Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Bordeaux rail station, you are met by your private driver and transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free.
Day 2: Bordeaux City Tour & Wine Museum
In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide and go on a 4-hour guided walking tour of Bordeaux and Musem of Wine and Trade.
Together with your guide, you see the top sights of the city of Bordeaux. You see the Place de la Bourse which was built by King Louis XV in the early 1700's as the Royal Plaza, the Water Mirror, Opera, Place de la Comedie, Porte Caillau, riverfront, Quinconces square and its majestic fountain, and Cathedrale Saint Andre.
Discover the history of famous Bordeaux wines, unique attributes, trade history and have a wine tasting at the end of the tour at the Museum of Wine and Trade.
After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.
We recommend you to visit Cite du Vin - a new generation wine museum where the wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach. Each ticket includes an audioguide.
Day 3: Tour to Medoc
Today after breakfast prepare for a small group tour* to one of the most famous red wine districts in the world - to Medoc. You visit a top winery in the Margaux appellation where you get to learn about the winemaking process and taste wines.
Then continue to two renown wineries in Pauillac, where you have wine-tastings as well.
On the way back you ride along the Route des Chateaux, the legendary castle road, and see beautiful wineries. You are taken to Bordeaux and have the rest of the day free.
*Group size is up to 8 people
Day 4: Tour to Saint Emilion
In the morning after breakfast, you start a small group tour* to Saint-Emilion where more than 800 producers make wine. This wine region is located on the right bank of Bordeaux’ region and today you take a chance to walk in its lavish vineyards.
You visit Chateaus, dive into the heritage of Bordeaux winemaking, grape varieties, and experience wine tastings.
Today you also discover the charming UNESCO-listed village of Saint-Emilion on a short walking tour. After the tour you return to Bordeaux and have the rest of the day free.
*Group size is up to 8 people
Day 5: Departure
Today is the last day in Aquitaine region. Following breakfast, you have a check out from the hotel and your private driver take you to the rail station or airport depending on where you travel next.
Day 5: Arrival in Avignon
At the train station meet your driver and have a transfer to the hotel.
Meet your private guide at the hotel lobby and start a walking city tour. Within 3 hours you go to the famous Pont de Avignon Saint Benezet bridge dating back from the 12th century and the museum.
Then continue to the Place de l'Horloge or “clock square” and see its elegant Town Hall and stage theatre. You pass nice cobblestone shopping streets and have an inside visit to the Popes’ Palace where the popes lived in the 14th century, taking advantage of your skip-the-line entrance. The Popes' Palace is the largest gothic building in the world and you get to learn about the everyday life of the nine popes who lived there in splendor and luxury.
After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 6: Discovering the Hill-top Villages of Luberon
In the morning after breakfast prepare for a full day tour of the Provence countryside. Together with your driver-guide you explore the Luberon region, characterized by a series of strikingly picturesque perched, hill-top villages, dating back 1000 years or more.
The Luberon is an area of lush vegetation and exceptional wildlife and a place where vineyards and cherry orchards dot the hillsides. Together with your guide you visit a local market and taste the famous rosé wines of Provence at a local winery.
After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 7: Treasures of Provence Tour
Meet your driver-guide for a day trip devoted to the incredible Roman heritage of Provence.
In the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar and his Legionnaires defeated the Celts in Gaul, and the land they conquered became Roman Provincia. The region still boasts rich Roman presence, which lasted for about 500 years, and today you get to tour the best-preserved Roman monuments in the south of France.
One of the places you see today is the ancient UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard which is the highest aqueduct ever built in Roman times. You then proceed to Nimes, one of the major cities in Roman times, to visit the well-preserved Nimes Amphitheatre (entrance tickets included).
As a culmination of the tour you proceed to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village and a renown French Wine Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), the history of which is entwined with the history of Avignon Papacy. Here you visit a local winery and taste its rich wines.
After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 8: Tour to Alpilles
Meet your driver-guide for a day trip devoted to the exploration of the Alpilles, harmonious natural site and a chain of limestone mountains in the northwest of the Bouches du Rhône department, in Provence.
Les Alpilles, which is literary translated as the “Small Alps”, is a very secret and the most authentic part of Provence. The Alpilles has proudly preserved its traditions and the charm of a typically Provencal way and art of life.
You visit the St Rémy de Provence, a historic village built on one of the oldest archeological sites in Europe - Glanum. Together with your guide, you walk through its shaded boulevards and winding streets lined with private mansions from the Renaissance and the 18th century, beautifully restored homes, chapels, and convents. Here you can also find the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausolé, a gem of Provençal Romanesque architecture itself, that is famous for having taken in Vincent Van Gogh in 1889. It is in this monastery that Van Gogh painted 150 of his most well-known works.
Then you proceed to Baux de Provence, a picturesque Medieval village that is officially classified and labelled as "one of the most beautiful villages in France”. Here you can find carefully restored architectural masterpieces on every corner of the village’s cobblestone lanes and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Arles and the Alpilles that open up from the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence.
After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 9: Departure
Following breakfast and check-out, your driver takes you to the rail station.
Day 9: Arrival
Upon arrival to Cannes your private driver takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Day Trip to Nice
Following breakfast take a train to Nice and within just 30 minutes meet your local guide at the station.
Start your 4-hour walking* tour around the most stunning Nice attractions from the oldest times with the Greek and Roman ruins, to the more recent era of Belle Epoque with the palaces of the last century.
During the tour you stroll through the cobblestone narrow streets of the picturesque Old Town abundant in souvenir stalls, cafes and shops, see the Castle Hill, with the ruins of the former Chateau de Nice and walk along the Promenade des Anglais that stretches through the entire city coastline with the Baie des Anges and the beaches on one side, and beautiful buildings, including the breathtaking hotel Negresco, on the other.
After the city tour you have free time to enjoy Nice on your own before getting back to Cannes by train.
*Tickets for the public transportation are included.
Day 11: Day Trip to Monaco
After breakfast take a train to the tiny royal principality Monaco surrounded by France and the Mediterranean Sea. In an hour you arrive and local guide meets you at the train station.
During the 4-hour walking* tour you see major city attractions including the Cathedral of Monaco and the official royal residence - the Prince's Palace from the outside, that is located on the hill top overlooking the sea of the Old Town Monaco-Ville area.
Here you enter the State Apartments Museum (available till October 14th), where you get to see its eccentric rooms such as the Mirror Room, the Throne Room, the Red Room, the York Room, the Blue Room, the Louis XV bedroom called the Yellow Room and the Officers Room.
Then you continue to the Monte-Carlo district. As a tour highlight, you enter one of the oldest and most fashionable casinos in Europe, Monte-Carlo Casino** and see the splendid Opera House, created by Charles Garnier - the same architect who built the famous Paris Opera House. After the tour you have free time before taking the train to Cannes.
*Tickets for the public transportation are included.
**Note: To preserve the legendary aura of the Casino de Monte-Carlo it applies a dress code that meets the requirements of both elegance and tradition. Ripped or stonewashed jeans, sleeveless t-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts and beachwear, sandals and flip-flops for gentlemen, and large trainers will not be permitted.
Day 12: Departure
This is the last day of your tour of Southern France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the airport or train station depending on where you travel next.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.
2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.
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