Day 1: Arrival to Paris
As they say, Paris is always a good idea! Bonjour and welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France - Paris!
Upon arrival, your driver meets you and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.
Day 2: Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter
After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the two famous districts of Paris: Latin Quarter (5th) and Marais (4th). Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins with the UNESCO Site Heritage - Banks of Seine river.
Continue to the Latin quarter and taste a Bohemian charm of the medieval narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways. Reach the Ile de la Cite where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. Walk through the Ile Saint Louis and get closer to more sights: Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain of the Innocents and Palais Royal.
You then proceed with the tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tickets. You see the crème de la crème collections and the most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di Milo, Winged Victory, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Paolo Veroneseand the world’s most enigmatic Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.
Day 3: Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts
Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 5-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts.
Today you start with outstanding Places Vendome and Concorde and proceed to the Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city. You get to see one of the most recognizable landmarks with its magnificent glass-domed roof - Grand Palais and smaller but similar Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Step on the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city - Pont Alexandre III and continue to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*.
After the tour you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine river.
*Note: Tickets to the Eiffel Tower are not included in the city tour due to limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date if you would like to include it. Upon request, the tickets can be arranged for a visit to the Eiffel Tower after the guided tour. Your guide would escort you to the Eiffel Tower, where you would have free time on your own for the visit.
Day 4: Tour of Versailles Magnifique
Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and have a day tour to the famous residence of French kings. Together with your experienced guide, you take a short train ride to taste what it means to be a local, and appear in the heart of Versailles in just 1 hour*.
You see the Palace of Versailles and admire its grandiose opulence from the inside. You get to walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed and see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV. You also discover the world famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon (exterior) and enjoy an inside visit to Petit Trianon - Marie-Antoinette’s estate. After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.
*Round trip by the train can be replaced with a private driver. Refer to your travel specialist for more details.
Day 5: Departure
Following breakfast in your hotel you check out, meet your driver and continue your journey.
Day 5: Arrival in Avignon and City Tour
At the train station meet your driver and have a transfer to the hotel.
Upon arrival 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: Day at Leisure
In the morning following breakfast, you have the day free to continue exploring Avignon on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.
Day 10: Departure
This is a final day of your amazing trip in France! Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and have a transfer to the train station to catch the train to Charles De Gaulle airport.
Not included:international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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