13 Day Kaleidoscope of France

3 Paris, 2 Tours, 2 Bayeux, 2 Avignon & 2 Nice
Round trip airfare from NYC, 11 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Flights New York-Paris, Nice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Paris
    • 2 nights Tours
    • 2 nights Bayeux
    • 2 nights Avignon
    • 2 nights Nice
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-Speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris, Amboise & Avignon
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • View the Cathedral in Chartres, the finest architectural example of High Gothic style
  • Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
  • Stop in Amboise and tour the Royal Chateau of Amboise
  • Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
  • View the immense Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England
  • Commemorate the D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery
  • Tour Claude Monet’s home in Giverny
  • Drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Enjoy the views of French landscape with a ride on the high-speed TGV Train
  • View the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct
  • Stop at the Pope's Palace, the former papal residence
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Papes
  • Visit a French perfumery in Grasse

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for France
Depart for France

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Paris
Arrive in Paris, the "City of Lights" and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. Your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. We recommend that you select flights which arrive at Paris no later than 4:00 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Paris

DAY 3, Monday - Chartres, Chambord, Wine Tasting, Loire Valley
After breakfast, begin your tour with a visit to Chartres, home to the greatest Gothic cathedral in France. Originally built in 1020, the cathedral contains the sacred Veil of the Virgin relic and a world-renowned collection of stained glass windows. Depart Chartres and travel to the Chateau de Chambord, the largest residence in the Loire Valley. Chambord was built for Francois I in the 16th century by 1,800 men and master masons. After a photo stop, continue for a wine tasting before heading to the hotel in Tours. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Loire Valley
Spend the full day in the Loire Valley exploring the nearby sights. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Also, visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. The artist is buried in the chapel. Return to Tours in the early evening
Overnight: Tours
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Mont St. Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Normandy
Depart northwards today to the iconic Mont St. Michel, rising from the sea on a mighty rock. Cross the causeway by shuttle and browse the narrow streets and admire the views of the surrounding bay, with time for lunch on your own in this charming town. One of France's most recognizable landmarks, the fortified town is crowned by the mighty 10th century abbey. Continue to Bayeux and step back in time to a historic battle and see the intricate Bayeux Tapestry, woven to commemorate the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Afterwards, return to Bayeux for dinner at the hotel and overnight
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Normandy Landing Beaches
Spend the full day in Normandy exploring the famous sites. Turn your attention to World War II and the D-Day invasion, a day that is remembered for true bravery and sacrifice and the beginning of the liberation of France. Visit St. Mere Eglise on the Cotentin Peninsula, where the allied invasion began on June 6, 1944 - D-Day. Visit Utah Beach, then make a stop at the Ranger Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Continue east to visit Omaha Beach* and the site of the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial. The cemetery covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers. Return to your hotel in the early evening
*The visit to Omaha Beach is subject to local conditions.
Overnight: Bayeux
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Giverny, Paris
This morning, depart for Paris. On the way, stop in Giverny and visit the former house of Claude Monet. Explore the famous gardens which inspired many of Monet's paintings. On arrival in Paris, join your fellow travelers for dinner in a French Bistro
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Paris City Tour
This morning, take a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or, join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments
Optional: Palace of Versailles (PM)
Overnight: Paris
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - TGV Train to Avignon, Pont du Gard
After breakfast, transfer to the train station for your journey to Provence by the high-speed TGV train. Enjoy vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, proceed to view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the most ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Next, drive to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will enjoy a sampling of some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Transfer to the hotel in Avignon to freshen up in your hotel room. This evening, savor dinner together at a local restaurant
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Medieval Pope's Palace
Today, take a guided tour of the town, including a view of the famous broken bridge, the lively Place d'Horloge and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most significant medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this charming city, or join the optional tour to Arles & St. Remy de Provence. Take a tour of Arles where you will see Langlois Bridge, the Roman Amphitheater and the 12th century Cathedral of St. Trophime. Your guide will show you the exact places where artist Vincent Van Gogh sat to create some of his most famous paintings. Continue to St. Rémy-de-Provence to see the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. The artist spent a year at the hospital and created some of his most celebrated paintings here, including "The Starry Night" and "Irises"
Optional: Van Gogh's Arles & St. Remy de Provence (PM)
Overnight: Avignon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Cannes, Nice
After breakfast this morning, depart for the French Riviera. Admire the scenery which inspired so many of the impressionist artists. You will pass by the Mont St. Victoire and the Abbey of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume en route to elegant Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor. Pay a visit to a French perfumery in Grasse before arriving in Nice. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour to Monte Carlo by night. Drive along the dazzling Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco. Stop at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most frequented landmarks. Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamor; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbor and the Prince's Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Enjoy the lights of the coastline on your return to Nice
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Wednesday - Full Day in Nice
A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town, and Place Massena. Perhaps take a mini-train up to the "Colline du Château" for panoramic views of the city and "Bay of the Angels" or visit one of the museums. This morning you may wish to join the optional tour to St. Paul de Vence. Drive into the pine-scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence - a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists - a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. This evening, celebrate your final night in France together with a Farewell Dinner
Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)
Overnight: Nice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Thursday - Depart France
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Triple Rooms at the Marriott Rive Gauche and the Novotel Bayeux will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • American citizen don`t need visa for France.
Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.