Icons of France
"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 to Day Itinerary
Day 1-2: Paris
Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Royale Montsouris, 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.
Day 3-4: Dijon/Beaune
Travel time: Approximately 3 hours (Paris to Dijon)
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
Accommodation: Hotel Wilson, Dijon
- 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.
Day 5: Chateau stay
Travel time: Approximately 30 minutes
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Saint Sabine or Similar
- 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.
Day 6-7: Avignon
Travel time: Approximately 3 hour
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Accommodation: Hotel O'CUB or similar, 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.
Day 8-9: Nice
Travel time: Approximately 4 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Monsigny, 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.
- 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
- International flights
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Departure taxes
- 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
- Daily budget
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
- Avignon - Bike Hire
- Mustard Museum - Beaune
- Paris - Arc de Triomphe
- Paris - Catacombs
- Paris - Eiffel Tower
- Paris - Musee d'Orsay
- Paris - Napoleon's Tomb (Hotel des Invalides)
- Paris - Notre Dame Towers
- Paris - Palace of Versailles
€15 (gardens are free)
- Paris - Picasso Museum
- Paris - Rodin Museum
- Paris - The Louvre
- Pont St-Benezet - Avignon
What to know
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit France.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
A Year In Provence Peter Mayle Toujours Provence Peter Mayle The Olive Farm Carol Drinkwater Lazy Days Out In the Loire Philippe Barbour Burgundy: Touring wine country-Hubrecht Duijker Dordogne Adventures-Eric Line Five Quarters of the Orange-Joanne Harris Walks & climbs in the Pyrenees-Kev Reynolds And God Created the French-Louis-Bernard Robitaille
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our local operator PEAK DMC - Europe, can be reached on at the following number:- +49 8677 918 66 57
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
15 April 2015
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