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FRANCE 2022 
Paris and Provence 1
Itinerary 
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DATES & COST 

May 4 - 14, 2022
11 Days / 10 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Paris

$4,920 per person/ double occupancy
$1,480 optional single supplement
$380 additional nights in Paris, double or single room (including airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR  

This tour may be combined with the Athens and the Greek Isles 1 tour to Greece (May 14 - 24, 2022)


ONE SINGLE ROOM LEFT

This tour starts at 3:00PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Paris.
Your flight should arrive no later than 1:00PM on May 4, 2022.

Day 1: Paris 

On your arrival at the Paris airport (CDG), we will arrange for your private transfer to your boutique hotel in the heart of the Eiffel Tower neighborhood. In the early afternoon, after some time to rest after your journey, you will meet the rest of the group and enjoy a guided introductory driving tour of Paris highlights: the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Ile de la Cite, the splendid medieval Sainte-Chapelle church, the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Then, for spectacular views of the sun setting over Paris, we'll ascend the Eiffel Tower, the city's most famous landmark, and in the evening, we'll enjoy our welcome dinner at a celebrated Parisian restaurant, when we'll get to know each other, and enjoy an informal discussion about the light side of Paris.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 2: Paris 

On our first full day in Paris, we'll visit some of Paris' most celebrated sights. In the morning, we'll see the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by a visit to Saint Chapelle with its incredible stained glass windows. After some free time for lunch, we'll continue with a private tour of Musée du Louvre, once a royal palace and now a renowned art museum containing one of the world's most important collections of art and antiquities. We'll then have some time for individual exploration of the museum before returning to our hotel in the afternoon. In the evening, we'll enjoy another Parisian highlight: a night time dinner cruise on the Seine River to see for ourselves why Paris is called the City of Lights.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 3: Giverny and Versailles 

Today, we'll venture out of the city, to Giverny, where we'll have a chance to appreciate the landscapes that inspired the Impressionist masterpieces of Claude Monet, as we tour his house and the photogenic waterlily gardens that surround it. Afterwards, we'll visit the Palace of Versailles, the world's most famous royal palace. We will tour the Royal Apartments, the newly restored Hall of Mirrors, the famous palace gardens with Marie-Antoinette's Estates and the Orangerie, and admire the dancing fountains. After returning to Paris there will be free time to relax or to explore Paris at night.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 4: Paris 

This morning, we'll enjoy a gourmet walking tour of the city. In the dreamlike setting of Paris' most beautiful neighborhoods, we'll explore the history of events that made the city the world culinary capital, as we indulge in the most exquisite foods in existence. We'll visit a colorful market, a cheese dairy, bakeries, and coffee shops, enjoying rich flavors of foie gras, wine, cheese and bread, which will introduce us to the French gourmandise. Then, we'll visit Musee d'Orsay, located in a Beaux-Arts building that used to be a railway station. We'll have a light lunch at the museum and explore the world's largest collections of both Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. The evening will be free to dine and wonder at the glittering lights of Paris.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 5: Loire Valley 

After breakfast, we’ll set out to explore the poetic Loire Valley with its vineyards, opulent châteaux and historical mysteries. After a fast train ride to the town of Tours, we’ll join our local expert guide who'll share with us the history behind the elegant Château de Chenonceau, spanning the River Cher and filled with lavishly decorated chambers, private and public spaces and dance halls. Then we’ll continue to Amboise for a short stroll featuring the best views of its illustrious castle, before relaxing over lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll tour Chateau de Chambord, the inspiration for Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast', and celebrated for its unique architecture imagined for king François I, with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. We’ll return to Paris in the evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 6: Paris - St. Remy 

This morning, we'll leave Paris, taking the TGV bullet train, and for a total change of mood and scenery, arrive in the sun-splashed Avignon in the heart of Provence. After settling at our Provencal villa, we'll take a walk around the atmospheric town of St. Remy, enjoying the unique boutique stores and Provencal restaurants. We can then relax at the villa's beautiful gardens by the swimming pool. Aperitifs and dinner will be served at the hotel's elegant, Provencal style restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 7: St. Remy, Les Baux de Provence 

On our first full day in Provence, we'll see one of the most beautiful villages in France: Les Baux de Provence, then travel 2,000 years back to the Roman city of Arles. Originally founded by Greeks, Arles was favored by Caesar and flourished as one of the most important provincial cities of the Roman Empire. Like many towns built by Romans in the "provinces" or Provence, it resembles a miniature Rome with its own arena, Theatre Antique, thermal baths and the Forum. We'll visit the striking Roman monuments, walk the labyrinth of narrow streets and visit Place du Forum Cafe, immortalized by Vincent Van Gogh in his painting, Café Terrace at Night. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 8: St. Remy, Avignon 

Today, we will experience more delights of Provence as we travel though the fairytale countryside, stopping in picturesque villages with unforgettable antique markets before we continue to Avignon. Named Altera Roma, Avignon retains the mark of a hundred years of the Popes' stay in the city, when it was the capital of the medieval western world. Today, it is the cradle of Provencal literature and theatre revival movement. We'll see the Papal Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe, stroll through the narrow, medieval alleys and expansive plazas, shop or even give in to the musical lyricism of Pont d'Avignon.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 9: St. Remy, Pont du Gard, Nimes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 

In the morning, we'll visit the Roman-built architectural marvel of Pont du Gard, the multi-story aqueduct over the Gard River, built to supply clean water to the town of Nimes. In the afternoon, we'll experience Chateauneuf-du-Pape - a village dedicated to its world famous wine. We'll tour the vineyards, visit the wine making museum and, of course, sample some excellent Provencal wines. We'll also enjoy a chocolate and wine pairing session and a vineyard picnic at a private, wine-producing estate.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 10: St. Remy, Cavaillon, Luberon, Gordes 

We'll spend our last day in Provence with our new friends, learning to appreciate the cuisine of Provence. More than just recipes and techniques, this cooking class will introduce us to the Provencal way of life: life based around friends, wonderful food prepared from the freshest local ingredients, good wines, blue skies and laughter. After the guided morning visit to the market, we'll engage in the preparation of a spectacular meal which will celebrate your journey in this most blessed region of France. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 11: St. Remy - Paris 

Today, we'll say good-bye to Provence and catch the TGV train back to Paris, arriving at the Charles de Gaulle Airport shortly before 11:00AM.
Meals: Breakfast

IMPORTANT! The tour ends at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
Your flight should depart after 1:00PM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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