Fabulous France Self-Drive

Day 1 : ARRIVE PARIS

Meals: On Own

Arrive Paris Airport & transfer to Hotel

Arrive Hotel, Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Spend rest of the Day at Leisure

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Paris


Day 2 : PARIS

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed for Half Day Guided Tour to Versailles (4hrs)

Tour: Set off from our agency in Central Paris at 8:45 a.m. for the Palace of Versailles. Make the most of the 45-minute journey by luxury air-conditioned coach and listen to your guide's introduction to the history of the palace. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to see the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms each dedicated to a different god (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.) and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, including the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, admire the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and trees. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organised, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music. You will be back at Departure Point at 12:45 pm

Evening proceed for Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower, Cruise and Illumination Tour of Paris (5hrs)

Tour: The first part of this tour will be a stop at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where we will catch the famous Eiffel Tower lift as far as the 2nd floor to have an unforgettable panoramic view of Paris city. We then continue the tour with our second stop at the Quai de la Bourdonnais and board a "Bateau Parisien" boat for a cruise along the River Seine with multilingual commentaries recorded. The cruise will last 1 hour. After the cruise, we board our coach for a city tour of Paris where we will admire the outstanding buildings and monuments of this very beautiful city. After that we return to the departure meeting point where the tour terminates

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Paris


Day 3 : PARIS (CHAMPAGNE EXCUSRION)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Rental Car Centre, Pick-up Vehicle & Proceed to Explore Reims (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot & Montagne de Reims) (Approx. 170km, 2hrs per way)

Reims is a city in northeastern France's Grand Est region. It's the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, and many of the champagne houses headquartered there offer tastings and cellar tours. For more than 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at its Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. This grand cathedral is known for its stained-glass windows and Gothic carved portals, including the Smiling Angel

Visit the Famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims & The Popular Wine Cellars

  • Maison Veuve Clicquot: Maison Veuve Clicquot produces luxury champagnes since 1772. Discover the collection, the house and food pairing recipes made by chefs. Immerse yourself in the heart of the Champagne House and discover how by coming to live a Clicquot experience at your own pace!  This visit will awaken your senses through the unique atmosphere of the cellars classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, and by sharing our great Champagne or by enjoying time spent with our team!
  • Moët & Chandon: Explore the world of Moët & Chandon champagne: discover the finest vintage champagnes, visit the vineyards and cellars of the world's largest champagne House. To know more about the Wine House, take 1 of the 3 tours offered by the House (Grand Vintage Tour, Imperial Tour & Traditional Tour)

Later drive through Montagne de Reims, one of the five sub-regions of the Champagne wine region.

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Paris


Day 4 : PARIS

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, Explore Paris & Surroundings

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Paris


Day 5 : PARIS TO BORDEAUX

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, Check-out from the Hotel & Self-Drive to Bordeaux (Approx. 600km, 7hrs)

Arrive Bordeaux hotel & Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Spend rest of the Day at Leisure

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Bordeaux


Day 6 : BORDEAUX

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore Bordeaux, Medoc & Saint-Emilion Wine Regions

Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool. See the most prestigious monuments in Bordeaux: The Grand-Theatre, built in the 18th century. Start with sculptures of muses and goddesses overlooking the Place de la Comedie as well as the city's famous mascarons (stone faces), wrought iron balconies, historic inscriptions, and a host of other architectural details. Continue to walk along the quays to admire the unique panorama over the Garonne. The reflecting pond in front of Place de La Bourse has become emblematic of the city. Nearby, Old Bordeaux features numerous charming squares surrounded by restaurants. Discover the hidden narrow street in the heart of the Saint Pierre district, Square Vinet and its green wall. Later see Place de la Bourse and visit Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial, the new centre that explains Bordeaux's architectural heritage, as well as the Bordeaux of tomorrow with its multimedia tools.

Later proceed to Medoc (Approx. 70km, 1hr)

The Medoc region around Bordeaux is home to some of the finest vineyards in France. Travel along the 'route des chateaux' du Medoc and discover prestigious appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien and Pauillac... The rolling hills and sun-drenched soil here produce some of Europe's most powerful red wine, with complex flavors and fruity scents to the fore. Visit the winemaking estates to gain insight into the ancient traditions and complex processes the grapes go through in their journey from vine to glass. Taste the wine for yourself to appreciate fully the depth and complexity of flavor they offer. Merlot and cabernet are just a few of the varietals you may be lucky enough to try, alongside an aperitif and light snack of delicacies from the local markets. Gain further insight into Bordeaux wine with a blending session in a local tasting room. Sample a selection of different grape varietals, and then blend them to your taste to produce your own wine.

Later proceed to St-Emilion (Approx. 45km, 45min)

The journey to St-Emilion, deep in the heart of France's winemaking country. The fertile, sun-soaked soil outside Bordeaux offers ideal growing conditions, and the region has been producing wine for centuries. Head out into the countryside and discover appellations such as Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol and Fronsac. Learn about the region's winemaking heritage and gain insight into the various castle estates around the area. On arrival in St-Emilion, visit the wine estates with your guide and learn of the age-old processes that the grapes go through in their journey from soil to barrel and bottle. Surrounded by beautiful castles and row upon row of grape-laden vines, enjoy a refreshing aperitif and light snack of delicacies from the local markets. Later pass through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of St-Emilion, where pretty Romanesque churches tower over narrow, cobbled streets. Join a blending session in a Bordeaux tasting room. Savor a few samples, and then blend them to your taste to produce your own wine. When your wine tasting comes to an end. Evening return to Bordeaux (Approx. 45km, 1hr)

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Bordeaux


Day 7 : BORDEAUX TO LOURDES TO TOULOUSE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, Check-out from the Hotel & Self-Drive to Lourdes (Approx. 275km, 3hrs)

Highlights: Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Grotto of Massabielle & Holy Bath

Lourdes is a town in southwestern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. It’s known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, a major Catholic pilgrimage site. Each year, millions visit the Grotto of Massabielle (Grotto of the Apparitions) where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman. In the grotto, pilgrims can drink or bathe in water flowing from a spring

  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, France. The Sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water
  • Grotto of Massabielle: A 31-foot deep limestone cave & religious pilgrim site open for silent visits
  • Holy Bath: Lourdes water is considered non-liturgical holy water. Although never formally encouraged by the Church, Lourdes water has become a focus of devotion to the Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Since the supposed apparitions, many people have claimed to have been cured by drinking or bathing in it, and the Lourdes authorities provide it free of charge to any who ask for it

Later Self-Drive to Toulouse (Approx. 180km, 2.5hrs)

Arrive Toulouse hotel & Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Spend rest of the Day at Leisure

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Toulouse


Day 8 : TOULOUSE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore Toulouse (Cité de l'Espace, Aeroscopia, Airbus Museum, Canal du Midi)

  • Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. Drive through the old town, the main churches (Cathedral of Saint Etienne, Basilica of Saint Sernin). Pass by the Garonne and the Canal du Midi, a link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the town's heritage from a 'higher plane' and re-discover the unique view that the city and its typical pink stones have to offer to their eyes.
  • Visit Cité de l'Espace: a theme park focused on space and the conquest of space. It was opened in June 1997 and is located on the eastern outskirts of Toulouse
  • Aeroscopia: The Aeronautical museum of Toulouse Blagnac presents exceptional planes, Concorde, Airbus A300B, Super Guppy & many more wonders
  • Take a Cruise on Canal du Midi: The 150-mile long Canal du Midi on the Garonne River in Aquitaine. It is one of the oldest continuously running canals in Europe

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Toulouse


Day 9 : TOULOUSE TO CARCASSONNE TO MARSEILLE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel & Self-Drive to Carcassonne (Approx. 95km, 2hr)

Highlights: The Old Historic Town, The River Banks & O'Vineyards

  • Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th & 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts
  • Later Visit O'Vineyards & enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience at a family-run winery, set amid 20 hectares of rolling vineyards on this afternoon tour from Carcassonne. Take a tour of the winery led by the winemaker himself, uncover the time-honored secrets of French wine production, then indulge in wine tasting

Late afternoon self-drive to Marseille (Approx. 325km, 3.5hrs)

Arrive Marseille hotel & Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Spend rest of the Day at Leisure

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Marseille


Day 10 : MARSEILLE (VALENCCOLE, CALANQUES & CASSIS EXCRUSION)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore the Provence

Morning proceed to Valensole (Lavender Fields) (Approx. 100km, 1.5hrs)

Drive along lavender and sunflower fields to admire the largest lavender fields of Provence on the plateau de Valensole. Stop in a distillery and shop among lavender fields for a photo session. Drive through the small village of Valensole and the forest to reach the Provencal market of Riez.

Afternoon, proceed to Cassis (Approx. 120km, 2hrs)

Cassis is a Mediterranean fishing port in southern France. Overlooked by a centuries-old château, it’s known for pebbly beaches and its calanques, narrow inlets framed by steep, limestone cliffs. The harbor features pastel-colored buildings, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Local vineyards are known for producing Cassis white wine. Trails run along the huge, rocky Cap Canaille headland for panoramic sea views.

Later Visit the Calanques National Park (Approx. 20km, 30min)

The calanques are narrow and steep inlets along the limestone coast of southern France, the most impressive ones being located along the little stretch of coastline between Marseilles and Cassis. They are romantic, wild and, being surrounded by huge cliffs, often protrude fjord-like into the landscape. As Europe's only protected park to contain land, water, and semi-urban areas, Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) is a mecca for outdoor adventurers

Evening return Marseilles (Approx. 15km, 30min)

NOTE: The best way to visit the national park is by boat from Port de Cassis (cruises depart every 90 minutes daily) or on a day trip from central Marseille. If arriving by car, be aware that the closest beach is about a one-hour hike from available parking lots.

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Marseille


Day 11 : MARSEILLE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore French Riviera (Hyeres, Le Lavandou & St. Tropez)

Morning proceed to Hyères (Approx. 90km, 1.5hrs)

A French town on the Mediterranean coast. Its hillside old town features the remains of a medieval castle and centuries-old walls. Nearby is the modernist arts center, Villa Noailles, set in a 1920s building with gardens. Salt marshes on the Giens peninsula attract scores of waterbirds. Just offshore, Porquerolles is one of the Golden Isles, a group of islands with beaches, trails and underwater shipwrecks

Afternoon proceed to Le Lavandou (Approx. 25km, 30min)

A commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in south-eastern France. It derives its name either from the flower lavender that is prevalent in the area, or more prosaically from the local form of the Occitan name for lavoir, lavandor

Evening, proceed to St. Tropez (Approx. 40km, 1hr)

A coastal town on the French Riviera, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Long popular with artists, the town attracted the international "jet set" in the 1960s and remains known for its beaches and nightlife. The cobblestoned La Ponche quarter recalls its past as a fishing village, although yachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port)

Evening return Marseille (Approx. 150km, 2.5hrs)

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Marseille


Day 12 : MARSEILLE TO NICE (EN-ROUTE GRASSE, CANNES & ANTIBES)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel & Self-Drive to Nice Via Grasse, Cannes & Antibes)

Morning, proceed to Grasse (Approx. 200km, 2.5hrs)

A town on the French Riviera, in the hills north of Cannes. It's known for its long-established perfume industry, and this heritage is celebrated at the Musée International de la Parfumerie, in the town center. Large perfumeries such as Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard offer tours. Grasse Cathedral, a former Roman Catholic cathedral in the old town, contains many paintings, including some by Rubens.

Later proceed to Cannes (Approx. 20km, 30min)

A resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. It’s also home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Étoiles – Cannes’ walk of fame

Early Evening, proceed to Antibes (Approx. 15km, 30min)

A resort town between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). It’s known for its old town enclosed by 16th-century ramparts with the star-shaped Fort Carré. This overlook luxury yachts moored at the Port Vauban marina. The forested Cap d’Antibes peninsula, dotted with grand villas, separates Antibes from Juan-les-Pins, a chic resort with buzzing nightlife and the Jazz à Juan music festival

Later proceed to Nice (Approx. 15km, 30min)

Arrive Nice hotel & Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Spend rest of the Day at Leisure

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Nice


Day 13 : NICE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore French Reviera (Nice, Eze & St Paul de Vence)

Morning see the Popular Sights of Nice

Drive along the Promenade des Anglais, the most famous sea-side road. See the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a master piece. Then, if you wish, you can visit either the Chagall or Matisse museums, located in the Cimiez area, near a beautiful rose garden. Later climb up to Nice castle ruins for an amazing panoramic view overlooking the Angels Bay, as well as the very much Italian alike Port de Nice. Afternoon enjoy your lunch, among a wide variety of French, Italian and of course local cuisine

Afternoon proceed to Eze (Approx. 15km, 30min)

Get yourself ready for the superb eagle's nest village of Eze. This charming village is full of surprises for photography and art lovers. At the top, surrounded by exotic plants, you will discover a breathtaking panoramic view over the French Riviera

Later proceed to St Paul de Vence (Approx. 40km, 45min)

One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght which is located nearby. Saint Paul de Vence which is very much an "open-air-museum". Step into this medieval village where famous actors and artists often did. You will finish this excursion by Vence where Matisse used to call the Chapelle de Vence "my master-piece". You will agree with him without a doubt!

Evening return to Nice (Approx. 25km, 45min)

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Nice


Day 14 : NICE (MENTON, MONACO & MONTE CARLO EXCURSION)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore Menton (Approx. 30km, 1hr)

It's situated on the Franco-Italian border, and it is nicknamed la perle de la France ("The Pearl of France"). It is the capital of lemon and the sweetness of life. Visit the old town of this city, the Basilica of Saint-Michel with its 18th-century bell tower, and the ornate facade of La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs and admire the splendid panoramas. It’s also known for beaches & gardens such as the Serre de la Madone garden, showcasing rare plants.

Afternoon proceed to Monaco & Monte Carlo (Approx. 10km, 25hr)

Monaco is a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline known for its upscale casinos, yacht-lined harbor and prestigious Grand Prix motor race, which runs through Monaco’s streets once a year. Monte-Carlo, its major district, is home to an elegant belle-époque casino complex and ornate Salle Garnier opera house. It also has many luxe hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. drive on the spectacular 'Moyenne Corniche' road to Monaco. First discover the quiet atmosphere of the Prince's Palace area. Then experience the glamorous extravagance of Monte-Carlo by night. The Casino, the 'Hotel de Paris' & the Hermitage form an incomparable ensemble. Stroll in the streets of Monte-Carlo, have a drink or dine in one of the famous restaurants. And try your luck in the Casino. Savour the splendid atmosphere of Monaco's night life. Return to Nice via the 'Basse Corniche' road to see the illuminated seaside

Evening return Nice (Approx. 20km, 30min)

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Nice


Day 15 : DEPART NICE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel & proceed to Nice Airport (Approx. 8km, 15min)

Drop-off the Vehicle at the Airport & board your onward flight


  • 4 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Paris
  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Bordeaux
  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Toulouse
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Marseille
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Nice
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel
  • Paris Airport to Hotel Transfer on Private Basis
  • Half Day Guided Tour to Versailles - Morning Departure on Shared Basis
  • Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower, Cruise and Illumination on Shared Basis
  • Sedan Car or Similar Vehicle for Self-Drive for 12 Days, with Pick-up from Paris City Center & Drop-off at Nice Airport
  • GST
  • Sedan Car or Similar Vehicle for Self-Drive for 6 Days (with Pick-up & Drop-off from Edinburgh Airport) Your Self-Drive Vehicle includes Breakdown assistance, Tax, One-way fee, Unlimited mileage, GPS, Collision damage waiver (CDW) No Excess, Theft waiver (TW), Third party liability protection (TP)
  • 2 adults, 2 children
  • 3 Bags
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic transmission
Exclusions:
  • Airfare & Airport taxes
  • Visa fees and Travel insurance
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • High season surcharge if any
  • Porterage, tips and all items of personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the “Tour Includes” column
  • Early check-in and late check-out charges of hotels
  • Fuel and Parking Charges,.Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated.