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Self-drive tour from Paris to Champagne, Burgundy, Provence & Riviera- 12 days/ 11 nights in 4*hotels and 5*hotel

 
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A self-driven tour from Paris to Champagne, Burgundy, Provence & Riviera, A comfortable automatic SUV, Suggestions, Tour and Champagne tasting at Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, Tour and wine tasting at Bouchard Aine & Fils, Ticket entrance for Hospices de Beaune, Wine tasting at a local domain in Nuits Saint Georges, Ticket entrance for Le Clos de Vougeot, Avignon Popes' Palace, Guided walking tour in Aix en Provence, Free tour at the Fragonard Perfume factory and museum in Grasse, two nights in a 4*hotel in Reims, three nights in a 5* hotel in Beaune, one night in a 4* hotel in Avignon, two nights in a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence and three nights in a 4* hotel in Nice - all with breakfasts.


Itinerary

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Day 1: Paris, and the short drive to Reims


A nice SUV for 12 days to be picked up at the rental agency in Paris


Hit the French roads in a comfortable, air conditioned automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) w/GPS included!


Welcome to Reims!

Stroll through the storied streets of Reims: many sites, monuments and museums evidence the rich history here, from the Gallo-Roman period to modern times, including fabulous Nuveau and Art Deco architecture.

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Check in at the Hotel de la Paix **** (Four Star) for two nights - with breakfasts and parking.


Tour and tasting at Veuve Clicquot

Tour and Champagne tasting of the vintage Grande Dame. This Champagne House was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and then elevated by his widow Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. 1972 saw the creation of the  Grande Dame, cuvée prestige of the Company.

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Day 2: Discover the Epernay area


Suggestions:

Dom Perignon Abbey...Built in 650 AD, the Abbey was attacked and burned down multiple times over the centuries. Today only the main building remains...Built in 1692, it contains a beautiful cloister gallery and the entrance which was preserved from the original structure.

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Avenue de Champagne...Formerly known as Avenue du Commerce it only stretches for about a kilometer (half a mile) with many, many times that undergound in the form of tunnels and caves. Over the centuries many Champagne Houses were built here with architectures exemplifying their respective brand and uniquely-charactered bubbly beverage.



Moët & Chandon: Iconic tour and Champagne tasting

Founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, within forty years it became the first international brand (of anything) in the world! With a history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st, this Champagne has also been the Official beverage for many important historical events such as King Edwards VII’s coronation, The Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of The Statue of Liberty, and more. Today it's still the most famous Champagne brand in the world! Your special visit here ends with a glass of Moët Imperial.

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Day 3: Transfer to Beaune


Check-out after breakfast and depart for Beaune.

Suggestions:

Making a stop in the village of Chablis to discover their famous Bourgogne Chablis wines is highly recommended.  So beautiful...It's a definite "must see!"



Make another stop in the city of Dijon, because:  

In Roman times it was the major crossroad between northern Europe and the Mediterranean. It was here in the 14th century that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

From the Renaissance forward the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”. Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer its sunny café terraces are a perfect place to take an inner-city break....



Welcome to Beaune!

Located in the heart of Burgundy with its world famous vineyards, Romanée-Conti, Meursault, and Pommard, Beaune is a classic Burgundy village. Also famous for the Hospices de Beaune, you will enjoy wine tastings, local cellars, restaurants and the panoramic views of the Grands Crus Road.

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Check in at Hotel Le Cep***** (Five Stars) for three nights - with breakfasts and parking.


Day 4: Hospices de Beaune and wine tasting


Visit of Bouchard Aine & Fils

We invite you to the “Tour of the 5 Senses”, a one-of-a-kind tour that is sensorial, fun and interactive - it's exploring wines through sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. 

Guided tour and tasting of 5 wines (2 white and 3 reds - Villages, Premier Cru and Grand Cru).


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A visit to the Hospices de Beaune

Since their foundation in 1443 by the Chancellor Nicolas Rolin, the Hospices Civils de Beaune have kept their doors open to everyone without interruption. Unique in its history and wine-production, this institution is closely connected with the economic life of the entire region.

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Day 5: Have you ever tasted the most famed Burgundy wines ?


Wine tasting at a local domain in Nuits Saint Georges



Visit of Le Clos de Vougeot

Founded in 1098 by an order of monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares (almost 125 acres). The castle houses the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin and its wines are among the most famous in Burgundy with their Grand Crus: Le Clos Vougeot.

The vineyard today is divided between 80 owners.

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Day 6: Off to Avignon! 


Check-out after breakfast and depart for Avignon.


Welcome to Avignon

From its elaborate past when it was the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon still shines with its stunning architectural legacy, much of it having UNESCO's World Heritage status.


Check in at the Hotel de l'Horloge**** for one night - with breakfast included. 


Visit of the Popes' Palace

The Popes' Palace is the largest Gothic palace in the world! Built in less than 70 years by the Popes, today there are 25 rooms open to your visit. At one point it served as military barracks and is now used regularly as a theatrical stage and a cultural setting for prestigious exhibitions.

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Day 7: Depart for Aix en Provence


Check out after breakfast and head to Aix en Provence.


Suggestions:

Isle sur la Sorgue...The "chineurs" - lovers of beautiful objects d'art, galleries and antique shops and will be delighted as there are nearly 300 antique dealers in this small town!


Gordes...Risiing up as a citadel and offering views of landmarks from its past: a majestic protective castle, a massive church with its fortifications, and surrounded by unusually tall buildings (for the era) overlooking a precipice with narrow streets below that making it possible to escape assaults of the Mistral winds.


Roussillon...Located in the very heart of the biggest deposits of ocher in the world and is consequently distinguished by a palette of vibrant colours.

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Welcome to Aix en Provence! 

Bathed in the light of its special climate, Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance as evidenced in its bustling streets and squares.

History here continues in the joys and drama of everyday life - a pleasurable shopping trip blending with its noble heritage. Pause for a drink on a terrace to take in the graceful architecture and stroll around in the town's baroque splendour.

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Check in at the Hotel Aquabella**** for two nights - with breakfasts.


Day 8: Day at leisure to take in the Aix en Provence area


Enjoy a guided walking tour

Founded by the Romans during the 1st century BC (!) the city was a town of warmth called Aquae Sextiae. From these origins, Aix-en-Provence preserved many of its monumental fountains. Strolling the streets you'll appreciate how superbly maintained the ensemble of 17th and 18th Century buildings are, making this town one of the most distinguished in France.

The St-Sauveur cathedral and cloister offers a rich panorama of medieval architecture. Try not to leave without visiting one of its picturesque food markets, helping to make Aix-en-Provence the gastronomic capital of the region.

Near the city center, the Montagne Ste-Victoire perfectly evokes the memory of Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne who immortalized it on canvas numerous times. 

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Suggestions:

Arles...This city was once a Roman Gaul Metropolis. Then, after that Empire fell, it became the symbol of a radiant Christian epoch.  Evidence of this layered past can be vividly seen in the Alyscamps, the ancient theatre, and the Baths of Constantine.


Nimes...The city of Nîmes was built in a remarkable way with its Roman monuments over two thousand years ago. It is how this this ancient architecture remained intact over the centuries that gives the city its identity, its personality, its singularity, and its exceptional appeal.



Baux de Provence...This city belongs to the group labeled "The Most Beautiful Villages of France". Views from the top of the rocky promontory are absolutely breathtaking. The fortifications of this impregnable village located in the heart of the Alpilles provide an interesting exemple of the defensive style of architecture in use between the 11th and 13th centuries.

The main relic of this mighty stronghold is the castle crowned by a massive keep. Inside, you can see the castral chapel and restored medieval war machines. Strolling in the village will give you the opportunity to discover numerous splendly preserved 15th century houses and tiny chapels.   



Lavender fields... The Provence fields produce some of the finest lavender in the world - and they’re certainly among the most famous. Come early summer, when the spring poppies are starting to disappear, and the bright lavender bloom arrives, transforming an already beatific landscape into a patchwork of vivid colour.


Day 9: Departure to Nice, and don't miss Cassis and its gorgeous creeks - enjoy your free day!

Check-out after the delicious breakfast and departure to Cassis.


Welcome to Cassis!

This lovely and classic Provençal harbour has, since the age of time, been protected by its high calcium-rich cliffs acting as a perfect to shelter for maritime vessels. In the Roman period, the city was not only known for its coral trade, but also for its links with the Middle East and Northern Africa. Nowadays Cassis is prosperous thanks to thousands of annual visitors who come in search of its cultural authenticity, glorious sunshine, and spectacular ancient architecture. So many tiny chapels, fortifications and old houses surround the harbour.

Many artists, and particularly those of the 19th century, were fascinated by its colourful facades and surroundings; Paul Signac, Georges Braque and Maurice Wlaminck, to name a few. Here you'll have the chance to awaken that fascination yourself!


Suggestion:

How about a cruise of the beautiful Creeks of Cassis?
Spanning 20 km between Marseille and Cassis, the Calanques is composed of jutting limestone cliffs dotted with hiking trails and climbing sites. The shoreline is cut into by a succession of dramatic creeks, their bright walls in brilliant contrast to the deep turquoise and blue of the Mediterranean. The park has 18 such creeks in Cassis and three others east of La Ciotat and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, so the picturesque cruise is well worth the time.



Welcome to Nice!

Nice's Carnival and Promenade des Anglais are both quite well known. But it is only after you've gotten here and soaked up some of the city's atmosphere and unique light that the accompanying phrase "Capitol of the Côte d'Azur" begins to make sense as a palpable reality.


Check in at the Hotel Aston la Scala**** for three nights - with breakfasts.


Day 10: Enjoy free time to discover Nice area.


Suggestions:

Grasse...Only 15 km from Cannes, and 300-400 meters (roughly 1100ft) above sea level, it's a breath of fresh mountain air in a setting of green forests and caves. Although the fourth largest city in the Alpes-Maritimes, Grasse and its surrounding countryside are places of real vacation and rest.


Saint Paul de Vence...Medieval walls encircle narrow streets and capture the heritage going back over a thousand years. Picking out the signs of its history, either alone or with a guide, is to enter into the soul of Saint-Paul de Vence.

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A visit of the Fragonard Parfumerie - a factory and  museum in Grasse

Crafted here daily, this exquisite perfume and soap factory was established in a 19th century building and sits in the heart of the old town - one of the earliest manufacturers in Grasse. Enjoy this unique and delightful tour.



Day 11: Off to Monaco! Enjoy another day at your leisure...


Suggestions:

Eze... Truly one of the most charming and "eze-going" villages on the French Riviera, it features expansive views of the entire coastline.



Monaco...Nestled on the French Riviera, the Principality is one of the top privileged resorts of the Private-Jet-Set. Super Yachts, palaces and the most exotic sportscars are legion here.


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Day 12: Last day in the Riviera


Check out after another delicious breakfast.

Depart for Nice and drop-off the car at the rental agency there.


Accommodations 


Champagne : Hotel de la Paix**** (Four Star) in Reims for two nights

In Reims, the magical capital of the Champagne region, you’ll find Best Western's pride, the Hôtel de la Paix. This island of calm is located just a stone’s throw from shops and the spectacular gothic Cathedral. Between old stonework and new design, the Best Western Hotel de la Paix welcomes you with 169 fully equipped modern, air-conditioned bedrooms - a place full of charm.




Burgundy : Hotel Le Cep***** (Five Star) in Beaune for three nights

This hotel is ideally located in the very heart of historic Burgundy, just a stone's throw from the center of Beaune, and only a two minute walk to the famous Hospice de Beaune and the magnificent Cathedral de Notre Dame.

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Avignon: Hotel de l'Horloge**** (Four Star) for one night

In the city centre, on Place de l’Horloge and close to the Pont d’Avignon, the Hôtel de l’Horloge  is a charming Four Star establishment in an ideal location to discover Avignon's art and culture.

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Aix en Provence :
 Hotel Aquabella**** (Four Star) for two nights

You will find the Aquabella Hotel surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden and ideally situated in the heart of Aix en Provence.

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Nice: Hotel Aston la Scala**** (Four Star) for three nights

Right in the center of Nice in the Jean-Médecin district, this upscale hotel is a stand-out for several reasons: an impressive Art Deco style building, a variety of accommodations with individualized room decor, a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views, complete catering services and a seminar meeting space. The service is remarkable, in keeping with the elegance prevailing throughout.

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This package includes

Please note that this package is based on a double occupancy room

  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Reims - breakfasts and parking included
  • Three nights in a 5* hotel in Beaune - breakfasts and parking included
  • One night in a 4* hotel in Avignon - breakfast included
  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence - breakfasts included
  • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Nice - breakfasts included
  • A comfortable automatic SUV - with GPS -  for 12 days
  • Tour and Champagne tasting at Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon
  • Tour and wine tasting at Bouchard Aine & Fils
  • The entrance fee for the Hospices de Beaune
  • Wine tasting at a local domain in Nuits Saint Georges
  • The entrance fee for Clos de Vougeot
  • The entrance fee for Avignon Popes' Palace
  • A guided walking tour in Aix en Provence
  • Free entrance and tour at the Fragonard Parfum museum factory in Grasse


This package does not include

  • Public parking in Avignon (around 15 euros for 24h)
  • Public parking in Aix en Provence (around 12 euros for 24h)
  • Public parking in Nice (around 29 euros for 24h)
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Other visits not listed
  • Guide appreciation gratuity         


Additional information

  • Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this arise, we will offer you a parallel alternative at the same high standard.
 
Features
Duration of the tour12 Days / 11 Nights
Hotel addressHotel de la Paix: 9 Rue Buirette, 51100 Reims ; Hotel Le Cep: 27 Rue Maufoux, 21200 Beaune ; Hotel de l'Horloge: 1 Rue Félicien David, 84000 Avignon ; Hotel Aquabella: 2 Rue des Étuves, 13100 Aix ; Hotel Aston La Scala: 12 Avenue Felix Faure, 06000 Nice
TransportationAir conditioned automatic SUV with GPS included
Types of travelSelf-driven Tours, Tours from Paris
DestinationsFrench Riviera, Champagne, Burgundy, Provence
Number of destinations4
Duration12 days
 
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  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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