Southern France Discovery Tour
- Enjoy a guided tour of Nice
- Bicycle tour around Aix-En-Provence
- Tour the historic home and garden of Pavillon Vendôme
- Explore Cours Mirabeau
- Highlights of Avignon, including Palais des Papes, Pont Saint-Bénézet, & Avignon Cathedral
- French Cooking workshop & feast
- Visit the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard
- Lunch & exploration at Nimes covered market
- Explore the Arles Amphitheatre
- Ferry ride in the Mediterranean to Chateau d’If
- Games & leisure at Parc Borely
- Explore the beautiful Chapelle Cocteau
- Hike along the Brague river through forest & by waterfalls
- Cruise the Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes
- Tour the Musée Renoir
- Visit Monaco’s famous sites– the Prince’s Palace, the Royal Cathedral, and the Musée Océanographique
In many ways, France sets the cultural standard for exquisite taste: from culinary innovation to fashion, and from history to high art. You’ll sure be kept you busy, educated and entertained in France! WE will explore the culture, history, arts, and lifestyle unique to Southern France.
France is equally amazing for history buffs, linguists and for those who simply enjoy reveling in the finer things in life!
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Nice, France
Your student group will board an overnight flight to Nice, nestled along the Mediterranean coastline of southeast France.
Day 2 - Nice
Embark on a guided tour of Nice to learn the history and culture of this southern French town. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, get a good first night’s sleep at a local hotel.
Day 3 - Aix-en-Provence
Tour the city – on bike! We will be outfitted with bicycles and helmets, and be led by local guide(s) on a tour of the city and country side. Afternoon visit toPavillon Vendôme, providing an insight into older French times. This evening explore Cours Mirabeau, a tree-lined thoroughfare offers stunning fountains, cafes, and more.
Day 4 - Avignon
Tour the highlights of the city, including Palais des Papes, one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe; Pont Saint-Bénézet, the picturesque medieval bridge; Avignon Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop; and more! Evening hands-on French cooking course for dinner!
Day 5 - Nimes & Arles
First stop today will be Pont du Gard, the UNESCO Site ancient Roman aqueduct bridge. Lunch and exploration at the covered market of Nimes. Afternoon explore the Arles Amphitheatre, dating back to 90 AD. Dinner and overnight in Arles.
Day 6 - Marseilles
Ferry ride in the Mediterranean Sea to tour Chateau d’If, the fortress turned prison from the 1500s (alos the setting of the Count of Monte Cristo). Afternoon at Parc Borely – explore the gardens, statues and fountains of the 17th century park. Dinner and overnight in Marseilles.
Day 7 - Cannes
Begin with exploring the beautiful Chapelle Cocteau – learn about it’s history, architecture and significance. Next, we we will embark on a 3 hour (easy) hike from Biot to Valbonne – follows the Brague river through forest and pass by waterfalls. Evening exploration of Promenade de la Croisette, home of the Cannes Film Festival.
Day 8 - Monte Carlo, Monaco
Visit the Musée Renoir – explore the paintings, furniture, and sculptures on display in painter’s Pierre Auguste Renoir former estate. Explore Monaco’s famous sites- visit the Prince’s Palace of Monaco; the Royal cathedral in Monaco; and the Musée Océanographique. Final night’s feast, debrief, and overnight in Nice.
Day 9 - Homeward Bound
Board a flight out of Nice Airport and begin our trip back home.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to France
BusPrivate coach bus as needed, equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
HotelCentrally located, student-friendly, acclaimed hotels for the duration of the tour
Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 84 million visitors in 2013!
Places You’ll Visit
Welcome to France!
Prince’s Palace of Monaco
Dates back to the year 1191!
Saint Nicholas Cathedral
Contains the tombs of the Monaco royal family .
World famous aquarium containing 450 species of ocean life.
Famous fortress turned prison, setting of Alexander Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Gardens, statues and fountains in the beautiful 17 hectare park.
Inspired by the Coliseum in Rome.
Pont du Gard
Ancient Roman aqueduct.
This historic home and garden offers a glimpse into the splendor and fine
living of older French times
thoroughfare offers stunning fountains, cafes, and more
Palais des Pape
One of the
largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in Europe
A picturesque medieval
The seat of the Archbishop
Embark on a 3 hour (easy) hike from Biot to Valbonne. The
trek follows the Brague river through forest filled with alder, hazel and ash trees, and even waterfalls along the way
Explore the paintings, furniture, sculptures, and beauty the
museum has to offer