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Ultimate Southern France

Operated by: Luxury Gold

12 Days from $8,025 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Ultimate Southern France

Countries Visited

Monaco, France ...more Monaco, France

Locations Visited

Monte Carlo, Nice, Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Cassis, Lourmarin, Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Carcassonne, Bordeaux ...more Monte Carlo, Nice, Saint-Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Cassis, Lourmarin, Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Carcassonne, Bordeaux
  1. Day 1 Welcome to the French Riviera

    Your France luxury tour begins with a private chauffeur to your hotel in Monte Carlo. Dine waterside at Fontvieille marina before winding along the legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to the Grimaldi Palace.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo.
  2. Day 2 Nice sightseeing

    Explore the opulent Villa and gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild, home to over 5,000 art objects. Join a Local Expert and uncover the stories of Old Nice.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Fairmont Monte Carlo.
  3. Day 3 Star-studded St Tropez

    Step into the glamour of St. Tropez, discover the ancient walls, medieval towers and taste Tarte Tropézienne at the bakery where it was created. Arrive at your hotel, the 18th century Château de Fonscolombe, for a gourmet Provençal dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Château de Fonscolombe, Aix-en-Provence.
  4. Day 4 Aix-en-Provence Relaxed Start

    Follow the footsteps of Paul Cezanne along the Old Town and tree-lined boulevard of Cours Mirabeau. Join a professional chef learning to make a classical French dessert then sample Château La Coste’s organic wines and visit their wine cellar or walk among the winery’s art installations.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Château de Fonscolombe, Aix-en-Provence.
  5. Day 5 Calanques National Park Relaxed Start

    Stroll or cycle the Château gardens, try pétanque or lounge poolside. Arriving in Cassis, board your private cruise past towering limestone cliffs, fjord-like inlets and hidden beaches of Calanques National Park. Savour the evening with a gourmet seafood dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Château de Fonscolombe, Aix-en-Provence.
  6. Day 6 French Icons Relaxed Start

    Browse Lourmarin’s market before enjoying a chauffeured drive in a vintage Citroen 2CV through the Provençal countryside. Arriving at the acclaimed Domaine de la Citadelle winery, explore the grounds and linger over a gourmet picnic and wine before arriving in Avignon.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Hotel d'Europe Avignon.
  7. Day 7 Les Baux and Arles

    Sample olive oils at Château d’Estoublon and awaken your senses at Carrières de Lumières. Discover Arles’ first century Roman Amphitheater. Conclude with a private concert at the Oratory Chapel and dinner at Michelin-starred La Vieille Fontaine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hotel d'Europe Avignon.
  8. Day 8 Carcassonne Sightseeing. Relaxed Start

    Visit the well-preserved Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Your journey continues to Carcassonne, one of the largest surviving medieval walled cities in Europe.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery, Carcassonne.
  9. Day 9 Carcassonne and the Languedoc Region Relaxed Start

    Cruise along the Canal du Midi. Meander beneath a cathedral of trees through ancient villages, the vineyards of the Languedoc wine region and Roman fortifications. Following lunch, explore the delights of Carcassonne.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery, Carcassonne.
  10. Day 10 Bordeaux Sightseeing.

    Learn about the 18th century architecture of Vieux Bordeaux. Or, set off on a leisurely bike ride around the Garonne River passing the Chartrons district before ending at the picturesque Jardin Public.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Le Grand Hotel, Bordeaux.
  11. Day 11 Bordeaux. Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a stroll through Bordeaux before exploring St. Emilion, the oldest active wine-producing appellation in Bordeaux. Dinner at the historic Château du Ferrand marks a spectacular end to your Monte Carlo to Bordeaux luxury tour.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Le Grand Hotel, Bordeaux.
  12. Day 12 Depart Bordeaux.

    After breakfast you are transferred to Bordeaux Airport as your Luxury Gold journey comes to an end.

    meals Breakfast
Ultimate Southern France Luxury Tour Map 2023
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch with Wine (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Nice: Visit a private beach and take some time to relax in a comfortable sun lounger with a cocktail in hand as you marvel at the turquoise waters of the Bay of Angels.
  • Nice: Join a Local Expert to take a walk through the charming streets of Old Nice and see the Opera, the antique market, and the St Reparate Cathedral.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Chateau La Coste: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sample the estate’s organic wines and visit their one-of-a-kind contemporary wine cellar.  In 2009, the wines of Château La Coste were labeled "Organic Agriculture", a label which recognizes respect for the land as well as the methods, in perfect harmony with nature . Since 2013, the 125 hectare vineyard has been fully converted to organic and have installed a water purification plant and are studying waste recycling to further reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Chateau La Coste: Join a Local Expert for a relaxed walk among olive groves and woods to discover the installations created by the best modern artists and architects.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Bordeaux: Take a relaxing bike tour around the City of Bordeaux. Enjoy a beautiful loop of the Garonne river, pass through the Chartrons district and stop in the picturesque park Jardin Public. See the Palais Gallien and the grand shopping centrer, Glace des Grands Hommes.
  • Bordeaux: Join a Local Expert to discover the best sights in Bordeaux. See the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the famous Water Mirror, the stunning neoclassic theatre and the modern architecture of the Cite du Vin.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • : At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Exceptional Dining

  • Aix-en-Provence: Delight your tastebuds at L'Orangerie Restaurant in Aix-en-Provence’s luxurious Chateau de Fonscolombe. Enjoy the combination of Provencal and creative gourmet cuisine, made from fresh, local ingredients.
  • Aix-en-Provence: At your fun cooking class learn how to make a seasonal and classic French dessert.
  • Cassis: Indulge in a divine seafood dinner in the charming fishing village of Cassis.
  • Cavaillon: Visit the acclaimed winery, Domaine de la Citadelle, for a tour of its grounds and a picnic lunch. Savor a selection of Provençal favorites paired with local wine.
  • Avignon: Indulge in a superb dinner at the Michelin-starred La Vieille Fontaine. The elegant Provençal restaurant serves modern cuisine for a gourmet affair to remember.
  • Provence: Visit Château d’Estoublon, known for its certified Protected Designation of Origin olive oils, expertly crafted from five varieties native to the region. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience enjoy a guided visit of the estate to learn about organic farming practices and sample a selection of olive oils.
  • Bordeaux: Conclude your journey with a superb dining experience at the historic Château du Ferrand, where you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. Learn how the estate is working towards a more environmental future by using organic fertilizers, protecting local fauna and harvesting by hand.

Journey Highlights

  • Monaco City: Join your Travelling Concierge for guided sightseeing of glamourous Monaco. See the Grand Prix circuit – famous for hosting the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix – explore the old town, and admire the Royal Palace where the Grimaldi family lives. Wander along the yacht-filled harbour and see the cathedral, which houses the tombs of the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
  • French Riviera: Join a Local Expert to visit the opulent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens. Built by the passionate art collector Madame Ephrussi, she gathered the best from each era including delicate pieces of furniture once belonging to Marie Antoinette
  • Saint-Tropez: Take in the best of Saint-Tropez as a Local Expert guides you through the remains of the ancient landmark Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption and its colourful bell tower. Afterward, taste the local Saint Tropez tart pastry in the bakery where it was first created in the 1950s.
  • Cassis: Board your private cruise through the Calanques National Park to admire the towering limestone cliffs and the long, narrow and deep fjord-like inlets.
  • Lourmarin: Visit the tree lined avenues of Lourmarin and explore the lively market featuring crafts, clothing and local delicacies.
  • Provence: Take a seat in your chauffeured Citroen 2CV and embark on a drive through the hilly countryside passing fields of lavender.
  • Les Baux-de-Provence: See the fantastic light and sound show in an abandoned limestone quarry and a nod to an ever-changing selection of great artists including Klimt, Gaugin, or Bosch in the past.
  • Carcassonne: Carcassonne represents one of the biggest and best-preserved fortified cities in Europe, with 53 watchtowers and 1.5 miles of ramparts open to the public. Explore this real-life Magic Kingdom with a Local Expert and uncover its rich history, dating back to the pre-Roman period.
  • Cite de Carcassone: Admire flora and fauna, rural vistas and lush vineyards on this gentle 1.5-hour cruise. Built in the late 17th century as a shipping short cut between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Canal du Midi is one of Europe’s oldest canals still in operation.

Luxury Hotels

  • : The five-star Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux is set in an 18th century building with a neoclassical-inspired facade, located in the historic heart of the city.  The chic guest rooms include 19th century furnishings with an elegant marble bathroom.

Personalize your day

  • Nice: Visit a private beach and take some time to relax in a comfortable sun lounger with a cocktail in hand as you marvel at the turquoise waters of the Bay of Angels.
  • Nice: Join a Local Expert to take a walk through the charming streets of Old Nice and see the Opera, the antique market, and the St Reparate Cathedral.
  • Chateau La Coste: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sample the estate’s organic wines and visit their one-of-a-kind contemporary wine cellar.  In 2009, the wines of Château La Coste were labeled "Organic Agriculture", a label which recognizes respect for the land as well as the methods, in perfect harmony with nature . Since 2013, the 125 hectare vineyard has been fully converted to organic and have installed a water purification plant and are studying waste recycling to further reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Chateau La Coste: Join a Local Expert for a relaxed walk among olive groves and woods to discover the installations created by the best modern artists and architects.
  • Bordeaux: Take a relaxing bike tour around the City of Bordeaux. Enjoy a beautiful loop of the Garonne river, pass through the Chartrons district and stop in the picturesque park Jardin Public. See the Palais Gallien and the grand shopping centrer, Glace des Grands Hommes.
  • Bordeaux: Join a Local Expert to discover the best sights in Bordeaux. See the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the famous Water Mirror, the stunning neoclassic theatre and the modern architecture of the Cite du Vin.

VIP Experiences

  • Avignon: In the quiet streets of Avignon you will be taken to the quaint Oratory Chapel, opened specially for you, to enjoy an intimate private concert with a local singer.

Well-being

  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Dates & Prices

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