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Scenic view of Nice

A Week in Southern France Self-Drive

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Scenic view of Nice
Experience the charm and see the cultural highlights of southern France during this exciting, 7-day self-drive tour from Paris to Nice. Explore cities and towns drenched in history and culture including Sarlat, the villages of Dordogne region, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Monaco, Eze and Nice.
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Highlights

Scenic self-drive tour from Paris to Nice

Tour of French Riviera including Monaco, Eze and Nice

Explore the medieval villages in Dordogne

Free time to explore Aix-en-Provence

Discover the heart of southern France at your own pace during this fabulous, 7-day self-drive tour from Paris to Nice. Start your discovery in Paris, the stylish capital city of France. Drive to Sarlat with a stop in Bourges, a small city located in central France packed with history and culture. Drivea along the countryside until you reach Sarlat. Located in the Dordogne region, the town boasts well-preserved medieval architecture, rich history and mouth-watering gastronomy. During your stay in Sarlat, explore the most beautiful villages of the region including Domme and La Roque-Gageac. Enjoy a cruise aboard an authentic Gabarre until you reach Beynac. Then continue your drive to Aix-en-Provence with a stop in Montpellier. Aix-en-Provence is a charming university town filled with tree-lined boulevards, picturesque squares and beautiful fountains. From Aix-en-Provence, enjoy a guided tour of the sun-kissed French Riviera, from Monaco to Nice. Explore the Principality of Monaco, Eze and Nice. Return to Aix-en-Provence, then make way to Nice. Finish your self-drive holiday with a city tour of Nice.

This tour is available from 13 February to 29 December.

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Included

7-day car hire
2-night accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Sarlat
2-night accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence
2-night accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Nice
Daily breakfast
Villages of the Dordogne tour
Tour of French Riviera: Monaco, Eze & Nice
Nice city tour

Itinerary

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Day 1
Paris – Bourges - Sarlat

Collect your car hire from Paris Gare de Lyon Rail station. Make your way to Sarlat with a stop along the way in Bourges which is an approximate 2.5-hour drive from Paris. Bourges is an enchanting medieval city set on Yèvre river and known for its half-timbered houses. This is the perfect spot for lunch while you marvel at the history of this small city. Afterwards, continue to your accommodation which is approximately 4 hours from Bourges. Take in the French countryside along the way with plenty of places to stop and explore. Check into your accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.

Day 2
Sarlat

Breakfast at your hotel and have the morning at your own leisure. In the afternoon, you will join a group tour and discover the villages of the Dordogne. Begin the tour by driving towards the beautiful village of Domme. With its trapezoid city plan, Domme is a bastide, or a fortified medieval town, adapted to the surrounding terrain, and thus falling short of the rectangular city plan characteristic to bastides. Then, drive to La Roque-Gageac and enjoy a peaceful cruise on the Dordogne River on board an authentic Gabarre to admire mighty castles that line the river. Finally, reach Beynac to admire the village and the castle. See architectural phenomenon, aided by nature, and discover more about the history of this unusual city. After your tour, enjoy the night at leisure.

Breakfast
Day 3
Sarlat – Montpellier – Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and begin driving to your next destination, Aix-en-Provence. However, no trip is complete without a stop in Montpellier along the way! Approximately a 4-hour drive from Sarlat, this up and coming university town is becoming more and more popular. Elegant buildings and medieval streets, Montpellier will never disappoint! Afterwards, continue further driving through Nimes, a hidden small village, to your accommodation in Aix-en-Provence which is an approximate 1 hour and 45-minute drive. Remainder of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast
Day 4
Aix-en-Provence

Breakfast at your hotel and join your group tour of the magnificent French Riviera - Monaco, Eze & Nice! Begin with your drive to Monaco to see the Changing of the Guard in front of the Prince's Palace. Enjoy the panoramic view on the Mediterranean Sea from the rock of the principality of Monaco. Drive on the Monaco world-famous racetrack. Photo stop at the old Casino of Monte Carlo, facing the famous Hotel de Paris and Café de Paris and deluxe boutiques. Drive on the Corniche road to Eze. See the perfume factory Fragonard and the medieval village. Continue to Nice for visiting this symbol of the French Riviera: the old town, the Cours Saleya and the famous Promenade des Anglais. On the day, you will also enjoy your own free time for lunch at your own expense. Later, return to Nice and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure.

Breakfast
Day 5
Aix-en-Provence – Nice
Breakfast at your hotel. Make your way to your Nice accommodation, which is only a 2-hour drive. Choose to make stops along the Southern French coastline if you wish, including Marseille, St Tropez or Cannes. Once you arrive to Nice, check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your own leisure discovering the cultural, yet rich sites surrounding.
Breakfast
Day 6
Nice

Breakfast at your hotel before joining tour group city tour of Nice. You will be captivated by the panoramic view extending from Nice to Esterel, overlooking the port and Mont Boron. You will also appreciate the ornamental waterfall. Stroll through the old town of Nice and discover the Palais de Justice, the Opera and the famous flower market on the Cours Saleya court (morning only). The old town is situated between the city center and the sea also called the " Vieux Nice ". After your tour, enjoy the night at your own leisure.

Breakfast
Day 7
Nice

Breakfast at your hotel. After checking out of your hotel, you will drop your car hire off at Garde de Nice TGV station. End of services.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Currency
EUR
6 nights
from AUD2,369
per person, twin share
Paris
13 February - 29 December 2020
France & Monaco Brochure
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Important notes

  • Applicable for bookings confirmed by 20 March 2020.
  • Strict booking validity dates and block outs apply.
  • Car hire based on an EDMR Renault Clio or similar, Economy.
  • One-way fee of EUR 65.00. Tax applies upon pick up. Restrictions may apply.
  • Car hire based on rate of the day. Full payment is required immediately upon confirmation. All amendments will be re-priced based on the current rate.
  • The main driver must present a full driver's license and a credit card at time of collection.
  • Accommodation based on lead in room categories.

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