Join Chelsea Winter on a special guided holiday of France
We invite you to join Chelsea Winter, celebrity chef and dedicated foodie, on this specially created guided holiday of France, departing 24 August 2018.
Pop the cork for a sparkling encounter with Paris and travel to the most charming villages France has to offer.
Journey through the romantic Loire Valley to a healthy helping of Bordeaux, to Carcassonne with its enchanting city walls, marvelling at Avignon’s famous bridge and meandering along Pont du Gard. Soak up the glamour of Monaco before a final fling in Milan, the world’s fashion and design capital.
- Economy class return airfares with Singapore Airlines. Opportunity to upgrade to Premium Economy and Business Class (limited seats on Singapore Airlines).
- Singapore stopover for one night, including half day sightseeing.
- 15 night Trafalgar custom-made itinerary travelling through France and into Northern Italy staying in hand-picked 4 star hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities.
- “Be My Guest” (BMG) highlight meals in the Loire Valley including wine tasting at a picturesque 17th century chateau and in a converted historical mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.
- Buffet breakfasts daily (16).
- Lunches in Paris and Aix en Provence.
- Three course dinners (10) in local restaurants and hotels including a welcome and farewell dinner.
- Services of an expert Trafalgar Travel Director in France and Italy.
- Local Specialists in Paris, Giverny, St Malo, Carcassonne, Arles, Milan.
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats. VOX audio system throughout, WiFi on coach (where available).
- Group Airport transfers in Singapore, Paris and Milan.
- Tips and gratuities to the Travel Director and Driver in France and Italy.
- All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling in hotels (one bag only) and hotel tips (excluding Singapore).
- Wallet containing comprehensive travel documents.
Package prices start from $10,990 per person twin share
Limited seats, secure your place now! Terms and conditions apply, please contact us for full details. See below for full itinerary.
Meet at Singapore Airlines Check-in at the Auckland International Airport where we are introduced to Chelsea Winter before boarding our Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. On arrival in Singapore, you are met by an awaiting coach and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a half day city tour. Explore the history, culture and lifestyles of Singapore and enjoy a ride on the Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel which gives you panoramic views of the skyline. At leisure this afternoon you may like to walk along Orchard Road and take in some shopping or visit the timeless and elegant Raffles Hotel and indulge in a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar! Later this evening we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to Paris.
Welcome to Paris, capital of France and the City of Light. After check-in to your hotel – the ideal spot for your exploration of this magnificent city, you can relax or take a stroll in the local neighbourhood. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and dinner in the heart of the city.
This morning after a leisurely start, your Travel Director takes you on a tour of this mesmerising city for views of the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’ oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of the loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Later visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breath-taking views across the city. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Latin Quarter.
Today’s exploration of French culture takes on another dimension as you meet a real Parisian chef for a French cuisine experience including a light lunch. During your Cultural Insight learn some culinary secrets and get to savour your creation. The rest of the day is then yours to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps take a relaxing stroll along the River Seine or enjoy some shopping at Printemps – one of the biggest department stores in the city. Your Travel Director will be there to give you advice. This evening you may wish to consider an Optional Experience to attend a performance at the world-famous Moulin Rouge.
We set off from Paris to Giverny, to visit the beautiful gardens, including impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and garden. From here we continue westbound to Brittany to the port city St Malo – arguably one of the most charming places in France.
With a local specialist we take a walking tour through the maze of streets of Intra Muros, the walled city to the cathedral, the burial sight of several celebrated voyagers. Then enjoy time at leisure walking through the cobbled streets feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.
Meander through the scenic countryside, stopping for a memorable Be My Guest experience including wine tasting and a light meal at a picturesque 17th century chateau set within beautiful gardens. We journey to Tours for our overnight stay.
Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. One of the most remarkable castles ever built, Chenonceau features stunning landscaped gardens and priceless collections of Renaissance furniture, tapestries and art. Later arrive in the classical town of Bordeaux. Built on the River Garonne, this is the world’s major wine industry capital. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. See the sights including the magnificent Esplanade de Quinconces during your orientation.
Enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful countryside and picturesque scenery in the Dordogne region, best known for the enchanting medieval ‘Bastide’ villages. Drive to the renowned wine village of St Emillion, possibly one of the most famous towns with ties to wine production. Back in Bordeaux, we visit La Cite du Vin, a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. Here we taste some local wines.
Arrive in Carcassonne, a walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the double ring of ramparts featuring 52 towers during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.
Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with an inhouse guide. Enjoy a walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Later arrive in Avignon where your orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhone. This bridge inspired the famous French song ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon.
Arrive at St. Rémy de Provence where you have time to explore the food markets and mix with the local people shopping for fresh produce. At Les Baux de Provence one of the most beautiful villages in France, admire the stunning views over Arles and the Camargue. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.
Enjoy time to sightsee this medieval town independently. Then a short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Specialist.
Meandering through the French countryside, we enjoy free time in Aix en Provence for a delicious lunch. Later arrive in the seaside retreat of Nice where an orientation tour will introduce us to this coastal city which has been a favourite among aristocrats for centuries.
This morning enjoy an excursion through splendid seaside scenery, before visiting Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the exquisite casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. This afternoon relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Côte d’Azur. Retreat to the beach with your fellow sun-worshippers, relax at a café overlooking the Bay of Angels or take a stroll along the Promenade.
Travelling along the spectacular coastline of the South of France, we cross the border into Italy and continue via Genoa to Milan. On arrival embrace the glamour during your walking tour of the city with a local specialist. We view the city’s most magnificent sites including the Gothic Cathedral, glass domed Galleria and La Scala Opera House. Later enjoy a farewell dinner, Italian style!
After breakfast we make our way to the airport for our homebound flight to Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
Arrive in Singapore for a transit visit before continuing onto Auckland.