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French Riviera & Provence

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,865 $ 207 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the nicest parts of Nice with the freedom a rental car offers.
  • Get to know the French Riviera on a tour from Menton to Saint-Raphaël, and from the Mediterranean coast to the peaks of Mercantour.
  • Take a step past Nice on a tour that offers amazing opportunities through glamorous Monaco, high-energy Monte Carlo, and medieval Eze.
  • Take a wine-tasting tour that teaches you about wine and brings you through distilleries.
  • Indulge in shopping, beach-front lounging, and decadent wines.

Short Description

Explore chapels, castles, ruins and hiking trails. Shop in the busy city centers or peruse the early morning fruit and flower markets that are a world their own. Travel through Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze on tours that show you where to make the best of your trip. With three tours, eight nights and a car to yourself, make this trip your own.

Whether it's hiking the historic trails of Parc du Mont Boron, shopping through the luxurious Avenue Jean Medecin, finding inspiration in art museums, tasting French wine or lounging on sandy beaches, Nice has what you're looking for.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Nice
End City Avignon

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Nice (NCE) and out of Marseille (MRS)
  • Manual car rental for 8 nights – upgrade to automatic available
  • 3 nights in Nice at Hotel La Perouse or similar
  • Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Tour
  • 2 nights in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Le Pigonnet or Grand Hotel Roi Rene Aix-en-Provence
  • 3 nights in Avignon at the Hotel d l’Horloge or similar
  • Chateaux & Domaines Tour
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Nice!

Dig into your vacation in Nice! Explore everything the French Riviera has to offer, from Menton to Saint-Raphael, via Monaco, and from the Mediterranean coast to the peaks of Mercantour.

Day 2: Nice

Today, enjoy your tour through Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze

Enjoy a panoramic view over Nice after you get picked up from your hotel to experience glamorous Monaco, wonder at the picturesque medieval village of Eze, and ride along the road used in the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.

Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a full-day tour, experiencing the glamorous principality of Monaco and the picturesque medieval village of Eze for yourself! Go through the village of La Turbie, also called the "Monaco Terrace" because of the panoaramic view of the Principality of Monaco.

Visit a French perfumery in Eze, a charming, authentic medieval village perched above the sea, boasting breathtaking views. Then, travel to the Old Town of Monaco, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Palace (open June through October), the famous Cathedral, the Cousteau Oceanographic Museum, and the Changing of the Palace Guards. (Admissions not included.)

Finally, you move on to Monte Carlo as you travel the road used for the Grand Prix circuit. Treat yourself to luxurious shopping, stroll through stunning gardens, and view mega-yachts and chic casinos in Casino Square. Returning to your hotel in Nice at the end of the day.

Day 3: Nice

Continue exploring or take a day to relax. Nice has some pretty amazing beaches if you wanted to lounge for a bit, or you could meander along the Promenade des Anglais, commonly called Promenade or La Prom for short. It's a walk along the pebbly shore of Nice's beach and it's a lovely place to stroll with friends or loved ones.

Day 4: Aix-en-Provence

Check into your hotel and discover your new surroundings. Stop in Le Deux Garcons, a famous brasserie that serves up amazing coffee, and has even served artists such as Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola. This is a town of art and intrigue as well as a beacon for the intellectual of mind.

Day 5: Aix-en-Provence

Watch people walk by a 16th century clock tower in the town square hall in the opulent Aix-en-Provence. With a touch of Renaissance to the Archbishop's place and cloisters decorating St. Sauveur Cathedral, this city has a wealth of attractions.

Fans of Cezanne can explore the last studio he used, perfectly preserved so that it almost feels like he just stepped out. You can also visit Musee Granet where you can find masterpieces in everything from sculpture to paintings to archaeological artifacts.

Day 6: Aix-en-Provence - Avignon

Settle into your next hotel and grab your camera to walk the legendary Saint Benezet Bridge. With the lovely Place de l'Horloge nearby and decadent outdoor cafes to choose from, this beautiful place brings peace to anyone in it.

Day 7: Avignon

Marvel through your chateaux and domaines tours today as you wander through old castles. Then, enjoy a trip through distilleries as you get to taste wines made locally.

Chateaux & Domaines Tour

The sultry half-day tour through the wines of Rhone Valley will include a wine tasting at  Châteauneuf du Pape, where you will learn about the history of French wine. Your tour will also visit the Roman Theatre of Orange.

It's an excellent tour for beginners, and make sure you get a bottle or two to take home with you!

Day 8: Avignon

Treat yourself to a tour of the largest Gothic palace in the world: the 14th century Palais des Papes. Wander through the halls and beneath frescos, tip toe through chapels, and take in the beauty of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Make sure to snap a few photos in Place du Palais, the surrounding square of Palais des Papes. Then move on to walk the Rocher des Doms and enjoy the stunning views of Avignon from this soothing public garden.

Day 9: Depart France

Make that last minute stop you've been saving, drop off your car, and board your plane home.

Fly home!

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel La Perouse
  • Hotel West End Nice
  • Hotel Aston La Scala Nice
  • Hotel Suisse Nice
  • Hotel le Pigonnet
  • Hotel de l'Horloge

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