Project Description

Taste of France

10 Days/ 09 Nights

 

Discover the best of South of France, have a taste of Spain, and enjoy the experience of the French train between major cities !

10 Day / 09 Nights 

2nights Nice, 1night Marseille, 2nights Avignon, 2nights Montpellier, 2nights Barcelona.

Suggested Itinerary 

DAY 1 – Arrive in Nice

Arrive in Nice, transfer to your hotel in Nice center. 

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, is a mutli-faceted destination with its towering mountain peaks and astounding beauty. You will be charmed by its quaint cobblestone streets, the flower market, or the famous Promenade des Anglais. Take a guided bike tour (2 hours) along the major squares, sites, and iconic builidings of Nice.

Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Nice

DAY 2 – : Take a boat to Monaco and visit Monaco

After breakfast, transfer (return) from Nice to Monaco by boat.  Free time in Monaco. You can visit the  the palace, the Prince’ s car collection, the exotic garden, the oceanograpic museum,  the Monte Carlo casino …. (entry tickets non included).

Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Nice.

DAY 3 – Day 3 – Visit Marseille with the hop-on hop-off bus 

After breakfast at the hotel, head to Marseille harbour and embark for a relaxing boat tour. After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Nice train station to take a train to Marseille. In Marseille, transfer to your hotel.

France’s second and eldest city is a bustling cosmopolitan port open on the Mediterrnean World. You will take a tour of the most famous places of Marseille in the hop-on hop-off bus (valid one day). 

Visit Notre Dame de la Garde basilica, cherished by the Marseillais offering a 360° stunning view on the sea, the archipelago islands and the surrounding hills.  

Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Marseille

Day 4— Visit Avignon & the gorgeous Luberon 

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take a train to Avignon. In Avignon you will be transferred to your hotel. Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by 4.5 km of stone ramparts. The historical centre is a meander of narrow winding streets, beautiful mansions, and shady squares with sidewalk cafés. 

Free visit of the Palace of the Popes and the Pont Saint Benezet with your ticket entry. Afternoon, take a group excursion to the most beautiful villages of the Luberon (from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm). You will be picked up and dropped at your hotel.

The Luberon is dotted with vines, olive groves, red poppy fields blossoming in May and purple lavender fields blooming from mid-June to mid-July. Visit of some of the « Most beautiful villages of France » : hilltop Gordes, Roussillon with its ochre hues and ochre path, and see Senanque abbey and Lacoste, another beautiful perched village.Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Avignon .

Day 5 – Excursion to Pont du Gard-Uzès-Nîmes

After breakfast, take a group excursion to Pont du Gard, Uzès and Nîmes. (from 8.00 am to 1.30 pm). You will be picked up and dropped at your hotel. The Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the highest aqueduct built by the Roman empire 2000 years ago

A mixture of power and grace, it was built in only five years in an exceptional natural environment. The elegant town of Uzès has preserved in its centre much evidence of its rich past. Its medieval town is a maze of small streets and shaded squares lined with 17th and 18th century private mansions.  

Nîmes offers one of the most comprehensive representations of Roman civilisation anywhere in the West and is awaiting its classification on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Its amphitheatre is one of the best preserved of the Roman world. 

Afternoon, back in Avignon take a one-hour cruise on the Rhône river towards the bridge and Palace of the Popes and Villeneuve-les-Avignon. 

Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Avignon.

Day 6 – Montpellier & wine-tour to Pic Saint Loup

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take a train to Montpellier. In Montpellier you will be transferred to your hotel.

A dynamic city of the South, Montpellier the second town of Occitanie region, is a former medieval city, rich with narrow streets and numerous medieval remains.It is also a mecca of modern architure. Afternoon, join a group with an English-speaking guide for a wine-tour excursion to the beautiful Pic Saint Loup hill , a beautiful natural landscape (from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm).

You will visit two estates, taste a minimum of 8 wines, and take a wine tasting workshop.Departure and return at

esplanade de l’Europe (15 min walk from your hotel).Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Montpellier.

Day 7: Carcassonne & barging on Canal du Midi

After breakfast, take the tramway to reach the train station and take a train to Carcassonne (1h30 hour). 

A fairy tale city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the medieval fortress of Carcassonne is unique in Europe for its size and the exceptionally well-preserved state of its fifty-two towers, ramparts, ducal castle, winding cobbled streets and small courtyards. 

It is a major touristic attraction. Embark for a 2h30 cruise along the Canal du Midi waterway, another UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful waterways in France. Have your lunch on board (vegetarian meal available).

The cruise includes the crossing of a lock. Afternoon : ticket entry to the castle of Carcassonne for a free visit

End of afternoon, take your train back to Montpellier. Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Montpellier.

Day 8 : Visit Barcelona & the Sagrada Familia

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take the train to Barcelona-direct. Transfer from the train station to the hotel. 

Barcelona is a vibrant city with a buzzlng nightlife. Stroll along the famous Ramblas and discover the city at leisure.

Ticket entry to the basilica Sagrada Familia, one of Antoni Gaudi’s most important work. 

Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Barcelona.

Day 9 :  Visit Barcelona with the hop-on hop-off bus

After breakfast, take a hop-on hop-off bus to visit Barcelona freely.  

Free afternoon for shopping. Overnight in your 4 * hotel in Barcelona 

Day 10 : Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

 

Highlights :

Must-see places of the French Riviera and Provence: Nice, Monaco, Marseille, Luberon villages in Provence 

(Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin: « Most Beautiful villages of France »),

4 UNESCO sites :  Palace of the Popes in Avignon, Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, Carcassonne walled city, Canal du Midi waterway.

One day and a haf in Barcelona, Spain.

A wine-tour and wine tasting near Montpellier, a lunch cruise .

Evenings in lively cities with a large choice of bars and restaurants.

 

Precisions :

All the tickets, vouchers, touristic informations about the places are handed to the travelers by the staff at the hotel reception. 

Each time visits are free, a list of the must-see places and information about the places is provided to the clients, information about how to reach the places. 

For the group excursions, the clients are either picked up and dropped by the bus at their hotel (according to the program), or they have to reach the meeting points by their their own means, at a walking distance from the hotel generally.If not, they can use local transportation (according to the program – in that case all the information is provided).

For the free visits the clients reach the places by their own means (information about how to reach the places are provided) according to the program.

We can arrange restaurants with vegetarian and non vegetarian menus (if you want to include the meals in the program). 

For the meals included in the program, a vegetarian menu is available on request

Train transfers : timetables as an indication

Day 3 : train from Nice to Marseille : 10.19 am-13.02 am

Day 4 : train from Marseille to Avignon : 9.10 am-9.50 am

Day 6 : train from Avignon to Montpellier : 09.38 am-10.46 am

Day 7 : train from Montpellier to Carcassonne : 08.59 am-10.27 am return train from Carcassonne to Montpellier : 6.33 pm-8.00 pm

Day 8 : train from Montpellier to Barcelona : 09.35 am-12.38 pm

 

 

Price per person on twin share basis : Eur 3118.00/- onwards

Package Tours include :

9 overnights in charming 4 * hotels with breakfast included (according to the rooms category)

activities and visits mentioned in the program

private transfers from train stations to hotels (return) and and from airport to hotels (return)

1 specific meal (lunch cruise) ; sojourn taxes ; English-speaking local guides according to the program

Package Tours does not include :

Airline transport

Taxes 

Tips

Services not mentioned above

Personal Expenses 

Meals 

Special Notes :

These are indicative pricing. It doesn’t include GST.

Price are dynamic may change. Rooms are subject to availability 

Cancellation policy please check before making a request. 

Package is subject to availability at time of booking.

Price is based on per guest on sharing basis only. If A child or 3rd guest wishes to join, please enquiry with us for their rate.

Full payment will be required to secure your booking. 

Payment by credit card will attract a 3% service charge. Once confirmed and paid, package is non refundable.

Package is non negotiable or changeable, pre and post add ons (additional nights can be considered) can be connected, enquire with us for assistance.

Luxury option available ask for a price as per your dates and number of travellers

South of France – Nice to Barcelona

2 nights Nice, 1 night Saint-Tropez, 1 night Marseille, 1 night Gordes, 1 night Montpellier, 1 night Carcassonne,  1 night Barcelona

Experiential luxury tour including the best of South of France and Barcelona with a private English-speaking  driver guide.

Highlights

Must-see places: Nice, Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Luberon villages in Provence (Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin: « Most Beautiful villages of France »), UNESCO site Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, UNESCO site Carcassonne, UNESCO site Canal du Midi, Barcelona.

Authentic experiences: perfume making, truffle discovery, soap making workshop, oyster farm visit with an electric barge, catamaran tour. Reputed local produce tasting: wine, truffles, oysters.

Tax-free shopping in Andorra shopping paradise.

Discovery of the French art of living.

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