French culture feels comfortable, tucked into iconic café terraces and local markets filling up small squares. The scent of lavender carries from the countryside. Vibrant paintings hang on the walls of world-famous museums. This custom tailored best of France tour to Paris, Loire Valley, Provence and many more of the iconic destinations will break open the beauty of the country to find much more than the usual. You will step into a history of exquisite landscapes, imaginative castles, and enchanting...
Paris - Parisian Custom
After arriving in Paris, your private transfer meets you at the airport. You discover Paris is both a vibrant modern city and a city erupting with historic significance. Bohemian culture filters out of cafes lining cobblestone streets. Grand architecture borders wide avenues shaded with Linden trees. Boats dock on the edge of the River Seine and decorate the waterway. The city bursts with life all around you. The sweet scent of freshly baked macaroons drifts through the air. People walk down the street with large baguettes on their way home for the evening.
University students sit on the riverbanks with an open bottle of wine, talking with friends about their latest read and snacking on a collection of crumbly rich cheeses. Life in the romantic city both speeds up and slows down. People take the time to enjoy the day, stopping in one of the many gardens throughout the city, including the Parc de Buttes-Chaumont, a pocket of heavenly greenery in the 19th arrondissement. You can hear the waterfalls trickling near the meandering footpaths, a gentle welcome to the captivating city.
Paris - A Day in the Life
Paris - King of the Realm
Normandy - The Northern Rim
Normandy - Entering the Valley
Loire Valley - Choosing the Adventure
Dordogne - Into the Land of 1,001 Chateaus
Dordogne - Discovering Dordogne
Dordogne - Images of the South
Provence - Remnants of Rome
Provence - Seductive Provencal
Provence - Countryside Chic
French Riviera - Coastal Sunshine
The Abbey - Grace of Grandeur
Burgundy - Burgundy’s Best
Burgundy - Route du Vin
Champagne - Sipping Champagne
Épernay - Grand Exits
- Travel through the highlights of Paris on a guided tour to see the romantic Eiffel Tower and radiant Louvre Museum
- Discover the magnificence of Versailles and its staggering size
- Visit the lavish Renaissance-style building of the Fontainebleau Palace, a favorite residence of French Kings
- Explore the unique, medieval town of Mont St. Michel to witness the impact of the daily tide
- Indulge in a wine tasting tour of Champagne and experience centuries old family run vineyards and wine cellars
- Traverse the breathtaking medieval castles and towns in the region of Dordogne
- Visit the exceptional Lascaux Caves in Dordogne, the oldest discovered Paleolithic cave in Europe
- Wander around the storybook style castle walls and turrets of Carcassonne
- Stand beneath the towering remains of an extraordinary Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard
- Enjoy the classic lifestyle of sunshine and coastline on the French Riviera
- Witness the majestic landscape of vineyards and mountainsides in Burgundy and Alsace
Tours to France have enchanted the world for centuries, filling people’s thoughts with images of romantic love and indulgent artists, charming vineyards, and decadent cuisine. Your 18-day best of France tour to Paris, Loire Valley, Provence and many more of the iconic destinations allows you to discover the beauty of the countryside and sensations of the coastlines, the elegance of historic castles and grace of charming villages. Your exciting journey begins with your arrival in Paris. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel located near the heart of the city.
Your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you on a tour of the city, taking you to iconic sites, such as Champse Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, followed by a river cruise on the Seine. The following day you visit the extravagant Palace of Versailles and the Fontainebleau Palace. Drive to Normandy where you can visit the quaint town of Honfleur or the exceptional village of Mont St. Michel.
Travel to the Loire Valley, home to small towns, wineries, and chateaus. Your private guide meets you, and you have the choice of the types of discovery tour you prefer, whether visiting exquisite castles or tasting the various styles of delectable wines on a wine tour. Your drive to Dordogne takes you into the central countryside where you can visit the towns of Perigueux and Limoges; the latter is home to the Bernardaud porcelain factory. Your guide takes you on a tour of the charming region know for its stunning landscape and extraordinary castles, from medieval villages to the Lascaux Caves, the oldest discovered Paleolithic cave in Europe.
Continue onward to the hilltop castle town of Carcassonne, where you can stroll through the village at your leisure. Next, venture southbound to the region of Provence, stopping at Pont du Gard or Nimes to see the stunning remaining Roman architecture. Your guide leads you through the Provencal countryside home to medieval hilltop citadels, Roman cities, and the inspiration for Van Gogh’s art. Visit Pau Cezanne’s home town of Aix en Provence en route to the French Riviera. Your guide leads you around Old Nice and the elegant ambiance of Monaco.
Journey northbound to the region of Burgundy and see the Benedictine Monastery of Cluny. The region of Burgundy is at your whim and pleasure, allowing you to explore the unique castle refurbishment of Guedelon or the capital city of Dijon. In the region of Alsace, you can travel the Route du Vin to see the mesmeric villages and castles embellishing the countryside, stretching from Colmar to Strasburg. Visit the Baccarat Crystal Factory along the way.
Your last destination, Champagne, is at your fingertips. Travel through the region to visit the wondrous family owned wineries and cellars along the Marne River or stroll through the tranquil towns surrounded by emerald countryside. On your final morning, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel to escort you to the airport for your flight home.
$4,945 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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