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Duration: 14 days |Departures Tuesdays | For travel between 31 March to 02 December (2015) 03 April To 20 December (2016)
Location: Starts Paris | Caen, Mont St. Michel, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Avignon, French Riviera, Lyon
Price: From $2,708* (2015) $2,939* (2016) pp twin share (Single travellers can pay the same with a “Guaranteed Share” ask us)

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  • cosmos-toursGet to know France from the inside on this exciting holiday. From Paris, head north to Rouen, then Honfleur, an overnight in Caen, and the historic Normandy D-Day landing beaches from World War II.

    On to Bayeux, the enduring beauty of Mont St. Michel, Angers with its cathedral, and along the Loire Valley for two overnights.

    Travel through the countryside famous for its cognac and champagne production and visit Poitiers, a picturesque town of Roman heritage, as well as seaside La Rochelle.

    Spend a night in Bordeaux and continue through the Dordogne to the cliffside village of Rocamadour before reaching Toulouse. An orientation tour shows you medieval Carcassonne on the way to Nîmes, Pont du Gard, and an overnight in Avignon.

    Visit Arles, made famous by Van Gogh, and the enchanting town of Aix-en-Provence. Next up: the magnificent French Riviera.

    Head northwest via the Route Napoleon, visiting a perfume workshop in Grasse, then carry on to Lyon on the banks of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. Stop in the delightful town of Beaune, the region’s wine capital.

    Return to Paris, the “City of Light,” with included sightseeing of the main attractions and leisure time to soak in the romantic atmosphere.

    • Day 1 – Arrive In Paris, France

      Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
    • Day 2 – Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen

      Drive first to the fine old city of Rouen and walk through its centre, rich in gothic architecture. Next, stop in lovely Honfleur before reaching Caen for an overnight. (B,D)
    • Day 3 – Caen – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

      Time to see Caen before a visit to the legendary beaches where the Allied troops landed more than 70 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches, St. Laurant, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, where you can admire the famous tapestry (entrance fee extra). Then, southwards to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway, for an overnight. (B)
    • Day 4 – Mont St. Michel – Angers – Loire Valley

      Time this morning to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before a mid morning departure to Angers to visit its cathedral. Then, along the banks of the Loire to Tours for two overnights. A chance this evening to join an optional dinner at a typical local restaurant. (B)
    • Day 5 – Loire Valley

      Time at leisure or join the optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chateaux make for splendid panoramas. (B,D)
    • Day 6 – Lori Valley-La Rochelle-Bordeaux.

      Travel on the comfortable Autoroute L’Aquitaine as far as Poitiers. Next stop is the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast. Continue westwards into the world-famous Cognac region to visit the HENNESSY MUSEUM in Cognac. Then, journey to Bordeaux for an orientation walk. (B,D)
    • Day 7 – Bordeaux – Dordogne – Rocamadour – Toulouse

      Time for an orientation walk of Bordeaux, then drive into the heart of one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Southwards by way of Cahors to Toulouse for an overnight. (B,D)
    • Day 8 – Toulouse – Carcassonne – Nimes – Pont Du Gard – Avignon

      Drive this morning along the Autoroute des Deux Mers for an orientation walk in Carcassonne. Then, continue eastwards to Nimes, an elegant city famed for its busy boulevards shaded by lotus trees. Also visit the famous Roman amphitheater. Get a view of the Maison Carree, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the whole of France. Short picture stop at the famous Pont du Gard, before reaching Avignon for an overnight. (B)
    • Day 9 – Avignon – Arles – Aix – Enprovence – French Riviera

      South this morning to visit Arles, the most famous of all the Provence towns, known the world over by the paintings of Van Gogh. Stop in Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees and its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the optional evening excursion. (B)
    • Day 10 – French Riviera

      Take the opportunity today to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera. (B)
    • Day 11 – French Riviera – Grasse – Lyon Area

      First to Grasse for a visit to a perfume workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, the one Napoleon took on his return from Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area. (B,D)
    • Day 12 – Lyon Area – Beaune – Paris

      Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times, where you visit the famous Hotel-Dieu before continuing to the French capital and “City of Light,” Paris. Don’t miss the optional evening cabaret show, a real Parisian spectacle. (B)
    • Day 13 – Paris

      Included sightseeing with a local expert starts with an inside visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysees. Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and, to celebrate the success of your tour, a French farewell dinner might be just the ticket. (B)
    • Day 14 – Paris

      Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

  • Tour 2015

  • Tour 2015

    Breakfast – 13
    Lunch – 0
    Dinner – 5

    • Individual Headsets
    • Sightseeing: Visits to Rouen, Honfleur, Caen, Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, Angers, La Rochelle, Cognac museum, Bordeaux, Rocamadour, Carcassonne, Nimes, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Grasse, Beaune
    • Scenic Highlights: Loire Valley, Perigot Noir, Dordogne, Cognac, French Riviera, Burgundy wine country, Route Napoleon, Pont du Gard
    • Guides: Local Guide for city sightseeing in Paris. Professional Tour Director while touring
    • Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Paris if Cosmos issues the air tickets; Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
    • Hotels: Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

 

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Cosmos guarantees most Europe departures that are still in operation 35 days prior to the published departure date, UK departures 45 days prior, and USA & Canada departures 30 days prior. Throughout our European peak periods, from 1 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most UK departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure. Throughout our American peak periods, from 15 May to 15 October, Cosmos guarantees most USA & Canada departures that are still in operation 60 days prior to departure.

    PLEASE NOTE: This guarantee does not apply in any situation where the safety of clients is at potential risk or in the case of global health warnings; or when the operation of a tour is not possible for reasons beyond our control (such as industrial action/strikes and operational restrictions); or in the case of multiple coach departures (i.e. “A” coach) or late cancellation of group parties; or a Force Majeure event.

    A Force Majeure event is an inevitable or unpredictable event including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane (or other natural disaster), act of war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, political unrest, blockage, embargo, labour dispute or strike.

    Flights are additional. Pricing is based on per person, share twin. Prices are correct at time of printing & may be subject to change without notice. Blackout dates & seasonal surcharges may apply depending on date of travel. Prices are based on cash or Eftpos payment only, are subject to currency fluctuations and may be amended or withdrawn at any time. We reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions. We welcome ALL major credit cards however a credit card processing fee will apply. Fine Travel recommends Travel Insurance. Please always refer to your Fine Travel Consultant for further details on 0800 00 3463. (TC 2015: 4780)