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Best of France

Expect only the best on one of our favourite France trips, beginning and ending in Paris. Spend the night as a French lord or lady in an elegant Loire Valley château, be inspired like Cezanne was, by the beauty of Provence and visit the playground of Monaco.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Carcassonne and Paris
  • Discover Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Arles, Lourdes, Bordeaux and Nice
  • Visit the Hospices de Beaune, Château de Villandry, the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and Claude Monet's home at Giverny.
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the D-Day Beach of Omaha in Normandy, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Saint-Sulpice Church in Paris
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • Scenic Drive through the Dordogne and the Loire Valley
Iconic Experience
  • Beaune: Vist the Hopsices de Beaune and learn about its captivating past as well as admiring its flamboyant Gothic architecture.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d'Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Monaco City: See the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Lourdes: Explore Lourdes, globally renowned as a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and attracting over three million faithful visitors every year.
  • Saint-Émilion: Take in the vine-laden surroundings and established wine-making heritage of Saint-Émilion.
  • Mont-Saint-Michel: Savour your first sight of the fortified island of Mont Saint-Michel and cross the causeway to explore the tidal island town.
  • Omaha Beach: Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach.
  • Giverny: View the gardens that inspired many of Impressionist Claude Monet’s most famous masterpieces.
  • Paris: Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.
Tour details
Tour Provider Trafalgar
Price From
$6,524
Number of Days
13
Start Location
Paris, France
End Location
Paris, France
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Bonjour Paris
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the 'City of Light'. Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.
Journey through Burgundy to Lyon
We travel south to Burgundy and on to the medieval town of Beaune. On a visit to Hospices de Beaune admire the colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century. Next we continue to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city's narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?
Onwards to Avignon, Monaco and the French Riviera
Today we journey to the city of Avignon at the heart of Provence. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Continue through the Provençal countryside to Monaco. Upon arrival we'll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married, where we will enjoy a Regional Dinner in Monaco before continuing along the Riviera to our hotel.
The French Riviera Your Way
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or an Optional Experience could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. In your free time, soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.
Admire Arles and Continue to Carcassonne
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture, and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before winding your way to the fortified city of Carcassonne. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité, its double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes and on to Biarritz
We drive toward the Pyrenees this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette's Grotto, where the young girl, turned saint, is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.
Venture to Bordeaux
This morning, perhaps join an Optional Experience across the border into Spain to discover more about the  Basque Country. Later, after journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France's most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the biannual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.
Discover Beautiful Saint-Émilion
Lush green valleys and wine hills take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times. You will also have free time to explore Bordeaux and perhaps tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or stroll through the city's historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture.
Explore a Château in the Loire Valley Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories
Today we journey to the renowned Loire Valley, known as the 'Garden of France'. Along the way, we will stop to Connect With Locals over a light lunch and unique Be My Guest experience. Next we Dive Into Culture and visit the remarkable gardens at Château de Villandry where you will see an array of beautiful gardens; such as the Water Garden which is filled with spectacular ponds and fountains. Later, arrive at our special hotel for the night - one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories.
Off to Mont-Saint-Michel and the Normandy Beaches
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany, to the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.
Journey to Paris
We travel east towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to visit the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet's exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city's renowned cabarets.
Discover the Delights of Paris
Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. Enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Farewell Paris
For now it's time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travellers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday.
Inclusions
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
25 Aug 2024 06 Sep 2024 Available $7,750
27 Aug 2024 08 Sep 2024 Available $6,524
01 Sep 2024 13 Sep 2024 onRequest $7,675
03 Sep 2024 15 Sep 2024 Available $7,675
08 Sep 2024 20 Sep 2024 Available $7,675
15 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 onRequest $7,675
22 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 Available $7,675
29 Sep 2024 11 Oct 2024 Available $7,475
06 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 onRequest $7,475
13 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 Available $7,475
30 Mar 2025 11 Apr 2025 Available $7,043
06 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 Available $7,043
13 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 Available $7,043
20 Apr 2025 02 May 2025 Available $7,043
27 Apr 2025 09 May 2025 Available $7,155
04 May 2025 16 May 2025 Available $7,178
11 May 2025 23 May 2025 Available $7,178
18 May 2025 30 May 2025 onRequest $7,065
25 May 2025 06 Jun 2025 Available $7,196
01 Jun 2025 13 Jun 2025 Available $7,196
08 Jun 2025 20 Jun 2025 Available $7,196
15 Jun 2025 27 Jun 2025 Available $7,196
22 Jun 2025 04 Jul 2025 Available $7,196
29 Jun 2025 11 Jul 2025 Available $7,196
06 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 Available $7,196
13 Jul 2025 25 Jul 2025 Available $7,196
20 Jul 2025 01 Aug 2025 Available $7,196
27 Jul 2025 08 Aug 2025 Available $7,196
03 Aug 2025 15 Aug 2025 Available $7,196
10 Aug 2025 22 Aug 2025 Available $7,196
17 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 Available $7,196
24 Aug 2025 05 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
26 Aug 2025 07 Sep 2025 Available $7,223
31 Aug 2025 12 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
02 Sep 2025 14 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
07 Sep 2025 19 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
09 Sep 2025 21 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
14 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 Available $7,403
21 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 Available $7,403
28 Sep 2025 10 Oct 2025 Available $7,196
05 Oct 2025 17 Oct 2025 Available $7,995
12 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 Available $7,995