Backroads of France 2019 Including the Battlefields
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1 & 2: PERTH TO PARISIFMD
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home by a private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your Kings Tour Manager and fellow passengers then fly to Paris. Upon arrival, you will be met by our coach which will transfer you to the hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Le Meridien Etoile Paris or similar for 2 nights
Day 3: PARIS SIGHTSEEINGB
During your time in Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, the facades of the Louvre, the obelisk in the centre of the Place de la Concorde and enjoy a drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Then join a local foodie as you explore a patisserie, boulangeries, fromagerie and chocolatier, a treat to all the senses as you sample the delicacies along the way. This evening is at leisure.
Day 4: PARIS TO REIMS ONTO AMIENSB D
Depart Paris and head to the champagne district. We travel to Epernay and the most famous street, the Avenue de Champagne which features the leading champagne manufacturers. Here we have a tour and tasting at one of the well known champagne houses. Continue into the French countryside to Amiens. On arrival, an orientation of the city includes a visit to the Amiens Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art. Amiens cathedral is the tallest complete cathedral in France, its stonevaulted nave reaching an internal height of 42.30 metres. It also has the greatest interior volume of any French cathedral and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner tonight is at
Hotel: Campanile Amiens Centre Gare Hotel for 2 nights
Day 5: THE WESTERN FRONT BATTLEFIELDSB D
Our first visit is to the Adelaide Cemetery, then see the Victoria School in Villers Bretonneux where the names of almost 11,000 Australians missing in France are recorded. Next, visit the new Sir John Monash Centre, which tells the story of Australia’s achievements on the Western Front. Continue to the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel, scene of a great Australian victory orchestrated by General John Monash, before returning to Amiens. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant along the waterfront.
Day 6: MONET’S GIVERNEY, HONFLEUR AND CAENB D
Travel to Giverney and visit Monet’s garden. The artist lived and painted in Giverney from 1883 to his death in 1926, and directed the renovation of the house. Monet had the nearby river partially diverted for the gardens and hired up to seven gardeners to tend to it. Monet gained much of his inspiration from his gardens and believed it was important to surround himself with nature and paint outdoors. We visit the house and gardens before continuing to the charming fishing town of Honfleur and visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum that chronicles the Norman invasion of Britain in 1066. Continue to our hotel.
Hotel: Novotel Cote de Nacre for 2 nights
Day 7: NORMANDY BEACHES AND D-DAY LANDINGB
Travel past Juno and Gold Beaches, which both played a part in the 1944 Normandy landings. Visit the D-Day Museum and with a Local Expert, spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent near Omaha Beach. Follow the route of the Rangers and visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. We then return to our hotel where this evening is free.
Day 8: MONT SAINT-MICHEL AND SAINT MALOB
Journey through Bocage country for an exploration of the hilltop abbey of Mont Saint-Michel with your Local Expert. The abbey stands on an island and is reached by a causeway across the shining sands. Continue along the Emerald Coast to stunning Saint Malom situated on the Rance Estuary and one of the most charming places in France. A Local Expert will take you on an exploration of the City. Walk through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city, to the cathedral, the burial place of Jacques Cartier and other celebrated voyages. This evening is free.
Hotel: Le Nouveau Monde Hotel Saint Malo or similar for 1 night
Day 9: LE MANS TO TOURSB
We farewell the coast and head inland, towards the Loire Valley. En route, stop in Le Mans to visit the Museum where Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, Audi and more, are represented with their legendary models, to immerse the visitor into the greatest endurance race in the world. Continue to our hotel near the town of Tours, our base for the next 3 nights.
Hotel: Tours or similar for 3 nights
Day 10: TOURS, AMBOISEB
Travel to Amboise where we visit the Chateau du Clos Luce, most famous for being the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519, when Leonardo died. The Château has a mission of giving an overview of the work of Leonardo to the general public and with 2019 marking 500 years since his death, what more appropriate time to visit! Next, it’s time to taste some of the wines of the Loire Valley at a nearby winery before heading back to our hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 11: LOIRE VALLEY EXPLORINGB L
A short drive brings you to magnificent Château de Chenonceau, a jewel of the French Renaissance, set on elegant arches spanning the River Cher. This was home to Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II, until she was evicted by the vengeful Queen, Catherine de Medici. Join a Local Expert to admire the sumptuous décor, intricate ceilings and lavish artworks before free time in the formal gardens, where roses and clipped lavender are laid out in typical French style. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Chenonceau before returning to our hotel.
Day 12: LYONB D
Travel through the heart of France to the gastronomic capital of Lyon. On arrival join a Local Expert for a tour of the old city, revealing its rich cultural heritage. Wander through the quaint traboules of France’s largest Renaissance city and marvel at the inspiring cityscape from Fourviere Hill. This evening, a dinner of French flavours at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Mercure Hotel Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette or similar for 1 night
Day 13 & 14: LYON TO PERTHIFMB
We have a leisurely morning before we head to Nice airport for your flight home to Perth. Upon arrival into Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home.
Enjoy awe-inspiring landscapes, country lanes, leafy vineyards, fabulous wines, delicious cuisine and historical sites including the battlefields. Visit and explore war cemeteries and memorials for those who fell in ‘the war to end all wars’.
- Home pick-up and return by Hughes
- Fully escorted by a Kings Tour Manager
- Return Economy Airfares including taxes
- 11 nights’ accommodation at specially located hotels
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
- All sightseeing and entry fees as per the itinerary
- Luxury Coach with a Professional Driver
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a full day of Paris sightseeing
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a tour and tasting at one of the well-known champagne houses
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit to the Amiens Cathedral
- HIGHLIGHT - Explore the Adelaide Cemetery, the Victoria School in Villers Bretonneux and the new Sir John Monash Centre
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit Monet’s Garden and the Bayeux Tapestry Museum
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the D-Day Museum with a Local Expert
- HIGHLIGHT - Explore the towns of Mont Saint-Michel and Saint Malo with a local expert
- HIGHLIGHT - Visit the Chateau du Clos Luce
- HIGHLIGHT - Taste some of the wines of the Loire Valley
- HIGHLIGHT - Admire the sumptuous décor, intricate ceilings and lavish artworks of Château de Chenonceau
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a guided tour of Lyon
Tours are based on reaching a minimum number. Home pick-up and return is included based on a set radius – surcharges will apply outside these areas. Other special conditions may apply to each individual tour, please contact the office for further details. The above cost include $220pp of air taxes which are subject to change.
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 26