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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera tour

Paris, Provence & the French Riviera

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
8 days
From: $ 1,722 $ 215 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tour through the cultural apex of Paris with commentary for all landmarks, museums and natural attractions.
  • Wander through museums in Paris, cruise along the River Seine, travel from city to city, and tease the senses with food and wine.
  • Indulge the senses in a tour showcasing art from Cezanne and Van Gogh and admire the Film Festival Palace.
  • Explore Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze on the third and final tour.
  • Capture memories in frames along the beautiful beaches of Nice, and don't forget to pick up a souvenir for home.

Short Description

Take a trip through France's capital, the Provence that once was home to Cezanne, and finish it all off with relaxation along the beaches of Nice! Visit landmarks and museums, take guided tours in each city that give you access to experiences unique to France and on your down time, explore cities that are known for their enchanting qualities.

Trip Type N/A
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 Paris
End City Monaco

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Paris (CDG), out of Nice (NCE)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Paris at Le Patio Bastille or similar
  • Paris Seinorama Tour
  • Paris City Tour
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Eiffel Tower admission
  • Rail from Paris to Aix-en-Provence (standard class)
  • 2 nights in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Le Pigonnet or Grand Hotel Roi Rene Aix-en-Provence
  • Rail from Aix-en-Provence to Nice (standard class)
  • 2 nights in Nice at Hotel La Perouse or similar
  • Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze Tour
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Paris!

Arrive in the magical city of Paris where you'll be transferred to your hotel to check in. Spend your first day relaxing, sipping French wine and taking a stroll. With quaint cafes on every corner and endless shopping opportunities, a moment of boredom in this city is a rare thing.

A unique world within a world, the Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is the worlds largest and most famous flea market; it is 150 years old. Wandering through its labyrinthine alleys and stalls offers all treasures for any want or need.

Transfer to Paris hotel!

Day 2: Paris

Rise and shine in the city of lights. Today you hop aboard the Paris Seinorama Tour to see famous landmarks and amazing monuments.

Paris Seinorama: City Tour + Seine Cruise + Eiffel Tower (12:00pm)

Discover Paris' most iconic sights on one unique, comprehensive tour. Start the day with a panoramic city tour by air-conditioned coach, with full audio commentary on individual headsets. Marvel at Place Vendôme Square, Opera House, Pantheon, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde Square, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Invalides.

At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, board the Bateaux Parisiens boat for a an hour-long musical cruise along the River Seine, admiring main monuments of Paris such as the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and the Eiffel Tower.

Upon disembarking, you will then skip the line and take an elevator up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to marvel at the spectacular sight of the Parisian skyline. You can also purchase a ticket to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.

Day 3: Paris

Make the most of your last day in Paris by visiting the museums and sights. Wander through the Louvre, take a ride on the Metro, and make sure you take a selfie under the Arc de Triomphe.

Shop through the Marais, the best shopping neighborhood in Paris, and stop in at one of the several exquisite cafes decorating the area.

Versailles Gardens

Day 4: Paris - Aix-en-Provence

Check into your next hotel after a ride on the rail from Paris to Aix-en-Provence. You may want to take the time to visit a famous brasserie, Le Deux Garcons, which has served coffee to everyone from Paul Cezanne to Emile Zola. A place for artists and intellectuals, let the atmosphere of the city's oldest cafe inspire you.

Train to Aix-en-Provence!

Day 5: Aix-en-Provence

Enjoy the splendors of Aix-en-Provence! Do some people watching in the town hall square with its 16th-century clock tower, explore the opulence and Renaissance wealth of the Archbishop's place, or fall in love with the cloisters at St. Sauveur Cathedral.

You may want to explore the Atelier de Cézanne, the artist's last studio, which has been perfectly preserved to feel as though he just stepped out. You can also visit the Musee Granet, where you'll find an overabundance of masterpieces ranging from paintings to sculptures and even archaeological finds.

Day 6: Aix-en-Provence - Nice

Take one more ride on the rail and check in at your hotel in Nice. Kick off the last leg of your trip with a party! With tons of clubs along the beach and a thriving nightlife, music and drinks may be the way to go.

Train to Nice!

Day 7: Nice

Today enjoy a full-day tour of glamorous Monte Carlo and more!

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 8: Depart France

Pack your souvenirs, check out of your hotel and take your transfer to Nice Airport. Return home with memories fresh in your mind and photos to show all.

Transfer to Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport (NCE)!

Fly home!

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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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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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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Le Patio Bastille
  • Villa Beaumarchais
  • Hotel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche
  • Hotel le Pigonnet
  • Hotel La Perouse
  • Hotel West End Nice
  • Hotel Aston La Scala Nice
  • Hotel Suisse Nice

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