2020 Tour Details
On this Escape, you can experience the best of France with the locals and not the tourist crowds—and during the low season so you won’t pay the high-season prices. From its vibrant cities and charming, smaller towns…to the beautiful countryside and sumptuous cuisine, France has it all! On this French Escape, you’ll get a sample of everything France has to offer with overnights in Paris, Dijon, Avignon, and Nice. Highlights of this French tour include guided sightseeing of Paris with a Seine cruise to enjoy spectacular views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. A visit to the remarkable Palace and Gardens of Versailles is sure to delight. The principal residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI, it is nothing short of spectacular. Other tour highlights are a stop at Pont du Gard to admire the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France; walking tours in Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice; and a special welcome dinner in Paris, as well as a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Èze to try some local specialties. These are just some of the many highlights included on this wonderful escorted tour of France. Don’t miss this marvelous vacation offered at a price that screams, “Let’s go!”
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PARIS Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, enjoy a Seine cruiseVERSAILLES Guided [LF] visit of the palace and gardens DIJON OrientationPONT DU GARD Take pictures of the Roman aqueductAVIGNON Walking tour, take pictures of the Palace of the PopesAIX–EN–PROVENCE Walking tour; [LF] Café au lait and calissonsNICE Walking tour of the Old TownÈZE Visit a perfume factory; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Motorcoach; Seine cruise. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinners: a welcome dinner in Paris and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Èze
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN PARIS, FRANCE. Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at one of Paris’ lively restaurants.
PARIS. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, Champs-Élysées, and a SEINE CRUISE with spectacular views of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. To make the most of your stay, a selection of optional excursions is available.
PARIS–DIJON. This morning visit [LF] the impressive PALACE AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Then, continue to Dijon, capital of Burgundy. Walk along the Rue des Forges and see the Ducal Palace, the renaissance Tower of Philip the Good, and look out for Dijon’s symbolic owl at the Church of Notre Dame.
DIJON–PONT DU GARD–AVIGNON. Stop at Pont du Gard and marvel at the largest remaining Roman aqueduct in France, a monumental feat of engineering completed in the year 19 BC. Continue to Avignon, a town on the Rhône River which became the residence of the popes in the 14th century. During your walking tour, take pictures of the magnificent Palace of the Popes and the famous bridge. Browse the colorful shops that sell traditional products made in Provence, like cloth, honey, herbs, and nougat candy.
AVIGNON–AIX-EN-PROVENCE–NICE. Drive to Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most elegant cities. It was the birthplace of painter Cézanne, and has always attracted artists from around the world. Explore its center and wander through the maze of small streets and along Cours Mirabeau. You will also be treated to a [LF] café au lait with calissons (a traditional French confectionery). Arrive in Nice, “Queen of the Riviera.” An exciting optional excursion to Monte Carlo is available.
NICE. EXCURISION TO ÈZE. Follow your Tour Director for a walk through the OLD TOWN of Nice, and enjoy some free time on your own. In the afternoon, visit the famous Fragonard PERFUME FACTORY in Èze, before celebrating the success of your French Escape with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
NICE. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.