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Grand Tour of France

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Discover the many sides of France.

Travel from the culinary capital of Lyon to the iconic city of Paris, and through the plethora of charming medieval villages and coastal Riviera towns in-between. This grand tour is your chance to eat, drink, and sightsee your way through this dynamic country.

Your tour package includes
  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 10 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Avignon’s Pont Saint-Bénézet
  • Arles
  • Carcassone
  • Bordeaux
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Lyon today.

Lyon2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Lyon
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to France! Spend an afternoon getting to know Lyon on your own before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lyon
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to France’s culinary capital on a tour through Lyon’s UNESCO-recognized city center.

• Take in the Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you pass by the Basilicaof Notre-Dame de Fourvière

• Step inside Lyon Cathedral and walk through centuries-old traboules, or underground passages

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lyon or add an excursion.

Medieval Village of Pérouges
Excursion (additional cost)
Nice2 nights
Day 4: Nice via Avignon
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the countryside toward the French Riviera, stopping to explore the historic Provençal city of Avignon en route to Nice.

• Step onto the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet, the bridge that inspired the French folk tune "On the Bridge of Avignon"

• Stroll through the historic town center, which is surrounded by the city’s original medieval walls

Spend a free evening in Nice or add an excursion.

Evening in Monaco
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Nice
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Nice’s many charms on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Drive along the Promenade des Anglais

• Discover the narrow streets of the Old Town

• Explore the Roman amphitheater

• Wander around the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez

Enjoy a free afternoon in Nice or add an excursion.

Medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Excursion (additional cost)
Montpellier1 night
Day 6: Montpellier via Arles
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way through the Provençal landscapes that influenced the French master painters, stopping in Arles for a walking tour with your Tour Director in the lead.

• Stroll along beautiful boulevards and view the city’s old hospital, where artist Van Gogh stayed

• Enter the Arles Arena, a two-story Roman amphitheater

Then continue on to Montpellier, where you’ll sit down to an included dinner with your group and spend the night.

Bordeaux2 nights
Day 7: Bordeaux via Carcassonne
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, stop in UNESCO-listed Carcassonne, a medieval fortified town. Here, your Tour Director introduces you to the town's unique history on an orientation tour. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore on your own before continuing on to Bordeaux.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bordeaux
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitane region, which is well-known for its wine.

• Stop at the Place des Quinconces

• Drive along the Garonne River, stopping at Place de la Bourse

• Pass the lively hub of the Place de la Comédie and the Grand Théâtre

• Sample local sweets as you go

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bordeaux or add an excursion.

Bordeaux Dinner & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Loire Valley2 nights
Day 9: The Loire Valley via La Rochelle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the Atlantic port city of La Rochelle, home to a charming harbor and medieval towers, and explore with your Tour Director in the lead. Later, arrive in the Loire Valley where you'll sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of the Loire Valley
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know château country on a sightseeing tour today. Step inside the extravagant Château de Chenonceau, where you’ll discover how it got the nickname “Château des Femmes,” and explore its surrounding gardens. Then, continue on to the town of Amboise for free time.

Enjoy a free evening in the Loire Valley or add an excursion.

Loire Valley Dinner & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Normandy2 nights
Day 11: The Normandy Region via Mont-Saint-Michel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to the historic Normandy coastline. Stop for several visits along the way, including a guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel.

• Stop to see the medieval Château de Fougères

• Visit the striking, 8th-century island Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel

• See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 12: Free day in the Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Normandy region or add an excursion.

D-Day Beaches of Normandy
Excursion (additional cost)
Paris2 nights
Day 13: Travel to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to France’s capital city this morning. Once you’re settled in, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Then, join your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Paris

Overflowing with history, art, and romance, there’s nowhere in the world like Paris. People-watch at a cafe, visit the world-class museums, stroll through manicured parks, and let yourself get lost exploring the winding streets of Montmartre.

Paris2 nights
Day 15: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 16: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris.This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Afterward, enjoy more free time in the city or add an excursion.

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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25 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Apr 18–May 2, 2020
Extension available
May 16–May 30, 2020
Extension available
May 30–Jun 13, 2020
Jun 13–Jun 27, 2020
Extension available
Jun 28–Jul 12, 2020
Jul 4–Jul 18, 2020
Extension available
Jul 18–Aug 1, 2020
Aug 8–Aug 22, 2020
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Aug 29–Sep 12, 2020
Sep 12–Sep 26, 2020
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Sep 19–Oct 3, 2020
Oct 10–Oct 24, 2020
Extension available
Nov 14–Nov 28, 2020
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Apr 17–May 1, 2021
May 8–May 22, 2021
May 15–May 29, 2021
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Jun 12–Jun 26, 2021
Jun 26–Jul 10, 2021
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Jul 3–Jul 17, 2021
Aug 7–Aug 21, 2021
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Aug 28–Sep 11, 2021
Sep 4–Sep 18, 2021
Extension available
Sep 25–Oct 9, 2021
Oct 9–Oct 23, 2021
Extension available
Nov 13–Nov 27, 2021
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Incredible Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

An incredible 2 weeks touring all the highlights of France. Our tour guide (Adoram) was unbelievably knowledgeable and a great story teller - conveying the history of the country in an entertaining and engaging manner. Highly recommend this tour for it’s sights, history, great food, and wine!

by 3rd time traveler 

The grand tour of France was terrific. Busy and hectic. Hotels were good and food was O K. The best meal we had was at a restaurant in Nice which we had on our own. The meal provided by GoAhead were good but could have been better. The tour guide was knowledgeable and well versed in history and a...

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by 3rd time traveler 

An absolutely fantastic trip! Outstanding tour director, wonderful bus driver, outstanding accommodations , beautiful sights, etc. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience the beauty and culture of France. Go Ahead Tours is without a doubt the best tour company I have traveled wit...

A whirlwind trip
by 3rd time traveler 

Our trip was amazing. We especially loved our tour director, Franck, who went out of his way for us multiple times! I forgot my bag in a restaurant, no problem, Franck ran out to retrieve it for me. He was always concerned with our safety and showed he really cared about us and our experience in his...

by 3rd time traveler 

The tour director was excellent. Very knowledgeable and helpful. A lot of territory was covered but trip was well paced. I took the trip extension but could have spent an extra week or so in Paris. I thought the two dinner and wine tasting optional tours were overpriced. Also the home hosted ...

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Mercure Grand Hotel Saxe Lafayette

This contemporary hotel is located in the business district of Lyon. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the UNESC...

AC Hotel Nice

This contemporary hotel is located in Promenade des Anglais. Guests enjoy a rooftop terrace, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find Promenade des A...

Crowne Plaza Montpellier Corum

This contemporary hotel is located in Antigone. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, fitness center, and a poolside terrace. Nearby, you'll find the Musée Fa...

Mercure Bordeaux Centre

This contemporary hotel is located in the city center of Bordeaux. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find the historic distri...

Novotel Amboise Hotel

This modern hotel is located in the heart of the Châteaux de la Loire. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, and tennis court. Nearby, you’...

Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

Mercure Montmartre

This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...


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Local weather
Avignon, France
Weather averages
High 96°F Low 70°F
Bordeaux, France
Weather averages
High 91°F Low 65°F
La Rochelle, France
Weather averages
High 80°F Low 68°F
Lyon, France
Weather averages
High 85°F Low 67°F
Montpellier, France
Weather averages
High 84°F Low 71°F
Nice, France
Weather averages
High 82°F Low 76°F
Normandy, France
Weather averages
High 83°F Low 67°F
Paris, France
Weather averages
High 94°F Low 77°F
Toulouse, France
Weather averages
High 93°F Low 66°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and sandy paths, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Lyon and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
  • You will use the euro in France.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.