15 day Best of France tour with flights

15 day Best of France tour with Trafalgar, including return international flights, airport transfers, breakfast daily, escorted tour guide throughout, dedicated, air-conditioned transportation, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
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  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
  • 15 day Best of France tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience all the fabulous flavours of France with a 15 day Best of France tour.

Start your journey in the City of Light, Paris and meander your way past some of its iconic landmarks including Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Travel past the Côte d’Or vineyards on your way to the medieval town of Beaune. Visit France’s gourmet capital of Lyon wander its quaint cobble stoned streets. Stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, before arriving in the gorgeous Principality of Monaco, where you will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were wed.

Explore the sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera, roam along Nice’s Promenade des Anglais and visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Visit Arles and admire its honey-coloured facades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture. Roam the city of Carcassonne, the place said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty. Drive toward the Pyrénées and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of Marian pilgrimage.

Visit the wine capital of Bordeaux and stroll around the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces. Take an excursion around the lush green valleys and hills of Dordogne. Meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, one of the most remarkable castles ever built. Travel to the island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, before visiting the D-Day Landing Zone on Omaha Beach. Return to Paris to begin your journey home.

Your package includes return flights, accommodation, English speaking tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more.

See Inclusions for more. 

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff– Paris

Depart New Zealand today to begin your French Adventure.

Day 2: Paris (D)

All the flavours of France come to life on this unforgettable journey that kicks off in Paris, the City of Light. Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, take a group transfer to your hotel (please refer to the Fine Print section of this page for important transfer details). Spend your day meandering past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive through the city to see some of its most magnificent sights lit up at night.

Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 3: Paris – Beaune – Lyon (B)

We travel south to Burgundy, past the Côte d’Or vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits St. Georges. The colourful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century Hospices are a sight to behold as we arrive in the medieval town of Beaune before continuing to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Perhaps spend your evening delving into the delicious delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not meander up the city’s narrow cobblestone lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cosy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery. Enjoy an evening drive along the beautiful Saône River and taste the most acclaimed French cuisine. You’ll discover Lyon’s secrets, from the Gauls to the medieval old town. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France and our chef will prepare a mouth-watering three course dinner, with local wines included.

Hotel: Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences

Day 3: Lyon – Avignon – Monaco – French Riviera (B,D)

We stop in the heart of Provence and the city of Avignon, what was once the Papal Seat in the 13th century and today remains as an important place of pilgrimage. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous in the song – sur le pont d’Avignon. Journeying through the fields of Provence, immortalised in the great works of such artists as Van Gogh and Cézanne, we arrive in the sophisticated Principality of Monaco, where we will view the cathedral where Prince Ranier and Princess Grace were married. This evening we enjoy a Regional Meal in Monaco before arriving at our hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Massena

Day 5: French Riviera (B)

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Meander along Nice’s elegant Promenade des Anglais treading in the footsteps of the aristocrats of yesteryear, relax on the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers or perhaps visit the charming hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, a popular haunt for actors seeking a relaxing retreat. In your free time you have the opportunity to soak up the fresh sea air and perhaps indulge in delicious Salad Niçoise overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal. First we’ll travel to the medieval hill top town of St. Paul to visit this artists’ paradise. We’ll continue along the Riviera, travelling on the Basse, Moyenne and Grande corniche roads with their spectacular views, to a local restaurant for a delicious meal including drinks.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Massena

Day 6: French Riviera – Arles – Carcassonne (B,D)

Visit Arles with its honey-coloured façades, Roman ruins and Camargue culture enjoying some time at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Alternatively choose to take an Optional Experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh and local history with our resident expert, before winding your way through the Corbières Hills and ‘Cathar’ landscapes en route to the fortified city of Carcassonne. Join a Local Specialist to explore this exquisite ancient town, view the Cité, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney for his Castle of Sleeping Beauty, and see the double ring of ramparts spanning some 3km with 52 towers.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh. Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Hotel: Mercure La Cite

Day 7: Carcassonne – Lourdes – Basque Coast (B,D)

We drive toward the Pyrénées this morning and arrive in Lourdes, the global centre of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica perched atop St. Bernadette’s Grotto where the young girl is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. We travel north to the Basque Coast of Biarritz where we spend the night.

Hotel: Radisson Blu

Day 8: Biarritz – Bordeaux (B)

Journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux whose stunning Garonne riverfront and age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France’s most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century and the bi-annual wine fair attracts buyers from all over the world. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city, including the magnificent Esplanade des Quinconces.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Highlights Of The Pyrénées. Join us on a beautiful drive up into the Pyrénées, where we’ll catch a funicular train to ascend through mountain pastures to the top of these magnificent mountains, finding ourselves in Spain. You’ll have time to enjoy some Basque hospitality before our descent, with a drink included. Weather permitting.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country. With your Local Specialist, discover the town where Louis XIV met his bride, Spanish princess Maria Theresa. Rich in Basque heritage, you’ll visit the house of Louis XIV, see the church where they married in 1660 (complete with hanging sailing ships inside) and sample the most famous patisserie created for the event, the macaron. Later have time to explore this unique seaside town’s 400 year history, weekly market and beautiful beach.

Hotel: Novotel

Day 9: Dordogne Excursion (B)

The lush green valleys and hills of the Dordogne take centre stage today during a scenic half-day included excursion. We drive to St. Emilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times and return to Bordeaux this evening for some free time to explore the city at leisure. See the glittering reflection of the Place de la Bourse in the Garonne River, tease your taste-buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine or meander through the city’s historical centre admiring its beautiful architecture by night.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner. We’ll journey through the rolling vineyards of the Bordeaux region to our favourite French Chateau Estate. Enjoy a a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars before a wine tasting, all while learning the secrets of the French wine-making process. Later, discover the World Heritage monolithic church of St. Emilion, before dining in traditional Bordelaise style, with drinks included.

Hotel: Novotel

Day 10: Bordeaux – Loire Valley (B,D)

We meander through the Garden of France, stopping at the beautiful fairy-tale Château Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Join your fellow travellers and the Montferrier family on their farm near the famous Château de Villandry for a special Be My Guest Tourangelle dining experience where you enjoy traditional French hospitality.

Hotel: Mercure Tours Nord

Day 11: Loire Valley – Mont St. Michel – Omaha Beach (B,D)

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the extraordinary island-town of Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast, featuring its impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach where your Travel Director will provide an excellent account of the poignant events that took place here and changed the course of history in Europe. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn in detail about how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.

Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach

Day 12: Omaha Beach – Giverny – Paris (B)

The City of Light shines brightly as we have an evening at leisure to explore Paris by night. This evening in the glittering capital, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabaret venues.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner. Enjoy dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world-famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret. Immortalized by the award-winning film of the same name, this Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Notre Dame And Latin Quarter. A guided drive through Paris’ bohemian Left Bank with our Local Specialist brings us to amazing Notre Dame to discover one of the world’s most famous Cathedrals and the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways where you’ll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner. One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem, where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 13: Paris (B,D)

See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and travelling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations. Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb ‘City of Light’ on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): Versailles Palace And Gardens. Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.

Optional Tour (additional cost applies): 2CV Experience. View the hidden gems of Paris in classic style! Enjoy a guided drive around France’s most Iconic city in France’s most iconic car – the 2 CV (a.k.a. deux chevaux). Drive off the beaten track and let your personal Parisian driver give you all the insider facts about Paris. Note: the price is per person, with a two-person minimum for each car.

Hotel: Millenium Opera

Day 14: Paris airplane-takeoff– New Zealand (B)

Group transfers to the airport are available for your homeward flight. Pending flight departure times, you may wish to make your own way to the airport and spend a few more hours exploring the city (please refer to the Fine Print section of this page for important transfer details).

Day 15: New Zealand

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international economy airfares 
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • All porterage and gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Return group airport transfers (conditions apply, see fine print)
  • VIP entry to many sights

Highlights: 

  • City tour in Carcassonne
  • Scenic drive through Dordogne and Loire Valley
  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Avignon, Monaco, Nice, Arles, Lourdes and Bordeaux
  • See the Roman Ampitheatre and the Cathedral in Arles
  • View the Papal Palace in Avignon, The Royal Palace, Cathedral while in Monaco, Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena in Nice, St Bernadette’s Grotto in Lourdes, Esplanade des Quinconces in Bordeaux, the Abbey of Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beach of Omaha while in Normandy
  • Visit the Hospice de Beaune, Chateau Chenonceau, D-Day Museum, Claude Monet’s home at Giverny and the Eiffel Tower

 

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $699 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. 
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due on 31 January 2019 in order to take advantage of the Early Bird discount.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Excludes: Travel insurance, Visas, Personal expenses, Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $1,499 per person in addition to 1 x twin share voucher

To purchase your single supplement please click here

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: 40-45 guests on average

Airport Transfers: Trafalgar will be organising dedicated group airport transfers to and from your hotel at the following times:

Arrival Transfers

Departure Transfers (arriving at airport)

8am, 11am, 2pm

8am, 11.30am

 

Please note that on some occasions there may not be any suitable flights that link up with the arrival transfers specified above. In such instances, you should make your own way to the hotel. Pending flight arrangements with the advertised promotional airline, you may need to wait several hours at the airport prior to your departure flight. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own way to the airport at a time of your choosing (additional expense).

Accommodation: 

Paris: Millenium Opera or similar
Lyon: Novotel Gerland Musée Des Confluences or similar
French Riviera: Best Western Plus Massena or similar
Carcassonne: Mercure La Cite or similar
Biarritz: Radisson Blu or similar
Bordeaux: Novotel or similar 
Loire Valley: Mercure Tours Nord or similar
Omaha Beach: Mercure Omaha Beach or similar
Paris: Millenium Opera or similar

Optional Tours: 

Beaujolais Gourmet Dinner And Old Town Discovery – €69 per person 
St Paul, Corniche Drive, Perfumery and Meal – €83 per person
On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh – €23 per person
Highlights Of The Pyrénées – €41 per person
St Jean De Luz, Jewel Of The Basque Country – €40 per person
Secrets Of The Bordelaise With Lunch Or Dinner – €80 per person
Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner – €162 per person
Notre Dame And Latin Quarter – €33 per person
Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner – €139 per person
Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations – €38 per person
Versailles Palace And Gardens – €65 per person
2CV Experience – €60 per person

Please note that optional excursions can only be purchased while on-tour.

Land Only: Not available

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates: 

Selected Sat departures between

30 March 2019 – 19 October 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. True availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

 Airline: 
  • Return economy airfares departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airlines or similar
  • Including at least 23kg checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to change according to airline policy).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked.
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By arriving early and/or extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to and/or from the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares with Emirates, including 30kg checked baggage
  • 10% Early Bird discount included in price if booked before 17 January 2019
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Pre-paid gratuities
  • 12 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Operated by Trafalgar

 

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