Limited time special for France Paris to Montecarlo…. even includes a train excursion

12 Day Treasures of Provence

Paris, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence & Nice – $4029 from $3699*

Lead Price Travel Dates: May 7 & May 21 ’20
Promo Valid for Departures: April – October 2020
 

The Deal

Bienvenue! Arrive in magical Paris with its exquisite architecture, endless treasures and stylish boutiques! Drive along the famed Champs Elysses to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square and the iconic Eiffel Tower before heading to the Left Bank. View Notre-Dame, one of the most famous cathedrals in the world and explore the Louvre Museum on a guided tour to view the Mona Lisa before enjoying spectacular views of the city from Montmartre from the steps of the Basilica Sacre Couer.

Depart Paris by high-speed train for Avignon. Enjoy a walking tour of the city and visit the Pont du Gard, built during the first century AD. Explore Arles, Van Gogh’s inspiration for some of his most famous paintings. Continue on to a local ranch where you will share a hearty lunch with the Guardians (cowboys) that make the Camargue region their home. In lovely Saint-Rémy-de-Provence where the impressionist movement thrived, visit the beautiful Saint-Paul de Mausole, the monastery where Van Gogh spent his final years. Part of the “Circuit Van Gogh,” at the entrance, view the field of olive trees painted by the artist. Travel along picturesque roads to Mouries and on to the hilltop village of Les Baux to visit the Cathedral d’Images before reaching Aix-en-Provence for the night.

In Aix-en-Provence enjoy a guided tour and time on your own to explore the many galleries, cafes and shops. Continue to Luberon dotted with tiny clifftop villages and sprawling vineyards. Arrive in Marseilles, France’s oldest city, from atop striking Notre-Dame de la Garde you’ll be awed by the sweeping view of Marseille, the sparkling sea, and Chateau d’If. Travel to Nice, the unofficial capital of the Cote d’Azur. Walk through the cobblestone streets and visit Massena Square and Cours Saleya with its gorgeous flower market. Explore the tiny hilltop village of Eze, overlooking the Riviera’s coast, known for its perfume factory, winding cobblestone streets, and traditional stone houses. Cross the border into the Principality of Monaco; visit the Old Town with its stately Royal Palace and see the changing of the guard (schedule permitting). Then bid au revoir to France. Share wonderful memories of a beautiful journey through France with your fellow travelers at the Farewell Dinner in Nice.

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Paris, Nice-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Paris
    • 2 nights Avignon
    • 4 nights Aix-en-Provence
    • 2 nights Nice
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High Speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 dinners with wine (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Coffee and tea with all meals
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Discover magical Paris in a vintage French Citroën on a special ride to Montmartre
  • Take a guided visit to the treasure-filled Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums
  • Visit the soaring World Heritage site of the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) in Avignon
  • Stand before the extraordinary UNESCO listed three-tiered ancient Pont du Gard aqueduct
  • Walking tour along the honey-colored streets in Arles that inspired many Van Gogh paintings
  • Enter the vast Camargue, a harsh landscape home to white horses, black bulls and flamingos
  • Share lunch with Guardians (cowboys) at a local ranch in the Camargue region
  • In Saint-Rémy visit the beautiful old monastery complex where Van Gogh spent his last years
  • Typical picnic lunch in Mouries with local wines and fresh olive oil from a nearby oil mill
  • Explore the quintessential Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence, home of painter Paul Cézanne
  • Visit Cézanne’s art studio, nestled on Lauves hill where many of his masterpieces were created
  • At Sainte-Victoire Mountain, savor a delectable Provencal lunch with tastings of regional wines
  • Journey into the very heart of Provence with its tiny clifftop villages and sprawling vineyards
  • In Marseilles, visit the Vieux Port where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat lined quay
  • A cruise in Cassis to view the region’s famous calanques (limestone rock formations)
  • A boules game with locals followed by a culinary lesson and dinner in the village of Velaux
  • Travel from Nice along the sun-drenched French Riviera, stopping in Eze and Cap Ferrat
  • Visit the stunning Rothschild Villa and Gardens, a pink palazzo in magnificent St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
  • Cross the border into the storied Principality of Monaco with its opulent Royal Palace
  • In glamorous Monte Carlo, crown jewel of the Riviera, view the lavish marble and gold Casino

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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