Grand “Tour of France” will take you from the French Alps to Paris, with dozens of attractions on the way: the charming Chambery, Papal Avignon, the medieval Carcassonne, a moment of reflection in Lourdes, cognac tasting, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Martin’s Cathedral in Tours, the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Normandy, the fascinating Mont Saint-Michel. Eventually, two days in the cultural capital of the world ending the “Great Loop” on the Champs-Elysees.
The Rhine Falls – Chambery – Grenoble – Avignon – Carcassonne – Lourdes – Bordeaux – Cognac – Tours – Blois – Chambord – Mont Saint-Michel – Saint Malo – Chartres – Paris
DAY 1: After crossing the border enjoy an overnight stay in the Czech Republic.
DAY 2: THE RHINE FALLS travel to Schaffhausen – stop to admire the waterfalls of the Rhine. Travel through Switzerland to France
DAY 3: Chambery – GRENOBLE Visit Chambery, the former capital of Savoy, stroll through the charming old town (Elephants Fountain, the Cathedral, St. Leger Square) and visit Grenoble – the city which is the economic and intellectual capital of the Alps. Stroll through the alleys of the city, enjoy the views of the Alps.
DAY 4: AVIGNON – CARCASSONNE Visit Avignon the Papal Palace and the Bridge of Avignon that was made famous by the song “le Pont d’Avignon”. Then drive to Carcassonne the medieval town with the best and most complete set of city walls and towers in France.
DAY 5: LOURDES – BORDEAUX Visit the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette. Travel to Bordeaux – the capital of Aquitaine. Explore the city: Place Gambetta, the Grand Theatre – an inspiration for architects of Paris, the Girondins monument, The Place des Quinconces, Place de Bourse.
DAY 6: COGNAC – TOURS Cognac tasting in Cognac, see how this noble drink is manufactured and stored. Travel to Tours. Visit the medieval cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows and stroll through the streets of Old Town.
DAY 7: BLOIS – CHAMBORD Take a tour of Chambord castle – built in Renaissance by the French King Francis I and Chateau de Blois – an amazing palace with each of its four wings constructed in a different style. Head for Normandy famous for its cheeses (Camembert) and brandy (Calvados).
DAY 8: MONT ST. MICHEL – ST. MALO – CHARTRES Spend time in Mont Saint Michel known for the Benedictine Abbey which seems inaccessible, located on a rocky islet connected with the mainland by a narrow causeway. Travel to St. Malo, a city surrounded by city walls with the old citadel and a legendary base for pirates who pillaged ships passing through the English Channel. Visit the famous Chartres Cathedral with an impressive stained-glass rosette.
DAY 9 – 10: PARIS Walk the legendary bohemian district of Montmartre, which is situated on a steep hill of the same name. See, among others, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica towering the city, the twelfth-century St. Peter’s Church and Square du Tertre, where artists sell their paintings. You can’t miss the Place Pigalle – the heart of night life. You will have the chance to experience the most exciting and bustling district of Paris. We’ll see the little red windmill the famous cabaret, “Moulin Rouge”, owns its name to. Explore The Ile de la Cité with Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie. Visit the Sorbonne and the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter, spend the evening on the Champs de Mars under the Eiffel Tower. Go on the boat trip on the Seine. Overnight journey back to Poland.
DAY 11: End of the tour.
PLEASE NOTE – THE ORDER OF THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE