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Discover the unparalleled allure of France on this 13 day excursion through
dazzling metropolitan streets and meandering country lanes.

Arriving in Paris, the City of Light, the explorations begin amidst abundant
restaurants, unrivaled museums, and ambling arrondissements.

From here, you traverse the idyllic back roads of Normandy and Brittany;
immersing you in the sights, flavours, and settings that have inspired
countless generations of artists, chefs, and lovers.

Discover picturesque gardens that were Monet’s muse; ancient monasteries
housing precious relics; quaint villages; exquisite vineyards; iconic chateaux;
and more.

Your adventure culminates where it began: with one final night among the
twinkling lights and exquisite delights of Paris.

How to Enter:

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at 5pm PST to be automatically entered to win.

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  • No purchase necessary
  • Open to BC residents 19 years of age or older

See Official Contest Rules for more details.

Grand Prize Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare Vancouver-Paris for two
  • 3 nights in Paris
  • 8 day guided small group tour
  • Accommodations and meals for two as outlined in the itinerary
  • Admission to all attractions
  • $1000 spending money

See Detailed Itinerary for tour inclusions and exclusions.

Trip Highlights

Trip dates: May 19 – 31, 2018

See Detailed Itinerary for more information.

Travel days (2) Fly Vancouver – Paris
Pre-tour Explore Paris on your own.
Day 1 Tour starts.
Monet’s colourful house & garden
at Giverny.
Seaside resort at Trouville.
Day 2 Livarot.
Route de Cidre to beautiful
Cider & Calvados tasting.

Day 3 Normandy Beaches.
Historic site of the 1944 D-Day Landings.
American War Cemetery at
Day 4 Crepon.
Bayeux tapestry.
An enchanting visit to Mont St. Michel.
A charm filled evening in Dinan.
Day 5 Drink in the Breton culture with
a day to yourself in Dinan.
Day 6 Enter the castle-rich Loire Valley.
Visit Angers, the medieval stronghold
of the Plantagenet Kings.
Dinner in Chinon.

Day 7 Tour beautiful Château de Villandry.
Enjoy a glass or two of France’s finest at a regional winery.
Day 8 Gardens and museum at the
Château de Chenonceau.
Dinner and overnight in the stately surrounds of our own Loire Valley château.
Day 9 The celebrated cathedral of Chartres.
Bon soir Paris! Your final evening is on your own in the City of Light.
Fly home Au revoir France!
Fly Paris to Vancouver.

All dates, locations and attractions are subject to change at the discretion of the Tour Operator.

Detailed Itinerary

Trip Dates: May 19 – 31, 2018 (Subject to Change)
Trip Length: 13 days including Paris and travel days

Enjoy two nights on your own in this elegant and captivating metropolis to drink in the culture, history and joie de vivre that is Paris. City tours, museums, galleries and cafes are at your doorstep so set your own pace to experience Paris exactly the way you want to.

Meals: On Your Own
Hotel: Victor Hugo Hotel

Our first impressions of France are formed in Giverny, Normandy at the home of one of the world’s most celebrated artists – Claude Monet. The vivid colours in every room paint a picture of his life and the gardens outside are brimming with every shade of flower. We carry that image with us all the way to Trouville. The town is a seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie and boasts a long sandy beach, historical markets and is our home for the next two nights.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel: Hotel Des Loges

On the menu today is a journey on the road less travelled to Livarot where we have free time to relax. We will track the Route du Cidre towards Beuvron-en-Auge, voted one of the most beautiful villages in all of France. From cool, crisp ciders to heady, amber-hued calvados, it’s here that we pause to taste the fruits of the region’s orchards – a delicious end to our day.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Diderot

We turn our attentions to the windswept shoreline of the Normandy Beaches, where we stand at the sites of the D-Day Landings of 1944. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to pay a poignant visit to the American War Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Ferme de la Ranconniere

Time to unfold another layer of Normandy history this morning with a trip to see the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. That afternoon, we drive on to enchanting Mont St Michel, crossing the tidal causeway to wander the buzzing island village. To top off a charm-filled day, we spend this evening in Dinan.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Le D'Avaugour

With a whole day to yourself in Dinan, you can really get under the skin of this Gallic gem.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Hotel Le D'Avaugour

We’re deep into fairytale territory when we travel towards the Loire Valley, a landscape whose skyline is peppered with the turrets of castles. Our first port of call is Angers, once the medieval stronghold of the Plantagenet kings and later, we move on to Chinon where dinner at a local restaurant awaits.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Hotel Diderot

Our first château of the tour is the last of Loire’s greats: Château de Villandry. Taking in so much beauty is thirsty work, so on our way back to Chinon we enjoy a detour at a regional winery and linger over a glass or two.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Hotel Diderot

Château de Chenonceau gives us the opportunity to stroll through manicured gardens and explore the fascinating museum. While at our own château, deep in the heart of the Loire Valley, we turn into lords and ladies of the manor with a night spent in stately surrounds – but not before a guided tour of the gardens and an indulgent farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

A fitting finale to our tour is a visit to the celebrated cathedral of Chartres, believed to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and a beautiful image to take back to Paris where we say “au revoir”.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Victor Hugo Hotel (Paris)

Au Revoir France!


  • 3 nights Paris accommodation
  • Airport transfers in Paris
  • 8 nights on tour in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation (max 15 people)
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Cider and calvados sampling
  • A garden tour of Château de la Bourdaisière
  • Entrance admission included to: Monet’s House and Garden at Giverny, Château d’Angers, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, Château de Villandry, Château de Chartres and Château de Chenonceau.

Please see Official Contest Rules for Detailed Exclusions.

For the most up to date itinerary please see Goway Travel.

La Belle France Official Contest Rules

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*This tour is operated by Goway Travel.