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Easy Pace France

11 days with Insight Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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)

Day 8 to Day 10 - Monaco and the Cote d'Azur
Join the highway to Aix-En-Provence, “the most beautiful town in France after Paris”. See the elegant mansions and bustling cafés of the Cours Mirabeau, then continue to the hill-top village of St Paul de Vence, where contemporary painters perpetuate art as a living tradition. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and views of mountains and sea. Drive on to the Principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.

Wake up ready for two full days to rub shoulders with the jet-set on the glamorous Côte d’Azur! But first, explore the medieval village of Eze, miraculously perched high on a rock and surrounded by ancient walls. After taking in the views, unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents from stoppered bottles. Back in Monaco, drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit. Then walk with your Tour Director through the old town to see the Royal Palace, where the Grimaldi family lives, the yacht-filled harbour and the Cathedral, housing the tombs of the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The rest of the day is completely free to explore this fashionable resort, or venture further afield?

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)

Day 11 - Return to USA
Bid au revoir to the sunny French Riviera this morning. Insight’s airport transfers arrive Nice Airport at 06:15 and 09:00. (BB)

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.
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • Headsets for all visits and walking tours
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
  • Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Standard class train journey by TGV from Paris to Avignon
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times on Day 2 and Day 11 (Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, please make your own way to/from the airport or purchase a transfer)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Paris: In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, board your Seine River cruise. Watch the monuments, museums, buildings and bridges slip by as you drift through the heart of Paris- an unusual insight into the soul of the city.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Learn what to look for in a robust red! Apparently the color, fragrance and how it clings to the glass is as important as the taste. Join a wine expert for an introduction to the wonderful wines of this region.
  • St Paul de Vence: Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists as you explore the winding alleyways.
  • Côte d’Azur: The secrets of perfume making are revealed during a guided tour of a perfume laboratory.
  • Nimes: The city of Nimes draws on many sources for its culinary inspiration, from the local Languedoc Roussillon region to international flavors. For your Dine-Around evening, choose your ambience and style of cuisine from a fine selection of local restaurants.
  • Monte Carlo: Enjoy a celebration meal of typical French cuisine with wine at a Monegasque restaurant before trying your luck at the world famous casinos.
  • Across the road from the suave, modern, Pullman Paris Bercy is the Bercy Village, former wine warehouses which have been converted into a trendy pedestrian area focusing on French lifestyle, wines, leisure and dining.
  • The Imperator Concorde is located in the heart of Nimes close to the Maison Carree and the beautiful Jardins de la Fontaine. It has been modernized but retains its Art-Deco charm from the old-style caged elevator, to the bellman with his hat.
  • The prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo is a Monaco landmark, a gathering place for the international elite, set between the sea and the legendary Casino. Over breakfast, look out over three countries and the ever changing moods of the Mediterranean.
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Paris: Pullman Paris Bercy
Nimes: Imperator
Monaco: Fairmont Monte Carlo
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Pre and Post Add-ons
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
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • May 30 and September 12 departure stay at an alternative hotel in Avignon instead of the Imperator Concorde, Nimes.
  • May 16 and September 5 departure stay at an alternative hotel in Juan Le Pins instead of Fairmont Monte Carlo.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Terms and Conditions
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