Grand Circle Travel France

Throughout France there is a vast array of activities and experiences waiting to be uncovered. From the majestic peaks of the Alps in the east to the stunning coastline of the Atlantic in the west, France’s attractions are endless. But one of the most exhilarating and rewarding ways to explore France is to take a Grand Circle Tour, a voyage that will carry you through some of France’s best known regions and cities.
Grand Circle Tour (GCT) is a guided tour of France created by Cox & Kings, which focuses on immersive experiences across the country. This means travellers can expect to go beyond the iconic sights and explore the country’s more culturally and historically significant destinations, culminating in a journey of personal discovery and enrichment.

What to Expect in GCT?

During the tour, an experienced Cox & Kings tour manager will lead a group of 12 or fewer guests. Through lectures, insightful group conversations and immersive activities, guests will gain a better understanding of the culture, history and people of France. The itinerary is dynamic and ever-changing, allowing guests to detour into small towns, off-the-beaten-path markets and sites they would likely not come across on their own.
The itinerary includes activities such as wine-tastings, visits to local food markets, guided tours of select monuments or châteaux, and performances by incredible musicians, performers and chefs. The tour manager also has plenty of tricks up their sleeves, like a private cruise on the Seine or a lunchtime picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower.

How GCT Helps Tourists?

Grand Circle Tour is a multi-generational experience, designed to cater to all ages. Kids will particularly enjoy the interesting lectures and behind-the-scenes book readings. It is an excellent way for families to travel together and explore off-the-beaten-path attractions without the stress of planning.
The tour is perfect for those looking for a hassle-free vacation, as it is all-inclusive. GCT covers the cost of lodging, meals, day excursions and certain activities, so there are no surprises or hidden costs. The tour even includes a cancellation fee, meaning guests who book in advance are assured a full refund.

The Drawbacks of a GCT

On the downside, those who choose to take a Grand Circle Tour may find that there is not a lot of flexibility. With a pre-determined itinerary, guests may not have the opportunity to stay longer in certain cities or visit more sites. The pace of the tour can also be challenging, especially for visitors who are used to travelling solo.
The tour may also not be suitable for travellers who are looking for a more traditional “Do-It-Yourself” vacation, as the tour manager is always present and actively involved in leading the group. As such, some travellers may find the tour to be too structured or “touristy”.

A final thought

A Grand Circle Tour is an excellent way to discover the hidden mysteries and beauty of France in a relatively short amount of time. While it may not be suitable for everyone, it could be the perfect holiday for those who are looking for a stress-free, all-inclusive experience and want to learn more about France away from the crowds.

Karen Shane

Karen T. Shane is an accomplished writer and traveler with a special passion for France. She has lived in France for many years and has explored the country extensively. Karen is passionate about sharing the cultural richness of France with her readers and helping them to gain a deeper understanding of the country and its people.

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