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13D10N INDULGENCE FRANCE (WINTER)

13D10N INDULGENCE FRANCE (WINTER)
  • 13 days
  • Group Tour
  • Dec 2018 - Dec 2019
  • SGD 2788
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Chinatown Point 133 New Bridge Road, #03-13/14, #03-13/14, Singapore 059413

Highlights
13D10N INDULGENCE FRANCE (WINTER)
Whether you are one for the bustling cities like Paris and Marseille, or prefer to relax in quiet countryside areas such as Loire Valley and Provence, spoil yourself for choice in France, a country brimming with food, culture, art and history that is bound to entice you.


Tour Highlights:
FRANCE
MONACO
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Opéra de Monte-Carlo
  • Prince’s Palace of Monaco
MARSEILLE
  • Vieux Port
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde
  • Palais Longchamp
  • Le Panier
CANNES
  • Pastry-making experience
PROVENCE
  • Lavender field and distillery
AVIGNON
  • Palais des Papes
  • Pont d’Avignon
ARLES
  • Arles Amphitheatre
  • Gallo-Roman theatre
  • Baths of Constantine
  • The cryptoporticus
  • Barbegal aqueduct and mill
CARCASSONNE
  • Medieval historic town
LOURDES
  • Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
BORDEAUX
  • St. Emilion vineyards & wine tasting
LOIRE VALLEY
  • Chateau d’Amboise
  • Chapel of Saint- Hubert
ST-MALO
  • Château de Saint-Malo
MONT ST-MICHEL
  • Norman Benedictine
  • Abbey of St-Michel
PARIS
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Louvre Museum
  • Louvre Pyramid
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Galeries Lafayette

Meal Plans: 10 Breakfasts, 1 High Tea with Snack, 7 Dinners

HOTELS
4★ HOTELS
NICE 
B4 Plaza
AIX-EN-PROVENCE Radisson Blu
CARCASSONNE Trois Couronnes
BIARRITZ Holiday Inn
BORDEAUX Quality Suites
LOIRE VALLEY Novotel
SAINT-MALO Quality Hotel
PARIS Novotel

Note: Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered similar accommodations as stated in this list.


ITINERARY
DAY 1 - HOME • MILAN (Meals on Board)

Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport and get ready to depart to Milan.

DAY 2 - MILAN→ MONACO → PROVENCE (Dinner - Local Fare)
Depart for a scenic drive along the Mediterranean Coast to reach Monte- Carlo in Monaco. See the St. Nicholas Cathedral and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, an opera house built in a similar style to the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris under the same architect, Charles Garnier. Indulge in a panoramic view of the port and the Mediterranean from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco – the official residence of the Monaco royal family for 700 years. Travel to Provence and retire for the night

DAY 3 - PROVENCE → MARSEILLE → CANNES → PROVENCE (Breakfast, High tea with self-prepared pastries)
Kick off your day in the oldest city in France, Marseille. Be enthralled by the Vieux Port, also known as the Old Port of Marseille, and the lulling view of the boats swaying along to the rhythm of the waves. Drop by other iconic attractions of Marseille, such as the Notre-Dame de la Garde, the majestic complex of Palais Longchamp and Le Panier, the glorious old town of Marseille. Next, proceed to Cannes for a brief orientation tour of the city, followed by a novel hands-on experience as you apprentice with a professional chef to learn how to make two traditional French pastries on your own. Enjoy a short teatime break with the fruits of your labour, and travel back to Provence to stay for the night. Before you leave, you may wish to take up an optional 45-minute cruise at the Calanques National Park to visit the three Cassis calanques – Port Miou, Port Pin and En Vau.
Optional: Calanques National Park

DAY 4 - PROVENCE → AVIGNON (Breakfast, Dinner - Local Fare)
A trip to the south of France is not complete without enjoying the lavender fields of Provence. These purple blossoms come into bloom during the summer months, forming a stunning picture that lasts in your memory for a lifetime. Bask in the fragrant lavender scent as you pay a visit to a lavender distillery and watch how these flowers are processed into products like essential oils, perfumes and soap. Thereafter, we shall visit a special city – Avignon, whose historic centre has been crowned a UNESCO World Heritage site. A professional guide will bring you on a tour of Avignon, which covers the Palais des Papes, the cathedral and the Pont d’Avignon. During the tour you will enter the Palais des Papes, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Before the end of day, you may wish to take up an optional tour to Provence Factory Outlet to do some shopping.
Note: The lavender field tour is only available during the lavender period (approximately mid-June to August). Optional: Provence Factory Outlet

DAY 5 - PROVENCE → ARLES → CARCASSONNE (Breakfast, Dinner-Local Fare)
Head to Arles this morning and embark on a sightseeing tour of this ancient city’s treasured remnants from the Roman Empire, which include the imposing Arles Amphitheatre, the Gallo-Roman theatre, the Baths of Constantine, the cryptoporticus and the Barbegal aqueduct and mill. Then, travel back to the past in the historic town of Carcassonne, a medieval fortified settlement with massive defence walls encompassing the castle and surrounding buildings. Due to its exceptionally lengthy restoration works done by famous architect Viollet-le-Duc, the historic town of Carcassonne has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place of significant importance. If you are still up for more, you may wish to go on an optional tour of the city of Montpellier.
Optional: Montpellier

DAY 6 - CARCASSONNE → LOURDES → BIARRTIZ (Breakfast)
Head to the Corbières region and wander through the winding acres of hills and landscapes of this quaint countryside. Trek past the ancient ruined Cathar castles as you move towards the Pyrenees and arrive in Lourdes. Visit the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, a church erected directly above the grotto of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a popular holy pilgrimage site due the reputed healing powers of the Lourdes water. Continue on to Biarritz, a famous seaside destination where you can enjoy a relaxing walk along the coastline and fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves.

DAY 7 - BIARRITZ • BORDEAUX (Breakfast, Chinese Dinner)
Proceed to Bordeaux and enjoy an orientation tour of the ‘City of art and history’, renowned for its Gothic Cathédrale St-André, art museums, 18th-century mansions and urban vineyards. This city was voted the 2015 European best destination by travellers.

DAY 8 - BORDEAUX • DORDOGNE VALLEY • LOIRE VALLEY (Breakfast, Dinner-Local Fare)
Travel to Dordogne Valley and enjoy the passing countryside scenery as you head to the vineyards in St. Emilion, the oldest and largest wine producing region renowned for their wine. Embark on a wine-tasting tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn more about their wine-making procedures. Then, journey on to Loire Valley for your night’s stay.

DAY 9 - LOIRE VALLEY (Breakfast)
Begin with a visit to the magnificent Chateau d’Amboise, yet another UNESCO Word Heritage Site which offers a panoramic view over Loire Valley. Once a favourite of the French kings, the royal residence along with its gardens and collections of art, furniture and musical instruments are open for visitors’ viewing. You can also get an inside look at Leonardo da Vinci’s life through his apartments here, as well as visit the Chapel of Saint-Hubert where he has been laid to rest. You may also wish to take an optional tour of one of the many castles in Loire Valley.

DAY 10 - LOIRE VALLEY • MONT ST. MICHEL • SAINT-MALO (Breakfast, Dinner-Local Fare)
Make a trip to Mont St. Michel in the morning, a small UNESCO World Heritage site located in an island off the coast of the Lower Normandy region in northern France. Visit the spectacular Norman Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel located at the peak of the island, which is surrounded by winding streets and monastic buildings. Then, continue on to the ancient walled city of Saint-Malo, a port city that was once home to many interesting characters such as pirates and explorers and famous for its butter cookies. Get a look at the Saint-Malo Cathedral and the Château de Saint-Malo, originally a symbol of ducal and royal power which now houses a museum covering the long maritime history of Saint-Malo, the WWII Occupation as well as the destruction and reconstruction of the town.

DAY 11 - SAINT-MALO • PARIS (Breakfast, Dinner-Chinese Fare)
Travel south for your long awaited Paris adventure. First, set out on a guided tour of the city – take in the sights of ChampsÉlysées, Place de la Concorde, Louvre Museum and its iconic Louvre Pyramid, and the Palais Garnier Paris Opera House. Stop at the Arc de Triomphe for a photo with the famed monument erected in honour of the soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. View the cultural icon of Paris – the Eiffel Tower and lastly, head over to the Galeries Lafayette – the biggest department store in Paris for some souvenir shopping (subject to store’s operating hours). Also visit the Perfume Museum where you will know the history of perfume and its making.
Note: The Galleries Lafayette closed on Christmas & New Year's Day.

DAY 12 - PARIS • HOME (Breakfast)
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 13 - HOME SWEET HOME
We hope you enjoyed your trip with our company and we look forward to seeing you again for your next trip.


Suggested Excursions:
Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional.
*minimum group size may apply
  • Calanques National Park : €49
  • Provence Factory Outlet : €25
  • Montpellier : €25
  • Seine River cruise : €25

Tipping Guideline: (based on 13D10N)
  • €91 per person

Note:
  • A minimum group size of 15 passengers is required for a confirmed departure.
  • The sequence of the itinerary, flight schedules and hotels are subject to change without prior notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Activities are subject to weather conditions.
  • During major events, accommodation may be re-located to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.
Itinerary
Itinerary