Tour de France
Day 1 Paris and Versailles
Arrive in Paris, pick up at the airport by the guide and private coach. Visit the Palace of Versailles, the world-famous chateau of Louis XIV. After the guided tour visit the beautiful gardens from the late 17th century, which are considered the best model of a typical French garden. Upon our return check into hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 Paris
Sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit the Opera building, the Champs Élysées, the Place de la Concorde with the Obelisk from Luxor, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Also see the Trocadéro, the Royal Military Academy, the Invalides, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre Museum and the Royal palace. After lunch visit Montmartre, the Place du Tertre, with its many painters and caricaturists, and then, the white-domed basilica of Sacré-Coeur. Also visit the vineyards of Montmartre and the île de la cite.
Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 3 Chartres
Morning departure for Chartres, famous for its beautiful cathedral. Visit the cathedral and the area around it, and then, the international centre of stained-glass windows. After lunch visit the old city with its churches, religious buildings and interesting houses. Return to Paris for dinner at the hotel
Day 4 Free day in Paris
Free day in Paris Perhaps to visit the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. Visit the île de Saint Louis with its interesting quays. Or just wander in the bohemian quarters on the left banc. Dinner not included.
Day 5 Rouen Caen
Depart for Rouen with it beautiful cathedral seen in many paintings by Monet. Visit the historical quarters of the city with its half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets with the famous Rue du Gros-Horloge joining the cathedral with the Place du Vieux Marché where Joan of Arc was burned alive. After lunch depart for Caen, the capital of Lower Normandy. After a guided tour of the city, visit the ruined fortress of William the Conqueror and the Abbaye aux Hommes, built by William the Conqueror from local stone. Spend 2 nights in Caen. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Bayeux, D Day Beaches Caen
Depart for Bayeux, about 30 km from Caen, to visit the famous tapestry depicting the epic story of William of Normandy’s conquest of England in 1066. Visit the old town and the cathedral of Notre Dame, a mixture of Norman and Gothic architecture. After lunch tour the D-Day Beaches: Arromanches with the remains of the artificial harbour, the war cemeteries at Saint Laurent and Omaha. Return to Caen for the night, dinner.
Day 7 Mont Saint Michel Tours
Depart Caen for a visit to Mont-St-Michel, the most-visited sight in France after the Eiffel Tower. This granite island with its huge monastery, and linked to the mainland by a causeway, is also named the Marvel of the West. Upon our arrival, visit the Abbey, considered a jewel of Norman architecture. After lunch, depart for the Loire Valley. Stay at Tours for 2 nights, dinner.
Day 8 Loire castles
Tour of the Loire Castles. First visit the Chateau Chenonceau, which is constructed over the river Cher, and considered the jewel of the Loire Valley. The beautiful gallery houses works of famous painters such as Rubens and Tintoretto. Continue to Amboise to see its castle, which became a royal palace in the 15th and 16th centuries. After lunch, the afternoon will be spent on a guided tour of the Chateau du Chambord. This masterpiece of the French Renaissance is the largest of the Loire chateaux. Visit the royal apartments of François I and of Louis XIV. Return to the hotel to take a little rest, and leave for dinner at a cellar restaurant built under the mountain, typical atmosphere and regional menus are provided. These troglodyte houses are used as wine cellar, or champignons culture.
Day 9 Cognac, Rocamadour
Depart for Cognac, a city famous for its drink. Experience a cognac tasting, and after lunch continue our tour towards Rocamadour via Limoges and Angoulême.
Spend the night in Rocamadour, dinner.
Day 10 Rocamadour, Viaduct of Millau, Avignon
Visit the medieval village of Rocamadour, which is perched upon a cliff, and is one of the most-visited tourist spot in France. Leave for Avignon via the viaduct of Millau, the highest bridge in the world. Lunch on the way. Towards the evening, arrive in Avignon. Spend 2 nights in Avignon.
Day 11 Avignon, Arles
In the morning, a guided tour of Avignon, the city of the popes. This fascinating town is still surrounded by parts of the massive ramparts built in the 14th century. Visit its historical centre, the Palais des Papes, a fortress-like colossal palace, and St. Bénézet Bridge, known as the Pont d”Avignon. In the afternoon, drive to Arles, a lovely town full of classical antiquities and Romanesque stonework. Visit the old town with its small cobble stoned streets and beautiful squares, and the church St-Trophime with its ornate portal. Also visit the Ancient Theatre, which is now used for the Festival d’ Arles, and the Arènes, the best-preserved amphitheatre from the Roman times. Have rest at the hotel, and continue to Chateauneuf du Pape for a visit of a wine cellar and of course tasting of the famous wines following by a nice dinner at restaurant.
Return to Avignon for the night, dinner.
Day 12 Avignon, Beaune
Drive to Beaune, considered the wine capital of Burgundy, and one of the most visited towns of the area. After lunch en route, visit the old town wit its narrow streets, and surrounded by ramparts, and then, tour one of the wine cellars for a tasting of the famous wines of the region. Dinner and overnight in Beaune.
Day 13 Beaune, Strasbourg
Depart Beaune for Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region. En route stop in Colmar, a city which was mostly destroyed during WWII, but has the beat-preserved old town. After lunch, there will be a guided tour of the old town with its maze of narrow streets lined with half-timbered Renaissance houses. Visit the Ancienne Douane, the 15th century customs house, the Maison Phister, the most striking of the city’s old dwellings, and the streets of the tanners, and the fish market. Continue to Strasbourg and stay there two nights, dinner.
Day 14 Strasbourg
Guided panoramic tour of Strasbourg, a city noted for its two cultures: French and German. It is the seat of the European court of Human rights and of the European Parliament. The city centre, which includes the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and the district of the Petite France, is considered a world heritage site. Free time to enjoy this beautiful and interesting area. Farewell dinner in Strasbourg.
Day 15 Strasbourg, back home
In the morning, take the speed train TGV from Strasbourg (2 h 20) to Charles de Gaulle airport (your luggage is taken by the coach you meet in CDG at your arrival). Check in, back home. Au revoir la France!
Our services includes :
- 14 x accommodation and buffet breakfast at sup ***hotels in the mentioned towns
- 10 x dinners at hotel or nearby, 3 course meals, beverage not included
- 2 x special dinners at typical restaurant
- Coach for the whole itinerary except day 4 in Paris, included 2 evenings during the tour
- Qualified English speaking guide for all day services except day 4
- Entrance fees and tasting as described
- TGV train ticket from Strasbourg to Paris or to CDG and transfer to the airport
- Porterage in all the hotels
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