Country Roads of France - Preview 2022

02/08/2021 through 09/28/2022
02/08/2021 through 10/01/2022
Insight Vacations

Country Roads Of France – Classic Group, 2022
Leafy vineyards, majestic mountains, Riviera sunshine, Roman remains and fortified towns, combined with great food and wine, make for an engaging ‘Tour de France’.


Authentic Dining

  • Grenoble: Enjoy a delicious raclette dinner in Grenoble.
  • Sarlat-la-Caneda: Enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and served with wines from the local region.
  • Paris: Rendezvous with your friends at a typical French bistro for a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine. Bon Appetit!
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfast (B), 7 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Paris: Choose between shopping in quaint boutiques like a true Parisian for fashion, perfume or cosmetics with your Local Expert. Alternatively, join a Local Expert, an avid foodie, as you head into areas where Parisians go about their daily lives to explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies.

Insight Experiences

  • Vers Pont Du Gard: Join a pétanque player to learn the secrets behind this traditional French discipline. Steady your hand and get ready to test your new found skills in a game. End with a glass of pastis, a French apéritif.

Tasting

  • Journey through the Champagne region. Stop for a taste of the bubbles which have made this region famous worldwide, with an expert vintner.: Journey through the Champagne region. Stop for a taste of the bubbles which have made this region famous worldwide, with an expert vintner.
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Embark on a Côtes du Rhone experience to a famous wine village, where you sample wine with an expert and gain a few tips about what to look for in a robust red – its colour, fragrance and legs are all as important as the taste.
  • Cahors: See the Pont Valentré as you enjoy a tasting through the markets.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the scenery of the French countryside as you travel through Burgundy, the High Alps, along the Route Napoleon and French Riviera, past Cote d’Azur, Avignon, the Languedoc Region and through the Dordogne Valley.
  • Troyes: Explore the medieval heart of the Champagne capital.
  • Dijon: Listen as your Travel Director tells you about the history of Dijon, the capital city of the Burgundy region.
  • Chamonix: Stay in France’s mountaineering capital.
  • Annecy: Enjoy free time in the Little Venice area.
  • Nice : Enjoy exploring the beautiful coastal town of Nice on the French Riviera.
  • Cote d’Azur: Visit a perfumery to learn about the French perfume industry and discover your signature scent.
  • Monaco: Explore inside Monaco Cathedral.
  • St Paul de Vence: Discover the beauty of this hilltop town and why it became a refuge for artists.
  • Aix en Provence: See the mansions of the Cours Mirabeau.
  • Avignon: View the Pont d’Avignon and walk the medieval narrow streets of the Old Town to the Palais des Papes.
  • Pont du Gard: See the ancient Roman bridges of Pont du Gard that cross the Gardon River.
  • Arles: Hear more about the city that is famed for being the inspiration behind the Van Gogh paintings during a city orientation.
  • Carcasssonne: Enjoy an orientation of this fortified town and see the fortress, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Albi: This is the birthplace of artist, Toulouse Lautrec. Walk the town and marvel at the awe-inspiring cathedral.
  • Sarlat la Caneda: See the golden limestone buildings.
  • Lascaux Caves: These caves contain some of the oldest and finest prehistoric art in the world. For preservation reasons, they have been replicated in all their glory.
  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, facades of the Louvre, the River Seine and its romantic bridges, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.


Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Paris
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Day 2 Champagne Region and on to Dijon
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Day 3 Free Time in Dijon
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Day 4 Chamonix
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Day 5 Lakeside Annecy and Grenoble
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Day 6 The French Riviera to reach Nice
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Day 7 Monaco and the Côte d’Azur
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Day 8 Picturesque Provence
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Day 9 Avignon and Pont du Gard
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Day 10 Carcassonne and to Albi
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Day 11 Free Time in Albi
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Day 12 Cahors and Rocamadour
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Day 13 Exploring the Dordogne Valley
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Day 14 Paris, The City of Light
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Day 15 Romantic Capital on the Seine
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Day 16 Au Revoir Paris
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