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    Explore the country roads of France, savour famous wines and wonder on a foodie tour in Paris

    Save $100/person on Country Roads of France during summer 2020 with Insight Vacations


    Photo: Travellers enjoying the beautiful French countryside.

    Take advantage of a $100 discount per person on trips to Europe during summer 2020. 

    Itinerary

    Photo: Guests taking part in a lesson in the French sport of pétanque.

    DAY 1

    Welcome To Paris

    Airport transfers depart from Charles de Gaulle Airport for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:30. Relax and settle in, or start exploring this great capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.

    DAY 2

    Champagne Region And On To Dijon

    Journey through the Champagne region, famous for its magnificent core of medieval buildings, appropriately shaped like a champagne cork. Continue to the Burgundy region, once a powerful duchy and synonymous with fine wine. Stop in the quiet village of Chablis which gives its name to one of the most famous French wines. Join an expert vintner for a taste and introduction to these refreshing, steely whites. Continue on to your hotel in Dijon.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery.

    DAY 3

    Relaxed Start - Free Time In Dijon

    Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don't miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche MGallery.

    DAY 4

    Chamonix

    Travel towards the Mâconnais and Beaujolais before turning east into the Alps. A scenic symphony awaits you as you ascend into the high Alps and climb towards Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain. Your destination is the fashionable ski resort of Chamonix. In the evening you may choose to try a local pierrade at a local trendy eatery in a traditional chalet. This Optional Experience provides the chance to try a typical regional meal, cooked on a table barbecue using on a hot stone.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Mercure Chamonix Centre.

    DAY 5

    Relaxed Start - Lakeside Annecy And Grenoble 

    In the morning, embark on a beautiful journey to the lakeside town of Annecy, dramatically situated between lake and mountains, it's a medieval spectacle and a summer getaway for the French and the Swiss locals. Enjoy free time for lunch in Little Venice, aptly named for the network of canals criss-crossing through the Old Town. Explore the city’s many lovely bridges at your leisure. This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery.

    Photo: Travellers tasting some of the most famous wines in the world.  

    DAY 6

    The French Riviera To Reach Nice

    Glorious mountain scenery will be yours to enjoy as you travel along a spectacular route, used by the Emperor Napoleon when he returned from his first exile to try to take the throne of France once more. Continue to the French Riviera to reach the elegant resort of Nice. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore as you wish. In the evening, why not walk through old town Nice, ending in Cours Saleya where dinner is at your leisure at one of the many lovely bistros?

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice

    DAY 7

    Monaco And The Côte D’Azur 

    Wake up ready to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d’Azur. Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Then enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco and walk with your Travel Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace and yacht-filled harbour. Your exploration continues as you visit inside Monaco Cathedral, housing the tomb of Princess Grace. The rest of the day is set aside for you to enjoy the French Riviera at your own pace. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit to the medieval village of Eze and its hill-top Botanical Gardens for a spectacular view of the coastline?

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice.

    DAY 8

    Picturesque Provence 

    Visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to see the sumptuous mansions lining the Cours Mirabeau, before continuing to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the famous wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the various grape varieties that are allowed into the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence.

    DAY 9

    Avignon And Pont Du Gard 

    Stop in Avignon to enjoy views of the remaining arches of the Pont d'Avignon and the fortified Papal Palace. Enjoy a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties. Continue your journey to Pont du Gard to see the greatest of Roman remains. This afternoon, enjoy a lesson in the French sport of pétanque. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills as you take part in a game. After, reward yourself and fellow friends with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Aquabella Hotel, Aix-en-Provence.

    DAY 10

    Carcassonne And To Albi 

    Head to beautiful Arles and trace the history of the town home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cross the fertile Languedoc region, before journeying inland to the fortified town of Carcassonne. Travellers are often amazed at their first sight of this medieval gem, known for its fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a complete set of ramparts and a medieval keep. Travel on to Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. During your orientation with your Travel Director, marvel at iconic sites including the views of Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the famous awe-inspiring cathedral, before spending the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi.

    DAY 11

    Free Time - In Albi 

    Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Albi.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hostellerie Saint Antoine, Albi.

    DAY 12

    Relaxed Start - Cahors And Rocamadour 

    Stop in Cahors, famous for its Black Wine, and see the Pont Valentré. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the open air market - full of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies, it's an experience to delight all of the senses. Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spain. Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' as you enjoy a presentation and a walk the through truffle valley led by a hunting dog. After your search, savour a tasting of a variety of truffles and truffle pastes, paired with a glass of wine. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne.

    DAY 13

    Paris, The City Of Light 

    Travel onwards to immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Paris where on arrival you are free to explore this fascinating city as you wish. As evening descends, the City of Light lives up to its name as the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. For that special touch of excitement and glamour don't miss the chance to join an Optional Experience to one of the world-famous cabaret shows.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

    DAY 14

    Exploring The Dordogne Valley 

    Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of the Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced. Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: La Hoirie, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne.

    DAY 15

    Romantic Capital On The Seine 

    Insight Choice

    During your time in Paris, see the impressive Eiffel Tower, the imposing facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe. Today enjoy an Insight Choice experience. Choose between shopping at Galeries Lafayette and a guided tour around the Right Bank led by a Local Expert. Alternatively, join a local foodie to venture into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives and explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies. You are in for a memorable evening starting with a delicious Celebration Dinner at the historic restaurant La Coupole, serving delicious French cuisine and wine.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Accommodation: Le Méridien Etoile, Paris.

    DAY 16

    Au Revoir Paris 

    Your departure transfer will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 08:00 or 11:00.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Photo: Map of the Itinerary stops and destinations

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