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Explore the dreamy Côte d’Azur or French Riviera, from sun-soaked Nice to ruins and medieval villages. Travel inland to discover the lavender landscapes of Provence and the old town of Avignon. In Bordeaux, see historic monuments and sample famous wine at verdant vineyards. End your journey in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, with a unique culinary tour of the Old Town.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4NiceGorgeous Beachside Town, Old Town Market, Castle of NiceHotel Monsigny Nice, Le Suisse
4 - 6AvignonPont d’Avignon, Avignon Cathedral, Palais des PapesHotel Bristol Avignon, Hotel de l'Horloge
6 - 8BordeauxPlace de la Bourse, Bordeaux Cathedral, Museums & Architecture, WinesLe Burdigala Hotel Bordeaux, InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel
8 - 9LyonGastronomy, Renaissance Architecture, Fashion & NightlifeLe Phénix Hôtel, InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu
9 - 10NiceGorgeous Beachside Town, Old Town Market, Castle of NiceHotel Monsigny Nice, Splendid Hotel & Spa Nice

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  • Wine & Food
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Nice airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Nice

3 Nights

A Mediterranean seaside with palm trees, sunny days and balmy nights, a grand boulevard and the old-world opulence of the South of France – that’s Nice for you in a nutshell. The glittering queen of the French Riviera, Nice has attracted the bold and the bountiful to its sunny shores along the Cote d’Azur for ages.

Included Activities

Highlights of Nice on Foot
Arrive at the picturesque waterfront Promenade des Anglais and its iconic Beau Rivage beach to begin exploring the several landmarks and attractions in the heart of Nice, on foot. Pass by the belle epoque Opéra de Nice, and head to the atmospheric Masséna Square framed by myriad neo-classical structures. Continue onward to the lush and fountained Paillon Promenade. Following your local insider’s live commentary amid whiffs of lavender, learn about the history of the French Riviera. Making your way through the bustling Old Town, take in the fantastic architecture of pastel-colored buildings that fringe the narrow streets. Amble about Cours Saleya – a lively and colorful open-air market retailing a variety of produce from across Provence. Admire the ornate 17th-century Sainte-Répérate Cathedral and the bevy of modern urban installations at the Promenade des Arts. Finally, relax in the botanic gardens of Castle Hill, and take in panoramic vistas of the city and beyond! (Duration: 3 hrs; Times: 0930/1430 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Group size: Max 8 guests; Pick-up & Drop-off at central hotel; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Explore Nice on Your Own
Uncover the secrets of this sunny coastal town on the French Riviera in this self-guided tour. Begin your exploration with a trip to the vibrant Cours Saleya which hosts four different markets. Browse through the staggering displays of fresh flowers, exotic produce, local snacks, and even antiques on some days. Afterward, you could soak up the sun on one of the spectacular beaches along the long coastline and indulge in water activities ranging from kayaking to swimming. Or, you could stroll down the narrow alleyways to marvel at the eclectic mix of architectural styles that can be seen around the city. Keep your camera ready to click great pictures of the Mediterranean rooftops with their distinctive orange color, the stately buildings in Place Garibaldi, and ornate churches. Having worked up an appetite, tingle your taste buds with local specialties such as socca or chickpea pancakes, ratatouille the popular vegetable stew, and pissaladière or caramelized onion tarts at one of the cozy bistros in town. Top it off with an ice cream or a sweet treat and excellent wine before you make your way back to the hotel. (Half Day; Self-guided Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes as there may be a fair bit of walking involved.)

Cooking with a Niçoise Masterchef
Sign up for a Masterchef class, learning how to turn out the perfect Niçoise style gourmet feast during this private cooking class. Meet your home chef at the popular Massena Square Fountain, well in time for your culinary lesson. Head to the local market where you will pick up the day’s freshest catch and seasonal produce from the region. Walk down to your chef’s home kitchen to cook up the day’s menu, an elegant luncheon spread. Watch, learn and assist your chef as a gourmet repast is prepared and shared around your host’s table, accompanied by aperitifs, laughter and anecdotes. Gather around the table to enjoy your hard work, before returning to your hotel after a most satisfying lunch. (Half Day; Time: 0830 hrs; Private Activity: Group size: Max 7 guests; Lunch included; Fitness level: Easy; Please inform ahead of food allergies, if any).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Le Suisse – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Sea View With Balcony
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 4 - 6

You will be transferred from your hotel to Nice train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Nice (Ville) to Avignon (TGV) (Duration: 4 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Avignon train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Avignon

2 Nights

The graceful architecture and historical significance of Avignon has earned the centre of the city the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once part of the dukedom of Anjou, a vassal of the Pope, Avignon has had its share of colorful medieval history.

Included Activities

Best of Provence and Pont du Gard Tour
Spend an enjoyable day in the picturesque Provence region known for its mountainous scenery and fragrant lavender fields. Drive past the scenic countryside to the hamlet of Roussillon that sits perched atop ochre cliffs with its colorful houses making for a striking contrast. On Thursdays, you could mingle with the locals at the weekly market while browsing through fresh produce and exquisite handicrafts. Stop to take stunning images of the hilltop village of Gordes that is home to houses and buildings made of different varieties of natural stone. Travel on to the picturesque town of Fontaine de Vaucluse for a peek at the cave where the River Sorgues originates. Head on to Pont du Gard, a well-preserved ancient Roman aqueduct bridge and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterward, journey to the breathtakingly beautiful Les Baux de Provence to explore its medieval fortress and charming cobblestone streets. You can make a short stop at Antiques in Saint Remy de Provence to photograph the two ancient Roman monuments that occupy pride of place. On Sundays, you can stop by the weekly market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue before returning to the city by nightfall. (Full Day; Time: 0900 (Apr 1 – Oct 31)/ 0830 (Nov 1 – Mar 31); Group Size: Max 8 guests; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomTraditional Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 6 - 8

You will be transferred from your hotel to Avignon train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Avignon (TGV) to Bordeaux Region (Bordeaux) (Duration: 6.5 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Bordeaux Region train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Bordeaux

2 Nights

Vineyards and wine, particularly signature varieties like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are staples from the Bordeaux region. This wine country between the rivers Garonne and the Dordogne is behind most of the red wine bottled with Bordeaux supérieur labels.

Included Activities

Walking Discovery of Bordeaux Landmarks
Unravel the secrets of the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site of Bordeaux on this enjoyable walking tour. Stroll by some of the famous and iconic landmarks that have made this city a hub of art and history. Learn all about Bordeaux’s rich heritage – the city is home to more than 300 historic monuments, some dating back to Roman times. Admire stunning examples of 18th-century architecture, the largest such cluster on the European continent. Saunter across the bustling squares and wide avenues that take you past the neo-classical Grand Theater, which still retains its original wood frame. Stop to admire the ancient Saint Andrew’s Cathedral where the wedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII was solemnized before you wind up your tour. (Half Day; Time: 1000/1500 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not included; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Please note that the guide may be flexible with the itinerary but it will include the famous landmarks.)

Saint Emilion with Wine Tasting
Set off on this leisurely tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint Emilion that sits tucked amid verdant vineyards. Drive past the scenic countryside for less than an hour to reach this ancient hilltop village. Saunter around the narrow streets of the medieval hamlet as you soak in the historic ambiance of its Romanesque churches and ruins. Make your way to one of the numerous wineries in the region for a closer look at the vinification techniques. Stroll around the vineyards that grow the grapes used to produce some of the finest wines in the world! Settle in and sample the exquisite in-house wine before heading back to the city. (Half Day; Wine Tastings and Bottled Water Included; Shared Activity; Group Size: 2-19 guests; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 8 - 9

You will be transferred from your hotel to Bordeaux Region train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Bordeaux Region (Bordeaux St Jean) to Lyon (Part Dieu) (Duration: 5.5 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Lyon train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Lyon

1 Night

Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Tracing its roots back two millennia to its Roman avatar as Lugdunum, this vibrant city has always functioned as the industrial and commercial backbone of the nation down the centuries.

Included Activities

Culinary Walk through Lyon Old Town
Discover the secrets of the French capital of gastronomy on a delightful food tour of Lyon Old Town. Walk along the traboules or narrow, medieval streets, past Renaissance-era buildings with hidden courtyards and terracotta tiled roofs, and access places that only locals know. Listen to your passionate guide as he unravels the gastronomic history of the place and introduces you to its emblematic products. Stop at six bouchon lyonnais (typical restaurants) to sample authentic French specialties. Meet several craftsmen and sample their artisanal produce including the best brioche, praline and wines. (Half Day; Time: 1000 hrs; Shared Activity; Group size: Max 12 guests; Fitness Level: Easy; Six tasting breaks with more than 10 products and a bottle of water included. Transfer not Included; Meeting Point: In front of the statue of Monseigneur Lavarenne, 2 Place Benoit Crépu 69005 Lyon).

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 9 - 10

You will be transferred from your hotel to Lyon train station in a private vehicle

Board your train from Lyon (Part Dieu) to Nice (Ville) (Duration: 5.5 hrs).

You will be transferred from the Nice train station to your hotel in a private vehicle

Nice

1 Night

A Mediterranean seaside with palm trees, sunny days and balmy nights, a grand boulevard and the old-world opulence of the South of France – that’s Nice for you in a nutshell. The glittering queen of the French Riviera, Nice has attracted the bold and the bountiful to its sunny shores along the Cote d’Azur for ages.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

You will be transferred from your hotel to Nice airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,090 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,390 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Nice (Ville) – Avignon (TGV)
    • Avignon (TGV) – Bordeaux Region (Bordeaux)
    • Bordeaux Region (Bordeaux St-Jean) – Lyon (Part Dieu)
    • Lyon (Part Dieu) – Nice (Ville)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Nice: Highlights of Nice on Foot
    • Nice: Explore Nice on Your own
    • Nice: Cooking with a Niçoise Masterchef
    • Avignon: Best of Provence & Pont du Gard Tour
    • Bordeaux: Walking Discovery of Bordeaux Landmarks
    • Bordeaux:  Saint Emilion With Wine Tasting
    • Lyon: Culinary Walk through Lyon Old Town
  • All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • France: Visitor’s tax 1.50 to 3 Euro per person and night, payable directly at the hotels
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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South of France: Culture, Cuisine and the Riviera

10 days $ 4,090 / person

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