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Paris and the hinterland of Provence

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Stephen Molloy

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Paris and the hinterland of Provence

This trip offers the pleasure of exploration with great local guides. Paris is first up. You can come to Paris any time but the atmosphere is quite different at different times of year. After a few days of discovery both inside and outside the walls of Paris (Antiques!) you'll head south. Uzès is one place at the forefront as a wonderful food hub. This tour leads your curiosity on a culinary and cultural discovery inside and outside Provence.

DAY 1

Arrival in the City of Lights

Arrive at the airport. (Please ask us if you need any international flight quotes). Greeting and private transfer to your centrally located hotel. We will provide a ‘roadbook’ based around your itinerary with all the listings of the best places in Paris to visit, eat, go out and experience. You see however well you think you know Paris, there’s always something fresh to discover. Districts change, old ones get restored, whole new areas go up, or shabby areas suddenly becomes the latest hipster-hangout. There’s always a new bar or restaurant to check out, a new star baker, the latest gallery. Behind its boulevards and chic hotels, you can discover intimate courtyards and gardens; behind historic façades are craft workshops and little known museums. Read more

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DAY 2

Discover a quartier

Breakfast SMALL GROUP TOUR : Secrets of the Marais Walking Tour (3 hours) Walk or take metro to a central meeting point. This small group 3-hour tour takes you into the epicenter of all that’s extraordinary about the City of Light. Le Marais is a district that has a perfect Parisian blend of scenic architectural backdrops, trendy modern style, fashionable shops, mouth-watering eateries, and tranquil tucked-away corners. You’ll explore all of this, plus some fun historical anecdotes that will only enhance the magic of Le Marais. Highlights include the Hôtel de Ville, Place des Vosges, St-Paul-St-Louis Church, and the famed Jewish quarter. Plus there is the most charming café spot picked out, so halfway through you can chill out like a local while we foot the bill! The rest of the day at your leisure (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 3

Sweet Side of Paris

Breakfast SMALL GROUP TOUR : Sweet Side Tour of Paris with a foodie expert in a small group (3 hours) Sink your teeth into the most luxurious treats the City of Light has to offer with a 2-hour discovery walk of the sweet and sultry side of Paris. A friendly foodie expert will be your secret weapon as you partake in the ultimate indulgence: a delicious whirlwind of cakes, tarts, meringues, chocolates and more. You’ll taste more than 8 French specialties. It all takes place in one of the most swanky and chic parts of town - Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Tap into this stylish lifestyle by unlocking the secrets of where the tastiest treats lie. Some of them you may know, but we guarantee some sweet surprises along the way! The rest of the day at your leisure (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 4

Treasure hunting in Paris

Breakfast PRIVATE TOUR : Paris Flea Market Tour (2 hours) Make your own way by underground to meeting point in northern Paris. Meet up with your private guide. Did you know northern Paris is credited with having invented the flea market centuries ago? That’s why we’re not messing around, taking you straight to the source at the famed markets of Saint-Ouen. But where’s the good stuff hiding? One of our carefully selected treasure hunting specialists will be there by your side, leading you to the best vendors and helping to hone your vintage shopping skills. Revel in an antique shopper’s fantasy, complete with historic French paraphernalia, vintage clothing, old books, distinguished furniture, home furnishings and much more. A feast for the eyes and the imagination awaits! The rest of the day at your leisure (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 5

High Speed to Slow Travel in Provence

Breakfast Pick up and private transfer to the train station. Direct high speed train to Avignon. PRIVATE TRANSFER AND TOUR (4 hours): Greeting by a local guide and transfer to your hotel in historic Uzés, passing via an off the beaten path circuit through western Provence focusing on food producers and artisans: o Your vehicle will be a 2CV (depending on availability) and your guide is a proponent of SLOW-TRAVEL. One of the defining elements of slow travel is the opportunity to become part of local life and to connect to a place and its people. Slow travel is also about connection to culture. In his eyes gone are the hectic holiday tours where you flit from one ‘must see’ to another, and arrive home feeling like you need a holiday. o Go discovering, in a region rich in colourful markets, a mosaic of local products and tempting gastronomical delights. in the guide’s 2CV, to one or more of a truffle farm, snail farm,to a bee keeper or maybe to an olive farm. Take the time to taste some cheese under a shaded local verandah, and enjoy the cool breeze coming through a local fountain. o Keep your feet on the ground with the possibility to visit other local products: honey, cheese, olives, deli meats, beer or acorns The rest of the day at your leisure in Uzès (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 6

Along the Roman Road in 2CV

Breakfast PRIVATE TOUR: Along the Roman Road in 2CV– la ‘Via Domitia’ (4 hours): o You will be picked up by Florian (if available) and driven along the ancient roman roads in this area. o Often traveled by the military, by salesmen and women back and in the day, and by pilgrims until the middle ages, you will discover this civilization via the infrastrucre that is left behind o Florian is a real proponent of slow travel so you will not do many kilometres today, you will focus on only the good stuff o Half day visit from Uzes to the Pont du Gard o You will be able to discover the site with a top local guide and discover loads of hidden secrets. The rest of the day at your leisure in Uzès (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 7

Laugh, Cook, Eat

Breakfast SMALL GROUP: Cooking class with Petra (if she is available) in Uzès o 9am start, eat at 1, maybe finish at 3pm o Here in the South people love to ENTERTAIN INFORMALLY and this means invariably an APÉRITIF DINATOIRE – a sort of relaxed drinks party accompanied by copious little and larger dishes. It’s fun, sociable and easy on the host(ess). And with today’s intolerances and allergies, much easier to cater for all tastes. o This course covers some 8-10 authentic and ultra versatile dishes that can either be served together or offered individually as larger courses. o Who doesn’t adore the famous Provençal pizza-like PISSALADIÈRE with its sweet onions and salty anchovies? Or MOULES PESQUIÈRES – those fishermen’s mussels with its delicious dressing that can only remind us of summer? Depending on the seasons we may cover those beautiful stuffed Provençal COURGETTES FLOWERS. Or marinate GAMBAS or SEICHES (cuttlefish) to be flambéed in PASTIS. Or how about learning to make your own DRIED SALTED DUCK (like Pancetta but made with duck)? o You may also learn to MAKE YOUR OWN CHEESE on this course, and how to create pretty jars of the traditional Provençal PITCHOU, the deliciously pungent cheese marinated in olive oil and herbs, as well as a few other ideas to brighten your cheeseboard. We’ll teach you what the Provençals do with their abundant summer vegetables (think CONFIT TOMATOES, chargrilled AUBERGINES, stuffed COURGETTES FLOWERS, or those colourful TIANS). o Other dishes that frequently feature on this course are the local FOUGASSE with fillings ranging from olives or leeks to Roquefort cheese and walnuts. Perhaps a pretty TARTE FINE of TOMATOES, or a super-delicious ARTICHOKE, OLIVE and ALMOND TAPENADE? FIGS with fasionable salty-sweet fillings? Or how about BRANDADE de NIMES – a deliciously unctuous, mildly-fishy, dip that is spread on toasted bread with an apéritif? o And I haven’t even started on the desserts – CLAFOUTIS perhaps, or TARTS with orangeflower- or Muscat infused SUMMER FRUIT.. Are you hungry yet? o If you have any special requests for dishes just let us know. We shall give you plenty of ideas on how to vary the ingredients and themes, as well as suggestions on how to serve.. The rest of the day at your leisure in Uzès (use the tips in our roadbook for ideas). Read more

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DAY 8

Northward bound through Avignon

Breakfast Freetime to enjoy the best of Uzès. You can check out around 12, and we can organize a transfer after lunch Private transfer after lunch to Avignon train station. If you wanted to spend time in Avignon, and have a private transfer organized to the station then please add 50€ to final price as train station is not in central Avignon. Direct high speed train in the afternoon to Roissy near the airport CDG. Pick up by the owners of charming bed and breakfast we use near the airport (this may or may not be private) and transfer to nearby hotel. Read more

10km from PARIS CDG Airport
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DAY 9

Departure - Au revoir!

Breakfast Transfer (private or shared) to the airport. End of our services

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Paris 10th Arrondisement
Day 5
Location Uzès
Day 8
Location Mauregard, 10km from CDG Airport

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Each night of accommodation with breakfast mentioned in the itinerary above.
  • Transfer by train in second class in the itinerary above.
  • Transfer by vehicle and driver as mentioned above.
  • The excursions, activities and entry fees as mentioned above.
  • A detailed roadbook with our suggestions for visits, all addresses, maps, and vouchers for all accommodation and activities.
  • Telephone assistance in case of emergency.

Package excludes

  • All that is not mentioned in the section, ‘This price includes’.
  • The activities as mentioned as optional.
  • City tax in the accommodation (2017 rates between 0.5€ and 2.5€ per person per night)

More information

  • Price per person based on twin share. Please ask us if your group is larger.
  • There is a single supplment of 1040€ when someone chooses to sleep in a single room.
  • This itinerary may be modified. Please ask us if you want changes to your itinerary.
  • The accommodation options and activities mentioned in the itinerary above are available at the creation of this quotation ; the final accommodation and activity options depend on the availability at the moment of payment of the deposit. If an option is unavailable, we will reserve equivalent quality. The earlier that you reserve the tour, the more likelihood that all preferred choices mentioned above will be available.

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