Paris, Provence & the French Riviera

10 days (9 days in 2015)
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About This Experience

Follow in the footsteps of countless artists, authors and celebrities who have been seduced by la belle France. Don your designer shades on the Côte d’Azur, longtime playground for the rich and famous. Explore the spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine of Provence, a favorite setting for painters like Vincent van Gogh and writers like Peter Mayle. Then push on to Paris to relive la Belle Époque. Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of France.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Nice, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Paris, France
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Bon voyage—board your overnight flight to France

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Nice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Nice2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Arrive in Nice la Belle, capital of the French Riviera

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Nice! After clearing customs, you’ll be greeted by a Go Ahead representative, who helps you with the transfer to your hotel. You’ll then have some free time to explore Nice at your leisure. Stroll along its quaint streets or sit at a cafe and people-watch. Tonight, meet your group at an included welcome dinner.

Day3

Stroll along Cap Ferrat to visit villas and bask on the beach

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner

Breakfast

Villa Ephrussi

This morning, start your day with a beautiful walk along Cape Ferrat, enjoying stunning views of the French Riviera. Cape Ferrat is studded with elegant villas, and you’ll visit Villa Ephrussi (known for its exotic, elaborate gardens). Enjoy a free afternoon in Nice to relax by the beach or check out one of the city’s many modern art museums. This evening, experience the glamorous principality of Monaco, home of the fabled Monte Carlo Casino, on our Monaco by Night optional excursion. The excursion includes dinner.

Optional Excursions

Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99* pp

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.

Aix-en-Provence3 nights - hotel info

Day4

Cruise from Cassis through the towering limestone calanques

Breakfast, Dinner

Cézanne’s studio

Transfer from Nice to the town of Cassis, where you’ll embark on a short cruise to take in the city’s famous calanques, the Mediterranean version of Scandinavia’s fjords. Then, enjoy the views of the French countryside as you transfer inland to Aix-en-Provence. Upon arrival, you’ll take a guided tour of this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Stops include Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where he painted some of his most famous works. Dinner is included tonight.

Day5

Climb around on the 2000-year-old amphitheater and aqueduct in Nimes

Optional Excursion - Roman Empire: Nimes Arena & Pont du Gard

Breakfast

Spend a free day in Aix-en-Provence discovering southern France on your own, or opt to join our Roman Empire excursion. This journey covers Provence’s Roman heritage, dating back to a time when the Empire extended through Southern France and most of Western Europe. Few towns have safeguarded their Roman heritage as well as Nîmes, where you’ll see a number of ancient Roman sites, including the town’s well-preserved amphitheatere. You’ll also stop at the Pont du Gard, the three-tiered aqueduct, whose grandeur and beauty transports visitors back to a civilization at its greatest heights. Please note: that this optional excursion involves extensive walking.

Optional Excursions

Roman Empire: Nimes Arena & Pont du Gard $79* pp

This excursion introduces you to the Roman heritage of Nîmes. A local guide escorts you through Nîmes with a visit to the town’s famous Roman amphitheater built in 70 A.D. Later, you'll travel just outside Nîmes to marvel at the graceful arches of the Pont du Gard, the region's famed Roman aqueduct and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please note: This excursion involves extensive walking.

Day6

Sur le pont d’Avignon, L'on y danse, l'on y danse…

Optional Excursion - Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Papal Palace

Journey through Provence’s countryside to Avignon, where you’ll have a chance to wander the old town, explore the Papal Palace and walk to a lookout for panoramic views. You’ll have free time for lunch and shopping before returning to Aix. This evening, join our optional Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting, which celebrates this up-and-coming wine region.

Optional Excursions

Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting $99* pp

Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day7

Make the rounds of Marseilles, from Old Port to modern metropolis

Breakfast, Dinner

Abbey of St. Victor

This morning, transfer to Marseilles for a guided sightseeing tour of this energetic Mediterranean port city. Your local guide introduces you to the Old Port and the historic quarter of Le Panier, as well as the famed Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. You’ll also see the progressive new face of Marseille, including the Euroméditerranée district. In the afternoon, board the high-speed TGV for Paris. Upon arrival in the City of Light, join your group for an included dinner.

Day8

From Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel Tower, learn what the buzz is about

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Breakfast

This morning, you’ll meet our local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. You’ll motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered by the bouquinistes along the Seine’s Left Bank or peruse the designer boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré or Avenue Montaigne. Or join an optional excursion to Versailles, the opulent estate of Louis XIV.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Day9

Inspire your inner Claude Monet at the gardens of Giverny

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

Breakfast

The day is free to continue discovering Paris on your own. You might learn about Impressionist masters at the Musée d’Orsay or view Rodin’s The Thinker at the Musée Rodin. Alternatively, join our optional excursion Giverny, to see where the Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and created his masterpieces. Step inside his home and workspace, before strolling through the surrounding gardens. This evening, join our optional Evening in Paris, which includes dinner followed by a romantic cruise on the Seine.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Optional Excursions

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day10

Bid adieu to the lights and landmarks of Paris

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport for departure.

Extend Your Stay

Add Paris City Stay $329*

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Pause to take in the Chartres Cathedral rising out of the plains

Optional Excursion - Chartres Cathedral: Gothic Art & Architecture

Breakfast

Today is free to discover Paris on your own. Alternatively, you may wish to join our optional excursion to Chartres, where you’ll visit the magnificent High Gothic Chartres Cathedral.

Optional Excursions

Chartres Cathedral: Gothic Art & Architecture $99* pp

Discover Chartres Cathedral, one of the greatest French Gothic cathedrals and a famous pilgrimage site. Featuring towering spires, the cathedral seems to hover in midair above the nearby fields. A local guide will introduce you to the delicate carvings that cover the cathedral’s facade, the intricate stained-glass windows and the labyrinth that unfurls under the cathedral's soaring vaults. Spend the rest of your time discovering the surrounding medieval town before your return to Paris.

Day11

Point out the flying buttresses and posing gargoyles on Notre Dame

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Notre-Dame & the Marais

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the many wonders of Paris, or join our optional tour of Notre-Dame and the Marais.

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Notre-Dame & the Marais $75* pp

Your guided walking tour of Paris begins on Île de la Cité, the city’s legendary birthplace and home to the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Step inside the cathedral to admire the stained-glass rose windows and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings. Walk along the flower market beside the island’s Palais de Justice, which houses the Conciergerie, the former prison where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. Wander past the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s administrative heart, and continue through the Jewish Quarter to the gardens of Musée Carnavalet and Place des Vosges, noted as one of the prettiest squares in Paris. Lunch is included.

Day12

You’ll always have Paris…

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

Follow in the footsteps of countless artists, authors and celebrities who have been seduced by la belle France. Don your designer shades on the Côte d’Azur, longtime playground for the rich and famous. Explore the spectacular scenery and tempting cuisine of Provence, a favorite setting for painters like Vincent van Gogh and writers like Peter Mayle. Then push on to Paris to relive la Belle Époque. Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of France.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Nice, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Bon voyage—board your overnight flight to France

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Nice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Nice2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Arrive in Nice la Belle, capital of the French Riviera

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Nice! After clearing customs, you’ll be greeted by a Go Ahead representative, who helps you with the transfer to your hotel. You’ll then have some free time to explore Nice at your leisure. Stroll along its quaint streets or sit at a cafe and people-watch. Tonight, meet your group at an included welcome dinner.

Day3

Explore Nice—from Roman ruins to glamorous beaches

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner

Breakfast

This morning, start your day with a guided sightseeing tour of Nice, featuring a drive along the Promenade des Anglais. Explore the Roman Amphitheater and wander around the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez. End the tour amongst the narrow streets and market stalls of the Old Town. This evening, consider joining our optional excursion to the glamorous principality of Monaco, home of the fabled Monte Carlo Casino.

Optional Excursions

Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99* pp

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.

Avignon2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Cruise from Cassis through the towering limestone calanques

Breakfast, Dinner

Cassis boat ride

Transfer from Nice to the town of Cassis, where you’ll embark on a short cruise to take in the city’s famous calanques, the Mediterranean version of Scandinavia’s fjords. Then, enjoy the views of the French countryside as you travel inland to Avignon, where dinner is included.

Day5

Discover why Avignon has been a scenic retreat for centuries

Optional Excursion - Aix-en-Provence: Sights, Wines & Dinner

Breakfast

Papal Palace

This morning, a local guide leads a guided sightseeing tour of charming Avignon, including a visit to the old town and entrance into the magnificent Papal Palace. In the afternoon, you may choose to join an excursion to the picturesque city of Aix-en-Provence, which includes dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Aix-en-Provence: Sights, Wines & Dinner $119* pp

On today's optional excursion, you'll get the quintessential Provençal experience. Start in Aix, located in the heart of the region, and enjoy a walking tour through the city’s beautiful wide boulevards and inside its medieval cathedral. Paul Cézanne is a local icon in Aix. During your tour, visit his studio for a glimpse into the Post-Impressionist painter's life. Then, travel to the picturesque surrounding countryside, stopping at a castle before settling in at a local winery for a tasting. End the day with a group dinner seasoned with local Provençal herbs.

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day6

Hop a train to the City of Light

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

This morning, board the high-speed TGV for Paris. Upon arrival in the City of Light, you might choose to join our optional excursion for dinner and a romantic cruise on the Seine.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day7

From Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel Tower, learn what the buzz is about

Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. Motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Place de la Concorde, Louvre and banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered along the Seine’s Left Bank or peruse the designer boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré or Avenue Montaigne. Or, for a trip just outside the city, join our optional excursion to Versailles, the opulent estate of Louis XIV.

Day8

People-watch at a cafe or take in some of the city's incredible artwork

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

Breakfast, Dinner

The day is free to continue discovering Paris on your own. You might learn about Impressionist masters at the Musée d’Orsay or view Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the Musée Rodin. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Giverny to see where the Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and created his masterpieces. Step inside his home and workspace, before strolling through the surrounding gardens. This evening, join your fellow travelers for an included farewell dinner.

Optional Excursions

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day9

BID ADIEU TO THE LIGHTS AND LANDMARKS OF PARIS

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Paris City Stay $329*

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Pause to take in the Chartres Cathedral rising out of the plains

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Today is free to discover Paris on your own. Alternatively, you may wish to join our optional excursion to the artsy neighborhood of Montmartre, which includes a lunch and French wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting $109* pp

Take a funicular to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city. Here, take a look inside the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica, explore the artsy Montmartre district and enjoy panoramic views of Paris. Then, take the funicular back down and make your way through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets. End the excursion with a French wine tasting, led by a local expert, and a three-course lunch.

Day10

Point out the flying buttresses and posing gargoyles on Notre Dame

Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the many delights of Paris.

Day11

You’ll always have Paris…

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

In order to enter France (and Monaco, if you take our optional excursion), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouth-watering pastries and hot cafe au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside. Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2 p.m., dinner is served from 7:30 p.m. onward. Those wishing to eat earlier may want to stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are often served throughout the afternoon and evening.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Nice and depart from Paris. Included transportation is by TGV and private motor coach. Most of the destinations on tour are best explored on foot, but in Paris, you may want to take advantage of the excellent transportation systems. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service is not always available on your train from Aix to Paris. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing and Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

2013 France Tour

Excellent tour, good accommodations, very good bus and train transportation, Outstanding Tour Director - Lisa, informative and fun extra tours, good native cusine and loved southern France and the Camargue Region Running of the Bulls in Mouries.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful!

Excellent value for the money! The hotels were average, but were adequate considering that this tour is not advertised as a luxury tour. There were only 20 people on our tour, and everyone enjoyed each other's company. Our tour director, Lisa, was fantastic; she got to know each of us personally and tried to customize our itinerary to cater to our individual interests. Every place we visited - from Nice and Monaco to Avignon, Giverny, and Paris more than fulfilled our expectations and left us with wonderful memories. This was our 2nd GoAhead tour, and we will definitely travel with GoAhead again in the future.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great hotel locations, beautiful cities

While the hotels and destinatons were great.......the tour was too fast paced (we would be on day tour all day and come home with only 30-45 to bathe and change for dinner). Other tour companies do this tour in 13-14 days. Also the groups are too large which made it chaotic and noisy at dinners. Most of the restaurants were ill prepared to deal with 42 people. Chez Clement Restaurant in Paris was a nightmare...understaffed, ran out of food, no one to take drink orders and the manager was down right rude to the tour director.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OR

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Too many people

The good thing I will say about this review is we did get to see a lot of France but other than that. There were too many people in our group, the tour guide was hysterical half the time, the bus too big to get into many places, the hotels too far out from the city center. We did not stay long enough in place like Cassis couldn't even take time to go to the bathroom or get lunch. Too long a time in places like Cezanne's studio, and too long and boring a tour in I think it was Marsailles somewhere in Provence The tour to monets was very nice and long enough. Paris was nice but we all had to learn the metro in order to get anywhere and there were 80 steps down to the line we needed which was very bad for some of the elderly in our group. hundreds of stairs in Paris including our hotel which had one tiny elevator held 3 people which was not sufficient for 41 people so it was 37 stairs to our room The two hotels before Paris were damaged leaks, broken mirrors, floors with warps that cracked and too far out of the towns

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NH

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

France it's great!

Paris, Nice and Provence were great. I would highly recommend it. Attached are some pictures my son took.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris, Provence & the French Riviera

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the French Riviera. It was the first time for us in that region. We absolutely loved our 3 days in Paris, it was our second time in that beautiful city. Our tour guide was the best. She was on top of everything and always looking for the best choices for the group. All in all it was a fabulous time.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good Itinerary

Although tour price was low, many excursions and most meals were at added cost. This radically increased the additional expenses and need for cash payments while traveling. I have done a great deal of independent travel in many parts of the world, and was attracted to this tour by the amount of free time allowed. However, there was too little escorted time to suit a number of other members, and this seemed to be a significant weakness. Opting for additional days before and after the trip -- especially early arrival -- allowed for independent touring in and around Nice and Paris, based on Internet research and guidebooks consulted before the trip. I was eager to visit the cathedral in Chartres; when the group trip was cancelled, went with 2 other tour members by train and had good time. Did not attend final dinner and boat ride in Paris, both from fatigue and in silent protest against high cost (US$99) for this option.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 4/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera

Paris and the Provence are wonderful places, but don't expect to stay in the middle of the action if you are on a Go Ahead tour. Out of our 3 accommodations,the one in Nice was very centrally located, the other 2 sadly were not within walking distance to much of anything. The Best Western in Aix-en-Provence was located in a car sales area, and the 20 minute walk to the edge of town was difficult for some of the older people. Buses were infrequent. The few dinners that were paid for by the tour were not French cuisine. One was an Asian buffet; an optional excursion including dinner in Monaco was dry chicken with canned green beans! Our tour guide was helpful in her directives regarding transportation and with individual problems. One thing not mentioned in the literature: If an excursion does not have a minimum of 10 sign-ups, it is cancelled. You won't know that until you're already on the tour.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

April in Paris

I fell in love with Paris during the tour. The city was glowing! Our tour director Lisa was the finest, and the shared experience with new and old traveling companions made for a splendid journey.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Paris, Provence & the Riviera

Fantastic tour. I saw everything, I wanted to see. Paris is truely the city of love.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2008

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CO

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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