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Grand Tour of France (4780)

14 Day Tour from Paris to Paris

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You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now is 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 Bordeaux wine-growing region. All of this and much more are included on this tour of France that begins and ends in Paris. History buffs are sure to be amazed by the many historic towns and attractions on this tour. Immerse yourself in ancient Roman history with a stop at Pont Du Gard bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 1st Century. Visit the amphitheatre in Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome. Go back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to the clifftop town of Rocamadour. 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 Loire Valley with its spectacular vineyards and castles. Discover Dordogne, one of France’s most picturesque regions, showcasing many charming villages. Of course, no France tour is complete without visiting the French Riviera, and you’ll have 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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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

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 ROCHELLE
Visit

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

GRASSE
Visit a perfume workshop

BEAUNE
Visit Hotel Dieu

PARIS
Guided sightseeing

Guides:

Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris

UNESCO World Heritage

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
Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2

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.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

CAEN–NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES–BAYEUX–MONT ST. MICHEL Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 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, listed by UNESCO, depicting William the Conqueror’s 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.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

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.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY Spend the day at leisure or take an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire Valley, 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

CHÂTEAUX COUNTRY–LA ROCHELLE–BORDEAUX This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, then enjoy a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for a wine tasting session at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city center of Bordeaux. Today’s Distance: 273 mi/ 440 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

BORDEAUX–DORDOGNE–ROCAMADOUR–TOULOUSE Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the medieval town of Rocamadour, dramatically perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

TOULOUSE–CARCASSONNE–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, stop for a picture at famous Pont du Gard before reaching Avignon.
Today’s Distance: 217 mi/ 350 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

AVIGNON–ARLES–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–FRENCH RIVIERA Visit Arles, known all over the world for Van Gogh’s paintings. Admire the famous Roman amphitheater, then continue to Aix-en-Provence. Walk down its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition, and the 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

FRENCH RIVIERA Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera at your own leisure. Tonight, maybe join the optional “Monte Carlo by Night” excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

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, the Route Napoleon, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi/ 480 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

LYON AREA–BEAUNE–PARIS Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Stop to visit the famous Hôtel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.
Today’s Distance: 304 mi/ 490 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

PARIS Discover the glorious ville lumières (City of Lights) and 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 complete your experience.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

PARIS Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLARA CRAWFORD

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"It would delight me to show you France - the most visited country in the world. This is a place of enormous variety in its history, natural beauty, and the magic of Paris! Add to this the fantastic food, wonderful wines, and musical language and you'll truly fall in love with the country and its people!"

Tour Director -  CLARA CRAWFORD

 Accommodation

PARIS

NOVOTEL PARIS 17

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

CAEN

IBIS CAEN PORTE D\'ANGLETERRE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

MONT ST. MICHEL

HOTEL VERT

Hotel as shown or similar
Tourist Class
  Free Wifi

AMBOISE

NOVOTEL AMBOISE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

BORDEAUX

QUALITY CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
  Free Wifi

TOULOUSE

IBIS PONT JUMEAUX

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

AVIGNON

IBIS AVIGNON CENTRE PONTE DE L\'EUROPE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

NICE

IBIS STYLES NICE VIEUX PORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

LYON AREA

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON LYON EUREXPO

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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