Enjoy private airport transfers, train connections between cities, a mix of shared and private tours and comfortable, central accommodations as you travel throughout France. Spend time in Paris and see the sights, sample the nectar of the gods in Champagne, visit the Landing beaches of Normandy for a sobering experience, and then make your way to the beautiful Loire Valley to see some of the signature castles of the region. Finally, the south and Provence beckon - visit quaint hilltop villages and stay in Avignon - the city of the Popes. From here, travel south to Nice on the stunning French Riviera.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Banke Hotel (4*), located in the Opera district in the very heart of Paris, is a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. All 94 of the luxurious guest rooms’ interiors are decorated in cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. Enjoy Spanish and French cuisine at Josefin Restaurant, or savour Spanish-inspired tapas at Lolabar. The sophisticated Banke Restaurant is perfect for all events and celebrations and serves an excellent breakfast buffet. Banke Hotel features its own gym and hamam (Turkish bath), perfect for relaxation. Wander around the hotel and discover the extensive art collection. Discover the impressive collection of ethnic jewelry and sculptures from India, Tibet, African tribes and more!
Discover Versailles Palace, the symbol of France's grandeur during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Leave Paris by the western districts of the city and follow the Normandy motorway as far as Versailles in a luxury air conditioned coach. Your guide will take you straight in without standing in line and lead you through the most beautiful rooms including the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartment. Then enjoy some free time to explore the palace gardens. This tour has a central pick up and drop off point in the centre of Paris and hotel pick up and/or drop off is not provided. Includes: entrance to Versailles Palace, authorisation fees for guided visits, a multilingual guide with individual earphones. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). Note: from April 2nd to October 29th, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED: - On "MUSICAL FOUNTAIN DISPLAY" days ( Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays from May 21st to June 25th + May 8th + May 9th + August 15th)- On "MUSICAL GARDENS" days (Tuesdays from April 2nd to May 14th and from July 2nd to October 29th), on bank holidays.
Enjoy a half day shared tour of Paris. On the tour you will discover the monuments which have made Paris famous throughout the world: Place Vendôme - Opéra - Louvre museum - Notre Dame Cathedral - Pantheon Church - Luxembourg - Orsay Museum - Concorde Square - Champs-Elysées Avenue - Arch of Triumph - Eiffel Tower - Invalides. Visit the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower (Fast pass) which gives you a wonderful panoramic view. In case of an exceptional impossibility to access the 1st or 2nd floor, the Eiffel Tower will be replaced by the Montparnasse Tower (56th floor as height as 210 meters). Alternative arrangements will be made so please speak to your Destination Expert for further details. This tour has a central pick up point in the centre of Paris and hotel pick up and/or drop off is not provided. The tour ends at the Eiffel Tower. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages).
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Paris to Caen in Normandy. (approx 2 hours 30 minutes).
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Located close to down town Caen, this warm and refined new place will make you feel welcome and will exceed your expectation in terms of design and coziness. The hotel 'Ivan Vautier' features 19 comfortable spacious rooms soberly decorated with elegant and modern furniture such as walnut and leather. High quality accomodation facilities are accompanied with high standing cuisine.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with your own vehicle, and English speaking driver-licensed guide exploring the Second World War Area in the Caen Memorial as well as the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha beach (where the American soldiers landed) and the US cemetery.
The Caen Memorial is a massive museum dedicated to 20th-century history. Destruction wreaked across almost three quarters of this martyr city of the Liberation in the summer of 1944, and so it only seems fitting that Caen deserved a fitting tribute for the damage it suffered. The Memorial museum's main focus is reconciliation and during your visit you will be guided through the museum’s different stages, taking you back over the 20th century, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 until 9 November 1989 in Berlin with the “Fall of the Wall”. Between these two dates and between these two World Wars, some 60 million people would lose their lives and the most hostile of political systems to the key principles of respecting life would plunge the world into the chaos and brutality that characterized the last century.
Pointe du Hoc is a cliff top location that lies 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Omaha Beach, and stands on 100 ft (30 m) tall cliffs overlooking the sea. It was a point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord in World War II.
Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold Beach with the American landing to the west at Utah Beach, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport provided by the U.S. Navy and elements of the Royal Navy. The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of some five miles (eight kilometres) depth, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking with the British landings at Gold Beach to the east, and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah Beach. Standing on this wind swept, expansive beach, you can just imagine the ships as they became visible on the skyline and the battle that was to occur on this land.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It covers 70 ha (172 acres), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942. The names of 1,557 Americans who lost their lives in the Normandy campaign but could not be located and/or identified are inscribed on the walls of a semicircular garden at the east side of the memorial. This part consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing maps and narratives of the military operations. At the center is a bronze statue entitled Spirit of American Youth. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool, the mall with burial areas to either side and the circular chapel beyond. Behind the chapel are statues representing the United States and France. An orientation table overlooks the beach and depicts the landings at Normandy.
There will be plenty of time to stay at each of the sites of interest since you have the flexibility of having your own vehicle and Driver-Guide. Though sobering, the day will surely be a memorable one. Please note that this tour is with an English speaking driver-licensed guide. (no entrances to monuments or museums included).
Enjoy a full day excursion to visit one of the most visited sites in all of France - the majestic Mont Saint Michel with your private vehicle and English speaking driver-licensed guide. Dating from 708, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel was one of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. The architecture is stunning, the location, magical, and the village, one of the quaintest in the country. Please note that this tour is with an English speakinf driver-licensed guide. Should you wish to have a Professional Guide accompany you on your excursion, contact your travel advisor and they can accommodate you. (entrances to monuments & museums, visits & possible tastings not included).
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
The train journey is approximately 3 hours direct.
The Hotel L'Univers (4*) located in the city center of Tours. This truly historic boutique hotel opened its doors in 1846. It is perfectly located in the city centre in the heart of the tourist and shopping area, near Tours TGV train station. Rockfeller, Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Clémenceau, Gambetta, King Mohamed V, Antoine St Exupéry were among the famous guests the Hotel L'Univers Tours has greeted in the past. The Hotel L'Univers has 85 non-smoking rooms, 8 of which are suites. All the rooms are very spacious, and have a bureau and relaxation space.Local specialities and French cuisine is served in La Touraine Restaurant in the hotel.
Visit two jewels of the French Renaissance with an English speaking driver: Azay-le-Rideau, which is located on a romantic island on the Indre river, and Villandry, which is well-known for its magnificent gardens. Following a quick lunch (not included), visit Chenonceau spanning the Cher river, the most visited private monument in France. Continuing by the royal castle of Amboise overlooking the Loire Valley and by the Clos-Lucé, last Leonardo da Vinci's residence. End the day by visiting a wine cellar and partaking in a wine tasting (included). Entrance fees not included.
Enjoy a train ride from Tours to Avignon with a quick change in Lyon. Approximately 5 hours.
Enjoy a train station transfer in Avignon with a private vehicle and driver.
Hotel de L'Horloge Hotel (4*) is set in a 19th century building which oozes charm and character and overlooks the picturesque Place de L'Horloge (Horloge square) in the very center of Avignon. Here, nestled between the Alpilles hills and the Luberon countryside, you will find yourself in the heart of a city which was once the capital of Christianity. All 66 modern and cozy rooms are traditionally furnished with a soft color scheme, many boasting excellent views into the city. The breakfast room, also part conservatory, will provide you with a delicious breakfast each morning.
Enjoy an interesting shared morning (4hrs) tour visiting two family run wineries where you will get to taste the wines produced and learn about the wine process. (Includes transportation with English speaking driver/guide).
Enjoy a full day shared excursion (10hrs) visiting all of the top sites in the region - Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence, Luberon, Roussillon and Gordes. On this 10 hour shared tour by minibus, your English speaking driver-licensed guide will pick up from hotel and escort you to all of the aforementioned sites. Visit the Pont du Gard - the most preserved aqueduct of the Roman period of the 1st century before stopping off at the picturesque medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. After having had some free time for lunch (not included), the tour continues to the site of the Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence which is an impressive triumphal arch and funeral monument. Picturesque roads through olive groves, vineyards and fields to see some of the most beautiful villages in Luberon. The village of Roussillon is famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs, unusual natural landscape. Continuation toward Gordes, hilltop village in Luberon, which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France, completely made with dry stones. Enjoy a photo stop at Senanque Abbey (from June 15th to July 15th only) to take pictures of the blooming lavender fields. Visit of the Lavender Museum to discover the flower symbol of Provence (entrance ticket included, closed in January). Demonstration of distillation during the harvest (from July to August). On Sunday only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, village famous for antique shops and the weekly market.
Take the high speed TGV from Avignon to Nice. Enjoy the scenery of the Provencal countryside during the 3-4hr journey.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and English speaking Driver.
Spend some time today exploring the city of Nice. Should you feel in any way active, you should head down to the boardwalk which parallels the azure waters of the Mediterranean. The temperature of the water is often warm enough to swim in year-round.
Splendid Hotel & Spa (4*) is a boutique hotel ideally located in the heart of Nice city and only 7 km from the airport. The hotel boasts 85 harmony rooms, 28 deluxe rooms and 15 suites which are an invitation to relaxation. Tastefully decorated in Mediterranean style which will remind you of the Côte of Azur, most rooms feature a balcony and some have a balneo bathtub. All of them have large openings allowing spaces to be flooded with daylight. The "Chez Hugo " Restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and panoramic views of the city and the sea. On the eight floor is a spectacular heated swimming pool with impressive views, a sunny terrace and Jacuzzi.
Take a guided walking tour in "Vieux Nice, France’s most Baroque old city. Discover the Cours Saleya (with its flower market in the morning), and a hundred stalls of plants, bouquets and cut flowers. Against the backdrop of the Castle Hill, this colourful display is a must. Discover the heart of the old town, its lively atmosphere and customs, the small St Francis Square with its fish market and fountain, other piazzas with their 17th and 18th Baroque churches, small cafes where the Niçois people like to meet, and winding alleys lined with quaint shops.
Enjoy a shared evening tour to the glamourous town of Monte Carlo. Drive along the seacoast road with its medieval villages, marinas, and panoramic viewpoints. Visit the charming medieval village of Eze and its amazing view. Travel by famous corniche road leading to Monaco. Then tour the Grand Prix circuit. Stop in Monte-Carlo, free time for dinner and enjoy the chic atmosphere of Casino Square and maybe try your luck at the tables or at slot machines. Included is a 3-course dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Grand Prix circuit, beside Casino square. Choice of dishes from the “gourmet” menu + ½ bottle of wine or beer or soft drink per person + coffee incl. Admission to Grand Casino 10 € not included –min. age 18. Passport is required. Free entrance to other casinos. Includes: pick up/drop off at the hotel, English speaking driver guide.
Enjoy a full day shared tour by driving to Cannes and walk the famous Croisette Boulevard, by the Film Festival Palace, designer shops and smart sandy beaches. Drive through the charming countryside of Provence to Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, for a guided tour of a perfumery or free time to visit the old town. View the Alps, valleys and spectacular coastline from the amazing perched medieval village of Gourdon. After lunch winding down charming Loup Gorges, and taste Riviera specialty flower sweets in traditional Florian Confectionary. Photo stop at a provencal jewel: Tourrettes/Loup. End the tour in the most visited village in France : St Paul de Vence, home of impressionist painters, with ancient cobblestone lanes, ramparts and art galleries. (Includes: pick up/drop off at the hotel, English speaking driver guide).
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
February 19, 2014
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