France



Day 1              Arrival in Paris and transfer to the hotel. 3 nights in Paris, Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel or similar accommodation.

Day 2              Paris: Louvre Museum, Tuileries Garden, Madeleine, Colonne Vendome, Opera,
Pont Neuf, Cite Island, Conciergerie, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Les Halles, Le Marais, Place des Vosges, Place de la Bastille, Montmartre.

Day 3              Paris: Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Les Invalides, Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Sorbonne, Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens and Palace, Versailles.

Day 4              Drive to Burgundy past the Champagne region. Epernay: Avenue de Champagne, neoclassical villas and sparkling wine cellars. Dijon: Cathedral, Porte Guillaume  and the Ducal Palace. Hotel le Jura or similar accommodation in Dijon.  

Day 5              Dijon - Lyon via the Route des Grand Crus, Beaune: Burgundy wine cellars, Basilica Notre-Dame, Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and Hotel-Dieu. Lyon: Place Bellecour, Place de la Republique, Fouviere, ruins of Roman theaters and the Rosary Garden. Radisson Blu or similar hotel in Lyon.
  
Day 6              Drive to French Riviera past Provence. Aix-en-Provence: Place d'Albertas, Fontaine de la Rotonde and Cours Mirabeau. Cannes: Boulevard de la Croisette, Palais des Festivals, perfumeries and boutiques. Antibes: fort, harbor and Picasso Museum. 2 nights in French Riviera, AC Ambassadeur Antibes by Marriott or similar hotel.        

Day 7              Day trip to Nice and Monaco. Nice: Promenade des Anglais, Albert First Garden, Old Nice, Cathedral and Clock Tower. Monaco: Prince's Palace, Monaco-Ville, Gardens of Saint Martin and Monte Carlo Casino.              

Day 8              Drive to Carcassonne with stops in Avignon and at the Pont du Gard. Avignon: Palace of the Popes, Place de l'Horlorge and Pont d'Avignon. Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel or similar accommodation in Carcassonne.
  
Day 9              Carcassonne: fortified citadel, city walls and gates, Chateau Comtal and Saint Nazaire Basilica. Lourdes: Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Abri Saint Michel, Basilica Saint Pie X, Chateau Fort de Lourdes. 4 nights in Gallia et Londres or similar hotel in Lourdes.  

Day 10             Trekking at Lac de Lourdes.

Day 11             Trekking in the Pyrenees: Grand Jer and Petit Jer Peaks.

Day 12              Lourdes - Bordeaux with a stop at the wineries and Romanesque churches of of Saint Emilion. 2 nights in Bordeaux, Mercure Bordeaux Chateau Chartrons Hotel or similar accommodation.

Day 13              Bordeaux: Place des Quinconces, Girondist Column, Old Town, Grand Theatre, Victory Arch, Rue Saint Catherine, Cathedral, Grosse Cloche, Porte de Bourgogne, Place de la Bourse and Place du Parlement.

Day 14              Drive to Loire Valley with a stop in the town of Cognac. In Loire Valley: Chateau de Chenonceau and the town of Amboise. Novotel or similar accommodation in Amboise.  

Day 15         Visit the Chateau Royal d'Amboise, panorama of Loire Valley and return to Paris. Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel Hotel or similar accommodation in Paris.  

Day 16              Departure from Paris.        
          

Included:
Transportation
Accommodation in hotels
Breakfasts
8 dinners
2 bivouac lunches during trekking
Champagne tasting in Epernay
Wine tasting in Beaune and Saint Emilion
Cognac testing in the town of Cognac
Admission fees
Guide service

11 NM points: 10 regions of France and Monaco
11 MTP points: 10 regions of France and Monaco
2 TCC points: France, Monaco
UNESCO:  11 world heritage sites and 1 tentative world heritage site

Date:  August 2, 2023         Price: $5,200, single supplement  $1,500