Day 1:ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE.
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysees, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. To make the most of your stay, a selection of optional excursions is available.
This morning visit the impressive PALACE AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Then, continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy. Walk along the Rue des Forges and see the Ducal Palace, and the renaissance Tower of Philip the Good. Look out for Dijon’s symbolic owl at the Church of Notre Dame.
Day 4:DIJON-PONT DU GARD-AVIGNON.
Stop at Pont du Gard and marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in the year 19 BC. Continue to Avignon, a town on the Rhone River which became the residence of the popes in the 14th century. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Browse the colourful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.
Drive to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cezanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Explore its centre and wander through the maze of small streets and along Cours Mirabeau. You will also be treated to a cafe au lait with calissons (a traditional French confection). Arrive in Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” An exciting optional excursion to Monte Carlo is available.
Day 6:NICE. EXCURSION TO EZE.
Follow your Tour Director for a walk through the OLD TOWN of Nice, and enjoy some free time on your own. In the afternoon, visit the famous Fragonard PERFUME FACTORY in Eze, before celebrating the success of your French Escape with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.