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Provence, the Riviera & Tuscany

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Sweeping ocean views and storied history are yours to savor.

Make your way from the seaside in Provence to the rolling hills of Tuscany, taking in some of France and Italy’s most striking vistas as you go. Stroll down picturesque, tree-lined boulevards in Aix before heading to the coast, where the Mediterranean traces your route from Cassis to Cinque Terre. From admiring stunning seascapes and Renaissance art to indulging in regional cuisine, you’ll slow your pace and slip into a more laid-back lifestyle on this immersive journey.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Aix Cathedral
  • Sénanque Abbey
  • hilltop Gordes
  • the calanques of Cassis
  • Villa Ephrussi
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Marseilles today.

Aix-en-Provence3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Marseilles & transfer to Aix-en-Provence
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Arrive in Marseilles and transfer to Aix-en-Provence, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off on a walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, a Roman-influenced city and hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.

  • Stop at Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended, and the studio where many of his famous paintings came to light
  • Visit Aix Cathedral, built on the site of a 1st-century Roman forum

Later, explore Aix-en-Provence at your leisure or add an excursion.

A Day in Arles
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Sénanque Abbey & Gordes
Included meal: Breakfast

Start your morning browsing the stalls at Aix’s farmers’ market (seasonal). Then, admire stunning landscapes as you transfer through the Luberon Regional Nature Park on your way to the hilltop village of Gordes.

  • Stop to enter the 12th-century Sénanque Abbey with a local guide, and learn how the monks cultivate the lavender that grows around the abbey (seasonal)
  • Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in Gordes, known as one of most beautiful villages in France
  • Stop to sample some regional olive oil as you travel back to Aix-en-Provence

Tonight, explore Aix-en-Provence at your leisure or add an excursion.

Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
French Riviera2 nights
Day 5: French Riviera via Cassis
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, you’ll transfer to the French Riviera, stopping in the seaside town of Cassis.

  • Embark on a short cruise to admire the city’s famous calanques, or narrow inlets
  • Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to the French Riviera

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Cape Ferrat & Nice
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the French Riviera today.

  • Enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea from the cliffs of Cape Ferrat
  • Tour the Villa Ephrussi, a mansion built by a member of the Rothschild banking family, and stroll through the villa gardens
  • Stop to explore Nice’s Old Town on your own before returning to your hotel
Lucca Region2 nights
Day 7: Lucca Region via Cinque Terre
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Lucca region in Italy today. Stop along the way to discover Cinque Terre, a UNESCO-recognized collection of villages that hug the Italian coastline.

  • Board a train and take in breathtaking ocean views as you travel to one of Cinque Terre’s five villages (Please note: If time allows, you may visit a second village as well.)
  • Enjoy free time to eat lunch and wander through the village’s quaint alleyways

Continue on to Lucca and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Lucca
Included meal: Breakfast

Known for its Renaissance-era walls, the town of Lucca sits in the heart of Tuscany. You’ll get to know it on a guided tour.

  • Walk along a section of the city’s walls and learn about their illustrious history
  • Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops, medieval churches, and swath of cypress trees below
  • Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Guinigi Tower, and Basilica of San Frediano
  • Enter San Martino Cathedral and San Michele in Foro, a basilica known for its intricately inlaid facade

Explore a free evening to explore Lucca on your own or add an excursion.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Excursion (additional cost)
Florence2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Florence this morning. With a local as your guide, get to know the birthplace of the Renaissance as you make your way through the UNESCO-recognized historic center.

  • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture
  • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio
  • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Fiesole Villa Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Florence
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Siena & Chianti Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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15 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Oct 19–Oct 29, 2019
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$2,799$2,649
Apr 11–Apr 21, 2020
$2,949
May 2–May 12, 2020
$2,949
Jun 20–Jun 30, 2020
$3,199$3,099
Jul 25–Aug 4, 2020
$3,199
Sep 5–Sep 15, 2020
$2,799
Oct 3–Oct 13, 2020
$2,799$2,649
Apr 10–Apr 20, 2021
$2,949
May 1–May 11, 2021
$2,949
May 22–Jun 1, 2021
$3,199
Jun 26–Jul 6, 2021
$3,199
Jul 10–Jul 20, 2021
$3,199
Sep 4–Sep 14, 2021
$2,799
Sep 25–Oct 5, 2021
$2,799
Oct 2–Oct 12, 2021
$2,799
Reviews
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Great Tour!
by 4th time traveler 

A very good itinerary was greatly enhanced by the energy , enthusiasm, helpfulness, pleasantry and knowledge of both the tour director, Stefania, and the accompanying staff Jasmine . We have always been more than satisfied with our tour directors, but Stefania was the best yet, in or outside Go Ahe...

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Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/31/2019

Dear David, An unforgettable holiday is about the ...

A Great Tour
by 24th time traveler 

I was on the May 4 departure of this tour. This tour is excellent and would appeal to any traveler interested in exploring small cities and towns. We were a group of 9 which was great. The hotels were all very nice and except for one were centrally located. The hotel in Florence was nice but about ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/29/2019

Dear Frank, At Go Ahead, we work hard to provide T...

Too Many Disappointments
by 2nd time traveler 

Originally we booked the Provence & the French Riviera Walking Tour. Shortly thereafter, we were advised the itinerary was changed to drop the Verdon Gorge. Then as the date approached, we were advised the tour had been cancelled due to lack of bookings. To avoid loss of our sunk cost in travel i...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/24/2018

Dear Russell, We appreciate you taking the time to...

Disappointing
by 2nd time traveler 

Hotels in Aix-en Provance and Lucca were far from town center and hotels below expected standard for this tour. The most expensive and nicest hotel in Juan Les Pins was a disaster. No wifi when we arrived and it was out over night. Never got to the private beach because it closed early due to a jaz...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/01/2018

Dear Traveler, We regret to learn that the hotels ...

Wow!
by 4th time traveler 

I am handicapped and use a walker. I also am an avid photographer. Everyone had such empathy - Gabriella, our guide, was fantastic for everyone but really looked out for me. Our driver and the group helped in every way possible and the trip was the third great experience I have had with Go Ahead....

Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/17/2018

Thank you for sharing such kind words and stunning...

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.

Best Western Le Galice

This contemporary hotel is located in the city center of Aix-en-Provence. Guests enjoy a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a pool bar. Nearby, you’ll f...

AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes

This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find...

Best Western Grand Hotel Guinigi

The Grand Hotel Guinigi is situated near the historical center of Lucca and easily accessible to enjoy the wonders that the city offers. Our accommod...

Hotel Athenaeum

This plush hotel is located in the center of Florence. Guests enjoy a gourmet restaurant, fitness room, and billiard room. Nearby, you’ll find the Duo...

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Local weather
Aix-en-Provence, France
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Cassis, France
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Florence, Italy
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Lucca, Italy
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits France and Italy. In order to enter these countries, 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 each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in included walks without assistance. Adding excursions may increase the 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Marseilles and depart from Florence. When you first arrive, a representative fromGo 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 boat ride in Cassis and train ride in Cinque Terre are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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 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 any of the countries on this tour.
  • 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 your 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.
  • On the Italian Riviera, a taste of the region’s famous basil pesto is a must. Luscious seafood dishes are popular along the shore, but true Ligurians favor simple, traditional recipes like minestrone soup and farinata, an unleavened chickpea pancake.
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France and Italy operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C 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 device without a built-in converter.
  • 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 and Italy are 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 on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on your tour.
  • 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 $7 USD to $10 USD 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
  • If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for 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
Museums
  • If you are interested in visiting any of Florence’s many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays. 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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