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EXPLORE FRANCE: PARIS & NICE

This wonderful 8 day tour starts in the beautiful South of France in Nice for 3 nights and finishes up in the capital city, Paris. From Paris, we will also explore 2 unique and wonderful areas, with an overnight stay in Caen and daytrips to Versailles & St Malo.  With visits to stunning cathedrals, drives along the scenic French Riviera, tours of historic landmarks, numerous opportunities to sample the culinary delights of Monte Carlo, Cannes and Paris, this tour will be sure to leave you wanting more of France!

DAY
1

Upon arrival in Nice Airport, meet with your driver and guide and transfer to the city centre for lunch. After lunch, your guide will take you on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Nice, with photo stops included at such highlights as Nice Cathedral, Promenade des Anglais and Notre Dame de Nice. Dinner will be arranged at your hotel and you are then invited to enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure. 

DAY
2

After breakfast, you will meet with driver and guide for a full day sightseeing tour along the beautiful French Riviera coast. Drive past Mont Boron to Villefranche-sur-Mer, a charming and authentic fishing village. From here, continue to the medieval village of Eze where you will have the opportunity to visit the Fragonard perfume factory. Continue along the coast to the fabulous town of Monte Carlo, where we will stop for lunch. Take a sightseeing tour of this famous and elegant resort – photo stops include the Opera House, Prince’s Palace of Monaco,  Cathedral,  Monte Carlo Casino and Exotic Gardens. There will be some free time allowed for you to wander around the incredible designer stores! We will make our way back to Nice for an evening meal in a city centre restaurant. 

DAY
3

This morning, after breakfast, you will meet with your driver and guide for a full day of sightseeing. We will go directly to the exclusive resort of Antibes, before continuing to the glamourous town of Cannes, where we will take some free time to experience the atmosphere of this beautiful town. The day will continue as we head into the hills above the coast, and we will visit Grasse - known as the perfume capital of the world, you will be overwhelmed by the shops in Grasse and their displays. Mid-afternoon, we will depart Grasse and travel to St Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval walled towns on the French Riviera, this stunning village is full of narrow streets to explore. We will journey back to Nice where you will enjoy an evening meal and return to your hotel.

DAY
4

After having breakfast in your hotel, we will all check out and meet the coach to drive the short distance to the railway station. Arrive at the station in time for your journey to Paris. Board the world famous TGV High Speed train and in the afternoon, we will arrive at Paris Gare du Lyon, where you will be met by your guide and driver. Enjoy a short panoramic tour of Paris, with photo stops at Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower. We will enjoy dinner in a fabulous Parisien restaurant, afterwards we will transfer to your hotel where you will check in and overnight. 

DAY
5

Today, we will leave Paris and enjoy a superb 2-day tour of the Normandy region of France. Your first stop is in the historic capital of the Normandy region, Rouen. With its medieval quarter and stunning Gothic Cathedral, this city is a beautiful place to stop. Continue your journey to the picturesque port town of Honfleur where you will take lunch on arrival. Enjoy some free time in this pretty town, and mid-afternoon, depart Honfleur and continue on to Arromanches, a small port town with a wonderful museum, charming cafes and lots of restaurants for you to explore. You may also view the remains of the Mulberry Harbours that played such a crucial role in the D-Day landings. We will continue our jouney to Caen where we will check into our hotel and spend the night. Dinner will be taken in the hotel or within walking distance this evening

 

 

DAY
6

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and check out, meet your driver and guide. Begin the day by driving to the seaside resort of St Malo. This walled town is a popular tourist location. Walk along the narrow, cobbled streets and feel as though you have stepped back in time. After lunch, rejoin the coach and begin your drive back to Paris, stopping briefly to view magnificent Mont St Michel.  Arrive in Paris and check in to hotel. Dinner will be taken immediately at the hotel or within walking distance

DAY
7

Today, we will journey to Versailles and visit the magnificent Palace of Versailles with audio guide included.  Lunch to be taken at leisure at own expense. After lunch, you will rejoin the coach and we will then spend the afternoon at La Vallee Shopping Outlet. Evening meal and overnight accommodation will be in Paris. 

DAY
8

Enjoy your last breakfast in hotel and check out. Meet your driver and transfer to the Louvre Museum, where you will participate in a fully guided tour with plenty of time to enjoy and experience this visit. After lunch, we will journey on to Galleries Lafayette for free time for shopping. Rejoin coach. Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your departing flight.