Day 1 Arrive in Paris, France.
Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2 Paris.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and a visit to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a cruise on the beautiful Seine River. (B)
Day 3 Paris–Versailles–Beaune.
Enjoy a special visit to the impressive PALACE AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES. Then, enter Burgundy and arrive in Beaune, capital of the region. A pleasant walk brings you to the center of the OLD TOWN to see the famous Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica before continuing to your hotel. (B)
Day 4 Beaune–Pont Du Gard–Avignon–Aix-en-Provence.
Stop at Pont du Gard and admire 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 Rhône River that in the 14th century became the residence of the popes. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge, and browse through the colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy. Next is the pleasant town of Aix-en-Provence. (B,D)
Day 5 Aix-en-Provence–Nice.
Aix-en-Provence is one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Explore its center during your walking tour, and wander through the maze of small streets and along Cours Mirabeau before continuing to Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” An exciting optional excursion to Monte Carlo is available. (B)
Day 6 Nice. Excursion to Èze.
Follow your Tour Director on a walking tour through the OLD TOWN of Nice, and enjoy some free time on your own. In the late afternoon, visit the famous FRAGONARD PERFUME FACTORY in Èze, and enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)
Day 7 Nice.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)