Private tour to Paris and Provence - Firebird Tours ®

Avignon
Provence, France
Paris
Paris

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Trip Overview

Immerse yourself in the beauty of France in a 10-day exploration of top France attractions! Spend time in the capital city, Paris, and see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and take a day trip to royal Versailles. Continue to the Provence region, famous for its lavender fields that bloom in the summer, and discover the best of Avignon and its iconic Popes Palace, go on a trip to the hill-top villages of Luberon, learn all about the Roman heritage in Provence and admire the Alpilles.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.88 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    9 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    3 train trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 7 guided city tours
    A day trip to the Alpilles
  • MEALS
  • 9 breakfasts
    Provence wine tasting

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-Elysees 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: Private or public 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 it 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
Train to Avignon and City 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 2 hours and 40 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.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Discovering the Hill-top Villages of Luberon

In the morning after breakfast prepare for a full day tour of the Provence countryside.

Together with your driver-guide, you explore the Luberon region, characterized by a series of strikingly picturesque perched, hill-top villages, dating back 1000 years or more. The Luberon is an area of lush vegetation and exceptional wildlife and a place where vineyards and cherry orchards dot the hillsides. Together with your guide you visit a local market and taste the famous rosé wines of Provence at a local winery.

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Treasures of Provence Tour

Meet your driver-guide for a day trip devoted to the incredible Roman heritage of Provence.

In the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar and his Legionnaires defeated the Celts in Gaul, and the land they conquered became Roman Provincia. The region still boasts rich Roman presence, which lasted for about 500 years, and today you get to tour the best-preserved Roman monuments in the south of France.

One of the places you see today is the ancient UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard which is the highest aqueduct ever built in Roman times. You then proceed to Nimes, one of the major cities in Roman times, to visit the well-preserved Nimes Amphitheatre (entrance tickets included).

As a culmination of the tour you proceed to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village and a renown French Wine Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), the history of which is entwined with the history of Avignon Papacy. Here you visit a local winery and taste its rich wines.

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Free Day in Avignon

In the morning following breakfast, you have the day free to continue exploring Avignon on your own or join our carefully planned optional tour.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Tour of the Alpilles

Meet your driver-guide for a day trip devoted to the exploration of the Alpilles, harmonious natural site and a chain of limestone mountains in the northwest of the Bouches du Rhône department, in Provence.

Les Alpilles, which is literary translated as the “Small Alps”, is a very secret and the most authentic part of Provence. The Alpilles has proudly preserved its traditions and the charm of a typically Provencal way and art of life.

You visit the St Rémy de Provence, a historic village built on one of the oldest archeological sites in Europe - Glanum. Together with your guide, you walk through its shaded boulevards and winding streets lined with private mansions from the Renaissance and the 18th century, beautifully restored homes, chapels, and convents. Here you can also find the Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausolé, a gem of Provençal Romanesque architecture itself, that is famous for having taken in Vincent Van Gogh in 1889. It is in this monastery that Van Gogh painted 150 of his most well-known works.

Then you proceed to Baux de Provence, a picturesque Medieval village that is officially classified and labelled as "one of the most beautiful villages in France”. Here you can find carefully restored architectural masterpieces on every corner of the village’s cobblestone lanes and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of Arles and the Alpilles that open up from the Citadel of Les Baux de Provence.

After the tour, you are taken back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 10
Departure from Paris

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to Avignon train station for your direct 3,5-hour train to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight back home (1st class train tickets included).

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

Breakfast is included.


Included

9 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

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

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation in 4* centrally located hotels in Paris and Avignon;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfer in Paris and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Avignon, Avignon - Charles de Gaulle Airport;
  • Regular class train tickets Paris-Versailles-Paris;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • All entrance fees according to the program;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Pope's Palace;
  • Provence wine tastings;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

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

Tour Highlights
  • 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 walking tour of Avignon
  • Discovering the Hill-top Villages of Luberon
  • A tour of Provence & wine-tasting
  • A day trip to the Alpilles
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
$4,298
Deposit $860
Regular package
$4,998
Deposit $1,000
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$4,298
Deposit $860
Regular package
$4,998
Deposit $1,000

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