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Rugby World Cup 2023™, France - Tour 12 - The Odyssey

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Overview

Join us for the full Rugby World Cup 2023™ tour - 51 days and nights enjoying the best France has to offer plus 15 matches of incredible rugby action! From the opening ceremony & France v New Zealand in game one, right through to the final!

We visit Paris, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Toulouse, Lyon, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, Munich, Barcelona, Brussels, Marseille, Normandy, Villers-Bretonneux & Champagne.

We take in classic countryside, wineries, castles, churches, rugby towns, the beauty of the south-west with the monumental battlefields of the Western front.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the best that France and its surrounding countries has to offer. This is not a rugby tour, this is la meilleure chose dans la vie! (the best life has to offer!)

Join us - you will remember this for the rest of your life!

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, Paris

Australia v Europe 1, 9 September, Stade de France, Paris

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

Australia v Fiji, 17 September, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Italy v America 1, 20 September, Stade de Nice, Nice

France v Africa 1, 21 September, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Australia v Wales, 24 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

New Zealand v Italy, 29 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

Australia v Final Qualification Winner, 1 October, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Ireland v Scotland, 07 October, Stade de France, Paris

quarter-final 1, 14 October, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

quarter-final 3, 15 October, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

semi-final 1, 20 October, Stade de France, Paris

semi-final 2, 21 October, Stade de France, Paris

final, 28 October, Stade de France, Paris

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


  • Top-quality accommodation throughout (51 nights)

  • 2 nights in Paris (8-10 September)

  • 1 night in Biarritz (10 September)

  • 2 nights in Bordeaux (11-13 September)

  • 3 nights in Toulouse (13-16 September)

  • 2 nights in Lyon (16-18 September)

  • 3 nights in Nice (18-21 September)

  • 2 nights in Aix-en-Provence (21-23 September)

  • 2 nights in Lyon (23-25 September)

  • 3 nights in Munich (25-28 September)

  • 4 nights in Lyon (28 September-2 October)

  • 4 nights in Barcelona (2-6 October)

  • 3 nights in Paris (6-9 October)

  • 4 nights in Brussels (9-13 October)

  • 3 nights in Marseille (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 Australia v Europe 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Fiji

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Wales

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Australia v Final Qualification Winner

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for France v New Zealand

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v Africa 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for New Zealand v Italy

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for France v Africa 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Italy v America 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for Ireland v Scotland

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for quarter-final 1

  • Reserved Cat 2 ticket for quarter-final 3

  • 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

Sightseeing


  • Biarritz city tour

  • Bordeaux city tour

  • Saint-Emilion winery experience

  • Toulouse city tour

  • Lyon city tour

  • French Riviera & Monaco tour

  • Nice city tour

  • Aix-en-Provence city tour

  • Munich city tour

  • Dachau tour

  • Munich’s Oktoberfest

  • Barcelona city tour

  • Brussels city tour

  • Tour of WW2 memorials of Normandy & Bayeux

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

  • Paris city tour

  • Tour of WW2 memorials of Normandy & Bayeux

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

  • Dijon city tour

  • Burgundy winery tour

  • Champagne winery tour

  • Palace of Versailles 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, Paris

Australia v Europe 1, 9 September, Stade de France, Paris

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

Australia v Fiji, 17 September, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Italy v America 1, 20 September, Stade de Nice, Nice

France v Africa 1, 21 September, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Australia v Wales, 24 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

New Zealand v Italy, 29 September, Parc Olympic Lyonnaise, Lyon

Australia v Final Qualification Winner, 1 October, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Ireland v Scotland, 07 October, Stade de France, Paris

quarter-final 1, 14 October, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

quarter-final 3, 15 October, Stade Velodrome, Marseille

semi-final 1, 20 October, Stade de France, Paris

semi-final 2, 21 October, Stade de France, Paris

final, 28 October, Stade de France, Paris

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.

We will have flight options and prices for economy, premium economy and business class fares available 12 months before the tour and will be in contact at that time. Flights booked through We Love Rugby will include arrival airport transfers to our hotel.

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, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 9 September - Australia v Europe 1


The Wallabies take on the top European qualifier tonight at the incredible Stade de France. The Aussies will be looking to get their tournament off to a good start and we’ll be in full voice to help them along!

Australia v Europe 1, Stade de France, 18:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 10 September - Biarritz


This morning we begin the southwest France portion of our tour at the stunning resort town of Biarritz on the Bay of Biscay. This afternoon we take a walking tour of this playground of Frances rich and famous before settling in for a sundowner at one of the beachside bars.

Overnight: Biarritz

Monday 11 September - Bordeaux City Tour


Today we head to France’s number one wine (and rugby!) region of Bordeaux. After check-in at our hotel we embark of a tour of this gorgeous city.

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

Tuesday 12 September - 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.

Tonight we will sample of some of the region’s famous product at the bars lining Rue Parlement Saint Pierre.

Overnight: Bordeaux

Wednesday 13 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.

Overnight: Toulouse

Thursday 14 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.

This evening we head in to the old town centre for dinner before joining the locals at the pick of the city’s sports bars to cheer on the hosts as they take on America 1.

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 the All Blacks and the top African qualifier!

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

Overnight: Toulouse

Saturday 16 September - Transfer to Lyon


Today we travel to Lyon where we will be based ahead of this weekend’s rugby action. After checking in at our hotel we settle in for a massive evening of rugby action featuring Pool C rivals Wales and then the Irish take on the top Asia-Pacific qualifier in Pool B.

Overnight: Lyon

Sunday 17 September - Lyon City Tour & Australia v Fiji


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.

Following the city tour we travel south to the historic mining town of Saint-Etienne for the Wallabies’ clash with Fiji. After being given a scare against Fiji in Japan in 2019 where they trailed by 9 points in the second half of the match, the Aussies will be keen for a solid start in this one!

Australia v Fiji, Saint-Etienne, 17:45

Overnight: Lyon

Monday 18 September - Cannes & Nice


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.

Overnight: Nice

Tuesday 19 September - 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 20 September - Nice City Tour & Italy v America 1


Today we take a city tour of Nice. 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’.

This afternoon we head to Stade de Nice to see Italy v America 1. With the Italian border just 35km away tonight’s supporters will be heavily in favour of the Azzurri!

Italy v America 1, Stade de Nice, 17:45

Overnight: Nice

Thursday 21 September - Aix-en-Provence & France v Africa 1


This morning we travel to the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, a highlight of any French tour! This evening we travel to Marseille’s Stade Velodrome for France v Africa 1.

France v Africa 1, Stade Velodrome, 21:00

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence

Friday 22 September - Aix-en-Provence City Tour


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.

Overnight: Aix-en-Provence

Saturday 23 September - Transfer to Lyon


We return to Lyon today ahead of the Wallabies’ 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 Wallabies’ all-important clash with Pool C rivals 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, 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 Bavarian history. Today the city is a fascinating mix of a modern economy set within a classic medieval town.

After our walking tour of the old town we return for more Oktoberfest festivities 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 world’s biggest beer festival!
Overnight: Munich

Thursday 28 September - Lyon


We return to Lyon today ahead of a massive weekend of World Cup rugby action!

Overnight: Lyon

Friday 29 September - Lyon & New Zealand v Italy


Today we have time to explore central Lyon, act like a local with a stroll along the banks of the Rhone to the botanical gardens at Parc de la Tête d'Or.

Tonight Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais sees another massive Pool A match as the All Blacks take on Italy. Italy will need a win against either the hosts or the Kiwis if they are to qualify for their first ever quarter-final, will tonight be the night?

New Zealand v Italy, Lyon, 21:00

Overnight: Lyon

Saturday 30 September - Basilica of Notre-Dame


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.

This afternoon we settle in for matches featuring Argentina, Fiji and Scotland as each side tries to lock-in unexpected places in the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Overnight: Lyon

Sunday 1 October - Australia v Final Qualifier Winner


This afternoon we travel to Saint-Etienne for the Wallabies’ final group match in Pool C against winners of the final qualification tournament.

Australia v Final Qualification Winner, Saint-Etienne, 17:45

Overnight: Lyon

Monday 2 - Thursday 5 October - Barcelona


Following Australia’s final pool match 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

Friday 6 October - Paris Transfer


Today we return to Paris ahead of the final round of pool matches. Tonight we’ll join the locals at our downtown sports bar to watch hosts France take on Italy in Pool A.

Overnight: Paris

Saturday 7 October - Ireland v Scotland


Today we have free time to explore the Paris capital before we head to Stade de France for tonight’s crucial Pool B clash between Ireland and Scotland - a match likely to determine which side progresses in the tournament!

Ireland v Scotland, Paris, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 8 October - Paris Cruise


This morning we embark on a cruise of the River Seine, a highlight of any visit! This afternoon there is time for shopping along Champs Elysees, a visit to the Louvre or settling in at our local sports bar for the final round of pool matches including Japan v Argentina - a game that could determine Australia’s quarter-final opponent!

Overnight: Paris

Monday 9 - Thursday 12 October - Brussels


We cross the Belgian border for four days of immersion in everything Brussels has to offer - baroque architecture, incredible museums and of course chocolate and beer! We’ll explore both the capital and surrounding highlights including Bruge and Ghent during our stay.

Overnight: Four Nights Brussels

Friday 13 October - Marseille Transfer


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

After check-in at our hotel we’ll head down to the restaurants of the Vieux Port area to sample some of the local seafood ahead of the weekend’s matches.

Overnight: Marseille

Saturday 14 October - Quarter-final 1


Today is the first of this weekend’s quarter-finals featuring the winner of Australia’s Pool C and the runner up of Pool D (England, Japan or Argentina). Tonight’s second quarter-final in Paris sees the winner of Pool B take on Pool A’s runner up.

Quarter-final 1 (Winner Pool C v Runner-Up Pool D), Marseille, 17:00

Overnight: Marseille

Sunday 15 October - Quarter-final 3


We return to Marseille’s Stade Velodrome for quarter-final number 3 - runner up in Australia’s Pool C against the winner of Pool D. The last of the quarter-finals tonight features the winner of Pool A and the runner up of Pool B.

Quarter-final 3 (Runner-Up Pool C v Winner Pool D), Marseille, 17:00

Overnight: Marseille

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 where all of our tour groups come together for a big night on the town in anticipation of tomorrow’s rugby action!

Overnight: Paris

Friday 20 October - Paris City tour & semi-final 1


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.

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, 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, 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 Australian soldiers famously fought during the First World War. Annual Anzac Day services are held here each year and 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.

This morning we return to Paris ahead of the climax of Rugby World Cup 2023!

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, 21:00

Overnight: Paris

Sunday 29 October - Tour Ends


Today our tour ends. Airport transfers will be included for anyone who has purchased their flight through We Love Rugby, details for this will be available in October 2022. Extra nights at our tour hotel will also be available if needed.

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Rugby World Cup 2023™, France - Tour 12 - The Odyssey
Tour Dates:
8 Sep, 2023 - 29 Oct, 2023
Tour Duration:
52 Days/51 Nights