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Easy Pace France

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Provence, France
Tour Style: Premium
11 Days from $3,295 per person

Contrast the cultural capital of Paris with beautiful Avignon, the Roman remains and Provençal landscapes that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh, and the chic resorts of sun-drenched Côte d'Azur.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Insight's airport transfers depart for your 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 Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Pullman Paris Bercy Centre, Paris (3 nights).
  3. In the mid 19th century, Baron Haussmann transformed much of medieval Paris into a modern city; 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 Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pullman Paris Bercy, Paris.
  4. There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in this great capital city. You could cruise on the Seine or ascend the hill of Montmartre by funicular, for superb panoramic views. Why not enjoy a pleasant hour or two watching the passers-by from a Parisian café or perhaps meet the enigmatic Mona Lisa in the Louvre? After admiring Monet's famous water lillies, you could also join an experience to the country house and garden which inspired the painting.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Pullman Paris Bercy, Paris.
  5. Board your comfortable TGV train for a journey through fertile vineyards and agricultural lands to Provence. Journey to see the incredible Roman, three-tiered Pont du Gard. Onwards to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for a wonderful introduction to the famous wine. Taste the difference for yourself and learn about the different grape varieties that are allowed in the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Continue to Avignon and your hotel for the next three nights.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Cloitre Saint Louis, Avignon (3 nights).
  6. Head to the beautiful town of Arles, ancient capital of Gaul, to follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh during your orientation tour. Then return to Avignon and walk through the medieval battlements to reach the historic centre dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. The rest of the afternoon you are at leisure.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Cloitre Saint Louis, Avignon.
  7. The day is at leisure for you to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Avignon. Why not take an optional experience to Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most picturesque villages in France for a visit to an olive mill and to sample some of the finest olive oil in France? In the evening, you will be offered a fine selection of local restaurants to choose from on your Dine-Around Evening. Bon appétit!
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Cloitre Saint Louis, Avignon.
  8. Journey 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 hilltop 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. Your home for the next three nights is the Principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Fairmont, Monte Carlo (3 nights).
  9. 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. See the Royal Palace, where the Grimaldi family live, the yacht-filled harbour and visit 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. Perhaps take an optional experience to the magnificent villa of the Baroness Rothschild, situated on Cap Ferrat?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Fairmont, Monte Carlo.
  10. Easy Pace means more time at leisure. Maybe have a late breakfast or take an optional experience to the glamorous seaside resort of Nice? In the 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 journey through France.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Fairmont, Monte Carlo.
  11. Bid au revoir to the sunny French Riviera in the morning. Insight's airport transfers arrive at Nice Airport at 06:15 & 09:00.
    meal(s):BB
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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (D), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Paris:

  • Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.

TGV:

  • Relax on the smooth high-speed TGV train.

St-Paul-de-Vence:

  • Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists as you explore the winding alleyways.

Côte d’Azur:

  • Walk through the old streets of Monaco to see the Palace and tomb of Princess Grace.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,130 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

Montmartre Village & Artists Square

Adult Price: € 37.00

Discover the bohemian quarter of Montmartre with your local expert. Walk through the historic lower area before ascending by funicular to the Place du Tertre, a favourite haunt of Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso, and Utrillo. Browse for original art or ask a local street artist to capture your likeness in minutes - a great souvenir to take home. Close by you can appreciate the view from the steps of Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Seine Cruise And Illuminations

Adult Price: € 38.00

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. First, a specially designed sightseeing boat takes us for an unforgettable cruise along the Seine and beneath famous bridges to appreciate the Left and Right Banks and the Île de la Cité & St Louis. Then, with a Local Expert, we'll enjoy an illuminations tour, when the rubies & diamonds of the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower are at their magnificent best.

Giverny Excursion

Adult Price: € 49.00

A lovely drive takes us along the Seine to the village of Giverny, where the impressionist artist Monet lived for the last 43 years of his life. With our Local Expert, we'll see the decor of his house, fascinating for its blend of colours. However, it's in the garden where the spirit of the artist is most revealed. A spectacular array of colour is created by poppies, delphiniums, lupins, peonies, irises and roses, while the water garden is a wistful dream of bamboo, willow and rustic bridges sweeping over the water lilies, one of Monet's favourite subjects.

Moulin Rouge

Adult Price: € 162.00

Why not enjoy an evening of excitement and glamour and a glass of champagne at a dazzling French cabaret show? Depending on availability it might be dinner with wine and cabaret at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Parisian cabaret – immortalized by the award winning film!

Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: € 139.00

Dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town! Enjoy an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment - including, of course, the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night that you will never forget!

Avignon

Les Baux & Olive Mill

Adult Price: € 34.00

Les Baux has a reputation as one of the most picturesque villages in France. The village is set atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles mountains, crowned with a ruined castle. After exploring the winding streets and taking in the panoramic views, continue to a small family-owned olive mill on the plains below. Meet the family, inspect the fruit and mechanised press and learn about the production process. Then it's back outside to the shade of a nearby fig tree for a well-deserved sample of the award winning olive oil.

Visit to Villeneuve-les-Avignon with Dinner

Adult Price: € 63.00

Gazing at the majestic Rhone river, facing the Popes’ Palace and the world famous Pont d’Avignon, Villeneuve was a residence for Cardinals in the 14C. Many monasteries remain. This evening enjoy drinks and mouth-watering cuisine, served in stunning surroundings, a feast for all the senses.

Monte Carlo

Monegasque Gourmet Dinner Italian Style

Adult Price: € 68.00

See Monaco by night with this drive to our local restaurant for a gourmet Monegasque dinner with the rich influence of Italian cuisine.

Nice

Nice Old Town & Flower Market

Adult Price: € 33.00

Enjoy a walking tour in the old town of Nice. Witness monuments and traces of the past, churches, chapels, and former palaces. Be tempted by local specialities sold in the market and don’t forget the symphony of colours in the flower market! Return by the world-famous and very scenic Moyenne Corniche.

Monte Carlo

Riviera '3 Corniches' & Dinner

Adult Price: € 72.00

Take a spectacular scenic drive along the Corniche Roads of the Riviera for breathtaking views along Europe's most beautiful coast. Climb to the uppermost 'Grand Corniche', clinging to rocks between sea and sky, built by Napoleon alongside of the old Roman Road. Stop for sweeping panoramas over expensive villas and the sparkling Mediterranean. Continue to your restaurant for drinks and a delicious dinner of local specialities.

Villa Ephrusi Rothschild

Adult Price: € 37.00

A glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. Visit the sumptuous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - one of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera. The Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild sampled art works from all over the world, transforming the Villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat into a collector's paradise. Explore its nine wonderful gardens with musical fountains and enjoy spectacular views over the Riviera.

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