9 days

Icons of France

Icons of France

Avignon - the 14th Century seat of the Papacy

Beaune's wine estates and Flemish influence

Burgundy’s wine country

Cote d’Azur

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  • "You can't escape the past in Paris, and yet what's so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden.” Allen Ginsberg.

    Why we love it

    • Be romanced by the suave city of Paris
    • Relax on a train journey through the French countryside
    • Taste authentic French cuisine in Dijon
    • Stop by internationally acclaimed wineries
    • Discover Roman ruins in Avignon
    • Explore the French Riviera


    Day 1-2 - Paris

    • Your French adventure will begin with a welcome meeting on Day 1, where you will meet your tour leader and travel companions. Check with the hotel reception or look out for a notice board nearby for details of the meeting. You will need to bring your travel insurance details to this meeting.
    • After the meeting, there will be a welcome dinner at a Parisian restaurant.
    • If you arrive early, we recommend that you get out and explore this beautiful city. From the incredible art galleries and imposing monuments, to the world-renowned shopping, quaint cafes and hidden treasure, Paris is a wonderful city to explore by foot.
    • There is of course the Eiffel Tour, Musee D’Orsay, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, the Arc de Triomphe, and a host of other wonderful attractions here, but simply walking through the pretty little lanes of the Latin Quarter, lazing in the elegant shop-lined streets of St Germain, wandering down the opulent Champs-Elysee and meandering through the winding bohemian streets of Montmatre will also give you a wonderful overview of the city.
    • Sitting with a baguette and cheese in the Luxembourg gardens and watching the French go about their daily life is the perfect way to wile away the hours.
    Hotel Villa Royale Montsouris
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Dijon/Beaune

    • You will leave Paris by train and travel to Dijon today. The trip will take approximately three hours.
    • From Dijon, you will be able to discover the beautiful region of Burgundy, one of France’s wealthiest provinces. It is not only economically rich, but also has a wealth of historical, cultural and gastronomic delights for you to enjoy.
    • Dijon itself is city of winding streets and medieval and renaissance architecture.
    • You will have the opportunity to visit one of the region’s most famed wineries in Beaune before lunching at the Michelin-recommended Caveau des Arches, which is hidden in the vaults beneath a 16th century fortified bridge.
    • You will also have some free time to explore Dijon and perhaps taste its most famous export, Dijon mustard.
    Hotel Wilson

    Day 5 - Chateau stay

    • You will travel to a beautiful French château today, where you will spend the night amidst historic splendour. You will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds here, indulging in some of the delicious local cuisine and taking the time to explore the local French countryside.
    Hotel Saint Sabine or Similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Avignon

    • From the gorgeous château, you will travel by train to Avignon (approximately 3 hours). Avignon is a beautiful walled city in the heart of Provence.
    • Once home to French popes for more than a century, Avignon is now a haven of beautiful art, a grand papal palace and the Pont St-Benezet (immortalised as Pont d’Avignon in a popular French song).
    • You will have lunch in a local bistro, the perfect opportunity to sample Provencale cuisine.
    • While in Avignon you will also have the chance to visit the Palais de Papes, which was built in the 14th century, and considered the largest medieval Gothic palace in the world. The palace’s unreserved opulence decimated the papacy’s income during its construction.
    • You will also visit the Pont St-Benezet, once the only crossing of the Rhone River, which acted as an enduring natural boundary between the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of France. Only four of the original 22 arches remain.
    • You will have a free day to explore the surrounding region. Taking the train to Arles is a popular option; Arles has an abundance of Roman monuments and a strong association with the arts.
    • Your tour leader will offer you a suggestion for lunch in the region, where you can sample more of the famed local cuisine.
    Hotel O'CUB or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 8-9 - Nice

    • From Avignon you will continue your French journey by train to the glamorous French Riviera (or Cote d'Azur ) town of Nice (approximately 4 hours). Boasting beautiful lake-like beaches, high-end shopping and a vibrant nightlife, Nice is the perfect place to explore the sparkling Riviera.
    • The evening flower markets in Place Saleya are a must-see, and the myriad of water sports available and beaches are a wonderful way to fill your time.
    • If you would like to explore more widely, you can go on a trip to Monaco, uncover the secrets of crafting perfume in Grasse, jump on a boat to St Tropez or simply wander the historical sights of Nice.
    • You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions on the last night of the tour.
    • The trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 9.
    Hotel Monsigny
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader
    • Transport: Metro, Train, Bus, Taxi, Minibus
    • Authentic Accommodation includes: 7 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night chateau
    • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
    • Palais des Papes entrance
    • Welcome Dinner in Paris
    • Wine tasting
    • Stay in a chateau near Dijon
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
    • Optional sightseeing and entrance fees or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader
    • Daily budget
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
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Trip Code PEFR
Start City: Paris, France
End City: Nice, France
Style: Small Group

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