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A Week in France: The Riviera, Provence & Paris

with Normandy & Paris extension
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Follow in the footsteps of artists and authors seduced by la belle France.

Find your own inspiration amidst the history and artistry of 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, the City of Light, to relive the golden days of the Belle Époque.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • The French Riviera
  • the calanques of Cassis
  • Avignon’s Papal Palace
  • high-speed TGV train ride
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
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Day-by-day itinerary
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to France today.

Nice2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Nice
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Nice
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover the many charms of the city of Nice on the French Riviera during a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Drive along the Promenade des Anglais
  • Explore the Roman Amphitheater
  • Wander around the gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Cimiez
  • End the tour amongst the narrow streets and market stalls of the Old Town

Later, explore Nice on your own or add an excursion.

Evening in Monaco
Excursion (additional cost)
Avignon2 nights
Day 4: Avignon via Cassis
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to the town of Cassis, where you’ll embark on a short cruise to take in the city’s famous calanques, or Mediterranean fjords.

Then, continue on to Avignon where you'll sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Avignon
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover historic Avignon in Provence today on a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

  • Stroll through the historic town center, which is surrounded by the city’s original medieval walls
  • Step inside the magnificent Papal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Spend the afternoon exploring Avignon on your own or add an excursion.

Aix-en-Provence: Sights, Wines & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Paris3 nights
Day 6: Train ride to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the picturesque landscapes that influenced the French masters aboard the high-speed TGV train.

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

  • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe
  • Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square
  • Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Explore Paris on your own today or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Normandy & Paris

Head north to the Normandy Coast where you'll find that history isn't just found inside a textbook. Stories about the Allied soldiers take on a whole new meaning as walk along the shores where they once fought. After your immersive history lesson, head back to Paris to board your flight home.

Normandy Region2 nights
Day 9: Normandy Coast via Rouen & Honfleur
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy region.

  • Visit Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the Gothic, two-towered Rouen Cathedral
  • Walk through the Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was executed
  • See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port
  • Sample cheeses, including Camembert, Pont-l’Évêque, and Livarot, paired with cider and Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy
Day 10: Normandy Beaches
Included meal: Breakfast

Relive World War II history during a full-day excursion to the beaches of Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944.

  • Stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
  • Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops

Continue on to Arromanches where you’ll have free time to explore and eat lunch.

Paris1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Head back to Paris for a farewell drink with your group.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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When you decide to take a trip, "Go Ahead", should be part of the completed sentence!!
by 4th time traveler 

A Week in France: The Riviera, Provence & Paris are exciting destinations in their own rite! JJ (Tour Director), ensured a Five Star experience. This was my third Go Ahead trip and I'm already planning my fourth! My favorite sights were the majestic blue waters in Nice & Monaco! Monte Carlo coul...

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Great Trip
by 2nd time traveler 

We had the best time on this trip! The Tour Director, Susanne, was fabulous! She was so knowledgeable and just fun to be with. She was also a great help when my luggage was lost on the way to France. I would have loved one more day in Nice, but otherwise it was great. Several other guests had d...

Wonderful time in France!
by 4th time traveler 

This was a great tour! We were lucky enough to have a small group that got along well, and what really made the trip memorable was our tour guide, Susanne! She went above and beyond to make sure everyone was taken care of. All of the included group dinners were delicious, the hotels were centrally l...

Fantastic Tour!
by 7th time traveler 

I’m so glad I chose to take this trip. I’ve been to Paris several years ago, but this tour showed me there is so much more to France than just Paris! Nice is nestled by the Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel was walking distance to the seas spectacular view! Old Town is quaint with restaurants and shops w...

Wonderful tour of Riviera, Provence and Paris!
by 7th time traveler 

This tour was a delightful sampling of the best of the Riviera, Provence and Paris! Franck was the most pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable tour director we could have ever expected. Our group, which included many first time travelers to France, certainly got a taste of the best if they opted for ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 09/25/2018

Dear Marilyn, First of all, we want to thank you f...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

AC Hotel Nice

This contemporary hotel is located in Promenade des Anglais. Guests enjoy a rooftop terrace, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you'll find Promenade des A...

Hotel Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes

This contemporary hotel is located in central Avignon. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find Pont d’Avignon, Palais de...

Mercure Montmartre

This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...

Flights

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  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Avignon, France
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Cassis, France
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Nice, France
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Paris, France
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across flat terrain on mostly paved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Nice and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A high-speed TGV train ride from Avignon to Paris is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website atcdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot_café au lait_beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in France.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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$2,959
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