Duration
12 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
France
France is a country that simply seduces travellers with its fine art, rich culture and incredible gastronomy. Explore historic towns and fascinating heritage as you journey through Paris, Dijon, Lyon, and the French Riviera, to name just a few. Indulge in wine tastings and fine cuisine, experience world-famous museums.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $300 per person
  • Flights Sydney-Paris, Paris-Sydney included
  • Drive along the Champs Elysées  to the Arc de Triomphe and later continue on to the iconic Eiffel Tower

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $300 per person
Flights Sydney-Paris, Paris-Sydney. Other departure cities available.
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
12 nights’ accommodation
Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers
18 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners with wine
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides in Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Carcassonne and Bordeaux
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver

TRAVEL DATES Departures in 2019: 
  • Apr: 03, 17
  • May: 01, 15, 22
  • Jun: 19
  • Jul: 03
  • Aug: 14, 28
  • Sep: 11, 25
  • Oct: 09

ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Depart for France
  • Day 2 Arrive in Paris
  • Day 3 Paris City Tour / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4 Champagne Tasting, Dijon / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 5 Beaune’s Burgundy Vineyards, Lyon / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6 Fields of Provence, French Riviera/ Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Full Day in the French Riviera/ Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 8 Avignon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 Visit Lourdes, Wine Tasting in St. Emilion, Bordeaux / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 Tour of Bordeaux / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12 Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 Farewell in Paris / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 Depart France / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP
HOTELS
  • Paris: Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel / Novotel Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
  • Dijon: Hotel Le Jura / Mercure Dijon Centre Clemenceau
  • Lyon: Radisson Blu Hotel
  • Juan Les Pins: AC Ambassadeur Antibes
  • Carcassonne: Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite Hotel
  • Lourdes: Gallia Et Londres / Panorama Hotel
  • Bordeaux: Mercure Bordeaux Centre / Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons
  • Ambroise: Novotel Amboise

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2018 & 2019.
  • Advertised price based on a 03 Apr 2019 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • My Discoveries Exclusive Saving / Discount has been applied to the advertised price
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature.

VISA INFORMATION
  • France is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries. This allows you to enter France without a visa in some circumstances.
  • In other circumstances, you’ll need a visa. Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Depart for France

Your French holiday will begin with an international flight from Australia to Paris.
2

Arrive in Paris

Arrive in Paris, “City of Lights” and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager for a Welcome Drink and orientation on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France. Afterwards, a delightful cruise on the River Seine introduces you to the sparkling beauty of Paris at night.
3

Paris City Tour

Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated “Rive Gauche”, the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. View the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter, home to many of France’s higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Pass the colorful Luxembourg Gardens, the second largest park in Paris and garden of the French Senate, housed in the Luxembourg Palace. This afternoon perhaps join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments. Tonight, you may wish to join the optional Montmartre & Illuminations tour with dinner and wine. Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)
Optional: Montmartre & Illuminations with dinner (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast
4

Champagne Tasting, Dijon

Travel from Paris to the famed Champagne region with its magnificent stretches of vineyards as far as the eye can see. This historic province in the northeast of France, formerly ruled by the Counts of Champagne, is best known for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. In Epernay, visit one of the renowned cellars, learn more about the process and enjoy tastings of this very expensive bubbly delight. Its main boulevard is the elegant residential Avenue de Champagne, with its timeless neoclassical villas and Victorian town houses. Then continue to Dijon, once home to the Dukes of Burgundy, a vast center of wealth and power. View the striking Dijon Cathedral and the Ducal Palace, a remarkably well-preserved Gothic structure that served as the royal residence for the estates of Burgundy. Overnight in Dijon, also known as home of the tasty mustard.
MEALS: Breakfast
5

Beaune's Burgundy Vineyards, Lyon

Depart Dijon via the Route des Grand Crus to Beaune, celebrated capital of Burgundy wines, nestled in the heart of France’s finest vineyards. The facilities and cellars of many prominent wineries, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. This walled city still displays its original battlements, ramparts, moats and a historical “old town.” A walking tour takes you to the lively central square, with its gourmet cafes, fashionable clothes, and local wine stalls. Enjoy a tasting at one of the local cellars. At the Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, founded to help the poor and needy, see the original building converted to a museum – a perfect example of 15th-century French architecture. Then drive south to 2000-year-old Lyon at the meeting of the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Upon arrival, visit Place Bellecour, an enormous square in the heart of the city flanked by a famed statue of Louis XIV. Ascend Fouvière Hill to view the Roman amphitheater and magnificent gardens that overlook the city.
MEALS: Breakfast
6

Fields of Provence, French Riviera

Heading south, pass the Olympic city of Grenoble at the foot of the French Alps on your way through the colorful landscapes of Provence, an inspiration for the early Impressionist painters. Here, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso created their masterpieces inspired by the region’s incredible beauty and soft light. Travel past the olive groves and pine forests to the picturesque fortified town of Sisteron, nestled between the mountains and the sea, with its hilltop villages and impressive remains of 14th-century walls. Continue towards Cannes, the “star” of the dazzling French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival, glitzy hotels, and beautiful people. Next, a visit to a French perfumery. Hear about the many ways to produce this major export and try some of the popular fragrances. The aromas are amazing! Tonight, at dinner, a taste of the French Riviera’s specialties.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Full Day in the French Riviera

A full day to enjoy the countless extravagant delights of the Cote d’Azur and your resort in the quintessential Mediterranean twin towns of Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, known for their long sandy beaches and energetic nightlife. Relax on the beach, suntan at the pool, shop to your heart’s content and just “people-watch” from a seaside café. Don’t miss the optional excursion to the Picasso Museum* at Chateau Grimaldi, where he painted and lived. Tonight, see glamorous Monte Carlo’s lights glisten as you travel along the magical seaside Corniche on the optional night tour.
*Please note: The Picasso Museum Tour will not be available for the 25 Apr departure
Optional: Picasso Museum Tour (AM)
Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast
8

Avignon, Pont du Gard, Carcassonne

This morning journey on to Avignon, the “City of Popes” named after seven popes who reigned there during the 1300s. Admire the Place de l’Horlorge, the city’s main square and the vast Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a fortress-like palace that once served as the papal residence. View the famed Bridge of Avignon, the city’s landmark. Lunch is in the historic center on your own before traveling to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River dating from 19 AD, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End the day in the fairytale medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel tonight.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
9

Carcassonne, Lourdes, Candlelit Procession

This morning’s walking tour takes you around Europe’s best-restored ancient fortified city with its over fifty towers and turrets, still standing today. Stroll along the cobbled streets to the St. Nazaire Basilica, adorned with magnificent stained glass and intricate carvings. Browse the shops selling medieval wares, and perhaps taste some of the local peasant stews at a café in the medieval town. Your journey continues to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, that rose to international fame in 1858 when visions of the Virgin Mary were described at the Grotto of Massabielle. The town is now a major site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of reported miraculous healings. Witness the stirring candlelight procession tonight, which has unfailingly taken place since the 1800s. Dinner and overnight is in Lourdes.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
10

Visit Lourdes, Wine Tasting in St. Emilion, Bordeaux

In Lourdes, visit the sacred church, sanctuary, and grotto where the apparitions took place and behold the healing water spring from the grotto, believed to possess healing properties. Time to reflect on your own before departing this holy city. Afterward, drive north through magnificent rolling landscapes to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Emilion. In this fertile area, viticulture was first introduced by the Romans and further intensified in the Middle Ages. The tradition was carried on by the monk Emilion, who was the first to begin commercial wine production. Views of the city include Romanesque churches and fascinating historical ruins stretching along steep and narrow streets. Enjoy a wine tasting and then free time to wander on your own in this delightful town before continuing to Bordeaux. A lovely evening tonight! Dinner together at a local restaurant in Bordeaux accented by fabulous wines and local flavours.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Tour of Bordeaux

Morning tour of Bordeaux, on the crescent-shaped Garonne River, with its rich architectural and cultural heritage. Bordeaux is distinguished for the wines that bear its name, considered by connoisseurs to be amongst the best in the world. The city tour begins at the Place des Quinconces, the largest square in Western Europe with its mighty pillar centerpiece, the Girondist Column. In the historic Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, view the beautiful Grand Theatre built in 1780 and the Victory Arch, an amazing piece of Roman architecture. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this beautiful city. Choose to stroll down Rue St. Catherine, a main pedestrian thoroughfare running through the historic district. This evening, an optional dinner in the Bordeaux countryside* will complete the day
*Please note: The optional Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner tour may not be available for all departures.
Optional: Bordeaux Countryside with Dinner (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast
12

Cognac Tasting, Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Depart Bordeaux to the enchanting town of Cognac, world-famous for the grape-based spirit produced here for over 300 years. Visit one of the cellars, hear about the history of cognac and enjoy a tasting! Onward to the very heart of the magnificent Loire Valley, brimming with treasures waiting to be discovered. For centuries, royalty and nobility built their magnificent chateaux here, inspired by the lush forests and rich farmlands. Tour the elegant Chateau de Chenonceau. Stretching across the river Cher, the chateau boasts a 197-foot gallery, built over a series of arches. Take some time to explore the extravagantly furnished rooms and formal gardens, added by the mistress of Henry II, Diane de Poitiers. Continue to Amboise, a delightful riverside town with an imposing castle, before continuing to the hotel for overnight. Enjoy dinner together tonight at the hotel. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
13

Farewell in Paris

Begin by crossing the Loire River and head back to the capital city of Paris for time at leisure to independently discover this city with its never-ending surprises. Perhaps join the optional tour of the Louvre Museum where you will enjoy the expertise of a professional guide. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner together in a Parisian bistro, including wine as you bid au revoir to your new-found friends and a fascinating journey through France.
Optional: Louvre Museum Tour (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
14

Depart France

Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight from Paris to Australia! MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION
France is a wonderful country, unique in Europe by its rich history and culture. Even if the country is quite small, you will see some very various landscapes and atmospheres during your tour! Don’t miss the opportunity of enjoying French wine and more generally French gastronomy.
FLIGHT 
  • Flights Sydney-Paris, Paris-Sydney included.
  • Other departure cities available on request. Call us on 1300 404 606!
TRANSFER
  • All transfers included.
MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
Read more CLICK HERE
WEATHER
  • Three types of climate can be found within France: oceanic, continental and Mediterranean.
  • The oceanic climate, prevailing in the western parts of the country, is one of small temperature range, ample rainfall, cool summers, and cool but seldom very cold winters.
VISA
  • France is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with a number of other European countries. This allows you to enter France without a visa in some circumstances.
  • In other circumstances, you’ll need a visa. Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more details.
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
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Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
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