Fall head over heels for France - the world's most romantic nation

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’.

Paris, France
Nice, France
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
157kg pp per trip


  • Be romanced by the suave city of Paris
  • Explore the French Riviera
  • Discover Roman ruins in Avignon
  • Stop by internationally acclaimed wineries
  • Taste authentic French cuisine in Dijon
  • Relax on a train journey through the French countryside


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Bonjour. Welcome to Paris, France. Your 'Highlights of France' adventure begins with a welcome meeting, which is usually at around 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. After the meeting, head out for dinner with your new travel companions in a local Parisian restaurant. If you arrive early into the city, Paris offers a wealth of major sights and things to do. Wandering around the Champs-Elysees, the student-filled Latin Quarter and the bohemian Montmartre will give you a good feel for the city. Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
There is so much to do in Paris that it might be a good idea to make a plan before you arrive. The Tuileries, Plantes and Jardin du Luxembourg are all excellent places to enjoy a simple baguette with cheese on summer days, or head to a cafe to have a coffee (the French drink it black) and watch the world go by. Explore the world-famous Louvre, where you can see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Join the Thinker in his eternal contemplation at the Rodin Museum. Visit the Musee d'Orsay, home to some of the most famous Impressionist paintings. Climb the Eiffel Tower (or take the lift) for some impressive aerial views of Paris. Study the Notre Dame Cathedral with its vast rose window and menacing gargoyles. Today will be packed full of sights and attractions. Notes: To avoid queuing at the ticket windows of the Louvre you can buy your ticket in advance, but pre-sold tickets can't be collected at the Louvre. The ticket is valid every day except Tuesday (when the museum is closed) and certain bank holidays. Book your tickets at: louvre.fr.
Leave Paris behind today and travel through the Burgundy region to Dijon, which should take around three hours. You'll spend tonight in a classic French chateau, amid historic and picturesque surrounds. On arrival, the rest of your day is free. Relax, indulge in the local cuisine and go for walks in the rolling countryside. This is the ideal place to charge your batteries.
Take a step back in time and spend a night in a traditional French chateau. Relax with a garden walk, a good book or just gaze across the beautiful French countryside.
Picture perfect and ready to be explored, get along to the Palais des Papes, a 14th century Gothic palace, which was built for Pope Clement V. Cross the bridge and take a riverside walk through apple orchids or just relax with a café au lait and croissant.
Experience seaside bliss on the pebbled beaches of Nice. As the biggest city on the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect place to explore the rest of the Cote d’Azure and is full of impressive architecture, ancient ruins, cute cafés and happening nightspots. Perhaps take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, visit the breathtaking St Nicholas Orthodox Catherdral or wander through myriad picturesque squares before this adventure ends.
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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Minibus, Taxi, Train
Chateau (1 night), Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Palais des Papes
  • Wine tasting


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Important notes

1) A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2) This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures. Your group is therefore likely to be a mixture of Intrepid passengers and other like-minded international travellers.

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Highlights of France , September 2015

Highlights of France , September 2015