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A long-time favorite. Discover fast-paced Paris, charming Provence and the beautiful Riviera.


DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Paris

Bienvenue à Paris! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager and get acquainted with this graceful city’s cobblestoned streets, charming cafés and vibrant neighborhoods. Paris is called the “City of Light” for its role as a center of education during the Age of Enlightenment (it was also one the first cities to adopt streetlights). After settling in, immerse yourself in local culture by practicing your French with painters and vintage book sellers along the storied Seine.

DAY 3: Paris

Your day begins with a guided sightseeing tour that takes you past some of the most famous attractions in Paris. Your expert local guide will show you the iconic Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées, Napoleon’s final resting place at Les Invalides and the Gothic wonder of Notre Dame. Later, explore the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory and the Venus de Milo as you wander through the galleries. From its beginnings as a royal fortress to its current status as the world’s most visited art museum, the Louvre has long been at the center of Parisian culture and home to a collection of 35,000 works of art from around the world. End your afternoon with the art of local cuisine at a French cooking lesson. Hands-on instruction teaches you to make classic Parisian dishes before you sample the delicious results. Tonight, you may wish to walk around Montmartre. This cultural and artistic district is worth the visit for the bustling energy of the artists and hipsters as well as the stunning views of the City of Light.

DAY 4: Paris

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Louis XIV's palace at Versailles. Your visit includes the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and Marie Antoinette’s Hameau and Petit Trianon. These “small” cottages are delightful for their scale and grounds. After wandering about the exquisite and intensely manicured gardens on two feet, hop on two wheels and explore the palace's surroundings beyond the gardens on a Versailles by bike tour. Then return to Paris and ascend to the third floor of the Eiffel Tower for views over this magnificent city.

DAY 5: Provence

This morning journey to Avignon on the high-speed TGV train. View the imposing Papal Palace and Pont Saint-Bénézet (famous from the children’s song). You’ll also visit the nearby Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct preserved in almost perfect condition. A true marvel of Roman engineering, the 161-foot tall bridge aqueduct is still standing nearly 2,000 years after its construction. Our tour offers an exclusive visit to the third floor and its exceptional views. Continue to Nîmes, a city full of Roman history and known for textiles. In fact, denim, the fabric of blue jeans, derives its name from Nîmes. Get to know the city and its Roman Arena with an audio-guided tour.

DAY 6: Nice

Today visit Aigues-Mortes, known for its authentic medieval ramparts and salt marsh (we visit both). Keep an eye out for flamingos and Provençal cowboys in this unique Camargue region. Continue on to Nice, the Côte d'Azur's cosmopolitan capital.

DAY 7: Nice

Enjoy an orientation tour of Nice with your tour manager this morning to see the city's many sights before continuing to the hilltop village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, home of the painter Marc Chagall. Then return to Nice where a tasty cultural exchange awaits this evening—separate into small groups and be welcomed into the homes of local Nice residents to enjoy an authentic dinner and lively conversation.

DAY 8: Nice

This morning visit Monaco, the glamorous residence of the rich and famous and home of the Grimaldi royal family. See the Changing of the Guard outside the Prince's Palace before continuing along the corniche to the perched village of Eze with its castle ruins and steep streets. Enjoy sweeping vistas from the fragrant Jardin Exotique and tour the Fragonard Perfume Factory. Spend your last afternoon on the Riviera, relaxing and enjoying the sun.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.



Optional Extensions and Extra Nights:

Further immerse yourself in the culture and wonders of the French Riviera with an extra night in Nice, including the services of your ACIS Tour Manager.

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EXCEPTIONAL DIFFERENCES

Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 7 evenings for more exploring in town
 
  • 8 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
 
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
Smart Trip Design
    Smart Trip Design
  • An all-access Versailles pass gives you the full royal experience
 
  • Special access at the Pont du Gard takes your visit to another level

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CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

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Notre Dame In Paris

Notre Dame In Paris

Abbey Of Senanque

Abbey Of Senanque

Aerial View Of Beach In Nice At Sunset

Aerial View Of Beach In Nice At Sunset

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • Students will experience the influence of geographical diversity and regionalism on French society.
  • Students will see one of the world’s greatest collections of art at the Louvre, with masterpieces ranging from prehistory to the 21st century.
  • Students will explore the far reaching rise and fall of the Roman Empire in France as represented by the Gallo-Roman Pont du Gard and the Arena of Nîmes.
 

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