Impressions of France
Day 1 Paris
Arrive in Paris at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city. In the evening, meet your fellow group members to go over the details of your trip. Check the notice board or ask reception for the exact time and location of this group meeting. After the meeting head out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant (optional). Please make every effort to arrive on time for this important meeting, it will be around 7pm. If you are delayed please leave a message with the hotel or contact one of the emergency contact numbers in your trip dossier. Your CEO will then leave you a message at the front desk, letting you know where and when to meet up. The City of Lights is unlike any other place on earth. Known for its glorious monuments, museums and markets, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Montmartre to the Marais, Paris has something for everyone. Discover for yourself Paris’ “Je ne sais quoi.”
Day 2 Paris (1B,1L)
This morning head out on a stroll with your CEO through some of the most beautiful areas of paris. Spend some time shopping for a picnic in the small shops and markets before enjoying a delightful picnic at the foot of the Eiffel tower. The afternoon is free to explore. Alternatively you may choose to take a day trip to the Giverny Gardens, inspiration for Monet's waterlillies, or the magnificent palace of Versaille. Your CEO wil assist you to arrange your day.
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 we will continue on to Dijon, famous not only for its mustard, but for world-class museums and handsome architecture. Estimated Travel Time: Private minibus 1.5hrs to Reims, 3.5hrs Reims to Dijon
Day 4 Burgundy/Dijon (1B)
Today we head to Beaune, known for its Pinot Noirs and local markets, located in the heart of the wine region, for a leisurely bike ride through the vineyards. There will be time after the bike ride for optional tasting of the region's best produce or a visit to the ancient Hospices de Beaune. Those that do not wish to cycle may take a stroll around the nearby vineyards, visiting the wineries en route, or just enjoy exploring the beautiful village itself. In the evening we can enjoy an optional dinner together here in the heart of one of France's most distinguished culinary and wine-producing regions, Burgundy.
Day 5-7 Annecy (French Alps) (3B)
Travel by scenic train to the French Alps. Enjoy an orientation walk through the picturesque lakeside town and on day 4 take an easy hike into the Mountains. Free time to explore with option to hike, bike, rock climb, water ski and boat, or take cooking classes or day trips to Lyon or Chamonix. Estimated Travel Time: Train from Dijon to Annecy 4 hours
Days 8-9 Nice (2B)
Catch our train to Nice where we have a CEO led orientation walk through the old town of Nice. 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. Enjoy the Mediterranean coast and the Cote d'Azure's cosmopolitan capital of Nice. Soak up the sun-seeking atmosphere under the palm trees of the seafront promenade, tick off some must-see museums, explore the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, wander the narrow winding streets of the romantic old town, and while away the evening in some of France's best bars and trendy restaurants. Estimated Travel Time: Train 6 hours
Days 10-11 Avignon (2B)
Today we take the train to the heart of Provence and the spectacular walled medieval town of Avignon. You will have plenty of time to explore the beautiful town of Avignon with its impressive medieval fortress, papal palace, Pont St Bezenet and top-notch museums, as well as many pretty tree-lined squares bustling with cafés and restaurants offering mouth-watering Provençal cuisine. Avignon is famous as the town to which the Popes fled when leaving the corruption of Rome in the 14th Century. The palace they built, 'Le Palais des Papes,' is the world's largest Gothic edifice. The walls surrounding the town were erected by the Popes in the 14th Century to keep the plague and invaders out during the turbulent middle ages, when Avignon belonged to the papacy and not the French crown. Estimated Travel Time: Train 3 hours
Day 12 Avignon (1B)
Depart at any time.