Luxury Tour of France - Firebird Tours ®

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Trip Overview

Experience the sophisticated vibe of France while traveling through the whole country with this luxury private tour. Start your journey in Paris and discover one by one its most famous districts and their unique landmarks and atmosphere. No rush and no time wasted: skip the lines to world's largest museum Louvre and to the Royal Palace of Versailles. Continue down to Avignon and discover Provence with its exquisite cuisine, lavish lavender fields, and renown wineries. Then take your way south to Cannes, Nice, and even Monaco. Luxury accommodation, private visits to wineries and wine tastings, truffle hunting - all the attributes of French noble lifestyle are awaiting you on this trip!

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.97 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels: 13 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    2 train rides between cities
    Private drivers for day trips
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    2 guided city tours with private transportation
    6 guided day-tours outside cities
    13 guided visits to sights and museums
  • MEALS
  • 13 breakfasts
    1 lunch
    Welcome drink
    Champagne, wine, truffle and chocolate 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.

In the evening meet your guide to enjoy a welcome cocktail at the hotel bar and discuss your upcoming journey.  Rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Welcome drink is included.

Day 2
Exploring the 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 and the Latin quarter. 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.

*Two-way transfer is included.

Day 3
Tour of the Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower Districts & Chocolate Tasting

Following breakfast your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you on a 6-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*.

As a highlight of the day you enjoy a chocolate tasting in one of the local confectionaries.

After the tour you may return to the hotel or take an optional boat cruise along the Seine river.


  • Optional tour: Seine River Boat Cruise
    Set off on an unforgettable cruise on Seine river aboard the private boat. From the Eiffel Tower to the upstream end of the Île Saint-Louis, see all major Paris landmarks from a completely different angle. A bottle of champagne, soft drinks, and appetizers are served onboard. Let us know about your preferences, and we will be happy to tailor the experience according to your needs. 
  • 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.

*Transfer back to the hotel is included.
 

Day 4
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 skip-the-line entrance to the Palace. 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.

Day 5
Champagne Tour & Reims Sightseeing

After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the train station for your short train ride to Reims.

Upon arrival in about 1 hour, you are met by your driver-guide and set off on a sightseeing tour of main attractions of the Champagne region that is bubbling over with heritage sites and fine Champagne.

During the tour, you enjoy private visits including the famous cellar at Champagne Dom Pérignon and have a tasting in their private salon. One more tasting takes place at the domain of the boutique Champagne Producer.

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.

After the tour, you are taken back to the train station for your train back to Paris. Upon arrival, your driver takes you to your hotel.

Day 6
Leisure Time in Paris

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

  • Optional tour: The Art of Fashion & Craftsmanship
    Join a French fashion journalist to have a custom made behind-the-scenes tour related to fashion and design. Ateliers which you visit are not museums, but companies enabling access to those who are willing to experience fashion backstage. Discover unknown artisanal expertise that are used for great haute couture brands in Paris.
  • Optional tour:  French Cuisine Cooking Classes
    Join a small group or choose a private cooking class of your taste: pastry class, market tour with cooking class or French sauces cooking class.
  • Optional tour:  D-Day Day Trip
    Set off on an outstanding full day tour to Normandy. Together with your guide and private driver head out of town and drive through the region of Normandy. Today you get to visit the sites of the D-day, one of the most important events of the World War II, which took place on 5 key beaches: Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Sword Beach, Golden Beach, Juno Beach. Provided good weather conditions you visit five beaches, an American and a German memorial grounds, as well as explore the actual bunkers, trenches, gun posts, tanks, boats, and equipment used in the battle.
  • Optional tour:  Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Trip
    Discover the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, an ensemble of the most famous and stunning castles located in the heart of France, during a full-day trip with a guide and private transport. Today you visit 2 castles: the Chenonceau, one of the Loire Valley’s most famous and romantic chateaux with arches spanning the River Cher; Chambord - the largest chateau of the Loire Valley. Round trip train tickets from Paris to Tours are included.

 

Day 7
High Speed 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. Upon arrival in 2 hours and 40 minutes, you are met by your guide and driver and taken to your centrally-located hotel.

Then your private guide takes you for a welcome lunch to taste a Provençal meal and wine. Continue with 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 guided 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 8
Hill-top Villages of Luberon and Truffle Hunting

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. The first stop today is a visit to the local winery where you have a guided tour and once finished you have a picnic at the wine estate in the countryside.
Provence is also famous for truffles and you join a hunt for France's elusive "black gold"*. Local farmer and professionally trained dogs will accompany you in this search, and afterwards you have a 3-course truffle tasting. After this visit, you know how to choose a real truffle, clean it and what are the best recipes.
Continue your trip with a visit to charming villages of Provence and after the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

*Note: truffle hunting is available all year round except 2 weeks in April and October. If your trip dates overlap this period you will be offered another local activity. Truffle tasting is included all year round.

Day 9
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 one of the oldest and top wineries and in a private atmosphere with a sommelier, you taste its rich wines.

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

Day 10
Leisure Day in Avignon

Today is free for you to explore Avignon on your own, relax in your beautiful hotel or join an optional tour. 

  • Optional tour: Air-ballooning in Provence​
    The tour starts early in the morning in order to benefit from the best weather conditions. As a true member of the crew, you assist in the preparation of the equipment and the inflation of the balloon. In a small group of 6 for at least one hour, you then fly over the Alps of Haute-Provence. After the tour, treat yourself to a light country buffet with local delicacies. 
  • Optional tour: Private Market Tour and Cooking Class​
    Meet your French chef and begin the tour with a visit to the typical Provencial market. The choice of the market depends on the day of the tour as different markets are available on different days of the week. During your market visit, you will learn how to select top quality and will have an opportunity to ask market vendors questions. Depending on which local products turn out to be the freshest, together with the chef you decide on what you are going to cook. After the shopping, you will return to French cooking school where you will prepare a 3-course menu from scratch.
Day 11
Train to Cannes

In the morning after breakfast you check out from the hotel and have transfer to the train station where you board a train to the outstanding French city Cannes. Upon arrival in about 2 hours, your driver takes you to your centrally located hotel.
Your guide meets you in the hotel lobby for a 3-hour walking city tour. During the tour you see the old town 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.
The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Optional tour: Private Guided Tour to the Palais des Festivals 
    Your dream comes true when your guide takes you to a mythical building, one of the world’s most photographed sites - Palais des Festivals. Every year this place hosts Cannes Film Festival and is full of famous and talented people who dedicated themselves to the industry of cinema. Together with your guide, you will walk around this historic place and learn more about the festival as well as the building itself.
Day 12
Day Trip to Nice & Antibes

Following breakfast, meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby and start your day trip to discover Nice and Antibes.

You drive along the seaside to a resort town Antibes where you stop for a stroll in the old town and visit a Picasso museum with a collection of everything he created in the five months from September 1946 to January 1947.

Later on, continue to Nice and start a walking tour around the most stunning 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 city tour, you return to Cannes and have a free evening.

Day 13
Day Trip to Monaco & Eze

After a hearty breakfast, meet your guide and driver and head to the Royal Principality of Monaco surrounded by France and the Mediterranean Sea.

On the way, you will visit a medieval village Eze which is often called "Eagle's Nest". It is famous for its charming atmosphere, authentic look, and mind-boggling sea views. Here you walk its petite streets, pass the exotic cactus garden and see the 14th-century castle ruins. 

Take a chance to visit the world-famous Fragonard Factory in Eze, where you discover trade secrets of perfumes and cosmetics, see laboratories and workshops.

Continue to Monaco and have a drive on the same road where Formula One Grand Prix takes place. Enjoy a tour around major city attractions including the Cathedral of Monaco and the official royal residence - the Prince's Palace from the outside, that is located on the hilltop overlooking the sea of the Old Town Monaco-Ville area. Here you enter the State Apartments Museum*, where you get to see its eccentric rooms such as the Mirror Room, the Throne Room, the Red Room, the York Room, the Blue Room, the Louis XV bedroom called the Yellow Room and the Officers Room.

Then you continue to the Monte-Carlo district. As a tour highlight, you enter one of the oldest and most fashionable casinos in Europe, Monte-Carlo Casino* and see the splendid Opera House, created by Charles Garnier - the same architect who built the famous Paris Opera House.

After the tour, you return to Cannes for the overnight.

  • Optional tour: Private Perfume Making Workshop
    Join a workshop in a famous perfume factory in French Rivera to create your signature scent. Get a closer look at the unique fragrances, materials origin and enjoy a guided tour of the factory. 

*The visit to the State Apartments Museum is not available October 14 - March 31.
*NoteTo preserve the legendary aura of the Casino de Monte-Carlo it applies a dress code that meets the requirements of both elegance and tradition. Ripped or stonewashed jeans, sleeveless t-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothing, shorts and beachwear, sandals and flip-flops for gentlemen, and large trainers will not be permitted.

Day 14
Departure

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

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


Included

13 nights in top-notch 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

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

What's Included
  • Accommodation in exceptional centrally located 5* hotels in Paris, Avignon and Cannes;
  • Delicious breakfasts at hotels;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Airport and train station transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • Welcome meeting and a cocktail with your guide;
  • 1st class train tickets: Paris - Reims - Paris, Paris - Avignon, Avignon - Cannes;
  • Professional licensed English-speaking guides;
  • Day trips to Nice and Antibes & Monaco and Eze;
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Palace of Popes;
  • Entrance tickets to Museum of Picasso in Antibes, The State Apartments in Monaco, Grand Casino;
  • Chocolate tasting in Paris;
  • Wine tastings in Champagne and Provence;
  • Private visit and tastings at Champagne Dom Pérignon and boutique Champagne Producer;
  • Truffle hunt with tasting in Provence;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.


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

Tour Highlights
  • Guided visit to Louvre with skip-the-line tickets
  • Chocolate tasting in Paris
  • Day trip to Versailles
  • Tour of Champagne & champagne tasting
  • Visit to hill-top villages of Luberon and Truffle Hunting
  • Exploration of Provence region & wine tastings
  • Day trips to Nice & Monaco from Cannes
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
  • Most communication equipment takes 220/110 volts, you will need an adapter plug (type E) to make your plug fit into the socket

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friend's trip (4+ travelers)
$11,698
Deposit $2,340
Regular package
$13,398
Deposit $2,680
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Package type Price
Friend's trip (4+ travelers)
$11,698
Deposit $2,340
Regular package
$13,398
Deposit $2,680

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