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Overview

Set off on a France adventure from romantic Paris to the French Mediterranean coastline. In 10 days discover top Parisian sights, including the Eiffel Tower and Versailles, then continue to the French Riviera to explore Cannes, world-famous for its annual Film Festival. As a tour highlight, go on a trip to Nice, boasting centuries of well-preserved monuments reflecting its rich history. Finally, explore the petite independent city-state Monaco renown for its Monte Carlo Casino and Prince Palace.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.86 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    3 train trips (1-st class)
    2 train trips (standard)
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    A tour to Versailles
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Bonjour! Arrival to Paris

As they say, Paris is always a good idea! Bonjour and welcome to the most romantic city in the world and the charming capital of France -​ Paris! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the arrivals hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2
Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter

After breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the two famous districts of Paris: Latin Quarter (5th) and Marais (4th).

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins with the UNESCO Site Heritage - Banks of Seine river. Continue to the Latin quarter and taste a Bohemian charm of the medieval narrow streets and stone-paved alleyways. Reach the Ile de la Cite where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame. Walk through the Ile Saint Louis and get closer to more sights: Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain of the Innocents and Palais Royal. 

You then proceed with the tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the world’s largest museums, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tickets. You see the crème de la crème collections and the most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di Milo, Winged Victory, and masterpieces of Michelangelo, Eugène Delacroix, Paolo Veronese and the world’s most enigmatic Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

After the tour you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3
Tour of the Champs-Elysées and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 5-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts. 

Today you start with outstanding Places Vendome and Concorde and proceed to the Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city. You get to see one of the most recognizable landmarks with its magnificent glass-domed roof - Grand Palais and smaller but similar Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Step on the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the city - Pont Alexandre III and continue to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*. 

After the tour you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine river.

  • Optional tour: Seine River Boat Cruise
    Start the cruise in the very heart of Paris and discover the most wonderful city gems including Louvre Museum, Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and other beautiful monuments from an absolutely different perspective.

Note: Tickets to the Eiffel Tower are not included in the city tour due to limited availability. Please, ask your travel specialist about available tickets for your tour date if you would like to include it.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Tour of Versailles Magnifique

Following breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and have a day tour to the famous residence of French kings. 

Together with your experienced guide you take a short train ride to taste what is means to be a local, and appear in the heart of Versailles in just 1 hour. You see the Palace of Versailles and admire its grandiose opulence from the inside. You get to walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed and see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV. You also discover the world famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon (exterior) and enjoy an inside visit to Petit Trianon - Marie-Antoinette’s estate. 

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel and have the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5
Free Day in Paris

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Paris on your own or join one of our carefully planned optional tours.

  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Giverny and Rouen
    Together with your guide you first go to Giverny where you get to visit the unique house and museum of Monet and walk the gardens of Monet, still kept exactly as he left them.
  • Optional tour:  The Art of Fashion & Craftsmanship
    Join a French fashion journalist to have a custom made behind-the-scenes tour related to fashion and design.
  • Optional tour: French Market tour and Cooking Class, Paris
    Enjoy a tour of the French market and pick up fresh products to cook them on the masterclass. Your chef will lead you through traditional and modern recipes. 

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Train to Cannes

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel and have transfer to the train station where you board a train to the outstanding French city Cannes. Upon arrival in about five hours, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
City tour of Cannes

After breakfast meet your guide and start a 3-hour walking tour of Cannes. During the tour you see the old town called le Suquet, and the waterfront Boulevard de la Croisette, where the Cannes Film Festival is held every year, and the Palais des Festivals et des Congres from outside.

After the tour you return to the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Take an opportunity at your free time to take a boat to Saint Marguerite Island famously known for the Man in Iron Mask! Enjoy walk up to the Fort, visit museum and enjoy wonderful views of Cannes.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Day Trip to Nice

Following breakfast take a train to Nice and within just 30 minutes meet your local guide at the station.

Start your 4-hour walking* tour around the most stunning Nice attractions from the oldest times with the Greek and Roman ruins, to the more recent era of Belle Epoque with the palaces of the last century.

During the tour you stroll through the cobblestone narrow streets of the picturesque Old Town abundant in souvenir stalls, cafes and shops, see the Castle Hill, with the ruins of the former Chateau de Nice and walk along the Promenade des Anglais that stretches through the entire city coastline with the Baie des Anges and the beaches on one side, and beautiful buildings, including the breathtaking hotel Negresco, on the other.

After the city tour you will have free time to enjoy Nice on your own before getting back to Cannes by train.

*Tickets for the public transportation are included 

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Day Trip to Monaco

After breakfast take a train to the tiny royal principality Monaco surrounded by France and the Mediterranean Sea.

In an hour you arrive and local guide meets you at the train station. During the 4-hour walking* tour you see major city attractions including the Cathedral of Monaco and the official royal residence - the Prince's Palace from the outside, that is located on the hill top overlooking the sea of the Old Town Monaco-Ville area. Here you enter the State Apartments Museum (available till October 14th), where you get to see its eccentric rooms such as the Mirror Room, the Throne Room, the Red Room, the York Room, the Blue Room, the Louis XV bedroom called the Yellow Room and the Officers Room.

Then you continue to the Monte-Carlo district. As a tour highlight, you enter one of the oldest and most fashionable casinos in Europe, Monte-Carlo Casino** and see the splendid Opera House, created by Charles Garnier - the same architect who built the famous Paris Opera House.

After the tour you have free time before taking the train to Cannes.

*Tickets for the public transportation are included 

**NoteTo preserve the legendary aura of the Casino de Monte-Carlo it applies a dress code that meets the requirements of both elegance and tradition. Ripped or stonewashed jeans, sleeveless t-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts and beachwear, sandals and flip-flops for gentlemen, and large trainers will not be permitted.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure

This is the last day of your tour of Southern France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to the Nice airport for your flight back home.

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

Breakfast is included.


Hotels

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
4-star hotel in Paris

Always included:

  • All taxes and fees
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's included
  • Accommodation in 4* centrally located hotels in Paris and Cannes;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Cannes and Cannes - Nice - Cannes;
  • Standard class tickets Cannes -Monaco - Cannes;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles;
  • Day trip to Nice and Monaco;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: flights, visas, optional tours, gratuities and all personal expenses.

What's Included
  • A city tour of the three famous districts of Paris: Marais, Latin Quarter, and Saint Germain
  • A walking tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower districts
  • A tour to Versailles
  • A city tour around the most stunning Cannes attractions
  • A city tour in Nice
  • A half-day tour to Monaco
What to Know
  • You can expect to find some shops, restaurants, and museums closed for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • French breakfast is not as heavy as other European breakfast meals, it usually includes sweet pastries, toast, fruit, yogurt, cereal
  • Tipping in restaurants might be included in the bill, "service compris" (tip included) or "service non-compris" (tip not included), but in any case, if you liked the service you can leave few Euros on the table either way
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,595
Deposit $919
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,195
Deposit $1,039
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,595
Deposit $919
Two travelers: double occupancy
$5,195
Deposit $1,039

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