Best of France

Best of France

21 Days


FRANCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Highlights of Paris
  • Museé du Louvre
  • Eiffel Tour
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Parisian Catacombs
  • Sacré-Cœur
  • Normandy
  • Utah Beach
  • Omaha Beach
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • St. Malo
  • Angers
  • Loire Valley
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Château de Chambord
  • Chartres Cathedral
  • Versailles Palace and Gardens
  • Chamonix
  • Alycamps
  • Chateau D’if
  • Fontainebleau Forest
  • French Riviera
  • Pont de Gard
  • Monaco
  • Verdon Gorge
  • Parc National Des Calanques

Best of France

21 Days


Dates

  • 21 Days
  • September 30 – October 20, 2017

Prices

  • Tour Price: $4,845
  • Discount: 5% Returning Volant Customer

Best of France

21 Days


DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY!

Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

DAY 2: WELCOME TO PARIS

A Volant representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take a relaxing walk through the historic streets of downtown Paris. Take in the iconic mansard roofs, the tranquil waters of the Seine, and the romance in the air. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening.

DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTS OF PARIS

Stroll the lawns and gardens stretching to the Eiffel Tower. Take leisurely walk through the historic halls of one the most famous museums in the world: Le Louvre. Cross the famous Pont Neuf on your way to the holy cathedral of Notre Dame.

DAY 4: ÉTRETAT – CAEN

Let’s take off and explore the coastline. Only a two and a half hour drive from Paris we will sped our afternoon in Etretat. This pristine commune right on the beach is famous for its three arches situated along the chalk cliffs. After a quaint lunch we will transfer to Caen (90 m). We will be sure to wander through Colline aux Oiseaux, a beautifully landscaped park with a rose garden. Only a short distant away stands the Caen Castle. After dinner we will call it a night here in Caen.

DAY 5: NORMANDY – UTAH BEACH – OMAHA BEACH – MONT SAINT MICHEL

This morning we will drive east toward the Normandy coastline. Both Omaha and Utah beaches in this area are a must see. While we will be sure to stop for lunch we will continue south towards Mont Saint Michel. Traveling from one side of Normandy to the other will take us about two hours. Today’s drive is just a small price to pay for the remarkable monastery that awaits us.

DAY 6: MONT SAINT MICHEL – ST. MALO

The first half of the day is devoted to exploring Mont Saint Michel. Both this island commune and its bay are on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites. During our time in this medieval citadel take the time to explore its many shops and restaurants or even climb the cobblestone path to the 92 meter lookout. After lunch we will head to St. Malo, a intriguing coastal city. The old town is surrounded by tall granite walls that were once used as an enclosure for pirates whom were approved by the king. Before calling it a night we will be sure to watch the sunset over the open ocean.  Tonight we rest in St. Malo.

DAY 7: ANGERS

This morning we will make our way from the coast and head inland to Angers. Our three hour drive from St. Malo to Angers will be broken up by a stop in Rennes, the capital of Brittney. While we get out and stretch our legs be sure to  notice the medieval half-timbered homes. By noon we will be in Angers. Both the Château d’Angers and the Chateau de Brissac are a definite must see. The tapestry room within the Château d’Angers is to die for as are the views overlooking the city from the top of the Castle. Make sure to get some sleep tonight because the next two days are devoted to exploring some of the many Chateau’s of Loire Valley.

DAY 8: LOIRE VALLEY – CHATEAU DE CHENONCEAU

Getting an early start to the day we will head towards Tours. Keep your eyes peeled for the many chateau’s in this area as we drive through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Regional Park.  We will make sure to grab a bite to eat in Tours before we visit St Gatien Cathedral and the Cloister of la Psalette. The second half of our day will be spent in the Chateau de Chenonceau. This unique castle spans over the Cher River and has a garden maze. Only about a 40 minute drive from Tours we will spend the night in Chenonceau.

DAY 9: LOIRE VALLEY – CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD

Day two of our chateau adventures will begin with a short trip to Amboise to tour the Chateau du Clos Luce (Da Vinci’s former home). After lunch we will head to Blois, the capital of the Loir-et-Cher region in central France. Blois will be our home base as we branch out and visit the Blois, Cheverny and Chambord chateaus’. Our hotel this evening will be in Blois.

DAY 10: CHARTRES – VERSAILLES PALACE & GARDENS

The beginning of our day will be spent driving from Blois to Chartres. After about two hours we will reach the Charters Cathedral. This cathedral is famous for its massive contrasting spires and incredible state of preservation. After spending a few hours here we will continue into Versailles for the evening.

DAY 11: VERSAILLES PALACE & GARDENS

Today is devoted to exploring the Versailles Palace and Gardens. The Gardens alone cover nearly 800 hectares; containing over 200,000 trees, 210,000 plants, 50 fountains and 620 water jets. Containing 2,300 rooms, the Palace of Versailles is nothing short of extraordinary. It is considered one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIV began embellishing his fathers castle in 1682 and the following generations continued to do so until the start of the French Revolution. After spending the day among this architectural giant there will be no question as to why the Palace has been on the UNESCO World Heritage site for 30 years.

DAY 12: FONTAINEBLEAU

This morning climb abroad the train for a short trip southeast to the town of Fontainebleau. After our arrival we will enjoy a leisurely hike through the mixed deciduous Fontainebleau Forest. Unlike most woodland areas, this forest is renown for its mighty sandstone boulders. Stretch out and enjoy the fresh air, luscious moss and magical views. After spending our morning among natural beauty we will now turn our heads toward the local man made wonder. As one of the largest royal chateau's' in all of France's history; the Palace of Fontainebleau is considered to be the only royal and imperial chateau to be continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Situated in the heart of 130 acres of gardens and parkland this enormous palace contains over 1,500 rooms. As you tour the palace and surrounding gardens keep in mind that you are walking in the footsteps of the many french monarchs that once resided in this palace.

DAY 13: AVIGNON-ARLES

After our morning train ride to the south of France we will enjoy a walking tour of Avignon. Be sure to tour the Palais des Papes as it is considered to be one of the largest and most important medieval gothic buildings of Europe. Later in the day we will commute to Arles, the city that inspired much of Van Gogh's artwork. Arles is also  home of the most famous Roman necropolis' of the ancient world, Alycamps.

DAY 14: NIMES-PONT DU GARD-ARLES

The first part of our day will be spent at Pont du Gard; the 3-tiered Roman aqueduct built in 19 B.C. Next stop, Nimes is known for some of the best preserved roman architecture in the world including the Arenes de Nimes.  Take a moment to examine the fine details in the Corinthian columns of La Maison Carree or climb to the top of the Tour Magne monument for panoramic views of the city.

DAY 15: MARSEILLE- PARC NATIONAL DES CALANQUES
Early this morning we will make our way to France's main trade seaport, Marseille. Before lunch be will take a tour downtown making sure to visit sites such as the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde and the Cathedrale La Major. With the remainder of our day we will head down to towards the city of Cassis where we will explore Calanques National Park. The highest point in this wild and rugged terrain is called Mount Puget and should be visible in the landscape to the west. Feel free to relax near the turquoise waters or explore the parks many trails. The choice is yours. For those who are up to the challenge the hike out to the Calanque d'En-Vau takes about two hours and is quite extraordinary.

DAY 16: MARSEILLE- CHATEAU D'IF

After a relaxed start to our day we will take a short ferry ride to begin our tour of the infamous French prison, Chateau d' If. Constructed in 1525 on a tiny island in the Bay of Marseille, this fortress has housed thousands of criminals over the centuries. It wasn't until author, Alexandre Dumas, published The Count of Monte Cristo in 1845 that this prison's worldwide fame took off. For those who don't know the story, this novel recounts a characters' 14 years of imprisonment and eventual escape from the Chateau d'If. Unlike most people who have gone behind these walls we will make our escape after completing the tour. The remainder of the day is free for you to do with what you will. Explore the shops downtown, stroll along the beach or try something you have never done before.

DAY 17: MARSEILLE-VERDON NATURAL REGIONAL PARK-NICE

This morning we will drive northeast to explore the Verdon Gorge. We will take a scenic drive through the rolling hills and geological masterpieces of both the Luberon and the Verdon Natural Regional Park. It is easy to see why this gorge is considered to be one of Europes more beautiful. The stunning turquoise water, the deep green of the surrounding fauna and the pale sandstone all combine to create the memorable landscape that the people who visit here long for.

DAY 18: NICE

Located right on the French Riviera the city of Nice is known for many attractions including its scenic walkway, the ​Promenade des Anglais that stretches alongside the shore for 7 km. There is also the ​Matisse Museum, the Nice Lighthouse. Russian Cathedral and Vieux Nice (Old Town Nice) that should not be missed. . Be sure to climb Castle Hill for sweeping views of the city as well as the Bay of Angels.

DAY 19: NICE-MONACO

Today we will take a day trip to Monaco. Measuring a grand total of 499 acres the microstate of Monaco resides just a short drive outside of Nice. ​Be sure to notice the dramatic views of the Mediterranean while we drive along the Grande Corniche. Once in Monaco we will have the opportunity to explore Old Town, an area rich in local history. Take advantage of the many spectacular botanical gardens in the area and be sure to spot the hundreds of yachts docked in the Monte Carlo Harbor, it is definitely a sight worth seeing.

DAY 20: NICE - PARIS

After a scenic train ride through the heart of France we will arrive back in the bustling capital. With the remainder of the day enjoy any number of iconic Parisian attractions. Use the day to create your own adventure. Perhaps take the time to check out the catacombs, the Pantheon, Rodan Museum or Sainte-Chapelle. The Arc de Triomphe is also incredible, as is  Le Centre Pompidou. Whatever you decide we will make sure to gather one last time this evening for a farewell dinner.

DAY 21: PARIS - TOUR ENDS

Breakfast will be provided although there will be no group activities for the day. Your Volant representative will escort you to the Charles de Gaulle International Airport and bid you adieu. Au Revoir and thank you for choosing Volant.

Best of France

21 Days


Inclusions

  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • All scheduled meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Mont St. Michel entrance fee
  • Château d’Angers entrance fee
  • Château de Chenonceau entrance fee
  • Château de Chambord entrance fee
  • ​Chateau d’ If entrance fee + ferry ride
  • Versailles Palace entrance fee
  • Versailles Garden entrance fee
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare (to and from Paris)
  • Entrance fees of attractions in Paris
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.

 

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Monaco

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