Early Bird Deal Insight Vacations | Country Roads of France (Summer 2020)

Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France.'


Tour Operator: Insight Vacations
  • What's Included

    • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
    • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
    • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
    • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
    • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
    • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Price
        (Twin)
      • 4 Apr 20
      • 19 Apr 20
      • $7,175

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,458 for this departure

      • 18 Apr 20
      • 3 May 20
      • $7,425

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,683 for this departure

      • 2 May 20
      • 17 May 20
      • $7,425
      • 9 May 20
      • 24 May 20
      • $7,425
      • 23 May 20
      • 7 Jun 20
      • $7,450
      • 30 May 20
      • 14 Jun 20
      • $7,450
      • 6 Jun 20
      • 21 Jun 20
      • $7,475

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,728 for this departure

      • 13 Jun 20
      • 28 Jun 20
      • $7,495

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,746 for this departure

      • 20 Jun 20
      • 5 Jul 20
      • $7,195

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,476 for this departure

      • 27 Jun 20
      • 12 Jul 20
      • $7,195
      • 11 Jul 20
      • 26 Jul 20
      • $7,195
      • 18 Jul 20
      • 2 Aug 20
      • $7,175

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,458 for this departure

      • 25 Jul 20
      • 9 Aug 20
      • $7,175

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,458 for this departure

      • 1 Aug 20
      • 16 Aug 20
      • $7,175
      • 8 Aug 20
      • 23 Aug 20
      • $7,175

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,458 for this departure

      • 15 Aug 20
      • 30 Aug 20
      • $7,175

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,458 for this departure

      • 22 Aug 20
      • 6 Sep 20
      • $7,450
      • 5 Sep 20
      • 20 Sep 20
      • $7,495
      • 12 Sep 20
      • 27 Sep 20
      • $7,495
      • 3 Oct 20
      • 18 Oct 20
      • $7,450

      Book by 18 Dec 2019 and receive a early payment discount. Pay only $6,705 for this departure

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    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.(Dinner with Wine)

     

    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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 3 - 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.(Breakfast)

     

    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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 5 - 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 or perhaps embark on a boat trip on Lake Annecy? This evening, savour a delicious raclette dinner at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    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?(Breakfast)

     

    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?(Breakfast)

     

    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.(Breakfast)

     

    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. 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. End your day with a wonderful introduction to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, tasting the difference for yourself as you learn about the grape varieties.(Breakfast)

     

    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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 11 - Free Time in Albi.

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

     

    Day 12 - 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 13 - 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 14 - 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.(Breakfast)

     

    Day 15 - Romantic Capital on the Seine.

    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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

     

    Day 16 - Au revoir Paris.

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

     

    Country Roads of France (Summer 2020)
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Food fund and airfares may be additional. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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