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Home > France > Itineraries > City To Coast

Joie de Vivre in France - City to Coast

Departures

May to September

Duration

10 Days

Locations

Paris, Avignon and Saint Jean Cap-Ferrat

Overview

From luxurious city establishments to astonishing historic sites, renowned artworks, and clear coastal waters, this comprehensive city-to-coast trip captures the best of France, leaving nothing but unforgettable moments. Whether visiting France for the first time or wanting to re-experience it the right way, this customizable and personal itinerary led by local experts covers all the country has to offer.

Enjoy Paris, Avignon, and Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera) in all its glory with this ultra-luxe trip with highlights such as dinner on top of Arc du Triomphe, a private after-hours tour at the Louvre, and an exclusive helicopter ride over the South of France.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1 - Paris

    Morning/afternoon

    Start your Parisian journey from the get-go at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where your private chauffeur will meet you to safely transport you to your hotel. Upon arrival, your very own local guide will welcome you to the hotel and assist with the check-in procedures to your home in Paris.

    An art-deco landmark itself, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel George V is located in the Golden Triangle and is one of the city’s officially graded Palace hotels.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris or Le Bristol Paris

    Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

    Day 2 - Paris

    Morning

    Wake up to the sight of the iconic Eiffel Tower and get ready to explore the city that needs no introduction. Visit Paris’ must-sees in the comfort of your private car with your personal English-speaking guide. The half-day excursion will cover landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées, and the Ile de la Cité.

    Afternoon

    Continue your Parisian journey by selecting one of two culture-rich tour options:

    • Enjoy a private after-hours tour at the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum. Formerly the royal residence of the kings of France, the museum houses some of the world’s most esteemed masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, and features the picturesque outdoor Tuileries garden that young princes Louis XIII and Louis XV once enjoyed.

    • Explore Montmartre, a district full of authentic charm that Parisians call ‘La Butte,’ which is French for a small hill. Walk up the distinctive winding cobbled streets to Sacré-Coeur Basilica, located at the highest point for spectacular views over the city, take a break at Place du Tertre to grab a drink at a bistro or get your portrait drawn, and wind down with a stop at Moulin Rouge, a 19-century windmill transformed into a world-famous cabaret.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris or Le Bristol Paris

    Louvre museum at dusk, Paris France

    The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Montmartre

    Montmartre

    Day 3 - Paris

    Morning

    Travel in royal style to Versailles in your private vehicle with your English-speaking guide and feel its majestic history. Situated just west of Paris, Versailles is best recognized for its palace constructed in the 17th century for Louis XIV, the 'Sun King'. Visit the magnificent Gallery of Mirrors, take a stroll in the embellished gardens, enjoy the musical fountains show, and take in the full beauty of the Grand Canal that stretches as far as the eye can see.

    Afternoon

    Delight your tastebuds with an unforgettable dinner experience at the top of the Arc du Triomphe. Indulge in a private dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef while being serenaded by an orchestra, on top of one of Paris’ most iconic sites, overlooking the city.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris or Le Bristol Paris

    The world famous Arc de Triomphe

    The Palace of Versailles

    Day 4 - Avignon

    Morning/afternoon

    Check out from your hotel and get ready to immerse yourself in world-class gastronomy and culture in the Provençal city of Avignon. As well as being a cultural center and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering marvelous art galleries and the massive Palais des Papes, Avignon is also a center for gastronomy.

    Your driver will bring you to board a first-class TGV train to Avignon, where you will have your local Avignon personal driver check in at your hotel, La Mirande.

    La Mirande is a captivating 14th-century mansion located in the city center, opposite of the Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace), which can be viewed through the distinct antique windows from nearly every room. The luxury 5-star hotel notably features two Michelin-starred restaurants, celebrating the flavors of Provence’s bountiful produce.

    Hotel: La Mirande

    La Mirande

    Pope Palace in Avignon

    Day 5 - Avignon - St-Rémy-de-Provence

    Morning

    Meet your English-speaking local guide for a walking experience of the magnificent papal stronghold of Avignon. Visit Place de l’Horloge (Clock Tower Square) in the heart of Avignon before entering the grand Palais des Papes, one of the largest medieval Gothic buildings in Europe that sit next to Pont du Gard, one of the most famous bridges in the world.

    Afternoon

    Discover Provence the Provençal way in a classic Citroen 2CV driven by a professional driver-guide. Travel to St-Rémy-de-Provence, best known as the place where Vincent van Gogh painted his masterpiece “The Starry Night” and the birthplace of Nostradamus. Explore the noteworthy ancient site of Glanum, featuring fascinating civic and religious edifices such as the two “Les Antiques” structures – the Mausoleum and the triumphal arch.

    Hotel: La Mirande

    Ancient arches of Pont du Gard near Nimes

    Glanum, an ancient city at the gates of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Day 6 - Orange/Les Baux-de-Provence - Avignon

    Morning

    Step back in time by selecting one of two half-day tour options with your local driver-guide in your own private car:

    • Sightsee Orange, a historic town home to two astonishing UNESCO-listed Roman monuments: Théâtre antique d'Orange (Roman Theatre of Orange), constructed at the beginning of the Christian era, and the Arc de Triomphe, which celebrates Julius Caesar's conquest of the Gauls.

    • Alternatively, travel to the picturesque medieval village of Les Baux-de-Provence, a 13th-century fortress hidden on a fortified rocky site in the heart of Les Alpilles. Continue your journey by visiting Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light), a monumental quarry that hosts an extraordinary multimedia sound and light show dedicated to Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, Painters of Colour.

    Afternoon

    Return back to your hotel and spend the afternoon enjoying free time, or take part in a cooking class with renowned chefs in Provence at Le Marmiton’s old kitchen from the middle of the 19th century. Learn the art of Provençal cooking classic French cuisine, prepare your own lunch under the supervision of a master chef and enjoy your meal with other novice cooks.

    Hotel: La Mirande

    Traditional French restaurant Le Marmiton de Lutece located near Saint Michel boulevard

    View of the ancient Roman city of Orange

    Day 7 - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence - French Riviera

    Morning

    Check out of your hotel and hop in your private vehicle with your driver-guide for your voyage to Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera). Take a stop in the noble city of Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, for a 2-hour walking tour.

    Stroll through the bustling Cours Mirabeau, one of the most popular and lively places in the town, see the many fountains Aix is known for and visit Cézanne's studio, where some of his most well-known works were painted.

    Afternoon

    Check in at Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, a luxury hotel opened in 1908 set atop over 17 acres of Mediterranean gardens that overlook the sea.

    Hotel: Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat or Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

    The Cours Mirabeau

    The beautiful coast of the French Riviera

    Day 8 - French Riviera

    Morning/afternoon

    Take the day to enjoy the glamourous hotel facilities, once visited by international notables such as Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchhill. Take a dip in the Club Dauphin pool, one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools, indulge in a self-care day at the award-winning Le Spa, or treat your senses to an extraordinary meal by a Michelin-starred chef at Le Cap (with of course a grand cru from the region).

    If you’re looking to spend the day sightseeing, you can explore the Côte d’Azur with your driver and guide at your disposal. Consider visiting the principality of Monaco and its capital, Monte Carlo, for a day of pure luxury and awe-inspiring views. Catch sight of the top superyachts from Monaco-Ville (Old Town), which is perched on the famous Rocher de Monaco (Rock of Monaco) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and Port Hercules. Here, you’ll find the Prince’s Palace of Monaco built in 1215, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, where members of the Grimaldi family rest, including one of the world’s most famous Princesses, Grace Kelly, and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, an exceptional aquarium, museum of marine sciences and architectural masterpiece with a façade that rises to a height of 279 feet above the sea. Finally, end your tour by exploring the heart of the principality, including the lavish Monte Carlo Casino.

    Should you choose to stay near Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, consider visiting the exquisite Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, designed by French architect Aaron Messiah and built by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, and Villa Kerylos, an extraordinary reconstruction of a Greek house filled with the collections of French archeologist Théodore Reinach.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat or Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

    The Rock of Monaco

    Prince's Palace of Monaco

    Day 9 - French Riviera

    Morning

    Take your trip to new heights today with an exclusive private helicopter flight for a breathtaking tour over the South of France. A truly memorable experience, observe and enjoy all the stunning sights that the region and discover why the region is the destination of choice for so many notables and A-list celebrities.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat or Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

    Panorama of Nice on the French Riviera

    Day 10 - French Riviera

    Morning/afternoon

    Check out of your hotel and meet your driver to be privately transferred to the Nice Côte d'Azur airport.

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