13 Day Kaleidoscope of France
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|2020 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Triple Rooms at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
Triple Rooms at the Novotel Bayeux will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.
Triple rooms at Hotel Nice Riviera feature a double bed & sofa bed.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Flights Sydney-Paris, Nice-Sydney
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 11 nights accommodations
- 3 nights Paris
- 2 nights Tours
- 2 nights Bayeux
- 2 nights Avignon
- 2 nights Nice
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- High Speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon
- 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides in Paris, Amboise & Avignon
- Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
- View the Cathedral in Chartres, the finest architectural example of High Gothic style
- Visit the fairy-tale Chateau de Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher
- Stop in Amboise and tour the Royal Chateau of Amboise
- Cross the causeway to the magnificent Mont St. Michel, built on an isolated island
- View the immense Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England
- Commemorate the D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery
- Tour Claude Monet’s home in Giverny
- Drive along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and continuing to the iconic Eiffel Tower
- Enjoy the views of French landscape with a ride on the high speed TGV Train
- View the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct
- Stop at the Pope's Palace, the former papal residence
- Enjoy a wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Papes
- Visit a French perfumery in Grasse
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight datesNote: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.
Is This Trip Right for You?
This program is moderately active. Walking is done over various surfaces including stairs, steps and significant slopes. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. This itinerary includes a mix of city and countryside sightseeing. This tour includes a train ride from Paris to Avignon that is approximately 4 hours in length, food & drink is available on board at an additional cost. Most of the sightseeing requires between one to three hours of walking. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel is located close to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.Hotel Details
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This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Bayeux.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is located nearby the Palais des Papes.Hotel Details
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- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Relive the glorious period of Louis XIV, XV and XVI as you pace one of the largest and most influential formal gardens in the world. Today's tour takes you to Versailles Palace to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture. Visit the Palace and extravagant State Apartments, including a guided visit to the Reception Halls, the Royal Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. You will also have time to walk the palace grounds and formal gardens, designed by Andre le Notre, at your leisure. Enjoy VIP access and skip the lines on this unforgettable tour.
Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.
|Day #8||02 May 2020 - 24 Dec 2020||AUD$134.00|
Depart Avignon to Arles, heart of the Camargue and beloved subject of numerous works by Vincent Van Gogh. The tour begins with a photo stop at Langlois Bridge at Arles, made famous in four of Van Gogh’s oil paintings, as well as four drawings and one watercolor. Take a tour of Arles where you will see the Roman Amphitheater and the 12th century Cathedral of St. Trophime. Your guide will show you the exact places where Van Gogh sat to create some of his most famous paintings. Then enjoy some free time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own. Continue to St. Rémy-de-Provence to see the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. The artist spent a year at the hospital and created some of his most celebrated paintings here, including “The Starry Night” and “Irises”. After your visit, return to Avignon..
Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.
|Day #10||01 Apr 2020 - 15 Nov 2020||AUD$93.00|
Tonight, drive along the dazzling Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco. Stop at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most frequented landmarks.* Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamour; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbour and view the Prince's Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Enjoy the lights of the coastline as you return to Nice.**
*Please note that ripped or light-colored jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts and beachwear, sandals and flip-flops for gentlemen, and sneakers will not be permitted. Children under 18 years old are not permitted inside the casino. Entrance to the casino requires Photo ID. Entrance to the main foyer is free, however please be prepared to pay an entrance fee if you wish to enter the game room independently.
**Please note that in the Summer part of the tour may be operated in the daylight
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #11||25 May 2020 - 25 Nov 2020||AUD$98.00|
This morning drive into the pine scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence - a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists – a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #12||16 Nov 2019 - 25 Nov 2020||AUD$68.00|
There is no doubt whatsoever that we had the very best Gate 1 had to offer on out Classic Tour of France. Gate 1 should be grateful that they have in their employ our tour manager, Craig, and his accompanying drivers, Alain & Daniel. Craig's knowledge of the history made our trip one that was fuelled with the rich history of France and an enviable memory for dates and the names of the nobility. He successfully combined with this an engaging personality. I observed, from my own work experience, his ability to respond with sincerity to anything that was asked of him. Importantly, he clearly enjoys his chosen occupation and that shows at all stages of his tour management. This is our second Gate 1 tour but not our last.Miroslav K. NSW, Australia
Oh it was incredible! Everything went so smoothly with no hiccups at all. We loved the hotel in Paris. It was way cool and modern and had a great breakfast! We also appreciated being close to the metro in both locations. It couldn't have been anymore of a seamless process!Emilie M. Mesa, AZ
Fabulous. Hotels were great and locations worked nice. Great value and memories. Another great experience with Gate 1!Walter C. Ankeny, IA
The trip was great. We loved it all, Paris, Provence, Nice...hotels were fine, food great and our driver Alfeo was excellent. Best of all was our tour director, Anne. There are no words to adequately describe her contributions...let me just say she is a gem and Gate 1 is lucky to have her. Gate 1 has not seen the last of us. Till the next time...Robert F. Hawley, PA
My trip was fantastic!!!. I had a great time. History became alive . The trip was informative, fun and relaxing. Our tour guide Isabel was amazing. She was knowledgeable, organized, personable and gave me a true feel of France ...Carol M. Brooklyn, NY
My trip was wonderful. My grandson loved the Normandy beaches and the cemeteries. I loved Mont St Michel best. Then of course there were Versailles and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Our tour guide, Jenny, was exceptional in explaining things on the bus, giving us instructions at each place we went, and taking a personal interest in each of us on the tour. The whole trip was more than I had expected and was a great time to bond with my almost 13 year old very active and intelligent grandson. He charmed all the older folks on the tour because he is not afraid to talk to adults and they loved it. Thank you for arranging such great tours and tour guides. This was my 6th Gate 1 Tour and it won't be the last. The only thing I wish could have been different was to be able to see the military side of Versailles as well as the apartments.Sylvia K. Edgewood, WA
The entire trip in France was fantastic!!! Everything was perfectly planned and organized. The tour manager, Siméon, was very knowledgeable about the history of every city we traveled. He took great care of everyone and made sure that we were all comfortable. That is very impressive and we all felt cared for. Siméon is very kind and polite. He looked out for us during all city tour and made sure that we were all okay. He was very organized, punctual and always on-time and every city tour was perfect, thanks to him. Our bus driver, François, was amazing! Always took out everyone's luggage. Greeted everyone and helped people come out of the bus comfortably. The ride was always smooth and we slept throughout the drive. We wish François all the best! This is my 3rd tour with Gate 1 Travel and out of the three, this was the best one! All countries are very beautiful, however, the tour manager and the bus driver are the ones who make the tour memorable and special. And I must admit that France was unforgettable, all big thanks to Siméon and François! Merci beaucoup! :)Anna Z. Aventura, FL
We had a wonderful trip. This was our first time using Gate 1 and it won’t be our last. We found the 2 night stays in location great. Every place we stopped we enjoyed the sights. Our favorite stops were Mont St. Michel, Giverny & Nice. We did all the optional tours & enjoyed them all. Our tour director Anne was instrumental in making our trip. Her professionalism; knowledge, sense of humor & caring nature was a credit to her. All in all a great trip, thank you.Vince & Sue C. Breakfast Point, Australia
Jon and I had a wonderful tour of northern France. The hotels were excellent, and the guide, Laura, did everything she could to keep everyone well organised and ease our way. She also had tremendous knowledge and taught us a lot about every location. Everything went extremely smoothly, including check-ins to hotels. The sites we visited were fantastic.Antoinette P. Canberra, Australia
France was amazing!!! Loved every minute of my visit. Such a beautiful country. The art and history was stunning. Edo, our tour guide, was the best!!! He was so kind, funny and knowledgeable. I could take another tour with him as our guide.Stephanie V. Jeffersonville, IN
We had a wonderful trip. Our first Gate 1 trip was everything we could ever wished for. Anne our Tour Manager was the best. She was full of information, engaging and so much fun. She cares for her group like a mother hen, anticipating our every need and being available and caring in every situation. She is the best and I am looking forward to be blessed enough to have her as a TM sometime in the future. Anne well done!! I was pleased with all aspects of the tour. Our flight on Air France was great. Accommodations were very good. The local tour guides were knowledgeable. Alain our bus driver was fantastic. Driving a bus through such narrow streets, turning on a dime, just amazing. Our tour was well planned, and the lovely French countryside and so many Chateaus and Cathedrals will live forever in our memory. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to France. We had a good group led by a Fantastic Anne ... Gate 1 you have a gem in Anne.Marie B. Port St. Lucie, FL
It was wonderful! AnneMette made the trip educational and fun. We’ll use Gate 1 again if all guides are as competent, organized, and caring as AnneMette was. Enjoyed all the sites we visited and explored. Amazing trip!Lynn F. Damascus, MD
We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.Druci R. SN LUIS OBISP, CA
We loved the trip. Had excellent weather and a wonderful, organized, personable, and knowledgeable tour guide (Corinna). I came away with a whole new (positive) picture of France as a result. The hotels were wonderful, the meals very good, and the sites were beautiful. This was our second Gate 1 trip and we'll be seeing you again in another location!Bret B. Vandalia, IL
It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
I had a fabulous trip to France! Can't say enough about it. Our guide, Sophie Lataste, was the best, and our drivers, Gary and Momo, were excellent. The itinerary was all I could ask for -- just a stupendous tour of France. And the hotels were well located and very comfortable.Susan B. Cambridge, MA
Absolutely fantastic! I was pleased with everything Gate One arranged. It went like clockwork. Our guide Edo was delightful! Another local guide in Paris named Nicola was excellent. We were so impressed and exhausted. Perfect! Thank you for preparing an excellent program. Our group seemed to be seasoned travelers having gone to numerous Gate One experiences. I understand why. Wonderful value too.Colette P. Eaton, CO
Wonderful!! Jenny, our tour guide was fantastic. This was our 5th Gate 1 trip and perfect as always. We are already planning our next Gate 1 trip.Terrence R. Lockport, NY
Our trip was GREAT!!! It was pretty cool, windy and rainy some days there, but I know that Gate 1 didn't have a thing to do with that. Ha. Our tour director, Ann, was fabulous. She was very knowledgeable about the places we were visiting, and she was super nice as well. She had a great attitude and was very accommodating to everyone on the trip. I would give her an A plus for her job. Our bus driver, George, did a great job of keeping us safe and getting us where we were scheduled to be on time. I would give him an A plus as well. Our bus was very comfortable and it was easy to see the beautiful scenery with the nice, wide windows. I loved that they had cooled bottled waters for us every day. Our hotels were great too. Several people on our trip had been on Gate 1 trips before, and they all had nice things to say about Gate 1.Linda B. Magnolia, TX
Our trip was wonderful! My daughter and I are very satisfied with everything from the point of contacting Gate 1 to book our trip to our return, the airline, the hotel and Gate 1 personnel provided excellent service. I plan to explore other places through your agency. Feel free to post my comments as a review.Joanna C. Orlando, FL
My vacation was great! Everything was well planned and I feel like I was able to see as much as I possibly could. The tour guide was very pleasant, informative and accommodating Thank youMargaret S. Hoffman Est, IL
It was fabulous! Paris was a photographers dream and the Normandy war sites were very moving. Our guide, Craig, was top notch and out hotels were very comfortable. It was a memorable trip!Dana L. Johnston, IA
It was a fabulous trip! Excellent tour manager, good hotels in great locations, and wonderful itinerary. Another outstanding experience with Gate 1.Gail M. Louisville, KY
Couldn't have been any better! The tour guide was incredible: knowledgeable, compassionate, well spoken, well educated!Beatriz B. North Bergen, NJ
We have a wonderful trip in Paris France & Rome Italy, it’s pleasant memory to remember, thank you so much for arranging all our itinerary, including pick up from the airport to the hotel & vice versa. You’ve excellent job.Emmanuel A. San Francisco, CA
Our trip was fantastic! Thank you, we had such a wonderful time and cannot wait to travel again. We had never traveled outside of the US before and this was a trip of a lifetime and a dream come true!!Elaine S. Seffner, FL
We had the loveliest time! The whole trip from start to finish was absolutely wonderful. I'm missing Paris already! Our guide, Anne Mette was fantastic. We highly recommend the tour!Melissa H. Mooroolbark, VIC
Our trip was mind blowing! A fantastic odyssey in a beautiful and multidimensional country. Our tour guide Corrina and driver Francois were unbelievably awesome!!!Richard Alan S. Carlsbad, CA
We had the best time. We saw sooooo much. Everything was perfect and well communicated about what we would see and do. The tour guide was so informed and gave us great info. Loved it. So maybe next year London or Ireland!Carol D. Nashua, NH
We had a GREAT TIME in France. The itinerary was perfect and we enjoyed the opportunity to experience different regions and their unique history and cuisines. Due to this positive experience, we are considering similar tours in other European countries.Connie L. New York, NY
Excellent! The accommodations were comfortable and clean. Paris is beautiful and we used the train system to get around. It was a wonderful experience.Douglas S. Las Vegas, NV
The trip was wonderful. We saw so many beautiful cathedrals and the memorial in Normandy was wonderful. Paris of course was wonderful as well. Our tour guide was so well educated, informative and caring, a sweet, gentle soul. We all loved him.Lisa P. Newfoundland, NJ
Our trip to France was fantastic! We were thrilled by all of the sights--it was a wonderful way to experience the beauty of France and the history of the Normandy beaches and the American cemetery. However, the very best part of the trip was our fabulous guide-Simeon! He was charming, warm, informative and entertaining while explaining the sights as well as French history and culture. Our bus driver Derrick was also great! We could not have had a better tour!Mark L. Crofton, MD
I had a lovely time. Edo, the guide, took very good care of us and told us great stories of history and culture. Our driver, Alain, was careful and calm and also great. I also enjoyed my fellow travelers who were mostly very experienced travelers.Lisa P. Seabeck, WA
The trip was wonderful. Not much sun and a little rain, but did not dampen the spirit. Anna the tour guide and the bus driver were great. The group was such a good group to enjoy the trip with. You can bet we will be going with Gate 1 for a third time. We have a few destinations in mind depending on the price. We are thinking Ireland, Greek Isles, southern Rome or a river cruise.Nancy R. Milton, WI
Our trip was wonderful. Just the right pace and well organized. Of particular importance was our guide Ann. She was outstanding, kind, understanding, helpful and well prepared.Philip H. Ontario, Canada
The trip was GREAT! Was hesitant about how great the deal was but it was a pleasant surprise. Hotel was great and we enjoyed everything!Sheraine G. Jamaica, NY
Terrific! The hotel was perfect for travels seeking to see the city - at a transportation hub; excellent breakfast buffet; quite, comfortable rooms. As you know, the price was amazing.Edsel L. Morristown, NJ
Our trip was wonderful - Now that my kids have all graduated from college my husband and I are traveling and we have taken a few trips with Gate 1 and some other travel sites and now I can really appreciate the great customer service and efficiency of Gate 1- from timely travel documents to booking flights and arranging seating etc. all without any aggravation! When I have called with questions the customer service is top notch. We will definitely be booking with Gate 1 again. Thank you!Jean T. Rocky Point, NY
The trip was great! We really enjoyed All three cities, Barcelona in particular was really nice and Rome is always a great time. It was neat to see Paris too and the tour of the Louvre was incredible, really enjoyed seeing that city at night.Cameron T. Dallas, TX
Italy, and France was amazing. The hotels were great, food and all the attractions we got to visit. We've told so many people about how inexpensive and well worth this trip was. We travel a lot, so this is probably one of the vacations we've taken thus far.Trevarus W. Katy, TX
It was great. I loved every moment. The hotel & flight was comfortable. Everything was handled accordingly to Gate 1 travel arrangements & I can't wait to use Gate 1 Travel for future trips!Brittney W. Baltimore, MD
The BEST experience ever!! the Transfers was there on time and polite...the tour guides very informative and the hotel great hospitality definitely considering another trip soonTyeesh F. Trenton, NJ
Our trip was fantastic. Jenny our tour guide was amazing. France is a wonderful place to visit and Gate 1 makes it so easy as they handle all logistics flawlessly. I will recommend Gate 1 to all my friends.Craig C. Garrison, NY
My trip to France was great and enjoyable, and our guide was great. She was very knowledgeable and very helpful with everything. One of the best guides I've had on my trips. Thank you very much with your help in setting up my trip.Lupe L. Albuquerque, NM
I had a wonderful time. I joined some family members on the tour of Northern France and it exceeded expectations. Craig was our guide and I can't say enough good things about him. He was organized, incredibly helpful and courteous. He was well prepared and very knowledgable. I would definitely consider using Gate1 again.Lauri L. Columbus, OH
It was a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed Paris and all the places we went. The hotels were good and the tour guide, Patrick was knowledgeable and hospitable. The restaurants and wine tastings were superb. We met congenial people on the tour.Donald M. Columbia, MD
Our trip was fantastic. We loved walking the battle grounds in Normandy. It was a very moving experience. Being on Omaha Beach was earth shattering. Our guide, Craig, was one of the best guides we have ever had with our ten trips with Gate 1.Francis S. Summerville, SC
The trip was wonderful. Our guide Edo was informative, pleasant and fun. Our driver, Yennis was awesome. We truly enjoyed the tour and it has inspired us to begin planning another trip to France.Susan C. Hoover, AL
We were very happy with our tour to Paris/Loire Valley and Normandy. Representatives at the airport were waiting for us when we arrived to take us to our hotel. All three hotels visited throughout our trip were extremely nice, clean and in the heart of where we were visiting. All meals provided by Gate 1 were both very good and in wonderful restaurants, especially our final meal as a group where we had an excellent meal with entertainment to end our tour with our other tour members. However what really makes a trip memorable is your tour guide and we had one of the best with Jennie. In our many travels, she was the best time manager we have ever experienced getting us to the tour sites with no waiting, beating the crowds and still allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the sites. She was extremely knowledgeable on site histories and had a wonderful sense of what was important to the group, this was especially evident when in Normandy making sure we visited the areas that our veterans met with such opposition during the landings. In addition to being a wonderful tour guide, she was wonderful assisting us in any questions, reservations or logistics that we had when on our personal time. All in all, Gate 1 did a great job and we would not hesitate taking more trips with your company.Sharon G. The Villages, FL