Paris & French Countryside

Paris & French Countryside

Your tour starts in Paris where you’ll visit some of the most important attractions and the nearby Palace of Versailles. Then you’ll venture south to see remains of Roman times, picturesque vineyards and the famous bridge of Avignon. At the end of your land tour, you’ll cross the Spanish border and arrive at Barcelona, the departure port of your spectacular Mediterranean cruise.

Day 1 Paris
Arrive in spectacular Paris, France and enjoy a seamless transfer by motorcoach to your comfortable hotel accommodations. Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at one of Paris' lively restaurants. Dinner included.

Day 2 Paris
Embark on a guided morning tour of Paris. Catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the renowned Champs-Elysees. Your tour also includes a visit to the legendary Notre Dame Cathedral. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are yours to do as you please. Breakfast included.

Day 3 Paris
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before visiting the palace of Versailles. Just a short distance from Paris is the palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV.  Marvel at the sumptuous decor of this most regal of residences, particularly the ornate royal chapel and the lavish Hall of Mirrors. Your local guide will bring its history to life during your visit, then you'll have time at your leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Another afternoon at leisure back in Paris awaits. Breakfast included.

Day 4 Paris/Avignon
Relax in first class seats aboard the high speed TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) as you travel south through the heartland of France to Avignon, "great city of the popes" and each July, host to one of the world's largest arts festivals. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a panoramic tour of Avignon. Visit the impressive Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. At the end of the day you'll be treated to dinner and wine tasting in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region at Les Domaines Mousset. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 Avignon/Narbonne/Carcassonne
Venture through the French Countryside steeped in ancient Roman history. Your first stop is in Pont du Gard to see the largest remaining Roman Aqueduct in France. Visit the Roman Amphitheater and see the Maison Carrée, France's best preserved Roman temple. Continue past Montpellier and arrive in Narbonne for lunch and a wine tasting at the Chateau L'Hospitalet. Reach the medieval, walled town of Carcassonne in the late afternoon for an orientation walk and evening at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6 Carcassonne/Barcelona
Cross the border into Spain and arrive in Barcelona, Spain's second largest city. Tonight features a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant featuring paella. You may also choose to join an optional Flamenco show after dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7 Barcelona/Embark ship
Sightseeing today features the Columbus Monument, the elegant tree-lined Ramblas, Plaza de Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia. Admire the spectacular Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's masterpiece, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Montjuic Hill. Visit the gothic quarter before making your way to meet your ship in the harbor. Breakfast included.

Day 7 - 14/18 Cruise

Cruisetour 2A - 17 nights
Paris to Rome
Land Tour (6 nights) before cruise
Mediterranean cruise (11 nights)


Cruisetour 2B - 13 nights
Paris nach Rome
Land Tour (6 nights) before cruise
Mediterranean cruise (7 nights)