PARIS + FRENCH RIVIERA ( 6 Days & 5 Nights)
Detailed Tour DAY 1 - City tour of Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Lunch in the Marais area, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur, Arc de triomphe, Champs Elysée, Place de la Concorde, Galleries Lafayette, Opera Garnier, Dinner in center of Paris.DAY 2 – Chateau de Versailles followed by Moulin rouge show in the evening .DAY 3 – Board your TGV to NICE ( 4 hours). Arrival NICE, capital of French Riviera. French Riviera is France’s south east coastline also called “Cote d’Azur” in French, is world famous for its glamour and beauty.
The French Riviera is known the world over for its glamour and beautyThe French Riviera is known the world over for its glamour and beautyDay tour of NICE includes visit of Castle Hill, Place Garibaldi, Matisse Museum & archeological site, Monstery of Cimiez, Russian Cathedral Orthodox,Promenade des Anglais. DAY 4 – After your breakfast at the hotel we drive to EZE one of the jewels of the south of France, a medieval French village perched on a rocky hill above the sea. Later a tour of Fragonard perfumery followed by a scenic drive of Mediterranean till Monaco. Visit old town, Palace of Monaco, Casino and take a drive through the formula one Grand prix tracks. Back to NICEDAY 5 - Drive to Cannes where the most renowned film festival of the world take place every year “Festival de Cannes”. See the many hand prints of Hollywood stars near the Film Festival Palace and to shop in the boutiques along Croisette Boulevard. Take a Boat ride to a nearby island of “Saint Marguerite” (15mn) or the famous port city “ Saint Tropez” (1h15mn) to get the panoramic view of Mediterranean sea. Drive back to Nice through Antibes to see the pretty Old Town as well as the expensive yachts floating in Billionaire’s Quay. Gala Dinner at hotel or a venue of your choice . DAY 6 – Departure, transfer to NICE international airport. DAY 1CITY TOUR OF PARIS
City tour of Paris : Climb up to the top of Eiffel tower to have that unprecedented view over Paris, the city of love. “Eiffel tower”, also called “Dame de Fer –Iron Lady” is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel
, whose company designed and built the tower. Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair
The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall,
about the same height as an 81-storey building.
Later visit Louvre Museum: a historic monument in center of Paris
. Louvre is not only one of the world's largest museums
but it is also the world's most visited museum, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace
, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II
. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. Masterpieces like Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, The Nike of Samothrace, Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault, Sleeping Hermaphroditos and many more will make you travel through the time!!!!
Lunch in the Marais Area: situated in 3rd and 4th arrondisement of Paris , where you get to feel the medieval Paris
Later visit Notre Dame Cathedral : one of the oldest monument of Paris, over 800 years old!!! The Notre Dame Cathedral is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.. The name Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in French, and is frequently used in the names of Catholic church buildings in Francophone countries! Appointed bishop of Paris in 1160, Maurice de Sully decided to give the capital a cathedral worthy of France’s largest city. He wanted to build it in the style of the day, now known as the gothic style. King Louis VII, one of his classmates, encouraged the project. The Church, notable residents of the city, and the entire population participated in construction: some offered money, others offered their labour, while others offered their knowledge. Construction began in 1163, and Notre-Dame would be completed some 100 years later, in 1272. During this time, many craftsmen’s guilds (tailors, sculptors, carpenters, joiners, masons, and glassblowers) worked relentlessly under the supervision of seasoned architects.
Drive to Arc de triomphe – Champs Elysée passing through Sacré Coeur Basilica and famous Pigalle area.
Arc de triomphe was built between 1806 and 1836 is an honour for those who fought for France, in particular, those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Engraved on the inside and at the top of the arch are all of the names of the generals and wars fought. There are inscriptions in the ground underneath the vault of the arch which include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I where the Memorial Flame burns and have made the Arc de Triomphe Paris a revered patriotic site.
From Arc de triomphe you walk down the avenue de champs elysée admiring the elegant facades, high end beauty stores, stylish cafés and restaurants, and leafy plane trees along the massive saide walks and not to forget the Grand Palais & Petit Palais.
Walk Leading to Place de la Concorde provides the quintessential "Parisian view". From here you can see the Arch in the distance, the massive avenue, the National Assembly, the Madeleine church, the famous Hotel de Crillon, the Grand Palais, the Obelisk of Luxor, and the Eiffel Tower rising behind it all. While the scene is breathtaking, it helps to remember that thousands of people were executed in the center of the square during the revolution, including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. The obelisk was a gift from Egypt---. Facing the obelisk is the Hotel de Crillon
---- This is generally considered the most exclusive hotel in Paris.
Later we drive to Galleries Lafayette in the Opera distric of Paris passing through Madeleine. Gallerie Lafayette A symbol of French lifestyle offers all the latest fashion trends to offer a unique shopping experience to its visitors.
One of the world’s largest upmarket luxury store bringing together the best creations in 70,000 m² spread across 3 buildings. whose magnificent stained-glass dome is over a century old
After shopping visit the OPERA PALAIS GARNIER from outside The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house
, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera
. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines
in the 9th arrondissement of Paris
, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier, in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier
The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral
, the Louvre
, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica
Dinner in a restaurant of your choice. DAY 2Chateau de Verssailles & French Cabaret show
After Breakfast at the hotel we drive to Majestic Palace de Versailles , royal residence of the Kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789.
The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it more beautiful.
The Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France. The Château de Versailles, the seat of power until 1789, has continued to unfurl its splendour over the course of centuries. At first it was just a humble hunting lodge built by Louis XIII. But Louis XIV chose the site to build the palace we know today, the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art.
Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to delight in Versailles's captivating French-style gardens. Take a walk around the impressive gardens (you might be pushed to cover all 250 acres though) and meander through the landscaped geometric paths and manicured lawns. As Europe’s largest palace garden it’s nothing short of breath-taking and spans down into basins with regal fountains for the complete picturesque setting. Make sure you stop off at the Apollo and Latona fountains to admire the marble statues
Lunch in a reataurant around Versilles. Later in the evening attend a French Cabaret show “Lido” or “Mouline Rouge” accompanied with a glass of champagne. Dinner during or post show. DAY 3 TGV TO FRENCH RIVIERA - DAY TOUR OF NICE
After Breakfast we leave for south of France by TGV “ Fastest train of France” (4h). Arrival at NICE capital city of French Riviera .
French Riviera also called “Cote d’Azur” in French , is the Mediterranean
coastline of the southeast corner of France
, also including the sovereign state of Monaco
. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from the Italian
border (Italian Riviera
) in the east to Saint-Tropez
in the west.
Map showing the extent of the Côte d'Azur.
This coastline was one of the first modern resort
areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria
and King Edward VII
, when he was Prince of Wales
. In the summer, it also played home to many members of the Rothschild family
. In the first half of the 20th century, it was frequented by artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso
, Henri Matisse
, Edith Wharton
, Somerset Maugham
, and Aldous Huxley
, as well as wealthy Americans and Europeans. After World War II
, it became a popular tourist destination and convention site. Many celebrities, such as Elton John
and Brigitte Bardot
, have homes in the region.
The French Riviera is a major yachting
and cruising area with several marinas along its coast. According to the Côte d'Azur Economic Development Agency, each year the Riviera hosts 50% of the world's superyacht
fleet, with 90% of all superyachts visiting the region's coast at least once in their lifetime.
NICE day tour starts after your Lunch
It is easy to understand why Impressionist painters and English aristocrats were drawn to Nice. With its sunny weather and stunning seaside scenery, this picturesque city seems to mesmerize its visitors. Surrounded by the serene blue waters of the Baie des Anges and sheltered by the foothills of the Maritime Alps, Nice has a mild climate year round. The city was originally discovered in the 1820s by the British as a winter resort. Today, it is still a popular vacation destination. Considered the center of the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect starting point to explore the dazzling Côte d'Azur
Take a lift from Place Garibaldi or walk through the Vielle Ville ‘ Old town of Nice” to reach Castle Hill - On a hill overlooking the Nice coastline, From this point, the panorama includes the Baie des Anges, the Vieille Ville, and the Nice harbor. The site of Castle Hill was the first area of Nice to be inhabited by the Greeks two millennia ago. Once considered impregnable, the citadel was destroyed by soldiers of the French King Louis XIV in 1706. Now the property is set aside entirely as a park. This idyllic place is a pleasant oasis of greenery, shady trees, and rushing waterfalls.
Later we drive to Museum Matisse and Monastry of Cimiez crossing the elite residentiel centers of NICE. Near the Matisse Museum and surrounded by beautiful olive gardens, the Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez lies in the stylish quarter of Cimiez directly above the ancient ruins of Cemenelum, which has interesting vestiges of the Roman baths and amphitheater. Originally a Benedictine foundation, the monastery was taken over by the Franciscans in the 16th century and extended in the 17th century.
Visit Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas - Built in 1912 by Tsar Nicolas, the Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas is considered one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches outside of Russia. Inspired by the Muscovite style, the cathedral has a richly decorated interior with many ornamental icons, murals, and carved woodwork as well as an iconostasis of embossed metal.
In the evening walk through Promenade des Anglais - The most emblematic street in Nice, the Promenade des Anglais is a gorgeous pedestrian area that follows the curve of the Baie des Anges beaches. This legendary seaside road is lined with planted palm trees and filled with elegant gardens. Originally just a small footpath, the Promenade des Anglais was developed by Englishman, Reverend Lewis Way in 1820 at his own expense. It was then called the "Chemin des Anglais." The road was further enhanced in 1931 when it was given two separate roadways. At the time, Queen Victoria's son, the Duke of Connaught, inaugurated the promenade in royal style.
Today, the road traffic has been diverted with underground tunnels, making the promenade ideal for people to stroll. The Promenade des Anglais is also popular with cyclists and skaters. Since the Belle Epoque, it has been graced by opulent buildings such as the Palais de la Méditerranée theater and the exquisite Villa Masséna (65 Rue de France) palace, once the home of a Princess. Now a historic landmark open to visitors, the Villa Masséna houses a museum of art and history and is surrounded by a gorgeous park with formal French gardens. Another exceptional building on the promenade is the Le Negresco (37 promenade des Anglais), which is listed as a National Historical Monument. Le Negresco is a lavish five-star luxury hotel with a world-class art collection.
Dinner in a restaurant of your choice in Old Town . DAY 4City Tour of EZE & Monaco.
After breakfast we leave for EZE - one of the jewels of the south of France and that is why its chosen as a holiday spot by royalty, the rich and the famous. A medieval French village perched on a rocky hill above the sea. Perched villages are medieval fortified towns built on strategic hilltops to stave off invaders.
As you climb towards the village you can see the church on the hill ahead of you, and you soon enter the narrow paved streets of the historic centre. One of first views across the coast is also to be seen from here. There are numerous streets and alleys to explore in Eze itself, with another beautiful courtyard or picturesque house to be seen and photographed around every corner. When you get close to the top of the village you will see the entrance to the gardens which have been established in the ruins of a medieval castle, consisting statues of earth goddesses and Cactus Pine trees and many look out points !!!
While coming back take a tour of Famous Perfumery : Fragonard, France most famous perfume manufacturers.
We later cross the French Border to enter the Princely state of Monaco - smallest most densely populated country in the world. We arrive at city center where you have free time appreciating the unique architecture and beauty of Casino and Opera House.
Lunch in a traditional restaurant.
Admire the Prince’s Palace and change of guard ( everyday 11.55 pm). Visit Monaco Cathedral and take a lap of Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit.
Dine and enjoy the rich and beautiful in the luxurious yachts and unforgettable view of Monte Carlo.
Later we drive back to NICE taking the Lower Corniche which harbours typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the Bay and Citadel of Villefranche. DAY 5CANNES, ANTIBES & ISLAND OF SAINT MARGUERITE
After Breakfast we drive to Cannes - Basking in the sun of the French Riviera, Cannes sparkles with glamour and exclusivity. This legendary seaside resort has all the glitz and allure of the Côte d'Azur: private beaches, marinas filled with luxury yachts, stylish boulevards, elegant Belle Epoque hotels,fashionable restaurants and not to forget the famous “Cannes Film Festival” - Drawing famous movie stars from around the world every year,
Visit “ Palais de Festival” where film festival is carried out for discovering, supporting, and promoting excellent films from all around the world. Take pictures with Handprints of famous stars coming to Cannes and gel into the filmy atmosphere.
Later Take a walk of Boulevard La Croissette - One of the most fashionable streets on the French Riviera, this elegant palm-lined boulevard is the center of tourist activity in Cannes. The Boulevard de la Croisette is lined by elegant Belle Epoque hotels, such as the historic International Carlton Cannes Hotel-a wonderful example of grand French Art Nouveau architecture designed by Charles Dalmas. Visitors will also be awestruck by the beautiful villas and upscale boutiques. The boulevard extends from the new Palais des Festivals along the rade de Cannes with its splendid sandy beach. A beachfront promenade offers splendid people-watching as well as magnificent views of the gulf and the Lérins Islands
in the distance of the Mediterranean Sea. The Boulevard de la Croisette ends at a yacht harbor, where the pirate ship Neptune is docked. This impressive ship was built as the backdrop for an adventure film. At the eastern section of the boulevard is the lovely Parc de la Roseraie and the idyllic Port Pierre Canto with its rows of luxury yachts docked at the harbor.
Later have Lunch in one of the gourmet restaurants situated in the “Le Suquet” area : The Old Town Perched on the slopes of Mont Chevalier above the bay, the Le Suquet district represents the original fishing village. In a picturesque hillside setting, this area offers exceptional views as well as Old World charm. Le Suquet has retained some of the ambience of centuries ago. Tourists are delighted by the traffic-free quarter with its narrow old staircases, pleasant courtyards, and interesting historic remnants, such as the city's ancient walls. At the heart of Le Suquet, the old church, Eglise du Suquet, and the 11th-century Tour du Mont Chevalier watchtower dominate the skyline. From the top of the watchtower, there is a wonderful panoramic outlook onto the beach and the bay all the way out to the Lérins Islands. Another joy of visiting Le Suquet is wandering the quaint old streets.
After Lunch we head to a boat ride in the Mediterranean sea towards the Island Of Saint Marguerite – best way to feel essence of the French Riviera !!!. Situated 15 Minutes from Cannes –( Boat leaves almost every hour from Cannes). Sainte-Marguerite Island is an exceptional island where nature, culture and relaxation join in total harmony. As soon as you disembark, you will be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus, as well as the richness of cultural and leisure activities available on the island.
Upon arrival we walk to the Fort Royal, the former residence of the Man in the Iron Mask- Like so many French coastal forts, this one on the Ile Ste-Marguérite wasn’t much use for defence but proved an admirable prison – notably for the Man In The Iron Mask. He was banged up there for 10 years from 1687. Nobody yet is sure who he was. The adulterous brother of Louis XIV? A noble debtor? The child of an affair between a black manservant and Louis XIV’s wife? The guesses go on…. Whatever the truth, the Mask’s cell has been preserved, as have those of Protestant pastor imprisoned for their faith during France’s Religious wars. They are fascinating.
Visit the Maritime Museum ; sheltered within a fortified enclosure, it offers visitors an insight into the area's history.
The best way to explore the island is to follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the site.
You will stroll by the Batéguier pond with its numerous species of migratory birds to the Point de la Convention to find unique plant species..
We board later for Antibes – another French Riviera city, Here, enjoy some free time to explore highlights such as the Old Town and Picasso Museum (own expense, closed on Monday) at your leisure. Mingle with the locals as you wander the narrow Provençal streets, check out Billionaire's Quay beneath the 15th-century Fort Vauban, where multi-million dollar yachts bob gracefully on the azure-blue waters.
Back to NICE for Gala DinnerDAY 6Transfer to NICE international Airport.