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Ultimate Southern France (luxurygold)

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Nice, France

Bordeaux, France

12 days, 11 nights

August 2024 to September 2024

US$ 8695.00 (1 adult - twin)


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Monaco, France


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Highlights


Dining Summary

  • 7 Dinner (D)
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Chateau La Coste: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sample the estate’s organic wines and visit their one-of-a-kind contemporary wine cellar.  In 2009, the wines of Château La Coste were labeled "Organic Agriculture", a label which recognizes respect for the land as well as the methods, in perfect harmony with nature.
  • Chateau La Coste: Join a Local Expert for a relaxed walk among olive groves and woods to discover the installations created by the best modern artists and architects.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Bordeaux: Take a relaxing bike tour around the City of Bordeaux. Enjoy a beautiful loop of the Garonne river, pass through the Chartrons district and stop in the picturesque park Jardin Public. See the Palais Gallien and the grand shopping centrer, Glace des Grands Hommes.
  • Bordeaux: Join a Local Expert to discover the best sights in Bordeaux. See the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the famous Water Mirror, the stunning neoclassic theater and the modern architecture of the Cité du Vin.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • : In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.  ​
  • : Included at all hotels.
  • : Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • : Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • : On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.​
  • : Enjoy complimentary hotel WiFi. And, on select coaches, onboard WiFi may also be available.
  • : Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.

Curated Experiences

  • Gemenos: This evening, experience a Private Concert during a decadent Michelin Meal set within your beautiful hotel.
  • : Explore Aix en Provence with a Local Expert and discover the ancient Roman town with its bubbling fountains and elegant 18th-century architecture. Take an easy amble through the maze-like streets of the Old Town under the cool shadow of the Aix Cathedral. Follow in the footsteps of Paul Cézanne along the grand, tree-lined boulevard of Cours Mirabeau.
  • : Awaken your senses at the Bassins des Lumières Museum.

Exceptional Dining

  • Cassis: Indulge in a divine seafood dinner in the charming fishing village of Cassis.
  • Cavaillon: Visit the acclaimed winery, Domaine de la Citadelle, for a tour of its grounds and a picnic lunch. Savor a selection of Provençal favorites paired with local wine.
  • : Meet Jean-Marc Boyer, the Michelin-starred Chef of Le Puits du Tresor where you enjoy a traditional French cooking class
  • Bordeaux: Conclude your journey with a superb dining experience at the historic Château du Ferrand, where you toast to your travels during your Celebration Dinner. Learn how the estate is working towards a more environmental future by using organic fertilizers, protecting local fauna and harvesting by hand.

Founder's Collection

  • Carcassonne: Guests traveling on a Founder’s Collection departure will meet the esteemed Count or Countess Lorgeril and explore their 16th Century castle home, Chateau de Pennautier. Producers of world-renowned wines including AOC Cabardès, Vins de Pays d’Oc and Vins de Pays de la Cité de Carcassone, this castle is considered the heart of the family’s wine production. This extraordinary encounter continues with a wine tasting in the Countesses’ private garden, L'Orangerie.

Magnificent Stays

  • Bordeaux: The five-star Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux is set in an 18th century building with a neoclassical-inspired facade, located in the historic heart of the city.  The chic guest rooms include 19th century furnishings with an elegant marble bathroom.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

  • Chateau La Coste: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sample the estate’s organic wines and visit their one-of-a-kind contemporary wine cellar.  In 2009, the wines of Château La Coste were labeled "Organic Agriculture", a label which recognizes respect for the land as well as the methods, in perfect harmony with nature.

Passport Moments

  • Monaco City: Join your Travel Concierge for guided sightseeing of glamourous Monaco. See the Grand Prix circuit – famous for hosting the annual Formula One Monaco Grand Prix – explore the old town, and admire the Royal Palace where the Grimaldi family lives. Wander along the yacht-filled harbor and see the cathedral, which houses the tombs of the late Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.
  • Nice: Join a Local Expert to take a walk through the charming streets of Old Nice and see the Opera, the antique market, and the St. Reparate Cathedral.
  • French Riviera: Join a Local Expert to visit the opulent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens. Built by the passionate art collector Madame Ephrussi, she gathered the best from each era including delicate pieces of furniture once belonging to Marie Antoinette.
  • Saint-Tropez: Take in the best of Saint-Tropez as a Local Expert guides you through the remains of the ancient landmark Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption and its colorful bell tower. Afterward, taste the local Saint-Tropez tart pastry in the bakery where it was first created in the 1950s.
  • Cassis: Board your private cruise through the Calanques National Park to admire the towering limestone cliffs and the long, narrow and deep fjord-like inlets.
  • Lourmarin: Visit the tree lined avenues of Lourmarin and explore the lively market featuring crafts, clothing and local delicacies.
  • Provence: Take a seat in your chauffeured Citroen 2CV and embark on a drive through the rolling countryside past fields of lavender.
  • Avignon: Stop in Avignon and admire the Palace of the Popes, the famous broken bridge and beautiful squares shaded by imposing, leafy platanes.
  • Arles: Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh as your Local Expert walks you through the city that inspired many of the artist's paintings.
  • Carcassonne: Carcassonne represents one of the biggest and best-preserved fortified cities in Europe, with 53 watchtowers and 1.5 miles of ramparts open to the public. Explore this real-life Magic Kingdom with a Local Expert and uncover its rich history, dating back to the pre-Roman period.
  • Cite de Carcassone: Admire flora and fauna, rural vistas and lush vineyards on this gentle 1.5-hour cruise. Built in the late 17th century as a shipping short cut between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Canal du Midi is one of Europe’s oldest canals still in operation.

Personalise your day

  • Chateau La Coste: Join a Local Expert for a relaxed walk among olive groves and woods to discover the installations created by the best modern artists and architects.
  • Bordeaux: Take a relaxing bike tour around the City of Bordeaux. Enjoy a beautiful loop of the Garonne river, pass through the Chartrons district and stop in the picturesque park Jardin Public. See the Palais Gallien and the grand shopping centrer, Glace des Grands Hommes.
  • Bordeaux: Join a Local Expert to discover the best sights in Bordeaux. See the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the famous Water Mirror, the stunning neoclassic theater and the modern architecture of the Cité du Vin.

Itinerary


Day 1: Welcome to the French Riviera

Your France luxury tour begins with a private chauffeur to your hotel in Monte Carlo. Dine waterside at Fontvieille marina, before winding along the legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to the Grimaldi Palace.


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Fairmont Monte Carlo.
Dinner
Monte Carlo

Day 2: Nice Sightseeing Relaxed Start

In Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, join a Local Expert touring the opulent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Continue to Nice where joining a Local Expert on a walk through the streets of Old Nice viewing the opera house, admire the Sainte-Réparate Cathedral and maybe taste some socca at the colorful food market on the Cours Saleya.


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Fairmont Monte Carlo.
Breakfast
Nice, Monte Carlo

Day 3: Star-studded St. Tropez

Step into the 1950s glamour of the French Riviera in St. Tropez. Join a Local Expert to discover the boutiques, the old town and admire the yachts in the marina. Taste the local Tarte Tropézienne custard-filled, sugar-topped pastry at the bakery where it was first created. Delight this evening in an elegant Michelin Star meal at La Magdeleine.


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La Magdeleine - Mathias Dandine
Breakfast, Dinner
Monte Carlo, Saint-Tropez, Gemenos

Day 4: Aix-en-Provence Relaxed Start

Join your Local Expert to discover the ancient Roman town. Follow in the footsteps of Paul Cézanne along the tree-lined boulevard of Cours Mirabeau and enjoy a French pastry and coffee in one of the most prestigious residences . Curate your visit at the Château La Coste open-air museum on a Guided Art Walk around the grounds or a wine-tasting experience.


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Locations Visited

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La Magdeleine - Mathias Dandine
Breakfast
Gemenos, Aix-en-Provence, Gemenos

Day 5: Calanques National Park Relaxed Start

Indulge in another Relaxed Start before strolling or cycling the Château gardens. Then try pétanque or lounge poolside. Arriving in Cassis, board your private cruise. Pass towering limestone cliffs, fjord-like inlets and hidden beaches of Calanques National Park. Savor the evening with a gourmet seafood dinner.


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La Magdeleine - Mathias Dandine
Breakfast, Dinner
Gemenos, Marseille, Cassis, Gemenos

Day 6: French Icons

Visit the village of Lourmarin to browse the stalls of its famous market. Take a seat in your vintage Citroen 2CV and embark on a chauffeured drive through the Luberon mountains, through lush vineyards and scenic villages arriving at the Domaine de la Citadelle winery to taste its wines with a picnic prepared by local chef Madame Dromer.


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Maison Albar L'Imperator, Nimes
Breakfast, Lunch
Gemenos, Lourmarin, Nimes

Day 7: Les Baux Relaxed Start

Visit the renowned Pont du Gard, a well-preserved Roman aqueduct. Observe how this three-level, 900-footlong bridge was built out of soft yellow limestone blocks from a nearby quarry. Stop in Avignon and admire the Palace of the Popes, the famous broken bridge and beautiful squares shaded by leafy platanes. Continue through the Alpilles National Park to the village of Les Baux de Provence.


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Maison Albar L'Imperator, Nimes
Breakfast, Dinner
Nimes, Les Baux-de-Provence, Nimes

Day 8: Arles and Carcassonne Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Journey on to the fortified city of Carcassonne, one of the largest surviving medieval walled cities in Europe. Explore Van Gogh's town of Arles and visit the Roman Amphitheater with a Local Expert. Journey through Camargue to your hotel in Carcassonne in the heart of the city.


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Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery, Carcassonne.
Breakfast, Dinner
Nimes, Arles, Carcassonne

Day 9: Carcassonne and the Languedoc Region Relaxed Start

After exploring Carcassonne venture into the rolling countryside to the village of Lastours overlooked by its four Cathar castles. Meet Jean-Marc Boyer, the Michelin-starred Chef of Le Puits du Trésor where you enjoy a traditional French cooking class and savor the food you have prepared accompanied by local wine. Relax on our evening cruise of the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery, Carcassonne.
Breakfast, Lunch
Carcassonne

Day 10: Bordeaux

Journey to the enchanting city of Bordeaux where you will have time to explore this elegant, 18th - century jewel on the banks of the Garonne. Awaken your senses at the Bassins des Lumières Museum and enjoy an evening at leisure to get acquainted with the local cuisine and fabulous wines this area has to offer.


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Le Grand Hotel, Bordeaux.
Breakfast, Dinner
Albi, Bordeaux

Day 11: Bordeaux Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Enjoy a stroll through Bordeaux with a Local Expert or choose to visit this impressive city by bike passing through the bourgeois and bohemian Chartrons district.


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Le Grand Hotel, Bordeaux.
Breakfast, Dinner
Bordeaux

Day 12: Depart Bordeaux

After breakfast you are transferred to Bordeaux Airport as your Luxury Gold journey comes to an end.


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1
Breakfast
Bordeaux

What's included


Start Date End Date From Status Contact Agent
2024-08-25 2024-09-05 8695 available Agent Number
2024-09-15 2024-09-26 8975 available Agent Number