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A Week in France: The Riviera, Provence & Paris

9 days |  12 days with Normandy & Paris extension
9 days |  12 days with Normandy & Paris extension
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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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
  • 3 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • French Riviera
  • 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 Nice 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.

Spend a free evening in Nice or add an excursion.

Evening in Monaco

From $135 per person

Avignon2 nights
Day 4: Avignon via Cassis
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Avignon, stopping to discover the seaside village of Cassis on the Côte d’Azur.

  • Board a boat and take a cruise through Cassis Harbor.
  • Soak in beautiful vistas of the surrounding coastline and calanques, narrow fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone.
  • Make stops to snap photos of the scenic harbor and calanques.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to Avignon.

Please note: The cruise is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, the cruise will be replaced with another activity.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Avignon
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • See the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet, the bridge that inspired the French folk tune "On the Bridge of Avignon."
  • Step inside the magnificent Papal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Stroll through the historic town center, which is surrounded by the city’s original medieval walls.

Spend a free afternoon in Avignon or add an excursion.

Aix-en-Provence: Sights, Wines & Dinner

From $155 per person

Paris3 nights
Day 6: Train ride to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed TGV train to Paris and travel through the picturesque landscapes that influenced the French masters.

Enjoy a free evening in France’s capital city or add an excursion.

Please note: Porterage is not included for the train transfers. Travelers must be comfortable lifting and carrying all luggage over steps, onto platforms, and into luggage storage

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

From $129 per person

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.

Spend a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens

From $139 per person

Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in Paris or add an excursion. Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

From $109 per person

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 see that history isn’t just found inside a dusty old textbook. Stories about the Allied soldiers take on a whole new meaning as you walk along the shores where they once fought. After your on-the-ground history lesson, head back to Paris to board your flight home.
Normandy Coast2 nights
Day 9: Normandy Coast via Rouen & Honfleur
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

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

  • 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: Sightseeing tour of Normandy
Included meal: Breakfast

Dive into World War II history with your Tour Director during a visit to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June, 1944.

  • Travel to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, 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.
  • Stop in the seaside town of Arromanches, home to one of the main Allied landing harbors, and enjoy free time to explore.
  • Pay a visit to Juno Beach and the Bény-sur Mer Canadian War Cemetery (time-permitting).
Paris1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Head back to Paris and enjoy a farewell drink with your group this evening.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    4 out of 5 stars

    6/8/24 by 2nd-time traveler Nancy

    Excellent tour…very knowledgeable guide director…hotel in Nice could have been a little nicer. All in all, I really liked France

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    6/22/24 by 2nd-time traveler Joan

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    6/15/24 by 1st-time traveler Tangie

    We were apprehensive of the tour when our airline accommodations were not what we expected. Wrong airline and we couldn’t sit together and were giving mixed information frôm the EF staff in how we could upgrade and or change our seating, which meant we could not. So we’re so disappointed and we’re s...

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    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.


    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.
    Hôtel Mercure Nice Centre Notre-Dame
    Hôtel Mercure Nice Centre Notre-Dame

    This vibrant hotel is located in the heart of Nice’s city center. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city, rooftop bar, fitness...

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    Mercure Pont d'Avignon
    Mercure Pont d'Avignon

    This charming hotel is located in Avignon. Guests enjoy the fitness center, on-site restaurant, and outdoor terrace. Nearby you'll find Pont d'Avigno...

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    Novotel Paris Porte de Versailles
    Novotel Paris Porte de Versailles

    This stylish hotel is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Guests enjoy the rooftop restaurant with views of the Eiffel Tower, in room digital...

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    Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome
    Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

    This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

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