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Hello, French Riviera! Settle into your Nice hotel and, if you have time, take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Meet your Tour Director in the early evening, who will introduce you to your upcoming adventure and give you recommendations on how to enjoy Nice and France like a local.
Beach or Bouillabaisse?
There are many things to see and do in this lively seaside city. Explore with the assistance of your CosmosGO app, maybe spend some time on the beach, or try the traditional bouillabaisse fish soup in one of the many bistros. If you wish, join the afternoon optional excursion to St Paul de Vence, famous for having been home to artists, such as Picasso and Chagall, as well as actors Roger Moore and Yves Montand. If you’d like to visit the Principality of Monaco this evening, just book the optional excursion on MyCOSMOS.
Red Carpet glamour and Old Town elegance
Cannes is the image of red carpet and cameras flashing during the May film festival, but it also has a more down-to earth side which comes alive at the street market, where you can find anything from fruit and vegetables to soaps, pottery and table cloths. Aix-en-Provence, on the other hand, has an aura of elegance mixed with the lively character of a university town.
Today’s Distance: 115 mi/ 185 km
Provence at its Finest
Aix is a mosaic of pictures, bright with the colors of festivals, festivities and traditions, Provençal markets, sun-ripened foods, country walks, and countless leisure activities. See the colors of Cézanne and learn about the father of modern painting. Stroll through the places and landscapes which influenced his outlook on life and art. Experience and discover this lovely and lively town your way.
Sur le Famous Pont and Roman History
Avignon’s historical center is surrounded by Medieval walls, protecting the famous Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many more, narrow alleys and friendly squares. Look for the famous bridge of the song or sit in a café and people-watch. Orange goes back to Roman times, and many of those ancient treasures still stand. Taste some Côtes du Rhône wines for some true local flavor.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km
Wine, Nougat, and Coq au Vin
Each one of today’s destinations has its gourmet specialties. Wine? You’ll be spoiled for choice as this is one of the most celebrated wine-producing areas. Nougat? Montelimar is the quintessential French town sweetened by a tradition of nougat making. Coq au Vin (rooster in wine sauce) is one of the most traditional recipes of the Lyon area. Lyon is a city worth exploring, with its museums, Roman sites, silk weaver workshops, markets, squares and romantic river banks and bridges. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions and use your CosmosGO app to show the way.
Today’s Distance: 127 mi/ 205 km
Plan your favorite activity for the day, whether it is taking the funicular to Fourviere hill for a panoramic sweeping view of the city, a visit to the Basilica and to the ancient ruins of Lugdunum, or a stroll through the hidden traboules (passages) of Vieux (old)Lyon. Brush up on your school French as you explore independently, or follow a local expert guide through the highlights on the optional sightseeing tour.
Your personally tailored vacation ends in Lyon this morning.
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This 128-room hotel is located on the famous Promenade des Anglais near the airport and a few kilometers away from Nice's old town and the flower market. The famous beach of the Baies des Anges is located at 600 meters. It offers a restaurant with typical cooking of Nice and seasonal products and also a bar open 24 hours a day.
Ideally located just outside Aix-en-Provence, the hotel offers easy access to the city center. This property provides 90 comfortable guestrooms furnished with a warm, contemporary style. There is a bar lounge restaurant service, a gym, and a swimming pool with a terrace and solarium.
Set in a 17th-century building, this 59-room property offers easy access to all that this lively city has to offer. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Orange Cathedral, Musée d'Orange, and Musee d'Art et d'Histoire gives this hotel a special charm. The guestrooms are tastefully furnished and provide such comforts as plasma screen TV, free Wi-Fi internet access, and air conditioning.
Located in Lyon's 3rd district in the heart of La Part Dieu business area opposite Halles Paul Bocuse market, the property offers 216 air-conditioned rooms with Sweet Bed by Ibis Bedding, flat-screen TV, and a hairdryer. Guests can also enjoy Ibis Kitchen buffet restaurant with a terrace, bar, and free unlimited Wi-Fi.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.