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France: From Paris to Provence
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 12 | From: $10,995
Day 1: Arrive Paris, France
Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the center of the city. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris | Meals: D
Day 2: Paris | Private Tour of the Picasso Museum
Begin with a walking tour of Paris’ Marais district. Historically associated with the Jewish population of the city, this charming neighborhood is now a thriving center of up-and-coming fashion design workshops and artisan boutiques. Next, privately tour the Picasso Museum. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris | Meals: B
Day 3: Paris/Dijon/Beaune | Bullet Train to Dijon
Today, Ride Like a Local on one of France’s renowned TGV high-speed trains, breezing through the countryside to Burgundy. Arrive in Dijon in time for lunch, followed by a walking tour of the historic center.
Hostellerie Le Cèdre | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Beaune | Hands-On Cooking School Experience
Stroll to the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, a former hospital known for its Gothic styling. Then, learn secrets from an expert on how to identify and prepare truffles, during a hands-on Chef’s Table experience that includes lunch.
Hostellerie Le Cèdre | Meals: B L
Day 5: Beaune/Lyon | Day Trip Through Wine Country
On a day-long drive along the wine routes between Beaune and Lyon, enjoy an exclusive tour of a private winery in Julienas in the Beaujolais region, including a tasting followed by lunch. Then, visit Chateau des Ravatyes, a winery operated by the Louis Pasteur Institute. Continue to Lyon.
Cour des Loges | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Lyon | Exclusive Silk Workshop Visit
Stroll Les Halles de Paul Bocuse markets, a renowned source of gourmet food ingredients, followed by a walking tour of the historic Old Town led by a local guide. Later, make an exclusive visit to one of Lyon’s famed silk workshops, the Atelier de Soierie.
Cour des Loges | Meals: B
Day 7: Lyon/Avignon | Wine Tasting in the Rhône Valley
Travel south along the valley of the Rhône River. Stop for lunch and a wine tasting in the Chàteauneuf-du-Pape region, before proceeding to historic Avignon.
La Mirande | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Avignon | Lavender & Olive Oil
Visit Iles-sur-la-Sorgue, home of Provence’s largest weekly market, known for its antiques. Later, visit a family-owned lavender farm, and taste olive oil at a local producer. Lunch in Gordes, with magnificent views of the Luberon National Park.
La Mirande | Meals: B L
Day 9: Avignon/Pont du Gard | Lunch Beside the Aqueduct
On a walking tour of Avignon, view the Palais des Papes. Travel to Pont du Gard and enjoy lunch in the shadow of this ancient Roman aqueduct. Then, walk across it and visit the fascinating museum. Return to Avignon.
La Mirande | Meals: B L
Day 10: Avignon/Aix-en-Provence/Vence | Cézanne
Depart for sunny Aix-en-Provence to explore the workshop of Paul Cézanne, guided by a local expert. Continue to Vence. Settle into your hotel, originally built by the Knights Templar, and enjoy a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Mediterranean.
Château Saint-Martin & Spa | Meals: B D
Day 11: Eze | Private Perfume Factory Workshop
Travel to Eze for a true A&K treat — meet the locals, get some coaching in the quintessential French pastime of pétanque, and then try a friendly game. Attend a private workshop at the Fragonard perfume factory and create a personal scent to take home. After lunch, visit the Villa Santo Sospir. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
Château Saint-Martin & Spa | Meals: B L D
Day 12: Depart Nice
Today, transfer to the airport at Nice and depart.
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