7-Day Provence To The French Riviera

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OVERVIEW

The best of Provence and the French Riviera in seven days, includes numerous must-sees but also unique discoveries with our local guide in each destination.

During this south of France holiday, you will be taken you to the hilltop villages of Luberon, the multicultural Marseille, the charming Aix-enProvence, before heading East to the vibrant Cannes, Nice and Monaco.

You’ll be charmed by the quaint villages and medieval towns that are among the many other beautiful places along the Mediterranean coast that you’ll stop in along the way.

As you taste your way through the French Riviera you’ll be given a unique insight into the beauty and gastronomic passion of this part of the world; experiencing the beauty and fruitfulness from the shoreline to the countryside.

Day 1: Welcome to Aix-en-Provence
Day 2: Explore Marseille and Cassis
Day 3: Explore the Hilltop Villages of Luberon
Day 4: Saint-Tropez, Port-Grimaud and Sainte-Maxime
Day 5: Explore Grasse
Day 6: Discover Monaco and Eze
Day 7: Explore Nice & Departure

DURATION

7 days, 6 nights

DESTINATIONS

France: Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, Nice, Marseille, SaintTropez, Grasse, Èze, Ménerbes
Monaco: Monaco-Ville

TRAVELLERS

2 travellers

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INCLUDED

– 6 nights accommodation
– 13 activities
– 6 breakfasts and 1 dinner
– Airport transfer
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entrance fees
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AIX-EN-PROVENCE
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First up on your south of France holiday, you discover Aix-en-Provence, capital of the region and a city that is rich in heritage, art, culture and education. Discover the beauty of this city by strolling around its labyrinth of narrow streets and thousands of fountains, on an afternoon tour with a qualified local guide. You’ll visit the cathedral, Hotel de Ville, Cours Mirabeau, the roman remains and maybe some secret spots known by your guide.

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Minivan

12:00 to 13:00

From: AIX-EN-PROVENCE Gare TGV
To: Aix-en-Provence

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Saint Sauveur Cathedral

16:00 to 17:00
1 hour

Legend has it, the cathedral was built on the site of the temple of Apollo, a Roman forum. The church is a collaboration of architecture, with parts dating back to the 6th century, some Roman columns as well as Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Gothic styles, due to being rebuilt in the 12th and 19th centuries.

As you walk inside, you’ll immediately notice three naves, all of which are of different styles; Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque. Conversely, the cloister was built at the end of the 11th century neighboured by pillars that bring us back to unite nature.

Each style appears to respect the other while defining their difference, a simplistic approach that offers great appreciation to the building as a religious place is evident; the cathedral is a breath of fresh air with an aura of tranquillity.

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Address: 34 Place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

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Aix-en-Provence

16:00 to 18:00
2 hours

Aix-en-Provence is a university city in the south of France with a vibrant atmosphere, birthplace of the post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. Its many art schools, universities and young inhabitants give this city a light and creative ambience.

Whilst here, you can visit Paul Cezanne’s childhood home and his former art studio, Atelier Cézanne. There is a white limestone mountain, known as Sainte-Victoire, which towers over the city and formed a large part of the inspiration behind many of his works, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. The magnificent landscape of Aix has been immortalised by many painters over the years including Picasso, and Kandinsky.

Vieille Ville, the old town of Aix-en-Provence, sits at the centre of the city and is a fringed by peaceful boulevards and stunning squares that can be explored on foot. The heart of the old town is known as Cours Mirabeau and here you’ll find picturesque tree-lined avenues, cute French terrace cafes, and bookshops.

Aix is also home to many fountains, almost everywhere you turn in the centre of the old town, some of the most famous include the great fountain in the Place Général de Gaulle which dates back to 1860, another is the hot-water fountain which dates back to 1734 where the 35°C spring water is said to have healing properties.

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Address: Aix-en-Provence, France

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Cours Mirabeau

17:00 to 18:00
1 hour

Cours Mirabeau is a walking street that links the Mazarin district in the south to the old market town in the north.

During the 17th century, the city was enlarged by order of the Archbishop of Mazarin, with a request from the bourgeois residents of the area, Cours Mirabeau was created to make a thoroughfare for carriages and pedestrians.

The richest noble families built elegant houses around the street to show off their success to residents of the city, sometimes ostentatiously. Today, you’ll find these fine houses have been renovated to become hotels.

One of the busiest and most lively places in Aix-en-Provence, the street is lined with trees, and dotted fountains and cafes; extremely popular with tourists and locals alike as a place to gather with friends on a summers day.

Address: Cours Mirabeau, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

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Aquabella Hotel & Spa

18:00 check-in
09:15 check-out (Day 3)
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Ideally situated in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden, you will find the Aquabella Hotel. This unexpected haven is the ideal departure point for carefree strolls into the town that Cézanne held so dear.

The comfortable rooms are finished in a contemporary style. Every room at the Aquabella Hotel provides with high quality, state-of-the-art amenities.

Let go and immerse yourself in the serene, contemporary surroundings, taking advantage of the Sensory Spa and heated outdoor pool, sit back and enjoy a relaxing drink at L’Instant Lounge Bar before savouring the specialities of L’Orangerie restaurant or La Terrasse de la Tour.

Address: 2 Rue des Étuves, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

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Jardin Mazarin

19:30 to 22:00
2 hours 30 minutes

The Jardin Mazarin takes simplistic ingredients to create a magical experience that transports you on a journey of gastronomy, in search of carefully curated food that keeps traditions at heart.

Whether you are dining on the terrace in summer or in the living room in winter, each guest receives the attention to detail that they deserve, offering a menu that will re-ignite your passion and love for food.

Address: 15 Rue du 4 Septembre, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France

DAY 2: EXPLORE MARSEILLE AND CASSIS
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Today is the Mediterranean experience day! Walking from the Calanques National park’s gateway up to the rocky creeks, Loïc will guide you into his corner of paradise. After the morning walk, you’ll time to relax with a good pastis on the Vieux-Port of Marseille in this fascinating setting! Later in the afternoon, a private cruise with our skipper Laurence, alongside the Côte Bleue and the Calanques, with its stunning scenery of limestone creeks and crystalline waters.

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Private Driver

08:00 to 09:00

From: Aix-en-Provence
To: Cassis

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Calanques National Park with aLocal

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Today, you’ll meet Loïc, a fisherman’s grandson and last generation of a family which has been living in Cassis for more than a century. Loïc will take you on an adventure and show you the hidden and most beautiful sites of Calanques National Park that are rarely seen by other travellers.

You’ll walk from the Calanques National Park’s gateway up to the first rocky creek, with its sheer cliffs diving into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean sea, it is very mesmerising. During this hike, Loïc will guide you into his corner of paradise.

(shared guided tour with other participants)

Address: Parc national des Calanques, Marseille, France

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La Caravelle

12:30 to 14:00
1 hour 30 minutes

La Caravelle Bar & Restaurant is an institution in the heart of Marseille, a landmark of regulars and jazz lovers.

From the small balcony, you can contemplate the spectacular view of the Old Port and Notre-Dame de la Garde. The perfect place to relax with a good pastis – the local anise-flavoured spirit!

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 34 Quai du Port, 13002 Marseille, France

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Calanques of Marseille Cruise

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Get ready for a private cruise to the Calanques National Park, with its stunning scenery of limestone creeks and crystalline waters. You will be visiting extraordinary hidden coves only accessible by boat and will be swimming in beautiful, clear waters.

With a semi-rigid boat, fast and very manoeuvrable, you’ll be taken to the heart of the Calanques National Park to discover this protected natural site at the gates of the city.

Among the stops, which include the Bay of the Monkeys, the creeks of Marseilleveyre, Sormiou and Morgiou, the Island of Riou and its archipelago. You will also enter caves accessible only by boat and you can swim in creeks of transparent water.

Address: Calanques de Marseille, Marseille, France

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Private Driver

18:00 to 19:00

From: Marseille
To: Aix-en-Provence

DAY 3: EXPLORE THE HILLTOP VILLAGES OF LUBERON
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Today you’ll start your day with a visit to the Provençal market where you can find plenty of local specialities. After strolling the market, having a few tasters and falling in love with the food that surrounds you. Then you’ll go to the Luberon, a fascinating region with the spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating perched hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce.

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Markets of Aix

09:30 to 11:00
1 hour 30 minutes

A feast for the senses, the markets of Aix vary from day to day and can change depending on the time of year. From the vibrant colours of flowers to the sweet smells of fresh fruit and vegetables to antiques and art supplies: the markets bring the community together, preserving traditions and building relationships.

Walking around, you’ll be able to taste some samples and perhaps do a little shopping, all depending on the day!

Address: Mas de Luynes, Aix-en-Provence, France

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Private Driver

11:15 to 12:00

From: Aix-en-Provence
To: Luberon

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Hilltop Village of Luberon

12:15 to 17:00
4 hours 45 minutes

Discover hinterland Provence! Luberon is a fascinating region: spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating perched hill-top villages with outstanding natural produce.

With your guide, you will stroll around in the cool air rising from the springs at Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. You will be seduced by the hill-top village of Gordes dominated by its fortified castle, the church and its cobbled streets with enchanting views over the valley and the hills.

You will then visit Roussillon, located in the very heart of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, which is one of the most beautiful villages of France. Discover its flamboyant colours wandering its narrow streets, squares and steps where men have long worked in harmony with nature.

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Address: Luberon, Ménerbes, France

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Private Driver

17:15 to 19:45

From: Roussillon
To: Hôtel Renoir

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Hôtel Renoir

20:00 check-in
07:30 check-out (Day 5)
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Located close to the famous boutiques of Rue d’Antibes, Boulevard Carnot, the Palais des Festivals and the most beautiful beaches in the city of Cannes, the Renoir hotel enjoys an exceptional location for a luxurious stay. You will have easy access to the Croisette and the Suquet and will have the opportunity to visit the Lérins Islands.

Cannes is a welcoming and romantic city with historic sites such as the Saint Sauveur Chapel, the Suquet Tower and many others. In the heart of Cannes, you can also spend a pleasant holiday by visiting the nearby cities like Nice and its Bay of Angels, Antibes, Grasse, Biot, Monaco.

Hotel Renoir offers different categories of luxury double rooms ranging from classic to luxury and ensures every guest will be able to relax in the utmost comfort during their stay.

Address: Hôtel Renoir, Rue Edith Cavell, Cannes, France

DAY 4: SAINT-TROPEZ, PORT-GRIMAUD AND SAINTE-MAXIME
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Today you take your time to discover the Mediterranean coast with your guide. From Cannes, you head to the unusual village of Port-Grimaud, a real Provençal Venice! Nothing better than, for your lunch, to find a spot on the docks of the port and enjoy the quiet view of the port. In the afternoon, you’ll go on to discover the small town of Saint-Tropez. The place remains a must for celebrities, lovers of the sea, history buffs, art lovers and heritage buffs.

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Private Driver

09:15 to 13:00

From: Cannes
To: Saint-Tropez

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The Western French Riviera

09:30 to 12:30
3 hours

Take your time to discover with your guide the Mediterranean coast by small pretty roads which often lead to creeks and wild beaches.

From Cannes, you’ll head to Theoule sur Mer for a discovery of the wild coast. You’ll continue your visit to discover the unusual village of Port-Grimaud, a real Provençal Venice!

Come midday, you’ll live a life of luxury with lunch alfresco in an old port.

Live a life of luxury with lunch alfresco in an old port.

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Address: Saint-Tropez, France

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Saint-Tropez

13:15 to 15:45
2 hours 30 minutes

Enigmatic of the celebrity scene, when you think you SaintTropez, the image of clear blue skies, pastel houses and
yachting comes to your mind almost instantly.

Saint-Tropez is the epitome of French Riveria sophistication; once a small fishing village undiscovered to internationals, now a trip to the south of France is not complete without strolling down the marina.

From pristine white beaches and boutique shops and cafes to elite clubs and star-studded yacht parties; the cobbled lanes of Saint-Tropez will make you fall in love with the French Riveria.

Despite its fame and fortune, the town retains its old-fashioned charm, with buildings that only rise to two or three storeys, the boutique shops and cafes occupy quaint cottages with shutters painted in pastels. Other than a thriving nightlife and reputation as a designer hot spot, here, there is little modernity, the Saint Tropez life is not a facade!

Address: Saint-Tropez, France

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Private Driver

16:30 to 18:00

From: Saint-Tropez
To: Cannes

DAY 5: EXPLORE GRASSE
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Grasse has managed to make its industry a real art, combining luxury, refinement and quality of products. It is an art perceptible by visiting a perfumery, strolling through the streets of the historic centre with your guide and by creating your own perfume during a workshop. The region around Grasse is also known for its tiny hill-top villages and arty places. You have never been as close to the Provencal culture and its specialities!.

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Private Driver

07:15 to 09:00

From: French Riviera
To: Grasse

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Scents of Provence

09:15 to 16:15
7 hours

Grasse has managed to make its industry a real art: combining luxury, refinement, and high-quality products to define its place in the market. An art tangible by visiting a perfumery, strolling through the streets of the historic centre with your guide and by creating your own perfume in a workshop.

During this workshop (right in the renowned “Gallimard” perfumery), you choose your notes and create your own perfume thanks to specially designed machinery. Your unique formula is registered by Galimard, so you can even order your perfume from home!

The region around Grasse is also known for the tiny hill-top villages of Gourdon and Saint Paul de Vence. Here, you’ll be immersed in the Provençal culture and its culinary specialities: Provencal stew, aioli, anchoïade, herbes de Provence, olive oil, truffle, figs, honey, and not forgetting the wines that have made the big names in the production of Provence!

After a tasting in a vineyard near Saint Paul de Vence, you will end your day with a charming walk in the heart of the old town of Antibes.

Address: Grasse, France

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Private Driver

16:45 to 18:00

From: Grasse
To: Nice

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Hôtel La Pérouse

18:00 check-in
12:30 check-out (Day 7)
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Nestled in lush greenery at the foot of the castle hill in the heart of Nice, Hôtel La Pérouse has amazing views of the legendary Bay of Angels. This 4-star, this luxury hotel welcomes you with comfort and warmth for a relaxing stay in the beach paradise of Nice.

In the rooms of the Hotel La Pérouse, you’ll overlook the city in a surprisingly quiet setting, bathed in light. The 56 rooms are mostly decorated with woodwork and mat marble, with bold fabrics and lighting which transcend the elegant and refined atmosphere of the hotel.

Start your morning under the lemon trees in the exclusive and cool atmosphere of the Mediterranean garden, relaxing on the sunbeds that neighbour the pool.

Sample exquisite lunches and dinners at any time of the day with flavours and combinations reminiscent of the refined Provencal cuisine.

Address: Hôtel La Pérouse, Quai Rauba Capeu, Nice, France

DAY 6: DISCOVER MONACO AND EZE
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Plunge into the heart of Monaco and visit the famous Monte Carlo district with its legendary casino and travel to the old town in Monaco City. You will learn important facts of its history, and anecdotes about the dynasty which reigns there for tens of years. Then, you will leave for an unusual medieval village, Eze, suspended above the sea.

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Monte Carlo

09:00 to 11:30
2 hours 30 minutes

Monte Carlo is world-renowned for being the host of the Monaco Grand Prix, which is mainly within this district of the city-state.

Other than an annual race course, Monte Carlo is infamously known for its wealth thanks to the casino which made the district “an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth”.

Although the district does not have many of Monaco’s attractions, its fame and wealth make it a prominent resort holiday escape in Monaco, featuring stunning hotels which are architectural wonders in themselves alongside one of the only public beaches in the state.

Address: Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, Monaco

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Monaco City

12:00 to 13:30
1 hour 30 minutes

Monaco City, known as Monaco-Ville in French, sits within the Principality of Monaco. In fact, it is not a city, but a district of the Monaco state which covers an area of 1.98 kilometres squared. Today, Monaco is world famous for sparkling wealthy atmosphere, luxury casinos, yacht-filled harbour and prestigious Grand Prix motor races.

Monaco, commonly known as The Rock due to its position on the peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea, was originally a Greek colony and only became known as Monaco during the Middle Ages. Monaco is one of the world’s most densely populated urban centre but the city itself maintains a medieval charm boasting pedestrianised streets and large squares.

The main sites to see in Monaco include the Prince’s Palace which is the official residence of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Saint Nicholas Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum, Fort Antoine Theatre, and Chapelle de la Misericorde which is one of the oldest buildings in the principality of Monaco.

Address: Monaco City, Monaco-Ville, Monaco

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Èze

14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

Eze, situated not far from Nice and the seaside city of Mention, is a medieval village which is perched on top of a rocky peak at 400 metres above the sea which boasts a fabulous view of the Mediterranean sea. One of the main attractions in Eze is the ruins of the 12th-century castle which was destroyed in the 17th century and is now home to the Exotic Gardens.

Eze is home to a warm year-round climate so it boasts lush tropical vegetation including bananas, dates, carob trees, orange and lemon trees. Eze is one of the most picturesque parts of France but it hasn’t gone unnoticed and can be very popular with travellers during the high season.

The village itself is full of narrow roads, well-preserved stone houses, shaded squares, colourful courtyard gardens and ancient fountains. The streets are also filled with small arts and crafts boutiques.

Address: 06360 Èze, France

DAY 7: EXPLORE NICE & DEPARTURE
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This is the last day of your beautiful south of France holiday. For your final morning in Provence, be ready to surprise your palate with flavours that are as amazing as they are delicious! Your professional guide who is native to the region will guide you through this charming old city. You will be welcomed as a local in the shops full of colour whilst tasting sweet and savoury symbolic dishes and told everything about the history of Nice and its gastronomy.

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Gourmet Discovery in Cours Saleya

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

Situated in the centre of Old Nice, the Cours Saleya is one of the liveliest areas where markets are teeming with flower, fruit and vegetable markets and locals going about their daily activities.

On this food tour, you’ll be taken on an unforgettable gourmet discovery walk in the colourful markets of Nice. Be ready to surprise your palate with flavours as your guide, who is native to the region guides you through the old city.

You will be welcomed as a local person in the shops full of colour and invited to taste sweet and savoury symbolic dishes whilst being told everything about the history of Nice and its gastronomy.

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Address: Cours Saleya, Nice, France

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Taxi

13:00 to 14:00

From: Nice
To: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport