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  • PARIS, PROVENCE & THE RIVIERA

    including the lavender harvest in Provence

     The Eiffel Tower Lavender fields The beach at Nice

     12 - 26 July, 2015

    Tour ENGINE: Escorted Coach Maximum Passengers: 16
    Tour Start Date:
    12 July 2015
    Tour Finish Date: 26 July 2015
    Start Point: Paris Finish Point: Nice
    Nr. Days: 15 Nr. Nights: 14
    Included Meals: Daily breakfasts 1 lunch 8 dinners
    Prices from: € on request US$4577 AU$4975

    Please note: Prices are based on 2 persons sharing a twin or double room.

    Singleroom supplement applies for those noth wishing to share.

    Rates are correct at 01 Aug 2014. US$/AU$ rates subject to currency fluctuation

    Tour Itinerary: 

    12 July   Arrive ParisThe Eiffel Tower

    Arrive in the City of Lights and your waiting transfer vehicle will take you to your hotel, the Opera Cadet, located in a lively part of the city. The day at leisure to recover from your flight, and explore the surrounding area. Tonight there is a welcome drink and meal at a local restaurant. (D)

    13 July   Paris

    We start the day with a guided tour of this great city. Some of the sights you will se include the Louvre, the Opera, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the Place de la Concorde and Sacre Coeur. The remainder of the afternoon free for shopping or exploration of the city. Evening meal is at your own leisure and cost. (B)

    14 July   Paris

    Today there are many optional excursions available. A cruise on the Seine River, visit the Eiffel Tower, an excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Pre-booking is suggested and our office can help arrange these. Tonight we take a meal in the lively Latin Quarter. (B,D)

    15 Jul   Paris - Avignon

    Today we depart by the fast TGV train to the southern French town of Avignon whose two sites of interest are the Palais du Papes and Pint d'Avignon. Late afternoon check-in at Hotel d'e L'Horloge in the town's main square. Dinner at leisure this evening. (B)

    16 July   Avignon

    Palais du PapesA day at leisure to explore this medieval walled city, and it's main attraction - the Palais du Papes - which was the seat of religious power for 67 years before the popes returned to Rome.. We have a guided tour of the city and the Palais, before you then have leisure time to explore on your own. There are many restaurants on the town's main square and you can enjoy a nice meal as you observe the everyday goings-on of this walled town. Tonight we take the evening meal in a local restaurant. (B,D) 

     17 Jul   Avignon - Pont du Gard - AvignonThe Pont du Gard

    After breakfast, we drive 35kms to the Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. It is the principal construction in a 50 km long aqueduct that supplied the city of Nîmes, formerly known as Nemausus, with water. Built as a three-level aqueduct standing 50 m high, it allowed water to flow across the Gardon river. We have time here for you to photograph the aqueduct from several angles, before entry into the museum to see how the Romans built this magnificent structure. Afternoon return to Avignon for free time, Dinner at leisure this evening. (B)

     18 July   Avignon - Nimes - Arles

    Nimes ArenaAfter a leisurely breakfast, we drive 40kms to the city of Nimes. An important town during the Roman occupation of France, the city has a legacy of one of the best preserved arenas that were built in during the Roman Empire. Our guided tour will take us into the arena, as well as show us some of the other important sites in the city. The city also has trong links to Spain, and this is evident in culture, language and culinary fare. Free time for lunch and exploration before we continue to Arles. Tonight dinner is at your leisure. (B)

     

      19 July   ArlesRoman Arena Arles

    Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments. Tonight we take dinner in a restaurant in the historic quarter. (B,D)

     20 July   Arles - Camargue Safari - Arles

    Wild bulls of the CamargueAfter breakfast we take a 4x4 safari tour to the region of Camargue. The Camargue is a triangular area lying on the coast between the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence. It is a river delta where the Rhône meets the sea - a marshy island bounded by two branches of the Rhône and the Mediterranean Sea. With an area of over 930 km² (360 sq. miles), the Camargue is western Europe's largest river delta, with exceptional biological diversity, and home to unique breeds of Camargue Horses and Camargue Bulls, and to more than 400 species of birds including Pink Flamingoes. This evening dinner is at your leisure. (B, L)

    21 July Arles - Manosque

    Today we head further into region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and the township of Manosque - noted for it’s lavender production. En route we visit the mountain-side village of Gordes (voted one of the pretierst villages in France), where we also visit the nearby Lavender Museum. After lunch we continue to Manosque, where our accommodation is in Villa de la Fuste, near the  L'Occitane complex. This evening we take dinner in the villa's renowned restaurant. (B,D)

    22 July   ManosqueManosque

    If the weather is kind, you can take breakfast in the villa's garden. This morning we have a guided tour of the L'Occitane factory. Here we will learn about their different products  and how the lavender is a main ingredient that has made the company famous worldwide. After time in the sales room, we go into the old town of Manosque for lunch and a chance to explore at leisure. This afternoon we drive through fields of lavender to Forcalquier, another centre for lavender growing and production. Late afternoon we return to the villa and have dinner again in the villa's restaurant. (B,D)

     23 July   Manosque - Gorges du Verdon - Nice

    Gorges du VerdonAfter breakfast, we drive through thousands of acres of lavender fields enroute to Moustiers Ste. Marie, a medieval village. After lunch we'll see some of the most spectacular scenery in southern France. A few kilometres from Moustiers is the Lake of St. Croix, man-made and the third largest in Europe. We then enter the Gorges du Verdon, with steep cliffs that are unique in Europe and are one of the greatest tourist attractions in Provence. Our destination this afternoon is Nice - “queen” of the Riviera. Tonight we take dinner in a local restaurant. (B,D)

      24 July   Nice - Cannes - Antibes - Nice

    After breakfast we travel to Cannes, renowned for the annual film festival held here. Leisure time before we head back to Nice, stopping in the medieval port of Antibes. Tonight dinner is at leisure. Why not try a restaurant on the old town? (B)

     25 July   Nice - Monaco/Monte Carlo - NiceFlower Market Old Town Nice

    After breakfast you have time to visit the colorful flower and food market in the old town of Nice. We then travel by train to visit the Principality of Monaco and its capital Monte Carloand see how the rich and famous live. Expensive yachts and cars, the Royal Palace and the famed casino are all sights we will see during our visit. Plenty of time here to “dream”. Afternoon return to Nice to enjoy the Promenade de Anglais and the Baie des Anges. Tonight we take dinner in a local restaurant the old town quarter. (B,D)

     

     26 July   Nice - End of Tour (optional extension to Milan/Venice)

    This morning there are transfers to take you to the airport for your onward flight. Those taking the extension package to Venice will transfer to the main railway station for connection to Milan. (B)

     Click this link for a printable copy of the itinerary

    Main Tour price includes:

    • 14 nights hotel accommodations, room with private facilities
    • Buffet breakfast daily at all hotels
    • 1 lunch on the Camargue 4 x 4 safari excursion
    • 08 dinners, at hotels or local restaurants
    • Travel in deluxe coach with reclining seats and AC
    • Tour Manager from arrival in Paris until departure in Nice
    • Guided sightseeing tours as listed in itinerary
    • Entrance fees where necessary
    • Visit to L'Occitane factory in Manosque 
    • Porterage of one suitcase per person at hotels
    • All local service fees, taxes and road tolls

    Does not include:

    • International airfare
    • Meals other than those listed as being included
    • Optional activities or tours
    • Gratuities to tour driver and tour manager

    Tour Extension to Italy:   $635 per person twin/double. Singleroom supplement $172.

    Includes:

    • 2nd Class Rail travel between Nice and Milan, 1st Class rail travel between Milan and Venice
    • 2 nights hotel, Milan, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, guided city tour
    • 2 nights hotel Venice/Mestre, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, guided city tour

     

                                         Click here for detailed itinerary extension

     

     IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    Passports/Visas:
    A valid passport is required to travel. No visas are necessary for France for Australian passport holders. Other nationalities should check if they require any visa.

    Minimum/maximum:
    The tour is based on a minimum of 10 paying passengers. If the tour falls below 10 persons, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly, change hotels and ENGINE of transportation used. The tour maximum will be 16 persons.

    Booking/Payment:
    A nonrefundable deposit of $350 per person is required to confirm a place on the tour. Final balance is due no later than 15 May 2015.

    Cancellation/Refund:
    After confirmation and payment of deposit, there is a cancellation fee of $350 per person up until 14 May. After that date, the following cancellation fees apply.

    Between 15 May and 31 May $500 per person
    Between 01 June and and 15 June $1500 per person
    Between 16 June and 30 June $2000 per person
    On or after 01 July No refund

     There may be separate cancellation fees levied by the airline who has supplied the air tickets.  

     For more information or to male a booking, click on the link below

      

    Cyclist with bread