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Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Nice
Total Duration: 14 days

On this itinerary, you'll take in some of the top destinations in France. It's a perfect trip for first time visitors or those who want to sample the country. You'll spend time in big cities like Paris and Lyon, before heading south to soak up the sunshine of Provence and the Riviera.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
Days 1-4
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1 Paris

City of Light

  • See some of the world's greatest art at the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa and Winged Victory
  • Want some of the best city views? Climb to the top of Arc de Triomphe, or take an elevator up the Eiffel Tower
  • Visit the great cathedral of Notre-Dame, which sits along the banks of the Seine
  • Relax into the vibe of the city; eat, shop, and spend afternoons sitting at cafés
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Day 5
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2 Versailles

Grandest Palace in France

  • Stroll down the Hall of Mirrors, which is 240 feet long and lined with 17 enormous mirrors
  • Be dazzled by the opulent and over-the-top King's Apartments and Queen's Bedchamber, decorated with silk, murals, chandeliers, and ostrich plumes
  • For some fresh air, head outside to the Parc de Versailles. During its creation, rivers were diverted and entire forests replanted
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Days 6-7
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3 Lyon and the Rhône Valley

Fabulous Food and Wine

  • Walk around Vieux Lyon, which has one of the richest groups of Renaissance dwellings in Europe
  • The Presqui'île, a peninsula flanked by two rivers, is where you'll find the modern core of the city
  • Explore the early Roman towns of Vienne and Valence, which reflect the Rhône's importance as a trading route
  • Sample Rhône Valley wines from small-town vintners and big estates
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
  • History
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Days 8-10
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4 Aix-en-Provence

Cézanne Country

  • Pay homage to native son Cézanne at his former studio, the Atelier Cézanne
  • Explore the extravagant Pavillion de Vendôme, a Baroque villa
  • Visit the Cathédrale St-Sauveur, which juxtaposes a staggering number of architectural styles at once
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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Days 11-12
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5 Antibes and Cap d'Antibes

The Jet Set Life

  • See more than 300 of Picasso's sea and mythology-inspired works at the Musée Picasso, housed inside a château
  • Hike along the clifftop Sentier Tirepoil footpath for some of the best views of the crashing surf
  • Explore the sumptuous Villa Eilenroc at the tip of Cap d'Antibes to see where Greta Garbo and Aristotle Onassis once spent the night
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Natural Beauty
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6 Nice

Pastel Perfection

  • Walk along the seaside Promenade des Anglais in Nice, an iconic Riviera experience
  • See a massive collection of Henri Matisse's work at the Musée Matisse
  • Visit the Musée Renoir in Haut-de-Cagnes, housed in a villa where the artist lived for the last 12 years of his life
  • The Château Grimaldi dominates the Vieille Ville, and is filled with a quirky collection of art and medieval treasures
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
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7 Èze

Island in the Sky

  • Walk around Èze to enjoy the arched passages, stone alleyways, and ancient fountains
  • The Jardin Exotique is home to rare species, and offers panoramic views of the sea and hills
  • Pick one of the town's many footpaths to explore; the Sentier Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most scenic
  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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