Enjoy France à la carte – châteaux, chic beach resorts, and delicious cuisine served with a dash of French Riviera, medieval Bastide villages, and a healthy helping of Bordeaux. Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to the beaches of Biarritz and Carcassonne – with its enchanting city walls. Marvel at Avignon’s famous bridge, see the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy, and visit Claude Monet’s home in Giverny.
AAA Member Benefit
- $80 Optional Excursion Voucher per person
- Book and pay by April 26, 2018, and save 5%* on your trip to Europe and Britain
- Plus, get an extra $300 off flights per couple
- VIP entry to many sights
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- 19 Meals – 12 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Day 1 – Paris
All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris. Spend your day meandering past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures.
HOTEL: Millenium Opera | MEALS: Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Paris, Beaune, Lyon
We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France.
HOTEL: Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
Day 3 – Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, French Riviera (2 Nights)
We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song – sur le pont d’Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco.
HOTEL: Best Western Plus Massena | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Regional Meal
Day 4 – French Riviera
The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Meander along Nice’s elegant Promenade des Anglais treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear, relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or perhaps visit the charming hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
Day 5 – French Riviera, Arles, Carcassonne
Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively choose to take an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh and local history with our resident expert, before winding your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes en route to the fortified city of Carcassonne.
HOTEL: Mercure La Cite | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine
Day 6 – Carcassonne, Lourdes, Basque Coast
We drive toward the Pyrénées 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 is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary.
HOTEL: Radisson Blu | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine
Day 7 – Biarritz, Bordeaux
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.
HOTEL: Novotel | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
Day 8 – Dordogne Excursion
The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
Day 9 – Bordeaux, Loire Valley
We meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. Join your fellow travellers and the Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a special Be My Guest Tourangelle dining experience where you enjoy traditional French hospitality.
HOTEL: Mercure Tours Nord | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Be My Guest Dining
Day 10 – Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel, Omaha Beach
We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the extraordinary island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director will provide an excellent account of the poignant events that took place here and changed the course of history in Europe.
HOTEL: Mercure Omaha Beach | MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner with wine
Day 11 – Omaha Beach, Giverny, Paris
The City of Light shines brightly as we have an evening at leisure to explore Paris by night. This evening in the glittering capital, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues.
HOTEL: Millenium Opera |MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
Day 12 – Paris
Join your Local Specialist on a journey through the historic neighbourhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. Our short insider walk will take you off the beaten tourist track, but a real favourite among Parisians. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city – see the Seine snake its way through the city and the grand boulevards and beautiful gardens stretch out below. In the evening, join us for a Farewell Dinner.
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Day 13 – Depart 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. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS: Buffet Breakfast
*Save 5% with Early Payment Discount (EPD) (land only) on new 2018 Europe vacations when booked and paid in full by 04/26/18. Save $300 per couple ($150 per person) on flights booked with Europe guided vacations. Must be booked and paid in full by 04/26/18; valid for travel departing 04/01/18 through 10/31/18. All offers: Savings vary by departure, are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not combinable with all promotional offers, but may be combined with other brochure discounts. Conditions apply.