Hidden Provence Itinerary
Paris Travel! 4-Day Walking Tour of Paris
Famous Sights and Hidden Delights. Steve enthusiastically leads you through the cobblestone streets of the City of Light. Put on your walking shoes and discover the REAL Paris! Peek into the Da Vinci Code: Steve will show you some of the exact spots mentioned in the best-seller. Includes 4 nights in a charming, comfortable hotel and 4 breakfasts.
Hidden Provence Travel Day One:
Overnight flight to France, dreaming of your Provence travel experience...you're really going! (Airfare not included.)
Hidden Provence Travel Day Two:
Steve welcomes you in Paris and we transfer to our flight to the south of France. Our small hotel is right on the picturesque square in Beaulieu-sur-Mer (that means “beautiful spot on the sea”...which it is).
Hidden Provence Travel Day Three:
We hop on the coastal train to explore the bustling market and flower-filled passageways of Antibes. We visit the Picasso Museum, in the beautiful waterfront château where Picasso worked in a creative frenzy for several months. In the afternoon we can visit the home and studio where Renoir passed his final days, in the middle of a grove of gnarled olive trees, then stop at the picturesque fishing village of Villefranche for fresh seafood. Breakfast included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Four:
We go to Menton on the Italian border. We can pick up picnic supplies at the bustling market or dine at a sidewalk café in the old town, then stroll to the waterfront for a magnificent view and a quick tour of the Cocteau Museum. We stop at Cap d'Ail for a walk along the waterfront path to one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever visit, at the foot of villa-topped 300 foot cliffs. Here's your chance to swim in the Mediterranean! Breakfast included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Five:
Take an invigorating walk along the seaside promenades of Cap Ferrat to the fabulous Rothchild villa and gardens. Dine waterside in the port of St. Jean. Later, just relax and lounge on the beach. Breakfast included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Six:
We board the Train de Pignes. This tiny train of yesteryear takes us along a rushing river through spectacular gorges. We stop in the quintessential Provençal village of Annot. Once again, our small, family-style hotel is right on the main square, two minutes from boulangeries, cafés, and gurgling fountains. We explore the town and take a walk to awesome rock formations and "troglodyte" houses. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Seven:
We take the train to the medieval village of Entrevaux. We go through an arch, cross a stone bridge, then cross an actual drawbridge and go through another arch between two turrets to enter this astonishing car-free walled village. It's as if we've stepped back in time hundreds of years. We explore the winding alleyways, the tiny houses in the terraced olive groves outside the walls, then descend through the fortified citadel that looms over the town. We visit an ancient olive oil mill, whose huge grinding stone is still powered by a wooden waterwheel. Breakfast and gourmet country-style dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Eight:
Free day. Take the train to visit even more remote villages, lost in time. Hike along an genuine ancient Roman road through unbelievable rock formations. Go horseback riding. Or simply relax in a café and watch the locals play pétanque. Breakfast and delicious dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Nine:
Round-trip by train to Digne, the end of the line. We wind our way through incredibly beautiful countryside, much of it inaccessible by car. In Digne, a famous spa town, we admire the open-air sculpture gardens and visit the home of Alexandra David Néel, the dynamic French adventuress who lived here until the age of 101 after a life exploring Asia and Tibet. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Ten:
We return to the coast by train, then ride along the Moyen Corniche, an engineering marvel suspended high along the cliffs of the Côte d'Azur, offering gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea. We stop at the "eagle's nest" village of Eze, a labyrinth of flowery alleyways and fountains. Then on to the working convent of Notre Dame de Laghet, where we stay in the simple rooms of this former monastery. Benedictine nuns sing sweetly to the sound of a plucked dulcimer during services in the Baroque church, dripping with ornate curliques and cherubs. As we dine in the refectory we can imagine the ghosts of monks bidding us “bon appétit.” Breakfast and dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Eleven:
We explore Notre Dame, enthralled by the moving naïve art of the hundreds of “ex-votos” left in thanks by pilgrims. As we stroll the grounds we discover the overgrown ruins of an olive oil mill. We can then relax, or take the local bus to the nearby village of La Turbie, with its famous Roman "trophy." Breakfast and dinner included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Twelve:
We travel via minivan to the extraordinary perched villages of Peille and Peillon. No shops, no tourists...just perfectly preserved medieval stone villages...real undiscovered gems. Breakfast included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Thirteen:
SteStroll along the palm-studded Promenade de Anglais to the famous outdoor market of Nice, up to the ruins of the old Chateau with stunning views, then down through the winding alleyways of the Vielle Ville (Old Nice). Why not enjoy a lunch of Nicoise specialties like pan bagnat, socca and beignets? Breakfast included.
Hidden Provence Travel Day Fourteen:
We say "au revoir" to the French Riviera and are whisked home to the California Riviera.
Reserve Your Hidden Provence Trip Now!
Small groups (12 maximum) will fill fast!
Only $2985 per person.
(Single supplement $590)
Two-week trips forming now: Trips depart late Late Sept. 2016 and 2017
4-day Paris Extension only $595
(Single supplement $190)
Reservations on a first come, first-served basis.
Rates subject to change. Airfare not included.
Call Steve now at (805) 569-1659,
or e-mail hiddenprovence@yahoo.com
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