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Essence of France

Paris, Provence & the French Riviera


The wine, cuisine, art and landscapes of France ignite the senses on a journey to romantic Paris, chromatic Provence and the sparkling French Riviera. Relax during extended stays in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Nice. Travel by high-speed train from Paris to...

12 Days
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USD 3,999.00
Price per day
USD 333.00
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Essence of France
Paris, Provence & the French Riviera
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The wine, cuisine, art and landscapes of France ignite the senses on a journey to romantic Paris, chromatic Provence and the sparkling French Riviera. Relax during extended stays in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Nice. Travel by high-speed train from Paris to Provence and visit a farm for a cheese tasting. Stroll the spectacular gardens of the Villa Rothschild with their stunning views of the Mediterranean. Cruise the river Seine, learn perfume making, hunt for truffles and explore charming villages and gorgeous coastlines – this is the essence of France.

Map: Essence of France (Collette)

Short Itinerary / Route

Day 1
Overnight Flight
Day 2
Paris, France
Day 3
Paris - Île De La Cité - Seine River Cruise
Day 4
Day 5
Paris - High-Speed Train To Marseilles - Aix-En-Pr...
Day 6
Aix-En-Provence - Truffle Hunting - Aix-En-Provenc...
Day 7
Aix-En-Provence - Cassis - Aix-En-Provence
Day 8
Day 9
Aix-En-Provence - Grasse - Nice
Day 10
Nice - Saint Paul De Vence - Nice
Day 11
Nice - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Villa Rothschild
Day 12
Nice - Tour Ends

Travel Cities (6): Aix-En-Provence, Calanques National Park, Grasse, Marseille, Nice, Paris



  • Paris


  • Le Marais Food Tour
  • Seine River Cruise
  • High-Speed TGV Train


  • Aix-en-Provence


  • Truffle Hunting


  • Cassis


  • Choice on Tour: Calanques Scenic Boat Tour or Hiking in Calanques National Park


  • Grasse


  • Perfume Workshop


  • Nice
  • Saint Paul de Vence


  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

Included in Price


  • Indulge in the flavors of Paris during a tasting tour of Le Marais.
  • Taste locally made cheese during a visit to a goat farm in the Provençal countryside.
  • Enjoy a typical French lunch in the tearoom of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.


  • Hunt for truffles with a local chef and his truffle-sniffing dogs.
  • Zoom through the French countryside at 186 mph aboard a TGV high-speed train.
  • Learn the secrets of perfume making during a hands-on workshop.

Optional, not included

Paris: Versailles Palace

  • Enjoy an interesting visit to the incomparable Palace of Versailles. The palace and gardens of Versailles reflect the extravagant tastes of King Louis XIV, the "Sun King." On this excursion, travel by coach to Versailles where your local guide will recount the history of the palace and lead you through the various rooms of the State Apartments. Of particular interest are the Queen's bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You then have leisure time to explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world, which took over 40 years to complete. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 20 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.

    This option must be purchased and reserved no later than 60 days prior to tour departure date. Once purchased, any cancellation within 60 days of tour departure will be non-refundable.
    Due to schedule changes and availability, the time and date of this optional excursion may need to be changed or cancelled either before or after the departure date. Please note, the motorcoach is not permitted to drop off at the entrance to Versailles, and the grounds of Versailles are quite large. Walking will be required to fully enjoy this excursion.

Aix-en-Provence: Best of Provence

  • Whatever your image of Provence is – quaint villages, rolling fields, silvery olive groves – experience the best this region has to offer on a full day tour. Start your morning in the historic village of Saint-Rémy and immerse yourself in its bustling weekly market. Meander the cobbled streets of Les Baux-de-Provence, a picture perfect hilltop village. Before returning to Aix, experience one of the world’s most impressive multimedia presentations: the Carrières de Lumières. Making use of a former quarry, iconic works of art are projected onto the surrounding rock, accompanied by stirring music. Duration approximately 9 hour(s). Transportation is included.

    Due to vendor closure during the month of February, you will visit the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence instead of the Carrières de Lumières audio-visual show.

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