Private tour to Paris, Provence and French Riviera - Firebird Tours ®

Private tour to Paris, Provence and French Riviera

Popes Palace, Avignon, France
Paris
Nice, France
Avignon, France

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Trip Overview

Experience the essence of France as you traverse its gems in 10 days. Begin in exceptional Paris and then make your way to Lyon, the French culinary capital boasting exceptional sights. Continue to another sought after destination in France, Provence, where you explore the best of Avignon and its Popes Palace. As a grand tour finale, travel to Cote d'Azur, also called the French Riviera, to enjoy the idyllic Mediterranean atmosphere in Nice.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    9 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    3 train trips (1-st class)
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided city tours
    Train to Nice & a sightseeing tour
  • MEALS
  • 9 buffet breakfasts

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival to Paris

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.

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.

Day 2

Paris City Tour

After breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of main Paris attractions.

Your tour of the fabulous capital of France begins on the Cite Island where you see the world’s most famous gothic cathedral - Notre Dame from outside and stroll the glorious Luxembourg Gardens where famous French philosophers looked for inspiration. Among other sights you see today are the outstanding Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city, the iconic French symbol - the Triumphal Arc and the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Note: private transportation for the tour can be added at extra cost.

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

  • 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.

Day 3

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: Louvre and Orsay Museums Tour
    Go on a 4 and a half hour walking tour of two of the most famous museums in Paris, taking advantage of your skip-the-line tour. See the Louvre Museum's most celebrated works of art, ancient artifacts, Greek sculptures, including the famous Venus di Milo, masterpieces of Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Continue to the famous Orsay Museum to admire the works of great artists such as Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, Garnier, Courbet, Carpeaux, Nadar or Guimard.
     
  • Optional tour: Day trip to Versailles
    Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Versailles - the famous residence of French kings. Together with your experienced guide and private driver you set off on a 6-hour tour and make use of the privilege to a skip-the-line entrance to the Palace. You see the castle of Versailles, walk through its well-known Hall of Mirrors, see the actual rooms of the most extravagant king of France, Louis the XIV, discover the world-famous Le Notre gardens, see the Grand Trianon, Hameau de la Reine and take a stroll around the lavish gardens of Versailles.

Day 4

Transfer to Lyon & City Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel. Your driver takes you to the train station to board the train to Lyon - the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region (1st class train tickets included). Upon arrival in about 2 hours, you are met by your driver at the station and transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Lyon was founded by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. as the capital of the Three Gauls and is often called the culinary capital of France today. You get to see the top attractions of Lyon during a 3-hour guided walking tour. Together with your guide you see the Old Town of Lyon, the Fourviere hill, the beautiful Basilique of Notre Dame de Fourviere, walk along the Saone riverbank, see Vieux Lyon, Bellecour Square, the Roman theater, Saint-Jean Cathedral, Hotel Gadagne and Juiverie Street.

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

Day 5

Free Day in Lyon

Today after breakfast you have the day free to continue exploring Lyon on your own.

Day 6

Train to Avignon & Walking Tour

After breakfast, you check out from the hotel and meet your driver who transfers you to the train station, where you board your train to Avignon in the South of France (1st class train tickets included). Upon arrival in 1 hour and 20 minutes, you are met by your driver and taken to your centrally-located hotel for check-in.

Then meet your private guide and go on a 3-hour walking tour of Avignon, which was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century. Together you go to the famous Pont de Avignon Saint Benezet bridge dating back from the 12th century and the museum. Then continue to the Place de l'Horloge or “clock square” and see its elegant Town Hall and stage theatre. You pass nice cobblestone shopping streets and have an inside visit to the Popes’ Palace where the popes lived in the 14th century, taking advantage of your skip-the-line entrance. The Popes' Palace is the largest gothic building in the world and you get to learn about the everyday life of the nine popes who lived there in splendor and luxury.

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

Day 7

Free Day in Avignon

In the morning following breakfast, you have the day free to continue exploring Avignon on your own.

Day 8

Train to Nice & Sightseeing Tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and are transferred to the train station where you board a train to the outstanding French city Nice (1st class train tickets included). Upon arrival in about 3 hours, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

You then meet your guide and go on a 3-hour walking city 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 tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9

Free Day in Nice

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

  • Optional tour: Day Trip to Cannes
    Go on a day trip to Cannes - a famous town in Southern France and jewel of the French Riviera. Take a train to Cannes, upon arrival, you are met by your guide at the station. Together you go on a 3-hour walking tour of the best city sights, see the old town of Cannes 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 return to the train station.
     
  • Optional tour: Day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo and EzeTogether with your private driver-guide and go on a half-day tour to the tiny royal principality Monaco, see the Cathedral of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, the Prince's Palace from the outside, and enter the State Apartments Museum. As a tour highlight, enter one of the oldest and most fashionable casinos in Europe, Monte-Carlo Casino and see the splendid Opera House. After you take a trip to the picture-postcard Eze village which is often called "eagle nest".

Day 10

Departure

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

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


Hotels

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
Paris tours hotels

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation in 4-star centrally located hotels in Paris, Lyon, Avignon & Nice;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Lyon, Lyon - Avignon, and Avignon - Nice;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the Popes' Palace in Avignon;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


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

Tour Highlights

  • A walking city tour of Paris highlights
  • A tour to top attractions of Lyon
  • A walking tour of Avignon
  • A tour around the most stunning Nice attractions

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

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,196
Deposit $640
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,681
Deposit $737
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
based on double occupancy
$3,196
Deposit $640
Regular package
based on double occupancy
$3,681
Deposit $737

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