Treasures of France & the Douro

Accommodation Breakfast Cruise Escorted Tours Fly Package

17 Nights from $ Per Person

Trafalgar

  Fly Cruise

  France & Douro River

  17 Nights

  PAMBLAQ


Description

Voyage through vineyards and valleys, as you soak up France’s rich history and heritage

Visit Joan of Arc's Rouen, the D-Day landing beaches at Omaha and Juno and marvel at the masterpieces of France's châteaux, before visiting vibrant Paris and soaking up its joie de vivre.

Immerse yourself in the festive and warm atmosphere of Portugal and Spain where you will discover a unique way of life. You will visit Porto, a subtle mixture of modernity and history famous for its wine, or Salamanca and its cathedral, Spain's "golden city". It has a rich architectural, religious and gastronomic culture.


Your Fly, Tour & Cruise package includes:

  • Economy class flights from Sydney to Paris, returning from Porto
  • 7 night Treasures of France including Normandy guided holiday with Trafalgar
  • Includes 7 nights accommodation,select meals and sightseeing options + more
  • 2 nights accommodation in Paris including breakfast
  • Economy class flight from Paris to Porto
  • 1 night accommodation in Porto including breakfast
  • 7 night Porto, the Douro Valley river cruise onboard ms Gil Eanes
  • Includes refined French cuisine + drinks included with meals and at the bar, selection of shore excursions, Free Wi-Fi in lounge & bar + more
  • Port charges & airline taxes

Extend your flights and stay longer - talk to our travel experts about more options


 Trafalgar guided holiday itinerary & highlights:

Connect with locals

  • Walk among the wild hyacinths in the beautiful gardens of the 17th-century Château d'Éporcé, enjoy a delicious 'Be My Guest' home-cooked dishes created by the resident culinary expert, Lydia. (Day 5)

Dive into Culture

  • Explore the 11th-century Bayeaux Tapestry telling the story of Norman conquests and the Battle of Hastings so many centuries ago. (Day 2)

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley

Sightseeing highlights:

  • ORIENTATION of Paris, Bayeux and the Loire Valley
  • VISIT the town of Rouen, Honfleur, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha and Juno, the monastery of Mont St. Michel, and the Châteaux of Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord
  • VIEW the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Date

Itinerary

25 Jul 20

Arrive Paris

Bienvenue! The 'City of Lights' welcomes you as you prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through France. Join your fellow travellers and Travel Director this evening for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive to admire the glittering cityscape of Paris - past grand boulevards and iconic sites like the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe.  Hotel: Evergreen Laurel. Meals - Welcome Reception

26 Jul 20

Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Bayeux - Normandy Beaches 

This morning, we depart Paris and venture to the city of Rouen, the tragic site where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. We travel to the enchanting harbour town of Honfleur - its narrow lanes and colourful shopfronts have long attracted artists who have immortalised its beauty on canvas. Arriving in Bayeux, we visit the Tapestry Museum. Here you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and see the Bayeux Tapestry, depicting events before and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This evening, we dine at our hotel.  Hotel:  Mercure Omaha Beach.  Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

27 Jul 20

Full day Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha Beach and Juno Beach

We begin the day visiting the American Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives on the D-Day Landing Beaches of Omaha imagining the sense of terror and triumph felt the fateful day that Allied forces set foot on mainland Europe. We stop for lunch in the seaside setting of Arromanches, once at the heart of the Normandy landings, before visiting the D-Day Museum to learn about the artificial harbour used by the Allies. Finish the day on the beaches of Juno, where the Canadian forces came ashore in 1944.  Hotel: Mercure Omaha Beach.  Meals: Breakfast

28 Jul 20

Normandy Beaches – Mont St. Michel

This morning, travel to the fortified island town of Mont St. Michel. Here we'll join a 'Local Specialist' for a tour of Mont St. Michel's medieval Benedictine Abbey. Legend has it, the abbey was built after the Archangel Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches inspiring him to build a church atop the island. Consider an Optional Experience to the historic walled port city of Saint-Malo, once the home of famous French explorer, Jacques Cartier.  Hotel:  Le Relais du Roy.  Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

29 Jul 20

Mont St. Michel – Loire Valley

Journey through the scenic countryside, stopping to 'Connect With Locals' over a light 'Be My Guest' meal with wine at a 17th-century château set within beautiful gardens. We journey to the Loire Valley, where we will spend the next two nights.  Hotel: Novotel Amboise. Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest.

30 Jul 20

Châteaux Excursion

We spend our day admiring the beautiful châteaux of the Loire Valley and join a 'Local Specialist' for a visit to the Amboise Royal Château. It is here that King François I hosted Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb now lies in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert adjoining the château. We continue with a visit to Chenonceau, built on the Cher River. The château is often referred to as the Ladies Castle, due to the many women who influenced its construction and development. Today it contains priceless collections, including Renaissance furniture, tapestries and masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto. Hotel: Novotel Amboise. Meals:  Breakfast

31 Jul 20

Loire Valley – Chambord – Paris

Our first stop today is the royal Château de Chambord of King François I, regarded as one of the world's most remarkable châteaux, with its exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture and decorative moat. We journey back to Paris this afternoon and spend the rest of our day in the 'City of Lights' with free time to take in some of the sights. Celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends this evening at a Farewell Dinner with local wines at a Parisian bistro. Hotel: Renaissance La Défense. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

01 Aug 20

Depart Paris

For now it's time to say a fond au revoir to France and your fellow travellers at the end of a memorable trip.  Meal:  Breakfast

 

Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca River Cruise

Cruise Highlights

  • Intoxicating getaway between vineyards and the river
  • Heritage, flavors, dances and traditional songs
  • Fado, flamenco, and traditional evenings on board

Date

Itinerary

04 Aug 20

Porto

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, join us on an optional excursion by coach for both packages: Tour of Porto "by night".

05 Aug 20

Porto – Optional Excursion & Free Day

Join us for the optional excursions proposed : CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum. The afternoon is free to do as you please, or you can ask to be dropped off to the city center via rabelo boat. We'll return on board for dinner and an evening of Fado entertainment.

06 Aug 20

Porto – Regua

Join us for the optional excursions proposed : CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes. DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River. The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through Regua by night on your own.

07 Aug 20

Regua – Vega De Terron

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real. The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

08 Aug 20

Barca D’Alva – Salamanca

Join us for the optional excursions proposed : CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral. DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca's old town by bike. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

09 Aug 20

Barca D’Alva – Ferradosa – Pinhao

The morning will be spent cruising. Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Discover the Porto wines, including tasting*. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening.

10 Aug 20

Pinhao – Porto

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Lamego. The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

11 Aug 20

Porto Departure

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy/travel, unless otherwise stated. Prices/Offers are correct at the time of distribution. Full travel supplier booking conditions apply.

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the best available at the time.  Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 29 November 2019 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

 

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