11 Days/10 Nights (2 Nights in Paris, 4 Nights in Provence, 4 nights in Bordeaux area)*
Begin your journey in Paris, the "City of Lights", France's capital and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century architecture is criss-crossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine that makes Paris an insatiable city for both first-time and frequent visitors.
Continue on to Avignon, one of Europe's most remarkable Medieval cities, located on the banks of the Rhône River, in southeastern France. You will discover the incredibly preserved 800-year-old stone battlements of Avignon and the impressive Pope’s Palace with a local guide.
Visit charming villages such as Roussillon, Isle sur la Sorge, Carcassonne, and many others in Provence. Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of St-Émilion, a medieval village perched above vineyards renowned for producing full-bodied, deep red wines, and easily the most alluring of the region's wine towns.
Forget all about time in the Dordogne region, tracing the ‘Route des Chateaux’ where you’ll see some of the country’s most famous estates producing wine for hundreds of years.
Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. The
sequence of day trips may vary. The final itinerary will be given to
travelers prior to the start of the trip.)
your guide and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby for a leisurely
walking tour of Paris. Our guide will tell us about the history and
culture of this fascinating European capital while discovering
Group welcome dinner with Parisian specialties.
Meals included: dinner
After checkout, we'll transfer to the Paris-Gare-de-Lyon train station.
Train journey from Paris to Avignon (high-speed TGV train – first class tickets) and then transfer from train station to your sumptuous hotel in Uzes near Avignon for check-in.
After check in, enjoy an afternoon of free time for lunch on your own and to explore the quaint town of Uzes.
Meet back up with the group for a fabulous welcome dinner with local specialties.
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
breakfast, we'll head into the heart of rural Provence. The drive alone
offers some of the most stunning views of the countryside. This morning
we'll stop in the lovely village of Isle Sur La Sorgue for its traditional antiques market day.
After a gentle stroll through Isle Sur La Sorgue we'll head to the tiered village of Gordes, rising like a giant wedding cake over the rivers Sorgue and Cavalon, jutting spectacularly out of the white rock face of the Vaucluse plateau. While we're here we'll enjoy our tasty group lunch.
We'll then continue on to one of the most impressive villages of the Luberon, the ochre-red Roussillon where you'll have free time to explore this historic old village.
We'll return to the hotel in the early evening so you have the chance to dine at your leisure.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
start the day with an adventurous guided walk on the famous Pont du
Gard, and ingenious 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct spanning the River
We'll then continue on to Avignon for a tasty group lunch in the historical center.
After lunch, we'll enjoy a slow-paced guided walking tour through one of Europe's most beautiful medieval cities since the 14th century when it was briefly the capital of Christendom, and home of the Papacy. Graceful Avignon's turn as the seat of papal power bestowed on the city a bounty of magnificent art and architecture, none grander than the massive medieval fortress and papal palace, Palais des Papes, where our expert City Guide will reveal the treasures and lifestyles of the pontiffs who reigned in Avignon for almost 70 years.
Nearby, carpets of vineyards unfold around tiny, medieval Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the epicenter of one of the world's great wine-growing regions. Only a small ruin remains of the château, but we'll take it all in as well as enjoy a tasting at a nearby family owned vineyard. Group dinner in a family-owned local restaurant on the way back to Uzes.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
for a morning of wine and cooking a' la francaise! Now get ready to get your hands
dirty during a fun group cooking class with a local chef learning to
make traditional Provencal dishes, followed by a relaxed group lunch.
Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure and dinner on your own in the enchanting village of Uzes.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
out of Uzes hotel, and transfer to the Bordeaux area. We'll begin our drive westward toward the
Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, stopping along the way
in lovely medieval Carcassonne, a fortified city with spiky towers and
imposing walls, which make it look like something out of a children's
We'll lunch together in a traditional spot where cassoulet or foie gras will, of course, be presented. Back on the road, we'll pass through different wine growing areas before arriving in the Bordeaux area.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
day will take us along the "Route des Château" so that you may admire
some of the most famous estates for so many great photo opportunities.
We'll stop to enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in a prestigious
Château in the Medoc area, followed by a group lunch.
We'll spend the afternoon in Bordeaux, enjoying a guided walking tour of the central city. Once known as the Sleeping Beauty of French cities, it is no longer. Our expert City Guide will take you along the pedestrian-friendly boulevards and show you the restored, neoclassical architecture and high-tech public transport system. Since 2007 half of the entire city has been UNESCO-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site. Afterward, you can enjoy free time in Bordeaux to explore and have dinner on your own.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
through the countryside of one of France's most fascinating provinces,
the Dordogne Region. We will stop along the way, viewing breathtaking
medieval wine estates and charming villages that line up along the
river. Our first stop is the picturesque village of Beynac for a cruise
on a traditional "Gabarre", a medieval style boat.
We continue to the beautiful Sarlat Le Caneda, known always as Sarlat. Sarlat holds a picturesque tangle of honey-colored buildings, alleyways and secret squares, boasting some of the region's best preserved medieval architecture.
Group lunch featuring a traditional meal in a local auberge (divine duck and foie gras are some typical dishes). After our mid-day meal, enjoy free time in this charming medieval town. Enjoy dinner on your own.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Visit a local winery in the Saint-Emilion area and enjoy a group lunch with tasting.
Enjoy free time to rest up at the hotel or explore more of the village life of Saint-Emilion.
Our local expert City Guide will take us on a unique visit of the underground monuments of Saint-Emilion, including its impressive monolithic church, dating back to the 12th Century. Return to the hotel for final group dinner.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
After check out, meet your tour director and driver in the hotel lobby to transfer to the rail station in Bordeaux.
Train transfer to Paris (TGV high-speed train with first-class tickets). Transfer by minibus from train station to hotel for check in and final night. Leisurely afternoon on your own for last-minute Parisian shopping and packing.
Meals included: breakfast
breakfast, the tour ends, and passionate travelers depart as
friends. So, until next time, or à la prochaine! Merci, thank you for choosing Nada's Italy for your French adventure. We hope to see you again soon and explore more amazing destinations with you. A warm hug goodbye and
have a safe flight! Bon voyage!
Meals included: breakfast
What's Not Included in Tour Package
price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be
included. Price does not include any personal related expenses or
travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food
& wine that is included is what is presented during meals.
> The first day of this tour is Friday (you will need to book your flight from the USA on Thursday to get to Paris on Friday). The last day of this tour is Monday (arrival in the U.S. is the same day of departure on your way back). Some tours start and end in different cities, make sure to book your flights accordingly.
> Airfare is not included.
Nada's Italy can assist with Business and First Class airfare. Please
let us know if you need information about arrival and departure airport
for this tour.
> Reminders, hotel information, and arrival instructions will be sent only by email, please make sure we have your current email address.
> Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact us if you'd like to add transfers to your tour package.
> You must be in good physical condition to sign-up for this trip! There will be a lot of walking uphill, downhill, walking over uneven pavement, and standing for extended periods of time. An average walking tour is about 2-3 hours without sitting.
> Even though tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is suggested that you put aside approximately $100 (US) in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director for your trip (and any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion).
> Nada's Italy strongly recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies and a quote, please contact us.
> You should know that air conditioning in Europe, as well as WIFI connection, are not always as reliable as they are in the United States.
> The hotel
assigns rooms to guests, some rooms may include stairs. A view is not
guaranteed. As Nada's Italy works mainly with luxury historic inns and
small upscale boutique hotels, rooms differ in size and layout. In
general, European bedrooms and bathrooms are smaller compared to US
standards. Each room has its own en-suite
bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and basic toiletry set.
contact us if you have specific requests/needs.
> It is your
responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Europe,
please verify with your own country's travel laws and government
agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
> In the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement of 6 travelers, we will work with you to choose another available tour or tour date. We will do our best to make the transition as smooth as possible.
> Add extra nights and extend your stay in this amazing country. Contact us for a quote (subject to availability).
> Please note: while we do our best to adhere to our published
itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the Tour Leader
due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.
> Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, land only, in USD, and subject to availability. Rates may vary by departure date and are subject to change without notice. Nada’s Italy reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update rates, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.
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Traveling with Nada’s Italy resulted in a trip of a lifetime with endless fantastic memories! My husband and I were wary of traveling, having only done so via cruises or traveling directly to a resort but never leaving it, so the thought of flying to Europe and arranging our own transportation everywhere (especially with the horror stories you read about pick pockets), finding nice hotels and must-see tourist attractions, and eating terrific food where locals go seemed daunting, especially when you factor in the language barrier. The more we researched an Italian vacation, the more overwhelming it seemed, but when we narrowed our search result down to “small tour group”, Nada’s Italy kept coming up over and over again, and each review raved about their experience, so we jumped right in. The communication with the entire Nada’s team from months before our trip was excellent, especially since I’m a worrier and have lots of questions, so the fact that they answered my questions via e-mail immediately (usually the same day!) put my mind at ease. In addition, they provided what I came to think of as an essential travel guide, filled with helpful information such as how much to tip each person, what types of things I should pack, what to expect from each day, alternative transportation options to and from the airport, cultural differences, the best way to convert dollars to euros, etc. I already felt like I was in good hands long before our trip even began. We were delighted to be on the very first “Mediterranean Bliss” tour, along with just 2 other couples. This tour covered far more than we could even dream of doing on our own within a week. We spent 3 days in Rome and visited the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, The Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum. Nada’s website advertises that they get you to the front of the line, but they really sell themselves short by not explaining that the “VIP lines” easily contain 100+ people and move very slowly, while Nada’s gets you right to the front of every single line! The Nada’s tour guides have lived in the area and been in tourism so long that they know everyone who works at these tourist attractions (as well as half the people in the city, it seems!) so that they have the inside scoop regarding days when crowds are expected to be higher and they work behind the scenes to make things as smooth and convenient for you as possible. For instance, our guides got us to the Colosseum earlier than our itinerary stated since they had arranged for someone to open the back entrance, before it was set to open, so that we could walk right in. Once inside, we nearly had the whole (HUGE!!!) place to ourselves. Everywhere we went, we were accompanied by an expert who knew everything about where we were. At the Colosseum and Vatican, that was the fabulous Barbara Bruno. At Pompeii, that was Marguerite. You could see tourists there on their own who were trying to follow our group around to hear the endless interesting facts shared with us. They could answer every question, easily navigate our group through massive crowds while still being respectful of those around us and not getting in anyone’s way, and never stopped sharing a wealth of information. Their passion for the subject matter was extremely evident. The ease of working with a small tour group was obvious when you saw large groups of 50 or more people who had to follow flags on tall sticks in order to find their tour leader, and always had to wear an ear piece to hear their tour director’s microphone since they’d never get close enough to hear them otherwise. A small, intimate group of new friends sharing an experience was far more valuable than I can possibly express. In between seeing these amazing sights, we were treated to unbelievably delicious food! We never ordered our own meals since our tour guide ordered a wide variety of dishes so we could sample every local favorite, and we were never disappointed by the food or all the wine! We never left anywhere hungry, and couldn’t get enough of the delectable food with the freshest ingredients, and each place was small and owned by a family that had been growing and sourcing their own food for generations. Meals were never brought to our table without detailed explanations by the wait staff of the ingredients involved, how dishes were prepared and the history / cultural significance of each, etc. Eating wasn’t just enjoying good food, but rather more of an experience! We went to places off the beaten path that only locals know about, and they were so small that they could never accommodate the obnoxiously large tour groups. While it was so cool to spend 3 days in the middle of Rome so that we could easily walk outside our hotel and get a café, gelato, or panini without going far at all, it was so much more peaceful during our 4 days spent in Sorrento at a truly luxurious hotel, The Ludovisi Palace. Our room and bathroom were gigantic and posh, and the view of the ocean and Mt. Vesuvius were second to none! There are only 12 rooms so it was quiet and felt like we owned the place, and we were waited on at all times by the nicest people. We were fortunate to have fantastic drivers in both Rome and Sorrento. It was nice having the same driver all the time since they’d get to know things such as my motion sickness, and I could have kissed Gianluca for going so slowly around every twisty, windy road along the coast over the course of 4 days! The traffic was intimidating and terrifying, yet both drivers remained calm and stress-free, and their confidence eased our minds. The vans were comfortable, air conditioned, and even fully stocked with endless bottles of water. I saved the best part for last, which is the BEST TOUR GUIDE IMAGINABLE, Clarissa Mannino!! She was so warm and friendly that she instantly felt like family, and despite the fact that she was younger than anyone in our group, she truly mothered us in the best way possible. She let us know when to wear comfortable walking shoes, when to bring a light sweater or jacket, never neglected to mention special dietary restrictions at every restaurant, always alerted us to available bathrooms, offered to make frequent van stops for my motion sickness, etc. She spent a few minutes back in the hotel with us each night (over complimentary Prosecco, of course!) and told us what to expect the next day. We never had to get up very early, which we greatly appreciated, and we never felt rushed. She always made sure we had ample free time to explore areas on our own, and she made wonderful suggestions regarding scenic spots, ideal shopping, restaurant recommendations that covered a wide range of prices, and easy to follow walking directions. While we enjoyed the free time, it was just enough time (2 hours or so) so that we were ready to re-join the group and do the next structured activity, so it was a perfect balance. Clarissa taught us such interesting facets of the local culture, including the proper way to toast (which we all did before each meal), cute catch phrases, and even funny hand gestures. Long drives in the van were opportunities for her to teach us more. The main thing I appreciated about Clarissa, however, was her thoughtfulness. Every day found her delivering another small surprise, from gift shop treasures and pastries to surprise trips, and each was more delightful than the last! I won’t go into detail to avoid spoiling any surprises for the next group. She even got emotional when it was time to say good-bye, but she asked that we all keep in touch through social media, and she continues to check in from time to time. We can’t imagine another vacation without Nada’s Italy, and we’re willing to go to places that hadn’t interested us in the past just so we can experience another trip of a lifetime! We’re considering Sicily next, in the hopes that we can again partner with Clarissa. With regards to seeing other countries (Japan is high on our list), my husband and I keep saying we need to find a “Nada’s Italy equivalent tour group” for each country, but that seems to be easier said than done. I usually spend so much time organizing every single detail of our vacations to ensure we enjoy each minute, but Nada’s went so far beyond anything I could have ever planned that we not only enjoyed every moment of it, but it was the most stress-free vacation since Nada’s staff was always busy hashing out the details so I didn’t have to!
Great time, great value, well organized.
I couldn’t be happier with the Nada’s Italy tours we recently completed! We did both the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast and the Italian Treasures tours. The itineraries for both were excellent. We had just the right balance of scheduled activities and free time to explore on our own. There were even surprises built in to the schedule which made the trip all the more fun. The hotels, meals and planned activities were all wonderful! All of the personnel associated with Nada’s, from the drivers to the super knowledgeable city guides to the office staff, were very professional and a pleasure to work with. Our program director was an absolute gem! One of the best features of our trip was the small group format. Because we were only 12 people, we became very close, an aspect of the trip I did not expect but very much appreciated! We even hung out together during our free time. I wholeheartedly recommend traveling with Nada’s Italy. It was an experience I’ll never forget!
Sizzling Sicily is a wonderful tour! All the locations are interesting and beautiful, and our tour guide, Leo, was very personable, patient and incredibly knowledgeable!