Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera

10 days from $6,720 per person*
  • Cook with a French chef and taste Provençal wines.
  • Walk Barcelona with a private guide in search of Gaudí’s revered architecture.
  • Soak up the Mediterranean sun in Nice, playground of Europe’s elite.
  • Follow in van Gogh’s footsteps on a guided tour through Avignon.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Some places lure us with scenery. Others enchant with their atmosphere. Still others draw us in with stories from times long since passed. Some places possess all three. Barcelona, the jewel of Spain’s Catalonia region, hums with energy and sparkles with bold modernist architecture. The dazzling sunshine that beams down upon pastoral Provence has enchanted great artists and warmed the fertile soils of legendary vineyards. Nice’s azure shores are works of art no photo filter can improve. Alone, these three destinations are each spectacular. Together, they’re simply magic.

Begin in the Mediterranean seaport of Barcelona and explore the Gothic basilicas, monuments and Antoni Gaudí’s modernist masterpieces on foot and by private car with a knowledgeable guide. Food and drink take center-stage in pastoral Provence, where you’ll embark on a dinnertime cruise of the Rhône, take part in a chef-led cooking class, and sample vintages in the cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in addition to exploring the walled medieval town of Avignon and retrace the steps of Vincent van Gogh on a private tour through Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Arles, and other spots touched by the Post-Impressionist master’s brush. Finally, soak up the Belle Époque atmosphere of Nice on a private walking tour and time in affluent Cap Ferrat, glamorous Monaco, and gorgeous seaside Èze. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Spain - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour: City Centre Highlights - Guide
  • Day 3 Barcelona
    Barcelona
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Gaudi Architecture (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Barcelona to Avignon
    Barcelona to Avignon
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Barcelona - Avignon [4 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (TGV) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Welcome Package South
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour (3hrs) & Cruise (with Dinner) - Guide/Boat
  • Day 5 Avignon
    Avignon
    • Tour - Private - Cooking Class, Wine Road, Chateauneuf du Pape (with Lunch & Wine Tastings) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide/Chef
  • Day 6 Avignon
    Avignon
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Van Gogh in Provence (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 7 Avignon to Nice
    Avignon to Nice
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station (TGV) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Avignon - Nice [3.5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Dinner at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Nice
    Nice
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Nice
    Nice
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Cap Ferrat, Eze, Monaco & Monte Carlo (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Nice
    Nice
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Barcelona

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Barcelona. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.

For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.

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.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Day 2: Barcelona

Your private English-speaking guide will show you the central highlights of Barcelona. If you are interested in a certain era in history or have an interest in a particular artist, let your Sales consultant know in advance so we can tailor your tour or enjoy some culinary delights with a gastronomy tour.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Torre Agbar Barcelona
Torre Agbar Barcelona

Day 3: Barcelona

Enjoy a 5 hour sightseeing tour with your private vehicle, driver, and professional guide. See all of the modernist buildings including the well known Casa Milà and the Casa Batllò as well as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, an unfinished masterpiece.

Accommodation: Barcelona Center (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Casa Batllò
Casa Batllò

Day 4: Barcelona - Avignon

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Relax aboard your train ride from Barcelona to Avignon. The trip takes approximately 4 hours.

Enjoy a train station transfer in Avignon with a private vehicle and driver.

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.

Enjoy the day exploring Avignon with the services of a private guide for 3 hours as you visit the Pont d'Avignon, the Pope's Palace, and enjoy an hour long cruise on the Rhone River. In the evening, enjoy a 3 course dinner (without guide) in a gastronomic restaurant in Avignon (drinks not included). The Pope's Palace is one of the biggest and most beautiful gothic palaces in the world and was the residence of the Soverign pontiffs in the 14th century. Built during the 12th century, the Pont d'Avignon (Pont St Benezet) has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. During your one hour long cruise, you can enjoy the round trip to Bartelasse Island where you get to see some of the main sites of the city by water. (Includes services of English speaking Guide, entrance to Pont d'Avignon, Pope's Palace, cruise and 3 course dinner in gastronomic restaurant in Avignon).

Accommodation: Cloitre St. Louis (4*)

Cloitre Saint Louis Hotel is located within the old city walls of Avignon. The hotel is situated in a historical building dating back to the 16th century and is only a few minutes’ walk from the Papal Palace. Each of the 80 rooms at Cloitre Saint Louis is unique and overlook either the interior gardens, the cloister’s courtyard or the dome of the chapel. Dine in the magnificent vaulted room for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch at the Table of St. Louis, in a spacious and luminous room where a light and creative cuisine will take you on a journey of pleasant flavors throughout your entire meal. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of Champagne in the cozy cocoon of the vaulted dining room. Explore the secret garden, which provides shade underneath a 300 year old plane tree, as well as the courtyard revealing its timeless secrets. Indulge the view as you take a sunbathe at the rooftop swimming pool, open from May to September.

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pope's Palace
Pope's Palace
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cloitre St. Louis Hotel
Cloitre St. Louis Hotel

Day 5: Avignon

Enjoy a full day tour discovering the gastronomy and beauty of Provence with an intimate cooking class and visit of Chateauneuf du Pape. In the morning you will need to arrive on your own and meet the Chef in front of the vegetal wall of "Les Halles", covered market displaying fresh and colorful food every morning. Choose with him the best local products that you will cook during the lesson. Arrive at the charming restaurant where you will participate in the cooking course. During the Apéritif, various thinkings about the course given together with how to pair the meals with wine. Lunch (drinks included) with the Chef and informal talk about the course presented. At 3pm, you will be picked up by a minibus. Your English speaking driver-licensed guide will take you to the wine road. There, you will have wine-tasting in a wine cellar in Tavel or Beaumes de Venise, where quality rosé wines are produced partly in thanks to the exceptional soil located at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail and Mont Ventoux. The tour then continues to Chateauneuf du Pape for a wine tasting in a cellar. In each cellar, you will discover the history of the house and the guide or the wine owner will offer you a visit of the winery with explanations about the harvest, and the AOC Cotes du Rhones. At approximately 7pm, you will be dropped off at your hotel. (Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, Cooking course + lunch (drinks included), Services of an English speaking driver-licensed guide).

Accommodation: Cloitre St. Louis (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cooking Class
Cooking Class

Day 6: Avignon

Enjoy a half day private excursion following in the footsteps of Van Gogh. In the company of an English speaking Driver/Guide, your will first stop in Saint Remy de Provence to take a look at Saint-Paul de Mausole to see some sites painted by Van Gogh. Then continue on to the historical village of Les Baux de Provence, a majestic site at 245 meters of altitude and carved out of local stone. Finally, enjoy a walking tour of Arles - famous for its Roman heritage and amphitheater which is located in the center of the old town, as well as a number of buildings which have been forever recorded in some of Van Gogh’s works such as La Maison Jaune, Le Cafe, and Le Jardin de l'Hotel Dieu. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to Avignon.

Accommodation: Cloitre St. Louis (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Arles
Arles

Day 7: Avignon - Nice

Enjoy a train station transfer in Avignon with a private vehicle and driver.

Take the high speed TGV from Avignon to Nice. Enjoy the scenery of the Provencal countryside during the approximately 3.5 hr journey.

Meet your private driver and transportation for a train station transfer.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (not included in tour price). Here are a few suggestions: Les Viviers- An elegant dining room with light wood panelling or a 1900s-style bistro: two decors but the same cuisine, based on fish, seafood and dishes of the day. Classic cuisine with prices approximately 38€ (weekday lunch)/85€ - Menu: 39€/90€. Closed 21 July-18 August, Saturday lunch and Sunday. Brasserie Flo - A parterre of tables and troop of waiters at the ready: the bell rings and the deep-red curtain goes up on the kitchens of this brasserie housed in a 1930 theater. Meals - 23€ - 30€ incl. drinks (lunch)/55€ - Menu: 32€/67€. Stephane Viano - Easily recognizable by its long veranda furnished with Provençal-blue chairs, this fashionable restaurant also has a dining room with a vaulted ceiling and black and white decor. Typical Nice dishes given a modern twist. Meals - 32€/58€ - Menu: 42€/58€. Closed on Sundays.

Accommodation: La Perouse (4*)

La Pérouse is located at the foot of Castle Hill, in the heart of Nice, with a breathtaking view of the legendary Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Elegantly renovated, the hotel offers a very special atmosphere, both refined and warm. Here visitors can enjoy classic Mediterranean style with contemporary comfort. A few steps lead from the hotel entrance to a small cozy lobby with large windows offering a magnificent view of the sea. On the hotel's top floor there is a picturesque  terrace surrounded by the gardens of the Castle Hill. La Perouse features a jacuzzi, sauna, solarium and fitness center, allowing you to keep fit or simply relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the turquoise sea. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool and terrace overlooking the bay for guests to enjoy. 

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Nice
Nice
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  La Perouse
La Perouse

Day 8: Nice

Meet your private guide for a half-day walking tour in "Vieux Nice", France’s most Baroque old city. Discover the Cours Saleya with its flower market in the morning and a hundred stalls of plants, bouquets and cut flowers. Against the backdrop of the Castle Hill, this colorful display is a must. Discover the heart of the old town, its lively atmosphere and customs, the small St Francis Square with its fish market and fountain, other piazzas with their 17th and 18th Baroque churches, small cafes where the Niçois people like to meet, and winding alleys lined with quaint shops. No admissions included.

Accommodation: La Perouse (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Vieux Nice
Vieux Nice

Day 9: Nice

Enjoy a half day excursion with your private vehicle and licensed driver-guide. Drive along the spectacular coastline Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco, which harbors typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the Bay and Citadel of Villefranche. Drive by famous houses of celebrities in Cap Ferrat, home of kings, film stars and magnates. Wander through the exceptional Renaissance-style Rothschild Villa and its seven romantic gardens from French to Japanese style. Short stop for panoramic view. On the Middle Corniche stop at Eze, a medieval perched village with its crafts shops and breathtaking panorama. Continue to Monaco where you'll tour the Old Town for a view of the palace, the Cathedral, and Oceanographic Museum. Next, drive along the amazing Grand Prix cercuit in Monte Carlo. You'll have some free time at Casino Square to enjoy luxurious shopping, strolling along stunning gardens, mega yachts, chic casinos… or simply watch the “rich and beautiful” in their favorite haunts. Transfer back to Nice. Entrance fees not included.

Accommodation: La Perouse (4*)
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Casino in Monaco
Casino in Monaco

Day 10: Nice

Meet your private driver and transportation for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Barcelona Center (4*): Barcelona

Hotel Barcelona Center is located in the heart of the Eixample district in Barcelona. With it’s fantastic central location, the hotel offers the highest quality, exquisite gastronomy and the most modern technology. Modern and comfortable rooms allow guests to enjoy a space to read, work, and take a well-deserved rest. Enjoy exquisite cuisine with Mediterranean and fresh-produce twists at Balmes 101 restaurant. Discover Mojito Center, the hotel’s panoramic terrace whose modern space combines music, cocktails and gastronomy. Take a moment to relax in on of the hot tubs that can also be found on the terrace.

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Barcelona Center Hotel
Barcelona Center Hotel

Cloitre St. Louis (4*): Avignon

Cloitre Saint Louis Hotel is located within the old city walls of Avignon. The hotel is situated in a historical building dating back to the 16th century and is only a few minutes’ walk from the Papal Palace. Each of the 80 rooms at Cloitre Saint Louis is unique and overlook either the interior gardens, the cloister’s courtyard or the dome of the chapel. Dine in the magnificent vaulted room for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch at the Table of St. Louis, in a spacious and luminous room where a light and creative cuisine will take you on a journey of pleasant flavors throughout your entire meal. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or glass of Champagne in the cozy cocoon of the vaulted dining room. Explore the secret garden, which provides shade underneath a 300 year old plane tree, as well as the courtyard revealing its timeless secrets. Indulge the view as you take a sunbathe at the rooftop swimming pool, open from May to September.

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cloitre St. Louis Hotel
Cloitre St. Louis Hotel
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cloitre St. Louis
Cloitre St. Louis

La Perouse (4*): Nice

La Pérouse is located at the foot of Castle Hill, in the heart of Nice, with a breathtaking view of the legendary Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Elegantly renovated, the hotel offers a very special atmosphere, both refined and warm. Here visitors can enjoy classic Mediterranean style with contemporary comfort. A few steps lead from the hotel entrance to a small cozy lobby with large windows offering a magnificent view of the sea. On the hotel's top floor there is a picturesque  terrace surrounded by the gardens of the Castle Hill. La Perouse features a jacuzzi, sauna, solarium and fitness center, allowing you to keep fit or simply relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the turquoise sea. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool and terrace overlooking the bay for guests to enjoy. 

Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  La Perouse
La Perouse
Barcelona, Provence and the French Riviera Tours 2017 - 2018 -  La Perouse Hotel - Pool
La Perouse Hotel - Pool

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    Our tour expert Rachel Cooke was outstanding! She handled all inquiries and requests with great professionalism and patience. The location of our hotels were optimal for touring and easy access to trains and metro. Tour guides Marion for the Latin Quarter, Frederick the Louvre, Bruno Mont St Michel and Melanie for the beaches of Normandy were all very knowledgeable and delightful to be with!

  • Donna O — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Andrew was an amazing guide starting in Inverness! And Debbie was great for our walking tour in Edinburgh. We could not be happier! We learned so much about Scotland and enjoyed every minute of our trip.

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    This was one of the best trips we've ever taken. Everything worked as planned, someone was always waiting to greet us at each transfer point, and the guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg were absolutely first-rate: knowledgeable, friendly, fluent in English, and very helpful. Our conversations with them about Russian life and history were an unexpected bonus to what was already a highly educational and informative itinerary.

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