12 days,Paris to Avignon

Gaze up at the Eiffel Tower as you savour a picnic lunch, sip champagne in region it comes from, hike through meadows and mountains in the French Alps, lounge on the Cote d'Azur, channel your inner Van Gogh in the countryside of Provence

Channel your inner artist and follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists from Paris to Provence on this inspiring 12-day tour. Your spirit will soar as you explore the French Alps, cycle through the wine region of Burgundy, and picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. You'll sip champagne at its source and meet the beautiful people in Nice. As always, you’re free to choose the activities that interest you—because you can’t discover yourself if you’re not free to discover the destination in your own style.

What's Included

  • Paris orientation walk with picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Tour and tasting at a champagne house. Bike ride through the wineries in Burgundy. Orientation walk in Annecy and Nice. Easy hike in the French Alps. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow EUR430-550 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (11 nts).
  • Private minibus, train, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.

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Day 1 Paris

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Paris (1B,1L)

This morning, take a stroll with your CEO through some of the most beautiful areas of Paris. Spend some time buying local delicacies in the markets and small shops before enjoying a delightful picnic at the foot of the Eiffel tower. Option to visit the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay or take an excursion to Giverny Gardens.

Day 3 Champagne/Dijon (1B)

Travel to the region of Champagne for a tour of one of the great champagne houses - and of course a taste of the bubbly beverage. Afterwards continue to Dijon.

Day 4 Burgundy/Dijon (1B)

Excursion today to Beaune, in the heart of the wine region, for a leisurely bike ride through the vineyards. Optional tasting of the region's best produce or a visit to the ancient Hospices de Beaune. Those who do not wish to cycle may take a stroll around the nearby vineyards or enjoy exploring the beautiful village itself.

Day 5-7 Annecy (French Alps) (3B)

Travel by train to the French Alps. Enjoy an orientation walk through the picturesque lakeside town. On Day 6 take an easy hike in the mountains. Free time to explore, opt to hike, bike, and water ski, or take cooking classes or day trips to Lyon or Chamonix.

Days 8-9 Nice (2B)

Catch our train to Nice where we have a CEO-led orientation walk through the old town. Stroll along the famous Promenades des Anglais and enjoy the views from the beautiful clifftop gardens. Option to visit museums, rent bikes or take a day trip to Monaco, St Tropez or Cannes.

Days 10-11 Avignon (2B)

Travel by train to Avignon. Option to visit the Palais des Papes and Pont St Benezet, take a Van Gogh or Lavender Road-specialized tour, or rent bikes to explore on your own.

Day 12 Avignon (1B)

Depart at any time.

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