This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix-en-Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice, where you'll complete the adventure.
Explore the Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Paris
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Visit the Haut-Marais, or Upper Marais, a section of the neighborhood that has transformed from former working-class factories to chic shops and galleries. There, you'll meet a Maître Fromager (Master Cheesemaker) at a renowned local cheese shop. Then, with expert guidance, learn about the cheese maturation process and taste selected cheeses from different regions paired thoughtfully with complementing wines. Afterward, continue touring through Le Marais's lively streets and hear tales of the magnificent 17th-century mansions that once dominated the district.
In the afternoon, let your interests lead the tour. You can visit the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), which boasts an incredible selection of work by premiere and emerging photographers, or discover the funky Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, a museum devoted to hunting and taxidermy, filled to the brim with curiosities. Explore the neighborhood's stylish boutiques and hidden gardens and when you're feeling hungry, pop over to Rue des Rosiers for a warm kosher pastry or an iconic falafel sandwich. If you're hungry for something more, sample international specialties at the Marche des Enfants Rouges or stop in at a wine bar to wind down the day.
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