France. We could happily do this 13-Day trip all over again!

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“Easiest way to see the best of France ”
- NSW, Australia Jul 2018 2 Helpful Votes View Photo

I was saddened for the trip to end as I made good lasting friendships and saw everything I needed to see in France. I would rate it better than the last trip with Trafalgar in the UK in 2013. Congratulations to Trafalgar's organisers. I also want to thank Global Journeys including my organiser Madeline from the start to finish, a special salute to her for keeping in touch throughout the booking and journey.

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“Global Journeys are the BEST!”
- NSW, Australia Oct 2017 3 Helpful Votes View Photo

I would highly recommend Global Journeys as a booking agency! They made every aspect of the booking easy and worry free. They are highly efficient, helpful and thoroughly professional.

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“The Very Best of France”
- NSW, Australia Oct 2016 4 Helpful Votes

The booking process for Cathay Pacific flights & Trafalgar's Best of France Tour were handled very professionally by Hannah at Global Journeys. Can't fault service & meals on Cathay Pacific. I'm always happy to fly on that airline.
The 13-day Trafalgar Best of France Tour was very comprehensive, giving a detailed overview of the country. I opted to take advantage of all the optional outings offered (as did most of the other passengers) - something I don't normally...read more

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