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Self-drive Provence and French Riviera

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Paris
Travel Ends
Nice
Travel Periods
01 Mar 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Experience
Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Explore the wonderful sights of Provence and the stunning French Riviera, including Grasse and Nice, on this exciting 10-day self drive journey.

Highlights

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence

Stay at the stunning Hotel Aston la Scala in Nice

Discover the Calanques, spanning 20 km between Marseille and Cassis, composed of barren limestone cliffs dotted with hiking trails and climbing sites. 

Visit Pont du Gard, the largest part of a Roman aqueduct that led for 50 km. Today it is the highest Roman bridge in the world.

Discover the origins of perfume, how it's created, and important artifacts in the Museum of Perfume in Grasse

Explore 2 gems of French Riviera, the medieval village of Eze and the Principality of Monaco

Start your journey in Avignon and discover the main highlights of the provencal city, such as the famous Palais des Papes, one of the most important Gothic buildings in Europe, the 12th century Avignon Cathedral and Pont d'Avignon, a medieval bridge over the Rhône River. Uncover the charming city of Aix-en-Provence, Provence’s best-kept secret. Located in southern France, Aix-en-Provence is the epitome of French elegance and Europe’s old-world charm. From Aix-en-Provence,continue to the stunning French Riviera and take time to stop en route to admire Cassis, a beautiful fishing port known for its cliffs and sheltered inlets called calanques. You will also enjoy a tour at the Fragonard Parfum Factory and Museum in Grasse. Your self drive will end in Nice.

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Included

3 nights in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge - 4*
3 nights in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella - 4*
3 nights in Nice at Hotel Aston La Scala - 4*
Private transfer from hotel to railway station in Paris
TGV Train from Paris to Avignon
Car rental (SUV auto Nissan Qashqai or similar) for 10 Days
Daily Breakfast
Guided walking tour in Aix en Provence
Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain in Cassis
Tour at the Fragonard Parfum Factory and Museum in Grasse
Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain
Walking tour in Nice with a local guide
Eze and the Principality of Monaco half day tour
Entrance fees for Avignon Popes Palace and Pont du Gard
Day 1
Paris → Avignon

Enjoy a private transfer from your centrally located Paris Hotel to the train station. Then, board your TGV to Avignon. Once the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon still has its overwhelming architectural heritage, much of which is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

On arrival, collect your car in Avignon, a comfortable, air conditioned automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) w/GPS included! 

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Paris → Avignon
Day 2
Avignon

After breakfast, we suggest that you explore the historic city centre of Avignon. Stroll around small hidden squares and perhaps enjoy lunch on a restaurant or cafe terrace. Take in some shopping on Rue de la République.

Visit the Popes' Palace (entrance fees included), the largest Gothic palace in the world! Built in less than 70 years by the Popes, today there are 25 rooms open for 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. 

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Avignon
Avignon
Day 3
Avignon → Pont Du Gard → Avignon

After breakfast, visit the amazing Pont du Gard (entrance fees included). The Pont du Gard is the largest part of a Roman aqueduct that led for 50 km and is the highest Roman bridge in the world.

Then, make a stop at Saint Remy de Provence! Do you know Saint Rémy de Provence? If not you should not miss it! It is known as a haven for artists, writers and musicians, as the birthplace of Nostradamus and a village where Van Gogh sought refuge.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Avignon → Pont Du Gard → Avignon
Day 4
Avignon → Aix en Provence

After breakfast, leave for Aix en Provence. We recommend you to stop along the route and check out:

  • Isle sur la Sorgue... The "chineurs" - lovers of beautiful objects d'art, galleries and antique shops will be delighted as there are nearly 300 antique dealers in this small town!
  • Gordes...Rising up as a citadel and offering views of landmarks from its past: a majestic fortified castle and massive church all surrounded by unusually tall buildings (for the era) overlooking a precipice with narrow streets below, making it possible to escape assault 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.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Avignon → Aix en Provence
Gordes
Day 5
Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, 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.

Be sure to visit one of its picturesque food markets, helping to make Aix-en-Provence the gastronomic capital of the region. Near the city centre, the Montagne Ste-Victoire perfectly evokes the memory of Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne who immortalised it on canvas numerous times.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence
The main flower market in Aix-en-Provence
Day 6
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis → Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, depart for 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. 

Return to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis → Aix-en-Provence
Day 7
Aix-en-Provence → Nice

Check-out of your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, drive towards Nice.

Make a stop at the village of Trets, an ancient medieval town that has preserved remains of its ramparts dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Beautiful old houses with mullioned windows are to be discovered, as well as some passages under the vault. The superb and imposing 12th-century church of Notre Dame de Nazareth, with its unfinished bell tower, is a listed historical monument. Trets offers a beautiful view of the Sainte-Victoire massif.

Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain.

Overnight stay in Nice at Hotel Aston La Scala.

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence → Nice
Nice
Day 8
Nice → French Riviera → Nice

After breakfast, we recommend to visit Grasse, 15km from Cannes, and 300-400 metres 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.

Another must see on the bucket list is 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.

Visit to the Fragonard Parfumerie - a factory and museum in Grasse (entrance fees included). Crafted here daily in the heart of the old town, this exquisite perfume and soap factory was established in a 19th century building - one of the earliest manufacturers in Grasse. 

Overnight stay in Nice at Hotel Aston la Scala.

Parking not included

Nice → French Riviera → Nice
Saint Paul de Vence
Day 9
Nice

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour in Nice with a local guide. 

The Old Town of Nice is made up of tall tenement houses lined up along narrow and shadowed streets. The ground floors are occupied by restaurants, shops, and the galleries of local artists. You can buy everything here, from Provencal spices to hand-made jewellery and cosmetics. Let yourself be carried away by the past, which is still very much present here.

Promenade des Anglais, always elegantly flowered, follows the harmonious curve of the Baie des Anges, was originally only a two-metre wide trail. It was built at his own expense in 1820 by an Englishman, the Reverend Lewis Way. It was immediately baptised by the local population the “Route of the English”. In its final form, two roads separated by a ground-floor planted with palm trees, the “Prom” was inaugurated in 1931 by the Duke of Connaught, one of the sons of Queen Victoria.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Nice at Hotel Aston La Scala.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Nice
Promenade des Anglais, Nice
Day 10
Nice →Monaco → Nice

After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Nice and enjoy some of the gems of the French Riviera with a half-day tour of the medieval village of Eze and the Principality of Monaco. 

Explore the authentic hilltop village of Eze, famous for the Fragonard perfume factory and cobblestone narrow streets, small squares and traditional homes. Visit quaint porcelain and tapestry workshops. Enjoy a striking view over the coastline. 

A tour of the old town of Monaco to explore the museum of Oceanography, the Prince’s palace and the Cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly are buried and enjoy a view on the entire country from to top of the “rock”. Free time to enjoy the lively old town of Monaco around the palace with restaurants and souvenirs shops.

Then experience the thrill of a full lap around the most famous Formula one circuit in Monte-Carlo. Free time to walk around the Casino Square, the Café de Paris, Restaurant Louis IV, the luxury boutiques and Casino gardens.

Return to Nice and drop-off the car at the depot.

Breakfast
Nice →Monaco → Nice
Eze

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR

Hotel options

Hotel De l'Horloge
Hotel De l'Horloge

Avignon
Located in the city centre of Avignon, close to the Square de l'Horloge and near the Pont d'Avignon, the Hotel de l'Horloge is a 4-star hotel, full of charm, with an ideal location for visiting Avignon centre, discover its culture and the art of Avignon. The rooms offer a decor in warm tones, where different materials come together to offer refinement, authenticity and softness. 
Wood, wrought iron, seagrass or wicker harmonize and guide us in this framework of plenitude. 
Some rooms are also equipped with a terrace. 

Hotel Aquabella
Hotel Aquabella

Aix-en-Provence
A true haven of peace, our 4-hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden which invites tranquility. It has been designed to create a soothing atmosphere that marvelously combines the sweetness of Provence with the historical richness of the city of Aix. 
Modern and spacious, the Aquabella Hotel & Spa has 112 renovated rooms, including 4 Belvédère suites offering the choice of a view of the "Tourreluque" tower, the cathedral or the roofs of the Old Town.

Hotel Aston La Scala
Hotel Aston La Scala

Nice
Located in the centre of Nice, in the Jean-Médecin district, this upscale hotel stands out for more than one reason: imposing Art Deco style building, variety of accommodation, unique and personalised decoration of the rooms, panoramic swimming pool on the roof, complete catering services and seminar space. The service is remarkable, in unison with the elegance that prevails in all places.

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