DAY 1 - ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks including the Champs Elysees and the Arc d'Triomphe.
Welcome Reception Hotel: Hilton
DAY 2 - PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Today your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. Visit the second level of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Tonight why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret?
DAY 3 - PARIS - BEAUNE - LYON
Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Later arrive in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps discover the Old Town or consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local Bouchon, offering Lyonnais specialities.
Buffet Breakfast Hotel: Hilton
DAY 4 - LYON - AIX-EN-PROVENCE - MONACO - NICE (2 NIGHTS)
Arrive in Aix-en-Provence, home of Paul Cezanne. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later travel to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the reigning Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Later arrive at your hotel on the French Riviera. This evening why not dine in one of the many local restaurants?
Buffet Breakfast Hotel: Nice
DAY 5 - NICE FREE DAY
Spend today as you wish. The Côte d'Azur is a sparkling and pristine stretch of celebrated coastline. You might like to relax on the beach, shop in elegant boutiques or perhaps visit the hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, where artists used to pay for their dinners with paintings.
DAY 6 - NICE - PONT DU GARD - AVIGNON (2 NIGHTS)
Visit Pont du Gard aqueduct with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a guided walk along the top of the impressive aqueduct which dates back to Roman times. Later arrive in Avignon where your orientation includes views of the imposing Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhone. This bridge inspired the famous French song 'Sur le Pont d’Avignon'. This evening join your companions for dinner at the hotel.
Buffet Breakfast/Dinner Hotel: Hotel
DAY 7 - ARLES EXCURSION
Today travel to Arles, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. Marvel at the Roman amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral during your sightseeing with a Local Specialist.. Tonight enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal in a converted historic mill on the banks of the River Sorgue.
Buffet Breakfast/ Be My Guest Dining
DAY 8 - AVIGNON - TGV TRAIN - PARIS
This morning take the high speed TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy back to Paris. Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner in the City of Light.
Buffet Breakfast/ Farewell Dinner Hotel: Hotel
DAY 9 - DEPART PARIS
This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir' to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available.
# WHAT'S ALWAYS INCLUDED
- Insider walking tour in Paris
- Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard
- Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Nice, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence, and Avignon
- View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon
- 4 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi
- Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon
- FREE Airport transfers. Conditions apply.
Uncover the manifold delights of France! Fall in love with Paris, tempt your tastebuds with spectacular cuisine in Lyon, relax on trendy beaches along the Côte d'Azur, visit the notorious casino in Monaco, see stunning landscapes in Provence and live life to the fullest on an amazing tour of wonderful France.
Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation