Length: 10 Days. Group educational tours for 12 or more students or adults. Self-designed custom tours typically led by teachers of high school juniors and seniors.
Highlights: Paris City Tour, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel, Tours City Tour, Château Chenonceau, Limoges, Rocamadour City Tour, Nîmes, Pont du Gard, Aix-en-Provence, Èze, Monaco
Itinerary: Paris (2), Saint-Malo (1), Tours (2), Rocamadour (1), Carcassonne (1), Avignon (1), Nice and Monaco (2)
Day 1 – Depart
Depart for Paris, France!
Day 2 – Paris
Bienvenue á Paris! Your private bus and guide will escort you on a guided Paris City Tour. See the majestic Eiffel Tower, the historic Latin Quarter, the world-famous Champs-Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and other highlights. Also visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, the world’s largest museum.
Day 3 – Paris
Tour the palace of Versailles, home of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Stroll through the opulent galleries and gardens to see the splendor in which royalty once lived. Don’t miss the magnificent Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the exquisite formal gardens.
Day 4 – St. Malo
Journey to St. Malo, the “City of Corsairs,” a walled city surrounded by medieval ramparts. Then visit Mont St. Michel, a former Benedictine abbey set up on huge mount surrounded by sand and sea.
Day 5 – Tours
Transfer to the Loire Valley and enjoy your Tours City Tour. See Cathedral St. Gatien, Rue des Halles, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Place Plumereau and the Maison de Tristan, and visit the Chateau Royale.
Day 6 – Tours
Explore the 16th Century Château Chenonceau in the spectacular Loire Valley. Chenonceau is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Continue to Château d’Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci worked and is buried.
Day 7 – Rocamadour
On your way to Rocamadour, stop and see Limoges, famous for its beautiful porcelain. A Rocamadour City Tour introduces you to what was once one of the most popular places of Christian pilgrimage. This remarkable village of unique churches and towers clings to the cliff-face above a dramatic gorge. See the Place St. Amadour, around which are grouped seven sanctuaries, including the Chapel of Notre Dame or the Miraculous Chapel.
Day 8 – Carcassonne
Travel over the Gouffe de Padirac, a limestone cave opened up by the famous speleologist Martel, on the way to Carcassonne. Visit the Cité, surrounded by a double circuit of walls and towers. Within are the strongly fortified castle, a museum and the houses of this medieval town.
Day 9 – Avignon
Along the way to Avignon in Provence, pass through Nîmes, famous for its Roman ruins and site of Maison Carrée, one of the best preserved Roman temples still in existence. Also see the Pont du Gard, the magnificent Roman aqueduct. Avignon became the home of first French Popes and is famous for its Palais des Papes.
Day 10 – Nice
Travel to Nice by way of Aix-en-Provence, birthplace of Paul Cézanne, renowned for its thermal springs, art treasures and almond cakes. Continue to Nice, the Côte d’Azur resort with a lively and utterly Mediterranean character.
Day 11 – Nice
This morning travel to the perched village of Eze for shopping in its boutiques and a visit to a perfume factory. Later drive to the elegant city state Monaco to see the casino of Monte Carlo, the Palais de Prince, and visit the Musée Océanographique and aquarium. Enjoy your last evening on the fabulous French Riviera.
Day 12 – Depart
Depart with new knowledge and fantastic memories of your Tour de France.