Paris and Provence - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from €2518 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The best holiday we have ever taken"
Janine , Jul 2014

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... getting to know the Meillan-Pagès at their vineyard in the Luberon, and tasting the fruits of their labour, as you sip the wine they produce and dine with them on their favourite regional dishes.

Trip type:
At Leisure
Trip code:
FFULC

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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

  • 2.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist 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 by attending a famous Parisian cabaret show.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 Musée D'Orsay and Les Invalides, which contains Napoleon's tomb. Perhaps join a cruise along the River Seine or stroll through the Tuileries garden.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 MGallery Authentic Accommodation

  • 5.

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE ORIENTATION 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 Cultural 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

  • 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 Specialist. After shopping for souvenirs continue to Avignon, your orientation includes views of 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 Pont D'Avignon

  • 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

  • 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

  • 9.

    EXCURSION TO MONACO AND 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

  • 10.

    NICE AT LEISURE

    Spend the day exploring Nice at your leisure. Visit the flower market in the old town. 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

  • 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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    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 during your stay in Aix-en-Provence.
  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Gain an insight into the production of olive oil.
    Enjoy a wine tasting as you wander through the vineyards and wine cellars.
  • Local Specialists

    in Paris and Arles.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Paris and Arles
  • Cruise along the Côte d'Azur.
  • Orientations of Aix-en-Provence, Gordes, Avignon, Nice and Monaco
  • View the Pont du Gard, the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-de-Provence, Palace of the Popes in Avignon, The Old Town and Place Massena in Nice, The Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris and an Olive Oil Mill in the Luberon region

Dining

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

Travel Highlights

  • TGV Express train between Paris and Avignon.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

  • Nouvelle Eve Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €133.00 Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget.
  • Le Grand Louvre

    Adult Price: €45.00 The Louvre, the biggest and best known museum in the world, was once the palace of kings. You’ll follow your Local Specialist through the sumptuous maze of galleries to see the main attractions including Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece - the 'Mona Lisa' - and the State Apartments, decorated in the style of Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Giverny House And Gardens Of Claude Monet

    Adult Price: €48.00 Join us on a visit to the charming former home of the greatest Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, which inspired his magnificent water lily paintings. Our coach will drive us to the village of Giverny where you’ll enjoy a tour of the delightful house, gardens and famous Japanese bridge.
  • Dinner And Seine Cruise

    Adult Price: €70.00 There’s nothing like taking in the illuminated sights of Paris as you cruise down the Seine. But first, we’ve booked a table at a local favourite – where you’ll be wined and dined in true French style.
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €157.00 Dinner and cabaret, including wine and champagne, at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Paris cabaret – immortalized by the homonymous award-winning film and featuring 60 dancers and entertainers and over 1000 costumes!

Arles

  • On the trail of Vincent Van Gogh

    Adult Price: €22.00 Discover the secret stories and life of Vincent Van Gogh, as you stroll through the ancient streets and squares of this enchanting provincial town with our resident Local Specialist.

Avignon

  • Dinner And La Fontaine De Vaucluse

    Adult Price: €65.00 You'll discover a land of vines and lavender as we explore this little piece of Provence, made famous by Peter Mayle, before dining on local cuisine in a traditional restaurant.

Nice

  • St Paul Corniche Drive Perfumery And Dinner

    Adult Price: €82.00 Discover the medieval hill top town of St. Paul, known as an artists’ paradise. You’ll travel along the Riviera on the spectacular corniche, stopping off at a local perfumery. Finally, join us for a delicious meal and drinks at a local restaurant.
  • Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild

    Adult Price: €34.00 Discover how the rich and famous lived at the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens, on Cap Ferrat. One of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera, this sumptuous palazzo was used as the set for 'Never say Never Again'. With your Local Specialist, you’ll explore this collector's paradise surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular views.
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