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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!
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.Guides:
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Loire Valley, Cognac, Dordogne, Perigot Noir, French Riviera, Route Napoleon, Burgundy
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
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Timohotel Berthier (ST) or Novotel Paris 17 (F) CAEN
Mercure Caen Cote De Nacre (ST) MONT ST. MICHEL
Hotel Vert (TC) CHATEAUX COUNTRY
Novotel Amboise (ST) BORDEAUX
Mercure Bordeaux Meriadeck (MF) TOULOUSE
Radisson Blu Hotel Toulouse Airport (F) AVIGNON
Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De l'Europe (ST) FRENCH RIVIERA
Ibis Styles Nice Vieux Port (ST) or Park Inn by Radisson Nice Airport (MF) LYON AREA
Hotel Lyon Ouest (F) or Parkest (ST)
Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.