16 Days - Country Roads of France (E723)

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Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns combine with great food and wine for an engaging ‘Tour de France'.



16 Days - Country Roads of France (E723)

16 Days - Country Roads of France (E723)
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Itinerary :

Day 1 Welcome to Paris

Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Meridien Etoile/Pullman Paris Montparnasse, Paris

Welcome Reception and Dinner

 

Day 2 Drive to Troyes, Chablis and on to Dijon

Head to Troyes, capital of the Champagne region - its magnificent core of medieval buildings is appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Continue into Burgundy, once a powerful duchy and synonymous with fine wine. Stop in the quiet village of Chablis which gives its name to one of the most famous French wines. Join an expert vintner for a taste and introduction to these refreshing steely whites. Move on to your historic hotel in Dijon.

Hotel: Grand Hotel La Cloche, Dijon

Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

 

Day 3 Free Time in Dijon

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy the Burgundian capital of Dijon, its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Duchy of Burgundy was more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit Vezelay where according to legend Mary Magdalene is buried and from where Richard the Lionheart set off for the crusades. Don't miss the chance this evening of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Grand Cru village of Fixin.

Hotel: Grand Hotel La Cloche, Dijon

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 4 To the mountaineering Mecca of Chamonix

After breakfast, head towards the Maconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you head into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. Why not take a spectacular drive high into the mountains this evening for a traditional Savoyard style dinner?

Hotel: Le Prieure, Chamonix

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 5 Travel to lake-side Annecy and on to Grenoble

This morning, embark on a breathtaking drive to the lakeside town of Annecy. Enjoy free time for lunch in the Little Venice area or perhaps take a boat trip. Then it's off to Grenoble, the ancient capital of the Dauphiné region.

Hotel: Mercure Grenoble President

Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

 

Day 6 Move on to the French Riviera and Nice

Glorious mountain scenery today, as you travel along part of the spectacular route used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera and the elegant resort of Nice.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Nice, Nice

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 7 Exploring Nice, Monaco and the Côte d’Azur

Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d'Azur! Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Tour Director through the old town to visit the Royal Palace, yacht-filled harbour and the cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel Nice

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 8 Journey through picturesque Provence to Avignon

Visit the medieval village of St. Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau, before continuing to Avignon.

Hotel: Avignon Grand Hotel

Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

 

Day 9 Experience Avignon, City of the Popes and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

In the morning, see the remaining arches of the 12th century Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Pont d'Avignon of the famous song and walk through the medieval battlements to the town centre, dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. Then drive to the three tiered Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, before heading towards the Rhône River and the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. At one of the cellars, meet a wine maker who talks you through the complexities of the wine and its historic background. Return to Avignon, where you are at leisure.

Hotel: Avignon Grand Hotel

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 10 Travel across the Camargue to Nimes

The town of Arles and surrounding countryside were an inspiration to Van Gogh, with the fields of sunflowers he so loved to paint. It was also home to Roman legionnaires and you visit the Amphitheatre next. Continue through the Camargue to Stes Maries-de-la-Mer, where Gypsies gather annually to honour their patron saint. You may see flamingos and wild horses on the way to Nîmes. Orientation sightseeing shows you the Roman Arena and 2,000-year-old Roman Temple, Maison Carrée.

Hotel: Imperator Concorde, Nimes

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 11 Journey to the Citadel of Carcassonne and to Albi

Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before heading inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem. The city has a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. After your walking tour, continue to your hotel in Albi, known for its amazing cathedral and the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec.

Hotel: Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi

Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

 

Day 12 Head to Cahors, Rocamadour and Brive-la-Gaillarde

Stop in Cahors, famous for its ‘Black Wine', and see the Pont Valentré. Experience the freshness and quality of the local produce with a visit to the open-air market, before heading to Rocamadour. A resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain, the medieval town is perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River. Drive on to your hotel in the Dordogne.

Hotel: La Truffe Noire, Brive-la-Gaillarde

Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

 

Day 13 Exploring Sarlat-la-Canéda & the Dordogne Valley

A morning drive takes you into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Later, make your way to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses. Later, sample some of the local Dordogne specialties.

Hotel: La Truffe Noire, Brive-La-Gaillarde

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 14 The TGV back to Paris

Drive to historic Poitiers to board your sleek TGV train for the comfortable journey to Paris. By night, why not try a French cabaret show?

Hotel: Pullman Paris Montparnasse

Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 15 Paris, Romantic Capital on the Seine

Sightseeing in the morning with a local expert shows you Notre Dame Cathedral and the façades of the Louvre. Drive from the Place de la Concorde along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe and stop for a photo of the Eiffel Tower. Paris has grown up on the banks of the Seine and its many landmarks, quays and bridges are best viewed from the comfort of a relaxing River Seine cruise. Food is an obsession in France, so for your final night, enjoy a Champagne Celebration Dinner of seasonal produce at a typical Parisian restaurant with good wine and good company.

Hotel: Pullman Paris Montparnasse

Buffet Breakfast,Celebration Dinner

 

Day 16 Au revoir Paris

Departure transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 & 11:00.

Buffet Breakfast


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