Sensuous cuisine, movie-set monuments and more art and history than you can shake a stick at - France is the number one tourist destination in the world for a reason. Well, it’s actually a multitude of reasons – and they are damn good ones! But let us whisk you away from the hungry jaws of the tourist traps and discover a France that is beyond the pages of most guidebooks. A France where the countryside unfolds before you like brushstrokes on an emerald green canvas, where medieval towns still bustle with an air of old-world charm, and where tastebuds are privy to recipes that have remained unchanged for centuries. Spend a night in a traditional chateaux, wander hallowed cathedrals and find a slice of heaven in the French Riveria. This Highlights of France tour will have you experiencing what the French call ‘coup de foudre’ – or as we might say ‘love at first sight’.
Contrast the booming city of Paris with the rustic, laid-back countryside of the Burgundy and Provence regions
Two nights in Paris affords you time to see the city’s world famous sights and also discover some of its hidden treasures at a relaxed pace
Experience the elegance of a bygone era while staying in the stunning surrounds of a historic chateau in rural France
Savour Michelin-starred French fare in Dijon and taste the local wine in a famous vineyard of Burgundy, a place where wine is so much more than just a drink
Explore the atmospheric warren of corridors that make up Avignon’s Palais de Papes, the largest medieval Gothic palace in the world
Relaxed train rides allow you to soak up French countryside that has inspired the brushes of countless Impressionist artists
Wind up this adventure in the famous town of Aix-en-Provence, not far from the breath-taking French Riviera
The primary means of transportation on this trip is by train. Train are a fast way to cross long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. They are comfortable and often include air-conditioning, toilets, a snack bar (or vending machine) and power points.
Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the train and often up and down few steps as not all train and tube stations have escalators. Make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
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A single supplement is available on this trip, with exception of Day 3 Chateau Sainte Sabine.