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Pool 3 Game Tour – France and Monaco

Follow Australia around France, experiencing the charged atmosphere of the games while also seeing some of the most iconic sites of the country and having the opportunity to sample classic French culture and incredible food and wine experiences.

Matches Included:

08 Sep: Paris, Stade de France – France v New Zealand
09 Sep: Paris, Stade de France – Australia v Europe 1
15 Sep: Toulouse, Stadium de Toulouse – New Zealand v Africa 1
17 Sep: Saint-Etienne, Stade Geoffroy Guichard – Australia v Fiji
21 Sep: Marseille, Stade Velodrome – France v Africa 1
24 Sep: Lyon, Parc OL – Wales v Australia

Tour Dates:
Thursday 07 September to Monday 25 September 2023

Tour Duration:
18 nights/19 days

Tour Start City:
Paris

Tour Conclusion City:
Lyon

Tour Highlights

The Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Explore the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley

Watch 4 rugby matches

France v New Zealand

Tour highlights

Monte Carlo

Trip Itinerary

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

Tonight, join your Tour Director for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

 

Tour one - Day 1

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. Game start time 9:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

 

Tour one - Day 2

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. Game start time 6:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

Tour one - Day 3

DAY 4: SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
PARIS – VERSAILLE – LOIRE VALLEY

Today we head out of Paris and stop at a world heritage site, the Palace and gardens of Versailles, built by the "Sun King," Louis XIV. Explore the halls, ballrooms and sprawling landscaping of this Royal residence. Continue to the Loire Valley for an afternoon free to relax. You may wish to sample traditional cuisine at a local restaurant. (B)

Tour one - Day 4

DAY 5: MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
LOIRE VALLEY

A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, Chateau Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century chateau of Catherine de Medici, lovely Chenonceau. End this fascinating day with a wine tasting at the Pere Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines and enjoy lunch by the vineyard. (B,L)

Tour one - Day 5

DAY 6: TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
LOIRE VALLEY - BORDEAUX

Transfer to Bordeaux. Join your Tour Director for a walking tour through this elegant city on the Garonne River. Tonight, savour dinner at the well-known Brasserie Bordelaise restaurant. (B,D)

Tour one - Day 6

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
BORDEAUX

Today, enjoy a free morning in Bordeaux. We will then travel to the charming village of Saint Emilion and enjoy some free time for lunch. Transfer to the Chateau Franc-Mayne, which is owned by Thomas Savare, the former President of the Paris Rugby Club for a fabulous visit of prestigious Bordeaux wine cellars and tasting. (B)

Tour one - Day 7

DAY 8: THURSDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
BORDEAUX – ARCACHON – DUNE DU PILAT - TOULOUSE

Stop in the seaside town of Arcachon, famous for oyster harvesting, and marvel at the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe. This afternoon arrive in Toulouse and enjoy time to explore on you own. (B)

Tour one - Day 8

DAY 9: FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
TOULOUSE

Today is at leisure so go at your own pace and relax or explore as you choose. This evening be transferred to Stadium de Toulouse for Pool A game, New Zealand vs Africa 1. Game start time 9:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

Tour one - Day 9

DAY 10: SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
TOULOUSE – CARCASSONNE – NIMES

Before departing, take a walking tour around the city with your Tour Director to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Next is the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements and city walls before continuing to Nimes. (B)

Tour one - Day 10

DAY 11: SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
NIMES – PONT DU GARD – AVIGNON - ST. ETIENNE – LYON

At Pont du Gard, marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in 19 BC and then continue to Avignon for lunch. Travelling north to Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne, for the Pool C match Australia vs Fiji. Game time starts at 5:45pm. After the game be transferred to your accommodation in nearby Lyon. (B)

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DAY 12: MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
LYON – AVIGNON – AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Avignon, a walled town on the Rhone River, became the residence of the popes in the 14th century. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colourful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy. You will have free time for lunch. Next is the pleasant town of Aix-en- Provence. It is one of France's most elegant cities; it was the birthplace of painter Cezanne and has always attracted artists from around the world. Join your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to the Market Square and wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau. (B)

DAY 13: TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
AIX-EN-PROVENCE – MONTE CARLO, MONACO

Turn to 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. (B,D)

Tour one - Day 12
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DAY 14: WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
MONTE CARLO; EXCURSION TO EZE, FRANCE

This morning enjoy a scenic drive with spectacular views which brings you to Eze, where a unique highlight awaits. Visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and create your own fragrance. Afterwards enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Tour 2

DAY 15: THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
MONTE CARLO - MARSEILLE

After breakfast at the hotel depart for the busy seaport of Marseilles. Upon arrival meet our local guide for a city tour which 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. This evening, transfer via coach to Stade Velodrome, Marseille for the match, France vs Africa 1. Game start time 9:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

Tour 2

DAY 16: FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
MARSEILLE - CARCASSONNE

Return to the beautifully preserved, medieval town of Carcassonne. Enjoy free time or a leisurely walk by the ancient battlements and city walls with your Tour director. (B)

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DAY 17: SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
CARCASSONNE – LYON AREA

Today head back to Lyon to enjoy an evening Gala dinner organised by French Attitude 2023 to celebrate the Rugby World Cup. Return transfers are included. (B)

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DAY 18: SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
LYON AREA

Sit back and relax during a private cruise on the Rhone and Saone Rivers with a local guide, who will explain the sights. Time to walk through old Lyon to discover the Traboules, secret, hidden passageways winding their way through buildings and along staircases, with a history going back to the 4th century. This evening, transfer via coach to Parc OL, Lyon for the match, Wales vs Australia. Game start time 9:00 pm. After the match, the coach will transfer you back to the hotel. (B)

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DAY 19: MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
LYON

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Prices

Retail Price

$13,915 AUD On request $13,725 AUD On request $17,065 AUD On request

Land Only Retail Price

$11,315 AUD On request $11,125 AUD On request $14,465 AUD On request

Ticket Upgrade Options: All Matches

Category 3 $533 AUD
Category 2 $1561 AUD
Category 1 $2863 AUD

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Importnt information

  • All escorted tour information is correct at 07 April 2021
  • ^ Compulsory pre-paid airfare taxes are subject to change until full payment has been received and airline tickets have been issued by this office. International airline tickets can only be issued a maximum eleven months prior to departure. Australia to France return taxes are correct as at 07 April 2021, estimated at $400 per person.
  • ^^ Return arrival and departure airport coach transfers are included in all Escorted Tour programs to and from the city where the first and last night's accommodation is located however flights must be booked through French Attitude 2023. There will be one arrival and departure transfer time available for each tour therefore should your flight not meet these times, you will be required to make your own way to and from the hotel. Should you choose to change your arrival or departure dates or book your own flights to and from France, 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.