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France is the world's most popular tourist destination and, if you decide to book this holiday, you would very soon find out why. Starting in the great city of lights and lovers, this 11-day adventure will take you all the way from Paris to Avignon and will delight you with the smell of freshly-baked pastry, the aroma of nicely-ground coffee, amazing vintage wines, and a small hint of magic, which, as you will soon see, is somehow always present in the air.
During your visit, you will be staying in Paris, Villefranche Sur Mer, and Avignon. One night will be spent in a luxurious châteaux, overlooking gorgeous vineyards in the Rhône valley, and the rest will be spent in lovely, self-catering apartments, on a twin sharing basis.
The city of Avignon, France, is known for its importance to the Roman Catholic papacy. A charming locale with multiple bridges over tranquil rivers and an art museum boasting classic works, Avignon lures visitors from all over the world on a yearly basis. Here you may visit the Palais des Papes, which was built to accommodate Avignon’s new, very important residents, and, in 1995, was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the biggest Gothic palace in Europe, and though the rooms may appear harsh and stark today, they were once very luxuriously decorated. Beside the Palais des Papes, is the Romanesque Notre Dame des Doms, with its gilded Virgin Mary watching over Avignon. The small cathedral also contains several works of art and is also the resting place of Pope John XXII. Next door, you will find a park with plenty of paths to walk and foliage whose shade provide excellent refuge from the sun. Walk out to the many viewpoints, providing sweeping landscapes of Provence.
The city of lights and lovers, Paris is a very charming and incredibly mysterious city. As a first stop, Paris will surely not disappoint. Filled with romantic views, vibrant street art, and numerous chic boutiques and cafés, Paris is also home to some of the most famous museums, such as the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, and popular landmarks, like the Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. This city will surely provide no limit to the wonders and beautiful sights waiting for you to uncover. Explore the lovely Latin Quarter, taste your way around the city with an exciting food tour, see great works of art, and walk hand in hand through beautiful streets, perhaps even take a ride in a vintage convertible down the Champs Elysees, you will definitely find something amazing to do.
In Villefranche Sur Mer, the Bay of Villefranche, reputed as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, is embraced by the Cap of Nice on the right and Cap Ferrat on the left. The charming Old Town of Villefranche cascades down the hillside to the sea, and the sandy kilometer-long beach offers great recreation throughout the year.
During your trip, you will discover the authentic flavors of French cuisine. You will enjoy buttery croissants, crisp baguettes and visits to a local producers and a family-run fromagerie, where they age their own small-production cheeses. This holiday will allow you to taste a little bit of everything, providing you with a delicious introduction to this region's fine culinary tradition.
The nearest airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
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