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Rugby World Cup France 2023 - Tour 16 - The Big RE

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Overview

Here is our tour of all tours - our Follow New Zealand: Big Rugby Experience and does it get any better than this? 51 nights across France and Europe on our Big RE tour enjoying the best France has to offer plus 11 matches of incredible rugby action! From the opening ceremony & France v New Zealand in game one, right through to the final!

This is the trip of a lifetime including time in Paris, Barcelona, Toulouse, Narbonne, Avignon, Lyon, Munich, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Dijon, Normandy, Villers-Bretonneux & Champagne.

We take in classic countryside, wineries, castles, churches, rugby towns, the beauty of the south-west with the incredible French Riviera. You will leave this trip with memories (and stories) to take to the grave.

Places are strictly limited to 42 people and will sell out. Lock in your spot with a $250 deposit - fully refundable if you choose to cancel before 1 March, 2022!

Included Matches

Category 2 match tickets are included as standard for all games - enjoy incredible seats for:

Opening Ceremony - France v New Zealand, 8 September, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

New Zealand v Africa 1, 15 September, Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

Australia v Wales, 24 September, OL Stadium, Lyon

New Zealand v Italy, 29 September, OL Stadium, Lyon

New Zealand v Uruguay, 5 October, OL Stadium, Lyon

France v Italy, 6 October, OL Stadium, Lyon

quarter-final 2, 14 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

quarter-final 4, 15 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

semi-final 1, 20 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

semi-final 2, 21 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

final, 28 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Plus you can add an optional ticket to the bronze final at Stade de France on 27 October to your tour when booking.

Inclusions

Accommodation


  • 3 or 4-star accommodation throughout (51 nights)

  • 2 nights in Paris (8-10 September)

  • 4 nights in Barcelona (10-14 September)

  • 3 nights in Toulouse (14-17 September)

  • 3 nights in Narbonne (17-20 September)

  • 3 nights in Avignon (20-23 September)

  • 2 nights in Lyon (23-25 September)

  • 3 nights in Munich (25-28 September)

  • 2 nights in Lyon (28-30 September)

  • 2 nights in Aix-en-Provence (30 September-2 October)

  • 2 nights in Nice (2-4 October)

  • 3 nights in Lyon (4-7 October)

  • 3 nights in Biarritz (7-10 October)

  • 3 nights in Bordeaux (10-13 October)

  • 3 nights in Paris (13-16 October)

  • 3 nights in Dijon (16-19 October)

  • 3 nights in Paris (19-22 October)

  • 2 nights in Caen (22-24 October)

  • 1 night in Amiens (24 October)

  • 1 night in Reims (25 October)

  • 3 nights in Paris (26-29 October)

  • Breakfast daily

Match Tickets


  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v France

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v Africa 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v Italy

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v Uruguay

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Wales

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for France v Italy

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for quarter-final 2

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for quarter-final 4

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for semi-final 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for semi-final 2

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for final

Transfers


  • Coach, high-speed train & flight transfers throughout

  • Stadium transfers for included matches

Sightseeing


  • Paris city tour

  • Barcelona city tour

  • Toulouse city tour

  • Carcassonne tour

  • Narbonne city tour

  • Avignon city tour

  • Munich city tour

  • Dachau tour

  • Munich’s Oktoberfest

  • Aix-en-Provence city tour

  • French Riviera & Monaco tour

  • Nice city tour

  • Lyon city tour

  • Biarritz city tour

  • San Sebastian city tour

  • Bordeaux city tour

  • Saint-Emilion winery experience

  • Dijon city tour

  • Burgundy winery tour

  • Tour of WW2 memorials of Normandy & Bayeux

  • Tour of WW1 battlefields of the Somme & Villers-Bretonneux

  • Tour of WW2 memorials of Normandy & Bayeux

  • Tour of WW1 battlefields of the Somme & Villers-Bretonneux

  • Champagne winery tour

  • Versailles Palace tour

Merchandise


  • Commemorative We Love Rugby tour merchandise set

Matches

Category 2 match tickets are included as standard for all games - enjoy incredible seats for:

Opening Ceremony - France v New Zealand, 8 September, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

New Zealand v Africa 1, 15 September, Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse

Australia v Wales, 24 September, OL Stadium, Lyon

New Zealand v Italy, 29 September, OL Stadium, Lyon

New Zealand v Uruguay, 5 October, OL Stadium, Lyon

France v Italy, 06 October, OL Stadium, Lyon

quarter-final 2, 14 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

quarter-final 4, 15 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

semi-final 1, 20 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

semi-final 2, 21 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

final, 28 October, Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Plus you can add an optional ticket to the bronze final at Stade de France on 27 October to your tour when booking.

Itinerary

Friday 8 September - Welcome to Paris!


Details for meeting the group at today’s hotel will be sent four weeks before the tour. Extra nights of accommodation at our tour hotel will be available to add closer to the tour.

Tonight we head to the opening ceremony of the tournament and game one - New Zealand vs France. Can it get any better than this?

Opening Ceremony - France v New Zealand, Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 9 September - Paris City Tour


Today we visit some of Paris’s many sightseeing highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arch de Triomphe and Champs Elysees. Following our sightseeing tour you will have the afternoon to explore other local features such as the Louvre Museum or a cruise along the Seine.

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 10 to Thursday 14 September - Barcelona


This morning we head south to the Spanish city of Barcelona where we spend four days and nights exploring the best of Catalan culture. From the incredible architecture of Sagrada Família and Casa Mila to some incredible tapas bars and seafood cuisine Barcelona offers non-stop experiences for the visitor. Our local guide will be with us as we explore the best the region has to offer.

Overnight: Four Nights Barcelona

Thursday 14 September - Transfer to Toulouse


Today we depart Bordeaux and travel through some classic French countryside en route to Toulouse. The southern city of Toulouse is known for its sunshine and laid-back lifestyle making it one of France’s most pleasant cities.

This evening we head into the town centre for dinner before joining the locals at the pick of the city’s sports bars as the hosts take on Uruguay.

Overnight: Toulouse

Friday 15 September - Toulouse City Tour & New Zealand v Africa 1


Today we take a tour of the historic city centre starting at the incredible central square of Place du Capitole before moving on to the Basilique Saint-Sernin, one of the most important churches on the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and finishing on the banks of the Canal du Midi.

This evening we head to Stade de Toulouse for clash between New Zealand and the top African qualifier!

New Zealand v Africa 1, Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse, 21:00

Overnight: Toulouse

Saturday 16 September - Toulouse


We have one final day to enjoy in la Ville Rose - the Pink City. Options include museums such as the Augustine fine arts museum and the impressive Natural History Museum, the botanical gardens along the Canal du Midi and a photo stop on the 16th century Pont-Neuf.

This afternoon we kick back at the pick of Toulouse’s sports bars to watch today’s rugby action featuring pool matches for Samoa, Wales and Ireland.

Overnight: Toulouse

Sunday 17 September - Narbonne City Tour


Today we travel to the Mediterranean city of Narbonne, location of the oldest Roman settlement in France.

After dropping luggage at tonight’s hotel we will take a walking tour of the old town. Built on the Canal de la Robine, Narbonne was the first Roman colony in Gaul when it was founded in 118 BC. We will explore the Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur - begun in the 13th century but never completed - and the Horreum - an underground labyrinth of ancient warehouses left over from the town’s days as a Roman port. We will then head down to nearby beach and Mediterranean harbor.

Overnight: Narbonne

Monday 18 September - Carcassonne Day Tour


Today we visit the medieval fortress city of Carcassonne, first established in Roman times. The location is an amazingly preserved example of medieval life.

Overnight: Narbonne

Tuesday 19 September - Winery Tour


Today we visit one of the best local vineyards for a wine tasting session. Since antiquity the Greeks and Romans understood the wine growing potential of the region thanks to its gravelly, clay-limestone soils and the impact of the Mediterranean sea breezes.

The exceptionally sunny climate, harsh in the winter, hot and dry in the summer, frequently rocked by sea winds, keeps the vines dry and free from diseases. Typical grape varieties grown here include Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Caladoc and Pinot Noir for red and rosé wines, and Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat for white wines.

Overnight: Narbonne

Wednesday 20 September - Avignon


We continue our travels across southern France today to the city of Avignon, home to the catholic popes in the 14th century. The old town centre is dominated by the massive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), surrounded by medieval stone ramparts overlooking the Rhone river.

In addition to its incredible natural and built environments, Avignon is home to some incredible bars and nightlife and makes for the perfect location to experience the southern French lifestyle!

Overnight: Avignon

Thursday 21 September - Avignon City Tour


This morning our walking tour starts at the Palais des Papes which dates back to 1252. We then move on to the famous Pont d’Avignon, the 13th century bridge which stretches halfway across the Rhone since being partially washed away in floods in the 17th century. We end our tour at Les Halles d’Avignon, the city’s enormous food market featuring produce from all over Provence.

Tonight we get together with the locals to watch Pool A rivals France take on Africa 1.

Overnight: Avignon

Friday 22 September - River Rhone & Orange


Today we take a cruise along the Rhone river north and visit the town of Orange, founded by the Romans in 35BC. The roman theatre and triumphal arch still stand and the town was famous in the middle ages for William of Orange who led the protestant Dutch forces against the Spanish and went on to become England’s King William III.

Back in Avignon tonight’s match is Argentina v Samoa in Pool D.

Overnight: Avignon

Saturday 23 September - Transfer to Lyon


We travel to Lyon today ahead of Australia’s massive Pool C clash with Wales. This evening we settle in at our local sports bar for this evening’s rugby featuring England’s match against the second American qualifier and then South Africa take on Ireland in Pool B.

Overnight: Lyon

Sunday 24 September - Australia v Wales


Today is the all-important Pool C clash between Australia and Wales. As the Aussies learnt the hard way in Japan, a win here will be crucial to avoid the top-placed Pool D team come quarter-final time!

Australia v Wales, OL Stadium, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Monday 25 September - Transfer to Munich


This morning we travel to the Bavarian capital of Munich where the annual Oktoberfest beer festival - the largest public festival in the world! - has just gotten underway.

After checking in at our central Munich hotel we head for the first of three glorious nights at the Theresienwiese grounds - a festival that has to be seen to be believed!

Overnight: Munich

Tuesday 26 September - Munich City Tour & Oktoberfest


Munich’s old town centre is lined with stunning architecture, traditional markets and plenty of bars to quench a thirst. After our walking tour of the old town we return for more Oktoberfest festivities!

This afternoon we return to the Oktoberfest grounds where we will spend the afternoon sampling another of the 18 beer halls set up especially for the festival. In addition to the famous beer tents there is plenty to see and do outside from culinary curiosities to amusement rides for the thrill-seekers!

Overnight: Munich

Wednesday 27 September - Dachau Tour


This morning we visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Located 20 kilometres north of Munich, Dachau was the site for one of the Nazi’s first concentration camps for political prisoners. Today the site is an incredible memorial to the horrors of that era.

This evening we have our final night at the Oktoberfest festivities.

Overnight: Munich

Thursday 28 September - Lyon Transfer


We return to Lyon today ahead of New Zealand’s important Pool A clash with Italy!

Tonight we’ll warm up in our local Lyon sports bar to watch Japan take on Samoa in Pool D.

Overnight: Lyon

Friday 29 September - New Zealand v Italy


Today we have time to soak up some pre-game atmosphere at the brasseries lining the streets of Lyon’s town centre before we head to Parc Olympic Lyonnaise. With Italian fans coming in from just across the border and the locals hoping for an upset we will be called upon to lend New Zealand the support they need to avoid any upsets!

New Zealand v Italy, OL Stadium, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Saturday 30 September - Aix-en-Provence


This morning we travel to the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, a highlight of any French tour!

Today’s rugby action includes matches for Argentina, Fiji and Scotland.

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence

Sunday 1 October - Aix-en-Provence


Today we take a city tour of Aix-en-Provence. Starting at the glorious avenue of Cours Mirabeau we explore the intricate backstreets and grand city squares all featuring fountains fed from the local hot springs. Our tour ends at the daily produce market at Place Richelme.

This evening we’ll be back at our sports bar to see poo matches featuring Australia and South Africa.

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence

Monday 2 October - Cannes & Nice City Tour


This morning we depart Lyon for the French Riviera. Our first stop is Cannes where we will enjoy lunch overlooking the Mediterranean before moving on to Nice where we will be based for three nights.

After checking in at our hotel we’ll take a city tour. Our tour starts at the magnificent Promenade des Anglais running along the Mediterranean waterfront before heading to Nice’s old town highlights of the Town Hall, Cours Saleya market square and Saint Reparata Cathedral before we finish at the pick of Nice’s cafes and restaurants to sample some ‘cuisine Niçoise’.

Overnight: Nice

Tuesday 3 October - Monaco & French Riviera Tour


Today we travel to the Principality of Monaco for a tour taking in the Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco Palace and Larvotto Beach. We then return to Nice to explore the local highlights including the famous Promenade des Anglais, Place Garibaldi and the Albert Gardens.

Overnight: Nice

Wednesday 4 October - Lyon Transfer


Today we return to Lyon ahead of New Zealand’s final pool match against Uruguay.

Overnight: Lyon

Thursday 5 October - Lyon City Tour & New Zealand v Uruguay


The Romans settled on Lyon’s Fourviere hill in 43BC and the city has an incredible array of highlights stretching over its 2,000 years of history. This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Lyon taking in Place Bellecour, Lyon Cathedral, the Roman amphitheatre of Fourviere and the central Rue St-Jean.

Then this evening we head out to OL Stadium for the AB’s final pool match!

New Zealand v Uruguay, OL Stadium, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Friday 6 October - France v Italy


This morning we take a ride on the Lyon funicular to Fouviere’s Basilica of Notre-Dame. The Basilica dominates the Lyon cityscape and affords excellent views over the city.

Then the atmosphere in town will be buzzing as the Italians are in town looking to pull off an upset against France - only one can proceed with New Zealand out of Pool A!

France v Italy, OL Stadium, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Saturday 7 October - Biarritz Transfer


Today we head to the glamorous seaside resort town of Biarritz for the first of six nights in France’s southwestern corner.

After check-in at our hotel, we’ll head down to the beachfront promenade to soak in the sea breeze at one of town’s best open-air cafes.

Tonight’s matches include the big Pool B clash between Ireland and Scotland.

Overnight: Biarritz

Sunday 8 October - Biarritz City Tour


Located on the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz has long been a holiday destination for France’s rich and famous. Today’s tour will start the beautiful Grande Plage beach and the Hôtel du Palais, built by Napolean III for his wife Eugénie. We then head along the grand Place Georges-Clemenceau to Place Bellevue, a semicircular square with panoramic views of the beach and the ocean. We’ll end our tour at the Miremont Teahouse for some classic French pastries. Housed in an elegant 17th century building, this historic tearoom is one of the oldest establishments in Biarritz.

This afternoon we’ll settle in at our sports bar for the final pool stage matches including Japan v Argentina in Pool D and Fiji’s final Pool C match.

Overnight: Biarritz

Monday 9 October - San Sebastian Tour


Today we take a tour across the Spanish border into the heart of Basque country and San Sebastian.

San Sebastian’s expansive shoreline extends for several kilometres along a curving coastline, bookended by the Urgull and Igeldo hills. We will visit the royal palace and its gorgeous gardens before ambling along the terraced seaside promenade that overlooks the town's inspiring architecture and then wander the atmospheric cobblestone lanes in search of authentic pintxos, the Basque version of tapas. These tantalizing small bites include specialties such as seasoned olives, marinated sardines, and salted cod omelette.

Overnight: Biarritz

Tuesday 10 October - Bordeaux


Today we head to France’s number one wine (and rugby!) region of Bordeaux.

After check-in at our hotel we will sample of some of the region’s famous product at the bars lining Rue Parlement Saint Pierre.

Overnight: Bordeaux

Wednesday 11 October - Bordeaux City Tour


Boasting some of France’s boldest architecture and public spaces Bordeaux is a delight for both visitors and locals. From the incredible Place de la Bourse to bustling Sainte Catherine Street and the UNESCO-listed Saint Andre Cathedral, the city has spectacular photo opportunities at every turn.

Overnight: Bordeaux

Thursday 12 October - Saint-Emilion Winery Tour


Today we head to Saint-Emilion and one of the region’s top wineries as we learn about and sample the best the area has to offer.

Overnight: Bordeaux

Friday 13 October - Paris


Today we return to Paris ready for the start of the business end of France 2023 - the quarter finals!

After check-in at our hotel we’ll head down to the restaurants of Marais district to sample some of the local cuisine ahead of the weekend’s matches.

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 14 October - Quarter-final 2


Tonight’s quarter-final features the winner of Pool B (South Africa, Ireland or Scotland) and the runner up of New Zealand’s Pool A. Today’s earlier match in Marseille sees the winner of Pool C take on Pool D’s runner up.

Quarter-final 2 (Winner Pool B v Runner-Up Pool A), Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 15 October - Quarter-final 4


Today presents a chance to explore more of the French capital before we return tonight to Stade France for the last of the quarter-finals between the winner of Pool A and the runner up of Pool B. today’s earlier match features the runner up of Pool C and the winner of Pool D.

Quarter-final 4 (Winner Pool A v Runner-Up Pool B), Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Monday 16 October - Dijon


We head to France’s historic Burgundy region famous for the eponymous wines, food and a famous condiment! Dijon is home to some amazing restaurants featuring a wide range of the region’s gastronomy and one of the highlights of stay here is sampling some of what the town has to offer.

Overnight: Dijon

Tuesday 17 October - Dijon City Tour


This morning we embark on a walking tour of Dijon’s UNESCO-listed old town centre. Known as the City of Dukes, Dijon’s old town is lined with incredible architecture and cobblestone streets. We will visit the Palace of Dukes, now home to the city’s town hall and fine arts museum, Saint-Bénigne cathedral, the 13th century Eglise Notre-Dame and end our tour at the markets along Rue de la Liberté to pick up some local specialties - gingerbread cakes, wines and of course the eponymous mustard!

Overnight: Dijon

Wednesday 18 October - Burgundy Winery Tour


Today we tour one of the region’s top wineries to sample the famous pinot noir and chardonnay varieties with an opportunity to select some to take home!

Overnight: Dijon

Thursday 19 October - Paris Transfer


This morning we return to Paris ahead of the semi-finals!

Overnight: Paris

Friday 20 October - Semi-final 1


Today we have time to visit some of Paris’s many sightseeing highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arch de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.

Then tonight we head to the magnificent Stade de France for the first of the tournament’s semi-finals.

Semi-final 1 (Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2), Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 21 October - Semi-final 2


Today we explore more of what the French capital has to offer including the Champs Elysees, Montmartre and the Parisian cultural highlights around Le Marais. Then we return to Stade de France for tonight’s second semi-final.

Semi-final 2 (Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4), Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 22 October - Normandy


This morning we depart Paris and begin our tour of the French battlefields and memorials of the World Wars. First we head to Normandy and the famous beaches of the D-Day landings of World War 2. We visit Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery of Colleville before arriving in Caen for the first of our two-night stay.

Overnight: Caen

Monday 23 October - Bayeux & WW2 Memorials


Today we visit more of the Normandy WW2 battlefields and memorials with our specialist tour guide. We then visit the medieval town of Bayeux before returning to our hotel in Caen.

Overnight: Caen

Tuesday 24 October - Amiens & the Somme Battlefields


Today we head north to the city of Amiens and the WW1 battlefields of the Somme. Amiens is surrounded by preserved battlefields and memorials commemorating the war and the role the Anzacs played in defending the area against German invasion.

Overnight: Amiens

Wednesday 25 October - Villers-Bretonneux


Today head to the town of Villers-Bretonneux where annual Anzac Day services are held each year. In addition to the local memorials we will visit the incredible Sir John Monash Centre opened to commemorate the Anzac Day centenary.

We then travel to the capital of France’s traditional Champagne region, Reims.

Overnight: Reims

Thursday 26 October - Champagne Winery Tour


First stop today is a winery in France’s famed Champagne region where we will hear about some of the history of the region’s most famous product before while sampling a glass and possibly purchasing a bottle or two.

We then return to Paris ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final!

Overnight: Paris

Friday 27 October - Palace of Versailles Tour


Today we visit the world heritage listed Palace of Versailles for a tour of the incredible Royal apartments and extravagant gardens. In 1623 Louis XIII developed a hunting lodge on the grounds which was subsequently developed into a magnificent palace and gardens which soon became an enduring symbol of royal opulence.

This evening we get together at our central Paris sports bar for the bronze final, always an exciting display of attacking rugby!

A ticket to tonight's bronze final can be added to your tour during the booking process.

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 28 October - Pre-Final Function & World Cup Final


This afternoon we have our pre-final function where our expert panel will share their thoughts on the tournament and preview tonight’s final.

Then tonight is the tournament’s showpiece event at Stade de France!

RWC 2023 Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 29 October - Tour Ends


Today our tour ends. Extra nights at our tour hotel will also be available if needed.

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Tour Dates:
8 Sep, 2023 - 29 Oct, 2023
Tour Duration:
52 Days/51 Nights