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. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER to get a first impression of the “City of Light.” (D)
Day 2 Paris.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, and a visit to magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to the famous 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, where a [LF] WINE TASTING awaits you at the renowned Marché aux Vins wine cellar. Time to stroll around and admire the famous Hôtel-Dieu and Notre Dame Basilica. (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, where you will stay for two nights. (B,D)
Day 5 Aix-En-Provence.
Aix-en-Provence is one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from all over. Explore its center during your walking tour, wander through the maze of small streets and along shaded Cours Mirabeau, and [LF] enjoy a café au lait with calissons (a traditional French confectionery) at the historical café Les Deux Garҫons. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 6 Aix-En-Provence–St. Paul De Vence–Nice–Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Enjoy a highlight visit to the picturesque hilltop town of St. Paul de Vence. Marvel at the many art galleries and little shops. Then, turn to the glittering Mediterranean Sea and arrive in Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” Drive along the famous Promenade des Anglais and continue along the scenic Basse Corniche to the tiny country of Monaco, built on a rocky peninsula and famed for its nightlife. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to see the palace and royal church of Monaco town, have dinner, and try your luck at the Monte Carlo casino. (B)
Day 7 Monte Carlo. Excursion to Èze, France.
Morning at leisure to dabble in the blue Mediterranean Sea. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive along the Moyenne Corniche with spectacular views to Èze, where a unique highlight awaits you: visit the famous Fragonard perfume factory and [LF] CREATE YOUR OWN FRAGRANCE. Later, join a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. (B,D)
Day 8 Monte Carlo.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Nice). (B)