French Heritage (Preview 2019)
Additional Included Highlights
- See the cathedral, the Great Clock, the Old Market square and Place du Vieux-Marché where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
- See this charming fishing town.
- See the remains of the artificial Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and drive along the D-Day landing beaches.
- Enjoy the chance to walk along the fortifications and explore the cities nightlife at your leisure.
- See the imposing Châteaux of Saumur, Angers and Ussé.
- Enjoy an orientation of the French capital with the chance to see Notre Dame Cathedral, the facades of the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe.
- River Seine, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley
- Dordogne Valley: Sample some of the delicacies of the area when you visit a local farm.
- Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon appétit!
- Paris: Meet a local foodie for a behind-the-scenes look into Parisian life. Taste local delicacies in a patisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier off-the-beaten-track on a gourmet walking tour.
- Chablis: Taste one of the most famous white wines in the world. Treasure the purity of flavour and rapier-like effect on the palate with an expert vintner.
- Normandy: Just a short drive from the Arromanches and the seaside, in the heart of countryside, you will arrive at L'Auberge des Monts. Here you will enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner of traditional, regional cuisine, with a careful selection of locally-sourced ingredients and served with local wines in an authentic setting and warm atmosphere.
- Chambéry: Savour a delightful Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and accompanied with local wine.
- Saumur: Fun and informative, discuss the grape varieties and local terroir while sampling wines of the Loire Valley.
- Loire Valley: Your chateau hotel enjoys a high standard of creative cuisine and is featured in many prestigious food guides. Experience it for yourself with an elegant Celebration Dinner of fresh, seasonal produce and wine.
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Embark on a Côtes du Rhone experience to a famous wine village, where you sample wine with an expert and gain a few tips about what to look for in a robust red - its colour, fragrance and legs are all as important as the taste!
- Dining Summary: 21 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 10 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Villandry: Beside the Cher River stands Villandry Castle, surrounded by France’s finest formal gardens.
Stay at the Best Addresses
- Albi: Hostellerie Saint Antoine is centrally located with features such as Albi Cathedral, Toulouse Lautrec Museum and the Tarn River on your doorstep.
- Dijon: The 5-star Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche boasts a supreme view over the prestigious Place Darcy and has been welcoming prominent world figures since the 15th century. The luxurious refined decor and timeless interior garden offer guests every comfort and privacy.
- Saint-Malo: Hotel Le Nouveau Monde is a 4-star hotel, perfectly located in the heart of Saint-Malo, facing the sea and close to the old town.
- Saint Patrice, Loire Valley: Stay two fabulous nights at the Château de Rochecotte in the Loire Valley, the former private estate of Prince Tallyrand and the Duchess of Dino. Sit with a drink on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful setting or take a stroll through the magnificent gardens.
Top Rated Highlights
- Bastille Day: Celebrated across France on 14th July, Bastille Day commemorates the end of the French Monarchy. Witness the remarkable display of fireworks lighting up the warm summer sky and perhaps join in one of the traditional balls.
- Troyes: Explore the medieval heart of the Champagne capital.
- Chamonix: Stay in France’s mountaineering capital.
- Annecy: Enjoy free time in the Little Venice area.
- Côte d’Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
- Monaco: Enjoy a drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Wander the old town to see the Royal Palace, the yacht-filled harbour and visit the cathedral to see the Tomb of Princess Grace.
- St-Paul de Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and why it became a refuge for artists.
- Aix-en-Provence: See the mansions of the Cours Mirabeau.
- Arles: See the ancient bridges of Pont du Gard, Pont Saint-Bénézet and Pont d'Avignon. Pass the medieval battlements to the town centre and see the Papal Palace.
- Carcassonne: Enjoy an orientation of this fortified town and see the fortress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Albi: This is the birthplace of artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Walk the town and marvel at the awe-inspiring cathedral.
- Cahors: See the Pont Valentré.
- Rocamadour: Visit this medieval cliff top town.
- Sarlat-la-Canéda: See the golden limestone buildings.
- Lascaux II Caves: These caves contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world. For preservation reasons, they have been replicated in all their glory.
- Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
- Rouen: See the cathedral, the Great Clock, the Old Market square and Place du Vieux-Marché where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
- Honfleur: See this charming fishing town.
- Bayeux: See the famous and unique 70-metre-long tapestry that tells the story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
- Normandy Beaches: Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings See the remains of the artificial Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and with a Local Expert visit the American Military Cemetery at St-Laurent-sur-Mer, the D-Day Museum and the bunkers at Pointe du Hoc.
- Mont-Saint-Michel: Savour your first sight of the fortified island of Mont-Saint-Michel. Cross the causeway for a guided tour with your Local Expert through the maze of halls and vaults of the abbey.
- Saint-Malo: Your Local Expert guides you trough the intertwined streets of the walled city to arrive at the cathedral. Later enjoy the chance to walk along the fortifications and explore the cities nightlife at your leisure.
- Loire Valley: As you travel through the beautiful French countryside you will see the imposing Châteaux of Saumur as well as Angers.
- Château d'Ussé: Visit the fairytale castle that was Charles Perrault's inspiration for his tale 'Sleeping Beauty'.
- Chartres: Inside magnificent Chartres Cathedral, marvel at the stained-glass windows, a riot of rich blues and reds, justly considered the finest medieval glass in France.
- Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the scenery of the French countryside as you travel through Burgundy, the High Alps, along the Route Napoleon and French Riviera, past Cote d’Azur, Avignon, the Languedoc Region, through the Dordogne Valley, along the River Seine and through Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley.