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Paris & the French Riviera by Rail tour

Paris & the French Riviera by Rail

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
7 days
From: $ 1,654 $ 236 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Use your 2-day Paris Pass to explore monuments, landmarks, parks and museums.
  • Rediscover Paris on an intimate night tour, taking in the city of lights fully illuminated.
  • Travel by rail to the stunning south of France, sitting back and enjoying the scenery as you are brought to your next destination.
  • Explore the highlights of the French Riviera, from Menton to the hilltop village of Eze!
  • Lounge on the beaches of Nice, wander through Old Town or indulge in the best shopping Nice has to offer.

Short Description

Explore Paris' museums and shopping districts by day then rediscover its landmarks by night. Take a few days through the city to give you a local feel on commentated tours then head off to Nice via rail. Lounge on the beach, let their open air markets mesmerize you and their Old Town inspire wonder in you.

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 France

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 Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour (48-hour)
  • Paris by Night Tour
  • Rail from Paris to Nice (standard class)
  • 3 nights in Nice at Hotel La Perouse or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Paris!

Bonjour! You'll be transferred to your hotel to check in and get settled. Relax with a bottle of french wine or a cozy drink from a local cafe.

Transfer from Paris airport (CDG) to hotel!

Day 2: Paris

Start using your hop-on/hop-off bus and explore the City of Light.

Then, take Paris by night!

Paris 2 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off - Big Bus Tour Paris (Premium)

Discover Paris and enjoy fantastic views of the city on board a Big Bus Tour open-top double-decker bus. With your 2-day tour pass, you’ll have access to 2 different bus routes, allowing you to experience over 11 different stops, as you hop on and off at your own pace! The Red Route spans Paris’ most iconic sights, from the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, to Grand Palais and Sainte-Chapelle.

The Blue Route gives you the opportunity to explore bohemian Montmartre, including Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. Explore the Paris you have been looking for - historical, romantic, fashionable, fun and shopper-friendly, while listening to interesting audio guided commentaries!

Buses depart every 5-15 minutes on the Red Route and every 30 minutes on the Blue route. Your pass is valid for two consecutive days from the time you activate it and start your tour.

The two routes are:

Red Route: Classic Paris (2.5 hours with no stops)

Blue Route: Montmartre (2 hour with no stops) Your voucher can be redeemed and exchanged for a bus pass at any stop along either route.

Paris by Night Tour (In a Small Group - ILPAPR )

Take Paris by night. In a more intimate setting on a mini-bus with a maximum of 8 passengers, see the city of light at night, where its magic is truly shining. On a tour that visits the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid of the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and more, see Paris in a new light.

Day 3: Paris

Spend the day continuing to use your 2-day Hop-on/Hop-Off pass.

Visit the landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe. Then, take the time to wander through the gardens of Luxembourg and revel in the quiet beauty of Montparnasse.

Visit the Palais-Royal Gardens, a delightful (nearly secret) haven made up of gardens and storefronts tucked behind the walls of a 17th century palace. Paris is begging to be discovered again and again.

Day 4: Paris - Nice

Board your train from Paris to Nice and check into your next hotel! Begin exploring everything the French Riviera has to offer, from Menton to Saint-Raphaël, via Monaco, and from the Mediterranean coast to the peaks of Mercantour.

Train to Nice!

Day 5: Nice

Day two of your adventure awaits. Pack it full with activities or walk 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 6: Nice

Today is your last day! Pick up souvenirs, grab those last few photos, or visit sights you haven't seen yet.

You can take an early morning walk through Cours Saleya, a fruit, veggie and flower market that smells like paradise and is doused in color, or you can wander through museums, go shopping, get lost in Nice's lovely Old Town or luxuriate on the beach.

Day 7: Depart France

Au revior, France. Check out with new memories. You'll be transferred to Nice Airport for your departing flight. Until next time!

Transfer from hotel to Nice 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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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

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

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