Classic France

Classic France

Classic France

7 Days

France, Monaco

Paris (3), Nice (3)

Overview

Journey through the heart of France on this 7-day tour. This program blends the rich cultural heritage of Paris with the glamorous allure of the French Riviera. From iconic landmarks and world-renowned museums in Paris to the sun-kissed streets and scenic coastline of Nice, this tour offers a perfect mix of history, art, and natural beauty. Join us for an unforgettable educational experience in France!

Highlights

  • Discover Paris with visits to iconic landmarks such as the Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Seine, offering unique views of Paris’s most prestigious monuments.
  • Explore the opulent grounds of Versailles, including the Hall of Mirrors and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s room.
  • Wander through the historic Montmartre area, known for its artistic heritage and breathtaking city views.
  • Stroll along Nice’s famous seafront promenade, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
  • Visit Monaco for the day, an independent state, renowned for its luxurious lifestyle and stunning coastline.
  • Discover the art of perfume-making with a visit to a perfumerie in Èze, featuring local scents.
  • Explore the medieval village of St Paul de Vence, celebrated for its well-preserved architecture.
  • Visit the Matisse Museum in Nice to admire the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.

Itinerary

Begin your adventure in Paris with a warm morning welcome from your GEC tour director. Transfer from the airport to the city center by bus, followed by lunch at your own pace. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Paris, exploring iconic neighborhoods such as the Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Trocadéro, Notre Dame, Opéra, Louvre, and Saint Germain. Check into your hotel in the evening and savor a delightful dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant. Spend your first night in the enchanting City of Lights.
Overnight: Paris

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Seine River, showcasing Paris’s most prestigious monuments from a unique vantage point. After free time for lunch, delve into the opulence of Versailles Castle, where you’ll tour its grand salons, the Hall of Mirrors, and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s bedroom. Enjoy dinner in Paris and some time to explore the city at night.
Overnight: Paris

Today you’ll visit the renowned Louvre Museum to admire its vast collection of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. After lunch at your own pace, set off on a walking tour of the charming Montmartre area, known for its artistic history and stunning views. Continue to the top of Montparnasse Tower for panoramic views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. End your day with a delicious dinner and an overnight stay in Paris.

After breakfast, depart Paris by train on your way to Nice! Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a walking tour of Nice, exploring the narrow pedestrian streets of “Le Vieux Nice” (Old Town) and strolling down the Promenade des Anglais. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and stunning views of the French Riviera, known for its azure waters and picturesque landscapes. After a day of exploring, enjoy dinner and rest up for a big day tomorrow.

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before departing for Monaco, an independent state renowned for its stunning Mediterranean coastline, luxurious lifestyle, and rich cultural heritage. After free time for lunch, visit a perfumerie in nearby Èze, where rich scents are crafted from local flowers such as jasmine, rose, and lavender. At the end of the day, return to Nice for dinner and make your way back to your hotel.

After breakfast, travel to St Paul de Vence, one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, celebrated for its well-preserved architecture and enchanting atmosphere. Enjoy free time for lunch and a visit to a local confiserie for a tasting. In the afternoon, return to Nice and visit the Matisse Museum on a self-guided tour. End your day with dinner and a night in Nice.

Depending on your flight time, you will make your way to the Nice airport and start the journey back home. We hope you had an incredible time in France!

This Trip Includes

• Round-trip airfare
• All accommodations on program
• All transportation in-country
• All breakfasts and dinners on program (lunches paid locally)
• All activities as outlined in the itinerary
• A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart
• Sightseeing tours and excursions led by local guides as specified
• Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
• Travel insurance for all participants
• 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
• Support from GEC representatives abroad