Arrive in Cannes on the Côte d'Azur
Tour begins: 6:30 PM, InterContinental Carlton Cannes. A transfer is included from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to the InterContinental Carlton Cannes. Join us for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening at your luxury hotel overlooking the Bay of Cannes, its Belle Epoque facade gracing one of the most famous waterfronts on the French Riviera. Please join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner at your seaside hotel.
Cannes, a cruise to Nice & more
A marvelous day in southern France begins with a walking tour of Cannes - a popular Mediterranean resort for more than a century, and home to the world-famous annual Cannes International Film Festival since 1946. Then head off on a cruise along the Riviera (weather permitting) to seaside Nice for an orientation walk through the old city that recalls the days when aristocrats and royals spent their winters here. Enjoy some free time to explore as you please before an afternoon visit to Musée Marc Chagall, a national museum spotlighting religious-inspired works by the Russian-born painter who made France his home. Return to your hotel in Cannes for an evening spent as you please.
Artistic Aix, a winery & van Gogh's St-Remy
Imagine great artists like Paul Cézanne at work amidst the spectrum of colors found in Provence as you view Mont Ste-Victoire and join your local guide for a walking tour among the fountains, squares and medieval center of lovely Aix-en-Provence. After free time for lunch in Aix, visit Domaine de Valdition for an afternoon wine-tasting. Continue on to St-Rémy-de-Provence, where Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh spent one year of his life at a monastery that served as an asylum; his stay here resulted in a period of creativity that produced 150 of his most beloved paintings including Starry Night, Wheat Field with Cypresses and Irises. You, however, will spend two nights in town at charming Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa.
Lovely Arles, the Pont du Gard & olive oil
Tours of southern France aren't complete without exploring the Provençal landscapes that inspired van Gogh, where olive groves, cypress trees, and flowers the color of the rainbow greet you. Travel today to ancient Arles, exploring the historic Old Town noted for its narrow streets, medieval stonework and lingering evidence of its ancient Roman residents; enjoy lunch on your own. Then take an adventurous guided walk on the famous Pont du Gard, an ingenious 2,000-year-old Roman aquaduct spanning the River Gardon, before visiting Moulin Castelas, an award-winning olive oil producer in Maussane les Alpilles; their product is a delight, as you'll discover on a tour of their orchards. Travel a short distance for a Provençal evening - enjoy a Provence-style dinner and a presentation of Provençal folklore.
Medieval Avignon & the fast TGV Train to Paris
Avignon has reigned as one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Europe since the 14th century when it was the capital of Christendom and the home of the popes. A guided visit inside the Palais des Papes with a local guide reveals the lifestyles of the pontiffs who reigned in Avignon for almost 70 years. Explore the walled city on your own, before boarding the high-speed TGV for Paris this afternoon. This evening, you're in for a culinary treat - dinner at Aux Lyonnais, the popular Alain Ducasse bistro in Paris.
Bonjour la Cité... exploring the sights of Paris
Today's orientation tour gives you a great overview of city landmarks and includes the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower and Cathedral of Notre Dame. Join us for lunch amidst great views of landmark sights, then explore Paris as you wish for the rest of the day and evening.
Musée du Louvre & a Farewell to Paris
Tauck has arranged a guided tour this morning that takes you inside Musée du Louvre to see some of the world's most famous art masterpieces including the "Mona Lisa" and the "Venus de Milo." Spend the afternoon at leisure and join us for our farewell dinner tonight at a well-known brasserie, Les Ombres, with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower - and bid adieu to Paris with gourmet food and wine.
Tour ends: Paris. Fly home anytime. Your transfer is included from Sofitel Paris le Faubourg to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly Airport or a Paris train station. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.