- Discover the exquisite Provençal village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
- Canoe through the spectacular Baudinard Gorge
- Explore Marseille's hidden corners & culinary secrets on a walking tour
- Spend a final day in Paris & board a dinner cruise down the Seine
|Day 1||Arrive in Cannes, Transfer to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie||Moustiers-Sainte-Marie|
|Day 2||Canoe the Baudinard Gorge||Moustiers-Sainte-Marie|
|Day 3||Drive to Manosque, Train to Marseille||Marseille|
|Day 4||Marseille Private Boat Cruise & Half-Day Gourmet Walking Tour||Marseille|
|Day 5||Train to Paris, Seine Dinner Cruise||Paris|
|Day 6||Au Revoir Paris!|
Day 1: Arrive in Cannes, Drive to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Welcome to the South of France! Upon arrival in Cannes, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before picking up your rental car and setting out for the Verdon Region and the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
This exquisite fairytale village is perched at the natural gateway to the Verdon Gorge, the largest canyon in Europe. Verdon is also home to the small villages of Bauduen and Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, as well as the hilltop villages of Aiguines, and Castellane.
Day 2: Canoe the Baudinard GorgeEscape the crowds today and embark on a canoe trip through the Baudinard Gorge, a smaller and wilder section of the vast Verdon Gorge. Located at the southwestern end of Lake Sainte-Croix, this scenic river canyon is dotted with caves and waterfalls surrounded by walls of moss.
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Day 3: Drive to Manosque, Train to MarseilleSay your goodbyes to Moustier-Sainte-Marie this morning as you hit the road for a 45-minute drive to Manosque. Here you'll drop off your rental car and hop on the train for a scenic 1.5-hour journey to the vibrant port city of Marseille.
Day 4: Marseille Private Boat Cruise & Half-Day Gourmet Walking Tour
Spend the morning discovering the hidden gems of Marseille. Just a stone's throw from the tumult of the city center, you'll find one of the world's most beautiful coastal regions. Make your way to the port, then set sail on a private boat tour. Your personal skipper will navigate to the day's first stop: the Frioul Islands archipelago. With its little port and famous Château d'If, this neighborhood of Marseille includes four small islands with great views of little rocky coves and the ancient castle.
From here, continue your tour to Malmousque to explore hidden rocky inlets and turquoise water—perfect for a quick swim. Finish your trip at the beautiful Vallon des Auffes, an ancient fishing port located under a huge bridge. You'll have ample time for swimming in these hidden coves, which are difficult to access without a boat.
Back on solid ground, you'll set out to explore more of this historic Mediterranean city on foot. Meet your guide in the center of this multicultural city for a private gourmet walking tour. Begin in the Old Port, under the modern architectural artwork known as the Ombrière. Here you'll find the bustling daily fish market. A few steps away is Le Panier, Marseille’s oldest section where the Greeks began the foundation of the city. As your guide leads you through the diverse neighborhoods and secret corners of Marseille, you can try the city's famous navettes (sweet biscuits), sample the best ice cream in town, and taste the finest local chocolates and olive oils. Along the way, you'll discover local artisans and galleries, explore the ancient fort & gardens of Fort Saint-Jean, and visit the Cathédrale St Marie Majeure and the famous Hotel Dieu.
Day 5: Train to Paris, Seine Dinner Cruise
After a relaxed breakfast, bid farewell to the seaside and catch the 3-hour train north to Paris.
Colorful boulevards and historic monuments invite visitors to stroll through the downtown, while narrow alleys and cozy cafes create a romantic atmosphere. For art lovers, spending time at Paris' smaller museums is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as the city has one of the most impressive art collections in the world. Alternatively, lazing around in the parks or at a sidewalk cafe on a sunny day is simply blissful.
As evening falls, you'll board a luxury yacht for an evening on the Seine. Cruise down the river as you enjoy a gourmet dinner and watch the city lights go by—toasting your final night in France in style.
Day 6: Au Revoir Paris!
Your time in France draws to a close this morning, as you're picked up by a private driver and transferred to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) for your departing flight. Au revoir!
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