Paris, Provence & the Riviera – 8 Days
2N Nice | 2N Avignon | 3N Paris. Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of France. Don your designer shades on the Côte d’Azur, longtime playground for the rich and famous. Explore the spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine of Provence, a favorite setting for painters like Vincent van Gogh and writers like Peter Mayle. Then push on to Paris, the City of Light, to relive the golden days of the Belle Époque.
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Provence and Alpes Cote d’Azur combine to one special region. Discover why visitors are drawn to this beautiful area of France. Provence offers charming perched villages, picturesque rolling vineyards, ancient Roman ruins, bustling markets, and vibrant countryside filled with lavender. While Alpes Cote d’Azur brings sophisticated resorts, picturesque harbors filled with luxury yachts, villages overlook the crystal blue Mediterranean, Jazz and Film Festivals and more. Let us create your next travel experience in France.
Day 1: Arrival in France – Nice
Welcome to Nice! Day free to relax/explore on own.
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Nice
Discover the many charms of the city of Nice on the French Riviera on a guided sightseeing tour.Take in sweeping views of sunny Mediterranean shorelines as you drive along the bustling Promenade des Anglais. Explore the Roman Amphitheater, Wander around the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez. End the tour amongst the narrow streets and market stalls of the Old Town.
Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Get introduced to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, you may wish to try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.
Day 3: Avignon via Cassis
Transfer to the town of Cassis, where you’ll embark on a short cruise to take in the city’s famous calanques, or Mediterranean fjords. Then, continue on to Avignon.
Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Avignon
Discover historic Avignon in Provence today on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Stroll through the historic town center, which is surrounded by the city’s original medieval walls. Step inside the magnificent Papal Palace, built in the Gothic style.
Later, you’ll get the quintessential Provençal experience. Start in Aix, located in the heart of the region, and enjoy a walking tour through the city’s beautiful wide boulevards and inside its medieval cathedral. Then, travel to the picturesque surrounding countryside, stopping at a castle before settling in at a local winery for a tasting. End the day with a dinner seasoned with local Provençal herbs.
Day 5: Train ride to Paris
Travel through the picturesque landscapes that influenced the French masters aboard the high-speed TGV train. Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Paris
A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements. Drive down the Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe. Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River. See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square. Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre .
In the afternoon visit Versailles Palace & Gardens – The reign of Louis XIV, known as the ”Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.
Day 7: Free day in Paris
You may visit the Disneyland on this day or an excursion to Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny.
The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.