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Paris and Provence 2014

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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: At Leisure 2014
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    Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Slow-paced and scenic, the South of France is the heart of this trip – with time in Paris, before heading to Provence and the proverbial 'playground of the glitterati', the French Riviera. It's Insider moments like… winding through the Provençal countryside en route to beautiful Menerbes, as you listen to the stories of the landscape and culture that inspired 'A Year in Provence'. Later, in Luberon, it's meeting and getting to know the Meillan-Pages family at their vineyard, and exploring the grounds as you listen to the techniques and philosophy behind the cultivation of the grapes. Tasting the fruits of their labour, you sip the wine they described and dine with them on their favourite regional dishes.
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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)

    Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

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  • Day 2

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING

    Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. 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 optional experience to the world famous Louvre Museum.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

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

    Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Aix-en-Provence, a vibrant student city featuring an abundance of grand period architecture. See the sights during your orientation including Place de la Rontonde, Cours Mirabeau and the thermal springs.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Roi Rene M Gallery

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  • Day 5

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE – SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, enjoy a scenic trip into the Luberon region. Visit the hilltop town of Gordes which was used in the film A Good Year featuring Russell Crowe. Later, visit an Olive Oil mill for a Unique Insight into the production of Olive Oil. 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 Dining)

  • Day 6

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ARLES – AVIGNON

    A short drive brings you to Arles where you see the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your walking tour with your Local Expert. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Avignon, your orientation includes the famous broken bridge, the bustling Place de l'Horloge and the Palace of the Popes, an immense fortification built in the 14th Century. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Mercure Cite Des Papes

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  • Day 7

    AVIGNON – ST REMY AND LES BAUX DE PROVENCE EXCURSION

    Arrive at St. Remy de Provence where you have time to explore the food markets and mix with the local people shopping for fresh produce. At Les Baux de Provence one of the most beautiful villages in France, admire the stunning views over Arles and the Camargue. Arrive back in Avignon with free time to explore the quaint streets and squares of this fascinating city.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    AVIGNON – 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)

    Hotel: Ellington

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  • 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 were married. 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.
  • Unique Insight into the production of olive oil.
  • Local Expert in Paris and Arles.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Grand Hotel Roi Rene M Gallery, Aix en Provence, France - Named after a 15th century king, who was a poet, artist and gourmand, the Grand Hôtel Roi René gives a real taste of French style and panache, so this Authentic Accommodation is often our base when exploring Aix-en-Provence.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris and Arles.
  • Orientations of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Nice and Monaco.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, an Olive Oil Mill in the Luberon region and Menerbes.
  • View the Pont du Gard, the Cours Mirabel in Aix-de-Provence, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Cannes Film Festival Centre, The Old Town and Place Massena in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco.

Dining

  • 10 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest lunch.
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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