In 10 days, you can see nearly half of the country, visiting some of the most popular destinations in France. Begin with the colorful and sunny Rivera, walk on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice and take the train to St Tropez and jump into the crystal blue water. Then, head to the picturesque Burgundy and walk among medieval castles and beautiful vineyards. Continue to the gastronomic town of Lyon and taste some local and delicious french food. Have a quick stop at the magnificent French Alpes and get amazed by the Mont Blanc. End your trip with a visit to the city of lights, the capital Paris.See more
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The French Riviera, hailed as one of the most lavish and opulent travel destinations in the world. Every major town in this jet-setters paradise boasts numerous pristine beaches, exclusive yacht clubs, swanky beach bars, and at least one Michelin Star restaurant (over 20 in total). Among their frequent visitors, you will find numerous A-list celebrities, business moguls and even royalty.
On the other hand, like the majority of France they have all succeeded in maintaining their history, with a variety of museums, historic churches and citadels, medieval castles and botanical gardens.
While each provide opportunities to relax on the beach, enjoy some water sports, or charter a yacht excursion, every commune in the riviera offers a slightly different vibe:
Begin with the discovery of Nice, The most populous city in the area originally built around the second castle of Louis XIV, which still invites visitors to tour the castle and majestic Parc du Chateau, with impeccable ocean views and a natural waterfall. At the beach you will find the famous Promenade des Anglais boardwalk.
Then take the afternoon to relax by the beach, soak up some sun and take a dip in the welcoming waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
(Optional*) A short drive brings you to Monaco for a night of excitement and chance at the extravagant Casino Monte-Carlo. Featuring a comprehensive list of casino games, numerous bars, nightclubs and several gourmet restaurants.
You have the day free to explore at your leisure or charter yacht for a sea excursion at one of the following seaside utopias:
St Jean Cap Ferrat: This peninsula, jetting out into the Mediterranean Sea, offers panoramic ocean views and secluded beaches for a tranquil island like vibe.
Cannes: Catering directly to successful artists and entertainers, with its countless luxury boutiques, world famous film festival, and walk of fame, this beautiful city holds all the best qualities of Miami Beach, and Beverly hills combined. While still holding onto its heritage in true French fashion.
St Tropez: Small, yet luxurious, St Tropez is the preferred destination for A-list celebs wanting to enjoy the riviera in all its glory while remaining inconspicuous. In the city center you will find the legendary Old Town district with the famous Place des Lices and a 16th century Citadel.
Provence is a beautiful and versatile region of southern France. From bustling cities to historic villages, the region of Provence is truly a hidden gem of France.
Choose one of the following to suit your optimal Provence experience:
1. Marseilles: The largest city in the region offers the coastal atmosphere of the riviera with a more urban vibe. With plentiful museums, Calanque National Park, the Boulevard Longchamp Monument, it's very own Notre Dame Basilica and wild nightlife Marseilles can easily hold the attention of any world traveler for days on end.
2. Aix en Provence: Originally a college town, this growing city is quickly becoming a hot spot of French, young adult culture. Countless unique and exemplary fountains line the streets, guiding you to the vibrant city center. Which is packed with gastronomic restaurants and trendy bars.
3. Avignon: This quaint and Historic town touts multiple landmarks, including the Palais des Papes: the 14th century home to Popes Benedict XII and Clement VI and largest gothic palace in all of France; the Pont Saint-Bénézet: a 12th century bridge partially destroyed by a catastrophic flood in the 1600’s. You will find the city quite lively, with numerous chic boutiques and an immense covered market, full of excellent local cuisine.
4. Moustiers Sainte Marie: A tiny, yet breathtaking village built on the side of a mountain with a river which creates waterfalls of varying sizes running through the center. + The Gorge du Verdon: A spectacular electric blue lake and river at the bottom of a towering canyon which welcomes visitors to swim to your hearts' content and offers electric and paddle boat rentals to lounge while you explore. (This option brings you through the tiny commune of Valensole, well known for majestic lavender fields that blanket the landscape and make it impossible not to stop for a few photos)
Arriving in France's second most populous city you will immediately notice why Lyon has quickly become a European mecca for both, French culture and gastronomy. With over 3000 restaurants boasting 15+ Michelin stars, several amazing museums and a vibrant nightlife, Lyon is a city in which one could spend weeks without a moment of boredom.
Walk the streets, taking in rich history of a city that predates even the country of France itself.
Tour the monumental landmarks such as, The Basilica of Fourviere: A Stunning 19th century cathedral, The Traboules: An ancient network of alleys and secret passages. The iconic Place de Jacobins town square, and the Musée de Confluence: A cutting edge anthropological museum.
Savor the Cuisine at one of Lyon's trademark Bouchons, The famous Paul Bocuse covered market, and The Cité Internationale de Gastronomie: A culinary museum offering cooking shows and tastings.
Dance the night away: With hundreds of bars and clubs, from downtown rooftops, to barges on the river, Lyon has a nightlife which is spirited like no other.
Another day in this magnificent city will ensure that you don't leave feeling that you missed something.
Enjoy a cruise on the Rhone River, one of many Guided, gastronomic or historical city tours, or simply explore on your own.
The Alps make up one of the most well-known mountain ranges on earth and are home to the best and biggest ski resorts ever built. All of which are packed with slope-side amenities like restaurants, bars and even lodging. However, the fun doesn't just stop when the snow melts. With dozens of beautiful villages, countless hiking / climbing trails, and a variety of wildlife, The Alps make a great year round destination. But wait! There are at least a few areas where the snow never melts, affording the opportunity to hit the slopes even during summer trips.
Today you get some fresh air alpine style at Mont Blanc, the largest mountain in the range, which straddles the border of France and Italy. In the winter the mountain is packed with skiers from around the world. In warmer months you can find all levels of hiking enthusiast traversing the mountains variety of trails from quick / beginner circuits, to the 120-mile loop "Tour du Mont Blanc".
Then head over to one of the nearby Chamonix to check into your mountainside retreat.
Chamonix: With 260 different slopes, the majority of which are geared towards intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. And 1 snowpark for those interested in some freestyle trick skiing/boarding. Not to mention tons of off-season activities for the hiking enthusiast that frequent the summit of Mont Blanc.
Today you head to the beautiful Burgundy region.
Bordeaux may be the capital of wine country in France, but the Burgundy region is the heart.
This vast countryside contains over 200 towns and villages of varying sizes. All of which are packed full of exceptional vineyards and delectable gastronomy.
Along the route to Beaune, make a pit stop at the historic Rock of Solutré, an ancient rock formation with evidence of villages for prehistoric humans dating back over 25,000 years. Discovered in 1866 and meticulously preserved for future generations.
-Or- (if you have had your fill of the mountains)
Take a tour of the Chateau de Cormatin, a 17th century castle built by Duke Antoine du Blé and stocked with a large hedge-maze and aviary.
Upon arrival, don't miss the most popular landmark in the region, Les Hospices de Beaune, a well preserved hospital facility of the middle ages which has been converted into a medieval museum
Beaune and neighboring Dijon are the most popular towns in Burgundy and home to multiple Michelin Star restaurants , classic cathedrals, the Museé des beaux arts (Museum of fine arts) and, of course, Dijon's hommage to the condiment that made it famous; The Museum of Mustard.
Spend the day exploring these quaint cities or some of the numerous historic landmarks and medieval structures which dot the landscape.
(Highly recommended*) The "Climats" of Burgundy: a unique group of vineyards classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tours and tastings, in various formats, are offered for connoisseurs of all types.
Abbeye Saint Germain: a 16th century basilica built in the honor of the legendary Saint Germain. Which still houses his remains.
Medieval Construction Site: A recently built castle, constructed in the authentic style of the middle ages has transformed into a year-round renaissance themed village.
Conveniently located in the north/central region of France, Paris is the clear starting point for any trip to Europe. The capital and most popular city in France has no shortage of amazing attractions, delicious restaurants and trendy bars, sure to hold the attention of every type of traveler.
Numerous monuments, and famous districts offer a first hand experience of the rich history and culture of what is, arguably, the world's most beloved city. Including: The Eiffel Tower, The Arc De Triomphe, with its neighboring Champs Élysée luxury shopping district, The Chateau de Versaille- Castle and primary residence of Louis XIV, The Monmartre District- with its Sacre Coer Cathedral and Wall of Love. The Marais district, The Seine River - With boats waiting to take you on panoramic sightseeing cruises. Historic covered passages, and many more.
Countless museums provide insight to our past, present and future: The Louvre is the world's largest and most well stocked museum and home to some of the most famous art and antiquities known to man. (I.E. The Mona Lisa, Ancient Egyptian mummies, etc.) (Other popular museums include the following: Musee d'Orsay -art and antiquities, The Centre Pompidou- Modern Art, the Musee des arts et Metier- Museum of Technological Innovation, the Petit Palais- Fine Art, and the Grand Palais- Fine Art).
And of course, one of Paris' famous cabarets will help you start the night off with some excitement: The Moulin Rouge, Lido de Paris and Crazy Horse all offer magical evenings, with stunning spectacles of song, dance and acrobatics together with both comedic and erotic undertones.
For your second day in “La Ville des Lumiéres”, perhaps a more unique method of discovery is in order.
The city offers multiple distinct experiences, such as tours of the city's Historic Passages, exceptional Street art, Ancient Catacombs, and The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures. All guided by well-informed locals.
All good things eventually come to an end. Take a few last snapshots, make sure you have all your souvenirs and head to the airport.
Ask about our extension packages, including extensive tours of the Champagne, Normandy Loire and Bordeaux regions.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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