Best of Southern France

Best of Southern France

15 Days


NORTHERN FRANCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Highlights of Paris
  • Museé du Louvre
  • Eiffel Tour
  • Chamonix
  • Alycamps
  • Chateau D’if
  • Fontainebleau Forest
  • French Riviera
  • Pont de Gard
  • Monaco
  • Verdon Gorge
  • Parc National Des Calanques

Best of Southern France

15 Days


Dates

  • October 14-29, 2017

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: $3,495
  • Discount: 5% Returning Volant Customer

Best of Southern France

15 Days


DAY 1: BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY!
Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
DAY 2: WELCOME TO PARIS
A Volant representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take a relaxing walk through the historic streets of downtown Paris. Take in the iconic mansard roofs, the tranquil waters of the Seine, and the romance in the air. Enjoy a welcome dinner and a leisurely evening.
DAY 3: HIGHLIGHTS OF PARIS
Stroll the lawns and gardens stretching to the Eiffel Tower. Take leisurely walk through the historic halls of one the most famous museums in the world: Le Louvre. Cross the famous Pont Neuf on your way to the holy cathedral of Notre Dame.
DAY 4: FONTAINEBLEAU

This morning climb abroad the train for a short trip south to the town of Fontainebleau. After our arrival we will enjoy a leisurely hike through the mixed deciduous Fontainebleau Forest. Unlike most woodland areas, this forest is renown for its mighty sandstone boulders. Stretch out and enjoy the fresh air, luscious moss and magical views. After spending our morning among natural beauty we will now turn our heads toward the local man made wonder. As one of the largest royal chateau's' in all of France's history; the Palace of Fontainebleau is considered to be the only royal and imperial chateau to be continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Situated in the heart of 130 acres of gardens and parkland this enormous palace contains over 1,500 rooms. As you tour the palace and surrounding gardens keep in mind that you are walking in the footsteps of the many french monarchs that once resided in this palace.

DAY 5: CHAMONIX

​Enjoy an early morning train ride through the heart of France to the gateway of the European Cascades; Chamonix. Considered to be the oldest ski resort in France this town holds countless natural wonders. Spend the evening at your leisure

DAY 6: CHAMONIX

Climb aboard the Mer de Glace train that takes you through ice caves. Enjoy the Panoramic Mont-Blanc Gondola for sweeping views of the jagged peaks or Step Into the Void, a glass room located 3,842 metres above the ground.

DAY 7: AVIGNON-ARLES

After our morning train ride to the south of France we will enjoy a walking tour of Avignon. Be sure to tour the Palais des Papes as it is considered to be one of the largest and most important medieval gothic buildings of Europe. Later in the day we will commute to Arles, the city that inspired much of Van Gogh's artwork. Arles is also  home of the most famous Roman necropolis' of the ancient world, Alycamps.

DAY 8: NIMES-PONT DU GARD-ARLES

The first part of our day will be spent at Pont du Gard; the 3-tiered Roman aqueduct built in 19 B.C. Next stop, Nimes is known for some of the best preserved roman architecture in the world including the Arenes de Nimes.  Take a moment to examine the fine details in the Corinthian columns of La Maison Carree or climb to the top of the Tour Magne monument for panoramic views of the city.

DAY 9: MARSEILLE- PARC NATIONAL DES CALANQUES

Early this morning we will make our way to France's main trade seaport, Marseille. Before lunch be will take a tour downtown making sure to visit sites such as the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde and the Cathedrale La Major. With the remainder of our day we will head down to towards the city of Cassis where we will explore Calanques National Park. The highest point in this wild and rugged terrain is called Mount Puget and should be visible in the landscape to the west. Feel free to relax near the turquoise waters or explore the parks many trails. The choice is yours. For those who are up to the challenge the hike out to the Calanque d'En-Vau takes about two hours and is quite extraordinary.

DAY 10: MARSEILLE- CHATEAU D'IF

After a relaxed start to our day we will take a short ferry ride to begin our tour of the infamous French prison, Chateau d' If. Constructed in 1525 on a tiny island in the Bay of Marseille, this fortress has housed thousands of criminals over the centuries. It wasn't until author, Alexandre Dumas, published The Count of Monte Cristo in 1845 that this prison's worldwide fame took off. For those who don't know the story, this novel recounts a characters' 14 years of imprisonment and eventual escape from the Chateau d'If. Unlike most people who have gone behind these walls we will make our escape after completing the tour. The remainder of the day is free for you to do with what you will. Explore the shops downtown, stroll along the beach or try something you have never done before.

DAY 11: MARSEILLE-VERDON NATURAL REGIONAL PARK-NICE

This morning we will drive northeast to explore the Verdon Gorge. We will take a scenic drive through the rolling hills and geological masterpieces of both the Luberon and the Verdon Natural Regional Park. It is easy to see why this gorge is considered to be one of Europes more beautiful. The stunning turquoise water, the deep green of the surrounding fauna and the pale sandstone all combine to create the memorable landscape that the people who visit here long for.

DAY 12: NICE

Located right on the French Riviera the city of Nice is known for many attractions including its scenic walkway, the ​Promenade des Anglais that stretches alongside the shore for 7 km. There is also the ​Matisse Museum, the Nice Lighthouse. Russian Cathedral and Vieux Nice (Old Town Nice) that should not be missed. . Be sure to climb Castle Hill for sweeping views of the city as well as the Bay of Angels.

DAY 13: NICE-MONACO

Today we will take a day trip to Monaco. Measuring a grand total of 499 acres the microstate of Monaco resides just a short drive outside of Nice. ​Be sure to notice the dramatic views of the Mediterranean while we drive along the Grande Corniche. Once in Monaco we will have the opportunity to explore Old Town, an area rich in local history. Take advantage of the many spectacular botanical gardens in the area and be sure to spot the hundreds of yachts docked in the Monte Carlo Harbor, it is definitely a sight worth seeing.

DAY 14: NICE - PARIS

After a scenic train ride through the heart of France we will arrive back in the bustling capital. With the remainder of the day enjoy any number of iconic Parisian attractions. Use the day to create your own adventure. Perhaps take the time to check out the catacombs, the Pantheon, Rodan Museum or Sainte-Chapelle. The Arc de Triomphe is also incredible, as is  Le Centre Pompidou. Whatever you decide we will make sure to gather one last time this evening for a farewell dinner.

DAY 15: PARIS - TOUR ENDS

Breakfast will be provided although there will be no group activities for the day. Your Volant representative will escort you to the Charles de Gaulle International Airport and bid you adieu. Au Revoir and thank you for choosing Volant.

Best of Southern France

15 Days


Inclusions

  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • All scheduled meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • ​Chateau d’ If entrance fee + ferry ride
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare (to and from Paris)
  • Entrance fees of attractions in Paris
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc

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