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A Week in France: Paris, Provence & the Riviera

9 days
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.

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Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

You should know: The Feb 27, 2015 departure visits Nice during Carnival, where you’ll have time to celebrate and watch the parades. All the tour’s included activities remain the same.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Nice2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

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

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - Aix-en-Provence: Sights, Wines & Dinner $119*pp Details

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

Day 6

Included meals: 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.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

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 the city 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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.

Day 8

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Paris City Stay $329 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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

Day 9

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting $109*pp Details

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.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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  • Nice, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Paris, France
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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.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour but with issues

This tour was certainly a "bucket list" trip. France is beautiful. The majority of people were very nice to American.s Hotels in both Nice and Paris were very good. The hotel in Provence was within walking distance of the town but next to a Auto Sales. Our tour director Nichlos was great. Please take the optional tours of Monaco, Provence dinner, and Paris at night tour. You will not be disappointed. We had a small group and it was a wonderful experience. On the negative side. I did have my luggage delayed and had great difficulty reaching and having go ahead return my emails. It took 4 days to receive an email for help. Disappointed in customer service. Also my credit card information was also stolen in France. Yet, I still enjoyed the trip

 

Hi Janice, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent tour of France. We can certainly sympathize with the inconveniences of luggage delays and we’re sorry that your tour started off that way. Unfortunately, as my colleague has explained to you via email, we don’t seem to have received the emails you have mentioned but responded promptly once we did receive an email from you. We’re glad that after this initial confusion you were still able to enjoy your trip and have a fantastic time in France!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 05, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous

What a fabulous tour! It far exceeded our expectations. The sites, food, tour director, and group were simply wonderful. This really is a tour that we will highly recommend.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Wonderful slice of France!

We had a great tour! Although the group was very large, we got along quite well. The pace of the tour was good, and the accomodations were lovely. Our hotel in Paris was awesome! Great location, efficient and friendly staff, beautiful rooms. The local guides were knowledgeable, and I learned a lot, even though I have been to France many times. The wine tasting and Provencal dinner was very fun; the food was delicious - it was a lovely evening. Adoram, our tour director, was fantastic! He kept a very large group going; he never raised his voice, and was the model of patience even when we asked a lot of questions! I would definitely travel with him again! I am planning my 2015 tour right now!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

This was the best vacation my husband and I have ever been on! The south of France is somewhere we had never been and the sites and excursions we took were magnificent. The food and all the scenery cannot even be described. We had been to Paris many years ago but this time we saw The City of Lights in a whole new light. Our wonderful guide JJ took us through areas and took us to restaurants that only the French locals go to so we got the full Paris experience. I also have to mention the wonderful people that made up our tour group. The trip would not have been the same without them! We are already planning our next Go-Ahead tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OR

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 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.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NH

Tour Director: 2 / 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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

France it's great!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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.

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