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Ultimate Best of France Experience: A 13-Day Itinerary Guide

Last updated on March 26th, 2024 at 10:17 pm


Go on a 13-day exploration of the captivating streets of France, where each moment is steeped in history, culture, and allure. This detailed guide will guide you through a journey filled with marvels, famous landmarks, delicious cuisine, and unique encounters. Discover France by its wondrous sights and immerse yourself in the French way of life!

With the In-depth Cultural Tour Best of France (13 Days), you have a 13-day tour package that takes you through Paris, France, and other destinations in France. Best of France (13 Days) includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more

This tour is currently 10% off from $4, 795 to $4, 316. (Disclosure: International flights, insurance, other activities, and services are not included).

Highlights Include

Best of France Itinerary 13 days

Day 1: Bonjour Paris

France’s flavors come to life on this unforgettable journey, which kicks off in Paris, the “City of Light.” Spend your day strolling past its iconic landmarks in search of hidden treasures before joining your fellow travelers and travel director for a Welcome Reception and an orientation drive through the city.

Day 2: Journey through Burgundy to Lyon

We travel south to Burgundy and on to the medieval town of Beaune. On a visit to Hospices de Beaune, admire the colorful geometric roof tiles of the 15th century. Next, we will continue to Lyon, the gourmet capital of France. Consider spending your evening delving into the epicurean delights for which Lyon is justifiably famous. Why not wander up the city’s narrow lanes lined with pastel pink and yellow façades in search of a cozy bouchon for a tasty dinner with newfound friends?

Day 3: Onwards to Avignon, Monaco and the French Riviera

Toda, we journey to the city of Avignon at the heart of Provence. See the Papal Palace and the bridge made famous by the song – “Sur le Pont d’Avignon.” Continue through the Provençal countryside to Monaco. Upon arrival, we’ll view the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were married and enjoy a Regional Diregional dinner before continuing along the Riviera to our hotel.

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Day 4: The French Riviera

The sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera are yours to explore today. Consider relaxing on the beach with your fellow sun worshippers or having an optional experience. You could see you visit the hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, which is consistently named the most beautiful hilltop town in this region. Soak up the fresh sea air in your free time and perhaps indulge in a delicious Salade Niçoise.

Day 5: Admire Arles and Continue to Carcassonne

Visit Arles, which has honey-colored façades, Roman ruins, and Camargue culture, and enjoy leisure time exploring this beautiful city. Alternatively, choose an optional experience to gain a deeper understanding of Vincent van Gogh and local history with our resident expert before heading to the fortified city of Carcassonne. A guided exploration of this exquisite, ancient town will reveal the Cité’s double ring of ramparts and 52 towers.
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Day 6: Pilgrimage to Lourdes and on to Biarritz

This morning, we drive toward the Pyrenees and arrive in Lourdes, the global center of the Marian pilgrimage. You will have an opportunity to see the Basilica, perched atop St. Bernadette’s Grotto, where the young girl, turned saint, is said to have seen visions of the Virgin Mary. Then, we travel west to the Basque Coast, where we spend the night.

Day 7: Venture to Bordeaux

This morning, perhaps join an optional experience across the border into Spain to discover more about the  Basque Country. Later, after journeying through Les Landes, we arrive in the wine capital of Bordeaux, whose stunning Garonne riverfront and Age of Enlightenment history and architecture have made it one of France’s most visited cities. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century, and the biannual wine fair attracts buyers worldwide. Spend some time seeing the sights during your orientation of the city.


Day 8: Discover Beautiful Saint-Emilion

Lush green valleys and wine hills take center stage today during a scenic half-day, which includes an excursion to Saint-Émilion, whose wine heritage dates back to Roman times. You will also have free time to explore Bordeaux, tease your taste buds with delicious Bordelaise cuisine, or stroll through the city’s historical center, admiring its beautiful architecture.

Day 9: Explore a Chateau in the Loire Valley

Today, we journey to the renowned Loire Valley, the “Garden of France.” Along the way, we will stop to connect with locals over a light lunch and unique Be My Guest experience. Next, we dive into culture and visit the remarkable gardens at Château de Villandry, where you will see an array of beautiful parks, such as the Water Garden, which is filled with spectacular ponds and fountains. Later, arrive at our unique hotel for the night.

Day 10: Off to Mont-Saint-Michel and the Normandy Beaches

We travel through the patchwork landscapes of Brittany to the island settlement of Mont-Saint-Michel on the Normandy coast, where we visit the island town and view the impressive Norman Benedictine Abbey. Follow the Liberty Highway to St. Lô and on to Omaha Beach. Reflect on the bravery of the young men who sacrificed their lives for freedom and visit the D-Day Landing Zone to learn how the operation was planned and executed. Arrive later at your hotel, where you dine tonight.
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Day 11: Journey to Paris

We travel east towards Paris, stopping at Giverny to visit the house and gardens that once inspired Claude Monet’s exquisite Impressionist works of art. This evening, consider a trip to one of the city’s renowned cabarets.

Day 12: Discover the Delight of Paris

Join your local specialist on a journey through the historic neighborhoods of Paris to see where the locals live and shop. View the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights on your terms. Enjoy a leisurely café au lait in quiet surroundings or consider an optional experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening, we celebrate an epic adventure with your travel director and newfound friends at a farewell dinner.

Day 13: Farewell to Paris

It’s time to bid a fond au revoir to the Best of France and your fellow travelers at the end of a magical and memorable holiday.

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