French Panorama

  • 14 Days

  • France

  • Active pace

Stroll along the same Normandy beaches that Allied troops landed on in 1945, taste Cognac’s famous local produce, visit the town that inspired Van Gogh and cool off on the French Riviera on this panoramic journey through France.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Individual audio system
All airport taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

of 14 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 26th November 2017

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Overview

Stroll along the same Normandy beaches that Allied troops landed on in 1945, taste Cognac’s famous local produce, visit the town that inspired Van Gogh and cool off on the French Riviera on this panoramic journey through France.

At a glance

  • Paris City sightseeing
  • Normandy Landing Beaches
  • Bayeux
  • Mont St Michel
  • Loire Valley
  • Cognac region Cognac Museum visit and tasting
  • Rocamadour visit
  • Bordeaux
  • French Riviera
  • La Rochelle
  • Carcassonne
  • Nimes
  • Avignon
  • Arles Roman amphitheatre visit
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Grasse Perfume workshop visit
  • Route Napoleon
  • Beaune Hotel-Dieu visit

 

Day 1

UK - Paris

Fly to Paris where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Paris - Rouen - Honfleur - Caen

Drive to the handsome city of Rouen, famed for its magnificent cathedral which is one of the finest Gothic churches in France. Next, visit the charming seaport of Honfleur, an old maritime city with a lively harbour, picturesque narrow streets and quaint old houses before heading to the historical city of Caen for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Caen - Normandy Landing Beaches - Bayeux - Mont St Michel

Time to see Caen before visiting the D-Day Normandy beaches, where Allied troops landed on in 1945, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Later, head to Bayeux, home of the famous medieval tapestry depicting the Norman Conquests (entrance fee not included), before travelling to the environs of Bayeux then on to Mont St Michel, one of France's most famous landmarks, for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Mont St Michel - Angers - Chateaux Country

Begin today with a visit to Mont St Michel, a stunning granite islet topped by an imposing ancient monastery (entrance fees not included). Next, travel through the rolling vineyards of Anjou to the charming riverside town of Angers and visit the Cathedral of St Maurice with its beautiful stained glass. Later, enjoy a scenic drive through Loire valley before arriving at your hotel for the evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Chateaux Country at leisure

Spend a day relaxing and enjoying the glorious countryside of the Loire Valley or perhaps join the optional excursion to some of the region's world-famous chateaux, ranging from imposing feudal fortresses to splendid palaces, surrounded by beautiful gardens and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Amboise - La Rochelle - Cognac - Bordeaux

Today, journey via the picturesque town of La Rochelle to the Cognac region for Hennessy Cognac tasting and a visit to the museum, before travelling to Bordeaux for a wonderful orientation walk in France's wine capital.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Bordeaux - Dordogne - Rocamadour - Toulouse

Today, enjoy an orientation walk of Bordeaux. This historical city is home to over 340 buildings listed as historical monuments and its 18th century architecture and broad tree-lined avenues give the city a regal air. Later, travel into the Dordogne, one of France's most beautiful regions, and visit the small, cliff top town of Rocamadour, before driving through the Midi-Pyrenees to Toulouse.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Toulouse - Carcassonne - Nîmes - Avignon

Enjoy a sightseeing walk around picturesque Carcassonne, built more than 1,000 years ago and divided by the Aude River. Later, head to Nîmes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees, ancient Roman archaeological site protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy splendid views of the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in France and visit the Roman Amphitheatre. We then visit Pont du Gard before travelling to the medieval walled city of Avignon for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Avignon - Arles - Aix-en-Provence - French Riviera

Start your day driving through the charming Camargue along the Rhone River bank and stop for a visit to Arles, the town that inspired Van Gogh's most famous paintings. Then head to Aix-en-Provence to admire the tree lined boulevard of 'Cours Mirabeau' and the 17th-century palace. Later, head to the sun-kissed Riviera coast for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

French Riviera

Today is yours to explore chic Côte d'Azur resorts such as Cannes and Nice. Perhaps stroll along the promenade or relax with a glass of wine in one of the many terrace cafés, soaking up the sophisticated atmosphere? Alternatively, join the optional afternoon trip to the Provence countryside to visit the medieval hilltop town of St Paul-de-Vence or to glamorous Monte Carlo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

French Riviera - Grasse - Route Napoleon - Lyon area

Stop in Grasse, centre of the French perfume industry, for a visit to a perfume workshop, before traversing the lovely Maritime Alps, following the route Napoleon took on his return from Elba in 1815. Passing the lively town of Grenoble, travel to the Lyon area, for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Lyon area - Beaune - Paris

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, renowned for its wine production. See the 'Hotel Dieu', a former hospital building before heading to the French capital and 'City of Light', Paris, for two nights. Don't miss the optional evening cabaret show - a real Parisian spectacle!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Paris

A full day to discover the enthralling city of Paris, home to exquisite cuisine, cutting edge fashion, world renowned art and timeless architecture. The included city sightseeing tour takes in the celebrated Notre Dame Cathedral and major attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Opéra, Champs Elysées and Rue de Rivoli. There's also the chance to join an optional excursion to the spectacular Palace of Versailles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Paris - UK

Transfer to the airport for your journey to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Paris: (2017) Novotel Porte Orleans (2018) Novotel Paris 17
  • Caen: Mercure Cote de Nacre 
  • Mont St Michel: Motel Vert 
  • Chateaux Country: Novotel Amboise
  • Bordeaux: Mercure Meriadek
  • Toulouse: SAS Radisson Airport 
  • Avignon: Ibis Pont Europe 
  • French Riviera: Park Inn Nice Airport or Ibis Styles Airport
  • Lyon area: Lyon Ouest or Park Est 
  • Paris: (2017) Novotel Defense Parc (2018) Timhotel Berthier 

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

20th June 2017

Hotels too far from anywhere. Included meals bland, small & not french. over an hour for cases to arrive at rooms. Included trips too rushed, optionals far too expensive.

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