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Highlights of France Summer 2018 - CostSaver tour

Highlights of France Summer 2018 - CostSaver

Trafalgar Premier
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 2,050 $ 158 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Avignon
  • Beaune
  • Biarritz
  • Bordeaux
  • Cannes
  • Carcassonne
  • Honfleur
  • Loire Valley
  • Lourdes
  • Lyon
  • Monaco
  • Mont St. Michel
  • Normandy
  • Paris
  • Pont du Gard
  • Rouen
  • St. Émilion

Short Description

Grand avenues, lush vineyards and the French Riviera are highlights on this leisurely sojourn through France. Journey through the Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz, see Carcasonne with its enchanting city walls and the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Paris
End City Paris
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paris (2 Nights)

Welcome to Paris. After a welcome meeting with your Travel Director, there is time to relax and explore this beautiful city. Consider an evening tour to Montmartre, an area full of charm and character.

Day 2: Paris Orientation and Free Time

This morning your orientation features views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Spend the rest of the day as you wish or join an Optional Experience to a Parisian Cabaret. Buffet Breakfast

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Lyon

Visit medieval Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Arrive later in Lyon, a dynamic cultural city. Enjoy an orientation tour en route to your hotel. Buffet Breakfast

Day 4: Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (2 Nights)

Enjoy a scenic drive south to Avignon to view the Palace of the Popes and St. Bénezet Bridge. Then continue to the tiny Principality of Monaco on the coast. Finally drive to your hotel on the glamorous French Riviera. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cannes Free Day

Relax and experience the Côte d'Azur's sophisticated atmosphere. Perhaps laze on the beach and sip cocktails in a shady terraced bar, shop for the latest fashions or explore the town of Cannes famous for its film festival. Buffet Breakfast

Day 6: French Riviera – Pont Du Gard – Nîmes

View the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River which was built in the 1st century AD to supply water to the nearby towns. Continue to your hotel in Nîmes. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Nîmes – Carcassonne – Lourdes

Drive to Carcassonne for an orientation of this walled medieval town. Visit Lourdes nestled in the foothills of the Pyrénées to view the basilica on top of St. Bernadette's Grotto. This evening there is an opportunity to join a procession by torchlight to the basilica with the pilgrims - a magical and moving experience. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Lourdes – Biarritz – Bordeaux

Drive westwards from Lourdes to the Atlantic coast. In the glamorous resort of Biarritz explore the chic boutiques and watch the surfers perform their stunts. Traverse the rolling countryside of Les Landes to classical Bordeaux. Buffet Breakfast

Day 9: Bordeaux – St. Émilion – Tours (2 Nights)

Enjoy a scenic drive to the hilltop village of St. Émilion which is famous for its wine. Continue past the strange buildings of Futuroscope, the amusement and science theme park at Poitiers, to the Loire Valley. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Loire Valley and Château Excursion

Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating visit to Chenonceau, a fairytale château built across the River Cher, home to priceless collections of Renaissance art and furniture. Your journey continues through verdant countryside. View the imposing castle at Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is said to be buried and view the splendid Château de Chambord. Tonight why not try delicious local Touraine cuisine?Buffet Breakfast

Day 11: Tours – Mont St. Michel – D-Day Landing Beaches (Omaha) – Deauville

Head north through the picturesque countryside of the Loire Valley and Normandy. Visit Mont St. Michel and view the abbey. Then continue to the historic D-Day Landing beach and the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Arrive later at your Normandy hotel in Deauville, the elegant resort renowned for its racecourse, harbour and international film festival. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Deauville – Honfleur – Rouen – Paris

Explore the picturesque harbour at Honfleur on the Normandy coast, a summer haunt of the impressionist painters. Drive through cheese and cider country to Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and view the impressive cathedral. Your day ends in the glittering capital, Paris, where you may consider an Optional Experience to a local restaurant. Buffet Breakfast

Day 13: Depart Paris

Say 'au revoir' to Paris, your Travel Director and newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday in France. Transfers are available to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Conditions apply. Buffet Breakfast

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Highlights of France

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I enjoyed everything tremendously. Great tour, saw all the places I wanted to see and so much more. Loved every minute and enjoyed France so much, the food, the sights everything was incredible. My 5th tour and equally as wonderful as all the other tours. Great Itinerary. Hotels were very good with one exception, the hotel in Lourdes. This was extremely basic and the food was not good. In fact I would recommend Lourdes be skipped entirely and added only to religious tours. The town is simply only for devout Catholics and not enjoyable for anyone else. There is absolutely nothing to do unless you're a devout Catholic. Also I think every tour should always have that one 'big thing' that you cannot miss in a country. Like for example a tour of the Eiffel Tower. This should be included as it is an unmissable attraction. The itinerary was excellent with enough time to enjoy each place we visited. Thanks again Trafalgar for a wonderful experience. Once again I met friends that will be in my life forever, giving me great joy! I have no complaints, this is an excellent tour. Oh and French people are wonderful, never met one single rude person! It's also completely safe and I never felt anything else the entire time. Great country! Bucket list ticked off!
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This was the first time we had taken a group road tour and I would have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Danilo was great, it is a difficult job managing people on this type of trip. Everything from the excursion to the dinners where completely organized and well done. We look forward to another trip with Trafalgar in the future. I would without a doubt definitely recommend this trip, it is a little fast pace but Danilo, made sure that we had options if there were needed.
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Best of China 2019

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The tour guide Hubert was wonderful, very detailed oriented and organized. And had such an extensive knowledge of all the cities and locations we went to. Truly excellent!

Personalized care and helpfulness was definitely offered throughout, very nice touch to the trip.

Overall a great trip, but some considerations below:

The hotel in Beijing – Novotel Peace and the hotel in Chengdu – Crowne Plaza were way below standard – maybe a rating of 2 stars. They were dirty, dark, stained and hot without air circulating in the rooms. After extensive days with waking up early and returning late, you just want to rest in a clean environment with cool air. I would never stay hotels like these.

This trip is not for people who cannot handle extensive walking and climbing. Trafalgar lists this as from 5 to 99 years old. Not possible. There were days we did 10 miles of walking, just a caution for anyone considering. We had someone in our tour that was 82 years old and we all took turns taking care of him.

Some aspects of the itinerary could be different, but think that is all based on personal preference; however my fellow travelers did feel the same way. The cruise down the Yangtze River was just ‘ok’, time could have been spent better elsewhere. Like Xian, truly amazing city but too short a time.

NOTE: Some were charged single supplement, others were not ... I paid for the single supplement and was none too happy about that!

Also note that you need to budget for the optional tours that are not included.
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Trafalgar is the perfect chose for when seeking local expertise and knowledge. They offer wonderful itineraries and incredible value.

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I've never had a travel group cancel a trip before. Trafalgar canceled my honeymoon we booked ages in advance my honeymoon. They didn't even have the decency to call. They sent an email as if this wasn't a stressful enough time for planning. As far as we can tell from their non-direct answers they canceled it due to underbooking. Their solution was to just change to a different trip. I'm not sure if they realize how trip planning or buying plane tickets work. we'll never book with them again.
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Accomodations

  • Novotel Pont de Sevres

Additional Information:

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Trip ID#:

trafalgar-FHIGN13

Meals Included:

  • 12 Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Three course dinners

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