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Le Grand Debut Tour

Le Grand Debut - The Great Start! Get your Rugby World Cup 2023 Experience off to a flying start with our 11 Day Escorted Tour, featuring the best 4 matches of the first 2 weekends of Rugby World Cup. Your Host for the Tour is former Wallaby and Western Force Hooker, Nathan Charles, now serving as GM at Sydney University Rugby Club.

The Opening Ceremony and match between hosts France and regular contenders, New Zealand’s All Blacks, is the most eagerly anticipated of match ups. A capacity, Friday night crowd at Stade de France is going to be an unforgettable atmosphere and experience.

Matches Included:

• France vs New Zealand (Category 2)
• Australia vs Georgia (Category 2)
• South Africa vs Scotland (Category 4)
• Australia vs Fiji (Category 3)

Tour Dates:
Thursday, 7 September to Monday, 18 September 2023

Tour Duration:
12 days, 10 nights

Tour Start City:
Paris

Tour Conclusion City:
Lyon

Tour Highlights

Final in Paris

Opening Ceremony

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Day excursion to Monaco

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Visit to Clermont Rugby Club

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Seine River cruise

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: THURSDAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2023
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Eleven (11) nights’ accommodation Upon arrival into Charles De Gaulle Airport, be transferred to your hotel for check- in. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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DAY 2: FRIDAY 08 SEPTEMBER - PARIS

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning followed by a guided Paris sightseeing tour that features the Arc de Triomphe, les Champs-Elysees, and a visit to the Courtyard of Les Invalides. This afternoon will be at leisure.

This evening, transfer via coach to Stade de France, Saint-Denis for the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony and the first match, France vs New Zealand in Category 2 seating. Game start time 9:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

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DAY 3: SATURDAY 09 SEPTEMBER – PARIS

In the morning enjoy a Seine River cruise and see some of Paris’s iconic landmarks, followed by a visit to Montmartre to see the white-domed basilica that overlooks the artistic heart of Paris. Included is a trip up the 130m hill on the little train.

This evening, transfer via coach to Stade de France, Saint-Denis for the first Pool C match, Australia vs Europe 1 in Category 2 seating. Game start time 6:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

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DAY 4: SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
PARIS – MARSEILLE

After breakfast have some time in Paris, before boarding the TGV Train to Marseille.

Once there you will enjoy a 3 courses pre-match meal in a brasserie in Marseille Town Centre including 1/3 wine.

Metro transfers to Stade Vélodrome, Marseille for the Pool B match, South Africa vs Scotland in Category 4 seating. Game start time 17:45 pm. After the match, you can use your metro pass back to the hotel. (B) (L)

MARSEILLE

DAY 5: MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
MARSEILLE - FRENCH RIVIERA

This morning’s city tour with a local guide visits the neo-byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, spectacularly located on a limestone outcrop near the Old Port on the foundations of an ancient fort.

We will then enjoy wine tasting in a wine bistro.

Next, take a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast to the French Riviera. (B)

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DAY 6:  TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
FRENCH RIVIERA; EXCURSION TO MONACO

Enjoy today soaking up the sun by the seaside. This afternoon, continue along the coastline of the glittering Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the tiny Principality of Monaco, built on a rocky peninsula, and famed for its nightlife.

Later, join a local guide to see the palace and royal church of Monaco town, have dinner, and try your luck at the Monte Carlo Casino. Return to your French Riviera hotel. (B,D)

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DAY 7: WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
FRENCH RIVIERA – AIX-EN- PROVENCE

Have time this morning before travelling to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cezanne and has always attracted artists from around the world. Join a local guide for a pleasant walk to the Market Square and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau.

Have some free time before enjoying a picnic lunch in a local vineyard and a petanques (bocce ball) tournament.

Return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

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DAY 8: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
AIX-EN-PROVENCE AVIGNON – LYON

Today travel to Lyon, first stopping in Avignon with time for lunch. Arrive in Lyon where you will spend the next 4 nights. (B) back to the hotel. (B)

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DAY 9: FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
LYON

Today is at leisure so go at your own pace and relax or explore as you choose. (B)

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DAY 10:  SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
LYON ; EXCURSION TO CLERMONT

Today travel to Clermont to visit the Clermont Rugby training facility with time for lunch. This afternoon you will return to Lyon. (B) (L)

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DAY 11: SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
LYON

After breakfast have some time in Today is at leisure so go at your own pace and relax or explore as you choose. This evening, Travel to Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne, for the Pool C match Australia vs Fiji in Category 3 seating. Game time starts at 5:45pm. (B)

 

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DAY 12:  MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
LYON

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning and a group transfer to the airport in Lyon. (B)

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Prices

Land Only

$9399 per person $2,800 AUD

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Important information

 

  • All escorted tour information is correct at 07 April 2021
  • Airport transfers will not be provided as a part of your package.
  • Please note all escorted tour itineraries and inclusions are subject to change for reasons that may be beyond our control. Should a change to the itinerary and inclusions be required, we will endeavour to provide a replacement of similar standard and price.
  • Minimum and maximum traveller numbers apply to escorted tours. A tour may be cancelled if the number of travellers is less than the minimum number of travellers required. French Attitude 2023 reserves the right to cancel an escorted tour due to unforeseen circumstances or not meeting minimum traveller numbers. A full refund or transfer to another guaranteed escorted tour and/or package will be available.