Travel to France for a 7-night trip to discover Paris, the city of light, and the southern port city of Marseille. Upgrade to 4-star first class hotels. Get to know Paris during two full days with the activities in this package, including: a unique and interactive Paris city bus tour, a guided sightseeing cruise, a two-day open pass for a hop-on hop-off tour, a dinner featuring French regional cuisine, and a tour of Montparnasse tower. Then travel by rail to Marseille, where your tours feature a half-day excursion to Aix en Provence, and a half-day excursion to Cassis, with a panoramic tour of Marseille on the return. Starting at $2355 per person, including air, with daily departures.
Day 1 - Depart from New York or San Francisco
Take your trans-Atlantic flight from San Francisco or New York Newark International airport for Paris.
Day 2 - Arrive in Paris
You are met and transferred to your hotel. (Best Western Ronceray Opera or similar)
Day 3/4 - Paris
Two days in Paris with following activities included in this package (B)
CRUISE CHAMP - Discover Paris like never before! The Vedettes de Paris was created in 1976 with a new approach to touristic discovery of the capital: quality and friendly cruises on traditional and comfortable boats. Board at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on Vedettes de Paris boats for a 1-hour guided sightseeing cruise on the Seine River and enjoy the marvelous spectacle offered by the monuments and bridges of Paris. On your way admire the Eiffel tower, the Invalides, the Assemblée Nationale, Orsay museum, the Académie Française, the Conciergerie, Notre Dame cathedral, the IMA, the City Hall, Louvre museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais and much more… Taste a glass of Champagne and discover Paris on board. Departure at the foot of the Eiffel Tower every half hour every day from 10 am to 10 pm with your open voucher (no need to make a reservation).
PARIS CITY TOUR - The Paris City Vision Tour is an ideal 2-hour excursion for a first trip to Paris to have a glance at the main monuments. Operating daily with departure from central point in Paris very close to the Louvre museum (Place des Pyramides to reach on your own), you will experience an enhanced and interactive visit of Paris with the HistoPad in a double decker bus shared with other passengers and including comments in several languages available. You will have a HistoPad tablet to experience an extraordinary moment during an immersive city tour. It was designed by Paris City Vision to give more modernity to the tour of Paris and allow you to interact in order to be actors in this excursion. This innovative tour of Paris will offer you a unique experience through manipulable 3D reconstructions. Panoramic and 360° views will allow you to discover the biggest sites.
OPEN TOUR (2-day pass, hop-on hop-off bus) - Want to spend two days taking in the sights of central Paris? All aboard for the perfect tour: Take advantage of the freedom and simplicity offered by the largest hop-on hop-off bus network in Paris and see and admire the city’s architecture, works of art, famous fashion houses, restaurants and monuments as you explore the capital with our special two-day pass. Freedom. Simplicity. Enjoy Paris your own way! Admire the river Seine, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower from the high vantage point of the upper decks of our open-top double-decker buses. Stunning views guaranteed. Get on and off whenever and wherever you like across all three of the routes with this all-in-one pass. Two-dau pass (consecutive days)… Visit Paris your way! Take a trip to the heart of the City of Light: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Seine, Sacré-Coeur, Moulin Rouge... Breathtaking views of the landscapes and wonders of the capital from the upper deck of your buses. Jump on and off where and when you like. With a single Pass you can make use of the entire hop-on-hop-off bus network – the largest in Paris. The pass is valid for our 3 circuits covering the major must-seen sights of Paris!
AUBERGE DU LOUVRE - Located in the very heart of Paris at 2 steps from the Louvre museum, this restaurant offers a French regional cuisine served in a rustic decor decorated with copper utensils and antique paintings. Your menu includes starter + main course + dessert + 1 glass of wine + 1 coffee and you have the choice on the spot between 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts.
TOUR MONTPARNASSE - The Montparnasse tower is the tallest skyscraper in Paris, located in the Necker district (15th arrondissement) of Paris. The Observatory located at the 56th floor of the Montparnasse tower offers a panorama of entire Paris. This unique viewpoint overlooking is located at an altitude of 200 meters and offers a 360° view of the capital up to 40 km day and night when the weather conditions are favorable. Completely renovated in 2011, the site offers two levels of visit: The 56th floor, covered, with many facilities to better understand the city and its history: terminals and interactive panoramas, exhibition of historical photos of Paris. This level also offers a bar and a souvenir shop. The 800 m2 outdoor terrace 27 has been designed to make the most of the breathtaking view of Paris via large bay windows. A Champagne bar is open there during the summer. The Montparnasse Tower Observatory welcomes 1.5 million visitors a year and has placed the tower at the 14th position of the most visited Parisian monuments. This is simply the best view of Paris.
Day 5 - Paris/Marseille
Today you are transferred from your hotel to the train station. Board TGV high-speed train to the southern port city of Marseille. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. (New Hotel of Marseille or similar) (B)
Day 6 - Marseille
Today, take a half-day excursion to Aix en Provence. Walk from your hotel to a central meeting point, where the tour begins withthe pick up by van at 10:00 am. In Aix en Provence, walk along the Mirabeau course lined with private 17th- and 18th-century mansions, where tall plane trees provide shade on hot summer days. The city is full of shops, architectural and religious sites, lively squares and refreshing fountains. Stroll through one of the many markets taking place every day in the center of the city. In the south of France, Aix en Provence is an ode to the life of painter Paul Cézanne. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Cezanne's studio, which was built from hs own plans and where time seems to stand still. Return to Marseille is scheduled around 2:00 pm. (B)
Day 7 - Marseille
Today's half-day excursion takes you to Cassis, a quaint Provencal fishing village. The Gineste and Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will appreciate the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range. Cassis is a very ancient fishing port and the harbor is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You can board a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbors or beaches at the end. Possibility of swimming or sun-bathing at the beach. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and an outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. Then reach the 11th-century Saint-Victor Abbey which guards the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port). (B)
Day 8 - Marseille/Paris
Today you are transferred from your hotel to the train station. Return to Paris via rail. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. (Best Western Ronceray Opera or similar) (B)
Day 9 - Paris/New York or San Francisco
You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the US. (B)