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Southern France and Paris

3-Centre Tour to  • Paris  • Provence  • French Riviera
Any visit to France is a feast for the senses, as each region offers a diversity of scenery, architecture, culture,  attractions and cuisine. This tour will take in the 3 most popular destinations in France, with plenty of sightseeing as well as time at leisure to explore on your own.

Paris - We begin with a 4-night stay in France’s capital, with its rich history and endless incredible attractions and cultural events.  In addition to our touring program there will be free time to visit one of Paris’ famous museums or to enjoy a stroll in one of its quaint quarters.
Avignon - We then spend 5 nights in this picturesque Provencal walled city - the perfect base from which to explore Provence with its Roman and medieval heritage, sculpted buildings and sumptuous food markets. The legendary countryside here is dotted with vineyards and lavender fields, all beautifully bathed in a golden hue. 
Nice - Our final 4 nights will be in the heart of the French Riviera, with its turquoise waters, sidewalk cafes and pastel colour buildings. The beachfront of Nice is skirted by the Promenade des Anglais, a delightful place to stroll. 
We will stay in First Class hotels, all of which are centrally located in the towns and cities we stay.

Tour Highlights:

   • Paris - city tour, evening cruise on the Seine River, and Visit of Versailles
   • Tour of Avignon and visit of the Popes Palace
   • The Luberon village and lavender museum
   • Walking tours of Arles and St-Remy, and the Les-Baux multimedia show
   • Pont Du Gard Roman aqueduct  and Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard
   • Walking tours of Nice and St-Tropez
   • Visit of Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo

* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart for Paris.
We arrive in Paris and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until this evening’s Welcome Dinner at a charming Parisian Brasserie.
Our full-day panoramic tour will show us the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera, the “Left Bank”, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Montmartre and much more.
We leave the city for the splendour of Versailles. Created by the Sun King, Louis XIV, the palace was the envy of all European rulers. We will have a guided tour and a chance to stroll through the meticulous, statue-lined gardens, before returning to Paris. Afternoon at leisure to explore Paris on our own.
A day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to advise and assist you with the infinite choice of attractions and museums. Tonight's dinner will be followed by a cruise along the Seine River, a wonderful way to see Paris illumination.
We travel aboard the high-speed TGV train, the fastest scheduled rail journey in the world! Upon arrival in Avignon we enjoy a walking tour and visit the Palace of the Popes - an imposing Gothic structure where the popes lived during the middle ages.
This full-day tour in the heart of Provence begins in the pretty village of St-Remy-de-Provence, with its Roman vestiges and weekly Provencal market. Next is Les Baux-de-Provence, magnificently situated amidst incredible rock formations. Here we will enjoy an outstanding audio-visual show which will totally immerse us in the images. Finally we proceed to Arles - a city of art and culture. On our walking tour of Arles we see the charming old town, Van Gogh’s famous "café de la nuit" and visit the Roman coliseum and theatre. There will be free time before returning to Avignon.
At leisure to enjoy Avignon’s pleasant streets and interesting museums, or perhaps visit nearby Aix-en-Provence.
We travel to the Luberon and discover, scattered across the countryside, the wonderful villages classified as "the most beautiful villages of France". See Gordes - a hill top village with narrow alleys and passageways that wind between medieval buildings, Bonnieux - a typical Provencal market town, Rousillon - with its ochre landscape and Coustellet for a most interesting visit of the lavender museum.
This morning we discover the famous Pont Du Gard. Built by the Romans, it was a technical and artistic masterpiece ahead of its time. Then we travel through the countryside and vineyards to Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a vineyard visit and tasting. We return to Avignon for an afternoon at leisure.
Today we travel to the French Riviera with a stop in quaint St-Tropez enroute. This one time fishing village has become a fashionable resort frequented by writers, artists and celebrities. After some time on our own to stroll the charming old town and lively harbour we continue our journey along the Cote d'Azur to the elegant city of Nice.
Our city tour takes in the Promenade des Anglais, Cimiez Quarter and Convent Gardens. We will also see Nice's old town with its flower market, City Hall and pedestrian streets lined with shops and cafes. Afternoon at leisure.
We drive along the rugged and scenic Mediterranean coast to the medieval town of Eze, which offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Rivera. Then we continue on to Monaco where we visit the historic core (known as The Rock), see the Changing of the Guards and the Prince's Palace. After some free time here we visit Monte Carlo with its lush gardens and famous casino.
At leisure to enjoy Nice’s pedestrian streets or lively waterfront, or perhaps visit nearby Cannes or another resort town on the Riviera. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We proceed to the Nice airport for our flight home via Paris.
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