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Le Coeur de France

9 Days - Classic Trip

QUICK GUIDE

Included on your tour

  • Travel & Company Tour Manager
  • 3- and 4-star conveniently located hotels
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Transfers to and from your overseas airport
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfasts
  • Welcome reception
  • Select three-course dinners with wine
  • Special four-course farewell dinner with wine
  • Paris sightseeing with guided tour of the Louvre
  • Guided Musée d'Orsay  visit
  • Excursion to Monet’s Giverny (prior to April 1 an excursion to Auvers sur Oise will be substituted)
  • Pont du Gard
  • Tour of Avignon and villages of Provence, with wine tasting
  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild tour and afternoon tea
  • Principality of Monaco’s cathedral and palace

Typical Hotels

  • Paris – Mercure Suffren
  • Provence – Imperator Nîmes
  • Nice – Beaurivage Nice


Note: confirmed hotel information will be available at least 45 days prior to departure.

Overnights

Paris 3, Provence 2, Nice 2

Contact us for pricing.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1: Overnight Flight
Depart for Europe.
DAY 2: Paris
Upon arrival in the City of Light, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. Relax at this evening's welcome reception and dinner. (D)
DAY 3: Paris
Kick off the day with a local guide who will introduce you to Paris on a panoramic tour followed by a guided visit of the Louvre, perhaps the world's most popular and definitely one of its largest museums. After checking on Mona Lisa's smile, spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure—indulge in the cafés, the galleries or the shops that beckon to you. (B)
DAY 4: Paris
While the Louvre embodies the entire world of art, this morning's guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay celebrates French art, notably Degas, van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet and Monet, to name a few. Spend the afternoon experiencing Monet's inspiration for yourself on an excursion to the small village he called home, Giverny (available after April 1). Return to Paris for dinner. (B,D)
DAY 5: Provence
France's high-speed train, the TGV, whisks you to Provence this morning. Today's highlights include sightseeing in Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Pont du Gard—a Roman aqueduct that once delivered 44 million gallons of water daily. For dinner, feast on the world-famous Provençal cooking on your first night in Provence. (B,D)
DAY 6: Provence
The true nature of Provence resides in its beautiful villages. Today's travels explore the best of them: Les Baux de Provence with its castle and medieval-era catapult perched upon a rocky outcropping; Saint Rémy-de-Provence, which van Gogh immortalized in The Starry Night; and the quaint stone-housed village of Eygaliéres. Wind up the day sampling the region's premier wine, Chateauneuf du Pape, at the vineyards where it has been produced since the 13th century. (B)
DAY 7: Nice
Soak up the spirit of the Mediterranean on this morning's drive to Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat, a spectacular playground of the wealthy. This afternoon, tour the estate and gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, punctuated by its shell pink exterior, musical fountains, and exquisite antiques. Indulge in afternoon tea as the baroness would in the Oriental Room. This afternoon and evening, Nice is yours for strolling, star-sighting, or boutique-ing. (B)
DAY 8: Nice
Monaco, the world's second-smallest independent state, has held our imaginations captive since Grace Kelly joined the Grimaldi family in 1956. This morning's excursion explores the chic principality, including a visit to the Rocher district, a cathedral tour and entry to the palace. Spend the afternoon back in Nice at your leisure, perhaps visiting the famed beaches. Share the trip's most notable memories with your companions at this evening's farewell dinner. (B,D)
DAY 9: Departure
Depart for the USA. (B)

Included meals guide:

B=Breakfast
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

France’s best–romantic Paris, enchanting Provence, the enthralling Riviera. Meet Mona Lisa, spend a day with Monet, then skip across the country on the TGV for a slice of la vie Provençal: stony villages, quaint towns, legendary wine. Cap the week off on the Mediterranean’s principal jewel, the Côte d’Azur.