Paris, Provence and the French Riviera (June 26 - July 7, 2017)

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Paris, Provence and the French Riviera (June 26 - July 7, 2017)

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TOUR PRICE:  The price for this eleven days (ten nights) fully-escorted and air-inclusive tour is $2899.00 per person based on double occupancy (two to a room) and excluding air taxes of approximately $399.00.   The single supplement is $699.00 extra for the eleven days.  The above rate is based on a minimum of 30 passengers. 

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Without a doubt, this beautiful package is one of our best and most exciting adventures.  To visit Paris, Provence and the French Riviera all in one trip is a kind of traveler's heaven.  

The tour begins with three nights in the City of Lights.  Must sees include the Louvre (perhaps the greatest museum in the world), the newer Musee  D'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumphe and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  A walk in the neighborhood of the Ile St.-Louis is also a nice way to spend an afternoon.  Exciting districts to visit include the Latin Quarter and the artistic center, Montmarte. If you enjoy musical and theatrical performances, don't forget to book a show at the world famous Moulin Rouge, an entertaining experience that everyone ought to do at least once while in Paris.  One of my favorite activities is simply to find a café, order an espresso, and just sit for an hour or two watching the fashionable people. Lovers kiss, friends laugh, business people ply their trades, and tourists gaze in awe at the treasures that abound. Paris is a visual dream that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.  

We then travel south by high speed train and stay in the heart of Provence in the magnificent town of Avignon.  A long time ago, Van Gogh's paintings were animated by the colors he experienced in southern France--the poppy  and sunflower fields and magical starry nights enjoyed from places like the Cafe Nuit in Arles.  With a backdrop of Roman and Medieval ruins, the many walled hill towns of Provence evoke a spirit of beauty and serenity that touch the soul with a calming, peaceful air.  The smell of fresh herbs, the taste of local wine with freshly baked bread and homemade cheese and the dramatically picturesque surroundings all combine to provide a sensory blast of the sort that leaves one thinking, "yeah, I could live here."  In Avignon,  one can visit the Palais de Papes, which was the seat of the Papacy during the 14th century, a kind of Vatican of the north.  Day trips can be made to Arles (mentioned above), with a visit to its well-preserved Roman amphitheater and, and to Les Baux, which was once referred to as the "nesting place for eagles" because of its dramatic location on a windswept plateau overlooking the southern Alpilles. 

The grand finale for this ArawjoTours Classic will be spent raveling further south where the landscape eventually opens wide to the splendid Azur Coast (Cote d' Azur), whose emerald deep blue waters form part of the Mediterranean basin.  The stretch of coastline from Marseille to Nice is one of the richest and most beautiful in the world, with jaw-dropping vistas at every turn. We will spend the last four nights in Nice, where you can see or be seen as you stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais,  dine in the charming Old Quarter or shop in the outdoor vegetable and fruit market.  And from Nice, you are just a stone's throw away from the Monaco of Grace Kelly and the Casino of Monte Carlo.  Arguably one of the most romantic combinations in global travel, the Paris, Provence and the French Riviera tour is one of the hottest packages in our 2017 schedule.  We hope you will take a close look at the tour features and consider joining us on this paradisaical escape.  

TOUR FEATURES:  This ArawjoTours Classic (ATC) trip to Paris, Provence and the French Rivera includes:  round trip air transportation to Paris with a return from Nice on Swiss Air out of Newark Liberty Airport (always a plus to fly out of EWR!); the services of one of our BEST European tour managers (Christine Aractingi) from the time of arrival in Paris until the end of the tour in Nice; three nights in Paris at the magnificent four stars Superior First Class Pullman Bercy Hotel with breakfasts daily--this hotel is ideally located in the lovely Bercy Village with loads of restaurants and shops;  a half day guided sightseeing tour of Paris with Christine Aractingi;  one-way high speed train transportation from Paris to Provence;  three nights in the beautiful and historic town of Avignon in the ideally-located four stars Mercure Pont D'Avignon Hotel with breakfasts daily;   a half day tour of the Palais des Papes in Avignon;  an optional full day tour to the Provencal towns of Arles and Les Baux;  private motor coach transportation from Arles to Nice (three hour ride);  a half day tour of Nice upon arrival;  four nights in Nice in the lovely and well-reviewed four stars Hotel Ellington with breakfasts daily;  a full day tour to the gorgeous hilltop towns of Eze and St. Paul de Vence; an optional half day trip to Monaco and Monte Carlo;  all private motor coach transportation between the hotels and airports in France;  a pre-departure dinner and orientation;  and the services of a full-time ArawjoTours Tour Representative (in addition to your tour manager, Christine Aractingi).