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Uncover the glamour and rich heritage of France, as you journey from iconic Paris to the heart of romantic Provence and the dazzling French Riviera. Stay in luxurious hotels and be introduced to passionate foodies and historians.
On Chairman's Collection departures, join Count Richard de Warren for a private dinner at the luxurious Hotel Alfred Sommier.
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Welcome to Paris.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, you are transferred to your five-star hotel situated in the heart of Paris. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps indulging in a spa treatment or venturing out to explore the nearby Trocadéro square that consists of amazing buildings and a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. At 17:30, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a spectacular Welcome Dinner at Le Club, a local restaurant ideally nestled on the river Seine. Raise a glass of French wine and toast to your adventure, as you savour traditional French cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients.
VIP VISIT TO CHÂTEAU DE VAUX-LE-VICOMTE.
Step into the 17th century during an exclusive VIP visit to the largest privately-owned château in France, Vaux-Le-Vicomte, with its magnificent formal gardens. Designed in 1653 by the King’s principle architect, Louis Le Vau, the chateau is the embodiment of revolutionary design and set the tone for the classical era of French architecture. The estate’s gardens are equally impressive, comprising of 40 hectares of treasures, including decorated fountains, patterned flower beds and timeless statues. Experience Château Vaux-Le-Vicomte on a walk through the gardens. This evening, in a nearby village, get a glimpse of local life when your host Caroline welcomes you to her family home for an intimate meal. Enjoy making new friends while you savour home-cooked French fare at its best.
If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, when you return to Paris you are invited to join Count Richard de Warren for a private dinner at the luxurious Hotel Alfred Sommier, an old family mansion dating back to the 19th Century. This will replace the included dinner.
GOURMET FOODIE WALK AND THE EIFFEL TOWER.
Enjoy a relaxed start to the day, before embarking on the most quintessential of French experiences-- a small-group gourmet foodie walk through the streets of Paris. Join your Local Expert and food connoisseur and visit a variety of boutique shops, including pâtisseries, boulangeries, chocolatiers, baguette cafes and tiny cheese shops. Discover why Paris is so famous for its cuisine and meet passionate foodies along the way. In the afternoon, join your Local Expert for a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. As a guest of Luxury Gold, enjoy special VIP entry, allowing you to skip the line. From the 115-metre-high second story, marvel at vistas of Paris in all its glory. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Why not ask your Travelling Concierge to arrange a visit to the Lourve Museum?
Avignon and on to Arles.
Travel first-class onboard the TGV train to Avignon, once the centre of Catholicism. On arrival, join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation of the city, seeing its medieval fortified walls and immense Gothic Papal Palace. Enjoy lunch at your leisure in one of the city’s lovely restaurants. Finish the day with your final journey to Arles where you will check in to your hotel. In the evening, gather for dinner served in your hotel’s acclaimed Lou Marqués gourmet restaurant for a feast of seasonal dishes and fine wines.
Pont du Gard and Van Gogh.
Join your Local Expert and following in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh on a guided walk through Arles. Inspired by the wild beauty and sunbaked houses of Provence, Van Gogh painted over 200 masterpieces in and around the town. Stroll along the Rhône River, which cuts through the city, and visit the famous Arles Amphitheatre, dating back to A.D. 90. During Roman occupation, this prominent structure drew crowds of up to 20,000 spectators who came to revel in the excitement of chariot races and bloody battles. Today the amphitheatre hosts plays, concerts and bullfights. By night, Arles is a Van Gogh painting come to life. Travel to Pont du Gard, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient Roman aqueducts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Arles to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. So captivating is the beauty of this historic city that you’ll feel as if you’re walking through a Van Gogh painting. Perhaps admire modern art inspired by Van Gogh’s legacy at the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation or dine at one of many lovely restaurants and maybe seal the evening with a wander along the river? Your Travelling Concierge is there to assist you with restaurant reservations.
Olive Groves and Michelin-starred Lunch.
This morning, make your way into the heart of Provence to Moulin de Calanquet, an olive oil mill active since the 19th century. Listen to the history of the family as you walk through the olive groves. Discover a variety of aromas and flavours as you treat your taste buds to a diverse tasting of oils, jams and spreads. Continue the day in Provence with an exploration of Les Baux-de-Provence's winding streets and take in the panoramic views. Set atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles Mountains and crowned with castle ruins, this village has a reputation as one of the most picturesque in France.Then onto the beautiful Michelin-starred, Maison Prévôt, that was once originally a melon counter but converted into a restaurant in 1981. Embrace contemporary, gourmet cuisine that follows the rhythms of the seasons for lunch. There is time in the afternoon to shop or explore in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the wonderful old home-town of Nostradamus, and return to Arles to spend the evening at your leisure.
Provence and Monaco.
Journey to Chateau La Coste – a wine estate and art installation in harmony with nature, set amid its rolling organic vineyards. Experience Provence Your Way. Choose to join a guided walk through wooded hilltops and valleys, alongside olive groves and vineyards to discover the many works of contemporary art along your way. Alternatively visit the cellars designed by the great contemporary architect, Jean Nouvel, learn how organic and biodynamic principles are implemented at each stage of the wine-making process before a tasting of the award-winning wines. Explore Aix-en-Provence before your journey for today ends in the Principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and famous for being the seaside playground of the rich and famous. Settle into your centrally located hotel and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
The Glitz and Glamour of Monaco.
Join your Travelling Concierge for sightseeing of glamorous Monaco. See the Grand Prix circuit - famous for hosting the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix - explore the old town and admire the Royal Palace where the Grimaldi family lives. Wander the old town of Monaco and visit the cathedral, which houses the tombs of the late Prince Rainer and Princess Grace. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring this fashionable resort town or perhaps venturing further afield to seaside Nice.
Corniche Roads and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
Embark on a dazzling drive along the Corniche roads of the Riviera and take in breathtaking views along Europe's most beautiful coast. Travel the Moyenne Corniche road, clinging to rocks between sea and sky, for spectacular views. Stop en route to appreciate sweeping panoramas of the sparkling Mediterranean and lavish villas. Join a Local Expert for a visit to the luxurious Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera. The Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild collected art works from all over the world, transforming the Villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat into an art lover’s paradise. Explore its nine wonderful gardens, complete with musical fountains, and enjoy stunning views over the Riviera. In the evening, raise a glass to new adventures and friendships at your Celebration Dinner with champagne, hosted at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and enjoy a private transfer to Nice airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Paris (Contemporary) - France
Arles (Contemporary) - France
The recently-renovated five-star Jules Cesar Hotel has beautifully blended 18th century character with contemporary art. Curated by master of fashion, Christian Lacroix, the refurbished hotel places you in the heart of Arles and offers everything from a luxury spa to a gourmet restaurant.
Monte Carlo (Historic) - Principality of Monaco
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this prestigious hotel is a destination in its own right, boasting a stunning rooftop pool, an in-house casino and a luxury spa.