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Highlights
  • Mont St. Michel, Angers, and La Rochelle
  • Normandy Landing Beaches
  • Cognac museum
  • Pont du Gard
  • Burgundy wine country
  • Loire Valley and French Riviera

Get to know France from the inside on this exciting vacation. From Paris, head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, overnight in Caen, and visit the historic Normandy D-Day landing beaches from World War II. On to Bayeux, the enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and along the Loire Valley for two overnights. Travel through the countryside that’s famous for its cognac and champagne production, and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle. Spend a night in Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and an overnight in Avignon. Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and the enchanting town of Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera. Head northwest via the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume workshop in Grasse, then carry on to Lyon on the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in the delightful town of Beaune, the region’s wine capital. Return to Paris, the “City of Light,” with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to soak in the romantic atmosphere.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paris, France

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Paris–Rouen–Honfleur–Caen

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive first to the fine old city of Rouen and walk through its center, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely HONFLEUR before reaching Caen for an overnight.

Day 3: Caen–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel

Meals: Breakfast

Time to see Caen before a visit to the legendary beaches where the Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurant, and the AMERICAN CEMETERY at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous TAPESTRY (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway.

Day 4: Mont St. Michel–Angers–Loire Valley

Meals: Breakfast

Time this morning to enjoy a visit of MONT ST. MICHEL before a mid-morning departure to Angers to visit its CATHEDRAL. Then, along the banks of the Loire River to reach your hotel for two overnights. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5: Loire Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Time at leisure or join the 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.

Day 6: Loire Valley–La Rochelle–Cognac–Bordeaux

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel on the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine. Next stop is the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue eastwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the HENNESSY MUSEUM in Cognac. Then, journey to Bordeaux for an orientation walk.

Day 7: Bordeaux–Dordogne–Rocamadour–Toulouse

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today drive into the heart of one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Southwards by way of Cahors to Toulouse for an overnight.

Day 8: Toulouse–Carcassonne–Nîmes–Pont Du Gard–Avignon

Meals: Breakfast

Drive this morning along the Autoroute des Deux Mers for an orientation walk in Carcassonne. Then, continue eastwards to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Get a view of the Maison Carrée, one of the bestpreserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Short picture stop at the famous PONT DU GARD, before reaching Avignon for an overnight.

Day 9: Avignon–Arles–Aix-En-Provence–French Riviera

Meals: Breakfast

South this morning to visit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known the world over by the paintings of Van Gogh. Visit the famous Roman AMPHITHEATER. Stop in Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the COURS MIRABEAU, lined with plane trees and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the optional evening excursion.

Day 10: French Riviera

Meals: Breakfast

Take the opportunity today to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera.

Day 11: French Riviera–Grasse–Lyon Area

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

First to Grasse for a visit to a PERFUME WORKSHOP. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

Day 12: Lyon Area–Beaune–Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region's wine capital since Roman times, where you visit the famous HÔTEL-DIEU before returning to the French capital and “City of Light,” Paris. Don't miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle.

Day 13: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

In the included sightseeing with a local expert are many of the best-known Parisian sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket.

Day 14: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,999

Price Per Day:

$ 143 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 650

Deposit & Final Payment:

A non-refundable, non-transferable land deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required for Cosmos to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions as noted below. Cosmos accepts checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. Your booking is not confirmed and payment is not deemed made until the deposit is received by Cosmos and you receive a confirmation invoice. Your reservation will be automatically canceled if deposit is not received by Cosmos by the deposit due date. On certain departures, deposits may be required at time of booking to hold or to confirm space for you.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Internal transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris
Trip Excludes
  • International flight charges
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Accomodations
  • Paris : Ibis La Villette (ST) or Novotel Porte d'Orleans (F) or Novotel Paris 17 (F)
  • Caen: Mercure Côte de Nacre (ST) at Herouville St. Clair
  • Mont St. Michel: Hotel Vert (ST) or Ibis Avranches Baie du Mont St. Michel (ST) at St. Quentin sur le Homme
  • Loire Valley: Novotel (F) at Amboise or Villa Bellagio (ST) at Blois
  • Bordeaux: Mercure Centre Meriadeck (ST)
  • Toulouse: Radisson Blu Toulouse Airport (F)
  • Avignon: Ibis Pont de l'Europe (ST) or Ibis Styles Sud (ST)
  • French Riviera: Park Inn (ST) at Nice or Campanile Nice Airport (ST) or Ibis Styles (ST) Nice Vieux Port or Ibis (ST) at Mouans Sartoux
  • Lyon Area Lyon Ouest (ST) or Parkest (ST)
  • Paris Campanile Porte d'Italie (ST) or Novotel La Defense (F)
Start City
Paris
End City
Paris
Cancellation Policy:

Booking Cancellations & Cancellation Fees:

If a booking cancellation is received by Cosmos prior to the final payment date of your vacation, your non-refundable land deposit and Travel Protection payments will be retained in addition to your Flex-Air deposit, Instant Purchase Air payment and service fee, and/or Intra-vacation air deposit. For individual reservations, the following per person cancellation fees apply. (For group reservations, refer to the Group Policy.)

Standard Cancellation Fees escorted and independent vacations:

45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

On departure day and later: 100% of total price* plus Travel Protection payments

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