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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera

ITINERARY

Visit: Paris, Avignon, Cannes, Nice

Day 1 (Friday): Arrival in Paris

Arrive in Paris, the City of Lights; and make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and enjoy the endless delights of Paris. In the evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at a French Bistrot.

Overnight: Paris

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday): Paris City Tour 

This morning, enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including a drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. View the Eiffel Tower, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Napoleon's Tomb, the Latin Quarter, and the lively Opera district. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or join the optional tour to magnificent Versailles to witness the grandeur of French classical architecture on the visit to the Palace and extravagant State Apartments.

Optional: Versailles Apartments (PM)

Overnight: Paris

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Sunday): TGV train to Avignon - Pont du Gard

After breakfast, transfer to the train station for your journey to Provence by the high speed TGV train. Enjoy vistas of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley during the comfortable ride. Upon arrival in Avignon, proceed to view the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the most ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Next, drive to the Rhone vineyards and the lovely town of Chateauneuf du Pape, where you will enjoy a sampling of some of the wines for which Rhone is famous. Transfer to the hotel in Avignon. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Explore the streets, gardens and museums or perhaps shop for local specialties. This evening, enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant

Overnight: Avignon

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Monday): Medieval Popes Palace

Today, enjoy an orientation tour of the town, including the famous broken bridge, the lively Place d'Horloge and the Papal Palace, one of the largest and most significant medieval Gothic buildings in Europe. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the lively atmosphere of this charming city, or join the optional tour to Arles & St. Remy de Provence. Take a tour of Arles where you will see Langlois Bridge, the Roman Amphitheater and the 12th century Cathedral of St. Trophime. Your guide will show you the exact places where artist Vincent Van Gogh sat to create some of his most famous paintings. Continue to St. Rémy de Provence to see the Saint Paul de Mausole, the asylum where Van Gogh spent some of his troubled last days. The artist spent a year at the hospital and created some of his most celebrated paintings here, including “The Starry Night” and “Irises”

Optional: Van Gogh’s Arles & St. Remy de Provence (PM)

Overnight: Avignon

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Tuesday): Cannes - Nice

After breakfast this morning, depart for the French Riviera. Admire the scenery which inspired so many of the impressionist artists. You will pass by the Abbey of Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume, and the Mont St. Victoire en route to elegant Cannes. Drive along the Boulevard de la Croisette to see the Film Festival Center and the harbor. Pay a visit to a French perfumery in Grasse before arriving in Nice. Tonight, perhaps join the optional tour to Monte Carlo by night. Drive along the dazzling Corniche road to the Principality of Monaco to visit the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino, one of the Riviera's most frequented landmarks. Monte Carlo is the epitome of wealth and glamour; a prime destination for royalty and some of Hollywood's most famous actors and actresses. View the route of the Grand Prix, the luxury boats in the harbour and view the Prince’s Palace, atop the famed "Rock". Enjoy the lights of the coastline as you return to Nice

Optional: Monte Carlo by Night (PM)

Overnight: Nice

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Wednesday): Nice

A day at leisure to soak up the sun, swim in the Mediterranean, stroll the Promenade des Anglais or see the Old Town, and Place Massena. Perhaps take a mini-train up to the "Colline du Château" for panoramic views of the city and “Bay of the Angels” or visit one of the museums. This morning you may wish to join the optional tour to St. Paul de Vence. Drive into the pine scented hills above Nice to visit the hilltop St. Paul de Vence, a walled town which still retains its medieval character and is a haven for artists, a treasure trove of workshops and galleries. Wander the cobbled streets to the central fountain, and see the burial place of Marc Chagall. This evening, celebrate your final night in France together with a Farewell Dinner

Optional: St. Paul de Vence (AM)

Overnight: Nice

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Thursday): Departure

After breakfast make your way to the airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, Paris
  • 2 nights Mercure Avignon Cite Des Papes, Avignon
  • 2 nights Hotel Nice Riviera, Nice
  • Hotel porterage
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in Paris and Avignon

 

Not Included:

  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Arrival / departure transfers

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Paris: Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel 4+*
  • Avignon: Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes 3* / Hotel Mercure Pont d'Avignon Centre 4*
  • Nice: AC Hotel Nice 4* / Hotel Nice Riviera 4*

 

Special Features:

  • Paris City Tour
  • Pont du Gard
  • TGV Train
  • Chateau du Papes wine tasting
  • Avignon Papal Palace
  • Visit a French perfumery
  • Wine & mineral water with all dinners

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (g1t)

Package Information

  • Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: April - October 2019
  • Cities Visited: Paris, Avignon, Nice, Paris
  • Price From: $ 0.00