Grand Tour of France
The Best of France: Paris, Provence, French Riviera, Bordeaux and Loire Valley
Day 1 – Arrival in Paris
Private transfer from Paris airport to your hotel. Free time to adjust to the timezone and relax. In the evening, enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise on the Seine and admire the beautifully illuminated landmarks of the City of Lights, followed by a guided tour of the most popular neighborhoods of Paris.
Day 2 – Discover Paris
Join your guide for a unique tour of the Eiffel Tower. First, you will visit the engine room that houses the original machines which still operate the elevators of the Iron Lady. After that you will ascend to the second floor for a memorable panorama of Paris. Free time for the rest of the day. We suggest a visit to the Louvre, a walk in the Luxembourg Gardens or people watching at a café in Saint-Germain.
Day 3 – Versailles
In the morning, a driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Versailles, once the residence of French royalty including the famous Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI. With skip the line tickets in hand, save precious vacation time and enjoy a guided visit of the Great Apartments, the Queen's Bedroom, the Gallery of Battles and the incredible Hall of Mirrors. Take advantage of the remaining time and take a stroll in the manicured French gardens. Return to Paris by midday. Free time in the afternoon.
Day 4 – Neighborhoods of Paris
Start the day with a walking tour of Montmartre, one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Paris, which managed to retain the look and feel of a French village. Small boutique shops, boulangeries, and cobblestone streets contribute to the peaceful atmosphere of the area, a favorite of many artists. Place du Tertre, a small vineyard, the Sacré Cœur Basilica and the infamous Moulin Rouge are some of the highlights of the tour. Free time for the rest of the day. You could explore another Parisian neighborhood, such as Le Marais or The Latin Quarter.
Day 5 – Avignon, Provence
Transfer by high-speed train to Avignon, Provence. After checking in to your hotel, spend the rest of the day exploring the magnificent walled town of Avignon and its main landmark, The Palais des Papes. The Petit Palais museum adjacent to the Popes Palace has an interesting collection of Renaissance paintings, while Le Pont d’Avignon is the bridge that served as inspiration for the popular children’s song with the same name.
Day 6 – The Hilltop Villages of Provence
Join your local guide for a half-day tour of The Lubéron famous for its picturesque villages, which are classified as some of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit Roussillon and Gordes, and stop at Sénanque Abbey in the midst of lavender fields, the home of Cistercian monks. Visit the Lavender Museum where you will learn about the production of lavender oil. Note: the lavender season is from mid June to mid August.
Day 7 – The Roman Heritage
Provence has many sites to offer and some of the best ones are St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence and Arles. Retrace the steps of Vincent Van Gogh as he was inspired by all these locations where he spent a considerable amount of time. St Rémy is a gorgeous little town sitting amidst olive groves and Roman vestiges. Les Baux de Provence is a medieval village built on top of a rock, overlooking the Alpilles mountain range and entirely pedestrian. Arles is your quintessential Provence town with a permanent holiday atmosphere and a magnificent Roman colosseum. Your guide will take you to all those places.
Day 8 – The French Riviera
Transfer by high-speed train to Cannes. Check in to your hotel, then spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach or exploring the city.
Day 9 – Glamorous Monaco
Take a half-day guided trip to the Principality of Monaco. Witness the changing of the guards, roll a few dice at the Monte-Carlo Casino and let yourself be mesmerized by the glitz and glamour. Later visit the medieval village of Eze, which takes the shape of a spiral on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Free time in the second part of the day. We suggest a visit to Place Massena and the Matisse Museum in Nice, or a stroll on the glamorous Croisette in Cannes.
Day 10 – The Riviera backcountry
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and take you to the charming, small villages of the French Riviera. St Paul de Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Gourdon are peaceful havens that provide a nice break from the big towns. Free time in the afternoon to relax or hit the sandy beaches of Juan les Pins, visit the Picasso Museum in Antibes or take the ferry to Lérins Islands.
Day 11 – Bordeaux
Private transfer to the airport to board a short, 1-hour flight from Nice to Bordeaux. Upon arrival a driver will pick you up and take you to the hotel. Check in and start exploring the city, a UNESCO heritage site.
Day 12 – Wine Tasting in St Emilion
In the first part of the day, free time for shopping on Rue Sainte Catherine and tasting local delicacies, such as cannelés, or sipping an apéritif at a wine bar. Place de la Bourse with its reflecting pool and Saint Sernin Basilica are well worth a visit. The second part of the day is reserved for a trip to the medieval village of Saint Emilion. Accompanied by an accredited wine guide, participate in a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Estate wine tasting and discover the underground passages of this intriguing place.
Day 13 - The Loire Valley
Transfer by high-speed train to Tours, Loire Valley. Pick up a rental car and head to your magnificent château hotel. Note: the Loire Valley is meant to be experienced from the countryside, which is why we recommend and arrange a rental car.
Day 14 - Explore the Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Discover on your own the grandiose castles of the Loire Valley, such as Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and Chambord. These impressive châteaux are within reasonable distance from your hotel and easily accessible.
Alternatively, you can rent a bike and go for a ride along the canals and on the country roads. If you are a wine aficionado, the Loire Valley offers some less known, yet excellent wines, such as Chinon, Sancerre, Saumur, and Touraine.
Day 15 – Return to Paris
Return the rental car and take the high-speed train back to Paris. A chauffeur will pick you up at the train station and transfer you to Chantilly, a lovely town situated a short distance from Paris CDG airport. Chantilly, famous for its whipped cream and lace, is also home to a beautiful castle and an equestrian center. Enjoy your last night at an elegant hotel tucked away in the settings of Domaine de Chantilly.
Day 16 - Return home
Private transfer from your hotel to Paris airport. Au revoir!
$5,240.00 PER PERSON IN 4* HOTELS
Based on double room occupancy. Price is subject to variations according to season. Activities may be in a different order depending on availability. Additional terms and conditions apply.
- Private transfer from CDG airport to hotel in Paris
- 4 nights in a centrally located hotel in Paris
- Seine river cruise and Paris by night tour (small group 8 people max)
- Backstage tour of the Eiffel Tower (small group 15 people max)
- Half day guided tour of Versailles (small group 8 people max)
- 3-hour guided walking tour of Montmartre (small group 20 people maximum)
- 1st class TGV train tickets from Paris to Avignon
- 3 nights in a centrally located hotel in historic Avignon
- Half day guided tour of the Lubéron (small group 8 people max)
- Half day guided tour of St Rémy, Les Baux and Arles (small group 8 people max)
- 1st class TGV train tickets from Avignon to Cannes
- 3 nights in a charming Cannes hotel
- Half day guided tour of Eze and Monaco (small group 8 people max)
- Half day guided tour of the backcountry villages (small group 8 people max)
- Private transfer from hotel to Nice airport
- Economy class airfare from Nice to Bordeaux
- Private transfer from Bordeaux airport to hotel
- 2 nights in a centrally located hotel in Bordeaux
- Half day guided tour of Saint Emilion and wine tasting
- 1st class train tickets from Bordeaux to the Loire Valley
- 2-day car rental, compact class, manual transmission, no deductible insurance package
- 2 nights in a charming Loire Valley chateau
- 1st class TGV train tickets from the Loire Valley to Paris
- Private transfer from railway station to Chantilly, near CDG airport
- 1 night at a superb hotel on Domaine de Chantilly
- Private transfer from hotel to Paris CDG airport
- Daily breakfasts
- Most taxes
- 24-hour emergency line
Package does not include:
- Personal expenses
- International airfare
- Luggage allowance on Nice to Bordeaux flight - to be paid at check-in
- Car rental fees and extras (i.e. road fee, additional driver fee, train station/airport pick-up fee, GPS)
- Other meals aside from breakfast
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Visas or passport processing
- Baggage handling
- Handicap or disability assistance
- Extended customer support
- International driver license (recommended, but not mandatory in France)