Best of France (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Best of France
Day 1: Paris
Friday, June 22, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
Join the mix of vendors and buyers at a busy street market to get a real impression of Parisian life. Then, perhaps take time out in the superb Luxembourg and Tuileries parks or pay respects to the likes of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Frederic Chopin in the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise. Before the day is done, settle in at a restaurant and dine on classic French fare.
Day 2: Paris - Bordeaux
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018
Catch the train and make a beeline for the coast. Marvel at the vivid details of the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70 metre-long embroidered narrative of William Duke of Normandys 1066 conquest of England. Take a bus to the dramatic D-Day beaches and pay respects to fallen soldiers at the military cemetery.
Day 3: Bordeaux - Mont St - Michel
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Monday, June 25, 2018
Be awed by the World Heritage-listed Mont St-Michel, dramatically rising out of the waters of the English Channel. Tour the stunning Benedictine abbey and admire the old vaulted ceilings.
Day 4: Mont St - Michel - La Rochelle
Monday, June 25, 2018 - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Set off on a day trip to one of the several islands scattered about La Rochelle and, in free time, check out 18th-century graffiti on the Tour de La Lanterne.
Day 5: La Rochelle
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Travel into the Loire Valley by train, arriving in historic Tours. Head out on a scenic cycling adventure to the Chateau de Villandry and meander through its lavish ornamental garden.
Day 6: La Rochelle - Lyon
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Thursday, June 28, 2018
Arrive in Lyon, a city packed with culture and fascinating historical sites such as the Place des Terreaux, Musee des Beaux-Arts and a fascinating matrix of secret underground passageways.
Day 7: Lyon - Avignon
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018
Head through undulating fields to the walled city of Avignon, home to the striking Palais des Papes, once the home of French popes. Explore the palace’s vast halls and cavernous chapels and, in free time, perhaps cruise around town on a hired bicycle.
Day 8: Avignon - Marseille
Friday, June 29, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Be spoiled by the scenic surrounds of portside Marseille, one of France’s oldest and most significant cities. See locals hauling in the day’s catch at Vieux Port, picnic on fresh baguettes and cheese in a leafy park or discover literary history in the Chateau d’If. Then, why not join new tour friends for a final dinner of hearty local bouillabaisse.