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Grand Tour of France

16 days |  18 days with Paris extension
16 days |  18 days with Paris extension
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Discover the many sides of France.

Travel from the culinary capital of Lyon to the iconic city of Paris, and through the plethora of charming medieval villages and coastal Riviera towns in-between. This grand tour is your chance to eat, drink, and sightsee your way through this dynamic country.

Your tour package includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners with beer or wine
  • 14 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Pont du Gard
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Arles
  • Carcassone
  • Bordeaux
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Lyon today.

Lyon2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Lyon
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lyon
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to France’s culinary capital on a tour through Lyon’s UNESCO-recognized city center.

  • Take in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you pass by the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
  • Step inside Lyon Cathedral and walk through centuries-old traboules, or underground passages.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lyon or add an excursion.

Medieval Village of Pérouges

From $69 per person

Avignon1 night
Day 4: Pont du Gard, transfer to Avignon & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to Vers-Pont-du-Gard and explore the area with your Tour Director.

  • See artifacts, virtual renderings, and life-sized displays at the Pont du Gard Museum.
  • Walk on a trail along the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed, UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct.

Continue on to Avignon and set off on a walking tour led by a local guide.

  • See the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet, the bridge that inspired the French folk tune On the Bridge of Avignon.
  • Enter the opulent Papal Palace, from which Pope Clement V reigned during the 14th century.
  • Stroll through the historic Old Town, surrounded by the city’s original medieval walls.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Nice2 nights
Day 5: Nice via Aix-en-Provence
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the countryside toward the French Riviera, stopping to explore Aix-en-Provence, a Roman-influenced city and hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.

  • Browse the stalls at the Aix-en-Provence farmers market this morning where you'll find local specialities like honey, fruits, textiles, antiques, and more.
  • Pass Aix Cathedral, built on the site of the first-century Roman forum.
  • Enjoy free time to stroll the beautiful boulevards and admire the architecture and monuments.

Continue on to Nice then enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Evening in Monaco

From $139 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Nice
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Nice’s many charms on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Drive along the Promenade des Anglais.
  • Discover the narrow streets of the Old Town.
  • Explore the Roman amphitheater.
  • Wander around the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Nice or add an excursion.

Medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence

From $99 per person

Montpellier1 night
Day 7: Montpellier via Arles
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way through the Provençal landscapes that influenced the French master painters, stopping in Arles for a walking tour with your Tour Director in the lead.

  • Stroll along beautiful boulevards and view the city’s old hospital, where artist Van Gogh stayed.
  • Enter the Arles Arena, a two-story Roman amphitheater.

Continue on to Montpellier and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Bordeaux2 nights
Day 8: Bordeaux via Carcassonne
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, stop in UNESCO-listed Carcassonne, a medieval fortified town. Here, your Tour Director introduces you to the town's unique history on an orientation tour. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore on your own before continuing on to Bordeaux.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bordeaux
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitane region, which is well-known for its wine.

  • Stop at the Place des Quinconces.
  • Drive along the Garonne River, stopping at Place de la Bourse.
  • Pass the lively hub of the Place de la Comédie and the Grand Théâtre.
  • Sample local sweets as you go.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bordeaux or add an excursion.

Bordeaux Dinner & Wine Tasting

From $149 per person

Loire Valley2 nights
Day 10: The Loire Valley via La Rochelle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the Atlantic port city of La Rochelle, home to a charming harbor and medieval towers, and explore with your Tour Director in the lead. Later, arrive in the Loire Valley where you'll sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of the Loire Valley
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know château country on a sightseeing tour today. Step inside the extravagant Château de Chenonceau, where you’ll discover how it got the nickname “Château des Femmes,” and explore its surrounding gardens. Then, continue on to the town of Amboise for free time.

Enjoy a free evening in the Loire Valley or add an excursion.

Loire Valley Dinner & Wine Tasting

From $109 per person

Normandy Region2 nights
Day 12: Normandy Region via Mont-Saint-Michel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to the historic Normandy coastline. Stopping along the way for a guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel.

  • Admire the striking, 8th-century island Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.
  • See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide.
  • Pass by medieval houses and then view the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 13: Free day in the Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in the Normandy region or add an excursion.

D-Day Beaches of Normandy

From $99 per person

Paris2 nights
Day 14: Transfer to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Paris and enjoy a free evening in France’s capital city or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

From $129 per person

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

  • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River.
  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square.
  • Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Versailles Palace & Gardens

From $139 per person

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Paris
Paris is always a good idea, so extend your trip to keep exploring. Take a couple of days to museum-hop, stroll along the boulevards, brush up on your français, and let your expert Tour Director point you toward the crème de la crème.
Paris2 nights
Day 16: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

From $109 per person

Day 17: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris. This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    10/7/23 by 10th-time traveler Anonymous

    This tour covered quite a bit of France. It was a quick peek at what the various regions have to offer from the southern coast to Normandy in the north. Our tour guide was fantastic - he had a great sense of humor, gave fantastic advice with respect to how to spend free time (and where to eat), an...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Unforgettable tour!
    10/7/23 by 4th-time traveler Anonymous

    I enjoyed every minute in this tour. It was full of information and anecdotes by our tour director!

    4 out of 5 stars

    France Grand Tour 10/2023
    10/7/23 by 2nd-time traveler Anonymous

    This was a Grand Tour of France. Although a great deal of travel was required, the sites we visited will long be remembered. Overall the hotels would be rated 3 out of 5. The tour guide had many years of experience and managed the tour effortlessly. I would look forward to touring with him again.

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
    Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette

    This contemporary hotel is located in the business district of Lyon. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find UNESCO-li...

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    Mercure Pont d'Avignon
    Mercure Pont d'Avignon

    This charming hotel is located in Avignon. Guests enjoy the fitness center, on-site restaurant, and outdoor terrace. Nearby you'll find Pont d'Avigno...

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    Hôtel Mercure Nice Centre Notre-Dame
    Hôtel Mercure Nice Centre Notre-Dame

    This vibrant hotel is located in the heart of Nice’s city center. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city, rooftop bar, fitness...

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    Hôtel Mercure Montpellier Centre Comédie
    Hôtel Mercure Montpellier Centre Comédie

    This modern hotel is located in Montpellier’s city center. Guests enjoy the bar’s terrace, luxury toiletries, and rotating art galleries. Nearby, you’...

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    Hôtel Mercure Bordeaux Centre-Ville
    Hôtel Mercure Bordeaux Centre-Ville

    This contemporary hotel is located in the center of Bordeaux. Guests enjoy a restaurant, on-site coffee house, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find...

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    Novotel Amboise Hotel
    Novotel Amboise Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in the heart of the Châteaux de la Loire. Guests enjoy the bar, outdoor pool, and tennis court. Nearby, you’ll find some ...

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    Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome
    Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

    This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

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    Hôtel Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse
    Hôtel Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse

    This chic hotel is located in the heart of Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood. Guests enjoy spacious rooms, a traditional streetside restaurant, and an ...

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    Flights

    Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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