ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With Valentine's Day upon us, people across the country are trying to find the perfect present for the one they love the most. Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com) offers the gift of travel, with six Regional trips that head to France, home to the City of Love. With unique and authentic Insider Experiences that travelers can't get anywhere else, Trafalgar's France trips focus on wining and dining with locals and exploring the incredible hidden gems that the country has to offer.
"France has been a long-time favorite destination for European travels," says President Paul Wiseman, "With six in-depth trips to France, and over 20 multi-country vacations that feature stays in Paris, travelers have abundant itinerary options and travel styles to choose from when traveling with Trafalgar."
Trafalgar is also offering limited-time savings with an Early Payment Discount, now giving travelers up to 7.5% off the cost of any 2013 Europe summer trip if booked and paid in full by February 28, 2013.* The Early Payment Discount offer can also be combined with Trafalgar's 5% past guest discount for total savings of up to $830 per couple on France trips.**
Paris & Provence
12 days starting at $3,225°
Book by 02/28/13 to save up to $514 per couple*
Travelers can take it easy on the 12-day Paris & Provence trip, which is part of Trafalgar's relaxed-paced At Leisure collection. Guests will enjoy three nights in Paris and Nice, plus two nights each in Aix-en-Provence and Nimes. After a day of sightseeing in Paris with a Local Guide that includes Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, guests will have a day at leisure to explore the city on their own before hopping aboard a relaxing high-speed TGV train headed to Avignon. In Aix-en-Provence, travelers enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch of local dishes in an 18th-century stone country house at a family-run winery. In Nimes, guests take a day trip to the St. Remy Provence Market, where they will interact with the locals and purchase produce to take to a nearby restaurant for a cooking class to prepare their own delicious lunch!
10 days starting at $2,450°
Book by 02/28/13 to save up to $378 per couple*
On the 10-day Wonderful France trip, travelers visit the country's most beautiful cities lining the coast in the South. With a start in romantic Paris for two nights, then a high-speed train trip to Avignon for a night, guests will continue on with a night in Aix-en-Provence, two in Nice and one in Lyon before a final stay in the City of Love, Paris. They'll also make day stops in Monaco, Cannes, St. Tropez and Arles. In Paris, guests join a Local Guide who takes them to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, then on to see all the great sights including Place de la Concorde and the Champs Élysées. In Arles, guests are treated to an exclusive Be My Guest dinner at a rustic family-owned restaurant, where they'll enjoy a meal of regional foods cooked in a wood-fired oven. The romance continues as Trafalgar guests set off on a boat cruise from luxurious St. Tropez to Ste. Maxime, after which they'll then head to Cannes to see where the world's biggest celebrities gather every year for the famous film festival.
Insider Hot Spots:
To give travelers the most authentic experience possible, Trafalgar's French Travel Director, Jonathan Holburn, shares his favorite hot spots around his home of Paris:
Chartier, 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
"Founded in 1896 with a simple concept: provide a decent meal for a reasonable price with good service. With main dishes at around 10 euros, it's hard to find argument with that concept. It is a true Parisian institution, but you can't make a reservation - you just have to get in line with the rest of us!"
Café L'Epicerie, 30 Rue Montorgueil
"If you want to see real Parisians in action, this pedestrianized street and outdoor market is a hive of activity. It's lined with fruit and vegetable markets, fish merchants, bakers, flower stalls and fabulous cafés like the Café L'Epicerie, which is a great spot to linger for lunch."
Angelina's, 226 rue de Rivoli
"One of the most stunning interiors of any establishment in Paris, Angelina's is always packed with a mix of Parisian shoppers, European and non-European visitors and, of course, the beautiful people to match the beautiful decor. Don't miss their 'Mont Blanc' signature patisserie - a combination of meringue, light cream and chestnut cream. The Austrian patissier seems to know how to get people coming back for more - they sell up to 600 of them a day!"
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*Save up to 7.5% when you book a 2013 Europe summer vacation with full payment by February 28, 2013. Offer is only applicable to Europe trips featured in Trafalgar's 2013 First Class Europe & Britain, CostSaver, At Leisure, & Family Experience brochures. Valid on NEW bookings only. Early Payment Discount savings will vary by itinerary and is not valid on all vacations and/or departure dates (blackout dates may apply) - visit www.trafalgar.com for valid dates and savings amounts. Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable. Discount is not combinable with other promotions and limited-time offers. Subject to availability and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. **Sample savings based on 7.5% Early Payment Discount combined with 5% past guest discount on 06/19/13 departure of Paris & Provence when paid in full by 02/28/13. °Prices are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. CST #2077132-20.
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