A luxury European tour experience in France. Savor the cuisine and culture of Paris, privately exploring the Picasso Museum, before journeying through Burgundy to Provence and the sunny Riviera, sampling local wines and olive oil, visiting a lavender farm and savoring a truffle workshop.
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I selected this European tour because it highlights what everyone loves about France. Clients will get authentic experiences with unparalleled service.
From Paris to Provence European Tour begins at $10,995pp
Full Itinerary of this Luxury European Tour
Day 1: Arrive Paris, France
Arrive in Paris, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the center of the city. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris | Meals: D
Day 2: Paris | Private Tour of the Picasso Museum
Begin with a walking tour of Paris’ Marais district. Historically associated with the Jewish population of the city, this charming neighborhood is now a thriving center of up-and-coming fashion design workshops and artisan boutiques. Next, privately tour the Picasso Museum. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris | Meals: B
Day 3: Paris/Dijon/Beaune | Bullet Train to Dijon
Today, Ride Like a Local on one of France’s renowned TGV high-speed trains, breezing through the countryside to Burgundy. Arrive in Dijon in time for lunch, followed by a walking tour of the historic center.
Hostellerie Le Cèdre | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Beaune | Hands-On Cooking School Experience
Stroll to the 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu, a former hospital known for its Gothic styling. Then, learn secrets from an expert on how to identify and prepare truffles, during a hands-on Chef’s Table experience that includes lunch.
Hostellerie Le Cèdre | Meals: B L
Day 5: Beaune/Lyon | Day Trip Through Wine Country
On a day-long drive along the wine routes between Beaune and Lyon, enjoy an exclusive tour of a private winery in Julienas in the Beaujolais region, including a tasting followed by lunch. Then, visit Chateau des Ravatyes, a winery operated by the Louis Pasteur Institute. Continue to Lyon.
Cour des Loges | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Lyon | Exclusive Silk Workshop Visit
Stroll Les Halles de Paul Bocuse markets, a renowned source of gourmet food ingredients, followed by a walking tour of the historic Old Town led by a local guide. Later, make an exclusive visit to one of Lyon’s famed silk workshops, the Atelier de Soierie.
Cour des Loges | Meals: B
Day 7: Lyon/Avignon | Wine Tasting in the Rhône Valley
Travel south along the valley of the Rhône River. Stop for lunch and a wine tasting in the Chàteauneuf-du-Pape region, before proceeding to historic Avignon.
La Mirande | Meals: B L D
Day 8: Avignon | Lavender & Olive Oil
Visit Iles-sur-la-Sorgue, home of Provence’s largest weekly market, known for its antiques. Later, visit a family-owned lavender farm, and taste olive oil at a local producer. Lunch in Gordes, with magnificent views of the Luberon National Park.
La Mirande | Meals: B L
Day 9: Avignon/Pont du Gard | Lunch Beside the Aqueduct
On a walking tour of Avignon, view the Palais des Papes. Travel to Pont du Gard and enjoy lunch in the shadow of this ancient Roman aqueduct. Then, walk across it and visit the fascinating museum. Return to Avignon.
La Mirande | Meals: B L
Day 10: Avignon/Aix-en-Provence/Vence | Cézanne
Depart for sunny Aix-en-Provence to explore the workshop of Paul Cézanne, guided by a local expert. Continue to Vence. Settle into your hotel, originally built by the Knights Templar, and enjoy a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the Mediterranean.
Château du Domaine St Martin | Meals: B D
Day 11: Eze | Private Perfume Factory Workshop
Travel to Eze for a true treat — meet the locals, get some coaching in the quintessential French pastime of pétanque, and then try a friendly game. Attend a private workshop at the Fragonard perfume factory and create a personal scent to take home. After lunch, visit the Villa Santo Sospir. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner.
Château du Domaine St Martin | Meals: B L D
Day 12: Depart Nice
Today, transfer to the airport at Nice and depart.
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I came across this article and thought it would be great to repost since we get asked this a lot:
Article by Heather Steinberger
In recent years, Mexico has been featured in a number of unsettling news stories that have many travelers wondering if it’s safe to travel to the country.
The short answer to the question is: yes, it is perfectly safe to visit the popular tourist destinations.
Here’s the long answer, with more detail. While it’s true that some parts of Mexico are suffering from drug-related violence, these areas are far from the country’s tourist destinations such as Cancún and the Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Los Cabos.
In fact, these popular destinations are so far from the parts of Mexico dealing with violence that we decided to put it in perspective:
- The distance between Cancún and Tijuana is more than 2,700 miles, which is greater than the distance between Tijuana and Chicago, IL.
- Playa del Carmen is 1,220 miles from Michoacán, which equates to a 19-hour drive. That is about the same distance between New Orleans and Sioux Falls, SD.
- The distance between Ciudad Juarez and Puerto Vallarta is more than 1,600 miles, which is similar to the distance between Los Angeles and Omaha, NE.
As the U.S. Department of State notes in its current Mexico travel advisory, millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.
“There is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality,” the report notes. “Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.”
In fact, the U.S. Department of State has specifically omitted Mexico’s major tourist hotspots from its Mexico travel advisories. At press time, the following areas had no advisories in place: Quintana Roo, including Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum; and the Yucatán, including Chichén Itzá.
Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco are also safe to visit; however, travelers are advised to defer non-essential travel to more rural areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán, Zacatecas, Sinaloa or Durango, which are far from Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. For the first time, there is a Baja California Sur-related travel warning specifically aimed at the metropolitan area of La Paz, however the Los Cabos area is safe for travelers.
As when you travel anywhere in the world, it is important to exercise common sense, familiarize yourself with the most up-to-date travel warnings and be aware of your surroundings while traveling.
For details regarding current travel advisories, see the full advisory from the U.S. State Department here.
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