Paris and the (Arc de Triomphe). 5 days

There’s nothing we can add to the millions of words already written about the French capital except to say that the city has pleased our clients since we first ran a tour there in 1966. There’s something new every time you visit and we hope this trip will prove no exception. We’re  visiting when one of the world’s most famous horse races, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place. Even if you are not  interested in racing this is a world class event that doesn’t cost the earth and is a brilliant and colourful spectacle, worth attending at least once in your lifetime.  Apart from the race itself, this is an opportunity to spend time in this beautiful city.

We leave the West in the late afternoon on Thursday and drive to Portsmouth to catch the overnight sailing to Caen. A 2-berth cabin is provided.

We reach France early on Friday and set off eastwards by way of Évruex and Dreux and eventually we arrive at Versailles where we’ll make a short break for sightseeing. In due course we continue into Paris and just over the Seine we check into our hotel for the next three nights. Dinner at the hotel is provided this evening.

On Saturday we will make a windscreen tour of the city and touch as many of its highlights as we can fit in during the time available – Champs Elysées-Arc de Triomphe-Eiffel Tower-Les Invalides-Notre Dame. We return to the hotel and the evening is now free to continue exploring Paris.

The big race is on Sunday and it’s a short walk by the side of the Seine to Longchamps Racecourse. Basic entrance tickets are included but you can pay extra once inside to transfer to higher grade facilities such as the French equivalent of Tattersall’s etc. The day is yours to enjoy the event or, if you prefer, to continue exploring Paris at your own pace.

We leave the hotel on Monday and our journey takes us westwards via Chartres, Rennes and into Brittany where we catch the 1500 ferry to Plymouth. This arrives at 2010.

Departure date

September 29thTBA
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(The cost includes: travel by executive coach; ferry crossings with cabin on the outward sailing; three nights B & B accommodation at a 3* hotel; one dinner at the hotel; entrance to Longchamps; the excursions described; Tour Escort.)


Pick up point Millbay Docks, Plymouth