'Beautiful people' and beautiful racing
Europe's richest horse race is moving home in 2016, from Longchamp to the elegant surroundings of Chantilly racecourse. Join us, alongside the Parisian glitterati and racing enthusiasts from around the world, to enjoy the excitement of this historic event and experience the unmistakable magic of Paris.
Early this morning, our coach will collect you from your prearranged pick-up point as we begin the journey to France. We'll cross the Channel by ferry or Eurotunnel, and should arrive at our hotel by mid evening.
This morning we'll head into the centre of Paris for an included panoramic city tour. Afterwards, explore the glorious French capital yourself or join our optional visit to the Montparnasse Tower. Ride one of the world's fastest lifts to the top, and take in the views from a vantage point that includes the highest panoramic bar in Europe.
Later, you'll have the chance to discover the city's sights from the water, and to explore the Latin Quarter on another optional excursion. Cruise along the Seine, past ornate bridges and Paris's key monuments, and then stroll through the narrow streets past the beautiful buildings, cafes and restaurants of the famous Left Bank.
Enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) before we return to our hotel in the mid evening.
Chantilly, centre of the French horse-racing industry and the new home of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, is our destination today. Chantilly, it's chateau and Great Stables has been a home to horse racing since the 19th Century, and a hunting and riding centre far longer than that.
The race itself attracts thoroughbred winners from Europe's biggest races, and the day will be filled with flurries of excitement, music and the chatter of excited punters.
After breakfast we'll begin our journey back to the UK, and should arrive back at your pick-up point in the mid to late evening.
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.