From $3,949* pp | 11-14 Days • 15-20 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Enjoy our France tour and bask in its rich history, art, culture and romance of its celebrated cities and charming towns.
- Enjoy magnificent views of UNESCO’s Le Mont St. Michel village and abbey.
- Delight in a tour and tasting at one of the most well-known wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
- Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise past famous landmarks along the River Seine.
- Experience a two-night castle stay* at Château d’Augerville in the Loire Valley.
Cruise through the Heart of Europe
Cruise through five countries in the heart of Europe on this relaxing 14-night cruise. Let the waters of the Rhine, Moselle, Main, and Danube carry you gently through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, exploring striking vistas rich with history, culture, lore, and traditions. Sail by castles, fortresses, villages, and vineyards and through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. Explore Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Bamberg, Bratislava, Budapest, Melk, Vienna, and much more.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
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Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
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Day 1. Paris, France – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in beautiful Paris. Celebrate the beginning of a fabulous trip with a sunset river cruise past famous glittering landmarks along the River Seine, which divides the north from the south of Paris into what is known as the right bank and the left bank. Then we’ll head to one of Paris’ brasseries for a delightful French dinner. Enjoy sumptuous food and wine set amongst an Art Nouveau background reminiscent of the jazz and Hemingway-era of Paris.
Day 2. Paris
It’s your choice! Take a splendid panoramic coach tour that includes a stop for a short walking tour inside the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, for a truly local experience, join a guide who will take you to some of Paris’ most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome. Write your own story during a free afternoon. Perhaps you’ll take an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre.
Day 3. Paris – Caen
Set off for the Normandy coast. During WWII, the largest invasion in history took place here. Visit the Memorial Peace Museum, built to commemorate those who died in the epic Battle of Normandy in 1944. Later, see the remains of the artificial Mulberry port built near Arromanche-les-Bains – where the allies resupplied their lines during the liberation of France – before making your way to the hotel.
Day 4. Caen – D-Day Landing Sites – Caen
This morning visit the Omaha Beach Cemetrey with time to stop by the new interpretive centre and see the stars and stripes raised over the graves of the valiant soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy. Then, walk through Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial and see where the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled 100-foot cliffs on D-Day to seize the fortified enemy position. Next, make your way to Sainte Mère Eglise, the heart of the American Airborne operations on D-Day, and visit its parachute-shaped Airborne Museum. You will also visit other landing beaches, such as Utah and Juno.
Day 5. Caen – Bayeux – Dinan – Saint-Malo
Travel back in history when you stand before the impressive Bayeux Tapestry (UNESCO), a 230-foot embroidered cloth depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. Next, journey to Dinan, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France. Then, it’s your choice! Join a local guide for a walking tour along cobbled streets and discover the city’s fortified walls. Or, meet a local guide at the quaint port of Dinan, the entry point for resupplying the Duke of Dinan during the Hundred Years’ War, and walk up the famous Rue de Jerzuel hill to the town centre. Either way, you’ll fall in love with the streets lined with half-timbered houses and the ramparts that overlook this picture-perfect port village. Then it’s off to Saint-Malo, Brittany’s famous coastal village. Here you’ll be immersed in the beautiful beaches, striking blue water, and views of the fortified Old Town where you’ll enjoy a wonderfully prepared local dinner.
Day 6. St-Malo – Le Mont St. Michel – St-Malo
Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Mont St. Michel, the “Wonder of the West.” Resting on the border between Normandy and Brittany, this world-famous pilgrimage site sits on the edge of the sea and becomes an island at high tide. Take in the breathtaking views as you stroll through the old city at the base of the village before exploring one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, dating back to the 11th century. Return to Saint-Malo and enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Day 7. St-Malo – Châteaux de Chenonceau and D’Augerville
Journey south to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with châteaux and parks, once the setting for the French court. Arrive in the medieval village of Chinon, set on the banks of the Vienne River. Visit the renowned Royal Fortress of Chinon where Joan of Arc first met young Charles VII and shared her vision that he would defeat the English during the Hundred Years’ War. This afternoon, check into your hotel within the magnificently renovated abbey of Fontevraud. Delve into the history of this site which was home to one of the largest orders in Europe during medieval times and serves as the final resting place of King Richard the Lionheart. Tonight’s dinner is set amongst flying buttresses, chiseled arches and ancient stone.
Day 8. Fontevraud – Amboise – Fontevraud
Embark on a tour of the spectacular Château de Chenonceau. Perched along the banks of the Cher River, it is a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Head to the picturesque centre of Amboise. Enjoy free time for exploring and getting to know the local culture. Tour Château du Clos Luce – where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last three years – which showcases a display of his early inventions. Next, visit a local winery to discover some of Europe’s best Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc wines.
Day 9. Fontevraud – Lyon
Travel the French countryside to the gastronomical capital of France, Lyon (UNESCO). The city was once an important area for silk production. Today it is known for its world-renowned cuisine. This evening experience this cuisine firsthand when you dine at a bouchon, a local restaurant that serves traditional Lyonnaise fare.
Visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvier with its amazing views of the city. Tour the historic Vieux Lyon, or Old Quarter, with a local expert. Continue to Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse market, named after the famous chef. Marvel at its culinary delights as you enjoy free time to explore before continuing to Provence and the city of Avignon.
Day 11. Avignon
This morning come to know the walled city of Avignon during a walking tour led by a local resident. Learn about the historical period when the Papacy moved here in 1309. Then, explore some of the 25 rooms of the 14th-century papal palace, Palais des Papes, the world’s largest Gothic palace. Your evening is capped off with dinner at a local restaurant, complete with a cocktail reception and crème brulee demonstration.
Day 12. Avignon – Tour Ends
Your tour ends today, leaving you with many magnificent memories of your time in France.
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- France is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- Elevation on this tour will not exceed 1,000 feet.
- The currency in France is the Euro.
- The voltage in France is 220V.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
Jun 16, 2017 – Jun 26, 2017 $4,369
Sep 1, 2017 – Sep 11, 2017 $4,849
Sep 15, 2017 – Sep 25, 2017 $4,439
Oct 6, 2017 – Oct 16, 2017 $4,229
Nov 3, 2017 – Nov 13, 2017 $3,949
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 26, 2018 $3,949
Mar 30, 2018 – Apr 9, 2018 $4,299
Apr 13, 2018 – Apr 23, 2018 $4,439
Apr 20, 2018 – Apr 30, 2018 $4,439
Apr 27, 2018 – May 7, 2018 $4,439
May 11, 2018 – May 22, 2018 $4,629
May 25, 2018 – Jun 7, 2018 $5,249
Jun 15, 2018 – Jun 26, 2018 $4,629
Jun 20, 2018 – Aug 2, 2018 $5,249
Aug 17, 2018 – Aug 28, 2018 $4,489
Sep 7, 2018 – Sep 20, 2018 $5,249
Sep 14, 2018 – Sep 25, 2018 $4,629
Sep 21, 2018 – Oct 2, 2018 $4,629
Oct 5, 2018 – Oct 18, 2018 $5,039
Oct 19, 2018 – Oct 30, 2018 $4,489
Apr 5, 2019 – Apr 16, 2019 $4,489
Apr 7, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019 $4,489
Apr 26, 2019 – May 7, 2019 $4,629
Apr 28, 2019 – May 9, 2019 $4,629