Welcome to France
On arrival at Marseille International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
The Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church. Modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower.
Overnight in Marseille.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today morning enjoy the Colorbus Marseille Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
A hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Marseille is a great way to get a flavor of this beautiful french city steeped in history. Take part of the tour and soak up the charm of Marseille life with its many restaurants, fishermen's stalls and daily fish market. Explore the pretty fishing port, Vallon des Auffes and stroll alongside small, brightly colored boats and numerous seashore cabins before wandering through the picturesque narrow streets. This unique, peaceful place sheltered by cliffs has inspired many poets, painters and writers.
Breakfast at the hotel. Escape into the Alpilles countryside and discover how it and the city of Arles inspired painter Vincent Van Gogh during his stay in Provence in the late 1880s on this inspiring tour. Arles, Les Baux and St Remy de Provence. The itinerary follows in the footsteps of Van Gogh from the city of Arles, through Les Vaux de Provence and ending at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This tour will take you across the plain of Crau to the Grand Rhône riverbank where lies the ancient city of Arles, a Unesco World Heritage Site. You will discover the Roman remains of the amphitheater called Les Arénes, the Saint-Trophime church which has a carved doorway from the 12th century, the Forum Square where the statue of Frederic Mistral stands, and Van Gogh's Café. Later, on the road that leads you to Les Baux de Provence, you have the opportunity to take a photo at the Montmajour Abbey built in the 10th century. Feel free to purchase some lunch in your own time in the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence. In the afternoon, visit an olive property and savour some olive-oil tasting before continuing toward Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. There is another photo opportunity at the Roman monuments called ‘The Antiques’ (Triumphal Arch and funerary monument) located in an olive-tree grove, a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. There is also the possibility to visit the mental hospital of Saint-Paul de Mausole where the painter was confined and is said to have painted some of his finest work.
Overnight in Marseille
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and make your way to the train station. Board the 2nd class train from Marseille Saint Charles to Cannes. On arrival in Cannes station make your way to the hotel and check in.
Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. It’s also home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Étoiles – Cannes’ walk of fame.
Overnight in Cannes.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today explore some of the top attractions in Provence, from the glamour of Cannes to the beautiful variety of its natural landscapes and the simple charm of its medieval villages. Nowhere in France quite matches Provence for the sheer beauty of the countryside. Start your tour in Cannes with a visit to the famous Croisette Boulevard and the Film Festival Palace, where the great and the good of the film industry make their annual pilgrimage. Visit the designer shops and famous beaches that have been drawing visitor to this place for generations. After Cannes, drive through the patchwork of rolling valleys, fruit orchards and lavender fields of the Provence countryside, with the majestic Alps forming a dramatic backdrop in one direction and the Mediterranean coast shimmering in the sun in another. Visit the charming town of Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry, where three perfumeries – Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard – open their doors to the public and offer free tours. Stop off at the ancient feudal village of Gourdon, a fortified settlement offering magnificent panoramic views of the coast. Try some typical Riviera delicacies at the traditional Florian Confectionary, legendary emporium for all things sweet. Finally, visit St-Paul-de-Vence, home of impressionist painters, with its ancient cobblestone lanes and art galleries. Prepare to be seduced by the limitless charms of Provence with this memorable full day tour.
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the vibrant sovereign city on a full day to Monaco, Monte-Carlo and Eze from Cannes. This tour will introduce you to the natural beauty of the 'Moyenne Corniche' as we travel to Monaco with stops to appreciate the views and admire places of interest along the way. We make a stop at the medieval village of Eze, perched high on a cliff above the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst there you will have the chance to visit a traditional perfume factory. After a wander around the village where every street is full of charm and history, our tour then takes us on to Monaco where you will have free time to see the Cathedral, where Princess Grace is buried, the Palace and the changing of the guard at noon, then we take a drive along the Formula One race circuit. No Monaco tour would be complete without a stroll around Monte-Carlo with its Casino, superb hotels and beautiful gardens. The journey back to Nice and then Cannes will be via the 'Basse Corniche' for more superb views.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and make your way to the train station. Board the 2nd class train from Cannes to Nice Ville. On arrival in Cannes station make your way to the hotel and check-in.
Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for the 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse is honored with a career-spanning collection of paintings at Musée Matisse. Musée Marc Chagall features some of its namesake's major religious works.
Overnight in Nice.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today discover the beautiful and historical city of Nice on this guided city tour and explore the city´s most loved locations. See all there is to see in the historic city of Nice. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Nice is one of the most popular touristic destinations on the shores of this large inland sea, due both to its paradisiacal beaches and to its many beautiful sites and landmarks. Your tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Castle Park. This wonderful area that overlooks the bay was the site of the ancient trading town founded by the Greeks about 600 years before the birth of Christ. After taking in some of those awe-inspiring views, enjoy a leisurely drive along the port from where the legendary Catherine Segurane halted a Turkish invasion in the 16th century. Admire some of the city’s most fabulous constructions, such as the Genoese architecture. And later on, contemplate the city sprawl beneath your feet like a carpet of toy houses from atop Mont Boron. See also how the old and the new blend effortlessly in this multicultural city. The old is ever present in the breath-taking Place Garibaldi whereas the new decorated the trendy promenade des Arts. Last but not least, arrive in Cimiez, the winter home of Queen Victoria. Here you will make a stop at the magnificently preserved Roman Arena and another one at the famous Cathedral. Return by the Promenade des Anglais and admire the beautiful views. The tour ends with a stroll around the aromatic flower market in Cours Saleya; a true delight for the senses.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 8,350/- per person, prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Destinations: Marseille, Cannes & Nice.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to an increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
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Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class, Dubai / Marseille-Nice / Dubai.
3 nights in Marseille based on twin sharing basis.
3 nights in Cannes based on twin sharing basis.
2 nights in Nice based on twin sharing basis.
Arrival airport transfer in Marseille on private car.
Departure airport transfer in Nice on private car.
2nd class train from Marseille-Cannes-Nice.
City tours in Marseille & Nice on seat in coach.
Excursion to Cannes, Provence, Monaco, Monte Carlo & Eze on seat in coach.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
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Entry and Exit formalities: Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months & beyond at the time of entering the country. Some nationalities can obtain visa on arrival and for nationalities who requires visa please refer to the French consulate website: www.visa.vfsglobal.com/are/en/fra. France is part of the 26 Schengen State Countries.
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Things do & see:
France-Wine, cheese, the Eiffel Tower, castles, beautiful beaches, snooty waiters – France is famous for a lot of things.
It’s beautiful with stunning coastlines, valleys, wine country, forests, and beaches; has some of the best food and wine in the world; historic towns and chateaus, and a long and rich history. And, despite what you might hear, the French are a wonderful people who love to stop and smell the roses. There’s nothing like a picnic along the Seine or a day through the French countryside to make life seem beautiful. France is everything that people make it out to be and then some. Its long history lends itself to beautiful ruins, castles, architecture, and culture.
Paris-Paris has everything – the Louvre, impressionist museums, the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, magnificent parks, jazz, and great food. It’s as magical as people say and, while it would take a lifetime to see it all, 4-5 days can give you a good idea.
Explore the Loire Valley. The Loire is lovely and picturesque, with tons of vineyards and chateaus. You will find some of the best wine in the world, beautiful small towns, and great food.
Marseille-is a metropolitan city that also has a rich history filled with nightlife, great restaurants, theaters, museums, and even an international soccer stadium. While the city is a bit gritty and industrial, it’s worth a visit for its beautiful waterfront and exciting mix of cultures.
Nice-This seaside town in the south is a popular destination for budget travelers who want to soak up some sun but might not be able to afford Cannes or Monaco. I don’t think the beach here is that great, but the central location makes it easy to explore the rest of the coast.
Bordeaux-Some of the best wine in the world is made in Bordeaux. While an expensive destination, it’s beautiful and worth all the Euros you’ll spend! Bordeaux has one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, amazing seafood (eat at Le Petit Commerce), a historic center, and of course, wine. Next to Paris, it’s my favorite place in France.
Day beaches, Normandy-Learn about the WWII Allied forces D-Day landings along the beaches of northern France. There are memorials and museums detailing the history of the event. You can still see some of the old bunkers and fortifications.
The Palace of Versailles-Located very close to Paris, the old palace of the French kings was built by Louis XIV. This palace was constructed during the height of French power and seeks to show off the monarch’s tremendous wealth. It’s as awe-inspiring today as it was back then. It was used by the French Kings until the French Revolution in 1789.
Explore history in Lyon-The area around Lyon has wonderful castles and small villages. It’s great for those looking to explore the French countryside. If you want a look at medieval France, this is where you should go. The whole place is a UNESCO World Heritage site and truly feels like you have stepped back into the past.
Monaco-This tiny kingdom is home to tiny streets, beautiful buildings, a world famous casino, and gigantic modern yachts. Hang out with society’s well-heeled, those who flock to the Cote D’Azur from other parts of France during the summer.
St. Tropez-If life in Marseilles is too mundane for you, catch a boat out to St. Tropez where you can relax in beautiful hillside towns, swim in azure blue water, and bump shoulders with the rich and famous.
Alsace-This northeast region of France is a beautiful place to visit. Colmar is an old town and the main attraction. Some of the buildings date back to the 1300s. It’s as picturesque a French town as one could ever want!
Wander through Parc de la Villette-This park is host to a science museum and some other odd attractions. There is a large collection of architectural follies, theme gardens, and open space for activity and exploration. It was designed for children as well as adults and is a neat place to check out.
Return to the trenches-France was ground zero during the First World War, and there are still many indicators of the damage caused during those years around the country. For example, two important battles took place at Vimy Ridge (which marked a huge success for Canadian forces) and Verdun. Both sites have set up excellent tourist centers and visiting facilities. It’s a moving and educational experience.
Explore Roman ruins-France has some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy. Orange, Nimes, and Arles all have beautiful Roman theaters, and Nimes also contains a well-preserved temple (I loved Nimes a lot). It’s certainly a surprise to see so many indicators of Roman rule in the south of France, and these sites are definitely worth a visit.
Medieval town of Carcassonne-a medieval walled city. Legend has it that the town survived a siege when one of the townswomen had the bright idea of feeding the remaining food to a pig. Once they fattened it up, they threw it over the fortifications so that it appeared that they were so well-fed that they were being wasteful and gluttonous. The attacking troops gave up and went home. That’s probably not true but, no matter, this town still retains a lot of medieval character and offers plenty of interesting shops and alleys to explore.
Go skiing-The French Alps offer some of the best ski slopes in Europe. If you’re in Europe in the winter months and at a loss for what to do, consider getting a group together and renting a ski chalet, or staying at one of the slope-side hotels or hostels. Bring plenty of beer and wine to warm you up after a long day on the hills! Note that skiing in France is not that cheap!