Best of France Itinerary

From Paris to Normandy and the Loire Valley to Marseille, this tour of France covers the highlights of this grand dame of Europe.

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      USD $2,850
      CAD $3,037
      AUD $2,808
      EUR €2,193
      GBP £1,886
      NZD $3,330
      ZAR R28,687
      CHF FR2,703
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Day 1 Paris

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.
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Days 2-3 Bayeux

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 Normandy's 1066 conquest of England. Take a bus to the dramatic D-Day beaches and pay respects to fallen soldiers at the military cemetery.
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Day 4 Mont St-Michel

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.
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Days 5-6 La Rochelle

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.
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Days 7-8 Tours

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.
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Days 9-10 Lyon

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.
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Days 11-13 Avignon

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.
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Days 14-15 Marseille

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.
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