October 1 - 11, 2023
11 Days / 10 Nights
This tour starts and ends in Paris
$5,480 per person/ double occupancy
$1,580 optional single supplement
$420 additional nights in Paris, double or single room (including airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- 5 nights in a boutique Paris hotel, in the Eiffel Tower neighborhood
- 5 nights in an elegant Provencal villa in St. Remy
- 10 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 5 lunches, chocolate and wine pairing session - traditional French or vegetarian menu, including drinks
- Private airport transfers on arrival, group airport transfer on departure, round trip TGV train between Paris and Avignon and all transportation in France
- Professional local guides and an experienced bilingual Tour Director
- All sightseeing fees and admissions
- All guides', drivers' and restaurants' gratuities
- Cultural activities, sights and attractions as per itinerary
Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, early hotel check-in, porterage, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities not included in the itinerary, any required Covid-19 related testing, optional Tour Director's gratuities, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.
The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.
- Dining at elegant Parisian restaurants
- Touring Versailles Palace
- Visiting Monet's Waterlily Gardens in Giverny
- Louvre's masterpieces private tour
- The Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle
- Impressionist collection at Musee d'Orsay
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint Chapelle
- Gourmet culinary walk
- Dinner cruise on the Seine River
- Chateau de Chenonceau
- Chateau de Chambord
- Staying at an elegant Provencal country villa
- Colorful Provencal village markets
- Provencal cooking class
- Roman city of Arles
- Culturally rich city of Avignon
- Visiting Pont du Gard
- The art of chocolate and wine pairing
- Wine estate picnic in the vineyard
- Van Gogh's heritage in St. Remy and Arles
- Les Baux de Provence
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine appreciation experience
Tour Director: Marlene Boyer
Visiting France is always unforgettable, and this journey will be even more so: we'll first tour Paris, ancient and modern, funky and elegant, the unforgettable City of Light. We'll get to know and love Paris, as we see Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Louvre, enjoy the opulent Versailles Palace, and the colorful Giverny of Monet's Impressionist paintings. We can shop for flowers at neighborhood markets and for haute couture at Galleries Lafayette, as we acquire a new sense of style. We'll create lifelong memories, as we sample the world's best cheese and best chocolate during the gourmet Paris walk, take an elegant dinner cruise on the Seine and dine at a legendary Parisian restaurant. We'll also venture out to the Loire Valley to bask in the stunning architecture and the medieval mysteries of its chateaux: Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise. After the excitement of Paris, we'll travel to Provence, and experience French country living at its best. We'll get immersed in the unhurried appreciation of Provencal countryside during our stay at a classic Provencal villa, enjoying French cuisine, wine and history, while connecting with new, like-minded friends.
The Paris and Provence Tour is a feast for all senses. We'll enjoy the unforgettable aroma as we walk through a field of lavender, relish in the taste of olives and country wines, and learn to pair wine with chocolate, as we hum to music spilling from sidewalk cafes. We'll follow in the footsteps of both Romans and artists in Arles and dance on the bridge of Avignon. We'll walk by the vineyards, cypress trees, stone bridges, and quaint villages that inspired Picasso and Van Gogh and chat with shopkeepers at outdoor Provencal markets.
We'll spend 6 days in the Left Bank boutique hotel in Paris and 5 days in an elegant country villa in Provence.
In Paris, we'll explore the highlights of the city, take a gourmet culinary tour, a dinner cruise on the Seine River, enjoy a private tour of the Louvre, and dine at elegant Parisian restaurants. We'll visit Monet's Waterlily Gardens in Giverny and the Versailles Palace, touring the Royal Apartments, Marie-Antoinette's Estates and admiring the "dancing waters show" performed by dozens of fountains in the Versailles gardens. We'll spend a day in the Loire Valley, admiring the cheateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord and Amboise.
While in Provence, we'll explore the Provencal village markets, tour the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries and enjoy a picnic on an ancient wine-growing estate, spend a day learning to cook Provencal dishes, learn to pair wines with chocolate and to use the right olive or walnut oil. We'll visit Pont du Gard, stroll among the historical riches of Avignon and fall in love with Arles.
Throughout the tour, we will dine in carefully selected gourmet restaurants, allowing for the fullest appreciation of French cuisine. We'll enjoy the sophisticated French and Provencal cuisine and wines throughout the tour.
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WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR SPECIAL
- Accommodation in an elegant, boutique hotel in Paris
- Staying at a Provencal villa in St. Remy
- Upscale restaurants and a la carte dining, including wine
- Knowledgeable and passionate local guides
- Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
- A small group of maximum 16 women
- Experienced and bilingual Tour Director
- No forced shopping