From Paris to the South of France

Come visit one of the most romantic places on the planet, the beautiful country of France! This truly fantastic trip will take you not only to the country’s irresistible capital, it will also give you the chance to go South in the direction of Provence and the French Riviera, passing the Loire Valley. Visit the Eiffel Tour in Paris, admire stunning castles in the Loire Valley, taste exceptional wines and cheeses and discover exciting the cities of Provence as well as the beautiful nature all around. This tour has so much to offer, you will not know where to start!

Off The Beaten Path, Collection
15 Days
from 1899 €

Map

DAY BY DAY

DAY
1

Paris - Paris

Private airport transfer to your accommodation

A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you safely to your accommodation.

Night and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in the center of Paris near Opera

DAY
2

Paris

Suggestion: Visit the Louvre with an Audioguide

Visit the Louvre with an entry ticket until the closing of the museum, an audio guide to allow you to listen to recorded commentaries about the museum's greatest works and a route map suggesting various possible itineraries to organize your free tour. Themed visits or itineraries taking in the major works : the Venus de Milo, the Coronation of Napoleon I and Leonardo de Vinci's Mona Lisa.

All audio guides must be returned after a maximum of 3 hours.

Duration: 3 hours.

Suggestion: Guided Tour of the Eiffel Tower

Discover the Eiffel Tower as you've never seen it before!

Your guide will lead you to the backstage of the monument where you will have access to rooms usually closed to public, among others the Champs de Mars Bunker, formerly dedicated to military communications, or the engine room which still controls the operation of the elevators. You will finish your tour on the 2nd floor at a height of 115 meters where you will reach the famous restaurant Le Jules Verne offering a stunning panoramic view of Paris.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Night and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in the center of Paris near Opera

DAY
3

Paris - Chenonceau - Bléré

Pick Up of your Rental Car at the Airport

At your arrival at the airport a rental car of category G automatic (renault Megane or similar) will be at your disposal. Thus, you can move around freely and comfortably. On the day of departure you will drop off the vehicle at the airport.

Inclusive: airport charge, insurances (CDW, THF), LAF, without mileage limitation.

The charges for optional accessory are to be paid on-site : Additional driver, young driver extra charge - 25 years, GPS, One way.

Suggestion: Visit of the Château de Chenonceau with audio guide

The prestigious water castle is also known as the “Château des Dames” because it were mainly women who decided over its destiny and history. Built by Kathrine Briçonnet in 1513, it was later enriched and transformed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici, to name but a few.

Revisit the period between the Renaissance and the 17th century on your promenade through the royal domain from the ancient keep via the remains of the medieval fortified mill to Diane de Poitiers’ gardens.

Follow the steps of the great French philosophers and poets Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon and Rousseau (during their time, esteemed guests at the castle) on your way to the restaurant of the Orangery.

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Night and breakfast in a charming and entirely restored water mill from the 16th century

DAY
4

Chancay - Amboise - Bléré

Suggestion: Discover the Appellation Vouvray on a Guided Walking Tour through the Winery

Your stroll will start at the gates of the estate and take you along the lush winery

down to the wine cellars housed in extraordinary troglodyte caves. Here you will be served a tasting of five different Loire vines paired with regional gourmet delights.

Duration: 3 hours.

Suggestion: Traditional French Barge Trip

This is the ideal trip for cruising the Loire Valley. Departure from Amboise or Chaumont-sur-Loire. With at most 12 passengers on board, you will be welcomed in a simple and warm atmosphere to make you feel comfortable with the vessel and the river. The captain of the barge and your local guide are familiar with the vagaries of the river and will consider the sensitivity and the wishes of their passengers.

The route depends on the weather conditions and the season and respects the preservation of the river environment. Each tour is an invitation to new experiences and unexpected encounters. It is the Loire that gets to decide!

Recommendations: Please wear clothes suitable for the trip and the weather - Sunshades, sun protection, hat, windbreaker, K-Way - Mosquito repellent - And don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Suggestion: Stroll through the Royal Town of Amboise

In the pretty town of Amboise, once home of the French Royal Court, the royal residence is omnipresent. The castle sits on a rock overlooking the Loire and the picturesque small town.

Parts of the castles were vandalized during the revolts of the French Revolution, but it is still very much worth a visit. It holds a prestigious collection of antique furniture from the Gothic Epoch and the Renaissance. Must-sees are the council chamber and the royal bed-chamber. Leonardo da Vinci spent his remaining years in Amboise at the court of King Francis I, and was entombed in the small chapel of Saint-Hubert.

Take a stroll through the narrow alleys bordered by picturesque half-timbered townhouses and immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere.

You may want to browse around the charming colorful farmer's market with its abundant stalls offering top-quality culinary products.

Night and breakfast in a charming and entirely restored water mill from the 16th century

DAY
5

Beaune

Suggestion: Wine Tasting Class

Valeria is an enology teacher and organizes wine tasting classes teaching you how to appreciate grands crus.

In the warm atmosphere of a wine bar in Beaune, your enology teacher will prepare a selection of wines from Burgundy and other regions. In her workshops, she proposes the following themes:

-Introduction with methodical approach. Tasting experience and pleasure - is the wine balanced (acidity, bitterness, tannins)?, Identification exercises (look, smell, taste), rounded off with a tasting of three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

-Evaluation of the aromas. Introduction to the perception of natural aromas in order to develop your olfaction and gustatory senses and learn how to put words on what you feel. In a playful way you will assign memories, images and vocabulary to the wine. Your workshop will end in style with a tasting of four grands crus (wine from Burgundy and other regions), accompanied by a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

-Detect a wine fault. Introduction to the particularities and qualities of a wine. In order to distinguish a good wine from a bad one, you must learn how to detect the faults. On the basis of a comparison between a labeled great vintage wine and three modified wines, you will learn how to detect the major faults in enology. At the end of your course, you will taste three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

Duration: around 2 hours.

Overnight stay in an authentic and charming guesthouse run by local wine growers

DAY
6

Meursault - Beaune

Suggestion: Guided Visit and Wine Tasting at the Chateau de Meursault

The Chateau de Meursault opens its gates for strolls through its beautiful park and tastings of grand crus produced on its vineyards by the monks since as early as the 12th century.

You will enjoy a guided visit through the cellars followed by a sampling of Grands Terroirs (tasting of 9 different wines, 5 red and 4 white).

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Overnight stay in an authentic and charming guesthouse run by local wine growers

DAY
7

Cluny - Mazan

Suggestion: Visit of the Cluny Abbey and Roche du Solutré

We recommend a visit of the Cluny Abbey, one of the most influential religious centers of the Middle Ages and once the largest place of worship of Christianity.

You may want to take a side trip to “Roche de Solutré”, a unique geological and biological natural wonder. Impressive prehistoric vestiges were found on this site.The rock is easily accessible.

Night and breakfast at a charming guesthouse in the Provencal village of Mazan



DAY
8

Avignon - Mazan

Suggestion: Avignon and Pope's Palace walking tour

With your guide, discover the rich, historical centre of Avignon; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the panoramic view of the surroundings and the Rhône River, Pont d'Avignon by walking up to the top of the fortified city walls and Rochers des Doms. Visit the largest gothic-style Pope's Palace whereby successive popes resided between 1309 and 1377. Continue on to the Place de l'Horloge, the Town Hall and the Theatre. Enjoy a glass of Côtes du Rhône served in an intimate and historical place, mostly know by the locals.

Participants will be required to walk on cobblestone streets and climb many flights of steps during the tour. Therefore, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Duration: 3 hours.

Night and breakfast at a charming guesthouse in the Provencal village of Mazan



DAY
9

Aix-en-Provence - Saint Remy de Provence

Suggestion: Visit of Aix en Provence: secrets revealed!

Mylène and Arthur, are approved guide-lecturer that will make you visit Aix-en-Provence. Along the streets, fountains and shady squares, they offer you to discover the wealth of the city : the Cathedral, the site of the City Hall, the Halle aux Grains, the mansions and the Cours Mirabeau neighborhood Mazarin, Place de la Rotonde, the Saint John of Malta, etc. Discover also the sights of Aix-en-Provence : the hidden roman and medieval remains, prying balconies, enigmatic bars etc.

Duration : 2 hours - Sharing economy services.

Suggestion : Wine tasting - Discover the Vineyards of Aix-en-Provence

Brice, a passionate enologist, is happy to guide you through the regional vineyards where you will discover the finest wines of the region.

He will pick you up in Aix and drive you smoothly along the beautiful Provence Wine Route in his comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, in the background you can admire the panorama of the impressing Mount Sainte-Victoire.

Your visit includes four renowned wineries, producing the labels AOC Côtes-de-Provence and Côtes-de-Provence Sainte-Victoire.

Brice will take you along the parcels of the vineyards, as well as the production facilities and introduce you to the art of wine growing.

Your discovery tour will finish in style with a tasting of several fine wines, during which you will be given a few tips and tricks about proper wine sampling and the finesse of enology.

Duration : around 8 hours - Sharing economy services.

Night and breakfast in a beautiful farmhouse inn in a cozy room in Saint Rémy de Provence

DAY
10

Nîmes - Saint Remy de Provence

Suggestion : Visit of Nîmes, the old Roman City

Our experienced local guide Soizic knows the Camarque (including the Petite Camarque) inside out and will guide you through her homeland with passion, high spirits and joy.

Nîmes, the old Roman city, was founded more than 2000 years ago and was the most important Roman colony under the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Architecturally valuable vestiges dating from that area are the bridge Pont du Gard, the Arena of Nîmes, the amphitheater, the temple Maison Carrée and the Castellum. Take a stroll through the charming old town and let the rich historic atmosphere work its magic!

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Night and breakfast in a beautiful farmhouse inn in a cozy room in Saint Rémy de Provence

DAY
11

Camargue - Marseille l'Estaque

Suggestion: Guided Discovery Tour of the preserved natural park of "Camargue"

A 20 min drive from your accomodation, you will find the Camargue Regional Natural Park which extends over an area of 85,000 hectares.

With an experienced guide, visit the Camargue Park from the inside with a specialist and discover the incredible fauna and flora. You will have the chance to observe several species of birds including the highly anticipated flamingo.

For over 20 years, the Camargue Regional Park will provide oversight and carries a mission of preserving the species, thus making the site the largest colony of flamingos in the Western Mediterranean during the nesting period.

You will also have the time to see a bull farm and many traditional Camargue horses.

Duration: 2 hours.

Night and breakfast at Michele's home - free walk proposed in l'Estaque

DAY
12

Marseille - Marseille l'Estaque

Suggestion: Discover Marseille, the City of a Thousand Faces

Nestled between the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, rocky inlets, and scenic hills, the Southern French metropolis is overhung and protected by the impressive Basilica “Bonne Mère” (the “Good Mother”). France’s oldest and second biggest city was founded by Greek traders 2,600 years ago and is full of surprises ever since. As in other troubled port cities, Marseille had a reputation of crime and defiant bombast, but the city has polished its image.

Today it skillfully combines tradition with modernity. New or refurbished trams, designer hotels, galleries, museums, cultural centers, sights, and chic restaurants make the Mediterranean city a fascinating attraction. Not to be missed are the museum MUCEM (about history and culture of the Mediterranean Region) and the MAC, exhibiting contemporary art. Marseille life still focuses on the Vieux Port, the Old Port with its vibrant nightlife and many restaurants. A must try is the delicious Bouillabaisse, the local fish soup.

Worth visiting are the Château d’If, an old fort converted into a prison whose most famous prisoner was immortalized by Alexandre Dumas in his novel the Count of Monte-Cristo, or the off the coast Frioul Islands where you can admire original protected plant life. And if you fancy taking a break, find your own hidden little bay, the typical Calanques where you can swim, relax and sunbathe!

Night and breakfast at Michele's home - free walk proposed in l'Estaque

DAY
13

Cassis - Vence - Tourrettes sur Loup

Suggestion: Visit of Cassis and the Calanques

Cassis, located east of Marseille, is a Mediterranean fishing port. A chateau that is centuries-old overlooks this fishing port. Cassis is likely most well-known for its calanques and pebbly beaches. There are also many narrow inlets that are framed by incredibly steep limestone cliffs. There are restaurants, pastel-colored buildings, and sidewalk cafes in the harbor. The local vineyards are well-known for producing white wine.

If you love nature and are ready for a challenge, one thing that you can do is go on Cap Canaille. Cap Canaille is a large rock that you will see to your left when you’re in the harbor of Cassis. This is a very tough hike and if you ask locals for directions to Cap Canaille, they may look at you incredulously. The way up the rock is quite steep, as you will likely be able to see. You will also be able to see some breathtaking views of Cassis, the Mediterranean, the harbor, and the calanques once you get to the top. Cap Canaille is the highest sea cliff on the entire continent of Europe (394 meters).

One must do in Cassis is taking a boat trip to the Calanques. This alone is probably the reason why Cassis almost entirely relies on tourism nowadays. The Calanques are a wild, rugged cliffs and creeks stretching from Marseille to Cassis, and best enjoyed from a small boat on the sea. Cruise prices vary on how much of the Calanques you want to see. The Calanques are one of France’s most beautiful natural areas, and just doesn’t disappoint. Tickets can be bought at one of the many booths on Quai Saint-Pierre.

Suggestion: Free Day in Vence

The city of Vence has lots of sights that you can visit. We recommend strolling along the many fountains and chapels.

Overnight stay in a romantic guesthouse in the scenic hilly hinterland of the Côte d'Azur

DAY
14

Nice - Tourrettes sur Loup

Suggestion : Guided food tour in Nice

Meet Marion, your professional local guide, and discover Nice and its culinary specialties.

Even if you don't understand the Nissart dialect (the distinct subdialect of the Occitan language spoken in the city of Nice and in the historical County of Nice) you will want to taste the specialties of Nice, all of them very tempting. The chickpea flour pancake (Socca), the Bagna Cauda (a warm dip typical of Piedmont, Italy, but with numerous local variations) or stuffed tomatoes will have no secrets for you.

Be ready to surprise your palate with flavours that are as amazing as they are delicious.

During this off the beaten track walk in this charming old city, you will be welcomed like a local person in the shops that are full of colour and, whilst you are tasting sweet and savory symbolic dishes, you will be told the history of Nice and its gastronomy.

Each person will be tasting between ten and twelve specialties including olive oil and Provencal rose wine.

Duration : 3 hours and 30 minutes

Overnight stay in a romantic guesthouse in the scenic hilly hinterland of the Côte d'Azur

DAY
15

Nice Airport

End of the trip

Unfortunately, it is already time to leave!

You must return your rental car at the Nice airport before you fly.