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Home > France > Itineraries > The Good Life

Paris, Provence and the French Riviera

Departures

April to October

Duration

14 Days

Locations

Paris, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Tropez, Grasse, Cannes and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Overview

The French know a thing or two about living the good life, and this two-week itinerary is your opportunity to do just that – and more!

This exquisite journey through France covers the fundamental must-sees in Paris, Provence, the French Riviera and more, all with a sprinkle of charm, indulgence and of course, glam.

Picture yourself marveling at the works of Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne, strolling through a local market to prepare a Provençal meal, formulating your own signature fragrance, shuffling through private vintage boutiques, flying over the South of France and basking in the sun along the French Riviera. It really doesn’t get much better than this.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1 - Paris

    Morning/afternoon

    Bienvenue à Paris! Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where your private chauffeur will meet you to safely transport you to your home in Paris for the next five nights, Mandarin Oriental, Paris.

    A nod to couture and art, the Mandarin Oriental in Paris is a must-stay for those looking for the most stylish Parisian experience. The luxury hotel is just 2 blocks away from the Tuileries Garden and a short walk away from the Louvre and Champs-Élysées, and houses the two-Michelin starred restaurant Sur Mesure by Chef Thierry Marx.

    Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

    View from the Notre Dame cathedral

    Day 2 - Paris

    Morning

    After a glorious gourmet breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a walking tour of the City of Lights. The fundamental tour will include the city’s must-see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées and the Île de la Cité, where two breathtaking French Gothic gems are located – the Notre-Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle.

    Afternoon

    Continue your Parisian journey in the afternoon by selecting one of the following exclusive tour options:

    - A behind-the-scenes tour of the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll be able to access the internal machinery room located under the structure and WWI secret military bunkers under the Champs des Mars. Finish your private tour on the rooftop terrace of the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne, located on the 2nd floor of the tower.

    - Unleash your inner foodie with a gourmet food tour in Paris. Visit an artisanal chocolaterie for a tour of the atelier and tasting with a master chocolatier. Continue your sweet journey at an exquisite patisserie and watch the talented pastry chefs perfect their craft – luscious cakes and divine pastries just waiting to be enjoyed. Finish the tour with a stop at a long-established boulangerie that uses a 17th-century oven to this day to bake some of the flakiest croissants and crispiest baguettes.

    - Uncover some of Paris’ best treasure troves with a personal shopping guide who will take you to some of the city’s most fabulous vintage boutiques. Meet specialist sellers and receive private access to high-end boutiques to find something truly unique to serve as a memento of Paris.

    Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

    Views of Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower

    Panoramic view of the city

    Confiserie Patisserie

    Day 3 - Paris

    Morning

    Bonjour! Today’s half-day itinerary will be dedicated to exploring the world of art.

    Start your tour at the iconic 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.

    Continue immersing yourself in the world of art by visiting Musée d’Orsay, housed in a converted railway station. Known as holding the largest number of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world, you can expect to spot masterpieces by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne.

    You may request for a private after-hours tour of either of the two museums, allowing for you to fully experience the museum your way, at your own pace.

    Afternoon

    Delight your tastebuds with an unforgettable dinner experience a top 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: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

    The Orsay Museum

    Jardin des Tuileries

    Day 4 - Loire Valley

    Morning

    Rise and shine for your enchanting tour to the Garden of France, the Loire Valley. Your private driver will transfer you to board a first-class TGV train to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, where you will be met by your driver-guide for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Step into a scene from a fairy tale at Château de Chenonceau, one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire region, that spans the River Cher. Continue to Amboise and stop by Château du Clos Lucé, a handsome Renaissance manor where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last four years of his life. The museum contains working models of some of da Vinci's astounding inventions.

    Afternoon

    Stay at Le Grand Controle within Versailles Palace.

    Hotel: Le Grand Controle, Les Airelles

    Chateau d'Amboise in in Amboise city

    Chateau de Chenonceau

    Day 5 - Versailles and Giverny

    Morning

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

    Afternoon

    After enjoying lunch at leisure, continue your journey to Giverny, best known for Claude Monet’s garden and home, Fondation Claude Monet. Follow the French painter’s footsteps by walking through his house and gardens and discover his greatest sources of inspiration, including the unmistakable Japanese bridge and water lily pond.

    Hotel: Le Grand Controle, Les Airelles

    The Versailles Palace facade

    The hall of Mirrors in the palace of Versailles

    Garden and pond of the painter Claude Monet

    The beautiful lily pond in spring

    Day 6 - Avignon

    Morning/afternoon

    Today you’ll depart Versailles for your next stop: the Provençal city of Avignon. Transfer to the picturesque city via a first-class train ride with premium door-to-door luggage assistance, and check in to your hotel, La Mirande.

    La Mirande is a captivating 14th-century mansion located in the city centre, opposite 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.

    Afternoon

    Meet your English-speaking local guide for a walking tour 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 sits next to Pont du Gard, one of the most famous bridges in the world.

    Hotel: La Mirande

    Palace of the Popes

    Pont du Gard, an old Roman aqueduct in Provence

    Day 7 - St-Rémy and Les Baux-de-Provence

    Morning/afternoon

    The world is your oyster today – spend the morning at your own leisure, perhaps taking part in one the hotel’s cooking classes with renowned chefs in Provence in Le Marmiton’s old kitchen. 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.

    Afternoon

    In the afternoon, consider driving out to the countryside in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for a rustic Provençal picnic with local specialties (cheese, charcuterie, baguette and wine anyone?). Visit Saint Paul de Mausole and see the medieval chapel and cloisters of the asylum, where Vincent Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself.
    Continue 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. Finish off your day in awe 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.

    Hotel: La Mirande

    Les Baux de Provence village

    Saint-Rémy de Provence

    Enjoy charcuterie and wine

    Day 8 - Luberon, Gordes & Aix-en-Provence

    Morning

    Check out of your hotel and hop in your private car for your drive to Aix-en-Provence. Today will be a quintessentially Provençal day, starting with a stop at the Luberon – a place people naturally picture when they think of Provence. Think: endless vinyards, rolling hills of lavender, hill-top villages and markets filled with vibrant produce. Drive to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a 12th-century Cistercian abbey tucked away deep in a ravine, where you can witness monks who still live and worship at the abbey, as well as cultivate lavender.

    Afternoon

    Continue to the beautiful hilltop village of Gordes, to wander through its cobbled lanes, catch a glimpse of local life and enjoy stunning views of the Luberon valley.

    Our last pit stop will be in Cavaillon – the melon capital of France – for a melon discovery tour (available from June to September). This public tour includes a visit to a melon farm where you’ll learn about the famous melon de Cavaillon, and of course taste what some call the greatest melon in the world!

    Arrive in Aix-en-Provence and check in at your hotel, La Villa Gallici, an elegant 18th-century 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel surrounded by lavender and cypress trees.

    Hotel: La Villa Gallici

    La Villa Gallici, surrounded by lavender

    Gordes medieval village in Provence

    View of the hill city, Cavaillon

    Day 9 - Aix-en-Provence

    Morning

    Lace up for a guided half-day walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, best known as the birthplace of post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. 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

    Return back to your hotel and spend the afternoon at your own leisure. Take a dip in the striking outdoor pool, treat yourself to a spa treatment or bask in the sun in the Solarium on the roof of the Pavillion.

    Hotel: La Villa Galici

    Aerial photo of Aix en Provence city

    Cézanne house and atelier in Aix-en-Provence

    Day 10 - Mougins

    Morning

    Today your private vehicle will transport you to the Côte d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera.

    En route, we’ll stop to view Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a limestone mountain that fascinated Paul Cézanne for decades, resulting in its appearance in more than 30 paintings and watercolours.

    Afternoon

    The next stop will be at the glamorous coastal town of Saint-Tropez, a small fishing village made popular in the 1950s with its sun-kissed streets and beaches appearing on the big screen. Enjoy lunch at leisure at one of its chic restaurants or cafés – chances are your lunch will be served with a side of celebrity sighting!

    After lunch, take a quick scroll to explore the town before continuing your scenic journey to Mougins, a commune famous for its art scene. Witness the breathtaking Massif de l'Esterel, a Mediterranean coastal mountain range located between Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. Drive along one of the most scenic coastal roads in France to arrive at your hotel, Le Mas Candille.

    Set in a 15th-century farmhouse nestled in the hills of the French Riviera, Le Mas Candille is the perfect Provençal home-away-from-home to unwind and indulge in luxury.

    Hotel: Le Mas Candille

    Panoramic view of the Sainte Victoire mountain

    Saint-Tropez old town and yacht marina

    The old village of Mougins

    Day 11 - Grasse

    Morning

    Wake up, stop and smell the roses this morning for a day in the perfume capital of the world, Grasse. Test your skills as an amateur perfumer at the International Perfume Museum of Grasse, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to create your own signature fragrance and select its bottle and packaging.

    Afternoon

    This afternoon is yours to enjoy – explore Mougins at your own leisure or take the opportunity to soak up the views (and get that Insta-perfect photo) from the glorious infinity pool.

    Hotel: Le Mas Candille

    Historic buildings in the centre of Grasse

    The Fragonard perfume museum and factory

    Ancient equipment for the production of perfume

    Day 12 - Cannes

    Morning

    What’s more French than to start your day shopping for fresh foods at a local market? Travel to Marché De Forville in Cannes, where you will shop for ingredients in preparation for your cooking class today.

    Spend the rest of the morning at kitchen of Le Mas Candille with Michelin-starred chef David Chauvac at the helm, who will walk you through the art of Provençal cuisine.

    Afternoon

    Transport to Cannes in the comfort of your own private vehicle and check in at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, a historic yet posh hotel overlooking the Bay of Cannes, featuring a breathtaking half-acre indoor garden.

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

    Hotel: InterContinental Carlton Cannes

    A typical market in Provence

    Bay of Cannes on the French Riviera

    Day 13 - Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat & Èze

    Morning

    Check out of your hotel and meet your local guide and private vehicle for a full day of sightseeing. Kick things off in beautiful Nice and explore its charming old town and lively market. Stop at Musée Matisse, a museum devoted to painter Henri Matisse and view one of the world's largest collections of his works.

    Continue on to the port of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and 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.

    Afternoon

    Stop in Èze to fully take in its jaw-dropping views over the Mediterranean sea, before heading to your hotel, Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a glamourous luxury hotel opened in 1908 set atop over 17 acres of Mediterranean gardens that overlooks the sea.

    Hotel: Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

    Marina Saint Jean Cap Ferrat harbor

    Sunrise on the Village of Èze

    The landmark Villa and Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

    Day 14 - Nice

    Morning

    Check out of your hotel and meet your private driver for your transfer to Nice airport for your return flight home. À Bientôt!

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