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French Riviera - Provence – Paris

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Nice - Monaco - Cannes - Nice - Antibes - Cannes - Saint-Tropez - Cassis - Marseille - Aix-en-Provence - Salon-de-Provence - Vernègues - Avignon - Gordes - Paris -

9 days
Here is a tour that will delight anyone who wants to discover Provence, the French Riviera and Paris. Find out the most emblematic places of these regions without forgetting the shopping time ...
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Presentation

Tour Highlights:

- Small group from 7 to 16 people
- English-speaking tourist guide living in France
- 1 night in a real castle
- Few nights at charming hotels
- Comfortable private vehicle with professional French driver
- Gourmet restaurants with local specialties
- 1 restaurant at a Michelin starred restaurant
- Ample shopping time
- Visit to a local market
- Lesson in a workshop to create your own perfume
- Wine and chocolate tasting class
- 1 meal at local French family
 
Best period to join this tour :
From April to October

Day 1 International flight

Saturday: International Flight


Day 2 Nice - Monaco - Cannes

Sunday : NICE – MONACO - NICE

Welcoming pick up at Nice airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel check-in
Short transfer to Monaco (20 minutes).

Lunch at Monaco at seaside(Italian pasta and fish)

Walking tour of Monte Carlo / Monaco, the famous Rocher, Grimaldi Palace, the Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum and the wonderful Mediterranean gardens (3 hours).
Back to Nice at late afternoon.

Dinner at Nice (local specialties: The Gnocchi: Little balls of potato with flour and egg, cook in water and eaten with olive oil or sauce.)

Night in Nice at Hotel Vendôme ***
3 star hotel in downtown Nice, close to Place Massena and the old town, 500m from the seaside. The Vendôme hotel is an old mansion with refined decor and modern comfort. It is ideally located in the heart of the shopping areas, close to the Galeries Lafayette and the center Nice Etoile.
    
Optional : Hotel Nice Riviera ****
Set in the city center, Hotel Nice Riviera is located less than 500 meters from the Promenade des Anglais, the beach, the Place Massena, Nice Old Town and the main shopping street. The Matisse Museum is about 2 km. The wellness center of the hotel offers an indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna.


Day 3 Nice - Antibes - Cannes

Monday : NICE – ANTIBES - CANNES


Visit the Nice old town and discover the Baie des Anges and the famous "Promenade des Anglais" (2 hours).
Departure by sea and ancient hills of flowers to discover:
Saint-Paul de Vence: its charm has attracted some of the biggest names of painting in 20th century. Today the charm of old stones contrast with contemporary art galleries (one hour).

Lunch on the terrace in Saint Paul (traditional cuisine: Niçoise Salad)

Grasse: perfume capital of the world, visit the Workshops of Molinard perfume. Workshops visit (1 hour). Courses  in Workshops to introduce you the manufacture of a personalized perfume. This olfactory initiation is provided by a passionate trainer that assists you in the design. Each participant carries his new creation (70ml bottle) and also the complete formula, and the certificate ... (1 hour).
Arrive late afternoon in Cannes. Its luxury shops located on the famous Croisette with its sandy beach. Shopping time.

Dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Cannes.

Night in Cannes at Hotel des Orangers ***
Located in the old town of Cannes, in the high of Suquet, 350 m from the beach, 5 minutes walk from the Port, the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals. The Hotel des Orangers is a Provencal house facing south with a beautiful view of the sea and the massive Esterel.

Optional: Avangani Resort Hotel ****
This Hotel ****, located facing the sea, is located 50 meters from the beach of south of Cannes. It offers free access to the outdoor pool and tennis court. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain.


Day 4 Cannes - Saint-Tropez - Cassis - Marseille

Tuesday : CANNES – SAINT TROPEZ – CASSIS - MARSEILLE

Crossing the Maures forest, and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, on the road (2 hours), to discover:
Port Grimaud: the Venice of Provence, to explore on foot (1 ½ hours).
Saint-Tropez: its harbor, its citadel, its luxury shops and small lively streets, so many images that have been around the world (1 hour)

Lunch at the seaside (traditional Italian Pizza)

Cassis: cruise to discover the Calanques (1 hour).
Marseille: Visit the Old Port and the Cathedral (1 hour).

Dinner in Marseille (Local specialties: The bouillabaisse: fish soup that is eaten with bread croutons smeared often garlicky, rouille, fish served whole and potatoes).

Night in Marseille at Vieux Port Newhotel ***
The hotel is opposite the Vieux Port of Marseille and down the famous Canebière, the historic center of Marseilles. Close to shops, restaurants and bars.

Optional: Hotel Grand Tonic Hotel Marseille ****
Overlooking the Old Port, the Grand Tonic Hotel is located in the heart of Marseille. It offers modern air-conditioned rooms and a Mediterranean restaurant and offers a view of the harbor.


Day 5 Marseille - Aix-en-Provence - Salon-de-Provence - Vernègues - Avignon

Wednesday: MARSEILLE - AIX EN PROVENCE - SALON DE PROVENCE - VERNEGUES - AVIGNON

Road to Aix en Provence (30 minutes).
Visit Aix en Provence, Cezanne City and Good King René, city of art and culture in which it is good to walk (1 hour).
Passing through the charming Provencal village of Pelissanne, continued to Salon

en Provence, the city of Nostradamus in the 19th century was the capital of oils, soaps and cafes. Visit the fresh produce market (1 ½ hours).
Visit a traditional soap factory (1 hour).


Lunch on the terrace in the heart of Provence (Provençal cuisine with meat and vegetables).

Visit the old village of Vernègues the breathtaking panorama (1 ½ hours).
Visit a wine country Aix followed by a wine tasting (1 hour).

Dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Avignon.

Night in Provence at Château de Mazan ****
Nestled at the bottom of the legendary Mont Ventoux, the Château de Mazan is located in the charming village of Mazan, in the heart of Provence.
It is in this elegant eighteenth century building, former residence of the Marquis de Sade, you'll stay at a landscape with charm, food and comfort.


Day 6 Avignon - Gordes - Paris

Thursday: AVIGNON - GORDES - PARIS

Visit and shopping at the market at the brocante d’Avignon, Place Pie, in the heart of the city (1 ½ hours).
Visit the Popes' Palace and the Bouteillerie Palace (1 ½ hours).
Road to the Luberon (30 minutes).

Lunch at Les Bories & Spa restaurant (1 Michelin star).

Visit Gordes, which has received the distinction of "most beautiful villages of France".
The walk through the labyrinthe of its narrow streets surrounded with tall houses which will enchant you. (1 hour).
Visit one of the most beautiful Romanesque Abbeys of Provence, Senanque Abbey. Majestically erect behind its lavender fields, this place of prayer is still inhabited by a community of Cistercian monks who offers its visitors the opportunity to visit the building (1 hour).
Discover the Fontaine de Vaucluse (1/2 hour).
TGV to Paris in first class (3 hours).
Evening arrival and transfer to hotel.

Free time Dinner and simply in the TGV 1st class

Night in Paris at Hotel Therese ***
An ideal location in the heart of Paris Right Bank: the Louvre, the Palais Royal, rue Saint Honoré and the Opera House are nearby. A refined and relaxed atmosphere in a warm, contemporary classic with a touch of exoticism.

Optional: Balzac Hotel ****
Next to the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Hotel Balzac is a luxury "boutique hotel" which is  the most extraordinary in Paris located in the eighth district, near the Faubourg Saint Honoré Road and La Defense.


Day 7 Paris

Friday: PARIS

Discover the great monuments of Paris:
Visit the Louvre and its pyramid (2 ½ hours).
Discover Tuileries Gardens (½ hour).
Ponts des Arts with locks of love (½ hour).

Lunch: Chinese restaurant.

Discovery Workshop "wine and chocolate" (2 hours), with an oenologist. Tasting of 4 different kinds of wine and two types of chocolate. A nice moment to introduce your palate with wine and French chocolate.
Visit the Eiffel Tower.

Dinner on the 2nd floor, at the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel.

Night in Paris at Hotel Therese ***
An ideal location in the heart of Paris Right Bank: the Louvre, the Palais Royal, rue Saint Honoré and the Opera House are nearby. A refined and relaxed atmosphere in a warm, contemporary classic with a touch of exoticism.

Optional: Balzac Hotel ****
Next to the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Hotel Balzac is a luxury "boutique hotel" which is  the most extraordinary in Paris located in the eighth district, near the Faubourg Saint Honoré Road and La Defense.


Day 8 Paris

Saturday: PARIS

Free time morning in Paris for your last minute shopping in department stores of Champs Elysees (4 hours).
Airport transfer and check in with the help of assistant.


Day 9 INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Sunday: International Flight

Notice: the hotels and restaurants listed are subject to availability at time of booking. These can be changed for restaurants and hotels of similar category and in the same locations.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS:
 2 days: Paris
 3 Days: Mont Saint Michel and the Loire castles
 3 days: Champagne and Burgundy
 3 days: Lyon, Beaujolais and Burgundy

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