Grand Tour of France - Cosmos® Travel

Grand Tour of France (4780)

14 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

2017 Tour Details

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this France tour that starts and ends in Paris.

History buffs are sure to be delighted by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history when we stop at Pont Du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st century; visit the amphitheater in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, Then, moving on to the Middle Ages, visit Rocamadour, a town perched high on a cliff; walk by the ancient battlements in the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne; and visit Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu charity hospital, built in 1443 after the Hundred Years' War left many of the town's population destitute.. On the “route Napoleon”, follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, when he returned from Elba. Coming to recent history, see Normandy’s landing beaches, where Operation Neptune was launched on June 6 1944.

Art history fans will enjoy a visit to Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and a stroll around the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés.

In Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, visit a perfume workshop. You'll also travel through some of France's most beautiful areas. Spend time in the Châteaux Country, home to spectacular castles since the 11th century. Discover the Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, with its charming villages and attractive castles. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll plenty of time to explore this beautiful area on the Mediterranean Sea.

This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers cathedral, La Rochelle, Cognac Museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles Roman Amphitheater, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse perfume workshop, Beaune Hôtel-Dieu. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Loire Valley, Cognac, Dordogne, Perigot Noir, French Riviera, Route Napoleon, Burgundy

NOTES:
April 9 Departure - Easter
December 20 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Historic fortified City of Carcassonne
  • Mont Saint Michel and its Bay
  • Palace and Park of Versailles
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
  • Historic centre of Avignon

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Paris–Rouen–Honfleur–Caen

Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen, one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, and walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port, characterized by houses with slate-covered facades, before reaching Caen.

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Day 3 Caen–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors’ epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Mont St. Michel–Angers–Châteaux Country

Time to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach your hotel. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Châteaux Country

Spend some time at leisure or join an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful châteaux make for splendid panoramas.

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Day 6 Châteaux Country–La Rochelle–Cognac–Bordeaux

Enjoy some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue eastwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the HENNESSY MUSEUM in Cognac. Next, visit Bordeaux for an orientation walk of the city center.

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Day 7 Bordeaux–Dordogne–Rocamadour–Toulouse

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.

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Day 8 Toulouse–Carcassonne–Nîmes–Pont Du Gard–Avignon

Travel to Carcassonne for an orientation walk of this well-preserved medieval town. Then, continue to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Get a view of the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Avignon–Arles–Aix-En-Provence–French Riviera

Visit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known all over the world by the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEU, lined with plane trees, and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the optional evening excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 French Riviera

Take the time today to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by Night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 French Riviera–Grasse–Lyon Area

First to Grasse to visit a traditional PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

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Day 12 Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital and “City of Light,” Paris. Don’t miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.

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Day 13 Paris

During included sightseeing with a local expert, see many of the best-known Parisian sites: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the modern glass Louvre Pyramid, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLARA CRAWFORD

Years of Experience: 5

It would delight me to show you France - the most visited country in the world. This is a place of enormous variety in its history, natural beauty, and the magic of Paris! Add to this the fantastic food, wonderful wines, and musical language and you'll truly fall in love with the country and its people!

Tour Director - CLARA CRAWFORD

 Accommodations

PARIS Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Kyriad Bercy (ST)
CAEN Mercure Cote de Nacre (ST) at Herouville St. Clair
MONT ST. MICHELHotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST)
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY Novotel Amboise (F)
BORDEAUX Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
TOULOUSE Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport (F)
AVIGNON Ibis Pont de l’Europe (ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (ST)
FRENCH RIVIERA Park Inn Nice (ST) or Ibis Styles Vieux Port (ST)
LYON AREA Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
PARIS Novotel La Defense (F) or Timhotel Berthier (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Loire Valley
French Riviera
Paris

LoireValley

Regional Dinner

Regional Dinner

Enjoy a delicious dinner which will offer you some specialities of the area. An evening to enrich your French experience.

Price Range: $

Chateau Chenonceaux/Amboise

Chateau Chenonceaux/Amboise

Discover the "Chateaux country" in the Loire region taking a guided tour of the Chateau of Amboise and the Chateau of Chenonceau.

Price Range: $$

FrenchRiviera

Dinner on the French Riviera

Dinner on the French Riviera

Enjoy a pleasant dinner in a typical French restaurant where you try out local dishes and regional wine.

Price Range: $

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Excursion to St. Paul de Vence

Enjoy the serene setting of this picturesque spot made famous by artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Miro.

Price Range: $

Montecarlo by Night with Dinner

Montecarlo by Night with Dinner

A beautiful drive along the French Riviera - arriving in the Principality of Monaco, where you will have a delicious French dinner followed by a drink to enjoy the Monaco jet-set atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

Paris

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Mona Lisa's Smile and the Louvre Museum

Once a royal palace and now a museum housing one of the most famous art collections in the world, the Louvre is yours on a guided tour.

Price Range: $$

Cabaret Show

Cabaret Show

A trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to a typical cabaret show!

Price Range: $$

The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles

Admire the historic Versailles, the beautiful, restored palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Price Range: $$

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Farewell Dinner and Orientation

Enjoy a memorable four-course dinner plus a breathtaking orientation drive of the city.

Price Range: $$

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