The Best of Provence and Paris

September 18-27, 2013

Price per person, based on double occupancy, $3,898.00. Single supplement is an extra $595.00

Down payment of $300.00 to accompany the reservation form

Final balance due on or before June 1, 2013

Note: Deadlines are not invoked unless the trip is filled and are more to help travelers space out payments


Enjoy the sites of Nice, Cannes, Arles w/high speed train for Paris portion of trip.

Look at the itinerary below for our 10-day trip to Imperial Europe.

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Day 1: Depart USA

We depart Chicago this afternoon for our overnight flight to Nice, France. Sit back and enjoy the service while in flight.

DAY 2: ARRIVE IN NICE

We arrive in Nice early this afternoon and are met by our tour guide who will welcome us to France. We will enjoy an orientation tour of Nice as we transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to rest, freshen up or enjoy a stroll around town on your own. Overnight in Nice.

DAY 3: SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE

We enjoy a day tour to Saint- Paul-de-Vence today. Saint- Paul-de-Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and is wellknown for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries. We will enjoy a visit to a Artist studio-workshop and Vence Matisse Chapel. Overnight in Nice.

DAY 4: ANTIBES, BIOT, VALLAURIS AND CANNES

This morning we tour the small towns of Antibes, Biot and Vallauris. Our tour will begin in the old town of Antibes where we can stroll through the narrow streets and visit the Provençal Market. Antibes, once surrounded by ramparts ( partly still existing), founded ca. 400 BC by the Greeks, today has preserved its authenticity, hosting the Picasso museum in the old Grimaldi Castle and a 16th century fort overlooking one of the largest private yacht harbors in France. During the Roman times, Biot had once specialized in wine and oil jars, but today is known for its glass factories producing a unique type of glass suffused with tiny bubbles. Vallauris is famous for its pottery and is where Picasso discovered his passion for creating pottery. While in Vallauris in 1951, Picasso painted the famous plywood painting of La Guerre et la Paix. He painted it inside the castle near the castle. You will be able to stroll through the main street, lined with pottery shops. You can visit a pottery shop if interested. This afternoon we enjoy a visit to Cannes which is the home to the famous Cannes Film Festival held there each year. The city is also famous for its various luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels. Overnight in Nice.

DAY 5: MONACO, MONTECARLO AND VILLA EPHRUSI DE ROTHCHILD

This morning we enjoy a morning visit to both Monaco and Montecarlo. We'll enjoy a visit to the Montecarlo Casino and other general interest sites before an afternoon visit to the beautiful Villa Ephrusi de Rothchild. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a French seaside palazzo constructed between 1905 and 1912 at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864- 1934) in the Goût Rothschild. It was designed by the Belgian architect Aaron Messiah. A member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, and the wife of the wealthy Russian-Jewish banker Baron de Ephrussi, Béatrice de Rothschild built her rose-colored villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d'art, and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. The gardens are classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. Overnight in Nice.

DAY 6: ARLES, ARCS SAINT ROSELINE

We depart Nice this morning and travel to Arles. On the way we will make a stop at the Chateau Sainte Roseline, which not only is a famous wine producer but also an important historical site. We'll have some time for wine tasting but also visit the Roman chapel. It was built in the 12th century and is of major interest for those that enjoy unique religious art. Pilgrims come from all over France and Europe to pay tribute to the spiritual art work. It is also home to a mural work by Chagall. We will enjoy a visit to a private property to learn about olive production before coming to Arles where we will finish our day with a visit to the Roman Ruins and items of interest relating to Vincent Van Gogh. Overnight in Arles.

DAY 7: MORNING TGV TRAIN TO PARIS, AFTERNOON PARIS

We travel by high speed TGV train to Paris, the capital of France and one of the most romantic cities in the world. Upon our arrival in Paris we will enjoy an afternoon highlight tour with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and we'll view the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Champe- Elysees. This evening we check into our Paris hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening free. Overnight in Paris.

DAY 8: LOUVRE MUSEUM AND FREE AFTERNOON

This morning we enjoy a guided visit to the Louvre Museum which is one of the world's largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 652,300 square feet. This afternoon you are free to explore Paris on your own, or in groups, or return to the hotel. You may also remain in the Louvre to explore on your own after the guided tour but before departing the building.

DAY 9: FREE DAY IN PARIS

We enjoy a free day in Paris to explore on your own. Wayne & Valerie will work with any travelers if they need assistance on this day with suggestions or leading them to areas of interest.

DAY 10: RETURN HOME

We depart Paris this morning for our return flight home.