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France: Paris and Provence 1 - Itinerary

May 31 - June 9, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Paris

$4,140 per person/ double occupancy
$1,120 optional single supplement
Additional nights in Paris: $340 double or single room (including airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour starts at 3:00PM on Friday, May 31, 2019, in Paris.
Your flight should arrive no later than 1:00PM on May 31, 2019.

Day 1: Paris 

Upon arrival at the Paris airport (CDG), you'll be met by our chauffeur for a private transfer to our boutique hotel in the heart of the Eiffel Tower neighborhood. In the early afternoon, we'll enjoy a private, introductory driving tour of Paris highlights: seeing the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Ile de la Cite, 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 to the Eiffel Tower, the city's most famous landmark. During dinner at this elegant restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower, we'll get to know each other, and enjoy an informal discussion about the light side of Paris.
Meals: D
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 2: Paris 

On our first full day in Paris, 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 walk through the medieval Latin Quarter, visit a colorful market, a cheese dairy, bakeries, coffee shops and a regional specialty shop, enjoying rich flavors of foie gras, wine, cheese and bread, which will introduce us to the French gourmandise. In the afternoon 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 pursue our own individual interests through the glittering streets of Paris.
Meals: B, L
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 Impressionist masterpieces of Claude Monet, as we tour his house and the waterlily gardens. Afterwards, we'll visit Versailles, the world's most famous royal palace. We will tour the Royal Apartments, the newly restored Hall of Mirrors, the famous gardens with the Orangerie, and admire the dancing fountains and Marie-Antoinette's Estates. After returning to Paris there will be free time to relax or to explore Paris at night.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 4: Paris 

After breakfast, we'll continue our exploration of Paris, as we take a private guided tour of one of Paris' most celebrated museums. In the morning, we'll visit the famous 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 via metro, and the afternoon will be free to relax or explore the lively area around the hotel. 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: B, D
Accommodations: Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, Paris

Day 5: 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 sun-splashed Avignon in the heart of Provence at lunch time. After settling at our Provencal villa, there will be time to take a walk around the town of St. Remy or to 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: B, D
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 6: 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: B, D
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 7: 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: B, D
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 8: 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: B, L, D
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 9: 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: B, L, D 
Accommodations: Mas des Carassins Hotel, St. Remy

Day 10: St. Remy - Paris 

Today, we'll say good-bye to Provence and catch the TGV train back to Paris,. We will arrive at the Charles de Gaulle Airport airpoer shortly before 11AM.
Meals: B

IMPORTANT! The tour ends at 11:00AM on June 9, 2019 at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
Your flight should depart after 1:00PM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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