Paris: 5 Nights
We explore many of the city’s famous features such as the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic Eiffel Tower, the historic Sacre Coeur and Montmartre and the relaxing Jardin des Plantes. We are staying on the Left Bank so there is plenty of time and access to wander up to the Pantheon and to make the most of the River Seine as a mode of travel. We make time to travel to the Right Bank to spend time in the Louvre, and to visit many of the city’s other attractions. We also have a day travelling to Versailles to explore the fascinating and spectacular Palace de Versailles! The gardens, the paintings and the architecture are all of another era but remain as spectacular as they were when first established.
Bordeaux/Biarritz: 3 Nights
We leave Paris and head for the west coast and another region of significance to France. We will sample many of the regions natural features that are part of the west coast’s attractions. We couldn’t visit Bordeaux without tasting some of its fine wine while having the special features of French winemaking with its long history explained by some of the people most intimately involved.Biarritz offers an opportunity to enjoy the Basque country and we make the most of that.
Carcassone: 2 Nights
Off to France’s UNESCO listed Canal du Midi and the fabulous fortress of Carcassone. We spend time walking through the old city as well as enjoying time by the canal. Heading down the coast to the Camargue, we spend time in another natural area with wild ponies and wetlands to die for.
Avignon: 2 Nights
On to a final 2 nights in Avignon, the city which was home to the first Catholic popes. We visit the Cathedral des Papes where the history of the establishment of the heart of the Catholic Church is explained as well as the subsequent move to Italy. Some of you may remember the French song- Sur La Pont, D’Avignon? Well we get to explore the bridge which the song is about. (La Pont is the Bridge in French).
Nice: 3 Nights
Then we head to Nice, famous for its beaches and coastline but full of historical significance, attractive to artists and ?????. We have 3 nights here. We visit Monte Carlo and Monaco using the local train system which is both fast and efficient.
Paris: 2 Nights
We fly back to Paris to allow for a last farewell to this special city. On our last day we head to the city of Reims, in the Champagne region, for tastings at both a small family Champagne firm as well as one of the major Champagne producers in the world. A great way to farewell France as we prepare for the flight home to Sydney.