B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Thursday September 12 - Arrive Paris, France; City Tour; Welcome Dinner (D)
Arrive Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris no later than 10:30am. Group transfers to the hotel will be provided based on arrival times. Our afternoon will begin at 1:00pm with a tour of the famous sights in Paris, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Later we will have dinner together. Overnight Paris.
Friday September 13 - Free Day to Explore Paris (B)
Today is set aside to explore the city as you wish. Your WTT tour leader will have lots of suggestions and will assist pairing up travelers with similar interests. Some suggestions for today include a visit to the Louvre, a day trip to Versailles, a day trip to Monet's home and gardens. This evening consider an evening boat ride on the Seine River to see the city lit up. Overnight Paris.
Saturday September 14 - Train to Toulouse; Free Time; Group Dinner (B,D)
We will travel by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris to Bordeaux and continue to Toulouse, sometimes called "the City of Violets" because of its violet plantations. The city of Toulouse has a dual personality. It is the alternative to Paris as an artistic and intellectual center and it is also the home of the French aerospace industry. Upon arrival, you will have some time to walk around the historical city center of Toulouse. We will have dinner together this evening. Overnight Toulouse.
Sunday September 15 - Full day Tours of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Albi (B,L)
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, Cordes-sur-Ciel is also one of the most popular. It is a medieval hilltop town with a charming covered square dating from 1352. After lunch, our next stop is Albi, an ancient river town of redbrick houses and the birthplace of artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. The Palais de la Berbie houses the Toulouse-Lautrec museum with the most complete collection of his works in the world. Next to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum is the Cathedral of St. Cecile, one of the best existing examples of a fortress church. This impressive church has a beautiful stonework interior and is said to be the largest brick building in the world. Overnight Toulouse.
Monday September 16 - Travel to Avignon; Carcassonne city tour; Group Dinner (B,D)
Our first stop today is Carcassonne, a perfectly preserved walled town and the largest walled city in Europe. It is one of the most impressive examples of medieval France with towers, dungeons, moats and drawbridges. We will continue our journey to Avignon, known as the city of the popes. In 1309, Pope Clement V moved the papal court from Rome to Avignon and commissioned the construction of the Palais des Papes that now houses original 14th-century wall paintings and beautiful tiles. We will have dinner together this evening. Overnight Avignon.
Tuesday September 17 - Walking Tour of Avignon; Free Time (B)
The city's old town has narrow streets, belfries and towers. Highlights include the 12th-century St. Benezet bridge, Doms Cathedral (where Pope John XXII is interred) and the Calvet Museum with it's display of paintings and wrought-iron work. You may want to spend some of your free time walking around Villeneuve les Avignon, a delightful medieval village with many extravagant mansions built by cardinals in the 14th century. Overnight Avignon.
Wednesday September 18 - Travel to Frejus; Aix en Provence city tour (B,L)
Our drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence is through the countryside that inspired Cezanne. With its tree-lined cobblestone streets, Aix is charming with stately houses and best known as the birthplace of Impressionist painter Cezanne. Sights include the King's Gardens (Les Jardins du Roi) and the Bourg St. Sauveur with its roman and medieval architecture. After lunch we will continue the day's journey to the French Riviera. Overnight Frejus.
Thursday September 19 - Nice, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco; City Tour of Nice (B)
Our day begins in the historic old town of Nice and continues to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the elegant Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild with its outstanding art collection and lovely gardens overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The house has dozens of lavishly decorated rooms and there are nine different gardens, ranging from a Spanish garden to a rose garden to a Japanese garden. For a spectacular view of the Mediterranean, we will continue to Monte Carlo via the famous Corniche Road. Overnight Nice.
Friday September 20 - Grasse; Free Time in Cannes; Farewell Dinner (B,D)
This morning we will visit Grasse, considered the perfume capital of the world. The remainder of the day will be in Cannes where you are free to explore on your own. Cannes is well known for the Cannes Film Festival but it is also a picturesque city with casinos, beaches and museums and a great place to people-watch. We'll conclude our day with our Farewell Dinner in Nice. Overnight Nice.
Saturday September 21 - Return Home from Nice (B)
Alas, it's time to return home. Make your return flight at your convenience. Two group transfers provided based on flight time.