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Art & Adventure: Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Nice

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,781

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Trace the footsteps of Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh and admire masterworks of Impressionism on this journey through France. Start in Paris where you’ll tour the Musee d’Orsay and visit Versailles. Continue south to explore Provencal villages, Roman ruins, and the stunning coastline of the French Riveria.


This 11-day French vacation takes you on an artistic journey from Paris to Provence and finally Nice, with visits to Giverny, Versailles, Camargue, and Cannes along the way. It features moderate accommodations and small group tours. 

Your journey begins in Paris, the French capital and City of Light. Simply stepping foot in Paris is an enchanting experience, as the old, art nouveau corridors of the city centre seem to have an endless supply of beloved landmarks and artsy hideaways. You’ll trace the history of some of the most beloved French artists at the Musee d’Orsay. Enjoy an intimate tour in the company of an expert guide through the train station-turned art museum, admiring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. Continue the artistic journey the next day with a visit to the gardens of Giverny to see the small house and tranquil pond that inspired Monet’s work. After a visit to the Musee des Impressionnismes Giverny and lunch, continue to Versailles to see Louis XIV’s palace gardens and state rooms that exemplify the height of French opulence. You’ll have another day at leisure in Paris to see landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre that you missed on your first few days.

Connect by train to Aix-en-Provence, in the heart of the sunny southern French region. A full-day tour will take you through many of the most popular villages of this beloved region. Stroll through the quiet streets of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, gaze upon the rocky outcrops of Les Baux-de-Provence, and finally walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in Arles and see the Roman amphitheatre left over from antiquity. Another day, watch bulls and horses roam freely in the grasses of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue. You will visit the village of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and can even swing by the bird sanctuary of Pont de Gau to spot marsh birds, including pink flamingos.

Continue onward to Nice, the attractive city that defines the French Riviera. A full-day tour of the Provence countryside will take you along the bay and Croissette of Cannes, where the famous film festival is held each year, inland to the perfume capital of Grasse to tour a factory and smell some of the core ingredients of iconic fragrances, and up into the Alps to Gourdon to enjoy the spectacular views of the blue waters of the Mediterranean from the “Balcony of the French Riviera.” You’ll have another day at leisure in Nice to stroll along the promenade, admire Matisse’s paintings at the Musee Matisse, and visit the hilltop castle. 

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to return home. 


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,781

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Day 1

Paris Airport to Paris Central Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Eden Opera

The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as Mogador or Moulin Rouge.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Eden Opera

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    Eden Opera



    The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as …

    The Eden Opera hotel has a privileged location in the very heart of Paris for your business or leisure trips. The hotel Eden Opera is located close to Montmartre, The Opera House Garnier, big department stores of Haussmann Boulevard and many theaters and cabarets as Mogador or Moulin Rouge.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Elevator
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Luggage Room

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Day 2

Impressionists at the Musee D'Orsay

On this small group tour, follow your expert guide and step into a world of colour and light. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir, this museum is home to some of the greatest, and most recognizable works of art in the world. Witness up close the swirling colours of artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but also the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time. Learn about the colourful and often unconventional lives of the mythical artists represented here, many of whom lived and worked in Paris. Enjoy the privilege of a small group visit, with no more than 7 guests on this tour. It's the best way to discover the Parisian's favorite museum!

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Giverny and Versailles - Small Group

In the morning at Giverny you have a guided visit of part of the wonderful gardens. Then, you will be on your own to visit Claude Monet's house and studio. The driver/guide will also provide you with the entrance ticket to the new " Musee des Impressionnismes Giverny". Lunch is included at "the Moulin de Fourges" (drinks included). Then there is a pleasant drive through the countryside of the Seine Valley. At Versailles you have a guided visit of the gardens. Then visit with an audio guide the State Apartments of the Palace. Entrance tickets included.

Duration9 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Railway Station or Pier - 20:00 to 08:00

Duration1 Hour

Aix en Provence TGV Railway Station to Aix en Provence hotel or city centre

Duration1 Hour

Adagio Aix En Provence

A stone's throw from Place de la Rotonde and the famous Cours Mirabeau, the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre is located in the very heart of the city, close to shops and entertainment. A 4-star holiday residence, Aparthotel has 89 air-conditioned apartments from studios for 2 people to 3-room apartments for 6. Perfect for a business trip, or for a getaway with your partner or family. The Aparthotel has an undercover car park and free high-speed Internet access.

Meal Plan ROOM and ONLY
Duration3 Nights
Day 6

Small Group Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence

Arrival in Saint Remy de Provence: free time in the village. On Wednesdays, enjoy its open-air market, one of the most picturesque in Provence. Photo stop at the Antiques and St Paul de Mausole. Continuation to the exceptional village Les Baux de Provence. From the rocky spur, it's a breathtaking view of the exceptional scenery that amazes all the visitors. From March to December, the possibility to attend the sound and light show about Vincent Van Gogh in Les Carrieres de Lumieres (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village. In Arles, discover the city by a leisure walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dated back to 1888. Arles is also worldwide famous for its architectural heritage: the Roman amphitheater and theatre, and the magnificent Romanesque Saint Trophime Church (entrance fee not included). The weekly market in Arles takes place on Saturdays, take the opportunity to taste and buy local products. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the tour.
The itinerary of the tour can change according to the market day as the market is always organized in the morning: on Wednesday in St Remy de Provence and on Saturday in Arles.

Duration8 Hours
Day 7

Small Group to Camargue

On this small group tour, drive through Arles, to the Regional Natural Park of Camargue where bulls and horses roam free in wide spaces. Arrival in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the capital of Camargue, along the wild and picturesque Route de Cacharel. Visit the fortified church with its famous legend and free time in the village (possibility of swimming or sun-bathing) before going back to Aix-en-Provence.
Optional activity (not included): Bird sanctuary of Pont de Gau for a discovery, on foot, in between marshes and reeds of the main birds of Camargue (pink flamingos and other birds).

Duration6 Hours
Day 8

Aix en Provence hotel or city centre to Aix en Provence TGV Railway Station

Duration1 Hour

Nice Train Station to Nice Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Boutique Hotel Gounod

The 3-star Boutique Hotel Gounod is located in Nice downtown, in a chic and quiet residential area, the Musicians district, and has its own car-park and free Wifi. This hotel stands as a perfect choice for visitors wishing to explore French Riviera's capital staying in a hotel near the "Promenade des Anglais", the beach and city center. This hotel has 43 guest rooms. Close to Boutique Hotel Gounod is the 4-star Splendid Hotel and Spa where guests can enjoy free access to its rooftop swimming pool and whirlpool bath, as well as the fitness: Sauna, running tracks, Hammam, whirlpool bath and treatments are available at Spa Splendid, l'EssenCiel rooftop panoramic Bar and Restaurant and 5 fully equipped meeting rooms.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Boutique Hotel Gounod

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    Boutique Hotel Gounod



    The 3-star Boutique Hotel Gounod is located in Nice downtown, in a chic and quiet residential area, the Musicians district, and has its own car-park and free Wifi. This hotel stands as a perfect choice for visitors wishing to explore French Riviera's capital staying in …

    The 3-star Boutique Hotel Gounod is located in Nice downtown, in a chic and quiet residential area, the Musicians district, and has its own car-park and free Wifi. This hotel stands as a perfect choice for visitors wishing to explore French Riviera's capital staying in a hotel near the "Promenade des Anglais", the beach and city center. This hotel has 43 guest rooms. Close to Boutique Hotel Gounod is the 4-star Splendid Hotel and Spa where guests can enjoy free access to its rooftop swimming pool and whirlpool bath, as well as the fitness: Sauna, running tracks, Hammam, whirlpool bath and treatments are available at Spa Splendid, l'EssenCiel rooftop panoramic Bar and Restaurant and 5 fully equipped meeting rooms.

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    • Breakfast Room
    • WiFi

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Day 9

Tour Provence Countryside - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St. Paul ex Nice

Arrive in the bay of Cannes, along the sandy beaches and luxurious boutiques. Stroll on the mythic Croisette's boulevard and imagine the glamour of the annual film festival's red carpet, walk amongst celebrities' footprints. After wards, escape to the inland for its quiet environment to awake your senses in Grasse: World's capital of perfume. Appreciate a guided tour in a factory that will reveal its secrets or wander in the heart of the old town. In the course of the Alps and valleys, you will reach Gourdon, "Balcony of the French Riviera" that culminates over the "big blue sea". Then wind down the river Loup in order to end your journey by the "Jewel of our beloved Provence": Saint Paul de Vence, one of the most visited villages in France and one of the top places for artists since the 20's.

Duration8 Hours
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Nice Hotels to Nice Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Friday: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights moderate accommodations in Paris
  • 3 nights moderate accommodations in Aix-en-Provence
  • 3 nights moderate accommodations in Nice
  • Private transfers between train stations and hotels
  • Small group Impressionists at the Musee D'Orsay - max 7 guests
  • Small group Giverny and Versailles tour - max 8 guests
  • Small group Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence - max 8 guests
  • Small group to Camargue - max 8 guests
  • Small group Provence Countryside - Cannes, Grasse, Gourdon & St. Paul de Vence - max 8 guests
  • Tickets to Musée d’Orsay, Palace of Versailles and gardens (priority access), Claude Monet's House and Impressionist Museum
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Train tickets between cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Excursions not specifically indicated
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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