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. This value-minded tour through France is truly a vacation of a lifetime!
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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 Guides:
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris; professional Tour Director while touring Scenic Highlights:
Scenic Highlights: Loire Valley, Perigot Noir, Dordogne, Cognac, French Riviera, Burgundy wine country, Route Napoleon Notes:
NOTES:December 20 Departure – New Year in Paris including Reveillon dinnerOn Tuesday departures, overnight is at Blois instead of Amboise. Itinerary changes as follows:Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Blois. (B)Day 5: At leisure in Blois or optional excursion to Chenonceau & Amboise Castles. (B,D)Day 6: Blois–Poitiers–La Rochelle–Bordeaux. (B,D)
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 with free Wi-Fi
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