Essence of France

From $5199

Rate is per person, double occupancy.

12 Days, 11 Nights

April 19 - 30, 2023

The wine, cuisine, art and landscapes of France ignite the senses on a journey to romantic Paris, chromatic Provence and the sparkling French Riviera. Relax during extended stays in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Nice. Travel by high-speed train from Paris to Provence to sample wines in a Chateau and visit a farm for a cheese tasting. Stroll the spectacular gardens of the Villa Rothschild with their stunning views of the Mediterranean. Cruise the river Seine, learn perfume making, hunt for truffles and explore charming villages and gorgeous coastlines – this is the essence of France.


Round-trip Peoria/Bloomington/Champaign/Chicago transfers

Round-trip airfare from Chicago - other departure cities available

Hotel accommodations

High speed TGV Train ride

Seine River Cruise

Winery tour in Chateau with wine tasting

Truffle Hunting led by a local chef

Jounrey to the fishing village of Cassis

Explore Aix-en-Provance at leisure

Explore Nice on a guided tour

Visit the impressive Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

15 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners

Collette Tour Manager

Tour Activity Level

1 2 3 4 5

This tour requires moderate physical activity. The itinerary incorporates some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. You should expect walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces.

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