Journey to France with Gateways International Tailor-made Tours
Price: $3,000 CAD per person
(based on double occupancy)
Departure Date: January 9, 2022
Photo: Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
- Total 8-nights accommodation:
- 3-nights in Paris
- 2-nights in Avignon
- 3-nights in Nice
- All private transfers; touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
- First-Class train tickets: Paris - Avignon - Nice
- Continental breakfast daily
- Hotel taxes and service charges**
Photo: Notre Dame Cathedral, France
Enchanting France Itinerary:
Day 1: Paris
Welcome to Paris, the City of Lights! Situated on the River Seine, Paris is the capital of France and one of the most popular destinations in the world. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Take some time at leisure to begin exploring this stunning city.
Day 2: Paris
After breakfast, enjoy your morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, depart from your hotel for your shared small group tour to discover Paris. Drive through Concorde Square, past the Louvre Museum, see the Seine River and its bridges, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Eiffel Tower and stop for free time in Montmartre near Sacré-Coeur Basilica. We recommend an optional tour at O-Château Wine Bar near the Louvre for a tasting of six wines from six different regions in France with a very knowledgeable sommelier – fantastic for beginners or wine connoisseurs alike (not included). Discover the city at night at your leisure.
Photo: Louvre, France
Day 3: Paris
After breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure to explore the city’s world-famous museums or pick up some delicious macarons and souvenirs in a Parisian shop. For the gourmand, optional cooking classes with French Market visits, or tasting of delectable chocolat at four chocolate shops are available (not included).
Day 4: Paris - Avignon
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the train station to board your high-speed train to Avignon, best known for its fabled bridge and a treasury of magnificent art and medieval architecture. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 5: Avignon
After breakfast, begin your full-day small group tour of Provence. Enjoy sightseeing in the vineyards around Châteauneuf du Pape with explanations of terroir, grape varieties, vinification, aging cellars and indulge in wine tastings at two wineries. In the afternoon, visit Pont du Gard, the best preserved Roman aqueduct and Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village in the Alpilles mountain range. Visit Gordes which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France. Return to your hotel.
Day 6: Avignon - Nice
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the train station to board your train to Nice, the cosmopolitan capital of the Côte-d’Azur. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Photo: Nice, France
Day 7: Nice
After breakfast, begin your half-day small group tour of historic Nice. Drive along the promenade des Anglais, reach Castle Hill to admire the fantastic view and walk to the waterfalls and its gardens. Experience charming Cimiez, the Russian Orthodox Church, Massena square, the library and the Regina Palace. Visit the old town, the heart of Nice, to soak the original atmosphere of the flower market. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Nice
Enjoy your day at leisure, perhaps sunbathing on the beach or trying some delicious socca, while admiring the beauty of your surroundings. In the evening, begin your small group tour including a drive along the seacoast road with its marinas and panoramic viewpoints. Pass by the charming medieval village of Eze with its amazing views. Travel by the famous Corniche Road leading to Monaco, then tour the Grand Prix circuit. Stop in Monte-Carlo, with free time for dinner and enjoy the chic atmosphere of Casino Square and maybe try your luck at the tables or at slot machines. Admission to Grand Casino not included; free entrance to other casinos. Minimum age 18, passport required.
Photo: Monte Carlo
Day 9: Nice - Home
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.