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France in Depth

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Discover the very best of captivating France on this in-depth journey. Travelling from the grand city of Paris, enjoy the delights of the local wines, cheeses and liqueurs, wonder at incredible natural scenery and meander through tiny French villages. Admire the magical castles of the Loire Valley and explore picturesque Provence.Bonjour ParisWelcome to Paris! We'll explore the quintessential Parisian sights including the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Panth on, Champs- lys es and the Arc de Triomphe, before a free day to explore this beautiful city at leisure. Wander the character-filled Left Bank or sample the delights of the many delicious p tisseries - the choice is yours.Battlefields, Beaches & BrittanyWe travel north through the countryside to the battlefields and memorials of World War I, stopping along the way at the stunning gardens of the late impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Admire the incredible scenery of the white chalk cliffs and pay tribute to the many lives lost at the D-Day Beaches. We'll taste the local specialties and discover the magical medieval towns of Mont-Saint-Michel and Vannes. Castles & CognacWe'll make our way inland towards the stunning chateaux and beautiful woods of the Loire Valley, then enjoy a Cognac tasting at one of the most famous Caves. Explore the amazing prehistoric Caves of Lascaux and wander the narrow streets of the heritage-listed fortified town of Carcassonne.Southern charmExperience the 'proven al' way of life in the Camargue, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. We'll witness the brilliant pink salt marshes of Aigues Mortes and discover the area's stunning flora and fauna, including the wild horses and flamingos. The coast then beckons...we'll make our way to illustrious Cannes on the French Riviera, stopping in the port city of Marseille. We'll also visit glamorous Monte Carlo and the seaside city of Nice. We'll then cross the French Alps on our way to heritage-listed Lyon, before boarding the famous TGV train back to beautiful Paris.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • TGV train from Lyon to Paris
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $280pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 22 nights in good quality hotels (3-4-star)
  • 22 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Bonjour France!

  • Discover the quintessential sights of Paris on a city tour, including the imposing exterior of the Louvre, the le de la Cit and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the prestigious Sorbonne University and the Panth on and, of course, a ride along the Champs- lys es to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Take the lift to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and admire an array of beautifully laid out avenues, gardens and parks along the bank of the River Seine.
  • Enjoy a full free day in Paris to explore at your own pace.
  • Stroll through the stunning gardens and residence of the late impressionist painter, Claude Monet, in Giverny.
  • Pay tribute to the many lives lost at the WWI Australian Memorial site in Villers-Bretonneux.
  • Admire the incredible white chalk cliffs in Etretat.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore Honfleur and its charming old harbour, reminiscent of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
  • Visit the Mus e de la Tapisserie in Bayeux to view the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the most famous tapestries in the world, depicting the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
  • Visit the D-Day Beaches, where over 160,000 troops landed across the 80 kilometres of Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944.
  • Visit a local cheese factory and one of the famous calvados distilleries to try the Normandy cider and apple brandy.
  • See magical Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval monastery atop a tiny island, just off the Normandy coast.
  • Discover the medieval walled town of Vannes on a sightseeing tour.
  • Visit the stunning Gulf of Morbihan, often described as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
  • Take a walking tour of L'Ile aux Moines, the largest island in the Gulf of Morbihan.
  • Stop in the troglodyte village of Rochemenier, one of the last remaining examples of an underground cave village.
  • Visit Le Clos Luc in Amboise, a chateau that was once Da Vinci's official residence.
  • Visit regal Ch teau de Chambord, one of France's most recognised palaces, and the incredible Ch teau de Chenonceau, the second most visited ch teau in France after Versailles.
  • Enjoy a cognac tasting at the famous Les Caves Remy Martin.
  • Admire the incredible suspended gardens of Marqueyssac, the 'Belvedere of the Dordogne'.
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed prehistoric Caves of Lascaux.
  • Learn more about the world's largest producer of public jets at the Airbus Factory in Toulouse and see final aircraft assembly line.
  • Wander the narrow lanes of Carcassonne, a heritage-listed fortified medieval city.
  • Discover the diverse range of incredible natural scenery of the Pyrenees.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore the city of Montpellier.
  • Stop in Aigues Mortes to see the brilliant pink salt marsh - a fantastic photo opportunity.
  • Indulge in lunch and wine tasting in Aigues Mortes.
  • See the famous flamingos and wild horses of the Camargue.
  • Stop in the proven al town of Arles to visit the local market.
  • See the masterpiece of ancient architecture that is the 'Pont du Gard' in Avignon.
  • Visit Palais des Popes in Avignon, the largest Gothic building in the world.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore in charming Aix-en Provence.
  • Spend a morning discovering the port city of Marseille, France's second-largest settlement.
  • Discover the resort town of Cannes on the idyllic French Riviera.
  • Travel to nearby Monte Carlo, home to glamourous casinos, the legendary Monaco Grand Prix and the Royal Family of Monaco.
  • Visit the charming seaside city of Nice and stroll along the Promenade des Anglais.
  • Tour the sights of Lyon, including the Roman district and Fourvi re, Vieux Lyon, the Silk District, and the Presqu' le.
  • Travel on the famous TGV train to Paris.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $13,695
Start Location
France
End Location
France
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
10 May 201803 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $13,160 
14 Jun 201808 Jul 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $13,160
Itinerary
France in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Paris

Welcome to France and the beautiful city of Paris! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Paris

This morning we'll begin to discover this grand city. Our sightseeing includes the quintessential Parisian sights - the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Panth on in the Latin Quarter. We'll travel along the Champs- lys es to the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde and end the morning looking out over the city from the Eiffel Tower's second level. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 4. Paris

A full day at leisure in enchanting Paris. Why not explore the character-filled Left Bank, visit one of the museums or sample the delights of the many delicious p tisseries? [B]

Day 5. Paris - Giverny - Amiens

This morning we depart for Amiens. Along the way we'll stop in the town of Giverny to visit the former home and stunning gardens of the late Impressionist painter, Claude Monet. [B]

Special Experience: We'll then continue to Villers-Bretonneux where we'll pay tribute to the many lives lost during WWI at the Australian War Memorial and Museum.

Day 6. Amiens - Ouistreham

From Amiens we travel towards the coast, stopping in Etretat to admire the incredible white chalk cliffs. We'll also stop in Bayeux to see the famous ancient tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings in 1066. [B]

Day 7. Ouistreham

A day close to the hearts of many Australians - we visit the promontory of Pointe du Hoc and the D-Day beaches in Arromanches-les-Bains, where over 160,000 troops landed across 80 kilometres of Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. [B]

Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit a local cheese factory and one of the famous calvados distilleries to try the Normandy cider and apple brandy.

Day 8. Ouistreham - Vannes

Our journey continues to Brittany via Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed settlement on a tiny island just off the coast, topped by a magical medieval monastery. [B]

Day 9. Vannes

This morning we discover the medieval town of Vannes before venturing to the scenic Gulf of Morbihan. We'll explore l'Ile aux Moines on a walking tour after some free time for lunch. [B]

Day 10. Vannes - Amboise

Today we depart for the picturesque Loire Valley. Along the way we'll stop in the troglodyte village of Rochemenier, one of the last remaining examples of an underground cave village. Later we'll continue to Amboise and visit Le Clos-Luc , a ch teau that was once Da Vinci's official residence. [B]

Day 11. Loire Valley Excursion

Special Experience: Fairytale castles, towers, turrets, moats, drawbridges and landscaped gardens - the Loire Valley is perhaps the most romantic region in France. Today we visit two of the famous ch teaux - Ch teau Chambord and Ch teau Chenonceau. [B]

Day 12. Amboise - Cognac - P rigueux

Special Experience: As we travel south, we'll stop in Cognac to enjoy a tasting at the famous Les Caves Remy Martin.

This afternoon we'll continue to the town of P rigueux, boasting a long and fascinating history dating back to prehistoric times and a host of medieval and renaissance architecture. [B]

Day 13. The Dordogne Excursion

We spend the day discovering some of the tiny villages that make up The Dordogne and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed prehistoric Caves of Lascaux. [B]

Day 14. P rigueux - Carcassonne

Continuing south, we stop in the 'Pink City' of Toulouse. We'll visit the Airbus factory before arriving in Carcassonne. Here we'll explore the narrow streets and laneways of this incredible fortified town, one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Europe. [B]

Day 15. Pyrenees Excursion

This region of France offers a diverse range of incredible natural scenery. [B,L]

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover its beauty on one of the many walking options in the national park. Learn more

Day 16. Carcassonne - Camargue

As we make our way west to the Camargue, we'll stop in Aigues Mortes to see the brilliant pink salt marsh and enjoy lunch and a wine tasting. [B,L]

Day 17. Camargue

Special Experience: The Camargue is famous for its wild horses and flamingos and this morning we'll discover some of the area's stunning flora and fauna.

As we make our way into the heart of Provence this afternoon, we'll stop in the town of Arles to visit the local market. [B,D]

Day 18. Camargue - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence - Marseille

On today's journey, we stop to see Avignon's famous Pont du Gard and the Palais de Papes, then have some free time for lunch before continuing to Aix-en-Provence. Leafy Aix is a unique blend of Proven al charm and Parisian chic. We'll explore the town on a walking tour this afternoon. Later we'll continue south to Marseille. [B]

Day 19. Marseille - Cannes

We'll spend the morning discovering the port city of Marseille, before continuing to Cannes on the stunning C te d'Azur, home of the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. [B]

Day 20. Nice & Monte Carlo Excursion

Just a short ride along the coast, we'll make our first stop in the seaside city of Nice, an appealing mix of 19th century opulence, caf culture and sunshine. We then visit glamorous Monte Carlo in the tiny Principality of Monaco, known for its casino, Grand Prix and royal family. [B]

Day 21. Cannes - Lyon

Today we venture north through the mountainous countryside to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lyon. [B]

Day 22. Lyon

Our sightseeing tour of the city includes the Roman District, Vieux Lyon, the silk district, the Presqu' le and the huge market of Les Halles de Lyon. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 23. Lyon - Paris

This afternoon we transfer to the train station to board the famous TGV back to ever-romantic Paris. We'll enjoy a group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 24. Depart Paris

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia

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