Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Paris
Welcome to Paris, the famed “City of Light.” Transfer by private car from Paris Airport to the Paris hotel. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration of the capital.

Day 2: Paris
Enjoy a morning tour of Paris with a local driver-guide. The tour will encompass Paris’ best-known landmarks, including the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, and the inspiring Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 3: Paris
Embark on a morning tour of the art and treasures at the Musée du Louvre. Among the thousands of priceless paintings is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, probably the most famous painting in the world. Among the well-known sculptures in the collection are the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo. Spend the remainder of the day visiting some of Paris’ other famous museums, such as the Museum D’Orsay, with preferred entrance using your Paris Museum Pass.

Day 4: Paris
Spend a day free at leisure in Paris, or perhaps take an optional excursion into the nearby countryside. Versailles and the Loire Valley make splendid day trips. The evening will feature a reservation for dinner at ‘Altitude 95’, a popular gourmet restaurant on the 1st level of the Eiffel Tower. The large bay windows of the restaurant look out over the Seine and the Trocadéro to one side, and the inside of the Tower.

Day 5: Paris to Provence
In the morning board a TGV, one of Europe’s fastest trains, for the city of Avignon in Provence. Pick up a rental car at Avignon rail station and drive to the nearby village of Le Pontet. Day 6 & 7: Avignon & Provence Using Avignon-le Pontet as a base, spend the next two days touring the region around Avignon. Spend one day visiting the Roman ruins in Nîmes and Arles, and the western part of Provence, known as the Camargue. Use the next day for exploring the Rhône wine towns north of Avignon, perhaps enjoying a tasting and tour in nearby Châteauneuf du Pape.

Day 8 & 9: Luberon & Provence
Drive east into the beautiful Luberon Valley, which has been referred to as “the true Provence.” Visit the 12th-century monastery, L’Abbaye Notre Dame de Sénanque, set in fields of vibrant, sweet-smelling lavender. Enjoy splendid, panoramic views of the valley from the rampart ruins of the hilltop village of Gordes. Spend another day touring the small characteristic villages scattered throughout the Luberon.

Day 10: Departure
After a quick drive to Marseille Provence Airport, the adventure into France ends all too soon.

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