Spending time together in France will bring extraordinary small moments. From hot chocolate in a Parisian café to strolling through glamorous Cannes and Monaco before exploring Monet’s Garden or the Versailles chateau. Imagine macarons, perfumeries, cobbled streets, and flamboyant churches with your adventures customized just for you. Handcrafted as a dream mother and daughter vacation, this is a tour that works for all ages for a dream vacation to a dreamy country. Think Provence villages,...
Paris – World-Renowned Hot Chocolate Introduces You to Paris
As you land in Paris, it may feel like a moment that has been a very long time coming. This is a city that you feel, and most visitors have this sudden realization. It will not necessarily happen the moment you land, or even in your first couple of hours in the city. But that realization of being in Paris often comes from nowhere, and it is a wonderful feeling, especially if you dreamed of Paris for so long. The Champs Elysees is one place it could occur, but perhaps being there is a little too much bustle for your first day, especially after your long flight.
You may want to begin at a widely known café where the hot chocolate is world-famous, le chocolat chaud if you want to order in French. Your incredible cup of hot chocolate is accompanied by one of the café’s beautiful pastries, usually an eclair. Expect to sit awhile in an old-world cafe full of glamorous fittings and the most indulgent of smells. Move next to take a cruise along the River Seine for a relaxing two hours spent drifting through a city that is built around water. Just sit back and tick off the famous attractions while passing the strains of street musicians and riverside picnic chatter.
Paris – Saint-Germain and Highlights of Central Paris
Paris – Versailles and Giverny Full Day Tour, Including Monet’s Garden
Paris – More Time With Parisian Sights and Shops
Avignon – Train to Provence and Pre-Medieval Splendor
Avignon – Full Day Exploring Provence and Perfume
Cannes to Nice – Exploring the French Riviera
Nice – The Best of Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo
Nice – Departure
- Explore Provence, stopping in tiny villages, perfumeries, and vineyards
- Feel the calm of Monet’s Garden on a tour to impressionist Giverny
- Feast your eyes on the icons of Paris, with four days in the City of Lights bringing plenty of time for the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Champs Elysees and the rest
- Explore the French Riviera to visit Cannes, Monaco, and Monte Carlo
- Immerse yourself in the medieval wonder of Avignon, spending two nights in the old papal center
- Taste famous Parisian hot chocolate and macarons
- Relax in Nice, a glorious little city on the Mediterranean
- Discover Versailles, where a fabulous chateau speaks of an opulent time
- Travel the length of France by train, two three-hour journeys that provide stunning views onto the countryside
It is usually the small moments you remember most from a vacation, and this itinerary will give you both plenty to remember. Be it tasting macarons at a renowned 19th-century bakery, dining on a medieval square, or watching the stained-glass church windows glisten in the late-afternoon light. It may be your first glimpse of Chateau de Versailles or that final glance at Monet’s Garden in Giverny that stays with you. It might also be that the small moments are not anywhere specific, but are feelings that developed over an hour or a day. It could be that feeling of comfort and connection when you were walking in Avignon, or the sense of togetherness felt while relaxing at a waterfront cafe in Cannes.
This tour has been handcrafted to maximize these moments with a relaxed nine-day journey through the heart of France. There will be four nights in the capital city, and then two in Avignon and two in Nice, each stop showcasing another part of the country. You can slow down your pace and feast your eyes on the icons. Sink your senses into French experiences, and celebrate the connection. This is a dreamy mother and daughter trip to the country that seems most fitting for such an experience. You really cannot go wrong with the City of Lights, and the landscapes of Provence or the French Riviera. They seem like destinations from a dream, complete with all those quintessential quirks. Eight days is comfortable to get around all three, with two three-hour rail journey piecing them together.
With four days in Paris, you can really pack it all in without going at too fast a pace. Sip hot chocolate at a famous cafe terrace, cruise down the River Seine, walk the old cobbles and perhaps more than one or two shops. Split your time between icons like the Louvre, and the neighborhoods like Saint-Germain, just one of those you can explore in depth. Spend the next day on a guided tour, traveling first to Versailles and then across the impressionist landscapes to Giverny, where Monet’s Garden and waterlilies look as splendid as the paintings. You have a very centrally located hotel, and there will be lots of time to explore the Paris of your imagination, be that Sacre Coeur, Laduree, Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower.
Zoom to Avignon on the world’s fastest train to spend a day in the old papal enclave with historical remains all around, and an atmosphere that comes from the Middle Ages. Avignon is a quiet and a surreal little city, seemingly frozen in time. The next day will take you around Provence, stopping in delightful villages and small perfumeries, and then it will be onto the train to Nice. Explore the French Riviera with destinations like Eze, Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes all featuring over your two days, but Nice seems to sum up the style of the experience. There are so many things to do and places to be, but the moments you will most remember most are those made just for two.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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