Easy Pace France 2014
11 days with Insight Vacations Rating:
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Day 1 - Depart USA
Board your overnight flight (not included).
Day 2 to Day 4 - Paris, the 'City of Light'
On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Insight’s Airport Transfer Service departs for your tour hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. The afternoon is yours to relax and settle in. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. In the mid 19th century, Baron Haussmann transformed much of medieval Paris into something more modern; admire his work on a morning city tour with a local expert. See all the main sights; Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Paris has grown up on the banks of the Seine and its many landmarks, quays and bridges are best viewed from the comfort of a relaxing River Seine cruise. The remainder of the day and all of the following day is at leisure. Don’t miss the chance for a shopping spree in the grand department stores or the elegant designer boutiques of the Left Bank. By night why not try one of the world famous cabaret shows, for an evening of excitement and glamour? There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in this great capital city! You could ascend the Eiffel Tower or the hill of Montmartre by mini-train, for superb panoramic views? Why not stroll by the Seine or enjoy a pleasant hour or two watching the passers-by from a Parisian café. Perhaps meet the enigmatic Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or visit the impressionist paintings of the Musée d’Orsay? After admiring Monet’s famous water lillies you could join an optional excursion to the country house and garden which inspired him to paint them? (WD/BB/BB)
Day 5 to Day 7 - Roman Arenas and Papal Palaces of Provence
Board your comfortable TGV train for a journey thro ugh fert ile vineyards and agricult ural lands to Provence. See the greatest of the Roman remains, the incredible three-tiered Pont du Gard, before arriving at the old Roman city of Nîmes. During your orientation tour, gaze up at the Roman Arena - you’ll see it’s more complete and better preserved than even Rome’s Colosseum. You’ll also see the 2,000 year old Maison Carrée, one of Europe’s finest Roman temples. Relax over dinner at your hotel tonight.
In the morning journey to historic Avignon, which became the Papal residence when the Popes where driven from Rome by conflict. Here the rapidly flowing river passes under the few remaining arches of the 12th century Pont Saint-Benezet, the pont d’Avignon of the famous song. Walk through the medieval battlements to reach the town centre, dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. Now follow the Rhone to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for an introduction to the wonderful wines of this region. À votre santé! Return to Nîmes this afternoon where you are at leisure. For your dining pleasure, you are offered a fine selection of local restaurants to choose from on your Dine-Around Evening. Bon appetit!
The next day, drive to the beautiful town of Arles, ancient capital of Gaul and follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh during an orientation tour. The Camargue begins at the gates of Arles, so return to Nîmes through part of this unique landscape. Soak up the atmosphere at an outdoor café, visit the modern Carré d’Art or cool off amid the canals and shady walks of the Jardin de la Fontaine. As night falls, perhaps join the locals for a glass of the local wine or ‘pastis’ in the bars and restaurants. Or even take an optional excursion to Aigues Mortes, completely encircled by ramparts? (BB,D/BB,DA/BB)
Easy Pace means more time at leisure. Maybe have a late breakfast or take an optional excursion to the magnificent villa of the Baroness Rothschild, situated on Cap Ferrat? In the afternoon, perhaps spot the celebrities or do some last minute shopping in the exclusive boutiques. This evening, join your new found friends for a Celebration Dinner with local wine before your last chance to try your luck in one of the casinos of Monte Carlo. A perfect finalé to your tour. (BB/BB/BB,CD)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
Spend quality time in three very different parts of France; Paris, the cultural capital, Provence and the Rhone Valley, and the sun-drenched resorts of the Riviera.
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Paris: Pullman Paris Bercy
Monaco: Fairmont Monte Carlo
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Extra nights per person in Paris:
Pullman Paris Bercy: in twin room $220; in single room $392; in triple room $220
Extra nights per person in Nice:
Fairmont Monte Carlo: in twin room $354; in single room $677; in triple room $297
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