Easy Pace France - Insight Vacations

Easy Pace France (Summer 2017)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: France

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Contrast the cultural capital of Paris with beautiful Avignon, the Roman remains and Provençal landscapes that inspired Cézanne and Van Gogh, and the chic resorts of sun-drenched Côte d'Azur.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Paris

    Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Insight's airport transfers depart for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. The afternoon is yours to relax and settle in. Later, join your Tour Director for a warm Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    Paris, Romantic Capital on the Seine

    In the mid 19th century, Baron Haussmann transformed much of medieval Paris into a modern city; admire his work on a morning city tour with a Local Expert. See all the main sights: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Paris

    (Relaxed Start) There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in this great capital city. You could cruise on the Seine or ascend the hill of Montmartre by funicular, for superb panoramic views. Why not enjoy a pleasant hour or two watching the passers-by from a Parisian café or perhaps meet the enigmatic Mona Lisa in the Louvre? Maybe visit the Orangerie to admire Monet’s famous water lilies or join an experience to the country house and garden which inspired the painting.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    TGV train through Provence to Avignon

    (Relaxed Start) Board your comfortable TGV train for a journey through fertile vineyards and agricultural lands to Provence. Journey to see the incredible Roman, three-tiered Pont du Gard. Onwards to the pretty village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where a sommelier will introduce you to to the famous wine. Taste the difference for yourself and learn about the different grape varieties that are allowed in the final blend of the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Continue to Avignon and your hotel for the next three nights.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Avignon and Arles Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Head to the beautiful town of Arles, ancient capital of Gaul, to follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh during your orientation tour. Then return to Avignon and walk through the medieval battlements to reach the historic centre dominated by the fortified Papal Palace. The rest of the afternoon you are at leisure.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Avignon at Leisure

    (Relaxed Start) The day is at leisure for you to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Avignon. Why not take an optional experience to Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most picturesque villages in France for a visit to an olive mill and to sample some of the finest olive oil in France? In the evening, you will be offered a fine selection of local restaurants to choose from on your Dine-Around Evening. Bon appétit!

  7. Day 7

    Tranquil Aix-en-Provence, St-Paul-de-Vence to Monaco

    Journey to Aix-en-Provence, 'the most beautiful town in France after Paris'. See the elegant mansions and bustling cafés of the Cours Mirabeau, then continue to the hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, where contemporary painters perpetuate art as a living tradition. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls, and views of mountains and sea. Your home for the next three nights is the Principality of Monaco, ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century.

  8. Day 8

    Monaco and the Côte d’Azur Experience

    Unlock the secrets of the French perfume industry with a visit to a perfumery, where fragrance experts waft exclusive scents. Back in Monaco, drive along part of the Grand Prix circuit then walk with your Tour Director through the old town. See the Royal Palace, where the Grimaldi family live, the yacht-filled harbour and visit the cathedral, housing the tombs of the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. The rest of the day is completely free to explore this fashionable resort or venture further afield. Perhaps take an optional experience to the magnificent villa of the Baroness Rothschild, situated on Cap Ferrat?

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Monaco

    (Relaxed Start) Easy Pace means more time at leisure. Maybe have a late breakfast, take an optional experience to the glamorous seaside resort of Nice, or try your luck in one of the casinos of Monte Carlo? In the evening, join your new found friends for a Celebration Dinner with local wine, a perfect finale to your journey through France.

  10. Day 10

    Au revoir French Riviera

    Bid au revoir to the sunny French Riviera in the morning. Insight's airport transfers arrive at Nice Airport at 06:15 & 09:00. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Paris: Ascend to the viewing platforms of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy glorious panoramas.
  • TGV: Relax on the smooth high-speed TGV train.
  • St-Paul-de-Vence: Discover how this hilltop town became a refuge for artists as you explore the winding alleyways.
  • Côte d’Azur: Walk through the old streets of Monaco to see the Palace and tomb of Princess Grace.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.
  • Pont du Gard: See the Roman aqueduct.
  • Nîmes: See the Maison Carrée and Roman Arena.
  • Avignon: See the battlements, famous bridge and walk through the old town to the Palace of the Popes.
  • Arles: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Aix-en-Provence: See the elegant mansions and cafés of the Cours Mirabeau.
  • Monaco: Drive on part of the Grand Prix circuit. See the Grimaldi Royal Palace. See the tomb of Princess Grace.
  • Monte Carlo: Try your luck at one of the casinos.
  • Scenic Drives: French Riviera and Camargue.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Learn what to look for in a robust red. The colour, fragrance and how it clings to the glass are as important as the taste. Join a wine expert for an introduction to the wonderful wines of this region.
  • Avignon: For your Dine-Around evening, choose your ambience and style of cuisine from a fine selection of local restaurants.
  • Monte Carlo: Enjoy a celebration meal of typical French cuisine with wine at a local restaurant before trying your luck at the world-famous casinos.
  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (D), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Paris: Across the road from the suave and modern Pullman Paris Bercy hotel is Bercy Village, where former wine warehouses have been converted into a trendy pedestrian area.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Monte Carlo: The prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo is a Monaco landmark - a gathering place for the international elite, set between the sea and the legendary Casino. Over breakfast, look out over three countries and the ever-changing moods of the Mediterranean.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Visit to Villeneuve-les-Avignon with Dinner

Gazing at the majestic Rhone river, facing the Popes’ Palace and the world famous Pont d’Avignon, Villeneuve was a residence for Cardinals in the 14C. Many monasteries remain. This evening enjoy drinks and mouth-watering cuisine, served in stunning surroundings, a feast for all the senses.

Adult Price: EUR 63.00

Code: AVI0001

Les Baux & Olive Mill

Les Baux has a reputation as one of the most picturesque villages in France. The village is set atop a rocky outcrop in the Alpilles mountains, crowned with a ruined castle. After exploring the winding streets and taking in the panoramic views, continue to a small family-owned olive mill on the plains below. Meet the family, inspect the fruit and mechanised press and learn about the production process. Then it's back outside to the shade of a nearby fig tree for a well-deserved sample of the award winning olive oil.

Adult Price: EUR 34.00

Code: AVI0002

Monegasque Gourmet Dinner Italian Style

See Monaco by night with this drive to our local restaurant for a gourmet Monegasque dinner with the rich influence of Italian cuisine.

Adult Price: EUR 68.00

Code: MON0002

Villa Ephrusi Rothschild

A glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. Visit the sumptuous Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - one of the finest listed buildings on the French Riviera. The Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild sampled art works from all over the world, transforming the Villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat into a collector's paradise. Explore its nine wonderful gardens with musical fountains and enjoy spectacular views over the Riviera.

Adult Price: EUR 37.00

Code: MON0003

Riviera '3 Corniches' & Dinner

Take a spectacular scenic drive along the Corniche Roads of the Riviera for breathtaking views along Europe's most beautiful coast. Climb to the uppermost 'Grand Corniche', clinging to rocks between sea and sky, built by Napoleon alongside of the old Roman Road. Stop for sweeping panoramas over expensive villas and the sparkling Mediterranean. Continue to your restaurant for drinks and a delicious dinner of local specialities.

Adult Price: EUR 72.00

Code: MON0004

Nice Old Town & Flower Market

Enjoy a walking tour in the old town of Nice. Witness monuments and traces of the past, churches, chapels, and former palaces. Be tempted by local specialities sold in the market and don’t forget the symphony of colours in the flower market! Return by the world-famous and very scenic Moyenne Corniche.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: NIC0002

Moulin Rouge

Why not enjoy an evening of excitement and glamour and a glass of champagne at a dazzling French cabaret show? Depending on availability it might be dinner with wine and cabaret at the world famous Moulin Rouge – the original Parisian cabaret – immortalized by the award winning film!

Adult Price: EUR 162.00

Code: PAR0002

Giverny Excursion

A lovely drive takes us along the Seine to the village of Giverny, where the impressionist artist Monet lived for the last 43 years of his life. With our Local Expert, we'll see the decor of his house, fascinating for its blend of colours. However, it's in the garden where the spirit of the artist is most revealed. A spectacular array of colour is created by poppies, delphiniums, lupins, peonies, irises and roses, while the water garden is a wistful dream of bamboo, willow and rustic bridges sweeping over the water lilies, one of Monet's favourite subjects.

Adult Price: EUR 49.00

Code: PAR0003

Montmartre Village & Artists Square

Discover the bohemian quarter of Montmartre with your local expert. Walk through the historic lower area before ascending by funicular to the Place du Tertre, a favourite haunt of Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso, and Utrillo. Browse for original art or ask a local street artist to capture your likeness in minutes - a great souvenir to take home. Close by you can appreciate the view from the steps of Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Adult Price: EUR 37.00

Code: PAR0004

Seine Cruise And Illuminations

The City of Light really lives up to its name when the monuments, buildings and bridges are lit up in all their glory. First, a specially designed sightseeing boat takes us for an unforgettable cruise along the Seine and beneath famous bridges to appreciate the Left and Right Banks and the Île de la Cité & St Louis. Then, with a Local Expert, we'll enjoy an illuminations tour, when the rubies & diamonds of the Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower are at their magnificent best.

Adult Price: EUR 38.00

Code: PAR0006

Nouvelle Eve Dinner and Cabaret

One of the oldest and most elegant revue theatres in Paris, Nouvelle Eve is a hidden gem where you’ll meet the Director and two of the cast members before enjoying a four-course dinner with wine. You will then experience unparalleled Parisian entertainment – including the world-famous Can-Can.

Adult Price: EUR 139.00

Code: PAR0013

Accommodation

 

Pullman Paris Centre Bercy

Paris (Central) - France

Complimentary Wifi

The Pullman Paris Bercy Centre is conveniently located in Bercy village in the 12th arrondissement, amongst leafy patios. It offers a vibrant atmosphere and gastronomic-bistro inspired restaurants.

Cloitre Saint Louis Avignon

Avignon (Central) - France

Complimentary Wifi

Cloitre Saint Louis, Avignon

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Monaco (Central) - France

Complimentary Wifi

The Fairmont Monte Carlo, A unique resort hotel located between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Casino of Monte Carlo. Wi-Fi – FOC for Fairmont President's Club members, guests can sign up on the spot.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Easy Pace Tour of France

    10/10/2016 Lee Stadler, Hamburg (NY), United States

    My wife and I recently returned from our trip to France. We were part of the Insight Vacations Easy Pace tour of Paris, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Monaco and Nice. The tour was fantastic! There is nothing that we would have done differently. Our tour director, Laura, was very accommodating, insightful, and very friendly; she knows her business and was delighted to share her knowledge with all of us in the group. The accommodations, dinners and both included and optional excursions, were exceptional. At home, our AAA representative, Debbie Drew, was a pleasure to work with; we will be working with her again next year, and hopefully, Insight Vacations will be part of our next adventure! Lee and Traci Stadler, Hamburg NY

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    8/21/2016 Robert Sirotnik, Riverside, United States

    In general the tour was great. The tour guide (Elisabeth) was awesome! I would have liked more activities included in the tour, and I would have liked more time at each stop. But I guess there's never enough time, right? The hotels were excellent and everyone aimed to please. Suggestion: the hotel in Monaco was changed to one in Nice, and I am SO glad! Nice is more mellow and relaxed and "open feeling." I would suggest making Nice the destination, not Monaco.

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    Thank you for a wonderful vacation

    5/31/2016 Deborah Sherman, Collegeville, United States

    Thank you for such a wonderful vacation! It was the first time we used Insight and we just loved it and would recommend it to anyone thinking of taking a tour. We happened to get engaged on this trip and our tour director, Mark, suggested the perfect place on the French Riviera. It was a vacation we will never forget. Thank you, Mark....and Insight Vacations! Deborah Sherman & Jeffery Sibel

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    Easy Pace France

    7/19/2015 Mary Rennebohm, Tualatin, United States

    I recently returned from the "Easy Pace Tour" of France. This was a wonderful trip which I shared with 2 of my sisters and my youngest niece. Our Tour Director (Marc) was EXCELLENT! He was extremely knowledgeable about each of the places that we visited, and his commentary always provided necessary information, as well as interesting facts, and he delivered it all with a warm sense of humor. He also showed a strong concern and thoughtfulness for each of the guests, including a special Birthday Celebration for me while I was in Paris. I would love to take another Insight Vacation in the future! Mary Rennebohm Oregon, USA

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