Travel the French countryside on this magnificent locally-hosted journey.
About the Tour
Delve into some of France's most celebrated locales on an exciting journey from Paris south to the French Riviera.
- First-class train travel from Paris to Aix-en-Provence and Nice aboard the high-speed TGV
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Full buffet breakfast for 8 days
- Guided sightseeing tours in each city
- Intra-vacation rail station transfers
- Services of a Local Host in each city
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Eiffel Tower
- Latin Quarter
- Place de la Concorde
- Notre Dame Cathedral
Day 1 - ParisBienvenue-welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the “City of Light.”
Day 2 - ParisMorning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a SEINE RIVER CRUISE. Board your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; Notre Dame Cathedral; Hôtel de Ville; the Conciergerie; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more. (Note: there are occasions when your city sightseeing in Paris may be affected due to events in the city. On any of these dates, your sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full experience).
Day 3 - ParisYou'll be amazed at all the options available today. Perhaps a stroll through the charming Marais District with its stylish boutiques and ethnic eateries. Your Local Host will have many suggestions.
Day 4- Paris to Aix en ProvenceTravel by high speed TGV Train (first-class) to Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy a guided walking tour along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. Admire Mazarin Quarter, City Hall, the Jewish Quarter, and visit the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and the Burning Bush Triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.
Day 5 - Aix en ProvenceDuring your day at leisure in Cézanne's hometown, your Local Host will have suggestions such as where to sample Côte-de-Provence wine and bœuf-en-daube, or the best places to shop for faience pottery and lavender products.
Day 6 - Aix en Provence to NiceTravel by high speed TGV Train (first-class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the Promenade Des Anglais, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice. Walk through the Old Town to admire fine examples of the Belle Époque. See Cours Saleya with the Kings of Sardinia Palace and flower market, and the lovely Palace Square with Palais de Justice and Palais Rusca.
Day 7 - NiceYour Local Host has many ideas for your day at leisure. Why not visit the Matisse Museum, or relax and sip a pastis with the locals on the Promenade at sunset.
Day 8 - NiceYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris
This contemporary 249-room property is housed in a brand new 19-storey building conveniently situated opposite the historic Gare de Lyon station in the 12th Arrondissement. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is an International restaurant, lounge bar and fitness facility.
Grand Hotel Roi Rene, Aix-En-Provence
This inviting 134 room boutique property is built in a courtyard style around the swimming pool and garden terrace. Free Wi-Fi access is avilable in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A beautiful seasonal outdoor swimming pool and terrace offer the perfect place to relax and unwind. The hotel restaurant serves traditional southern French cuisine which can also be savoured on the outdoor terrace and the hotel bar offers a good choice of snacks and drinks.
Aston La Scala, Nice
This recently restored, 7-storey hotel features 150 guestrooms and a rooftop terrace with seasonal swimming pool and amazing views over Nice. The chic L'Horloge Restaurant serves tasty local specialties prepared by Chef Julien Perrier; while the 7th-floor 7 Blue Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.