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Mario
With Italian and French family, and having lived in Denmark, Sweden and the UK, I embrace the role of a European travel specialist. Although Rome is my home, I love sharing the hidden gems in Europe too.

Mario

European Specialist

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Overview

  • from $2,594 PP
  • 8 Nights
  • Private
  • Apr - Oct
  • Easy
  • 2hrs from London / 9hrs from NYC

Highlights

An ideal trip for food and art enthusiasts who want to enjoy some of the best France has to offer while enjoying plenty of luxury experiences along the way, enjoy eight nights discovering Paris and Provence. Soak up the romantic atmosphere of Paris on a sightseeing tour taken in a classic vintage car, sample delectable pastries in hip Le Marais and visit the world-famous Louvre art museum. You’ll travel to Marseille to delve into its art and history, cruise to the Frioul Islands, and even take a Provencal cooking class. Your trip concludes in Aix-en-Provence with its old-world wineries and charming villages.

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    Book your trip with us and pay a reduced deposit with the rest 90 days before your departure

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    If you are not comfortable travelling, you have the right to cancel and get a refund up to 45 days before your departure

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What's Included

Marseille Calanques, France
  • 8 nights 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Private airport departure and arrival transfers
  • All domestic transfers as detailed on the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tour of Paris in a classic vintage car
  • Pastry tour through Le Marais
  • Louvre visit with skip-the-line tickets
  • Art and history tour through Marseilles
  • Private boat tour in Marseilles
  • Marseilles photography tour
  • Guided walking tour in Aix-en-Provence
  • Provencal cooking class
  • Guided walking tour in Avignon
  • Luberon hilltop villages excursion
  • Expert trip planning advice
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival into Paris, France

Paris, France

Welcome to the City of Lights. Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by private transfer and taken to your hotel in the French capital, renowned for its fashion, art, history and romance. Take time to relax and refresh before exploring your surroundings. In this lively city there’s something to do 24/7. Explore the historic monuments and colourful streets with coffee houses, or perhaps do some shopping in everything from tiny unique boutiques to department stores selling the wares of top local designers. Or you might simply unwind, soaking up the atmosphere from one of the sidewalk cafes watching the world go by.

Day 2 Paris: Sightseeing Tour in a Classic Vintage Car

France, Paris

Embark on a three-hour tour of the city in a classic vintage car this morning, exploring wide boulevards, riverside esplanades, and impressive monuments. Marvel at world-famous sights like the Montmartre neighbourhood along with lesser-known spots like Arènes de Lutèce, an ancient Roman amphitheatre. After lunch a private walking tour will bring you to places like Sainte Chapel, Palais de la Cite, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. You’ll wander through the hip Le Marais district to visit the city’s oldest planned square, Place des Vosges, take in the views from the iconic Eiffel Tower and end it all with a boat cruise along the Seine.

Day 3 Paris: Le Marais Pastry Tour & Louvre Visit

Paris, France

Sipping coffee, indulging in pastries and appreciating art is what French culture is all about – enjoy all of the above today and then some. Start by joining a local Le Marais guide for a tour of the neighbourhood to visit “secret” cafes the locals enjoying, tasting some of the city’s most delicious culinary treats, from croissants and crepes to crème brûlée, chocolates and espresso. You’ll get to check out Paris’ oldest food market and even haggle for your favourite treats. The afternoon brings an exploration of the Louvre with skip-the-line tickets, viewing the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and more up close.

Day 4 Marseille: Art & History Tour

France, Marseille

Board the first class of the French fast train (TGV) and continue your food adventure to Marseille. After checking into your accommodation, enjoy exploring this historic coastal city that dates back 2,600 years. The oldest in France, the foundations were built by the ancient Greeks around 600 B.C. Explore the colourful Le Panier district where it all began, marvelling at the ancient churches, medieval plazas, vibrantly hued facades, and colourful street art. Some of the other highlights include the hilltop basilica, Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Roman monastic foundation of Saint-Victor Abbey, and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Finish in Vieux-Port by enjoying a beer or cocktail at sunset.

Day 5 Marseille: Private Boat Trip & Photography Tour

Marseille, France

This morning you’ll discover Marseille’s hidden gems with a private boat tour that begins with a stop at the Frioul Islands archipelago. The neighbourhood includes four small islands and a famous ancient castle, Château d’If. From there you’ll continue to Mlmousque with its rocky inlets and dazzling turquoise water, with time to enjoy a refreshing dip. The final stop is the beautiful ancient fishing port of Vallon des Auffes which lies beneath a large bridge and offers hidden coves for more swimming. Back on land, join a local photography guide who will help you improve your photography skills while exploring Marseille’s picturesque streets.

Day 6 Aix-en-Provence: Guided Walking Tour

Aix-en-Provence, France

It’s time to head to your next destination, nearby Aix-en-Provence to enjoy a two-hour guided walking tour. Discover the rich culture, heritage, and art by strolling the maze of narrow streets, passing historic squares and churches with your guide pointing out the hidden treasures and most famous spots. Visit the Romanesque/Gothic Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, the 14th-century town hall and enjoy a stroll along the leafy Cours Mirabeau with cafes, markets, and Roman ruins. You’ll have the afternoon at your leisure to shop boutiques and the Provencal food market for local specialties like goat cheese, macarons and local wine, or relax in a decadent spa.

Day 7 Aix-en-Provence: Provencal Cooking Class

Provence Vineyard, France

Enjoy a full day cooking adventure in this postcard-perfect Provencal region with its endless vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields, and medieval hillside villages. Follow your guide to visit the Old Town’s many food markets, meeting local producers and picking up fresh regional items in this area famous for its olive oil, honey, figs, truffles and more. You’ll stop at a local chateau to select some wine and then bring it all to your host’s home. After picking wild aromatic herbs around the property, head into the kitchen to help prepare the meal, and then sit down at the table to enjoy it.

Day 8 Avignon: Guided Walking Tour + Hilltop Villages Excursion

France, Avignon

Private transfer brings you to medieval Avignon today, where you’ll discover its many centuries of history. A guided walking tour will take you to the UNESCO-listed Le Palais des Popes and the medieval Pont Saint-Benezet bridge, along with the main square, Avignon Cathedral, Saint Pierre Basilica and Doms Garden. Next journey to the surrounding Luberon region, known for its picture-perfect hilltop villages, orchards, and vineyards. Explore l’Isle Sur la Sorgue village with its old waterwheels that churn over the Sorgue River where you’ll enjoy lunch. Afterward, enjoy Luberon’s most stunning hilltop village, Gordes, with its imposing fortified castle, winding cobblestone streets and picturesque views.

Day 9 Departure

France, Marseille

Your unforgettable food, art and luxury tour through Paris and Provence ends this morning. After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, it’s time to say au revoir, taking private transfer to the airport where you’ll catch your flight home, or continue your travels elsewhere. If you haven’t made plans, our travel experts will be happy to help.

What's not Included

  • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
  • Visas if required

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