Flawless 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 : 14 DEC 2018: PARIS TO DIJON (BURGUNDY REGION)

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, Check-out from the Hotel & proceed to Dijon (Approx. 325km, 4hrs)

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

Afternoon Explore Dijon

Highlights: Ducal Palace, Follow the Owl's Trail, Church of Notre-Dame & Les Halles

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Dijon


Day 6 : DIJON

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore Beaune

Highlights: Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District

First Visit the Famous Côte de Nuits (Approx. 45km, 45min)

The Côte de Nuits is a French wine region located in the northern part of the Côte d'Or, the limestone ridge that is at the heart of the Burgundy wine region. It extends from Dijon to just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges, which gives its name to the district & is the regional center

Later Continue to Beaune (Approx. 10km, 15min)

Beaune is a walled town at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. Surrounded by the Côte d'Or vineyards, the cobbled town is renowned for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). Recognized by its colorful, geometric-patterned tile roof, this 15th-century former hospital is now the Hôtel-Dieu Museum, showcasing works like "The Last Judgement" altarpiece by Van der Weyden. Beaune is considered the "Capital of Burgundy wines". See its Historic town on a plain by the hills of the Côte d'Or, with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, through the medieval and renaissance periods. Landmarks in Beaune include the old market (les Halles), the 15th-century Hospices, the Beffroi (clock tower), and the collegiate church of Notre Dame. Beaune is the main center for the "Burgundian tile" polychrome renaissance roofing style of the region.

Visit the famous Oenothèque Josepeh Drouhin Winery

Right in the heart of Beaune, the Oenothèque Joseph Drouhin welcomes you in the beautiful cellar of the Duke of Burgundy's Parliament building.  As well as more than 60 references available including some older vintages and larger formats, the Oenothèque also offers a fascinating discovery These historical cellars cover approximately 1 hectare in the historical centre of Beaune (between the Hospice de Beaune and Notre-Dame Church), having belonged to the Canons of Beaune, the Dukes of Burgundy and the Kings of France. You will also discover with amazement roman remnants which are nearly 2000 years old

Afternoon Visit Chateau de Pommard

Château de Pommard is a winery in Pommard, Burgundy, France. Established in 1726, the property is known for its two Châteaux, gardens, and its 20-hectare walled vineyard, Clos Marey-Monge. Discover the true taste of Burgundy’s appellations, viticulture and winemaking. Our Wine Experiences immerse novices, intermediates and seasoned wine enthusiasts into the wonderful world of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Whether you are new to wine, pursuing a lifetime passion or wish to dive deeper into the nuances of Burgundy, our educational Wine Experiences will entertain and enlighten you

Evening return Dijon (Approx. 45km, 1hr)

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Dijon


Day 7 : Dijon TO CHAMONIX

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, Check-out from the Hotel & proceed to Chamonix (Aprrox. 350km, 4hrs)

Arrive Chamonix Hotel & Complete Check-in formalities (Standard Check-in time)

Evening Explore Chamonix (Dard Waterfalls, Alpine museum & Crystal museum)

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its skiing. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border
  • Dard Waterfalls: A fantastic waterfall, located at 1233 m, a 20-meter high, the waterfall of the Dard offers a beautiful viewpoint. About 45 minutes from downtown Chamonix. View on the Aiguilles Rouges range, the Bossons glacier and the Mont-Blanc
  • Alpine museum: Housed in the former Chamonix-Palace which dates back to the early 20th C, the Musée Alpin records the development of Chamonix – from when the first tourists came to admire the glaciers right up to when the cable cars were built.
  • Crystal Museum: The museum's completion is the culmination of a collaboration between the Mineralogy Club and the town of Chamonix. This facility is intended as a "site" that gives pride of place to minerals from Mont Blanc, which is known throughout the world, particularly smoked quartz and pink fluorspars.  The exhibits come from the club's collections, the Alpine Museum (municipal collection), the "Lesage" collection bought by the municipal authority and the club, and others are on loan from crystal specialists and collectors

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Chamonix


Day 8 : CHAMONIX

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, proceed to Explore Chamonix & Mont-Blanc (Aiguille Midi Cable Car, Montenvers Mer De Glace train, Mer de Glace)

  • Aiguille Midi Cable Car: For more than 60 years, the most famous and one of the highest Aiguille de Chamonix has been an essential world attraction. From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes ride with the Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you to the gateway of High Mountain at a height of 3,842 m. From its height of 3,777m, the Aiguille du Midi and its laid-out terraces offer a 360° view of all the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. A lift brings you to the summit terrace at 3,842m, where you will have a clear view of Mont Blanc
  • The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice): The largest glacier in France, 7km long and 200m deep and is one of the biggest attractions in the Chamonix Valley. To access the Mer de Glace and the Ice Cave in Chamonix, take the train of the Montenvers from Chamonix town center (Gare du Montenvers).
  • The Ice Grotto/Cave: A small cable car allows visitors to descend from the train station onto the Mer de Glace glacier where they can enter a manmade ice grotto. The ice grotto is cut into the living glacier. The grotto has to be dug out every summer since the glacier moves about 70m every year. Access is via 430 steps on both the outward and return walk from the top of the glacier gondola lift. Ice sculptures and caves are inside, under the glacier. The Gallery of Crystals features a collection of the finest crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif

Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Chamonix


Day 9 : CHAMONIX TO MARSEILLE

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, check-out from the Hotel & proceed to Marseille (Approx. 520km, 5.5hrs)

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 & proceed 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)

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, 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.


INCLUSIONS

  • 4 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Paris
  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Dijon
  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at 3* Hotel in Chamonix
  • 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.