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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 bridge, 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. 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.At the end of your France tour, travel via Eurostar train from Paris to London and enjoy your vacation extension featuring a three night stay in Britain’s capital and a guided sightseeing tour, including iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. All services in London, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. This value-minded France tour—with London—is truly a vacation of a lifetime!
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*Book a 2020 Cosmos vacation (excluding Cosmos Lite and 2020 Oberammergau) to receive the $50 per person discount on the land price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between June 5 and October 22, 2019 for travel in 2020. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not applicable to custom tours. Combinable with all other applicable promotions. Applies to new 2020 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. PRMX0529
ROUEN Orientation walk HONFLEUR and CAEN Visit NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach MONT ST. MICHEL Visit ANGERS Visit the cathedral CHATEAUX COUNTRY Visit LA ROCHELLEVisit BORDEAUX Orientation walk and wine tasting ROCAMADOUR Visit CARCASSONNE Orientation walk PONT DU GARD See the Roman aqueduct ARLES Visit the Roman Amphitheater AIX-EN-PROVENCE Visit GRASSEVisit a perfume workshop BEAUNE Visit Hotel Dieu PARIS Guided sightseeing
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; high-speed Eurostar train
Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris' avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
PARIS–ROUEN–HONFLEUR–CAEN. Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen—one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slate-covered facades. Continue to Caen.
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. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors’ epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.
MONT ST. MICHEL–ANGERS–CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY. Time to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before departing for Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY. Spend the day at leisure or participate in 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.
CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–LA ROCHELLE–BORDEAUX. This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region where you will stop for a WINE TASTING session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux.
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.
TOULOUSE–CARCASSONNE–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON. Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD before reaching Avignon.
AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH RIVIERA. Visit Arles, 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 MIRABEAU, lined in the French tradition with plane trees. See 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.
FRENCH RIVIERA. Take time 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.
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, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.
LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS. Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since the Roman era, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU. Return to the French capital of Paris. Don’t miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.
PARIS. Discover the glorious French capital with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate your tour, a French farewell dinner is magnifique!
PARIS–LONDON, ENGLAND. Travel by high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to London. Your Local Host is available to help you make the most of your stay.
LONDON. Morning guided sightseeing includes all the famous landmarks.
LONDON. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
LONDON. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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AMBOISE Novotel Amboise (ST)
AVIGNON Ibis Avignon Centre Ponte De l'Europe (ST)
BORDEAUX Kyriad Prestige (SF) or Quality Centre (D)
CAEN Ibis Caen Porte D'Angleterre (ST)
LONDON Millennium Gloucester (F)
LYON AREA Parkest (ST)
MONT ST. MICHEL Hotel Vert (TC)
NICE Ibis Promenade des Anglais at Nice (ST)
PARIS Novotel Paris 17 (F) or Ibis Styles Meteor Avenue D 'Italie (ST)
TOULOUSE Ibis Pont Jumeaux (ST)