Behold a dazzling display of costumes, colors, enormous floats & incredible fireworks in the streets of Nice as you experience firsthand the spectacle of the Nice Carnival. This extravagant journey brings you from the city of light, Paris, to Avignon and Nice led by private guide.
From the grand architecture and world class museums of Paris to the opulent splendor of Versailles, nothing can prepare you for a first visit to this world-class city. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the boutiques along the Champs Elysees are just some of the breathtaking highlights. Once you have taken your fill of cultural attractions you will be smoothly transferred by train to Avignon. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the 14th century Pope’s Palace before enjoying a scenic cruise on the River Rhone en route to a gourmet dinner and wine tasting experience. Finish your French adventure in the chic city of Nice on the French Riviera. Escape the winter blues and soak up the sun as extravagantly dressed characters throw flowers on thousands of onlookers, watch evening parades twinkle in the heart of Nice & celebrate this year’s theme, King of Gastronomy.
Celebrate Carnival in Nice between Feb 14th and Mar 4th of this year. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Banke Hotel (4*), located in the Opera district in the very heart of Paris, is a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. All 94 of the luxurious guest rooms’ interiors are decorated in cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. Enjoy Spanish and French cuisine at Josefin Restaurant, or savour Spanish-inspired tapas at Lolabar. The sophisticated Banke Restaurant is perfect for all events and celebrations and serves an excellent breakfast buffet. Banke Hotel features a gym and hammam (Turkish bath), perfect for relaxation. Wander around the hotel and discover the extensive art collection. Discover the impressive collection of ethnic jewellery and sculptures from India, Tibet, African tribes and more!
Enjoy a half day shared panoramic tour of Paris with an English speaking driver-guide. On the tour you will discover the monuments which have made Paris famous throughout the world: Concorde Square - Louvre Museum, Seine river and its bridges, French Academy, Cité Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral (stop and free time) - Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon - Arch of Triumph - Champs-Elysées Avenue - Eiffel Tower (photo-stop) - Invalides with the dome of Napoleon’s Tomb, Opera House - Walking tour on your own in Montmartre, near Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the artists’ square. Includes hotel pick up and drop off.
Discover Versailles Palace, the symbol of France's grandeur during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Leave Paris by the western districts of the city and follow the Normandy motorway as far as Versailles in a luxury air conditioned coach. Your guide will take you straight in without standing in line and lead you through the most beautiful rooms including the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartment. Then enjoy some free time to explore the palace gardens. This tour has a central pick up and drop off point in the centre of Paris and hotel pick up and/or drop off is not provided. Includes: entrance to Versailles Palace, authorisation fees for guided visits, a multilingual guide with individual earphones. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages). Note: from April 2nd to October 29th, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED: - On "MUSICAL FOUNTAIN DISPLAY" days ( Saturdays and Sundays, Tuesdays from May 21st to June 25th + May 8th + May 9th + August 15th)- On "MUSICAL GARDENS" days (Tuesdays from April 2nd to May 14th and from July 2nd to October 29th), on bank holidays.
The oldest café in Paris...This prestigious place, founded in 1686 by Francesco Procopio del Cotelli, welcomed such famous patrons as Voltaire, Danton, Robespierre, Molière, Diderot and Benjamin Franklin. The restaurant, which is steeped in history and has a decor largely inspired by the great Parisian events that took place there, will undoubtedly entice you. Some of Le Procope’s culinary delights will also surprise you, notably the “coq au vin ivre de Juliénas” or the “Colbert” whiting in a tartar sauce. Meal not included, and paid locally
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
This evening you will enjoy dinner at the Eiffel Tower, where you can view Paris from the first floor during your own private dinner at the restaurant Eiffel Tower 58. Dinner includes an aperitif, three course dinner, coffee and your choice of either 1/2 bottle of wine, mineral water (50cl), a beer or soda. Your assistant will then help you board the boat for your cruise along the river Seine, while you admire the monuments and bridges of the city known as the 'City of Light'. End of the tour at the Eiffel Tower.
Tour does not include transfer from hotel to meeting point and after the tour back to hotel. Please talk to your sales advisor if you'd like us to arrange private transfers.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Enjoy the train ride from Paris to Avignon on a TGV (high speed train). Train time is approx. 3 hours.
Enjoy a train station transfer in Avignon with a private vehicle and driver.
Explore the highlights of Avignon at leisure on an unescorted tour of the UNESCO world heritage sites of the 12th century Pont d'Avignon, and the 14th century Pope's Palace before an hour long cruise and dinner. The Pont d'Avignon was the first construction over the Rhone River, between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea in the 12th century. The bridge collapsed in the 17th century and the king never wanted to pay for restoring it. To this day, it stands as an unfinished structure. The Popes' Palace stands as the mighty symbol of the church's influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century and is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe. Then take a boat trip on the Rhone River, sailing upstream along the Rocher des Doms and the Pont St Benezet and back downstream to Villeneuve. Finally, enjoy a 3 course dinner in a gastronomic restaurant (drinks not included) located in Avignon. (Please note: from October to March, this tour will include a wine tasting in one wine shop in the city instead of the 1hr cruise).
Hotel de L'Horloge Hotel (4*) is set in a 19th century building which oozes charm and character and overlooks the picturesque Place de L'Horloge (Horloge square) in the very center of Avignon. Here, nestled between the Alpilles hills and the Luberon countryside, you will find yourself in the heart of a city which was once the capital of Christianity. All 66 modern and cozy rooms are traditionally furnished with a soft color scheme, many boasting excellent views into the city. The breakfast room, also part conservatory, will provide you with a delicious breakfast each morning.
Enjoy a full day shared excursion (10hrs) visiting all of the top sites in the region - Pont du Gard, Les Baux de Provence, Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence, Luberon, Roussillon and Gordes. On this 10 hour shared tour by minibus, your English speaking driver-licensed guide will pick up from hotel and escort you to all of the aforementioned sites. Visit the Pont du Gard - the most preserved aqueduct of the Roman period of the 1st century before stopping off at the picturesque medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. After having had some free time for lunch (not included), the tour continues to the site of the Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence which is an impressive triumphal arch and funeral monument. Picturesque roads through olive groves, vineyards and fields to see some of the most beautiful villages in Luberon. The village of Roussillon is famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs, unusual natural landscape. Continuation toward Gordes, hilltop village in Luberon, which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France, completely made with dry stones. Enjoy a photo stop at Senanque Abbey (from June 15th to July 15th only) to take pictures of the blooming lavender fields. Visit of the Lavender Museum to discover the flower symbol of Provence (entrance ticket included, closed in January). Demonstration of distillation during the harvest (from July to August). On Sunday only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, village famous for antique shops and the weekly market.
Take the high speed TGV from Avignon to Nice. Enjoy the scenery of the Provencal countryside during the 3-4hr journey.
Train station transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Explore the colorful, historical centre of Nice at leisure...The Cours Selaya Flower Market is a must-see. This is also one of the main neighborhoods for dining, with several cafés lining the outdoor market. If you want seafood, this is the spot to hit. There are also several souvenir shops, gourmet shops and other boutiques here. The Promenade des Anglais is something anyone visiting Nice is sure to see. The Pedestrian Zone (zone pietonne) is a bit of a tourist trap, but there's a good reason. This is a lovely area for a stroll, as cars are forbidden except for the early morning. The shops here are on the tacky-tee-shirt scale in most cases, although there are several great clothing store chains and nice shops like the gourmet boutique Ducs de Gascony. This is the ideal spot to sip a café au lait and watch the world go by. Follow the Cours Saleya which runs parallel to the United States quay - polychrome façades, flower market, fruit and vegetable market, chapelle de la Miséricorde) then turn left into the rue Jules-Gilly (Red Penitents’ chapel). Continue on Rue Droite (église du Gesù) before reaching on your left, place Rossetti (cathédrale Sainte-Réparate). Return to rue Droite (palais Lascaris) towards place Saint-François (fish market). Then back to the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna through the narrow streets of the old city (many shops and restaurants) or via the castle hill (splendid view over the city and the port).
The Westminster (4*) excellent location, on the seafront, right on Promenade Des Anglais and very close to the shopping centre. This is an attractive, period building painted in a pleasant pale pink with sculpted decorations over the windows. Entering this hotel is like stepping into another era as it exudes old world charm. Near the beach and other points of interest, this is an excellent hotel that is very well located. The Westminster’s restaurant serves Mediterranean specialties which can be enjoyed on the hotel’s terrace.
Spend some extra time in Nice - to experience one of the world's great festivals - the Mediterranean Carnival! This year’s focus is Gastronomy, and what better place to celebrate all things food and wine than in the South of France. Watch flower battles, giant decorated floats, drink mimosas and listen to the music of over 1000 musicians from around the world. A true fairy-tale event, you can party in the street until dawn, or just take in the magic at your own leisurely place. Tickets are readily available locally, all you need to do is show up!
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
Depart from Nice airport - end of itinerary.
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