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A Taste of Paris & London
Discover Paris & Normandy
Discover Paris & Southwest of France
Discover Paris & Burgundy
Paris, Provence & French Riviera
France & Italy Art Cities
Classic Upper Loire & Burgundy
French Savoir Vivre
Cooking Classes in Provence
Discover the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley Cuisine
Royal Stays in France
Bordeaux & the Basque Country
France's Fine Wines & Cuisine
Absolute France
The Jewels of the French Riviera
Paris, Normandy & Loire Valley
When in Paris
The Ultimate Romance Package
Discover Paris & Champagne
Provence & Riviera

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  • 2014 A Taste of Paris & London Discover Paris & Normandy Discover Paris & Southwest of France Discover Paris & Burgundy Paris, Provence & French Riviera France & Italy Art Cities Classic Upper Loire & Burgundy French Savoir Vivre Cooking Classes in Provence Discover the Loire Valley The Loire Valley Cuisine Royal Stays in France Bordeaux & the Basque Country France's Fine Wines & Cuisine Absolute France The Jewels of the French Riviera Paris, Normandy & Loire Valley When in Paris The Ultimate Romance Package Discover Paris & Champagne Provence & Riviera Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights A TASTE OF PARIS & LONDON Paris - London Two of the world's most famous city's come to life and open their hearts to you on this 7-day world-class adventure from Central Holidays: A Taste of Paris and London. Begin your vacation in the City of Lights-- Paris, France--exploring the country's capital with its monuments, museums, architecture, nightlife and famous French cuisine. A private tour of the amazing city will take you to the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, famed Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and so much more. Dine at outdoor cafes on baguettes and pastries while sampling the fine wines that are only produced in this specific region of the world. Board the Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London via the Channel Tunnel, and in just two short hours you will be on the second half of your journey--exploring London, the cosmopolitan capital of England. The historic city is packed with stunning architecture, famous sights and plenty of museums and restaurants to explore and sample. A bus tour will take you to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, the London Eye, Shakespeare's Theater, fashionable Chelsea and King's Road, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London along with so much more! Shop the markets at Portobello Road in Notting Hill or watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Ride the underground tube and be sure to mind the gap when boarding--and shop your way through Piccadilly Circus before stopping in a local pub for a pint of acclaimed beer and authentic fish and chips. This is a vacation you won't soon forget! Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. (B) Day 3 - Paris Full day at leisure to take an optional tour or to just relax and enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro. (B) Day 4 - Paris/London This morning experience the Eurostar high-speed train from Paris to London, via the Channel Tunnel. In just two hours you will be in London, England's cosmopolitan capital. After check-in at your hotel, use the balance of the day to start exploring the city that, with its perfect mix of the old and new world, has fascinated visitors from all over the world for many years. (B) Day 5 - London The day is yours to discover all the city has to offer. Your included hop on/hop off bus tour will take you to all major landmarks, such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and many more. (B) Day 6 - London Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Full day at leisure. For a bird's-eye view of the city, take a spin on the London Eye, the Ferris wheel overlooking the Thames. A visit to one of the many museums or art galleries is a must. Watch the Changing of the Guard, take a stroll in one of the parks, or shop along Portobello Road in Notting Hill. (B) Day 7 - London to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''goodbye'' to London or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 6 nights Daily buffet breakfast Half day city tour of Paris Hop-on/hop-off tour of London Transportation Paris to London by First class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tag Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $1028(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights DISCOVER PARIS & NORMANDY Paris - Caen Paris remains one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Packed with attractions and monuments, from the antique to the most modern, cosmopolitan, the city takes nothing for granted. Come, delight in an included tour of Paris' splendors - the Eiffel Tower, Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the designer shops along the Champs Elysees - a tree-lined beauty, full of elegant cafes, theaters and shops developed by Louis XV. Even once you've sampled the city's "essential" sights, you'll find an unlimited supply of culture, art, nightlife, eateries and chic shopping experiences to delay your departure. Normandy This warm and hospitable region combines a 360-mile dramatic coastline, including the dramatically evocative World War II landing beaches. Here the largest military landing in history took place on June 6, 1944. Monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries are a living commemoration to the Battle of Normandy. A perfect base from which to tour also many coastal resorts - , the picturesque seaport of Honfleur, the tiny town of Bayeux is built around the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame and its famous Tapestry, the Mont St.-Michel abbey, Monet's home in Giverny and a verdant interior of lush farmland, bustling market towns and historic landmarks such as the cities of Caen and Rouen. Gastronomic delights abound, from fine cheeses to cider and Calvados. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. Tonight, while cruising along the Seine River, enjoy spectacular views of its monuments illuminated with millions of lights. (B) Day 3 - Paris/Caen This morning board your train for Caen. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B) Day 4 - Caen Morning visit of the Memorial of Caen dedicated to the causes and consequences of the Second World War. After lunch, enjoy your guided visit to the Landing Beaches, the artificial harbor of Arromanches, the battery at Longues sur Mer, the American Military Cemetery at Colleville, Omaha Beach and Pointe du hoc. (B,L) Day 5 - Caen/Paris After breakfast, take the train back to Paris. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to shop. (B) Day 6 - Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Half day city tour of Paris One hour Seine River cruise Visit with audio guide of the Caen Memorial followed by a guided tour of the Landing Beaches (*) Transportation Paris to Caen by First class rail Transportation Caen to Paris by First class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $924(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights DISCOVER PARIS & SOUTHWEST OF FRANCE Bordeaux - Paris Paris remains one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Packed with attractions and monuments, from the antique to the most modern. Come delight as you discover on your own Paris' splendors - the Eiffel Tower, Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and tree-lined beauty of the Champs Elysees. After you have sampled the city's sights, you'll find an unlimited supply of culture, art, elegant cafes, nightlife, eateries and chic designer boutiques. From Paris travel to France southwest and the city of Bordeaux, namesake of the famous wine that's been produced there for over 1,200 years. While the region is most well-known for its wine making, the historic part of the city of Bordeaux is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and will visited in an included city tour. In Bordeaux you will also savor regional specialties at a traditional restaurant. The southwest of France has a profusion of historical villages, cathedrals, and castles in addition to yielding various wines to delight enologists or anyone with a curious palate, with vineyards that are among the largest of the fine wine regions in the world. You will explore one of its "route des vins" through an included excursion that, depending on the day of the week, covers different itineraries: Blaye/Bourg, Entre-Deux-Mers/Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion (twice weekly) and Medoc (twice weekly). Wine tastings will be in the agenda. Prosit! Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris/Bordeaux After breakfast, take the train from Paris to Bordeaux, the city that bears the same name as the region and the famous wine that's been produced there for over 1,200 years. Check-in at your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy dinner at a lively Bordeaux restaurant. (B,D) Day 3 - Bordeaux During today's full day excursion you'll learn about the wines of this region. Enjoy a wine tasting session before returning to your hotel. (B) Day 4 - Bordeaux Full day at leisure to relax or to keep exploring the area. (B) Day 5 - Bordeaux/Paris After breakfast, take the train back to Paris. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to shop. (B) Day 6 - Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Full day guided tour of vineyards followed by a wine tasting session in Bordeaux Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Bordeaux Transportation Paris to Bordeaux by First class rail Transportation Bordeaux to Paris by First class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1267(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights DISCOVER PARIS & BURGUNDY Paris - Dijon - Beaune Paris remains one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Packed with attractions and monuments, from the antique to the modern, with an unlimited supply of culture, art, nightlife, eateries and chic shopping experiences. Delight in Paris' splendors - the Eiffel Tower, Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, before high speed, signature French TGV trains take you to Burgundy, a region known for its chateaux, canals, beautiful countryside and a relaxed rural lifestyle. It's a place where food and wine are an art form for leisurely lunches and dinners. Dijon and Beaune, two cities rich in historic habitats, museums, scenic architecture and discover how friendly and hospitable the locals are. In Dijon you cannot miss sampling varieties of Burgundian cuisine, including authentic Dijon mustard in unusual flavors. The piece de resistance however will be our exploration of the luxuriant vineyards of the famed Grands Crus Cote de Nuits, producing many of the world's finest wines: Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Chateau Romanee Cont, We'll taste them at a winery's cellar. In Beaune we shall treat you to dinner at the 12th century Abbaye de Maizieres, and follow the wine trails of the Cote de Beaune and the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. Along the way, stop at Pommard, famous for its red wines and at Mersault where France's finest wine are produced, visiting a wine grower's cellar for a tasting. A Votre Sante. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris/Dijon Board the train from Paris to Dijon. After your check-in at the hotel, your day is at leisure to begin discovering this lovely town. Known as the City of Art and History, the center of Dijon is one of the most historic and scenic of any major French city. (B) Day 3 - Dijon/Beaune Today enjoy a private vineyard tour of the Grands Crus Cote de Nuits featuring many of the finest wines in the world: Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Chateau Romanee Conti and more. Learn how they are produced during a private wine tasting at the winery's cellar. Proceed to Beaune and your hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure. You may consider seeing The Hospices de Beaune museum, one of the finest examples of 15th century French architecture. This evening dinner is at the Abbaye de Maizieres, an historical cellar dating back to the 12th century, located just a few steps away from your hotel. (B,D) Day 4 - Beaune Your morning is at leisure. You may consider visiting the former mansion of the Dukes of Burgundy which is now home to the Burgundy Wine Museum. In the afternoon, tour the Cote de Beaune and the Hautes Cotes de Beaune wine trails. Enjoy picturesque villages along the way and visit Pommard, where red wines are produced. Visit the town of Mersault where whites are produced, and enjoy a tasting at a wine grower's cellar. (B) Day 5 - Beaune/Paris After breakfast, take the train back to Paris. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to shop. (B) Day 6 - Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Dinner at the Abbaye de Maizieres Private vineyard tour of the Grands Crus Cote De Nuits, including wine tasting Wine tour through The Cote de Beaune and the Hautes Cotes de Beaune, including wine tasting Transportation Paris to Dijon by First class rail Transportation Beaune to Paris by First class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1526(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights PARIS, PROVENCE & FRENCH RIVIERA Avignon - Nice - Paris The best of France comes alive during this nine day rail program of sophisticated Paris, pastoral Provence, and the luxurious French Riviera. Begin in Paris, "The City of Lights", where the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral reveal Paris exquisite artistry. Three days in Paris allow visitors to fully absorb French culture; if they want more sightseeing, visitors can choose to venture beyond the city limits with an optional day excursion to the Palace of Versailles. A scenic journey by rail to Avignon brings travelers to the heart of Provence. Avignon is home to the largest gothic palace in the world where in the winter months, visitors sample wine from famous Rhone Valley vineyards. In warmer months, a one-hour cruise along the Rhone River guides travelers past scenic farmhouses and lush lavender fields. A train trip to the southern coast introduces visitors to France's mild climate-here lies Nice in the Cote d'Azur, a land of romantic hillside towns, grand chateaux, and white beaches. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. Tonight, while cruising along the Seine River, enjoy spectacular views of its monuments illuminated with millions of lights. (B) Day 3 - Paris Full day at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to take an optional excursion to Versailles. (B) Day 4 - Paris/Avignon Today travel by rail from Paris to Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After your check-in, wander the narrow streets to discover this interesting town full of history, life and art. (B) Day 5 - Avignon After breakfast, enjoy a visit of the Popes' Palace, the largest gothic palace in the world. In the afternoon enjoy a one hour cruise on the Rhone River (during winter months the cruise will be replaced with a wine tasting at the Pope's Palace). End the day with a nice dinner in a popular restaurant.(B,D) Day 6 - Avignon/Nice This morning, board your train to Nice. Located in the heart of one of the world's most highly prized regions, it offers a rich history and a wonderfully mild sunny climate. Check-in at your hotel. (B) Day 7 - Nice Today enjoy a full day excursion along the Cote d'Azur. A world of romantic hill towns with cobblestone Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • streets leading to modest hamlets and ancient chateaux is waiting for you. (B) Day 8 - Nice Today enjoy a full day excursion along the Cote d'Azur. A world of romantic hill towns with cobblestone streets leading to modest hamlets and ancient chateaux is waiting for you. (B) Day 9 - Day 9 Nice to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: 8 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Half day city tour of Paris One hour Seine River cruise Cote d'Azur full day excursion Visit with audio guide of the Pope's Palace and the Pont d'Avignon One hour Rhone River cruise (or wine tasting in the Pope's Palace from October to March) Three course dinner (no drinks) at a local restaurant in Avignon Transportation Paris to Avignon by first-class rail Transportation Avignon to Nice by first-class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $2116(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 13 Days / 12 Nights FRANCE & ITALY ART CITIES Rome - Florence - Nice - Paris Discover Paris, Nice, Florence, and Rome, cities that have inspired artists, designers, and writers for generations. This thirteen day program encourages travelers to reflect on and develop their own artistic appreciations for the monuments, palaces, and landscapes that have made these cities living masterpieces. Start in Paris, "The City of Lights", and see the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Take an optional excursion to the Palace of Versailles, a royal chateau to French monarchs for over a hundred years. Then move on to Nice, a bright coastal city on the French Riviera and playground to the rich and famous. Your Voyage from Nice by rail will afford you the opportunity to soak in vistas of the Italian Riviera as they make their way to Florence. The heart of the Italian renaissance, Florence is an art lover's dream. Here, travelers' art journey will culminate at the Academy of the Fine Arts where they will see Michelangelo's David statue. On to Rome, then, to experience the liveliness and world famous attractions in Italy's capital city. An optional day excursion to Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast will give visitors a chance to experience Italy's Campania region, renowned for its cuisine, music, art, and archeological, before concluding your trip. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. (B) Day 3 - Paris Full day at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to take an optional excursion to Versailles. (B) Day 4 - Paris/Nice This morning board your train to Nice. Located in the heart of one of the world's most highly prized regions, it offers a rich history and a wonderfully mild sunny climate. Check-in at your hotel. (B) Day 5 - Nice Today enjoy a full day excursion along the Cote d'Azur. A world of romantic hill towns with cobblestone streets leading to modest hamlets and ancient chateaux is waiting for you. (B) Day 6 - Nice Full day at leisure to visit on your own the many outdoor markets, parks and beautiful museums this lovely city has to offer. (B) Day 7 - Nice/Florence This morning board your train to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. Check-in at your hotel. (B) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 8 - Florence Your morning tour will take you on a discovery of the beauty of Florence: the Duomo with its magnificent Brunelleschi dome, the Baptistry, Giotto's Bell Tower, Piazza Della Signoria, and much more. Your tour will end with a visit of the Academy of the Fine Arts where you will be able to see Michelangelo's original ''David'' statue. This afternoon is at leisure. (B) Day 9 - Florence Full day at leisure to keep discovering all Florence has to offer or to take an optional excursion to Siena, San Gimignano, or Pisa. (B) Day 10 - Florence/Rome This morning travel by rail from Florence to Rome. Balance of the day is at leisure to start discovering the Eternal City. (B) Day 11 - Rome Your morning tour reveals Rome's infinite aspects and eras. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore areas not covered by your city tour or for some shopping. (B) Day 12 - Rome Full day at leisure. Stroll down the beautiful Via Condotti or the romantic Spanish Steps. Discover Rome's hidden treasures at your own pace or perhaps take an optional excursion to Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast. (B). Day 13 - Rome to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''arrivederci'' to Italy or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 12 nights Daily buffet breakfast Half day city tour of Paris Cote d'Azur full day excursion Half day city tour of Florence Half day city tour of Rome Transportation Paris to Nice by First class rail Transportation Nice to Florence by First and Second class rail Transportation Florence to Rome by First class rail 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $2024(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights CLASSIC UPPER LOIRE & BURGUNDY A champagne welcome awaits you onboard the cruising vessel you will call home for the next 7 days as you explore Classic Upper Loire and Burgundy with Central Holidays. Your first day will include stunning glimpses of the Loire countryside in Montcresson in the morning, followed by a tour of the palace of Chateau de Fontainebleau where royal French families have added to the architecture over the years. The next morning, cruise to historic Rogny and explore Chateau Guedelon, a castle being built in the same techniques as the Middle Ages that was started in 1997 and is expected to take 25 years to complete. Alternatively, visit Chateau de Saint Fargeau which is a fortified hunting meeting palace over 1000 years old. After an authentic French breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes, and assorted pastries, visit Gien, home to Faience pottery, followed by an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne surrounded by lakes and ponds. Set sail for Briare and Gustave Eiffel's stunning aqueduct across the River Loire where you can ride bike, if you want, to explore this magical area. Walk Briare's famed market with fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls selling these famed local creations. Cruise to the family-run vineyard of Sancerre for your final French afternoon to taste local wines and enjoy the medieval hilltop village. The captain hosts his farewell dinner that evening as you enjoy your last evening sailing through France on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation package. Day 1 - Montargis Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the spacious Renaissance moored in Montargis where a Champagne Welcome awaits you. Then there is time to explore the pretty village of Montargis by foot or bicycle. Dinner on board. (D) Day 2 - Montargis/Montbouy Morning cruise through the Loire countryside with towpath cycling to Montcresson. After lunch we transfer to Chateau de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France, and every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Return to the barge and enjoy a late evening cruise to Montbouy, before dinner on board. (B,L,D) Day 3 - Montbouy/Rogny les Sept Ecluses Morning cruise to historic Rogny and its 350 year old 7 lock-flight. Today's excursion is to Chateau Guedelon. A team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary task to build a castle using the very same techniques and materials as in the Middle Ages. Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete. Guedelon offers a unique opportunity to witness the different stages of a castle's construction with each phase being of interest in its own right. Alternatively we visit the Chateau de Saint Fargeau which is 1000 years old. In 980, Heribert, Auxerre's bishop and biological son of King Hugues Capet, built this fortified hunting meeting place. Dinner on board. (B,L,D) Day 4 - Rogny les Sept Ecluses/La Gazonne After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery. After lunch we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards. (B,L,D) Day 5 - La Gazonne/Briare Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel's magical aqueduct across the River Loire with walking and Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • bicycling for those that wish to do so. We preview Friday's crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 meter Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. This afternoon we visit Chateau de Sully sur Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Tremoille, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Tremoille virtually imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th Century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the Chateau. Dinner on board. (B,L,D) Day 6 - Briare/Chatillon sur Loire This morning wander around the fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare and then a short cruise across the aqueduct before lunch on board. Afternoon visit to a family run vineyard in Sancerre. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant and pulsating region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D) Day 7 - Chatillon Sur Loire After breakfast we return you to the designated drop off point. (B) Included Features: 7 days/6 nights cruise on European Waterways Cruises 17 included meals consisting of: - 6 buffet breakfasts - 5 lunches - 6 dinners Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated tea and coffee with meals Champagne Welcome & Captain's Farewell Dinner Bose Hi-fi system with an iPod docking station and radio Complimentary bicycles on board Best Price starting at $6350(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights FRENCH SAVOIR VIVRE Prepare for a wondrous 8 days aboard Luftner Cruises as you sail along France's stunning waterways on Central Holidays' French Savoir Vivre vacation. Commence your French cruise with a welcome cocktail reception as you depart Lyon for Macon, your first port of call, which is a lovely town in the Burgundy region with tours of the Beaujolais scenery of castles and vineyards along winding roads. Tour a museum of wines and sample the famous wines of this region before boarding the ship for lunch and an optional tour of Cluny Abbey, a historic monastery which was the world's largest Christian structure until St. Peter's was built in Rome. Next up, you disembark in Chalon-sur-Saone to explore the epi-center of Burgundy's wine trade and visit Hotel-Dieu for a private tasting session. A driver will escort you to the medieval villages of Brancion and Cormatin, with their colossal castles and sprawling gardens. An optional guided tour of Lyon awaits, and then you will be whisked away to famed and historic Avignon with its historic bridge and majestic Palais des Papes. Depart for Camargue where wild horses and flamingos can be seen as you explore this landscape where land and sea come together. Enjoy tours to the Ardeche gorge, Pont d'Arc, and Le Pouzin before savoring dinner and dancing with your captain on the final night of your amazing French cruise vacation. Day 1 - Lyon Welcome on board your ''floating hotel''. Tonight a Welcome Cocktail Reception will be held before dinner is served on board. The ship leaves Lyon in the course of the evening. (D) Day 2 - Macon In the morning you arrive at Macon, a lovely town along the river Saone in the Burgundy region. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to join a ''Maconais and Museum of Wine'' optional tour. The romantic Beaujolais scenery, with its castles and vineyards, unfolds in front of your eyes as we drive along the winding roads lined with vineyards. The highlight of this excursion will be a visit of a museum entirely dedicated to the making of the Beaujolais wines. Lunch on board. An afternoon optional trip to Cluny Abbey is on the itinerary today. In the early Middle Age, Cluny was Europe's most influential monastery controlling several hundred monastic foundations throughout Europe, and the world's largest Christian structure until St. Peter's was built in Rome. Unfortunately, very little survived the French Revolution, but nonetheless, what is left is certainly impressive. After dinner the Amadeus Symphony continues its journey to Chalon-sur- Saone. (B,L,D) Day 3 - Chalon-sur-Saone/Tournus Once we have docked in Chalon-sur- Saone, those who have booked the optional ''Beaune and the Burgundy'' excursion will be driven to Beaune, the epicenter of Burgundy's wine trade. After a visit of the Hotel-Dieu, originally an almshouse dating back to the 15th Century, you will learn the history of viniculture during a wine tasting session. After lunch on board you will be driven to the medieval villages of ''Brancion and Cormatin''. Stroll the streets of Brancion before visiting the magnificent castle of Cormatin and its magnificent gardens. If you prefer not to go on this optional excursion, you can stay on board and just enjoy the lovely scenery. The vessel will briefly stop in Tournus, where those who have been on the optional trip will come back on board. (B,L,D) Day 4 - Lyon Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Today the Amadeus Symphony docks back in Lyon early in the morning. Our optional guided tour of Lyon enables you to absorb the city's most important sights. The city center has an impressive wealth of elegant squares and buildings, with those in Place des Terreaux being particularly magnificent. During lunch our ship resumes its voyage. (B,L,D) Day 5 - Avignon Morning arrival in Avignon. The folkloristic song about its old stone bridge has made this city's name familiar to people all over the world. Avignon is one of the few cities whose medieval walls are almost completely preserved. The popes who resided here were responsible for building its majestic ''Palais des Papes'', whose steeply rising facade bears witness to their hegemony. It can be visited in the morning in the course of our optional guided city tour. In the afternoon you can either savor the hustle and bustle in the narrow streets and squares of Avignon's old quarter, or join our optional excursion to Pont du Gard and Uzes. The perfectly preserved Pont du Gard ranks as one of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world. For more than 2,000 years this Roman aqueduct supplied water to vast tracts of the Roman provinces in southern France. You will have time to walk around the picturesque little town of Uzes before returning to the ship for dinner. The vessel remains docked overnight in Avignon. (B,L,D) Day 6 - Avignon/Arles Morning optional excursion to the picturesque Camargue region where land and sea seem to merge. Here, where nature reigns - if you are lucky - you might see some of its famous wild horses and flamingoes. The excursion ends in Arles, a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. Arles has plenty of historical buildings and Roman remains for you to explore during our optional city tour. After dinner the vessel resumes its voyage upstream. (B,L,D) Day 7 - Viviers/Le Pouzin From Viviers you can visit one of France's most interesting geographical features, the Ardeche gorge. Over several millennia waterpower has carved out this very romantic gorge through limestone. The coach will follow the river as it meanders through the gorge which is up to 300 meters deep. During this optional excursion you will have an opportunity to see the famous Pont d'Arc - a natural stone bridge that has become an icon for the Ardeche region. The Amadeus Symphony will continue to Le Pouzin, where those who have been on the optional coach trip will come back on board. The last stretch starts during lunch as the vessel returns to Lyon. Tonight the captain welcomes everyone to a special dinner followed by a night of dancing. (B,L,D) Day 8 - Lyon Disembarkation in Lyon after breakfast. End of the cruise. (B) Included Features: 8 days/7 nights on Luftner Cruises 20 included meals consisting of: - 7 buffet breakfasts - 6 lunches - 7 dinners Red and white wines from Europe's great wine regions with every dinner Welcome Cocktail Reception Lecture on regional wines and French cuisine Assistance of a professional cruise director for the entire length of the cruise Daily music performance by on board musicians English speaking crew Non-smoking environment. Smoking allowed only on the Sun Deck Complimentary bicycles on board Port Taxes Best Price starting at $1390(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights COOKING CLASSES IN PROVENCE Paris - La Cadiere D'Azur An introduction to the secrets of Provencal cooking, this course lets you discover the delights of Provence and its fragrant herb-scented hills and learn all the secrets of a cuisine prepared with produce from the local Provencal markets. You'll cook in a superbly refurbished house with its own country garden that provides all the herbs and vegetables used in the fabulous dishes you will prepare and savor by the fireside or in the shade of the garden in the summer. Enjoy visits to the Sanary and Bandol markets, visits to local vineyards (with wine tastings), plus the fascinating story of Provence as told by Rene Berard.The Hostellerie Berard is an elegant family-run hotel set in the enchanting ancient hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur in Provence, dominating the fertile vineyards and orchards of Bandol on one side and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea on the other. The hotel, celebrated for its outstanding haute cuisine, is located in a lovingly restored 11th century monastery grouped around a heated outdoor swimming pool. The hotel's 36 rooms and 4 suites are decorated in the finest Provencal tradition and equipped with all modern amenities including TV, air conditioning, direct lines and private bath. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Days at leisure do discover all Paris has to offer or to take an optional tour. (B) Day 3 - Paris Days at leisure do discover all Paris has to offer or to take an optional tour. (B) Day 4 - Paris/Marseille/La Cadiere D'Azur This morning, board your train to Marseille. Upon arrival you will pick up your rental car at the rail station and drive to La Cadiere d'Azur. Check in at the Hostellerie Berard. On your first night, enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner at the hotel. (B,D) Day 5 - La Cadiere D'Azur Enjoy learning the art of Provencal cooking with the four-day culinary classes hosted by Master Chef Rene Berard. Your Master Chef will also accompany you during visits to local markets, vineyards, honey bee producers and much more. Lunches are included. Use your free time to explore the Provence region: Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Aix-en- Provence just to name a few. (B,L) Day 6 - La Cadiere D'Azur Enjoy learning the art of Provencal cooking with the four-day culinary classes hosted by Master Chef Rene Berard. Your Master Chef will also accompany you during visits to local markets, vineyards, honey bee producers and much more. Lunches are included. Use your free time to explore the Provence region: Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Aix-en- Provence just to name a few. (B,L) Day 7 - La Cadiere D'Azur Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Enjoy learning the art of Provencal cooking with the four-day culinary classes hosted by Master Chef Rene Berard. Your Master Chef will also accompany you during visits to local markets, vineyards, honey bee producers and much more. Lunches are included. Use your free time to explore the Provence region: Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Aix-en- Provence just to name a few. (B,L) Day 8 - La Cadiere D'Azur Enjoy learning the art of Provencal cooking with the four-day culinary classes hosted by Master Chef Rene Berard. Your Master Chef will also accompany you during visits to local markets, vineyards, honey bee producers and much more. Lunches are included. Use your free time to explore the Provence region: Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Aix-en- Provence just to name a few. (B,L) Day 9 - La Cadiere D'Azur /Marseille to USA (or extend your stay) Dropoff your car in Marseille and say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 8 nights 13 included meals consisting of: - 8 buffet breakfasts - 1 dinner at Hostellerie Berard - 4 lunches at Hostellerie Berard Transportation Paris to Marseille by First class rail Four day course on Provencal culinary traditions, including daily visits to local markets, vineyards, honey bee producers and olive oil mill with Master Chef Rene Berard 4-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $3645(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights DISCOVER THE LOIRE VALLEY Gouvieux-Chantilly - Saint-Symphorien - Montbazon - Saumur The Loire Valley, the "Garden of France", is an enchanted land of vineyards, flowers and rolling green hills dotted with innumerable chateaux. It is perhaps the charm of its gentle paced life that has made it a sought-after location for poets and writers. To get to this fairy-tale land you pick up a Hertz car in Paris and delve into this magic world, even sleeping in chateaux. A wide line up of castles will be seen - spectacular Chateau de Chambord, a royal hunting reserve larger than Paris itself. In Chambord also visit Joan of Arc house. Visit the town of Tours, dating back to Gallo-Roman times, once the capital of the Kingdom of France. The most romantic of French chateau is found in Chenonceau - the Ladies Castle - built by one of France's great Queens -in nearby Amboise, besides a Royal castle, you may see Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Other notable chateaux will be in Villandry, best known for its magnificent flower and vegetable gardens - in Azay-le-Rideau - in the town of Saumur, set by the Loire River - in Angers, one of France's most beautiful cities, see Jean Lurat's dramatic tapestry "Chant du Monde". A few more gems... savor local cuisine at La Cave, an incredible restaurant located in a cave... and, in a Mont Louis cellar, attend a tasting of red, white, rose and sparkling wines... your last overnight in France at luxurious Chateau Montvillargenne in Gouvieux. Day 1 - Paris/Montbazon (approx. 167 miles) Pick up your rental car in Paris and drive to Orleans, the capital of the Loire Valley. Continue on to Chambord and visit the impressive and majestic Chateau de Chambord, one of the most spectacular chateaux of the world. Overnight in Montbazon. Day 2 - Montbazon/Tours/Chenonceau/Montbazon (approx. 32 miles) After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to Tours, the ancient Gallo- Roman city once capital of the Kingdom of France. After Tours, drive to the heart of the valley, along the River Cher, where you'll find the most romantic French castle, the Chateau de Chenonceau. After lunch at La Cave, a delightful restaurant located literally in a cave, continue driving to the picturesque village of Montlouis-sur-Loire. Overnight in Montbazon. (B,L) Day 3 - Saumur Located on the Loire River, Saumur is celebrated for its fairy-tale Chateau, cavalry school, mushrooms and sparkling wines. While in Saumur, continue to visit the various chateaux of the region and discover the beauty that surrounds you. Visit the Chateau de Villandry, best known for its magnificent flower and vegetable gardens and the Chateau d'Azay-le- Rideau, a beautiful 16th century chateau filled with period furniture. Overnight in Saumur. (B) Day 4 - Saumur Located on the Loire River, Saumur is celebrated for its fairy-tale Chateau, cavalry school, mushrooms and sparkling wines. While in Saumur, continue to visit the various chateaux of the region and discover the beauty that surrounds you. Visit the Chateau de Villandry, best known for its magnificent flower and vegetable gardens and the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, a beautiful 16th century chateau filled with period furniture. Overnight in Saumur. (B) Day 5 - Saumur/Angers/Chartres/St. Symphorien (approx. 218 miles) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • This morning start by visiting Angers, one of France's most beautiful cities. Visit the Jean Lurcat and contemporary Tapestry Museum to see the dramatic tapestry ''Chant du Monde''. Take a short stroll from the Cite to the Doutre, where TOUR PRICES City Hotel Montbazon Chateau D'Artigny Saumur Chateau Le Prieure St. Symphorien Chateau D'Esclimont Gouvieux/ Chantilly (Paris) Chateau de Montvillargene from $1,647 From prices are per person based on double occupancy. Additional nights, transfers and optional tours are available. you can find a lively atmosphere, or enjoy the quiet banks of the Maine. Continue on to Le Mans on the Sarthe River. After Le Mans, continue on to St. Symphorien for your overnight stay at the Chateau d'Esclimont. (B) Day 6 - St. Symphorien/ Gouvieux-Chantilly (approx. 63 miles) Your last overnight will be at the Chateau de Montvillargene, the largest chateau hotel in France, set in a 15 acre park and built in the Norman style in the last century by the Rothschild family. (B) Day 7 - Gouvieux-Chantilly/Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Drop-off your car in Paris and say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 6 nights Daily buffet breakfast Lunch at La Cave restaurant in Montlouis-sur-Loire 7-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) 10% discount coupon to Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $1711(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights THE LOIRE VALLEY CUISINE Paris - Langeais This is a beguiling combination of Paris "joie de vivre" and living in a Loire Valley chateau. Spend three nights in Paris and see the city through a guided sightseeing of some of its iconic sites - Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, Place Vendome, Opera, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Tour Eiffel, Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre - with still ample time for personal exploration of other sites of the "City of Lights" and a discount at a fabulous department store, the Galeries Lafayette. In Paris pick up a Hertz car and drive to the Chateau de Rochecotte, an 18th century chateau located in a Loire Valley immense 19-acre park with paths and walkways to delve into and a heated swimming pool in which to relax and soak in the ambiance. Once the private estate of Prince Talleyrand, the chateau is today an up- to-date, tastefully decorated hotel overlooking gardens and woodland. The restaurant enjoys an haute cuisine reputation and is a gourmet's delight with the menu du jour, which you will savor in two included dinners. The chateau is ideally located for visiting other chateaux. You have an included entry to one of them, choosing among Langeais, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau or the Royal Abbey of Fontrevaud. World- famous vineyards are another highlight of this area, and you will visit a vineyard in Bourgueil to learn local wine-making processes and be treated to a tasting of their wines. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. Tonight, while cruising along the Seine River, enjoy spectacular views of its monuments illuminated with millions of lights. (B) Day 3 - Paris Full day at leisure to take an optional tour or to simply enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro. (B) Day 4 - Paris/Langeais (approx. 170 miles) After breakfast, pick up your rental car and drive to the Chateau de Rochecotte located in the heart of the Loire Valley. Set in a charming, tranquil 19-acre park, it was once the private estate of Prince Talleyrand. (B) Day 5 - Langeais Your day is at leisure. Drive around to the various chateaux of the region and discover the beauty that surrounds you. Your package includes entry to one chateau of your choice. Return to the Chateau. Tonight dinner is at the Chateau de Rochecotte. (B,D) Day 6 - Langeais Full day is at your leisure. Tonight dinner is at the Chateau de Rochecotte. (B,D) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 7 - Langeais/Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Drop-off your car in Paris and say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 6 nights 8 included meals consisting of: - 6 buffet breakfasts - 2 dinners at Chateau de Rochecotte Half day city tour of Paris One hour Seine River cruise Entry to a chateau. Choose from Langeais, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau or the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud 4-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $2015(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 12 Days / 11 Nights ROYAL STAYS IN FRANCE Paris - Strasbourg - Vougeot - Saint-Symphorien - Montbazon - Rouffach 'Royal Stays in France' suggests an itinerary. You may alter it using the chateaux shown on the map and that would even take in St-Paul de Vence by the Cote d'Azur. This notwithstanding, what we suggest lets you experience the treasures of France in regal style. You'll stay in a superb selection of castles in the picturesque villages and towns in Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and visit captivating towns and memorable sites. Besides your chateaux lodgings, you will visit exceptional castles in Haut-Koenigsburg - in Fontainebleau, Napoleon's favorite grand chateau - Blois' royal castle, an outstanding Renaissance landmark - Chambord majestic chateau - Chenonceau's 'Ladies Castle', built by one of France's great Queens - Villandry's chateau and its celebrated gardens. Other gems of this journey, among others, are - Strasbourg's European Parliament and its old quarters of "Petite-France" - Besanon's brightly colored Renaissance houses - the wine route Cote de Beaune Grands Crus - wine tastings in local cellars - Beaune's Hotel-Dieu Museum, fine French 15th architecture - Chartre cathedral - a ride on signature French high speed train, the TGV - a Hertz rental car - three nights in a deluxe hotel in Paris - Paris iconic sites: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees and unlimited art, elegant cafes, nightlife, eateries and chic shopping. All experiences you will treasure forever. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to start discovering the city known as ''La Ville-Lumiere'' or ''City of Lights''. Day 2 - Paris/Strasbourg Today, after experiencing the high-speed train to Strasbourg, pick up your car at the station and drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore the city of Strasbourg also known as ''Petite France''. (B) Day 3 - Strasbourg/Alsatian Wine Road/Colmar/Rouffach (approx. 90 miles) After breakfast, enjoy the drive along the Alsatian Wine Road. Some Alsace villages you shouldn't miss are Obernai, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, and Kaysersberg. Visit the Chateau de Haut-Koenigsburg and then continue on to the enchanting city of Colmar. Your overnight stay is in Rouffach. (B) Day 4 - Rouffach/Franche Comte/Vougeot (approx. 190 miles) Depart the Alsace region and drive to Belfort, in the Franche Comte region. Continue to Montbeliard and Besancon where you'll see brightly colored Renaissance houses that line entire streets. End the day in Vougeot, in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. (B) Day 5 - Vougeot/Dijon/Vougeot (approx. 60 miles) Explore the lovely town of Dijon. Known as the City of Art and History, the center of Dijon is one of the most historic and scenic of any major French city. Overnight in Vougeot. (B) Day 6 - Vougeot/Beaune/Vougeot (approx. 340 miles) Driving along the Cote de Beaune Grands Crus wine route north of Beaune brings you through villages such as Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny. Visit cellars and enjoy some wine tastings. Continue on to Beaune, a lovely town that contains the Hospices de Beaune museum, one of the finest examples of Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • French 15th architecture. Overnight in Vougeot. (B) Day 7 - Vougeot/Vezelay/Fontainebleau/Rambouillet/St. Symphorien (approx. 180 miles) After breakfast, drive to Vezelay, where the 12th century Benedictine abbey church of Sainte-Marie- Madeleine is located. Continue on to the towns of Auxerre, Nemours and Fontainebleau where you can see the Palais de Fontainebleau, Napoleon's favorite grand chateau. Continue on to St. Symphorien where your overnight stay is at the Chateau d'Esclimont. (B) Day 8 - St. Symphorien/Chartres/Orleans-Blois/Tours/Montbazon (approx. 170 miles) Leave the Chateau d'Esclimont for your first stop of the day in Chartres and visit the gothic cathedral built in the 12th century and famous for its stained glass windows. Drive on to Orleans, famous for St. Joan of Arc. Stop in Blois to see the royal castle, one of the most prestigious Renaissance monuments of France. Continue on to Tours and visit the magnificent cathedral of St. Gatien with its flamboyant Gothic facade and medieval stained glass windows. Overnight in Montbazon. (B) Day 9 - Montbazon/Chambord/Chenonceau/Montbazon (approx. 110 miles) After breakfast, start your day with a stop in Chambord to visit the impressive and majestic Chateau de Chambord. Drive on to the heart of the valley, along the River Cher, where you'll find the most romantic French castle, the Chateau de Chenonceau. Overnight in Montbazon. (B) Day 10 - Montbazon/Villandry/Tours (approx. 27 miles)/Paris Visit the elegant Chateau de Villandry, the last of the great Loire Valley castles built during the Renaissance. Continue on to Azay-le-Rideau, a charming and romantic castle. Drive to Tours train station, where you'll drop off your car and take your train back to Paris. Overnight in Paris. (B) Day 11 - Paris The day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. (B) Day 12 - Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: 11 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Transportation Paris to Strasbourg by first-class rail Transportation Tours to Paris by first-class rail 8-day car rental -Category C. Car Rental includes unlimited mileage, CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), TP (Theft Protection), Third Party Liability (including passengers), airport surcharge, 24 hour-a-day road assistance and VAT (Value Added Tax) 10% discount coupon to Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $3012(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights BORDEAUX & THE BASQUE COUNTRY Bordeaux - Biarritz Your 7-day French exploration beckons with private tours and exquisite tastings on Central Holidays' Bordeaux and the Basque Country adventure vacation. Bordeaux' Middle Ages architecture come to life as you learn about the historical events that took place in this world-famous city. Dine at a local restaurant before heading to your hotel. The next day you will tour the Medoc region of Bordeaux, with its pine forests, sand dunes, and thousands of acres of vineyards. Basically a peninsula, Medoc is home to some of the best wines in the world. Here you will visit two estates during the day and enjoy private wine tastings before returning to your hotel. Travel to the large lagoon known as the Arcachon Basin and while there visit a sturgeon farm to enjoy a caviar tasting. Explore the Basque country and discover the stunning rock formations and old canal streets leading to a cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shop the latest fashions in Biarritz, the French fashion hot spot which is also sprinkled with beautiful French villas--you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and stay the night in Biarritz. Explore the classic French villages of Espelette, known for producing pepper. Then venture on to Hasparren where you will relish in a delicious cheese tasting. Your adventure continues in Saint-Jean de Luz, a beautiful beach city with boutique shops in the Basque country. As this exciting journey comes to a close, you will definitely want to start planning your next trip to France and sharing all your fond memories of this enchanting country. Day 1 - Bordeaux Arrival in Bordeaux. Meet with your driver-guide and start your guided tour of Bordeaux. From the vestiges of the Middle Ages to the elegance of the 18th century, you will learn about its different golden ages dominated by the wine trade and various colonial influences. Tonight dinner is in a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Bordeaux. (D) Day 2 - Bordeaux/Medoc Region/Bordeaux Today you will visit the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Home to pine forests, sand dunes and many thousands of acres of vineyards, and wedged between the Atlantic coastline and the broad Gironde estuary, the Medoc is effectively a peninsula. It extends 50 miles (80 km) north-westwards from Bordeaux city to the Pointe de Grave headland whose sandy, gravelly terrain hints at what lies beneath the Medoc vineyards, and makes the area quite so well suited to viticulture. Enjoy visits of two estates followed by wine tasting sessions before returning to Bordeaux for overnight at the hotel. (B) Day 3 - Bordeaux/Arcachon/Bordeaux Today we travel to the Arcachon basin, a vast lagoon on the Atlantic coast. We begin with a visit to the great dune at Pilat, the highest dune in Europe at an altitude of 107m. At the summit, the view is awe-inspiring. Next we head for Arcachon, where we have a boat trip on the Arcachon basin. We visit a sturgeon farm and enjoy a caviar tasting before returning to the hotel in Bordeaux. (B) Day 4 - Bordeaux/Bayonne/Biarritz Today we travel into the Basque country. Stop in Bayonne for a guided tour. See its characteristic arcades Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • and facades of stone, old canal streets and fortifications, the Cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Atelier du Chocolat. Continue to Biarritz, a fashion hot spot and sprinkled with some of the most beautiful ''Belle Epoque'' villas of France. Tonight dinner is at a local restaurant. Overnight in Biarritz. (B,D) Day 5 - Biarritz/Espelette/Ainhoa/Biarritz This morning we visit Espelette, a French village proud of its pepper heritage and the traditional methods of growing and drying them. We continue to Hasparren, where after a visit of a typical Basque farmhouse, you will enjoy a cheese tasting. Stop in Ainhoa, a lovely walled town, before heading back to Biarritz. (B) Day 6 - Biarritz/Saint-Jean de Luz/San Sebastian/Biarritz Today you will visit Saint-Jean de Luz, a jewel in the Basque Country. This pretty small beach city is just dripping with charm, from its port lined with colorful boats to its boutique shops selling surfing gear and lessons year-round. Continue to San Sebastian, an international resort where the boulevards, restaurants and cafes are reminiscent of the fashionable atmosphere of the 19th century. Overnight in Biarritz. (B) Day 7 - Biarritz/Bordeaux to USA (or extend your stay) Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 6 nights 8 included meals consisting of: - 6 buffet breakfasts - 2 dinners at local restaurants Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned minivan Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the program Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows: - Tour of Bordeaux - Tour of Medoc region - Excursion to Arcachon, including boat ride and visit of a sturgeon farm - Tour of Bayonne - Tour of Biarritz - Tour of Espelette - Visit of a farmhouse in Hasparren - Tour of Saint-Jean de Luz - Tour of San Sebastian - Wine tasting in the Medoc region - Caviar tasting in Arcachon - Chocolate tasting in Bayonne - Cheese tasting in Hasparren Arrival and departure airport transfers Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $2155(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights FRANCE'S FINE WINES & CUISINE Carcassonne - Saint Beauzeil - Sarlat - Bordeaux The best of gourmet meals and world-famous wines combined with breathtaking surroundings on this unique 9-day wine and gastronomy experience. Enjoy: 6 sommelier led wine tastings of some France's prestigious wines such as Grand Cru Classe of Saint Emilion and Grand Crus and Crus Bourgeois. In Saint-Beauzeil attend a delectable hands-on cooking lesson with renowned Chef Guy Heraut, followed by a lunch to savor the fruit of your new expertise. Visit the Foie Gras Museum, and, in addition to four tasty hotel dinners, two delicious dinners at gourmet restaurants, one of which Michelin rated. A diverse line-up of sights awaits including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassonne's medieval Citadel, a town within a town, turreted thick wall ramparts and a maze of narrow cobbled streets bustling with life. See Louis XIV marble quarry, used in the Versailles Palace. Walk Montauban's historical center, the city of pink bricks and in Cahors see Pont Valentre (also known as the Devil's Bridge) a fortified work of art with three towers. Another major site will be the prehistoric Lascaux II Caves, the best of European cave paintings as well as another Unesco site, the village of Saint-Emilion. Visit the historic center of Bordeaux and, in your travel along the 'Route des vins', discover idyllic vineyards, picturesque villages, chateaux, friendly, hospitable "Vignerons" and everywhere selected hotels. Day 1 - Toulouse/Carcassonne Arrival at Toulouse Airport and transfer to Carcassonne, where there will be a guided tour of the medieval Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage Site. A town within a town, a maze of narrow cobbled streets, turreted thick wall ramparts, bustling with life. Check in at your hotel. Before dinner at the hotel, enjoy a wine tasting initiation by a sommelier. Overnight in Carcassonne. (D) Day 2 - Carcassonne/Pennautier/Minervois region/Carcassonne Depart for Chateau Auzias in Pennautier for a visit of the vineyards and wine tasting. Suggested lunch at the Chais du Chateau Pennautier with a visit to its wine cellars. Continue to Louis XIV marble quarry (used in the Versailles Palace) and then on through Minervois vineyards to Domaine Clos Centeilles, where they still press one of their wines by foot, and enjoy an 'aperitif vigneron' with wines and local products. Return to Carcassonne for a gourmet dinner at a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Carcassonne. (B,D) Day 3 - Carcassonne/Montauban/Cahors/St. Beauzeil Travel to Montauban, the city of pink bricks. Walk through its historical center and then head to Cahors, where you will see famous Pont Valentre (a fortified work of art with three towers). Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Cahors vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. Transfer to the Quercy region and settle into your hotel, Chateau de l'Hoste. Dinner at the Chateau and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,D) Day 4 - Saint-Beauzeil After breakfast, join the chef for a hands-on session in the preparation of foie gras. For lunch, enjoy the fruit of your own labors. Transfer to the village for a guided tour of the farm and the Foie Gras Museum, the only one of its kind in France. Learn the history of this magnificent dish, a gastronomy high point throughout centuries. Dinner at the Chateau and overnight in Saint-Beauzeil. (B,L,D) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 5 - Saint-Beauzeil/Lascaux II Cave Paintings/Sarlat Departure for the prehistoric Lascaux II Caves, the best of European cave paintings. Visit Sarlat, capital of the Perigord Noir, an exceptionally well-preserved town with renowned historical monuments. Transfer to your lodgings and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Sarlat. (B,D) Day 6 - Sarlat/Saint Emilion/Bordeaux Departure for Saint Emilion. Visit and wine tasting at Chateau Franc Mayne, Grand Cru Classe of Saint ? milion. Visit medieval Saint-?milion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a center of Bordeaux wine- making. Transfer to Bordeaux and discover its Middle Ages vestiges up to the elegance of the 18th century. Overnight in Bordeaux. (B) Day 7 - Bordeaux/Medoc vineyards/Bordeaux Travel through the celebrated' Route des vins' in the Medoc region, the area of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards. From Pauillac to Margaux, you will discover some of the most prestigious names in the Grand Crus and Crus Bourgeois class wines. A wine tasting session will also be in the program before returning to Bordeaux for overnight. Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner at a Michelin rated restaurant. (B,D) Day 8 - Bordeaux A free day in Bordeaux to take an optional excursion to Arcachon, renowned for its delicious oysters (B) Day 9 - Bordeaux to USA (or extend your stay) Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 8 nights 15 included meals consisting of: - 8 buffet breakfasts - 1 lunch - 4 dinners at hotels - 2 gourmet dinners at local restaurants Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned minivan Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the program Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows: - Tour of Carcassone - Tour of Montauban - Tour of Cahors - Visit of a Foie Gras Farm - Tour of Sarlat - Tour of Lascaux II Caves - Tour of Saint Emilion - Tour of Bordeaux - Wine tasting in Carcassonne - Wine tasting at Chateau Auzias - Wine tasting at Domaine Clos Centeilles - Wine tasting in Cahors - Wine tasting in the Medoc region - Cooking class Arrival and departure airport transfers Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charge Excludes: Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $4419(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights ABSOLUTE FRANCE Paris - Caen - Loire Valley - Gouvieux-Chantilly This nine day escorted tour of France starts in Paris, "The City of Lights", where travelers will see the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Three days in Paris allows visitors to fully absorb French culture; if they want more sightseeing, visitors can choose to venture beyond the city limits with an optional day excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Heading west from Paris, travelers will tour the gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, walk beaches that witnessed the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, and visit medieval Caen - the resting place of William the Conqueror. Still in Normandy, explore the language of tapestries in Bayeux and see the magnificent Le Mont Saint Michel, a glittering Romanesque abbey church on a mountain rising out of the English Channel. A journey to the nearby Loire Valley puts wine and food front and center as travelers enjoy gastronomic indulgences at some of most beautiful chateaux of the area. Day 1 - Sat Paris Arrival at Paris Charles De Gaulle or Orly airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to start discovering the ''City of Lights''. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a popular restaurant. (D) Day 2 - Sun Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B) Day 3 - Mon Paris Full day at leisure to enjoy the warmth and charm of a traditional French bistro or to take an optional excursion to Versailles. The possibilities are endless. (B) Day 4 - Tue Paris/Giverny/Caen Today we depart for Normandy. Stop in Giverny for a visit of Claude Monet's house and gardens. Continue to Normandy. Visit the Landing Beaches where you'll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day. Proceed to Caen for the last stop of the day. (B) Day 5 - Wed Caen/ Bayeux/ Mont Saint Michel/Caen Today we start with a visit of the town of Bayeux and its Tapestry Museum. The Bayeux tapestry is a medieval century comic-on-cloth, telling the story of William the Bastard's conquest of England and his subsequent ascendancy to the English throne as William the Conqueror in 1066. Continue to Mont Saint Michel, one of the wonders of the world. Just off the Normandy coast of France, Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island rising out of the bay and crowned by a glorious Abbey surmounted by a majestic spire crowned with the golden statue of the Archangel Michael. (B) Day 6 - Thu Caen/ Loire Valley Leave Caen in the morning for the Loire Valley. We start with a visit of the Chateau of Amboise followed by visits of Clos-Luce, Leonardo da Vinci's last residence, and Chateau of Cheverny. Dinner and overnight in a Chateau. (B, D) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 7 - Fri Loire Valley Today we continue with visits of two different chateaux - Chateau of Azay-Le-Rideau and Chateau of Villandry. This afternoon you will learn about the local wines during a wine tasting session. (B) Day 8 - Sat Loire Valley/ Gouvieux-Chantilly Your day is filled with visits of two of the most beautiful chateaux of the area. Chenonceau Castle, a masterpiece of 16th-century Renaissance architecture, and Chateau de Chambord, famous for its splendid north-west facade. We continue to Chantilly for the last overnight. Tonight dinner is included at the Chateau. (B, D) Day 9 - Sun Gouvieux-Chantilly/Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B) Included Features: First class hotel accommodation for 8 nights 11 included meals consisting of: - 8 buffet breakfasts - 1 dinner at local restaurant - 2 dinners at hotels Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned minivan Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the program Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows: - Half day tour of Paris - Seine River cruise - Visit of Monet House in Giverny - Visit of the Landing Beaches - Visit of Bayeux - Visit of Mont Saint Michel - Visit of Amboise Castle - Visit of Cheverny Castle - Visit of Azay-Le-Rideau Castle - Visit of Villandry Castle - Visit of Chenonceaux Castle - Visit of Chambord Castle - Visit of Close- Luce Castle - Wine tasting Arrival and departure airport transfers Baggage handling at hotels Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges City tax Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $6529(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights THE JEWELS OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA Nice Come marvel in the dazzling shores of the French Riviera... pebble beaches, mega-yacht filled marinas, colorful flower markets, chic open-air cafes, rich and famous glitterati...get whisked away on the dream adventure of a lifetime! Your 7-day escape enjoying The Jewels of the French Riviera with Central Holidays includes private excursions and VIP experiences. This exuberant vacation showcases the finer things in life, luxurious hotels, touring by professional chauffer, private transfers, dining at locally acclaimed restaurants, wine tastings and magical moments to share. Begin your vacation exploring the seaside splendors of Nice and its famous promenade before departing for Provence's Port Grimaud. Referred to as the Venice of Provence, Port Grimaud is an enchanting city with colorful homes built along a network of canals. Then it's on to the glitz and glamour of Saint Tropez for lunch in a local restaurant followed by a private wine tasting session. On your way to Monte Carlo with a private driver, stop in Eze, perched on a rocky hill above the sea where you will dine on local fare for lunch and tour a local perfumery. Monte Carlo's indulgent experiences are yours for the taking--from casinos and open-air cafes, to elegant restaurants and luxury boutiques--the city awaits your exploration. Your final day is at leisure to explore famed spots like the Jardin Exotique, world-class aquarium at the Musee Oceanographique or Fontvieille's Roseraie Princess Grace--or choose to stroll the streets and dine at local eateries to your heart's content. You may say au revoir to France, but we know you'll be back soon! Day 1 - Nice Arrival in Nice and balance of the day at leisure. Located in the heart of one of the world's most highly prized regions, Nice offers a rich history and a wonderfully mild sunny climate all year round. Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. (D) Day 2 - Nice This morning your private driver will take you on a panoramic tour of the lovely town of Nice. See the Promenade des Anglais, the famous waterfront boulevard, the elegant Belle Epoque-style buildings, and Marche aux Fleurs. The rest of the day and night is yours to discover all Nice has to offer. (B) Day 3 - Nice/Port Grimaud/Saint Tropez/Nice Your day is filled with captivating sights. Your private driver will pick you up after breakfast. The first stop is in Port Grimaud. Situated at the foot of the Massif des Maures, enchanting Port Grimaud, with its colorful Provencal style houses built along a network of canals lined with yachts and cruisers, is often known as the Venice of Provence. Continue to Saint Tropez, a small fishing village with a big reputation. Popular with writers and artists from Colette to Picasso, it really hit the big time after Brigitte Bardot was filmed here. Despite the summer crowds, Saint Tropez remains as fashionable as ever. The little town itself is still a delight with its winding medieval streets of traditional pastel-painted fishermen's cottages, boutiques, and the port with fishing boats moored alongside mega-yachts. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will be driven through the vineyards of Provence, where you will enjoy a wine tasting session. Overnight in Nice. (B,L,D) Day 4 - Nice/Eze/Monte Carlo Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Today your private driver will drive you from Nice to Monte Carlo. En-route, you will stop in Eze. Perched on a rocky hill above the sea, it could not get any prettier. With narrow cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets, wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the azure water below, it is just as it was centuries ago. After a visit of a perfumery and lunch in a local restaurant, you arrive in Monte Carlo. Overnight in Monte Carlo. (B,L) Day 5 - Monte Carlo Start your day with a private orientation tour of the Principality of Monaco. From casinos to elegant balls, Monte Carlo has plenty of luxurious attractions to draw international jet-setters. See the world famous Casino, Hotel de Paris, and Cafe' de Paris. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 6 - Monte Carlo Full day at leisure. Breathe in the perfume of 400 roses at Fontvieille's Roseraie Princesse Grace, explore prickly flora at the Jardin Exotique, gaze at diaphanous moon jellies in the world-class aquarium at the Musee Oceanographique, or simply sit back and relax at one of the many cafes. Tonight your private driver will drive you to a local restaurant, where you will enjoy a lovely dinner. (B,D) Day 7 - Monte Carlo to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 6 nights 10 included meals consisting of: - 6 buffet breakfasts - 2 lunches at local restaurants - 2 dinners at local restaurants Private half day orientation tour of Nice Private full day excursion to Port Grimaud and Saint Tropez Private orientation tour of Eze, including a visit of a traditional perfumery Private half day orientation tour of Monte Carlo Chauffeur-driven car during all excursions Private car transfers to/from restaurants Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $4986(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights PARIS, NORMANDY & LOIRE VALLEY Paris - Deauville - Bayeux - Amboise Arrive in Paris to begin your 8-day adventure on our Paris, Normandy & Loire Valley travel vacation. Head for Normandy first, with a stop in Giverny to see Claude Monet's house and gardens on the right bank of the Seine river. Tour the Landing Beaches where you can relive the events of the Allied Invasion which took place on June 6, 1944, commonly referred to as D-Day. Visit the battlefields, museum, Juno Beach Center and the Normandy American Cemetery. Stay the night in Bayeux and then visit Mont Saint Michel, just off the Normandy coast of France, this small tidal area rises out of the bay and is topped with a beautiful Abbey complete with a majestic spire and a statue of the Archangel Michael. Tour the Abbey and then on your return visit the Tapesty Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can see ancient treasures. Visit Amboise and its Royal Castle followed by the Chateau de Chambord, the first castle of the valley to be marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the City of Light, Paris, for a panoramic tour of the famous sites including the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs- Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Guided tours through the city will show you the beauty and authentic French lifestyle before you spend the night and then depart for home. Day 1 - Mon Paris Arrival at Paris' Charles De Gaulle and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to start exploring on your own the "City of Lights". Day 2 - Tue Paris/Giverny/Deauville Today we depart for Normandy. We first stop in Giverny for a visit of Claude Monet's house and gardens. Sited on the right bank of the Seine, Giverny is known the world over through the paintings of Claude Monet, who lived here from 1883 to his death in 1926. His presence in the village drew numerous artists of different nationalities, who contributed to turning it into a site which even today remains a symbol of Impressionism. Giverny now relives the days when Claude Monet took his inspiration from his gardens, of which he took great care. Facing the house and studio, the Clos Normand displays a breath-taking palette of flowers and colors. The water garden, with its Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas, recreates the image that so inspired Monet. Overnight in Deauville. (B) Day 3 - Wed Deauville/Landing Beaches/Bayeux Today we will visit the Landing Beaches where you'll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day. After a visit of the battlefields, D-Day museum, Juno Beach Center, and the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, we will continue to Bayeux where we will be overnighting. (B) Day 4 - Thu Bayeux/Mont St. Michel/Bayeux Today we visit Mont Saint Michel, one of the wonders of the world. Just off the Normandy coast of France, Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island rising out of the bay and crowned by a glorious Abbey surmounted by a majestic spire crowned with the golden statue of the Archangel Michael. After the visit we will drive back to Bayeux, for a visit of the Tapestry Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bayeux tapestry is a medieval century comic-on-cloth, telling the story of William the Bastard's conquest of England and his subsequent ascendancy to the English throne as William the Conqueror in 1066. Overnight in Bayeux. (B) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 5 - Fri Bayeux/Amboise Today we depart for Amboise, where we will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young Francois d'Angouleme, future Francois I. It's in this Chateau, a perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, that Leonardo Da Vinci arrived in 1516 and spent the remaining three years of his life living and working in the nearby Chateau du Clos Luce. Overnight in Amboise. (B) Day 6 - Sat Amboise/Chambord/Versailles/Paris Today we leave Amboise. We stop en-route for a visit of the Chateau de Chambord the first Chateau of the Valley to be proclaimed by UNESCO as a world heritage. It was ordered in 1519 by King Francis 1st to his architects with the presumed help of his friend Leonardo Da Vinci. With its 400 rooms and over 300 chimneys, Chambord is a jewel of the French Renaissance. Continue to Versailles, for a visit of the Chateau de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list for 30 years and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII's hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV - the Sun King - transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. See the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen and their most emblematic achievement - the Hall of Mirrors - designed by Mansart. After visiting the magnificent gardens we resume our journey to Paris. Overnight in Paris. (B) Day 7 - Sun Paris Today we start with a panoramic tour of Paris that will introduce you to the most famous sites, such as Les Invalides, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Sully, Bastille, Hotel de Ville, Opera, Madeleine, Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysees, Arc of Triomph, Trocadero,and Eiffel Tower. This afternoon you will be enjoying a guided tour of the Louvre Museum, nowadays, the most visited and biggest museum of the capital, exhibiting over 35,000 pieces, consisting of works predating 1848, distributed among 8 departments: Oriental antiquities, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, Islamic art, Sculpture, Art objects, Painting and Graphic Arts. In its silent poetic performance we find participants such as the Sphinx or the sarcophagi by the side of many a worldwide known masterwork: Leonardo da Vinci's 'Gioconda', Veronese's 'Wedding at Cana', the Venus de Milo or 'The Coronation of Napoleon I'. Overnight in Paris. (B) Day 8 - Mon Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 7 nights 7 included meals consisting of: - 7 buffet breakfasts Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the tour Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: - Guided tour of Monet's House and Gardens - Guided tour of Juno Center - Guided tour of D-Day Museum - Guided tour of Mont Saint Michel - Guided tour of Bayeux Tapestry - Guided tour of Chateau d'Amboise - Guided tour of Chateau of Chambord - Guided tour of Versailles - Orientation tour of Paris - Guided tour of Guided tour of Louvre Museum Arrival and departure airport transfers Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Best Price starting at $2692(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • WHEN IN PARIS Paris Paris, the "City of Lights", is the capital of fashion, art, and peoplewatching; a city where Chanel-clad ladies walk poodles along grand boulevards; a place where the food is delicieux; a city where the nightlife is sublime... Home of croissants and French baguettes, there is no end to the breath-taking sites you can see in Paris. The Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais-Royal, and the Elysee Palace are enough to make a library of travel books...but your love affair with this amazing city will truly begin once you look beyond the Eiffel Tower and start exploring the backstreets... that's when you'll make Paris your own! Included Features: TRAVEL IN SIMPLICITY ... FROM $586 Tourist class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast One hour Seine River cruise Three day ''Paris a la carte'' by bus and by boat pass Two day museum pass 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges TRAVEL IN STYLE ... FROM $1,406 First class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast One hour Seine River cruise Two day museum pass Five day metro pass Full day tour of Paris & Versailles, including lunch at the Eiffel Tower Dinner at "Le Procope", the oldest Cafe in Paris 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges TRAVEL IN LUXURY ... FROM $2,377 Deluxe class hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Two day museum pass Five day metro pass Three hour retro-style Paris tour in a vintage and completely refurbished convertible 2CV Dinner cruise with music & dancing on the Bateaux Parisiens Dinner and show at Lido 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Best Price starting at $586(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • THE ULTIMATE ROMANCE PACKAGE Paris - Gouvieux-Chantilly Savor the joie de vivre--joy of living--on our Ultimate Romance Package, featuring six blissful nights in France to share with the one you love...three nights to experience the chic city of Paris and two nights to explore thecharming Chantilly Forest and its surrounding areas. You'll be greeted with flowers at your hotel to begin the romantic adventure and then enjoy daily buffet breakfasts of authentic French cuisine. The City of Light is a splendid location to explore with the one you love. Ascend the Eiffel Tower and look over this magnificent city, and then walk the historic streets to shop local boutiques and sip wine at outdoor bistros at your leisure. Paris sets the perfect stage for lingering over candlelit dinners in exquisite restaurants, sailing along the picture-perfect River Seine, taking in masterful works of art, and reveling in romantic moments just for two--all with new sites to see and enjoy together around every corner. The city's outstanding galleries and museums, countless cafes, brasseries and restaurants lining just about every street and boulevard offer couples a bounty of options for indulging the mind, body, and spirit. Marvel in the captivating Chantilly Forest, staying in France's most stately chateau. Sip on champagne as you enjoy private dinners scheduled for you in Champs-Elysees, Gouvieux and Chantilly. In a country that boasts timeless beauty, unending discoveries and blissful moments, we invite you to enjoy this romantic escape of your dreams! Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 5 nights Daily buffet breakfast Flowers at hotel in Paris Dinner at a restaurant on the Champs Elysees in Paris Dinner at Le Villargene restaurant in Gouvieux/Chantilly One hour Seine River cruise Dinner at Le Villargene restaurant in Gouvieux/Chantilly Visit of Chantilly Castle and Horse Museum, including entrance fee for Cond� Museum Private transfer from Paris to Gouvieux/Chantilly Private transfer from Gouvieux/Chantilly to Paris 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and ser vice charges Best Price starting at $1790(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 4 Days / 3 Nights DISCOVER PARIS & CHAMPAGNE Paris Paris remains one of the most inspiring and rewarding cities in the world. Packed with large choice of hotels, attractions and monuments, from the antique to the most modern. Even once you've sampled on your own the city's splendors - Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees - you'll find an unlimited supply of culture, art, elegant cafes, nightlife, eateries, chic shopping experiences and an included Paris panorama from another vantage point, an enjoyable one-hour Seine River cruise. Come delight in Paris! The toast of this vacation, however, will be a one-day in the Champagne region where the fine bubbly is grown and made, and the many treasures it holds... medieval churches, timeless castles and villages, historic fortifications and a lush countryside of vineyards as far as the eye can see between Reims and Epernay. In the morning ride meet a wine grower in his vineyard. Learn about the soil, the 3 major grape varieties needed, vines pruning, ripening, harvesting and... taste the wines. After an enjoyable lunch in a lively restaurant, tour Reims historic landmarks, two of them part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later visit the chalk cellar of a prestigious Champagne house. Discover the process from grape to champagne through pressing, fermentation, blending, bottling, 2nd fermentation, disgorgement, corking, labeling Champagne and be blessed by a tasting of the sparkling result. Day 1 - Paris Arrival in Paris. After check-in at your hotel, the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Paris, the magnificent capital of France. Packed with monuments, museums, art, nightlife, eateries and shops, Paris remains - in spite of all the cliches - one of the most inspiring cities in the world. Day 2 - Paris Today enjoy a full day excursion to Champagne, the region where this finest sparkling wine is made. During your first guided tour of a champagne house you'll gain insight into the world of champagne, beginning with the soil, the three main grape varieties, the vines through the seasons, their pruning in winter to their ripening and harvesting in autumn. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Cathedral of Reims, a gothic masterpiece where the kings of France were once crowned and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue with another visit of a famous champagne house in Reims with its underground chalk cellar. Discover the wine making process from grape to champagne through pressing, first fermentation, blending, bottling, second fermentation, disgorgement, corking and finally, labeling. Champagne will be served at the end of the tour. (B,L) Day 3 - Paris Your included morning city tour features the Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. There is so much to see and do in Paris, a city so aptly called the City of Lights, where exciting evening outings are a must. Tonight, while cruising along the Seine River, enjoy spectacular views of its monuments illuminated with millions of lights. (B) Day 4 - Paris to USA (or extend your stay) Say ''au revoir'' to France or extend your stay. (B) Included Features: Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Hotel accommodation for 3 nights Daily buffet breakfast Half day city tour of Paris One hour Seine River cruise Full day tour to the Champagne region, including a visit of Reims Cathedral Champagne tasting Lunch at a local restaurant Visit of the Reims Cathedral 10% discount coupon at Galeries Lafayette Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $777(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights PROVENCE & RIVIERA Avignon - Nice Long unspoiled, Provence's rugged beauty and rustic charms have captivated hearts. This eight day Provencal adventure begins in charming Avignon. A short motorcoach ride to Orange, a UNESCO world heritage site, will indoctrinate travelers in the imperial Roman past that influenced this region for centuries and is best seen in the crumbling antiquities of Nimes and Aix-en-Provence. After a history lesson, journey to the famed vineyards of the Rhone Valley to taste award-winning wines and explore unique markets and attractions in three special Provencal villages: St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, and Arles. Then be seduced by the unfettered charm of Gordes, Roussillon, and Uzes. The fifth day of this French vacation begins with a tour of the Principality of Monaco, where visitors can recline in the luxe life of Monte Carlo. Later, the small hilltop village of Eze will deliver stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and a stroll on the warm boardwalk of Nice will bring calm to the mind and spirit. Conclude the trip with a visit to the medieval village, Saint Paul de Vence, then Cannes, the glitzy beach town known for its film festival. Day 1 - Avignon Arrival at Avignon railway station and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to start discovering this lovely and charming town. Day 2 - Avignon/Orange/ St. Remy de Provence/ Les Baux de Provence/ Arles/Avignon Your day begins with a visit of Orange, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a visit of the well preserved Roman Triumphal Arch, a symbol of the Roman imperial glory, your driver will take you on a journey through the vineyards between Orange and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where a wine tasting session of the most prestigious red wine in the Rhone valley awaits you. Continue to St. Remy de Provence, a picturesque market town. The medieval streets of the Old Town jumble together to form a maze filled with upscale boutiques and pretty shops stocking Provencal products. Continue with a visit of Les Baux de Provence, a village set upon a rock, and of Arles, a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. (B) Day 3 - Avignon/Gordes/Roussillon/Avignon Morning tour of Avignon, the City of the Popes. See the Popes Palace, the largest gothic palace in the world, and the majestic Pont d'Avignon. In the afternoon, continue to Gordes, a hilltop village in the Luberon region. Its houses and buildings of white stone root themselves into the sharp cliff of the mountain. Its labyrinth of ''calades'', narrow cobblestone streets, do not leave the visitor indifferent to its charms. Continue to Roussillon, a village that has seduced many artists. Its houses offer the passers-by a harmony of enchanting colors, art galleries, and some very good restaurants. After a visit of the Senanque Abbey and Lavender Museum, we head back to the hotel. (B) Day 4 - Avignon/Nimes/ Uzes /Avignon Start with a tour of Nimes, known for the greatest wealth of ancient buildings. See the Pont du Gard, the majestic Roman aqueduct, the Maison Carre, gorgeous example of a Roman Temple, and the Arena, the best preserved arena in France. Continue with a visit of Uzes, a charming medieval village, self-proclaimed first duchy of France. (B) Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Day 5 - Avignon/Aix en Provence/Nice Today visit the fountain-filled Aix-en- Provence and step back in time. Vestiges of the Roman city are still visible at the Thermes Sextius spa, Gothic cloisters can be admired at the Cathedral, and sumptuous neoclassical houses that long inspired writers and artists can be seen in the Mazarin quarter. Visit of Paul Cezanne's studio. Continue to Nice, and check in at your hotel. (B) Day 6 - Nice Today tour the lovely town of Nice. See the Promenade des Anglais, the famous waterfront boulevard, the elegant Belle Epoque-style buildings, and Marche aux Fleurs. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 7 - Nice/Cannes/Saint Paul de Vence/Monte Carlo/Eze/Nice Your day is filled with exciting visits. Start with a visit of Cannes, the glitzy town known for its film festival. After a visit of Saint Paul de Vence, a medieval fortified village, we continue to the Principality of Monaco. From casinos to elegant balls, Monte Carlo has plenty of luxurious attractions to draw international jet- setters. The next stop will be the tiny village of Eze. Perched on a rocky hill above the sea, it could not get any prettier. With narrow cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets, wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the azure water below, it is just as it was centuries ago. After a visit of the Fragonard perfumery we head back to the hotel. (B) Day 8 - Nice to USA (or extend your stay) Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B) Included Features: Hotel accommodation for 7 nights 7 included meals consisting of: - 7 buffet breakfasts Touring by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach Assistance of an English speaking professional driver/escort for the entire length of the program Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows: - Tour of Provence, including visits of Orange, St. Remy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, and Arles - Tour of Avignon, including entrance fees for the Pope's Palace and Pont d'Avignon - Tour of Gordes - Tour of Roussillon - Tour of Nimes - Visit of Lavender Museum - Tour of Uzes - Tour of Aix en Provence, including entrance fee for Paul Cezanne studio - Tour of Monaco - Tour of Eze - Tour of Nice - Tour of Saint Paul de Vence - Tour of Cannes - Visit of Fragonard perfumery - Wine tasting and visit of a cellar in Chateauneuf-du-Pape Transfer from Avignon railway station to Avignon hotel Transfer from Nice hotel to airport Travel bag, one per person Document holder and luggage tags Hotel taxes and service charges Excludes: Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.
  • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required Tips and Personal items Travel Insurance Optional Tours Best Price starting at $(Based on per person in Double Occupancy) Contact: Name: Steven Email: steven@vacationside.com Phone: 855-822-8747 Fax: 615-800-8069 Notes Terms & Conditions Vacation Side Travel | 110 E Cedar St | Goodlettsville | Tennessee | 37072 Phone:.