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Grand Tour of France

(Tour code: FRG17)Fashion, food and wine are what France is famous for!

Fashion, food and wine are what France is famous for, but there's also remarkable countryside and some of the most glamorous coastline in Europe. And what better way to get to the heart of this destination than with a Grand Tour, taking in everything from the boulevards of Paris to the châteaux of Bordeaux?


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Tour Highlights
  • Paris including a guided tour
  • The Montparnasse Tower with Champagne
  • Lille walking tour with beer and waffles
  • Horse and carriage ride in Blois
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Bordeaux city tour
  • Rocamadour & Carcassonne
  • The French Riviera including a tour of Nice
  • Avignon river cruise
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Paris

Our journey begins at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office, before we set off for Paris on the Eurostar. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

Exploring Paris

The French capital is one of Europe's - if not the world's - most instantly recognisable and iconic cities. Its global impact on art, fashion, entertainment, media and education cannot be underestimated; Paris truly offers something for everyone. Dating back to 52 BC, it has a long, fascinating and sometimes dark history, which we explore on a tour this morning that takes in some of its most famous attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées. Your afternoon is free to continue sightseeing; perhaps take in the world-famous Louvre or enjoy a stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Day 3

Onwards to Lille

We check out this morning and make our way by coach to the Gare du Nord, here we board a direct train to Lille. After settling into our hotel near to the Grand Place, we set out for a guided walking tour to some of the city's main sights, including the 15th century Palais Rihour and the Notre Dame Cathedral. We also indulge with a tasting of two of Lille's local specialities: beer and waffles.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided Walking Tour of Lille
Lochnagar Crater
Day 4

Battlefields of WWI

Today's full-day guided excursion is by coach to some of the most important sites in France's modern history - the trenches and cemeteries of the Somme and Fromelles. Supercharged with poignancy, many act as tributes to those who gave their lives in this all-encompassing conflict. We begin at Lochnagar Crater, the largest British mine crater on the whole Western Front, which was formed at 07.28 on July 1st 1916. We continue to Thiepval, home to the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the largest of its kind in the world. Next we make our way to Fromelles, where we visit VC Corner, the final resting place of nearly 1,300 Australian soldiers, and the museum here which details the history of a battle considered to be 'the deadliest 24 hours in Australia's history'.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursion
Château de Chenonceau
Days 5-6

Continue to Blois

We make our way southwards, arriving in the hillside city of Blois, serenely perched beside the Loire River. We spend the next two nights here at the Holiday Inn Blois, beginning our explorations with a unique guided tour. Climbing aboard a traditional horse and carriage, we head off around the streets of the Old Town, along the banks of the Loire and around the Château Royal de Blois. Day 6 includes an excursion to Château de Chenonceau, arguably the most iconic of its kind in the Loire Valley. The Château elegantly spans the River Cher and is a fine example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. After exploring the Château and its picturesque fountain gardens, we continue to Sambin in the Loire Valley, an area renowned for its wines. Here we enjoy a delicious tasting of the local produce at the Domaine Chesneau et Fils wine estate.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Guided City Tour
  • Day 6 - Excursion
Bordeaux Place De La Bourse
Days 7-8

Discovering Bordeaux

From our hotel we are taken by coach to nearby St Pierre-des-Corps, where we board the direct rail service to Bordeaux, transferring to our hotel on arrival. On Day 8 we head out into the city, the centre of one of the world's most famous wine regions, set on the banks of the Garonne. During a guided walking tour we unearth the 18th century grandeur that makes Bordeaux such a fascinating destination. We then have an introduction to its eponymous wines before heading out into the countryside to two local Médoc wine estates. Here some of the world's most celebrated red wines are cultivated, grown in sloping vineyards overlooking the river, and we indulge in even more of France's fruit of the vine at both Château Desmirail and Château Reverdi.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Guided Walking Tour
Day 9

The Dordogne and Languedoc

Leaving Bordeaux behind, we continue by coach to the popular Dordogne region of southwest France, a sun-soaked corner of the continent rich in history, culture and wonderful food. We visit Rocamadour, a village that seems to defy gravity, situated in a narrow gorge on the Alzou. In 1166, an ancient grave and sepulchre containing the preserved body of the hermit often referred to as 'roc amator' (lover of rock) was discovered in the village. Rocamadour took its name from this and the discovery of this St Amadour apparently unleashed a spate of miracles that by the mid-13th century was bringing pilgrims from all over Europe. After time to look around the precipitous thoroughfares and the famous Rocamadour Sanctuary, we continue to the walled city of Carcassonne, our base for the next two nights.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

The sights of Carcassonne

We explore the incredible city of Carcassonne on a guided tour today. In the Middle Ages Carcassonne was the site of religious persecution on a grand scale, when the Cathars had to take refuge here after the massacre at Béziers. Its defensive towers and drawbridges - all original features - have won it UNESCO World Heritage status, and its fascinating, yet turbulent history is evident wherever you look. We visit Château Comtal, an incredibly well-preserved fortress, then afterwards, the rest of your day is at leisure. You can remain in the Cité and discover the network of cobbled lanes and sloping pathways adorning the citadel.

  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Days 11-13

Avignon and the Côte d’Azur

Travelling along the coast by coach, today we make our way to Avignon. On arrival we take to the water for a lunch-time cruise along the Rhône that takes us past the legendary Pont d'Avignon, the clock tower and the Rocher des Doms, a traditional English garden looking out over the harbour. On Day 12, we journey by coach to the French Riviera, making a stop in Aix-en-Provence, an enchanting city of gardens and fountains, on the way to Nice. Day 13 includes a tour of the city, believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast
Days 14-15

Return to Paris and London

From Nice we take the high-speed train back to Paris for a last night. We enjoy a real highlight this evening, a tour of the Montparnasse Tower. On Day 15, we return to London by Eurostar.

  • Day 14 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

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