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Papal PalaceChamps ÉlyséesParis, FranceNotre Dame Cathedral and the Seine by night in Paris, France
Papal Palace
Champs Élysées
Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine by night in Paris, France
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe Preview 2014
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  • Description: Bonjour! and welcome to gay Paris. Stroll along the Champs Elysees and admire the grandeur of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower as you immerse yourself in the most stylish city in the world. Later, browse the boutiques and cafés of Aix-en-Provence before taking in the stunning Provençal countryside. Delight in Medieval Avignon and Roman Nimes, where you’ll be schooled in the art of French cuisine and then on to beautiful Nice. Finally, a stunning trip along Côte d’Azur leads to elegant Monaco and luxurious Monte Carlo.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PARIS (3 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Paris, France’s glittering capital! Relax after check-in or start exploring this amazing city. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions later for a Welcome Reception followed by an evening drive to see the city’s impressive sights – the perfect introduction to your holiday!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

  • Day 2

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING

    Your Local Guide takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to round off your day with a famous Parisian cabaret show.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PARIS AT LEISURE

    Today is free for you to explore the delights of Paris. The city is home to many world-renowned galleries and museums including the Louvre, Musée D’Orsay and Les Invalides, featuring Napoleon’s tomb. Cruise along the River Seine, stroll through the Tuileries or join an excursion to Monet’s garden at Giverny.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    PARIS - TGV TRAIN - AVIGNON - AIX-EN-PROVENCE (2 NIGHTS)

    Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Avignon. Your orientation tour of Avignon includes the famous broken bridge, the bustling Place de I’Horloge and the Palace of the Popes, an immense fortification built in the 14th century. This afternoon, continue to Aix-en-Provence, a vibrant student city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE - SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, see the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs. Later drive through beautiful Provençal countryside to Ménerbes, immortalised by Peter Mayle in his book ‘A Year in Provence’. Experience a delicious Be My Guest lunch of local dishes at a family run winery in the famous Luberon area and learn about the excellent wines which are produced here. Return later to Aix-en-Provence with free time to do as you please.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

  • Day 6

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE - ARLES - NIMES (2 NIGHTS)

    A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Guide. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Nimes, where your orientation tour shows you the Roman Arena and the 2,000 year old Roman Temple, known as the Maison Caree.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    NIMES - COOKERY CLASS

    Your day starts with a visit to St. Remy de Provence Market to buy fresh produce for your culinary adventure! Join your companions for a Cookery Class from a qualified chef at a nearby restaurant, work together to produce a delicious lunch and eat it! Return later to your hotel in Nimes and spend the evening relaxing.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 8

    NIMES - CASSIS - NICE (3 NIGHTS)

    Drive south to coastal Cassis and take an included cruise around the bay and view the limestone coves – calanques − which provide shelter for local wildlife. Later continue to Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the Old Town.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 9

    EXCURSION TO MONACO & MONTE CARLO

    Drive along the elegant Côte d’Azur to Monaco. See the Palace of the Grimaldi family − they have ruled from this residence for 700 years − and the Cathedral where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier are buried. Continue along part of the Grand Prix circuit to Monte Carlo with the chance to visit a casino − you might get lucky and win! Later in Nice, there is time to shop for souvenirs or relax.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    NICE AT LEISURE

    Spend the day exploring Nice at your leisure. Visit the flower market in the old town. Maybe relax on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean. This evening, raise a toast to your fellow travellers at a celebratory Farewell Dinner with wine in a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 11

    DEPART NICE

    Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a delicious lunch at a family-run vineyard in the foothills of the Luberon Mountains. See the beautiful 18th century stone country house and taste the delicious local wines.
  • Local Guide in Paris and Arles
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ParisView Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and the Louvre with your Local Guide. Enjoy spectacular city views with an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
  • AvignonSee the Papal Palace, broken bridge and Place de l’Horloge.
  • Aix-en-ProvenceSee the Cours Mirabeau and the Place de la Rotonde.
  • MénerbesVisit this picturesque town in Provence.
  • ArlesGuided walking tour includes views of the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque Cathedral.
  • NimesSee the Roman Arena and the Maison Carée.
  • CassisIncluded cruise to see the coastal coves or ‘calanques’.
  • NiceOrientation tour includes the Promenade des Anglais, Place Masséna, the Old Town and château park for spectacular views.
  • MonacoSee the palace and the cathedral. Visit a casino in Monte Carlo.

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • Be My Guest lunch in the Luberon.

  • Cookery class and lunch in Nimes.

  • 2 evening meals including:
  • Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris.
  • Farewell Dinner with wine in Nice.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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