Paris - Vichy - Lyon (430 km)
Today, we will depart from Paris and drive to Vichy, a fantastic spa town. Later on, we will check into our hotel in the Lyon area.
Vichy - a world class spa destination, the Queen of Spa Town, has been tied to the Bonaparte family. Vichy offers a great getaway for visitors, combining the delightful charm of its buildings with an eclectic French architecture including spring and river themed decorative features.
Standard Hotel: Hotel near Lyon.
Lyon - Orange - Avignon - Nimes - Arles (436 km)
After breakfast, we will leave for Orange, best known for its Roman monuments like the Ancient Theatre and the Triumphal Arch. Afterwards, we will continue to Avignon to visit the Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Benezet. In the afternoon, we will visit the Pont du Gard before heading to our hotel near Arles.
Orange is a sizable town in southern France, just north of the city of Avignon. The area has been inhabited since the first century CE, when the Romans constructed a settlement. Their amphitheater remains.
Theatre antique d'Orange
Built early in the first century CE, this ancient Roman amphitheater is one of the few of its kind that still retains its rear wall. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Admission (Optional): Adult 9.50; Child (7-17 yrs) 7.50
One of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts.The historic centre, which includes the Palais des Papes, the cathedral, and the Pont d'Avignon, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The medieval monuments and the annual Festival d'Avignon have helped to make the town a major centre for tourism.
Palais des Papes
These exquisite medieval Gothic palaces in Avignon get their name because they were at one point lodgins for various popes throughout the history of the Catholic church.
Admission (Optional): Adult 11; Child (8-17 yrs) 9
Originally built in the 12th century CE, only a portion of this bridge remains, which once allowed for crossing over the Rhone River. The remaining arches are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Admission (Optional): Adult 5; Child 5
This city in the south of France has a rich history, founded as a colony by the Romans in 28 BCE. Many of the ancient buildings still stand, including the large arena, which has become iconic of the city.
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard is a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. It is a three-leval aqueduct which allows water to flow across the Gardon River to supply the city of Nimes. It is one of France's top tourist attractions and a World Heritage Site.
Admission (Optional): Adult 8.50; Child (6-17 yrs) 6
Standard Hotel: Hotel near Arles
Arles - Nice - Monaco - Nice (413 km)
After breakfast, we will visit Arles, best known for its ancient Roman ruins and the fact that Vincent Van Gogh lived and painted here for a time. Later, we will continue to Nice, one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in Europe. We will have some free time to stroll along Angel Bay and the English Promenade before exploring the old city. Next, we will drive to Monaco, a small city-state on the Mediterranean coast. The Monte Carlo Casino attracts thousands at a time to gamble here. The Prince's Palace the Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium, and the Jardin Exotique are all world-renowned. We will spend the night in a hotel near Nice.
This historical city in southern France dates back to ancient Roman times, and the ruins of the old amphitheater can still be visited today. Vincent Van Gogh, the famous impressionist painter, live here for many years, producing over 300 works.
This Roman Amphitheater in France was built around 90 AD to house gladiatorial events and chariot races. In the present, it hosts occasional concerts and plays, as well as bull fights during the Feria d'Arles festival.
Admission (Optional): Adult 8; Child 8
Le Cafe Van Gogh
This cafe in Arles gets its name because it was the subject of one of Vincent van Gogh's famous paintings. It has become a popular tourist attraction for those who want to imagination the transition for real world to canvas.
This city in southeastern France is located on the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Nice has been a tourist destination for hundreds of years, enticing first the British and then the rest of the world with is amazing scenery and beaches.
Promenade Des Anglais
A celebrated and popular tourist attraction in Nice, France, the Promenade des Anglais is a seafront boardwalk that provides visitors with stunning scenic views of the Mediterranean ocean. The promenade, also called La Prom, is home to annual Carinval and other festivals.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is a section of Monaco that was built up around the site of the Monte Carlo Casino. This administrative division hosts the Circuit de Monaco automobile race.
Standard Hotel: Hotel near Nice
Nice - Grasse - Cannes - Grenoble (537 km)
After breakfast, we will drive along the mountain roads by the seaside on our way to Grasse, a small provencal town where we will visit the famous perfume museum, Fragonard. We will continue to Cannes, the annual host of the Cannes International Film Festival. We can find the handprints of some of our favorite movie stars on Star Avenue. Later on, we will check into a hotel near Grenoble.
Grasse is a town on the French Riviera in France. It is famous for its perfume industry. In addition, it has a former Roman Catholic cathedral named Grasse Cathedral with many paintings.
Fragonard Perfume Factory
The Parfumerie Fragonard in southeastern France is one of the oldest factories of its kind in the area, dating back to the 18th century. Visitors can join a guided tour that explore the perfume-making process and history of Grasse.
It is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences.
Palais des Festivals et des Congres
This building on the southern coast of France plays host to the world-famous Cannes Film Festival each year, one of the most prestigious film festivals on the planet. The building has more than 10,000 feet of space and 18 auditoriums.
Boulevard de la Croisette
This busy street in beautiful Cannes stretches along the Mediterranean coast. It is home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, which hosts the annual Cannes Film Festival.
Standard Hotel: Hotel near Grenoble
Grenoble - Annecy - Paris (668 km)
After breakfast, we will visit Annecy, one of the most beautiful towns in the Alps and home to a number of monuments like the Palais de l'Ile and the Chateau d'Annecy. It is also said that if two lovers kiss on the Pont des Amours, they will never separate. We will arrive back in Paris around 8:00pm.
Annecy is a small city in the Savoy region of France that started coming to prominence in the 1400s. It hosts a small annual film festival.
From 28th June to 19th July during the season of Lavender:
Day 2: Orange - Avignon - Gordes - Senanque Abbey
In the afternoon, instead of Pont du Gard, we will head to Gordes, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. After enjoy the view and the sunshine in the countryside, head to Sιnanque Abbey, a lovely medieval Cistercian abbey that is one of the best places to see Provence's famed lavender field.
Check in hotel near AIX-EN-PROVENCE.
Day 3: From 28th June to 19th July, visit to Arles will be cancelled.