La Belle France Small Group Touring
10 Day Guided Holiday
From AU$4,949* per person, twin share
Savour the finer things in life
Step into a land of renowned artists and royal crusaders, hilltop monasteries and valley castles. This tour takes us from France’s dramatic northern shores to château-sprinkled countryside, breaking off to see WWII sites, explore centuries-old villages and sample home-grown delicacies.
Picture a touring holiday that delves a bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities but takes you off-the-beaten-track to see each destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. And with small group sizes of up to 18 people, you can expect a more personalised touring experience – avoiding large crowds and overpopulated tourist destinations.
- Wander the enchanting island village of Mont Saint-Michel
- Enjoy a tasting session at a local winery set amidst the rolling vineyards of the Loire Valley
- Be inspired by the vivid colours of Claude Monet’s estate in Giverny
|Price Per Person, Twin Share
Please enquire for solo pricing and more departure dates
|Tour Departure Date||From Price|
|13 April – 22 April 2023 SOLD OUT||AU$4,700*|
|4 May – 13 May 2023 # 2 places left||AU$4,949*|
|11 May – 20 May 2023 #||AU$5,249*|
|6 Jul – 15 Jul 2023 # Last seats!||AU$5,199*|
|Bookings are subject to availability. Valid for sale until sold out. Departures marked with# are guaranteed departures.|
- 9 Nights in handpicked accommodation
- 14 Meals – 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
- Experienced Tour Leader and drive
- Premium mini-coach transportation
Day 1 – Paris (France)
Welcome to the City of Lights. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a sumptuous welcome dinner. Bon appétit! Accommodation: Maison Axel Opéra (or similar)
Day 2 – Paris – Honfleur
Our first impressions of France will be formed in Giverny at the home of Claude Monet – one of the world’s most celebrated artists. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life, and the surrounding gardens host flowers in every shade. Our home for the next two nights will be the charming port town of Honfleur – which you may recognise as the subject of a fair few Impressionist paintings. We’ll spend the evening at our leisure, soaking up the rugged maritime atmosphere of this quaint town. Accommodation: Hôtel l’Écrin (or similar)
Day 3 – Honfleur – Normandy – Honfleur
This morning we’ll visit Honfleur’s bustling market and wander past its historic buildings and 17th-century harbour on an orientation tour. Then: we’ll track the Route du Cidre in Normandy, pausing at a local calvados producer to sample the fruits of the region’s orchards. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados – it makes for a delicious end to our day of exploration! Back in Honfleur, we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Accommodation: Hôtel l’Écrin (or similar
Day 4 – Honfleur – Normandy Beaches and Bayeux – Arromanches-les-Bains
Today we’ll turn our attention to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy beaches, where we’ll visit the sites of the 1944 D-Day landings. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, where we’ll take some time to reflect on history overlooking Omaha Beach. An awe-inspiring Tapestry awaits in Bayeux and after taking some time to inspect this masterpiece, we’ll move on to Arromanches-les-Bains – our home for the night and setting for tonight’s included dinner. Accommodation: Les Villas d’Arromanches (or similar)
Day 5 – Arromanches-les-Bains – Mont Saint-Michel and Dol-de-Bretagne – Dinan
This morning we’ll drive on to the enchanting Mont Saint-Michel, crossing the walkway to wander the buzzing island village and explore the Abbey. As we make our way to Dinan, we’ll stop off for a photo opportunity at Dol-de-Bretagne – where we’ll see the famous Menhir de Champ-Dolent. Tonight, an included dinner awaits us in a traditional Breton crêperie. Accommodation: Hôtel Le d’Avaugour (or similar)
Day 6 – Dinan
Today is yours to spend however you wish in the medieval town of Dinan. Wander cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses, take a closer look at the Basilique St-Sauveur, visit the old bridge or stroll along the Rance River – whatever you decide, you certainly won’t be short of things to do! Accommodation: Hôtel Le d’Avaugour (or similar)
Day 7 – Dinan – Angers – Chinon
Today will find us deep in fairytale territory as we travel towards the Loire Valley. Here, the landscape’s skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call will be Angers, which was once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings. After spending some time absorbing the history of the castle, we’ll move on to Chinon – where we’ll dine together at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Plantagenêt (or similar)
Day 8 – Chinon – Château de Villandry – Chinon
Next stop: Château de Villandry. Famous for its impeccably manicured gardens and architectural elegance – this mesmerising château is one of the last built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we’ll enjoy a detour at a local winery – where we’ll visit the vineyard and cellars before sampling a glass or two. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Plantagenêt (or similar)
Day 9 – Chinon – Château de Chenonceau and Amboise – Chartres Region
Today’s château? One of the Loire Valley’s finest: Château de Chenonceau. Here we’ll take some time to stroll through the idyllic gardens and explore the fascinating museum. We’ll make a brief stop in Amboise – the town where Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last years of his life – before making our way to the region of Chartres. This evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious final dinner together. Accommodation: Castel Maintenon (or similar)
Day 10 – Chartres Region – Chartres – Paris
Before we say our final goodbyes, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the medieval city of Chartres. The celebrated Chartres Cathedral is believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France – and it’s a beautiful image to take with us back to Paris.
*Terms & Conditions:
- Bookings subject to availability.
- Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
- Pricing correct as at 29 December 2022 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes and currency fluctuation.
- Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
- This tour is offered and managed by Back-Roads Touring and their terms and conditions apply.
- No airfares are included in the featured package, but assistance with booking can be provided.
- Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
- Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.