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Wonderful France (Winter 2013/2014)

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Palais des Papes in Avignon, FranceNice in the French Rivieria, FrancePlace Masséna by night in Nice, FranceChamps ÉlyséesParis, FranceNotre Dame Cathedral during Autumn in Paris, FranceHarbour by night in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Palais des Papes in Avignon, France
Nice in the French Rivieria, France
Place Masséna by night in Nice, France
Champs Élysées
Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral during Autumn in Paris, France
Harbour by night in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
  • Style: Spain Portugal Morocco and France Regionals
  • Description: Discover the wonderful cities of France, an inspiring and romantic journey during this beautiful time of year. Enjoy sightseeing in Paris and an included picturesque train journey to the south of France exploring Avignon, Aix en Provence, Nice and Lyon.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Paris! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through the City of Light. Tonight, meet your Travel Director and companions for a Welcome Reception. Later, enjoy an evening drive to see some of the most famous Parisian landmarks.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton Paris La Defense

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Your Local Guide takes you on an informative sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of the Paris skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. See the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité. Later, consider an optional trip to the impressive Louvre Museum.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Take the impressive and fast TGV train through the heart of France, past Auxerre and the sprawling vineyards of Burgundy to the Rhône Valley. View the Pont du Gard aqueduct, an impressive structure dating back to the Romans. Later, your orientation of Avignon includes views of the impressive Palace of the Popes and the ruined bridge straddling the River Rhône, which inspired the famous French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mercure Pont D’Avignon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles with a Local Guide, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. Later in the elegant city of Aix-en-Provence, join your companions for an authentic Be My Guest lunch of regional food at a provençal family restaurant.

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

    Hotel: Escale Oceania

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Traverse scenic hills to the coast and the glitzy resort of St. Tropez. The playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez is where Brigitte Bardot was ‘discovered’. Continue by road to Cannes - the jewel in the Côte d’Azur - and see the Film Festival Centre on the sophisticated Boulevard de la Croisette. Your orientation of Nice includes a drive along Promenade des Anglais as well as views of Place Masséna and the Old Town. This evening, join your companions for a delicious Highlight Dinner at one of the city’s many bustling restaurants.

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

    Hotel: NH Nice

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Spend the morning relaxing. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, swim in the Mediterranean or shop in chic boutiques. Later, a scenic drive brings you to the Principality of Monaco, where you see the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Drive along part of the scenic Route Napoleon inland and travel via Manosque and the Durance Valley to the town of Sisteron. Take the alpine route along the Col de la Croix to Lyon, France’s second largest city. Standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, Lyon is known as one of the greatest gastronomic cities in the world. Enjoy an orientation which includes Place Bellecour and views of the Basilica of Notre Dame.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Journey via the vineyards of Macon and Beaune to Paris. Stop in Beaune where there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner.

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

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    This morning after breakfast, say ‘au revoir’ to Paris, your fellow companions and Travel Director as this fascinating journey through France comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a speciality dinner cooked in a wood-fired oven in a rustic provençal family-run restaurant.
  • 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 from an included ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Pont du GardView the Roman aqueduct.
  • AvignonOrientation includes views of the Papal Palace and St. Bénezet Bridge.
  • ArlesSee the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque Cathedral on your walking tour with a Local Guide.
  • Aix-en-ProvenceOrientation tour includes the Cours Mirabeau.
  • St TropezVisit the most fashionable resort on the Riviera.
  • NiceOrientation includes the Promenade des Anglais.
  • MonacoExcursion to see the palace and cathedral.
  • Route NapoleonScenic drive.
  • LyonOrientation of this gastronomic city.
  • BeauneVisit the town with cobbled streets known as the capital of the Burgundy wine region.


  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest Lunch in a provençal restaurant.
  • 4 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris.
    • 1 three-course dinner with local wine.
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Nice.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Paris.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 20 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas in Nice where you will enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings. Experience the relaxed atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur at Christmas.
    • The 24 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Paris, where we have arranged special celebratory meals with wine and soft drinks for you to enjoy these memorable events.
    • The 27 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in the enchanting Provencal city of Nice. Enjoy the party atmosphere after a delicious dinner of local specialities at a well-known local restaurant.
    • The 30 December 2013 departure
      Celebrate New Year's Eve in magical Paris. After a delicious dinner, we will take you to a good vantage point to enjoy the fireworks over the city. A late transfer will ensure you get to experience an unforgettable night!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

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 trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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