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12-Day Lyon, Provence & French Riviera Small Group Tour

12-Day Lyon, Provence & French Riviera Small Group Tour

12 Days/11 Nights From
AU$6,750 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    12 Days/11 Nights
  • Tour Code
    FIT-18-4558
12 Days/11 Nights From
AU$6,750 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Duration
    12 Days/11 Nights
  • Tour Code
    FIT-18-4558
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Escorted TourEscorted Tour Small escorted tour (limited to 16 passengers to visit the regions of Lyon, Provence & NiceGuaranteed DepartureGuaranteed Departure Tour departs on June 28 & October 11, 2018AccommodationAccommodation 11 nights in 3-4* charming and boutique accommodation in Lyon, Aix-en-Provence & NiceMealsMeals Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 3 dinners with drinksToursTours Guided tours of Lyon, Avignon, Cassis, Roussillon, Gordes, Grasse, Aix en Provence, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Antibes and moreActivitiesActivities 2 wine tastings & 1 Calissons d'Aix candy tastingToursTours Explore Maison des Canuts museum, Les Halles Bocuse market, Sénanque Abbey, Les Carrieres de Lumiere and moreTransportationTransportation Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus during the all itinerary, from Paris to Nice

Summary

This exciting 12-day tour will have you explore the sun-drenched region of Provence as well as Nice and Lyon, two beautifully diverse towns.

Your tour highlights include:

  • Guided tour of Lyon
  • Tour of Maison des Canuts museum
  • Discover Halles Bocuse food market
  • Tour and wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Oil and wine tasting in Bandol
  • Explore Cassis
  • Discover Roussillon and its Ochre trail, Gordes hilltop village, Grasse and the historic Senanque Abbey
  • Visit Carrières de Lumières, an old stone quarry featuring multimedia shows
  • Guided tour of Avignon including its historic monuments and landmarks
  • Tour of the cities of Cannes, Nice and Monaco
  • Sightseeing of Antibes and Cagnes sur Mer

Itinerary

Day 1, From Paris to Lyon
At 9:00 a.m., transfer in a comfortable minibus from Paris to Lyon.

Arrival around 3:00 p.m. in Lyon. Free time before your check-in at the Hotel Mercure Lyon Centre Château Perrache**** (or similar) in Lyon for 3 nights.

Hotel Mercure Lyon Centre Château Perrache

Dinner at a local restaurant (drinks included).

Dinner included.

Day 2,  Lyon
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of Old town of Lyon. Lyon, historically an industrial city, has welcomed many petrochemical industries along the Rhone, named the corridor of chemistry. After the departure and closure of the textile industries, Lyon gradually refocused itself on the sectors of activity of advanced techniques, such as pharmacy and biotechnologies. Lyon is also the second student city of France, with four universities and several "Grandes Ecoles". Finally, the town has preserved an important architectural heritage ranging from the Roman period to the twentieth century through the Renaissance and, as such, the districts of Old Lyon, Fourvière hill, Presqu'île and slopes De la Croix-Rousse are inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Guided tour of Lyon

Guided tour of Lyon

Guided tour of Lyon

Lyon

After the city tour, lunch at a local restaurant in Lyon with drinks included.

Your next stop includes a tour to the Maison des Canuts museum. Located at 10-12 rue d’Ivry, this establishment created by the COOPTISS (a weaving cooperative founded by Lucie Berger in 1960) opened in 1970. At the end of the 19th century, this historic place was the head office of the Syndicat des Ouvriers Tisseurs et Similaires (Weavers and other similar professions trade union). Situated at the heart of the Canuts (silk workers) district, you are entering a heritage interpretation centre that reveals Lyon’s silk industry great adventure: five centuries of social, architectural and technical progress. First region of France in the textile industry and artistic fabrics competitive cluster, Rhône-Alpes deserves an outstanding position in this prestigious past. The Maison des Canuts is proud to display a city-owned collection and hopes you will enjoy your visit following in the footsteps of the finest gold, silver and silk weavers

At around 5:30 pm, drop off at your hotel in Lyon. Dinner at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3,  Lyon
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m. (no minibus on this day).

Visit to the Halles Bocuse food market. The leading name in gastronomy in this region is Paul Bocuse, a renowned chef with over 50 years’ experience and three Michelin stars to his name. No trip to Lyon is complete without a visit to the Halles Bocuse food market which was established in 1859 and is located at 102 Cours Lafayette in the Part-Dieu district. You will easily be tempted by a snack or two of cooked pork, pâté or local cheese, as you wander around amongst locals doing their daily food shop.

Halles Bocuse

Halles Bocuse

Lunch at leisure in Lyon.

Free time in the afternoon to explore Lyon, its monuments, streets and shops.

Free time in Lyon

Dinner at leisure

Breakfast included.

Day 4, From Lyon to Provence
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m. Transfer to Aix-en-Provence through Chateauneuf du Pape.

Lunch at your leisure.

Wine tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The family-run estate nestles in the heart of the prestigious village of Châteauneuf du Pape. It is currently managed by Françoise, Béatrice and Didier Mayard, from the fifth generation of owners. The estate spreads across 43 hectares, featuring a huge diversity of terroirs and grape varieties. The rigour and passion that the team brings to bear are reflected in three cuvées, each the fruit of the work of successive generations.

Châteauneuf du Pape

Around 5:30pm, check-in at 3-star, Hotel de France in Aix en Provence for 4 nights (or similar). Enjoy dinner at local restaurant in Aix-en-Provence with drinks include.

Breakfast  and dinner included.

Day 5, Provence
After breakfast, your guide meet you at your hotel at 9:30 a.m.

Start with a guided tour of Cassis. This lovely and typically Provençal harbour is since the age of time protected by its high calcareous cliffs favourable to shelter boats. In the Roman period, the city was known for coral trade, but also for its links with Middle East and Northern Africa. Nowadays, Cassis is prosperous thanks to the thousands of visitors in search of authenticity and sun, but also ancient buildings like tiny chapels, fortifications and old houses around the harbour. Several artists, above all in the XIXth were fascinated by the colourful facades and surroundings, such as Paul Signac, Georges Braque and Maurice Wlaminck. It is now your turn to be fascinated.

Cassis

Lunch at leisure in Cassis.

After lunch, discover the Bandol vineyards: The wine region of Bandol overlooks the sea. This sightseeing is the best occasion to see mourvèdre, cinsault and grenache, but also carignan and syrah grapes as far as your eyes can see. The Bandol AOC covers 8 villages representing around 1500 hectares on silicon & limestone soils. Thanks to warm weather and wind, intensity of red colours and density of tannins are the keywords to characterize red Bandol wines as well as spicy flavor and little red fruits note can define rosé Bandol wines. Clairette, ugni blanc and bourboulenc grapes offer delightful white wines.

Enjoy a Olive oil and wine tasting at a local domain. Olives and grapes are since the age of time major emblems of Mediterranean culture. Olive oil was actually nicknamed “the green gold”. Phenicians, Greeks and Romans introduced and developed olive oil and wine production, making Provence worldwide known for it. Still today, this trade activity is very flourishing. We selected for you a splendid Provencal Domaine, totally favorable to discover two of the main taste ambassadors of southern France. This unexpected tasting will charm you.

Around 5:30 p.m., drop off at your hotel for a night at leisure in Provence. Dinner at leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 6, Provence
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m.

Discover Roussillon, walk on the Ochre trail: Ochre has become the cornerstone of Roussillon's popularity. The village is today a highlight of Luberon, beguiling visitors thanks to its vivid colors. Sculpted by storms, this former ochre deposit today present enchanting scenery, which combines men and nature work. Cliffs, earth pillars, ochre-colored sand hillocks, after being dug out by shovels and picks, are henceforth shaped by the winds and rain.

Roussillon

Sightseeing of the hilltop village of Gordes: Known as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Gordes is absolutely captivating. The village is built on hill sides and coronated by a bright colour church. You will enjoy crossing the village, full of typical Provencal houses, made with the calcareous stone and covered by terracotta tiles. Artists such as Marc Chagall were habitués of this picturesque Luberon perched village, and Gordes still drains nowadays thousands of visitors coming to admire this panorama.

Gordes

Enjoy a photo stop at Senanque Abbey: Laid in a valley and surrounded by lavender field, the Cistercian romanesque of Sénanque is the perfect cliché of Provence. Worldwide known, you will appreciate its peaceful atmosphere, favorable to the monastic life and agriculture activity. A religious building still lives in the abbey.

Senanque Abbey

Lunch at leisure.

After lunch, guided tour and tasting artisanal candy, Calissons d'Aix. Calissons and nougats belong to the ancestral tradition of Provence confectionery. Named after king René, one of the most famous character of local history and above all great amateur of candies, the family owned factory uses genuine local products to create what is nowadays labeled as "Company of Alive Heritage" : almonds, honey, thyme, lavender and candied melons and orange peels. The new generations of candy makers will also surprise your palate with their audacious creations.

Around 5:30 p.m., drop of at your hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 7, Provence
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at  9:30 a.m.

Today includes a sightseeing in Avignon, Pope's Palace, Pont d'Avignon and town. Avignon was the capital of Christendom during the XIVth century. The historic city centre is listed as world heritage by UNESCO. You will be amazed to admire the full length ramparts, the famous St-Bénézet bridge (the Pont d'Avignon known by all French kids !) and above all, the biggest gothic palace in the world : the Pope's Palace.

Avignon

Lunch at a local restaurant in Avignon with drinks included.

After lunch, visit to Les Carrières de Lumières. In the heart of Alpilles, the monumental "Carrières de Lumières", an old stone quarry, hosts extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique in the world. Culturespaces is organising an innovative and ambitious project: 70 video projectors, 3D audio adapted to the specific characteristics of the site, and large surfaces are used in the show to project famous painter works and give breadth to this artistic journey. You will be totally immersed in the image projected onto all the surfaces of the rock and the ground which becomes a vast carpet of images.

Around 5:30 p.m., drop off at your hotel in Aix en Provence. Diner at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8,  From Aix-en-Provence to Nice
After breakfast, meet your guide and pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m. Free time in Aix-en-Provence to relax and explore this amazing city..

Lunch at leisure in Aix-en-Provence.

Aix-en-Provence

After lunch, transfer in a comfortable minibus from Aix-en-Provence to Nice. You will love the stop in the hilltop village of Grasse on the way to Nice.

Check-in at the Hotel Monsigny*** (or similar) in Nice for 4 nights. Dinner at your leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 9, Nice
After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel at 9:30 a.m

Today, enjoy a city tour of Cannes and a lunch at a local restaurant with drinks included. From the modest fishermen village to the cultural world-famous seaside resort, Cannes has forged a singular history, made of passions and timely encounters as in the most beautiful love stories.

Historians located the presence of the first occupants one century before Jesus Christ, The Ligurians. These transalpine people who dominated the western end of the known world of the time, settled on a promontory, the actual Le Suquet, and erected an oppidum or fortified camp. No archaeological vestige does attest to the occupation of the site by the Ligurians, but they were named barbaric by the Greek geographer Strabon. Turn and look to the sea to find traces of these early tourists.

Cannes

Around 5:30 p.m, drop off at your hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 10, Nice
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m.

Today, you will enjoy Nice with a guided tour of the city. Nice's Promenade des Anglais and Carnival are well known. Yet it is only once you get here, after having soaked up the city's atmosphere and unique light, that the tag line 'Capital of the Côte d'Azur' begins to make sense and emerges into an inescapable truth.

Guided tour of Nice

Guided tour of Nice

Guided tour of Nice

Nice

Lunch at leisure in Nice.

In the afternoon, discover Antibes and Cagnes-sur-Mer. Antibes is a popular Mediterranean resort town located in French Riviera between Cannes and Nice. Explore the old town including its market or relax in one of their beautiful beaches. Cagnes-sur-Mer is located between Nice and Antibes. Explore the hilltop village including its castle.

Around 5:30 p.m., drop off at your hotel for a night at leisure in Nice. Dinner at leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 11, Monaco
After breakfast, you guide pick you up at your hotel at 9:30 a.m to drive you to explore the stylish Monaco with a guided tour.The Rock of Monaco was a shelter for primitive populations. Traces of their occupation were discovered in a cave in the Saint-Martin Gardens. The first sedentary inhabitants of the region, the Ligures, are described as a mountain people, accustomed to hard work and an exemplary frugality. The coast and the port of Monaco were probably the sea access for the interior Ligurian population, the Oratelli of Peille.

Monaco

Lunch at your leisure in Monaco.

Free time in the afternoon to discover the second smallest country by area in the world.

Around 5:30 p.m, drop off at your hotel before the Farewell dinner with drinks included.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 12, Departure
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel.

Breakfast included.

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned minibus from Paris to Nice, during all the itinerary
  • Maximum 16-passengers
  • Guaranteed departures
  • English-speaking passionate tour guide
  • 11-nights in 3 or 4* hotels in Lyon, Aix en Provence and Nice with daily breakfast*
  • 3 dinners included with drinks*
  • 3 lunches included with drinks*
  • 2 wine tasting sessions, including, Chateauneuf du Pape and Provence wines*
  • 1 Calissons d'Aix candy tasting*
  • Guided tours of the cities and towns of Lyon, Avignon, Cassis, Roussillon, Gordes, Grasse, Aix en Provence, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Antibes and Cagnes sur Mer*
  • Discovery of the famous sites: Maison des Canuts museum, Les Halles Bocuse market, Bandol vineyard, Sennanque Abbey, Les Carrieres de Lumiere, *

*Terms & conditions apply

*Sightseeing, tastings and accommodation are subject to change to similar services. See booking conditions
*Lunch with drinks include entree/main or main/dessert with 1/4 bottle of wine, tea or coffee.
Please note that the wine tasting lunches include 2-3 wine glasses

*Dinner with drinks included entree/ main/ dessert with 1/4 bottle of wine, tea or coffee

Exclusions

  • Exclusions flights and other services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and options
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Other visits and extra hours (75 € per hour with a maximum of 2 hours per day)
  • Tips

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Terms & Conditions 

Booking Conditions - 12-Day Small Group Escorted Tours

At French Travel Connection, we have partnered with our preferred tour operator to offer an exceptional range of intimate Escorted Group Tours.

Please note that price displayed is a price from. It includes an early booking discount of $300 per person. We reserve the right to amend the price and special offers of our tours at any time. Single supplement apply. No minimum passengers for guaranteed departure. Accommodation is subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should they not be available, we will offer you alternatives of same standard. 

INCLUSIONS & ITINERARY VARIATIONS
Please refer to the detailed itinerary of the tour for what is included/not included in the price. Please note that the pick-up point and drop off point are defined by the Tour Operator and cannot be changed. All possible effort will be made to adhere to the published touring itinerary. Occasionally circumstances beyond our control will force changes, amendments or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions such as accommodation, excursions, transfers, meals, drinks or other services. The Tour Operator or French Travel Connection cannot be held responsible for any omissions or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions such as accommodation, excursions, transfers, meals, drinks or other services.

BOOKINGS
All reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking. Any verbal quote given is only an estimate of the price which will be effective only upon the issuing of a written advice on confirmation of the reservation. All bookings with French Travel Connection (“FTC”) are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by airlines, hoteliers, coach operators, and other service providers including, but not limited to, rail, car hire and restaurant operators whose services we utilise, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Bookings with carriers or tour operators are also subject to the carrier’s terms and conditions as printed or referred to in their tickets and/or timetables and/or regulations. FTC and/or its agents reserve the right, without notice, to modify, cancel or withdraw any of the arrangements and in this event the full amounts paid will be returned to the customer, and upon rendering the same, all liability of FTC and/or its agents in respect thereof shall cease. FTC and/or its agents reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of any group at any time. FTC reserves the right to adjust any price without notice whatsoever at any time up to the day full payment is received by FTC.

DEPOSITS, FINAL PAYMENT
A non-refundable deposit of 35% per booking must be paid at the time of booking. Bookings for which this deposit is not received are subject to cancellation without notice. If FTC is unable to confirm the requested arrangements the deposit will be fully refundable. *Please note that for any service held on an option a firm reservation cannot be made until the required deposit is received. Option periods is 5 business days - if a deposit is not received within the option period FTC may be unable to confirm the service. The balance payment must be received not less than 90 days prior to departure. If the balance payment is not received by FTC by the due date, we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and to apply the appropriate cancellation charges. Payments by credit card are subject to merchant fees.

ADDITIONAL FEES
Our general terms & conditions apply for amendment fees, please see our website.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
Should you or any member of your party wish to cancel, you must advise your Travel Agent and/or FTC in writing. Such written advice should be signed by the person who made the original booking. The cancellation is not effective until FTC receives the written advice. Cancellations are subject to a fee as follows:

  • 90 days, or more, prior to date of first service: deposit
  • 89 days, or less, prior to date of first service: 100% of total cost

*Please note that it is your responsibility to request from your Travel Agent or FTC the details of terms and conditions, and to ensure that you have understood their contents. The payment of your deposit constitutes an acceptance of those terms and conditions and your acknowledgement that you will be bound by their cancellation fee charges. No refund is made on any pre-booked services or other travel not utilised. No refund is available for cancellation after the tour has commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised. No refund is available for transport and museum passes. Cancellation of confrmed services forming part of an existing booking will incur cancellation fees as listed. FTC does not authorise any overseas supplier to promise refunds on our behalf.

INSURANCE
It is strongly recommended that, at the time of booking, you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy of your choice. We suggest that the policy should include, but not be limited to the following features: Loss of deposit through cancellation, personal baggage, loss of money, medical expenses, additional expenses to cover hotel accommodation and repatriation costs to Australia should the tour or holiday need to be extended or curtailed due to illness while overseas, or due to the need to return to Australia because of unexpected death or illness of a close relative. Please consult your Travel Agent on the insurance policy most suitable for your needs.

VISA, TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Passengers should familiarise themselves with any and all health or visa requirements that may be applicable in the areas they intend visiting. They shall be responsible for all exit, entry, health and other documents required by laws, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. Each person shall carry a valid passport at all times. An Australian Re-Entry Permit must be obtained for those not holding Australian passports. Kindly note that passport and visa requirements are not our responsibility or that of your Travel Agent and we are not liable for any loss or expense due to a passenger‘s failure to comply with the above or any statutory requirement made in any country whatsoever.

LUGGAGE
Luggage, including personal articles, is at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of its owners except to the extent of any insurance purchased by the customer. It is also the passenger’s responsibility to enquire prior to departure about the restrictions placed by any carrier or tour operator on the amount, weight or volume of luggage allowed and to comply with those requirements. Failure to do so might incur additional charges or refusal to carry the excess luggage.

RESPONSIBILITY
The obligation of FTC to you is to make travel bookings on your behalf and allow you to obtain travel related products from third parties. FTC acts as Booking Agent only for the persons or companies offering or providing the means of travel, conveyance, transport, accommodation or other service and all receipts, tickets, vouchers, coupons or exchange orders are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which transportation and other services are provided. FTC does not accept any liability whatsoever for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of those Airlines, coach operators, shipping companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your tour or travel pursuant to a contract between them and yourselves and over whom we have no direct and exclusive control. We do not accept liability in contract or in tort for any accident, injury, damage, loss, delay, irregularity, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by any act or event which are beyond our control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part including, but not limited to, war, civil disturbance, fre, floods, pandemic, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or of any other authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such action may be settled by acceding to demands of a labour group). Maps and photographs are only included for the purpose of general information and do not necessarily indicate actual itineraries or location of services provided.

EXTRA SERVICES
FTC, its agents and any tour operator or provider of services is not liable for any changes, fees or costs not included in the services offered, and any additional costs are the responsibility of the passenger. If you request extra services, please advice 80 days prior tour departure, extra cost may apply if available

ERRORS OR OMISSIONS (E&OE)
We reserve the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated for any service, notwithstanding that the invoice may have been paid in full. It is the responsibility of the Travel Agent to ensure all invoice details are correct and that the client acknowledges all cancellation conditions

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
All Small Group Escorted Tour programs are group touring programs. The term ‘group tour’ is defined as having a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 16 passengers travelling. The tour is a guaranteed departure.

FORCE MAJEURE
If the tour cannot proceed due to flood, earthquake, war or civil strike, acts of terrorism, hurricane, cyclone, industrial disturbance, strike, fire, lock out, epidemic, pandemic, failure or delays of scheduled transportation facilities, or other Acts of God, or any law, order, decree, rule or regulation of any government authority, or for any reason whether of a similar or dissimilar nature beyond the control of the supplier, this agreement shall terminate and there shall be no claim for damages by either party against the other.

TWIN SHARE ROOMS
Please note: Throughout much of central Europe traditional hotels sometimes offer ‘French Twins’ which are 2 separate beds and mattresses attached together and sharing a single headboard.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
Single supplements apply. Single rooms in European Hotels are sometime smaller than twin rooms. The Single Supplements represent a fee passed on to us by the Hotels.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
In the unlikely instance of a hotel change becoming necessary, the alternative property will be of a comparable and there shall be no refund in this connection. Non-smoking rooms are requested, however they cannot be guaranteed as not all European hotels offer dedicated non-smoking rooms.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS
Please note requests for special dietary requirements cannot be guaranteed at all European hotels and restaurants.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE
Unless otherwise indicated we have not included flights, visas, airport taxes, port taxes, security charges, items of a personal nature, laundry, meals, transfers, drinks and consumables.

COMPLAINTS

  • In the unlikely event of a complaint, the client is obliged to make French Travel Connection and the local supplier aware of such problems immediately.
  • French Travel Connection will only consider claims made against it in those circumstances where a complaint has been made pursuant to sub paragraph (a) above and where the claim has been received by within 30 days from the end of the services provided, otherwise, the client will have no right to make any claim against it.

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