DAY 1: PARIS
For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination. Accommodation: Le Saint or similar
DAY 2: PARIS
With your private guide and driver, embark on a half-day exploration into the history of Paris, while bearing witness to all of the must-see highlights in the City of Lights. Make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and home to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. In Le Marais district, a chic quarter known for its food, you can see the stunning Place des Vosges, a historic planned square formerly populated by Parisian nobility. After, make your way to see the courtyards of the world famous Louvre, the largest palace and museum in Europe. Admire breathtaking architecture while your guide stimulates the imagination with tales and legends from the palace’s past. Continue on to learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees, then learn about the World’s Fair held in 1900 as you head over towards the Eiffel Tower, and Trocadéro – which boasts the best view of the Tower in the entire city! Head up the Eiffel Tower with your guide, and see the city’s true beauty from the third floor observation deck, where the views are remarkable.
Please note: Eiffel Tower tickets are subject to availability.
Meet your private guide out front a cafe just steps away from the world famous Louvre Museum, housed within the largest palace in all of Europe. With an astonishingly rich collection of art ranging from Ancient Greece all the way to the 19th century, the Louvre is arguably unmatched. Witness Da Vinci’s timeless The Mona Lisa, the statues of Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, both over 2,000 years old dating back to ancient Greece, and the 4,600-year-old Great Sphinx of Tanis, a relic of the Egyptians. See Eugene Delacroix’s iconic 17th century Liberty Leading the People representing victory by the people in the French Revolution, and check out the original Code of Hammurabi, a legal code depicted on a black basalt tablet shaped like an index finger, which dates back to a time just under 4,000 years ago. Bear witness to incredible history at the Louvre. Return to your hotel independently.
DAY 3: PARIS
Enjoy a half day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles, traveling in a private car and English speaking guide. This magnificent Baroque palace is known to the world as a symbol of civilization and pleasure. The Palace of Versailles dates back to 1038 and was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Used by Louis XIV initially as a hunting lodge, the property expanded to become the majestic site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens. The interior showcases brilliant examples of Baroque furnishings, a rare collection art, and special exhibitions. Your guide will lead you through the most beautiful rooms where you’ll be dazzled by their sheer opulence. Free time is allocated at the end of the tour for a walk in the French style gardens which feature exalted statues, busts, and marble vases, before returning to Paris.
DAY 4: PARIS – AVIGNON
Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer. Depart by train from Paris to Avignon. Approximate travel time is 2.5 hours. Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.
Meet your private guide and set out on foot for a walking tour of Avignon. Stroll narrow streets filled with centuries of history, including the 1,100 year-old St. Peter’s Church. You’ll visit the medieval ruins of Pont d’Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and iconic bridge which appears in nearly every quintessential photograph of this ancient city. Walk up to the Rock of the Doms to enjoy its public gardens and a panoramic view out over the city. See the 11th century Avignon Cathedral, topped with a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, also part of the UNESCO-listed Old Town trifecta. No exploration of Avignon is complete without a visit of the massive Palais des Papes – the papal palace – one of the largest and most important Gothic buildings in all of Europe, and the final UNESCO World Heritage Site in historic Avignon. In the 14th century, this palace was the epicenter of all Western Christianity, and it’s incredible size is indicative of its former importance and influence. Accommodation: Cloitre Saint-Louis or similar
DAY 5: AVIGNON
Meet your private driver-guide and transportation for a half-day tour which takes in the historic Roman city of Orange, and the wine of the Rhone Valley. First, head to Orange for a panoramic tour of this ancient city, dating back over 2,000 years. Gaze upon the stunning Triumphal Arch of Orange – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of the glory of Roman imperialism in antiquity. Also sharing in the UNESCO World Heritage title is the Roman Theater of Orange, one of the most well-preserved theaters of the Roman Empire, a relic from 20 centuries ago. Visit the 7,000 seat venue which brought the people together, and distracted them from the political agenda of the day with spectacle and entertainment. From here, take a scenic drive through the vineyards between Orange and nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, stopping to enjoy a guided wine tasting in a local cellar, offering a nice introduction to the wines of the Rhone Valley, with explanations on the terroir, grape varietals, vinification, and aging cellars. Conclude the tour on arrival back to Avignon.
DAY 6: AVIGNON
Enjoy a full day excursion with a private driver-guide, visiting all of the top sites of Provence. Head first to visit the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pont du Gard – an incredibly well preserved Roman aqueduct dating back 2,000 years, later maintained for centuries by lords and bishops who used it as a toll bridge, hence the incredible condition it’s in to this day. Continue to Les Baux de Provence, named one of the most beautiful villages in France, largely due to its hilltop position and picturesque stone ruins of the upper old village and castle. Stroll through the quaint, narrow streets and picture the aura of 16th-century life here, when the village was thriving. Continue to Gordes, where an 11th century castle and 12th century abbey dominate the peak of the hill, overlooking the typical houses of the medieval village below, all built with stones from the same rock to which they cling. This stunning commune of grey-beige rock stands in stark contrast to your next destination, the village of Roussillon, built at the top of an ocher cliff. Stroll through the village’s charming old center, with houses and shops sporting ocher-washed facades and shutters in muted pastel tones. When you imagine picture-perfect Provence, this is indeed it! Conclude your day on arrival back to Avignon.
DAY 7: AVIGNON – NICE
Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer. Depart by train from Avignon to Nice. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours. Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.
Meet your private guide and depart on foot for a leisurely half-day walking tour in Vieux Nice, France’s most Baroque old city, with pastel colored buildings, and charming cobblestone streets. Every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, the Cours Saleya springs to life with its flower market featuring a hundred stalls of plants, bouquets and cut flowers against the backdrop of Castle Hill. Stroll the heart of the old town, with small squares and streets lined with lively cafes and patios, frequented by the local Nicois. Slow down to a relaxed pace apropos of the Riviera, as your guide treats you to a coffee, a perfect opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere like a local. Discover the small St Francis Square with its fish market and fountain, walk a stretch of the Promenade des Anglais and gaze out over the azure waters of the Mediterranean, and even take in the port, lively with yachts and traders. Nice is a true beauty. Accommodation: Hotel La Perouse or similar
DAY 8: NICE
Enjoy a full day excursion with your private driver-guide and vehicle, taking in some sightseeing in the coastal gems of the French Riviera. Drive along the spectacular Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco, which harbors typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the bay and citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer before arriving to Cap Ferrat, where you’ll drive by famous homes of celebrities, kings, and magnates. Here you’ll visit the impressive Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, with its beautiful pink facade, symbolizing the spirit and splendor of the Victorian era. Admire an impressive collection of art, and stroll through the stunning gardens, each with their own philosophy, creating a voyage through time, geography, and culture. Continue along the Middle Corniche to Eze, a medieval village perched on a hilltop, allowing you to experience its breathtaking and world-famous panorama overlooking the sea. Continue to the city-state Monaco where you’ll tour the Old Town, with views the 12th century Prince’s Palace, the white exterior of the 19th century Monaco Cathedral, and the stunning Baroque revival architecture of the Oceanographic Museum. Tour the district of Monte-Carlo and drive along the amazing circuit used for the Monaco Grand Prix. Enjoy some time at leisure in Casino Square, home to the renowned Grand Casino, where you can partake in some luxurious shopping, or stroll past stunning gardens and mega yachts, or simply people watch the rich and famous jetsetters in their favorite haunts. Conclude your day on arrival back to Nice.
DAY 9: NICE
Set out with your private driver-guide today to experience the Mediterranean resort towns of Antibes and Cannes, and the world capital of perfume, Grasse. As you approach Antibes, admire the sea view from la Garoupe, and pass the celebrity villas of Cap d’Antibes before arriving to the Old Town ramparts of the historic resort town. Explore the Old Town with your guide, and see Billionaire’s Quay, home to dynastic yachts and overlooked by the 16th century Fort Vauban. Enjoy the picturesque coastline drive to Golfe-Juan where Napoleon landed in 1815, Juan-Les-Pins, passing by the famous seafront and Pine Grove with trendy boutiques. In Cannes, city of festivals, fireworks and film stars, stop at the famous Film Festival Palace where you can see the hand prints of immortalized stars. Discover the chic shops, the sandy beaches and enjoy the famous Croisette Boulevard, stretching the full coastline of Cannes. In Grasse, explore the scenic old town and embrace the pleasures of fragrance as you enjoy a guided visit of the perfume factory Fragonard. At the end of your day, return to Nice.
DAY 10: NICE
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.
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