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Paris to Nice small group tour through Champagne, the French Alps and Provence

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PARIS TO NICE - CHAMPAGNE, BURGUNDY, THE ALPS, PROVENCE

  • 9 Day / 8 Nights Tour 
  • 18 Passengers maximum
  • Cost per person from A$4,400 Twin-share 
    Single Room From $4,569
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PARIS TO NICE SMALL GROUP TOUR  
Through Champagne, Burgundy, the Alps and Provence

 

Glasses glinting with bubbles and rich red wines; windows that open out on soaring mountains ranges; charming villages and fragrant fields of flowers. Join us
on a voyage through quintessential France – and discover the history, cuisine and landscapes that make this beautiful country unique.

 


PARIS TO NICE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel through famed winegrowing regions Champagne and Burgundy
  • Visit Annecy, a beautiful alpine town known for its Old Town, canals and magnificent lake
  • Learn all about local cheeses (and taste them, too) with a cheese expert in the Alps

ITINERARY

DAY 1 PARIS – REIMS – TROYES.

After meeting the group amidstthe hustle and bustle of Paris, we’ll begin our journey. Our first stop? The picturesque Champagne region, where we’ll be treated to a delicious champagne tasting at a vineyard that used to belong to premium champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Then: we’ll tour the impressive Reims Cathedral before moving on to Troyes – where we’ll celebrate our first night together with a welcome dinner. (L,D)

DAY 2 TROYES – BAYEL – TROYES.

On the agenda today: a walking tour of Troyes with a local guide. After taking the opportunity to visit the bustling market, we’ll move on to Bayel – where we’ve an appointment to keep at the Crystal Museum. Here, we’ll learn about the history of glass and crystal – from antiquity until the present day – as well as being treated
to a glass blowing demonstration. Later on, the evening will be yours to spend as you please back in Troyes. (B)

DAY 3 TROYES – CHABLIS – BEAUNE.

Day three of the trip will see us sampling more world-class local produce, as we swap fizz for the dry white wines of Chablis. After that, the afternoon will bring us to Beaune – where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city’s famous Gothic architecture before we reconvene for a sumptuous included dinner. (B,D)

DAY 4 BEAUNE.

Today we’ll spend some more time in the beating heart of the Burgundy wine region, with a visit to the Hospices de Beaune. Originally founded as a hospital for the poor by the Chancellor of Burgundy back in 1443, this unique building is now a museum – and an exceptional example of fifteenth century French architecture. (B)

DAY 5 BEAUNE – CHAMBÉRY.

After breakfast, we’ll leave Beaune behind and set our sights on Chambéry – but first, we’ll stop off at the family-owned Château de la Greffière for a delicious picnic (filled with local produce, of course). After taking in the marvellous views of the surrounding vineyards over lunch, we’ll be lucky enough to take a closer look at them on a guided tour – with an included wine tasting session to boot. (B,L)

DAY 6 CHAMBÉRY – ANNECY –CHAMBÉRY.

We’ll check off a tour highlight on day six: the postcard perfect alpine town of Annecy. Known for its Old Town, canals that rival those of Venice, the magnificent Lake
Annecy, candy-coloured houses and cobbled streets, this lovely town is a must-visit while passing through southeastern France. Also on the cards today: a visit to a fromagerie, where we’ll learn everything there is to know about the local cheese ripening process. After visiting the cheese cellars, we’ll have the chance to taste a sample or two. (B,D)

DAY 7 CHAMBÉRY – VERCORS – CHABRILLAN.

We’ll have the chance to sample more tasty local produce today at a Chartreuse cellar and distillery. Later on, we’ll set a course for the picturesque Vercors region –
an area famous for its spectacularly rugged plateaux and towering mountains. (B,D)

DAY 8 CHABRILLAN – SISTERON – FORCALQUIER.

Today alpine slopes will give way to rugged hills and wildflower meadows as we travel to Sisteron – where we’ll stop to take in the views from the Citadel. Our final

stop of the day will be Forcalquier, where we’ll round off the evening in style: with a farewell dinner to remember. (B,D)

DAY 9 FORCALQUIER – ENTREVAUX – NICE.

The last day of the tour will take us deeper into exquisite Provençal countryside as we press on to Entrevaux. Then, it’s onwards to the elite resort and shining
capital of the French Riviera: Nice. After all, there’s no better place to end our journey than alongside the clear waters of the Côte d’Azur! (B)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Champagne tasting session in Boursault
  • Picnic lunch and wine tasting session at Château de la Greffière
  • Wine tasting session in Chablis
  • Learn about the local cheesemaking process and indulge in a tasting session at a fromagerie in the French Alps
  • Chartreuse tasting in Savoie
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Reims Cathedral, the Crystal Museum, the Hospices de Beaune, Sisteron Citadel