French Road Trip

24 Days – Dates or Various Dates

 

from $9,465.00 per person based on 2 sharing

Trip Style: Independent, Rail

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This trip was taken at Christmas by some guests of ours wanting to discover the WW2 history if Northern France and the countryside and wines of Loire Valley and Lyon to Beaune. It gives you the freedom to explore yourself with a car and a route that allows for enough stopovers to break the journeys but with the distances to see as much as possible. We use a variety of accommodation options in this itinerary, from old convents, to chateaux and hotels built through the ages. It is designed with the character of a hotel stay in mind and each one offers something unique. 

With London being an entry point and Paris being the exit, it is easy to extend this trip either before and after. You can catch a flight, a train or a river cruise plus coach tour, depending upon the time of year.

If you have the time, why not include Bordeaux as well or head down from Beaune to southern France to explore Nice, Marseilles and the beautiful coastal towns that visitors flock to every year.

Either way, in 3 weeks, this trip will be a fantastic way to discover all that is France.

Day 1-2

Overnight Flight

You can choose to fly with whoever you like. We have the expertise to help you stopover, extend, shorten, upgrade. Who do you prefer to fly with or not sure? Let us guide you.

Day 2-5

London, United Kingdom

Welcome to London, a dynamic and culturally diverse metropolis that seamlessly blends history, innovation, and modernity. With its iconic landmarks, rich heritage, and vibrant neighborhoods, London offers an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Marvel at the grandeur of Buckingham Palace, witness the architectural splendor of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and stroll along the Thames River, passing by the Tower Bridge and the majestic Tower of London.

Immerse yourself in London’s cultural scene by exploring world-class museums like the British Museum, Tate Modern, and the National Gallery, showcasing an array of artistic treasures from around the world.

Indulge in the city’s culinary delights, from traditional fish and chips to a diverse range of global cuisines found in bustling markets like Borough Market or Covent Garden.

Day 5-7

Lille, France

Our next stop is Lille! A captivating French city known for its blend of Flemish and French cultures, historic architecture, and vibrant ambiance. Nestled in the Hauts-de-France region, Lille offers a charming mix of old-world charm and modern vitality.

Explore the city’s architectural treasures in Vieux Lille (Old Lille), with its cobblestone streets, elegant townhouses, and the stunning Grand Place adorned with ornate Flemish buildings. Admire the beauty of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, one of France’s largest museums, housing an impressive collection of artworks.

Delve into Lille’s culinary scene, savoring delicious local specialties like carbonnade flamande (beef stew), moules-frites (mussels with fries), and delectable pastries from quaint bakeries.

Experience Lille’s lively atmosphere at bustling markets, stylish boutiques, and vibrant cultural events. Whether admiring its architectural splendor, indulging in its gastronomic delights, or immersing in its cultural offerings, Lille promises a delightful journey through French artistry and heritage.

Day 7-10

Bayeux, France

Welcome to Bayeux, a picturesque town nestled in Normandy, France, renowned for its rich history, medieval charm, and cultural heritage. This historic city invites visitors to explore its fascinating past and captivating landmarks. A visit to the D-Day Beaches, St Mont Michel and plenty more in this region make Bayeux a gateway must on any French itinerary.

Discover the iconic Bayeux Tapestry, a UNESCO-listed masterpiece depicting the events leading to the Norman conquest of England, housed in the Musée de la Tapisserie. Marvel at the beauty of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, a splendid example of Norman Gothic architecture.

Day 10-13

Loire Valley, France

Welcome to the Loire Valley, a picturesque region in France renowned for its majestic châteaux, stunning landscapes, and exquisite wines. This UNESCO World Heritage site invites visitors to immerse themselves in a tapestry of history, art, and natural beauty.

Indulge in the region’s gastronomic delights, relishing the flavors of renowned Loire Valley wines, delectable cheeses, and local culinary specialties. Explore charming villages and bustling markets offering fresh produce and artisanal crafts.

Cycle or stroll along the Loire River, meandering through vineyards, rolling hills, and enchanting forests. Immerse yourself in the valley’s rich cultural heritage at museums, galleries, and historic sites.

With its enchanting landscapes and grand châteaux, the Loire Valley promises a delightful fusion of history, art, and nature, inviting visitors to experience the essence of French elegance and charm.

Day 13-16

Lyon, France

Lyon, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, carries an extensive history of 2,000 years etched into its cobblestone streets. Dive into this rich past within Vieux Lyon, a Renaissance neighborhood among the largest in Europe, and at Lyon’s two Roman amphitheaters, still alive with modern rock concerts. Lyon magnetizes travelers due to its lively university, top-notch shopping scenes, antique markets, bustling theater and music festivals, and an array of captivating museums, including the International Puppet Museum and the Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets. These museums are not just “interesting”; they are genuinely fascinating.

Day 16-18

Beaune, France

Welcome to Beaune! A charming town nestled in the heart of the renowned Burgundy wine region in France. Beaune is a delightful blend of history, wine, and French countryside charm, inviting visitors to discover its treasures.

Explore the ancient streets of Beaune’s Old Town, adorned with colorful timber-framed houses, cobblestone lanes, and the iconic Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th-century hospital known for its distinctive polychrome-tiled roof.

Immerse yourself in Burgundy’s wine heritage with visits to prestigious wine cellars and tastings at local wineries, experiencing the flavors of world-renowned Burgundy wines like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Discover Beaune’s cultural richness at museums and art galleries, showcasing fine artworks and historical artifacts. Don’t miss the lively markets offering local produce, cheeses, and crafts, adding to the town’s vibrant atmosphere.

Day 18-22

Paris, France

Our last stop before heading home is Paris! The enchanting capital of France and the epitome of romance, art, and culture. A trip to France is incomplete without immersing yourself in the timeless elegance and allure of the ‘City of Lights.’

Explore iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum, home to masterpieces like the Mona Lisa. Wander through charming neighborhoods like Montmartre, the Marais, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, each with its own unique ambiance and history.

Indulge in Parisian delights at quaint cafes, savoring delectable pastries, exquisite cuisine, and world-renowned wines. Stroll along the Seine River, witness the captivating street performances, and relish the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

Immerse yourself in the city’s cultural richness by attending classical concerts, visiting grand opera houses, and exploring art galleries and exhibitions. Experience the city’s fashion, haute couture boutiques, and trendy shopping districts.

A visit to France is incomplete without the magic of Paris, where every street corner, museum, and cafe exudes an undeniable charm and leaves an indelible mark on every traveler’s heart.

Day 22-23

Overnight Flights home

Departing home you again have the options to extend, fly somewhere else or stopover. We love airfares and making the unique and exciting possible!

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