* France – Paris & inside Provence Nice coach tour with DMC


11 days
Period : April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 13P004

Prix : 1€

Travel with DMC in the heart of the Provence: Nice, Grasse, Moustiers, Luberon, Aix, Marseilles

Trip

D1 Paris Landmarks and the Seine (15 km)
Arrival in Paris and Transfer to the city centre. Then a guided sightseeing tour taking in some of the city’s best known and loved monuments including the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower. Take to the river to admire the graceful architecture of her bridges and riverside mansions. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Louvres (closed on Tuesday) and Montmartre (15 km)
This morning, you will visit The Louvre Museum, housing some of the greatest works of arts as the famous Mona Lisa for example. Lunch on your own. Tourist train ride up to Montmartre, home to the imposing Sacre Coeur Basilica. A favourite haunt with artists since the 19th century, Bohemian Montmartre still retains a village feel. Wander at leisure and soak up the atmosphere. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Chateau de Versailles (30 km)
Guided tour of the Versailles Chateau with its Hall of Mirrors and stately royal apartments. Lunch on your own. Free time. Diner and overnight.
D4 Marseilles, the European Capital of Culture 2013
Departure from Paris by Train TGV to Marseille. 900 kms separate both cities and it will take you only 3hrs to reach Marseille, we will be on board of a train running 300 kms/h. Arrival to Marseille Saint – Charles TGV station. Founded around 600 BC by Greek settlers from Phocaea, in modern-day Turkey, Marseilles is the oldest city in France. Take a sightseeing tour around the harbour, up to the Notre Dame Basilica looking out over the city, and to the ancient St Victor’s Abbey built on the tomb of a Christian martyr. Pure and natural “savon de Marseille” soap is made according to traditional methods which you can witness first-hand at a soap manufacturers. Dinner and overnight in Marseille.
D5 Aubagne and Aix-en-Provence
Today visit Aubagne, a village famed for its hand-crafted figurines, called « santons », made for the Christmas crib, and watch some of the artists at work. Continue to Aix-en-Provence, city of a thousand fountains, and hometown of painter Cezanne. Admire the Renaissance buildings and visit the studio where the artist worked, then sample some of the town’s speciality sweets, or “calissons”. Accommodation in Aix en Provence area. Dinner and overnight.
D6 Hilltop Villages of the Luberon
Tour some of the « Most Beautiful Villages in France », starting with Bonnieux, Menerbes and then picturesque Gordes. Here, houses huddle in higgledy-piggledy fashion in a labyrinth of narrow streets around the imposing stone mass of the old castle. Free time for lunch then on to Roussillon and its famous ochre cliffs. Swathes of fragrant lavender sweep across the Provencal countryside and the Museum in Le Coustellet is a wealth of information on this lovely purple plant. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D7 Fontaine de Vaucluse, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and the Abbey of Senanque
Nestling at the foot of dramatic cliffs is the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, whose powerful source surges from underground to spill into the bed of the river Sorgue, undoubtedly the region’s most beautiful river. Continue to the pretty town of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue with its innumerable antique dealers, art galleries and second-hand shops. Free time for lunch then visit the 12th century Abbey of Senanque, a most beautiful example of Cistercian architecture. Check-in to your hotel in the Luberon region for dinner and overnight.
D8 Moustiers and the Verdon Gorges
Today’s outing takes you to Europe’s very own “Grand Canyon”, in the shape of the spectacular Verdon Gorges. Drive along the rim of the canyon with its sheer cliff walls towering vertiginously over striking turquoise-green waters, which for hundreds of thousands of years have carved a deep ravine through the dramatic landscape. Stop beside the shimmering blue waters of the Sainte Croix Lake and free time for lunch. Then visit Moustiers, famous for its beautiful faience ceramics with distinctive blue flower decoration. Check in to your hotel in the region for dinner and overnight.
D9 Grasses, perfume capital of the Riviera, and Vence, artists’ haunt
Discover the mediaeval village of Grasse, with its picturesque narrow streets winding up to the main square, the “Place aux Aires”. Plunge into the magical world of perfume creation with a visit to a perfumery. Free time for lunch. Then continue via the hill village of Gourdon and the Gorges du Loup to Vence, and neighbouring St Paul de Vence. This small and perfectly preserved mediaeval town enjoys a worldwide reputation as a home to artists and there are scores of galleries, craft shops and boutiques to browse. Accommodation in Cannes region. Dinner and overnight.
D10 Biot, Vallauris and Antibes
Set off for the village of Biot and a visit to a glassworks, then on to Vallauris famous for its potteries. Continue to Cannes, and free time for lunch. Explore this “Hollywood” of the French Riviera, with its famous seafront boulevard “la Croisette”, golden beaches and quaint old quarter. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
D11 Nice
Explore the old town, so Italian in feel, with its flower market, pastel facades and narrow backstreets. Free time for lunch then transfer to Nice airport for your return flight. End of our coach tour.


Service details

Services of a local coach for transfers and excursions as per the itinerary (09 am to 07 pm – maximum 10h/day)
Services of an English-speaking Guide for the duration of the itinerary
Accommodation sharing a double room in 3* hotels as per itinerary
Buffet breakfasts
Half-board (3 course menu – drinks not included) from dinner on D1 to breakfast on D11
Tourist Train to/from Montmartre
Ticket for the train TGV from Paris to Marseille
Visits with tasting sessions : “calissons” sweet manufacturer
Entrance Fees : Louvre Museum, Versailles Chateau, Perfumery, Senanque Abbey, Lavender Museum, “Santons” workshop, soap maker’s

Possible supplements

Single room (10 nights) : 350 €



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