Solo In Style Tour of France
April 23rd – May 2nd, 2023
10 days/9 nights
Dollars: $3500 excluding flights
Euros: €3246 excluding flights
Sterling: £2900 excluding flights
Starting in Paris (where else?), you’ll move south to Provence and the picturesque city of Avignon before finishing on the French Riviera in the elegant town of Nice.
Meet and greet at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in is normally around 3pm
Your accommodation will be in a 4* hotel in central Paris. Single room on Bed & Breakfast basis.
Check-in and relax during the day.
Join us for evening drinks to meet your host and the rest of the group.
An optional dinner will be arranged in the centre of Paris within walking distance from the hotel for those who’d like to join. This will be on an A La Carte/self-payment basis.
In Paris, you’ll discover a spectacular city packed with a dazzling array of famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur, more museums than you can possibly visit in one trip, wonderful restaurants, and fascinating historic and modern neighbourhoods to explore.
In the morning the group will be led on a 4-hour city bus tour with a private guide including a tour of the Louvre.
Spend the day exploring Paris on your own, soaking up the atmosphere and experiences of this enchanting city before joining the group in the evening for a magical dinner cruise along the Seine.
Transfer to the Gare de Lyon and jump on the world-famous TGV (high-speed train) for the scenic journey down to Avignon, arriving around midday.
Your 4* hotel is the Hotel Bristol
A light lunch will be organised at the hotel so you will be ready for your afternoon sightseeing trip:
Avignon is one of France’s most fascinating and historic towns full of culture and history. It was the capital of the papacy from 1309 to 1377. Recognised for its architectural beauty and historic importance, the centre of Avignon was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Fairytale winding streets, pastel-coloured patisserie and sunny pavements cafes make Avignon’s old town one of the dreamiest places in Provence to quaff espressos or a chilled glass of rose wine.
In the afternoon the group will explore the historical centre of Avignon on a walking tour with an English-speaking guide, including a visit to the Palais des Papes.
An optional dinner will be organised in the centre of Avignon, within walking distance of your hotel. This will be organised on an A la Carte/self-payment basis.
No trip to Avignon would be complete without a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including a scenic drive through some of the most beautiful Provencale villages, wine tasting and a tour of the vineyard at Maison Bouachon at Chateauneuf-du-Pape and a delicious lunch.
Today you leave Avignon by air-conditioned private coach and head towards the Côte d’Azur, stopping on the way in Cassis for lunch and a boat trip.
Cassis is a wonderful place to stroll about with its picturesque fishing port lined with cafes and restaurants. Overlooked by a centuries-old château, it’s known for pebbly beaches and its calanques, narrow inlets framed by steep, limestone cliffs. The water is so crystal clear it feels more like the Indian ocean than the Med!!
Your visit to Cassis includes a boat trip around the calanques. Lunch will be organised but on an a la cart/self-payment basis.
Your 4* hotel in Nice is The Hotel Splendid & Spa
An optional dinner will be organised in the centre of Nice, within walking distance of your hotel. This will be organised on an A la Carte/self-payment basis.
Nice, famous for its flower market, the Promenade des Anglais, fabulous restaurants and excellent museums and art galleries, your first day will be all yours to get lost in the winding alleyway of the old town, climb up to the Chateau for stunning 360-degree views or check out the works of Matisse. You might want to hop on a train for a quick and easy journey along the coast to Cannes or Antibes? Whatever you choose to do, our host can help advise and point you in the right direction.
Today you’ll travel by air-conditioned coach to Monaco where your guide will take you to the Palace and to the Cathedral where Grace Kelly and her husband Prince Rainier are laid to rest. From here you will see the Oceanographic Museum and then head over to the fabulous Monte Carlo. See the famous F1 Grand Prix race track, the Casino, the glamorous luxury boutiques and hotels, and not forgetting of course the unforgettable views over the Mediterranean. After enjoying some refreshments in the Place du Casino you will head onto the enchanting village of Eze. This beautiful village dates back to the middle ages and clings impressively to the mountainside above the Mediterranean Sea, between St Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco. Panoramic views, and ancient façades, are some of the most memorable features of this lovely village. Here you’ll stop for lunch and also be led through the unusual experience of oil and vinegar pairing. Something not to be missed!
Then it’s back to Nice by coach and an evening to relax.
The final full day in this beautiful part of the world includes a private transfer to the stunning village of St Paul de Vence. This medieval village is a real mecca for artists, who have been coming here since 1920. Among others, Picasso, Dufy, Matisse, and Marc Chagall have stayed here and created their works. Walk through the narrow streets of the village and you will pass charming little galleries, shops, restaurants, and art studios, or sit at one of the cafes next to the impressive fountain in the Place de la Grande Fontaine and watch the world go by. You might also want to visit the world-famous museum of modern art, Fondation Maeght. Then it’s back to Nice for a final evening to relax and enjoy the local amenities.
An optional dinner will be organised in the old town of Nice, sadly the last one of this unforgettable trip which has given you just a small taste of the diverseness of this magical country – France. This will be organised on an A la Carte/self-payment basis.
Unfortunately, all good things much come to an end!
Today we’ll help you with your onward travel, whether you’re going to Nice airport or heading off on your own to explore further. Hotel check-out will be between 11am and midday.
Our experienced bilingual host will be available throughout the trip and can also help organise optional extras in Paris and Nice:
Paris – whether it’s a visit to Versailles, a night at the Moulin Rouge, an underground river tour, or recommendations for a restaurant or bar, we’ll be on hand to help.
Nice – perhaps you’d like to do a cookery class or try your hand at perfume making? We can help organise this for you as well as give you insider tips on all the best places to eat along the Cote d’Azur.
The Tour Includes:
Your contact for booking and for any questions and further information is Karen Slater, CEO of Inspire Me Travel working in partnership with Deborah, the Founder of Solo in Style.
Telephone: +44 1279 822068. Cell: + 44 7703164937
Terms & Conditions.
• Do I need my own travel insurance?
Yes, you do. Please make sure that you have full personal travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
• Will I have to share a room?
No, all rooms are single occupancy only.
• What will the weather be like?
In Paris, October tends to be around 18-19C (in the mid-60s F) although some days, especially early in the month, can see afternoon high temperatures reaching 23-24C (into the mid-70s F). The weather in Avignon and Nice is usually warmer with plenty of sunshine and lots of people finding it warm enough to swim in the sea.
• What is the maximum group size?
We need a minimum of 12 people to run the trip; 12 is also the maximum we will take on this particular tour.
• What level of fitness do I need?
A reasonable level of mobility is required as there will be some walking, mainly on the flat, and not all attractions have elevators.
• A 30% deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place: $1050 or €973.80 or £870. The balance has to be paid by 28 July : $2450 or €2272.20 or £2030.
• Cancellation prior to balance payment = 50% loss of deposit. Cancellation after balance payment = 100% cancellation charges. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A CHARGE OF 2.9% Please complete the box below and one of our team will be in contact to take payment.
• If the French Government ban travel due to COVID then we will issue a full refund. If travel is prohibited by other respective Governments then we will issue a credit note or full refund depending on the circumstances.
Hi Ladies, I will be your host during the entire trip commencing in Paris right through till the end of your 4-night stay in Nice. I am the Founder and CEO of Inspire Me Travel Ltd; an Experiential travel company based in London, UK and in Antibes, Cote d’Azur. My degree is in French and I am thus a fluent French Speaker. I have worked in Travel & Tourism for 35 years, 15 of which were spent overseas.
For Inspire Me Travel, France & Italy are our most popular destinations but we offer travel Experiences all over the Med and Europe. If you would like to extend your stay after the 3 centre France trip then please do not hesitate to get in touch and my team and I will be more than happy to assist you.
A bientot!! Karen