Wonderful France Winter 2014/2015

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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: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe 2014/15
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The best of both worlds, France‘s capital Paris meets its capital of cool, St-Tropez, on this chic retreat. Even the journey shows you two worlds, from the slow scenic drive to the high-speed TGV. It‘s Insider moments like… the sight of Château la Dorgonne appearing in the distance as you drive down a country road and along a drive lined by trees and vineyards – before being welcomed for lunch by the owner. Relaxing al fresco with a glass of the château‘s own wine gives a perfect opportunity to enjoy views of the vineyards which supplied the grapes for your apéritif – at the foot of the southern Luberon Hills. Stepping inside the historic bastide, or country house, for lunch, you see how its careful restoration has revived its authentic 17th century charm.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Paris.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE PARIS

    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

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  • Day 3

    PARIS – TGV TRAIN – PONT DU GARD – AVIGNON

    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 with wine)

    Hotel: Mercure Pont D‘Avignon

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  • Day 4

    AVIGNON – ARLES – AIX-EN-PROVENCE

    Marvel at the Roman Amphitheatre and Romanesque cathedral during your sightseeing and walking tour of Arles with a Local Expert, a city where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a time. Later enjoy a scenic drive through the Luberon countryside to a family owned wine estate where you enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in a beautiful 17th century restored ‘Bastide‘.


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

    Hotel: Novotel Beaumanoir

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  • Day 5

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE – ST. TROPEZ – MONACO – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    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 ‘found‘. View the Bay of Cannes before making your way to the Principality of Monaco. View the Palace of the ruling Grimaldi family and the Cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were married. Arrive in Nice where your orientation includes the Promenade des Anglais and the Place Masséna.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: NH Nice

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  • Day 6

    NICE FREE TIME

    Relax on the Riviera or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Flower Market in the Old Town of Nice. Why not take an optional experience to the medieval and fortified hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence, former home of Marc Chagal and Yves Montand, famous for its art galleries and boutiques.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    NICE – SAINT MAXIMIN LA SAINTE BAUME – LYON

    Travel to the sleepy provençal village of St Maximin la Sainte Baume. Here the basilica, built in the late 13th century over a Roman villa, following the dream of the Count of Provence, is said to be the lost burial site of Mary Magdalene.  Later pass the vineyards of the Côte du Rhône before arriving in Lyon, the great gastronomic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Old Town and consider a Beaujolais dinner in a local ‘Bouchon‘.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland

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  • Day 8

    LYON – BEAUNE – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Journey through the Burgundy wine region and stop in the regional capital Beaune. Arrive later in Paris, the city of light! Tonight, why not experience a traditional Parisian Cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Tour Eiffel

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  • Day 9

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert 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 and Place de la Concorde. Later, consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles, once the Royal residence of Louis XIV. Tonight, celebrate with your Travel Director and newfound friends at a very special Farewell Dinner.


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

  • Day 10

    PARIS - RETURN HOME

    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 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.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris and Arles.
  • Orientations of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, Nice, Lyon and Beaune.
  • Visit St. Tropez and the Eiffel Tower.
  • View the Pont du Gard, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-de-Provence, The Old Town and Place Masséna in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco, the basilica of St. Maximin la Sainte Baume, Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon.

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite.
  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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