The French Countryside with Gary Dolphin
France, Europe

Tuesday, July 14th - Sunday, July 26th, 2020

Trip Details

Travel to the French Countryside with Gary Dolphin to enjoy the stunning views, historic sites, famous cuisine, and beautiful architecture. France offers it all! This 12-day fully guided tour begins in Normandy and travels south through Paris and concludes in Marseilles in the south of France. Highlights include a champagne experience, Cathedral visit in Metz, and a local boat cruise in Strasbourg to name a few!

Special Note: Travelers on this tour should be in reasonably good health. Certain components of this trip may not be able to accommodate those with special needs. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to guests with walking, dining or other personal needs.

Proof of Citizenship: All passengers are required to have a passport valid through January 26, 2021. Non-US citizens must have a valid passport and advise the Elite Travel Club of your nationality at the time of deposit.

What's Included

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • 11 Night Accommodations
  • Admission to Listed Attractions
  • 10 Meals (8 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners)
  • Round Trip Transfers
  • Taxes & Portages
  • Plus Much More!

What's Not Included

  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Personal Items
  • Meals Not Listed in Itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)

Pricing & Other Information

  • $5,199* Per Person
    *Double Occupancy
    *Tax Inclusive

Important Notes:

  • Non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Final Payment is due on or before April 24, 2020.
  • Deposit is non-refundable. After April 24, 2020 final payment is non-refundable.

Special Included Experiences:

  • Champagne experience with sabrage (saber), visit the cathedral.
  • Visit the Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial.
  • Boat cruise and "Little France" district.
  • Enjoy an orientation on the little train including "Little Venice".
  • Walking tour of Old Lyon.
  • Walking tour of Avignon.
  • Visit the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery.
  • Enjoy the panoramic view, olive oil tasting in Les Baux-de-Provence.
  • Visit the Notre Dame de la Grade Basilica.
  • Excursion to Aix-en-Provence.

Travel Itinerary

Tuesday, July 14

Depart the U.S.A.

Wednesday, July 15

Arrive in Paris and transfer to hotel, day is free to explore Paris.

Thursday, July 16

Visit the Memorial Museum for Peace, watch the movie at the Arromanches 360 circular cinema, see the remains of Mulberry Harbor in the bay, and visit the D-Day Museum before moving onto Longues-sur-Mer to see the German artillery bunkers.

Friday, July 17

Visit Utah Beach, the Airborne Museum, Pointe Du Hoc Ranger Monument, Omaha Beach, and the American Millitary Cemetery & Memorial.

Saturday, July 18

We arrive in Paris and the day is free to enjoy. There is so much to see such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louve and Arc de Triomphe, do some window shopping or wander through one of their several museums. Late afternoon we meet our Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris' lively restaurants, followed by an orientation drive of the "City of Light."

Sunday, July 19

Drive to Reims, city of champagne, and enjoy a highlight champagne experience with sabrage (saber). Also recognized by UNESCO, France's Champagne region is celebrated for its specialized artisan activity that has become an Agro-industrial enterprise. Next, visit the impressive Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Considered one of the most beautiful examples of gothic art, the 800-year old cathedral was one of the first monuments registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, arrive in Metz, located at the confluence of the Moselle and Seine Rivers. Enjoy an orientation of this 3,000-year-old city and visit its magnificent gothic Cathedral, famous for its glass-stained windows.

Monday, July 20

Stop in Saint-Avold for a visit to the largest American Military WWII Cemetery in Europe, the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial. Next, enter the Alsace region and arrive in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament has its plenary sessions four days each month. A boat cruise is the best way to see Strasbourg with its little France district and the impressive European Union institutions. Continue to Colmar.

Tuesday, July 21

Explore Colmar and the famous Little Venice district with its half-timbered houses by Little Train. Balance of the day is at leisure and a fun place to browse local gift shops.

Wednesday, July 22

Enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, captial of the region, for an orientation of this beautiful town with its impressive Hôtel Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica. Then, continue to Mãcon, situated on the Saône River, and famous for its wine.

Thursday, July 23

A short drive brings you to Lyon, "Capital of the Gauls", and the second largest city in France. Enjoy a walking tour through Old Lyon, situated between two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, and see the Roman ruins and the Murales, examples of trompe l'oeil, started by a group of students in the 70's. On to Avignon, the medieval residence of several popes and antipopes. During your walking tour through the Old Town, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.

Friday, July 24

In St. Rémy-de-Provence, visit the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery, used as a hospital when Vincent van Gogh stayed there for a year in 1889. Continue to Les Baux-de-Provence, famous for its breathtaking views. Then, a special highlight awaits you: an olive oil tasting. Arrive in the busy seaport of Marseilles, and visit the neo-byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, spectacularly located on a limestone outcrop near the Old Port on the foundations of an ancient fort.

Saturday, July 25

Today, enjoy an included half-day excursion to Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over. Explore its center during your walking tour, and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. An optional excursion is available to Arles with its Roman arena. This evening, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Marseilles' excellent local restaurants as a proper au revoir to France.

Sunday, July 26

Following breakfast we return home with wonderful memories of this beautiful country!

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