Monaco, Cannes, Avignon & Arles - Discover the charm of Provence and the French Riviera on this incredible 11 -day tour of southern France. Soak up the atmosphere of historical medieval towns, explore Roman ruins and taste regional wines at a private vineyard. In contrast to the sleepy hill-side villages of Provence, the French Riviera boasts some of the most famous resorts in the world, including Monte Carlo and Cannes. Lovers of good French food will also be wowed by the fabulous Mediterranean cuisine you will find here – this tour truly has it all.

Provence & Côte d'Azur

Land Only Small Group Tour

Duration : 11 DAYSPrice : FROM $4075Country : FRANCE
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Baie des Anges, Nice © CRT Cote d'Azur
Cannes, Le Suquet © CRT Cote d'Azur - Photographe: Robert PALOMBAPont du Gard Aqueduct © OUR PLACE The World Heritage Collection / Amops ChappleGastronomie © C.Chillio / CRT Provence-Alpes-Côte d'AzurPapal Palace, Avignon © LaCity TravelArles © Atout France / R-CastProvence @ Lacity Travel

Monaco, Cannes, Avignon & Arles - Discover the charm of Provence and the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) on this incredible 11 -day tour of southern France. Soak up the atmosphere of historical medieval towns, explore Roman ruins and taste regional wines at a private vineyard. In contrast to the sleepy hill-side villages of Provence, the Côte d'Azur boasts some of the most famous resorts in the world, including Monte Carlo and Cannes. Lovers of good French food will also be wowed by the fabulous Mediterranean cuisine you will find here – this tour truly has it all.

Included in the price

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 5 x evening meals
  • 1 x lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Included Entrances: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Paul Cezanne’s studio, Popes Palace and St Benezet Bridge & Roman Theatre in Orange.

Day 1: Nice - Monaco - Nice

Today is dedicated to Monaco, the playground of the rich and famous, known for its dazzling harbour and lively entertainment. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, sit in a street café and watch the world go by or wander around Port Hercule, famous for its superb yachts and glamorous lifestyle. Enjoy dinner at leisure tonight in Nice. [Note: BRSPFR 21 May - due to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco taking place from 22 to 25 May 2014, Monaco will not be accessible to touristic vehicles during the entire week. We will therefore substitute the visit to Monaco with visits of the beautiful coastal towns of Eze and/or La Turbie.] (Note dinner is no longer included on Day 1, but on Day 6, as per below) Accommodation: Hotel Splendid, Nice (4-star) or similar

Day 2: Nice - Vence - Cap d’Antibes

Our first visit today is to the beautiful village of St-Paul-de-Vence before we make our way to the neighbouring town of Vence, known as the ‘City of Art’. Wander through its small streets and squares, which date from the 12th century, before we continue to Cap d’Antibes, where we stay for two nights. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel La Garoupe-Gardiole, Cap D'Antibes (3-star) or similar

Day 3: Cap d’Antibes - Cannes - Cap d’Antibes

In Cannes, the Jewel of the Riviera and world-famous for its film festival, glitzy hotels and shopping, we have time to explore the famous 'Croisette' and the Rue d'Antibes. Later we wind our way through the narrow and hilly roads to the delightful old town of Antibes with its pretty squares and narrow streets before returning to our hotel. (B) Accommodation: Hotel La Garoupe-Gardiole, Cap D'Antibes (3-star) or similar

Day 4: Cap d’Antibes - Aix en Provence

This morning we travel to the cultural town of Aix-en-Provence, once the home of the artist Paul Cezanne. Here we visit his studio where dozens of works by the great painter were conceived, including his famous Bathers. This afternoon we discover the sites of Aix as we wander through the old town, seeing St Sauveur Cathedral and the site of the ancient Roman town. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel des Augustins, Aix-en-Provence (3-star) or similar

Day 5: Aix en Provence

Today we relax in the town of Aix-en-Provence. A walking tour allows us to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne, passing the hot thermal springs, the Pavillon de Vendome and the Musee des Tapisseries. This afternoon relax and enjoy the town at your own pace. (B) Accommodation: Hotel des Augustins, Aix-en-Provence (3-star) or similar

Day 6: Aix en Provence - Avignon - Saint Rémy de Provence

Traverse through spectacular landscapes, perfectly captured by Peter Mayle in A Year in Provence. The highlight of today is our stop in the 14th century city of Avignon, once home to Catholic Popes. The imposing Palais des Papes dominates the old historic centre and the St Benezet Bridge is a must-see. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel Gounod, St Remy de Provence (3-star) or similar

Day 7: Saint Rémy de Provence

We meander through the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, one of the most famous wine producing regions in France. Our first stop is the magnificent Roman Theatre at Orange. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is extraordinarily well-preserved and its Roman arch is particularly beautiful. We then make our way to a very special private vineyard, where we sit on the terrace and enjoy a tasty Provencal lunch, complemented beautifully by local wines. (B, L) Accommodation: Hotel Gounod, St Remy de Provence (3-star) or similar

Day 8: Saint Rémy de Provence - Aigues Mortes - Arles

Today begins with another stunning classical icon – the mighty Pont du Gard Aqueduct. Built by the Romans in the 1st century, it is one of the region's most famous landmarks. We then head to the Camargue area, one of France’s most important areas of natural history, and stop in the fortified village of Aigues Mortes, famous for its striking, walled medieval town. In Arles, where the town's narrow winding streets inspired paintings and drawings by both Van Gogh and Picasso, we have over 2000 years of history to discover. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel du Forum, Arles (3-star) or similar

Day 9: Arles

This morning enjoy the local sights and see scenes painted by Van Gogh himself, such as the famous 'Starlit Cafe'. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. (B) Accommodation: Hotel du Forum, Arles (3-star) or similar

Day 10: Arles – the ‘Little Alps’ - Arles

Heading into the 'Little Alps', we explore the Huguenot stronghold of Les Baux-de-Provence. The town rewards us with remarkable views and has been painstakingly restored, boasting over 22 historical listed buildings. Back in Arles we enjoy our last evening together. (B, D) Accommodation: Hotel du Forum, Arles (3-star) or similar

Day 11: Arles – Marseille

After breakfast we transfer to Marseille where our tour comes to an end. (B) [Pick-Up: The tour commences from Nice, France at Hotel Splendid, 50 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 06000 Nice, at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.] [Drop-off: 12:00pm at The Old Port, 13002, Marseille, France. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!]

Monaco

Monaco

Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this confetti principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. Glitzy, glam and screaming hedonism, Monaco is truly beguiling. Although a sovereign state, the principality's status is unusual. It is not a member of the European Union, yet it participates in the EU customs territory (meaning no border formalities crossing from France into Monaco) and uses the euro as its currency.
Arles

Arles

Located amid unspoiled natural places: the banks of the Rhône, the arid Crau plain, the Camargue and the Alpilles, Arles has preserved its architectural heritage with more than 100 listed buildings and monuments, although it owes its international fame to its amphitheatre.
The historical centre of Avignon

The historical centre of Avignon

Avignon, located in southern France, in the very popular Vaucluse region, called the “City of the Popes”, has maintained its city walls and its historical centre, composed of the Papal Palace, the Episcopal ensemble and the Bridge of Avignon. These were registered as Unesco world heritage sites in 1995. The city is also the sublime backdrop for an international theatre festival.
Nice

Nice

With its unusual mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and exceptional location, Nice’s appeal is universal. Everyone from backpackers to romance-seeking couples and families will love sitting at a cafe on cours Saleya in Vieux Nice or a bench on the legendary Promenade des Anglais for an epic sunset. Eating options are some of the best you’ll find in France, the nightlife is buzzing and the art scene thriving. You could happily spend a week here and still be hungry for more.
Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence

City of water springs, city of Art, Aix en Provence marvelously exemplifies the Provençal art of living so admired by the rest of the world. Cultural capital, Aix en Provence welcomes many artists. Cezanne made it his city, and the surrounding countryside inspired some of his greatest impressionist masterpieces. The boulevards shaded by majestic sycamores, the streets bordered by rich private residences, the discreet squares ornamented with beautiful fountains and garnished with welcoming sidewalk coffee, Aix inevitably seduces those who take the time to linger.
Marseille

Marseille

Marseille is a rich, pulsating port city bubbling over with history, cutting-edge creative spaces and hip multicultural urbanites. Since Greek settlers came ashore around 600 BC, waves of immigrants have made Marseille (now France's second largest city) their home. Marseille's maritime heritage thrives at the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port), where fresh-off-the-boat catches are sold each morning. Along the coast, seaside roads and cycling tracks veer around sun-scorched coves and sandy beaches. A feast of world cuisines, shops, music and cultural celebrations ensure the pace never slows in this busy city, where the mistral wind blows.
Cannes

Cannes

Walking among the couture shops and palaces of La Croisette, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the global downturn was all media hype. There is as much wealth and glamour as ever, and admiring Ferraris and Porsches and celebrity spotting on the liner-sized yachts are still favourite Cannes pastimes. For those who aren’t seduced by Cannes’ hedonistic air, there’s enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day. As for the world-famous film festival, it is unfortunately not the most visitor-friendly event: think stratospheric prices and insider-only attendance. It is, however, celebrity spotting at its very best!
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for France    

VISAS: France tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant   

MONEY: 1 AUD = 0.65 € (20/02/2014). You always get a better exchange rate in-country, though it’s a good idea to arrive with enough local currency to take a taxi to a hotel if you have to. Carry as little cash as possible while travelling around. In Paris, exchange bureaux (bureaux de change) are faster and easier, open longer hours and give better rates than most banks. In general, post offices in Paris can offer the best exchange rates and accept banknotes in various currencies as well as American Express and Visa travellers cheques. The commission for travellers cheques is 1.5% (minimum about €4). Familiarise yourself with rates offered by the post office and compare them with those at exchange bureaux. On small transactions, even exchange places with less-than-optimal rates may leave you with more euros in your pocket.   

ELECTRICITY: Type C (European 2-pin), Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)   

CLIMATE / WEATHER: France has several climatic zones and substantial variations in its weather due to its great size and location on the western edge of Europe. The north and northeastern areas have predictably warm summers and cold winters with abundant rainfall while the Atlantic Ocean provides cooler summers from westerly winds and warmer winters along the western coast. South of the Loire river is where the weather becomes significantly warmer. The Mediterranean zone in the south and southeast has hot and somewhat dry summers, mild winters, and low, yet unpredictable rainfall. The south is also subject to the formidable mistral (violent winds) and sudden storms, but generally has reliable weather for visitors. The mountainous zones are in the Pyrénées, Alps, and Massif Central and have heavy winter snowfall, yet cool and sunny summers with abundant rain.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris   

BEST TIME TO VISIT FRANCE: Depending on what you want to get out of your trip, there is always a good time to visit France. Winter is a great time to enjoy snow sports in the Alps and Pyrenees, while the summer is great for soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Generally, France enjoys a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers, except for the Mediterranean areas that bask in warm temperatures most of the year. Popular tourist spots can get crowded during the peak holiday periods of Christmas, Easter and the school holiday months of July and August; if travelling during these times, be prepared to share France with many other travellers and holidaying locals.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken.    

ACCOMMODATION: Travelling with LaCity Travel is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.   

FOOD / DRINK: LaCity Travel believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. The gastronomic pleasures of France are world-renowned, so travellers won’t be disappointed with the food of France. There’s something to suit all budgets here, from Michelin star restaurants to humble cafes and market stalls.   

RELIGION: 63% of French people consider themselves Catholic, 30% declare themselves without religion.   

HISTORY: 
New Early History: France has a fascinating history marked by war, invasion, imperialistic expansion and revolution. Enduring the ravages of the Black Death, and the uncertainty of political upheaval and civil unrest, it's probably these events that give the modern French people their passionate, fighting spirit. 
Recent History: France’s recent history is as interesting as its beginnings. Invaded by Germany during World War I and World War II, France suffered many losses during both of these wars. Civilian and military lives were lost, strict rationing created harsh living conditions, and regular airstrikes and shelling created a climate of fear. The French Resistance has been the subject of many books and movies, mainly because it’s such an interesting example of the French spirit. The French Resistance is the name given to pockets of men and women who rallied against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II. Using guerrilla tactics, as well as underground press and other means, these groups provided safe houses and escape networks for Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines. They also provided intelligence and other information to the Allies, as well as committed acts of sabotage against the German military. Visitors to France can choose to see many sites that reflect these times including the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. 
More recently, France has enjoyed the stability that comes with being a part of the European Union and NATO; even though unemployment remains high, France is currently enjoying more peaceful times than it has had in the past.
  

SHOPPING:  Home to designer fashion houses, luxurious perfumeries, exclusive boutiques and antique merchants, France isn’t a great shopping destination for those on a budget. Regardless, there’s much fun to be had whether you’re window shopping or indulging in the real thing. It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.   

TAXIS: You should only use licenced, official taxis in France, as assaults and robberies have occurred in unlicensed taxis. Unlicensed taxis often target high traffic destinations such as airports, train stations, theatres and nightclubs. In Paris, licenced taxis have the sign ‘Taxi Parisien’ located at the top of the car. Private car companies are legal but must be pre-booked.   

DRIVING: Australians wanting to drive in France must have a valid Australian driver's licence and a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), issued by the relevant IDP authority in your state before leaving Australia. The minimum age to drive a vehicle is 18. Australians resident in France may exchange their Australian driver licence for a French licence within the first 12 months of their residency. It is obligatory for all vehicles to carry a reflective vest and warning triangle for use in case of breakdown.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
Wednesday 01 January - New Year's Day 
Sunday 20 April - Easter 
Monday 21 April - Easter Monday 
Thursday 01 May - Labour Day 
Thursday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day
Thursday 29 May - Ascension Day 
Sunday 08 June - Whit 
Sunday 
Monday 09 June - Whit Monday
Monday 14 July - Bastille Day 
Friday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
Saturday 01 November - All Saints' Day 
Tuesday 11 November - Armistice Day 
Thursday 25 December - Christmas Day   

HEALTH: No vaccinations are required to travel to France.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: France is generally a safe place in which to live and travel, but crime has risen dramatically in the last few years. Property crime is a major problem but it is extremely unlikely that you will be physically assaulted while walking down the street. Always check your government’s travel advisory warnings.   

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 
Police emergencies: 17 
Fire Service emergencies: 18 
European emergency line: 112 
SOS Médecins (Paris – emergency doctors): +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77 or +33 (0) 820 332 424 
SOS Dentistes (Paris – emergency dentists): +33 (0) 1 43 37 51 00   

TIPPING: it is usual to leave a tip.   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

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2. Valid for sale & departure until 15 October 2018

3. LaCity Travel reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fi­t to ensure the smooth running of the tour and to substitute hotels of a similar standard if the hotels listed in our brochure are not available.