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Fly into: Paris Fly out of: Paris
Total Duration: 10 Days

It would take a lifetime to explore all that France has to offer, but this itinerary highlights some of the key regions. Kick off your trip in Paris, to take in the architecture, art, and food. Then wend your way south to Dijon and visit the vineyards of Burgundy before stopping in Provence to see the landscape that inspired Van Gogh. Finish your trip sunning yourself along the French Riviera, exploring the big cities and remote villages. Finally, make your way back to Paris before flying home.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Food and Wine
  • Art and Culture
  • History
  • Beaches
Days 1-3

1 Paris

Magical City of Light

  • See some of the art worlds greatest masterpieces at the Louvre
  • Recharge in a beautiful park, and people-watch to your hearts content
  • Stroll along the Seine and admire famous landmarks like Notre Dame
  • Spend a lazy afternoon eating and shopping (or just window shopping)
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
  • Art and Culture
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Days 4-6
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2 Dijon

Vineyards and Churches

  • Explore Dijon, one of Frances most picturesque cities
  • Burgundys vineyards are home to some of the worlds greatest wines
  • Spend days tasting Chardonnay and Pinot noir at grand châteaux and rustic farmhouses
  • Visit Romanesque churches and Gothic cathedrals
  • Food and Wine
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 7-8
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3 Avignon

Van Gogh Country

  • Follow the Lavender Route through Provence and stand hip deep in a field of the blue flowers
  • Tour the historic heart of Avignon, including the world-famous Palais des Papes
  • Side trip to Arles, Van Gogh's Provençal home---tour the city's "Promenade Vincent van Gogh" and visit the Espace Van Gogh
  • Attend some of the hundreds of theatrical performances of the Festival d'Avignon in July.
  • Admire the eerie beauty of the lagoons at Camargue
  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Shopping
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Days 9-10
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4 Cannes

Gateway to the French Riviera

  • Use Cannes as a base to browse more than 100 museums and 50 art galleries along the Riviera
  • Live the jet-set life in Cannes, Monaco, or St-Tropez
  • Enjoy breathtaking views from the village of Éze
  • Explore the wide boulevards and pastel wedding-cake buildings of Nice
  • Museums
  • Natural Beauty
  • Architecture
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