On this remarkable tour through France’s most beautiful cities, you’ll discover what it means to see la vie en rose.
Welcome to the “City of Lights.” Your tour begins in the world’s cultural capital – Paris. Grand sights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysees await during your three-night stay. Enjoy dinner with breathtaking views on the Eiffel Tower. Embark on a scenic cruise on the Seine River. Visit the magnificent palace and gardens of Versailles. Cross the countryside aboard the high speed TGV Train on your way to Provence. Stay three nights in charming Aix-en-Provence. Visit Avignon where you will enjoy a tour and a visit to the famous Palace of the Popes. Experience French cuisine first-hand at a cooking demonstration. Savor a guided tasting of local wines and olive oil during a visit to a vineyard and olive oil mill. Tour Cezanne’s workshop in the town of Aix-en-Provence. Explore the bustling morning market in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Come to know the history of the Cannes Film Festival as a local expert guides you along the red carpet. Experience the good life in Nice and visit the famous local flower market. Witness the splendor of the Principality of Monaco as your journey comes to a close on the glittering Riviera.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Journey on the high-speed TGV Train
- 9 nights hotel accommodation
- 14 meals
- Tour the atelier of Paul Cézanne
- Market of Saint-Rémy
- Explore Versailles
- Walking tour of Avignon
- Tour of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
- Dining at the Eiffel Tower
- Guided wine and olive oil tasting in Aix-en-Provence
- French cuisine cooking demonstration
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Journey through the best of France as you explore lively Paris, romantic Provence and delightful Nice, making many fascinating discoveries along the way. (International flight not included in tour price)
Day 2 - Paris, France - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Paris, the “City of Light.” Tonight, sample delicious French cuisine and witness breathtaking views during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, get a different perspective on the city during a Seine River cruise. As you glide along, admire Paris’ glittering skyline. (D)
Day 3 - Paris
Come to know Paris your way. It’s your choice! Take a splendid panoramic coach tour featuring the breathtaking architecture of the Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concord, Place Vendome, the Champs-Elysees and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Or, enter the world of Impressionism with a visit to the Musée D’Orsay with its magnificent French Impressionist art collection. Live out your own Parisian adventure during a free afternoon. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to the world-renowned Louvre, home to the iconic Mona Lisa. This evening, an optional dinner and show at Paris’ oldest cabaret, the Paradis Latin, is offered.(B)
Day 4 - Paris - Versailles - Giverny - Paris
Explore the history, architecture and gardens of Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces and finest, most complete example of 17th century architecture. Your local guide will recount the history of the palace and lead you through the various rooms of the State Apartments. Discover its immeasurable opulence and see its treasures including the Queen's bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You then have time to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete. This afternoon Claude Monet’s famous painting “Waterlilies” comes to life with a visit to the artist’s lovely home and enchanting gardens in the village of Giverny. The remainder of the evening is at leisure for you to explore Paris’ many hidden treasures on your own. (B)
Day 5 - Paris - TGV Train - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence
Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train and “fly” through the beautiful French countryside on your way to Provence. Arrive in Avignon for a delightful tour of this historic walled city. Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” acted as a center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. A visit to the Palace of the Popes brings this history to life. Continue to Aix-en-Provence, a lovely town once frequented by Hemingway and the inspiration to many artists. This evening, enjoy fine French dining at your hotel’s elegant restaurant. (B, D)
Day 6 - Aix-en-Provence
This morning a local expert takes you on a tour of Aix-en-Provence. This charming city is full of lively streets, squares and fountains. Walk in the steps of Cézanne when you visit his atelier (workshop) and enter the artist’s most private space. Continue to Mont Sainte-Victoire and see the natural surroundings which are portrayed in the painter’s works. Explore the 18th century jewel of Aix-en-Provence with a visit to the Hôtel de Caumont Art Center. Delve into the intimate atmosphere of a private mansion as you view its works of art and exhibits. The evening is yours to continue to discover the city’s many secrets. (B)
Day 7 - Aix-en-Provence - Saint-Rémy - Luberon - Aix-en-Provence
Depart for Saint-Rémy where you will enjoy a visit to the bustling morning market in the city square – a Provençal tradition! On your way visit the Musee du Calisson, a confectionery factory where you will discover the unique taste of a callisson. This delicacy–a mix of almonds, candied melon, orange blossom fragrance and marzipan–is a local specialty. Delve into the Provençal landscape during a visit to the picturesque region of Luberon, known for its hill-top villages and beautiful lavender fields.* Visit the Lavender Museum and learn about this precious plant, its unique distillation process and its uses throughout history. You are in for a treat this evening when you stop at a local vineyard and tour their wine cellar and olive oil mill. Complete your day with a cooking demonstration and a sumptuous Provençal meal paired with local wines. (B, D)
Day 8 - Aix-en-Provence - Cannes - Nice
Journey to Cannes to rub shoulders with Europe’s elite. A local expert joins you on a walking tour of Cannes where you will learn about the fascinating history of the city and the Lérins Islands located offshore. Walk in the footsteps of celebrities when you see the Film Festival Palace and the famous red carpet featured during the Cannes Film Festival. Then it’s off to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous. (B)
Day 9 - Nice - Eze - Monaco - Monte Carlo - Nice
Explore the charming hillside village of Eze. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting a famous parfumerie. Your journey then takes you to witness the splendor of Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried. Complete your trip to Monaco with a visit to the fascinating Oceanographic Museum. (B)
Day 10 - Nice - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Nice
This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market in Nice. Continue to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and visit the luxurious apartments of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Explore the lush gardens with magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea. Your visit to the villa is complete with lunch served in the charming tea room. The remainder of your day is free to discover Nice’s Place Massena and the lively seafront Promenade des Anglais. Partake in world-class shopping, sample the many French delicacies found in the south of France, or simply relax and take in the laid-back atmosphere along the Riviera. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a quaint restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Nice - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today, leaving you with many wonderful memories. (B)
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|2nd May 2019||$3,899||Please call for availability.|
|25th July 2019||Sold Out|
|19th September 2019||$3,999||Book Now|
|26th September 2019||Sold Out|
|10th October 2019||$3,699||Book Now|
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