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12D9N INDULGENCE FRANCE (SUMMER)

12D9N INDULGENCE FRANCE (SUMMER)
  • 13 days
  • Group Tour
  • Apr 2019 - Oct 2019
  • SGD 3188
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12D9N INDULGENCE FRANCE (SUMMER)


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
  • PORT GRIMAUD
  • PONT DU GARD
ÈZE
  • Notre Dame de l'Assomp

Meal Plans: 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

HOTELS
4★ HOTELS
NICE 
NH Nice
MARSEILLE Mercure
AVIGNON Novotel
CARCASSONNE Trois Couronnes
BORDEAUX Quality Suites Bordeaux
CENTRE VAL DE LOIRE REGION Novotel
LOIRE VALLEY Chateau
SAINT-MALO Quality Hotel
PARIS Novotel

Note:Hotels subject to final confirmation. Should there be changes, customers will be offered accommodation similar to this list.


ITINERARY
DAY 1 - HOME → MILAN/NICE (Meals on Board)

Assemble at the airport and get ready to depart to Nice.

DAY 2 - NICE →ÈZE→ MONACO→NICE (Dinner)
Begin your long-awaited trip starting with a visit to Èze – the highest seaside village in France perched like an eagle’s nest on a narrow rocky peak at an altitude of 429m overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Take sights of Notre Dame de l'Assomption church as you walk along the cobblestones street surrounded with stone walls. Visit also Jardin Exotique d’Eze, an exotic garden which offers one of the most stunning view of the French Riveria extending all the way to Esterel Mountains and the Golf of Saint Tropez. Visit the Fragonard perfumery before driving to 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. Overnight in Nice.

DAY 3 - NICE→SAINT TROPEZ→PORT GRIMAUD→MARSEILLE (Breakfast, Dinner-Fine Dining)
Depart Nice and drive along the Bay of Cannes before arriving to the glamorous resort town of Saint Tropez. Walk around the narrow alleys of the old town, take in the sights of Place des lices, Citadelle, Notre-Dame de l’Assomption and Port of Saint Tropez. You may wish to join an optional boat cruise to admire Saint- Tropez from the sea. Thereafter, make your way to the seaside town of Port Grimaud. Spend some free time at leisure marveling at the Venetian-style canals with their uniquely Provencal-style fisherman’s houses. Tonight, check in to Marseille and dress up for the night! Experience the art of fine dining with right etiquette and sumptuous courses of French cuisine serves to you. Note: Fine dining experience may be swap to other days.

DAY 4 - MARSEILLES→PROVENCE
A trip to the south of France is not complete without visiting 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. Visit the most beautiful hilltop village in Provence – Gordes, overlooking the Luberon valley. While strolling around the tiny streets which climb up between the tall houses, you will discover the Gordes Castle and Church of St. Femin. 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. 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). In the event if Lavender season is over, group will not visit the field and there will be no replacement. Optional: Provence Factory Outlet

DAY 5 - AVIGNON→PONT DU GARE→ARLES→CARCASSONNE (Breakfast, Lunch)
Stop by Pont du Gard, one of Europe’s most best preserved ancient Roman aqueduct. Continue the journey to Arles 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 L’Espace Van Gogh. 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→ BORDEAUX (Breakfast, Dinner)
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. 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 travelers.

DAY 7 - BORDEAUX→ST. EMILLION→ CENTRE VAL DE LOIRE (Breakfast, Dinner)
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.You may wish to join an optional tour to visit La Roque- Gageac on a boat cruise where it offers the perfect postcard view and stroll along its alley to sum up the day. Overnight in Centre Val De Loire region.

DAY 8 - CENTRE VAL DE LOIRE → LOIRE VALLEY (Breakfast, Dinner)
Begin the day with a visit to the magnificent Chateau de Chambord, the most famous of the Loire Valley chateaux. Commissioned by King Francis I and imagined by the great Leonardo da Vinci, the Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most majestic castle of the Loire. It is a symbol of the French Renaissance and of the power of a passionate ruler who revered the arts. The Chateau and its grandiose architecture rival that of the Palace of Versailles. 60 rooms may be visited and you’ll enjoy a collection of 4,500 objects d'art displayed in superbly refurbished apartments. Stay in a French chateau hotel and live the life of royalty.

DAY 9 - LOIRE VALLEY→ MONT ST. MICHEL→SAINT-MALO (Breakfast, Dinner)
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 10 - SAINT-MALO→PARIS(Breakfast, Chinese Lunch)
Today, travel to Paris for your long awaited shopping spree. Head to Galeries Lafayette – the biggest department store in Paris for some souvenir shopping (subject to store’s opening hours). You may wish to join an optional scenic Seine River cruise or a Moulin Rouge show. Optional: Moulin Rouge/Seine River cruise

DAY 11 - PARIS→HOME (Breakfast, Dinner-Chinese Fare)
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure till it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight home.

DAY 12 - 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 Excursion
Additional activities that complement your holidays will be at your own discretion and is entirely optional.
*minimum group size may apply
  • Saint Tropez boat cruise: €30
  • Provence Factory outlet: €25
  • Montpellier: €35
  • La Roque Gageac: €45
  • Seine River Cruise: €25

Tipping Guideline: (based on 12D9N)
  • €84 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.
  • Lavender distillery visit is only valid during the lavender season (approximately mid Jun – early August), there will be no replacement for tour departing outside the lavender season.
  • Activities are subject to weather conditions.
  • During major events, accommodation may be relocated to outside of the city or in another city without prior notice.
Itinerary
Itinerary




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