Small Group Tour of Paris, Provence and Lyon

Small Group Tour of Paris, Provence and Lyon

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Trip Overview

Have the time of your life as you set off on an unforgettable rendezvous to Paris, the region of Provence and Lyon. Enjoy top sights of Paris, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, and Champs-Elysees. Tour the countryside of Provence, famous for its lavender fields and unique architecture. Explore Avignon's best sights, Pont Avignon Bridge and the Popes' Palace and spend two complimentary days in stunning Lyon. FIREBIRD SPECIAL: Enjoy complimentary days in Lyon with special experience tours & hotel included. Limited time and space offer

Tour type:
Small group tour
Tour rating:
4.85 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    10 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Airport-hotel transfers
    Private drivers
    3 train trips (1-st class)
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 6 guided city tours
    A wine-tasting in Luberon
    Extension to Lyon
  • MEALS
  • 10 buffet breakfasts
    Provence wine tastings


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.

Day 2

Exploring Crème de la Crème of Louvre & the Latin Quarter

After breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the three famous districts of Paris: Marais (4th), Latin Quarter (5th) and Saint Germain (6th).

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. You stroll the glorious Luxembourg Gardens where famous French philosophers looked for inspiration and see the Pantheon from the outside. Among other sights you see today are the Hôtel de Ville (city hall), Fountain Of The Innocents and the Cour Carrée that is one of the main courtyards of the Louvre Palace.

You then proceed with the tour 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, masterpieces of Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, and the world’s most enigmatic portrait - Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

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

Day 3

Tour of the Champs-Elysées and Eiffel Tower Districts

Following breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and takes you on a 6-hour walking tour of the Champs-Elysees (8th) and Eiffel Tower (7th) districts.

Today you proceed to the outstanding Tuileries Gardens - the oldest park in the city, explore the beautiful squares Place Vendome and Place de la Concorde, see the famous bridge Pont Alexandre III and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais. After admiring the iconic French symbol - the Triumphal Arc you head to the Place de Trocadero which is the vantage point of the Eiffel Tower*.

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 if you would like to include it.

Day 4

Free Day and Optional Champagne Tour

Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Paris on your own or our carefully planned optional tour to the Champagne wine-growing region.

  • Optional tour: Small Group Champagne Day Tour
    Enjoy a tour of the Champagne region that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine Champagne. During the tour, you get to visit two famous Champagne houses as well as one smaller local producer to have an excellent overview of the process of making world-class Champagne, its history and have a Champagne tasting. Then continue to Reims to see its main sight from inside and outside, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. This Gothic cathedral was the site of 25 coronations of the kings of France, from Louis VIII in 1223 to Charles X in 1825.

Day 5

Tour of Versailles Magnifique

Following breakfast at your hotel, 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 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, Hameau de la Reine and take a stroll around the endless lavish gardens of Versailles.

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

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Oh là là - Exploring Provence Countryside

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.

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 to discover the Roman heritage of Provence and the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.

  • Optional tour: Small Group Treasures of Provence Tour
    Meet your driver-guide for a day trip devoted to the incredible Roman heritage of Provence. Today you get to tour the best-preserved Roman monuments in the south of France, including the Pont du Gard aqueduct and Nimes, one of the major cities in Roman times. 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.

Day 9

Departure or Extension to Lyon & City Tour

This is the last day of the tour, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby after breakfast. You are transferred to the airport and depart home with a handful of memorable experiences. We will be happy to plan another vacation for you!

  • Special offer: if you are traveling with our small group tours extend your trip for 2 more days in Lyon for free. Otherwise, the 2-day extension is for additional purchase.
     
  • Lyon extension: 
    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 Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region (1st class train tickets included). Upon arrival in approximately 1 hour, you are met by your driver and taken 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. After check-in you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and get to see the top attractions of Lyon during a 3-hour guided walking tour (public transport included). Together with your guide you see the Old Town of Lyon, ride on a funicular to the Fourviere hill. Lyon has been an epicenter of high-quality silk manufacturing in Europe and today you have a chance to visit one of the remaining silk workshops, specialized in hand-made frame printed silk squares.

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

Day 10

Free Day in Lyon & Optional Burgundy Tour

Lyon extension

​Today you have the day free to continue enjoying Lyon on your own or join our carefully planned optional full-day tour to Burgundy.

  • Optional tour: Small Group Burgundy Day TourSet off on a full day trip to the French Burgundy region, renowned for its castles, appellations and major wines (some of which are the most famous in the world). Enjoy historical visits and tastings of high-quality wines as you make your way from Southern Burgundy to the original winery of Gevrey-Chambertin, via the historical center of Beaune, beautiful vineyards and Cote de Nuit.

Day 11

Departure

Lyon extension

This is the last day of your tour of France. Your driver meets you at your accommodation and takes you to Lyon 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!


Hotels

10 nights at centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

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

  • Accommodation in a centrally located hotel in Paris, Avignon* and Lyon;
  • Delicious breakfasts at the hotel;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • 1st class train tickets Paris - Avignon, Avignon - Lyon, Lyon - Charles de Gaulle Airport;
  • 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.

*Avignon hotel will be replaced with Villeneuve-lès-Avignon hotel during Festival d’Avignon

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

Tour Highlights

  • A walking city tour of Paris highlights
  • A tour of the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • A tour to Versailles
  • A walking tour of Avignon
  • An exploration of the Luberon region & wine-tasting
  • 2-day extension to Lyon & a city tour

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

Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 27 - May 07, 2018
$3,481
deposit
$697
$3,681
deposit
$737
$5,281
deposit
$1,057
May 25 - Jun 04, 2018
$3,481
deposit
$697
$3,681
deposit
$737
$5,281
deposit
$1,057
Jun 15 - Jun 25, 2018
$3,481
deposit
$697
$3,681
deposit
$737
$5,281
deposit
$1,057
View all dates
Dates Friends trip: 4+ travelers Regular package Single traveler
Apr 27 - May 07, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
May 25 - Jun 04, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
Jun 15 - Jun 25, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
Jun 22 - Jul 02, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
Aug 22 - Sep 01, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281
Sep 21 - Oct 01, 2018
$3,681
$3,881
$5,481
Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2018
$3,481
$3,681
$5,281

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