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Join Marissa and her group of Distinguished Travelers as they tour Paris, Provence, and the surrounding areas of the French Riviera including Nice and Monaco. Distinguished Travelers emphasizes experiencing a destination in an immersive, authentic travel experience. We are travelers, not tourists. Marissa will personally lead this tour. Travel Marissa's way!
Friday, March 9: Depart US for overseas flight to France
Saturday, March 10: Paris
Upon arrival, we will be met by our tour guide, Etienne, for a panoramic tour of the city. We will take in the Opera House, the Palace De La Concorde (Where Louis XVI was beheaded), Champs Elysees (trendiest avenue in the world) the Arc D’ Triomph, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Left bank including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sarbonne, Luxembourg Gardens and Pantheon among other sights. The afternoon will be at your leisure to explore more in depth those sights that interest you. Dinner on own. Overnight in Paris.
Our accommodations in Paris will be HOTEL ANDRE LATIN which is an excellent boutique hotel near the Luxembourg Gardens, Parthenon, Sorbonne, and Notre Dame.
Sunday, March 11: Paris, Versailles, and Montmarte
Today we will depart Paris for a short drive to Versailles where we will visit the Palace of the Sun King (Louis XIV) and the beautiful Gardens of Le Notre. In the afternoon we will make our way to Montmartre to observe the artists at work and the beautiful basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Dinner back in Paris will be on your own, followed by an evening cruise on the River Seine. Overnight in Paris.
Monday, March 12: Paris and Aix En Provence
This morning we depart Paris for Aix En Provence aboard the TGV train. Aix En Provence is known as one of the jewels of Southern France; a town of water and art. Aix was founded in 123 BC on the site of a natural spring. You will find numerous fountains throughout the town, with most of the most famous ones located on the Cours Mirabeau. Old Town includes a myriad of winding streets with local markets, shops, and squares. Dinner provided, and overnight in Aix En Provence.
Our accommodations in Aix En Provence will be at the sumptuous HOTEL AQUABELLA which is a Sumptuous 4 star hotel in the heart of the city.
Tuesday, March 13: St. Remy, Gourdes, Roussillon
St. Remy is closely tied to the works of the artist Vincent Van Gogh during his stay in the region. St. Remy is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. This afternoon we will continue to visit some of the beautiful towns in the area. Gordes is a village perched in the Luberon Valley and home to an imposing renaissance castle and church, and the famed lavender fields. Dinner is provided. Overnight in Aix En Provence.
Wednesday, March 14: Avignon and the Pont Du Gard Bridge
Depart Aix En Provence for Avignon where we will visit the Pope’s castle and the famous bridge Pont D’ Avignon. We will end our morning with a visit to the famous winery The Chateau Du Pape. This afternoon we will arrive at the Pont Du Gard Bridge which is a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. The Roman aqueduct is on one of the most beautiful examples of Roman construction in the region. We will return to Aix En Provence later in the afternoon where dinner will be provided. Overnight in Aix En Provence.
Thursday, March 15: Calanques, Vence, Saint Paul De Vence, Nice
Today we leave Provence for the magical the French Riviera. Our day will begin with a short cruise to the Calanques (the Mediterranean’s version of the Scandanavian Fjords). We will then continue to Vence where we will visit the Matisse Chapel, the Cathedral (where a famous mosaic by the artist Marc Chagall “Moses saved by the Nile” is on display. Time permitting, we will continue to St. Paul De Vence to see the Maegfoundation where many works by Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and other famous artists are found. Dinner provided. Overnight in Nice.
Our accommodations in Nice will be at the NICE RIVIERA 4 star hotel which is very centrally located and very close to the Promenade Des Anglais. Amenities include an on site heated swimming pool and jacuzzi.
After a short tour of Nice we continue to the elegant city of Cannes, well known as the capital of the world-famous film festival. From there we will go to Grasse where we will visit a perfume factory. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Chagall Biblical Museum. Dinner on own. Overnight in Nice.
Saturday, March 17: Nice, Monte Carlo, Eze Village, Villa Ephrussi
Today we will drive along the Corniche to Monte Carlo, the capital of the little state of Monaco where we will visit the royal palace and botanical gardens. Then we are off to the “Eagle’s Nest Village” of Eze that is perched 1,500 feet above the Mediterranean and offers spectacular views. Our day will end with a visit to the villa and gardens of Ephrussi which pertain to the Rothschild family and is truly one of the jewels of the French Riviera. Farewell dinner with wine provided. Overnight in Nice.
Sunday, March 18: Nice to US
Transfer from hotel in Nice to the airport in Nice for departure flights back to the US
PRICE: $2,750 PER PERSON
(single supplement pricing available on request)
Pricing is per person and assumes double occupancy. Pricing includes: 8 nights hotel accommodations, buffet breakfasts at the hotel, dinners as indicated in the itinerary, activities, visits, and guided tours as described in the itinerary, including entrance fees, transport by private bus and TGV train during the tour, and local taxes.
Price does not include: Personal expenses, meals (lunches and dinners not indicated in the itinerary), beverages during meals unless specified in the itinerary, gratuities to tour guides, hotel staff, or bus driver, any services not mentioned in the program, or international airfare.
Many travelers have varying preferences when it comes to international air travel. For that reason, airfare is NOT included in the package price and leaves the option of purchasing airfare with reward points or paying directly and selecting the level of service that best suits your budget and preference. However, if I have 10 travelers interested in group airfare rates from a US gateway, very favorable prices are availble. Distinguished Travelers is happy to assist you with flights in both economy and Business Class. Contact Marissa for assistance with air travel itineraries.