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TFR05: 16 Days Private Tour of Paris - Caen - Tours (Loire Valley) - Bordeaux - Avignon - Aix-en-Provence - Cannes - Monaco - Nice
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide or driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrive in Paris, Airport pick-up
Bonjour and welcome to Paris! After arrival, the driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Accommodation: InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Day 2 Classic walking tour of Paris
Today, follow the guide to go sightseeing to the scenic spots in the downtown area on foot. The first stop of our best France tours is Ile de la Cite where the Royal Palace, the Sainte Chapelle, and Notre Dame are all located. Then proceed to the Le Marais district on the right bank of Paris, one of the trendiest districts in the city.

After a short break, we will pay a visit to the largest museum in Europe-Le Louvre, and Tuileries Gardens. Continue walking to prosperous Champs Elysees and grand Arc de Triomphe. Finally, tour  the amazing Eiffel Tower and take a boat cruise along the Seine River before getting back to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Versailles Magnifique, train to Caen
After breakfast, the driver guide will pick you up from your hotel and then drive to the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of the Sun King: Louis XIV. We are going to the famous A la Francaise garden, the Grand Trianon and The Petit Trianon, and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet. Besides, more time will be spent to visit the Great Appartement, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's apartments. After the tour, you will be transferred to the 2-hour train to Caen. Upon arrival, the local driver will pick you up and escort you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Best Western Plus Le Moderne
Day 4 Visit the Mont Saint-Michel
Following breakfast you'll meet the guide-driver at the hotel and move forward to the Mont Saint-Michel together. It is known as the prototype of the Minas Tirith in the movie the Lord of the Rings and had been listed as the world cultural heritage in 1974. Then we will across the sea or the sandbank, climb up into the monastery and explores the traces left by different periods of history. You will discover that it was once a prison. The town at the foot of the Abbey Hill has many cafes and local shops full of French flair. The bay around the island is a nature reserve, home to thousands of birds and other species of plants and animals.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 D-Day Tour
After picking you up, the guide driver will lead you to enjoy a D-Day tour. We will drive to the right place where the Normandy Landing, Invasion and War happened. The first stop is Pointe du Hoc, a German defensive position breached by the US army. Followed by is the American Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 10,000 soldiers. During the trip, you can also visit the Omaha Beach by yourself which is one of the four main landing places of the allied force.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Train from Caen to Tours
In the morning, you can explore the city freely. At early noon, the driver will transfer you to the 3-hour train to Tours. After arrival, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel. The rest time can be arranged by yourself.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oceania L'Univers Tours
Day 7 Loire Valley Chateau trip
Today's best France tours will show you the three most famous castles in Loire Valley. Chambord Chateau in the forests is the largest one whose layout is in typical ancient castle of Medieval Age. It was the palace the French Kings lived when they hunted. And now it has been listed in the World Heritage List. Chenonceau Castle built on water is famous for its unique design and legendary history. And the private Chateau of Cheverny boasts the most luxurious furniture. You can visit these spectacular ancient castles and unsophisticated towns as you like. Just visit these beautiful castles, quaint towns, and the starlit chateaus at your favorite pace.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Train to Bordeaux & visit the Saint-Emilion
After breakfast, you will be transferred to train station by the driver. After about 2 hours direct train, you will arrive in Bordeaux and meet the new guide driver. After checking in the hotel, we will start the tour to Saint-Emilion, a wine region on the right bank of city. Today, you will have a chance to explore the luxurious vineyards, visit the chateau, learn about the local wine-making tradition and grape varieties, and taste the famous wine. Finally, an excursion will be enjoyed in the beautiful Village of Saint-Emilion (UNESCO-listed). In the end, return to Bordeaux.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pullman Bordeaux Lac
Day 9 Bordeaux city sightseeing, go to Avignon
In the morning, the driver guide will show you around the top highlights in the city to take pictures, including the Place de la Bourse built in early 17th century by King Louis XV, the Water Mirror, Opera, Place de la Comedie, Porte Caillau, riverfront, Quinconces square and its majestic fountain, and Cathedrale Saint Andre. At noon, you will be escorted to the train to Nimes with a duration of 4 hour and 52 minutes. After arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in Avignon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Bristol
Day 10 Avignon city highlights, free afternoon
Today, a 3-hour hiking tour will be arranged to explore Avignon. The city possesses two incomparable treasures: its glorious history and the characteristic drama festival. First, follow he guide to the well-known Pont de Avignon Saint Benezet Bridge of the 12th century, museum and Place de l'Horloge. Then continue moving forward, you will see the elegant Town Hall and Stage Theatre. After passing the shopping street paved with marble, we will enter the Popes' Palace where the Pope of 14th century was living. It is the world's largest Gothic architecture. Here, you can have an understanding of the daily life of the 9 popes used to live here. The rest time will be left for you to explore the city freely.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 11 Train to Aix-en-Provence, afternoon walking tour
After breakfast, the driver will transfer you to take the high-speed train for an hour to Aix-en-Provence. Upon arrival, the local driver will pick you up and escort you to the hotel. The picturesque scenery of Aix-en Provence has been celebrated by famous painters such as Cezanne, Picasso, and Kandinsky.

In the afternoon, the private guide will accompany you to take a walk around the streets and fountains for 2 hours and visit Cathedral, Hotel de Ville and Cours Mirabeau.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Negrecoste Hôtel & Spa
Day 12 Explore Calanques National Park and Marseille
At the appointed time, the driver guide will pick you up and lead you to small port of Cassis (nicknamed the small Provençal Saint-Tropez) and Calanques National Park, a world UNESCO heritage with white cliff and blue water. Then you can have some free time at Cassis Town to relax yourself on the beach or appreciate the scenery in the park. Cape Canaille with a height of 400 meters (1,312 feet) is one of the best places to watch the special scenery of the bay.

In the afternoon, the driver guide will introduce you Marseille and its Vieux Port where we will visit the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, Saint Victor Abbey and a cellar with a marble sarcophagus of the 4th century. Afterwards, we will stroll around the Panier, Vieille Charity Museum and Cathedral La Major. Finally, return to Provence.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Drive to Cannes via Saint-Tropez
Today's best France tour packages will proceed to Cannes. During the way, you can appreciate the scenery of the Mediterranean Coast, with several scenic roads, streams and beaches. When reaching Saint-Tropez, we will stop over to visit, where is a must-see for celebrities, beach lovers, history buffs, art collectors and boating enthusiasts.

In the afternoon, continue to drive along the coast, through Port-Grimaud and Theoule Sur Mer, arriving at your hotel in Cannes. Your guide will take you through the old town of Le Suquet, along Boulevard de la Croisette, where the Cannes Film Festival is held each year, and look at the Palais des Festivals et des Congre. After finishing, return to the hotel to have a good rest.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sun Riviera Hotel
Day 14 Day trip to Antibes and Nice
After meeting the guide at the hotel, we will start the Antibes and Nice tour. First, drive along the seaside to the resort town Antibes. We will wander in the old district and visit the Picasso Museum to appreciate the masterpieces. Then proceed to Nice. After arrival, we are going to visit the amazing scenic spots, including the ruins of ancient Greek and Roman and the palaces of last century. Wandering on the pebble roads, you will see the souvenir stalls, cafes and shops. Also, we will visit the Castle Hill, the ruins of the former Chateau de Nice. The final stop today is the La baie des Anges where we will watch the seaside scenery and the hotel Negresco.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Nice
Day 15 Day trip to Monaco & Eze
After breakfast, drive to the Royal Principality of Monaco surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and France. On the way, you will be led to visit medieval village Eze. It is usually called Eagle's Nest and famous for the unbelievable sea scenery. After passing the exotic Cactus Garden, we will see the castle ruins of the 14th century. The world-famous Fragonard Factory is also worthy of a visit where you may find the business secret of perfumes and cosmetics. The labs and workshops can be visited also.

Then we will drive to Monaco along the road holding the Formula One Grand Prix. The main tourist attractions there include Cathedral of Monaco and the Prince's Palace. Prince's Palace is located on the peak, so we can overlook the Old Town Monaco-Ville area there. The next stop is State Apartments Museum. Here, you will see the weird rooms like the Mirror Room, the Throne Room, the Red Room, the York Room, the Blue Room, the Louis XV bedroom called the Yellow Room and the Officers Room. Then continue to Monte-Carlo district and go sightseeing to one of the most ancient and fashionable casinos in Europe - Monte-Carlo Casino. Besides, we will travel to the magnificent Opera House designed by Charles Garnier. After the tour, return to Nice for a night.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 16 Nice departure, Airport see-off
Today is the last day of our best France tour packages. The driver will transfer you from the hotel to the Nice airport for the onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast
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