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France for Solo Travelers: Paris, Provence & the Riviera

10 days |  12 days with French Riviera extension
10 days |  12 days with French Riviera extension
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Experience French life—boulangeries, bouchons, and all—with new friends by your side.

Paris’ cultural cache. Lyon’s stellar cuisine. The hamlets, harbors, and happenings of the Côte d’Azur—better known as the French Riviera. A visit to France is always a pleasure, and when you travel in a group alongside other solo travelers, you can focus on relishing each moment. Go solo, not alone, from France’s dynamic capital to its Mediterranean shores via the villages and eateries of Provence. If you’d love to linger just a bit longer, add this tour’s extension and indulge in another few days by the sea.

Your tour package includes

  • 8 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Hôtel des Invalides in Paris
  • Cathedral Saint Jean-Baptiste in Lyon
  • Lyonnaise cuisine tasting tour
  • Avignon’s Papal Palace
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Bonne arrivée! After clearing arrivals, transfer from the airport to your hotel to recharge. Then, get to know your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before going to a historic cafe for a welcome dinner, served with beer or wine. Drink in the ambiance and let your first impression of Paris leave you enchanté.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Ready to be dazzled by the City of Light? Begin your first full day in France with a tour of its splendid capital, Paris. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll get an overview of its most recognizable landmarks and a feel for the character of its arrondissements. (That’s French for “districts,” and it’s how Parisians refer to the city’s neighborhoods.)

  • Drive down the sycamore-lined Avenue des Champs-Élysées—an icon of France that’s lined with majestic monuments, glitzy restaurants, and glamorous storefronts. Continue to its western end and take in the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, originally built to commemorate one of Napoleon’s many conquests. A dozen different avenues spoke from this epic arch, making it Paris’ symbolic heart.
  • Pass the 16th-century Pont Neuf, the oldest stone bridge in Paris, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Watching over its arrondissement from an island in the Seine River, this French Gothic masterwork is one of the city’s enduring sights.
  • Make a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower (you know this one!) before viewing the Palais Garnier opera house and the Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square.
  • Pass by the I.M. Pei-designed Louvre Pyramid—the grandiose glass gateway to the world’s preeminent art museum. Then, marvel at the Hôtel des Invalides: Erected in the 17th century and built to a height of roughly 350 feet, this gold-domed structure is the largest church building in all of Paris and serves as the final resting place of its greatest military leaders.

If you need a break from the buzz of this electric city, seek royal refuge by adding an afternoon outing to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. You’ll encounter gilded walkways, fresco-adorned ceilings, and close to 2,000 acres of immaculate green space—all just a few miles west of Paris. Or, stay in town and use your free time to amble to the Champ-de-Mars and savor a picnic in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Versailles Palace & Gardens

From $199 per person

Lyon2 nights
Day 4: Train ride to Lyon & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Begin your journey south of Paris by transferring to Gare de Lyon and boarding the TGV. (That stands for Train à Grande Vitesse—literally “high-speed train.” With speeds capping out at 200 mph, they really mean it!) After a zippy ride through landscapes that inspired France’s most virtuosic artists, arrive at your final destination: Lyon. Once you’re there, enjoy some free time to grab lunch before meeting a local guide for an introduction to France’s culinary capital.

  • Set out on a walking tour of Lyon’s UNESCO-recognized city center, taking in its Gothic and Renaissance architecture as you go. Along the way, you’ll pass the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. You may have already seen it as you coasted into town, but this hilltop cathedral—built on the site of an old Roman forum—staggers up close.
  • Drive over Saint-Exupéry Hill—named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the Lyon-born author of the world-famous novella, The Little Prince—stopping in several districts en route. Highlights include the riverside Quais de Saône area and the landmark-lined Place des Terraux, but there’s plenty more to see beyond this popular pair.
  • Continue through Vieux Lyon, the Old Town and largest Renaissance district in the city, and step inside the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Simply known as “Lyon Cathedral” in English, this Gothic church took 300 years to complete and houses a 14th-century astronomical clock. You might just catch it tolling!
  • Explore some of Lyon’s many traboules—secret covered passageways that once helped workers and merchants shuttle between streets. Word has it that it takes a true Lyonnais to locate these hidden paths; luckily, your local guide’s one of them.
  • Wrap up with a sampling of the city’s cuisine. Join your guide for a tasting of cheese, charcuterie, and wine, before finishing your sightseeing tour with a sweet treat from a boulangerie. (That’s the French word for bakery, and with more than 30,000 of them in the country, it’s a word you’ll use often.)

After a day of travel and tastings, enjoy an evening to yourself. If you’re craving another bite to eat, seek out a bouchon. Unique to Lyon, these eateries serve hearty local dishes and regional wines in a cozy atmosphere. Not just any restaurant can claim the title, though: Only a few dozen meet the traditional qualifications needed, so do a little digging and find your favorite, or ask your Tour Director for a recommendation.

Day 5: Free day in Lyon
Included meal: Breakfast

After easing into your day with a free morning, choose one of two paths: Either add an afternoon excursion to the quaint commune of Pérouges—and see why it’s recognized as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“the most beautiful villages in France”)—or take a few hours to continue snacking your way through Lyon. Then, wind down on your own and pack up for tomorrow’s transfer to Avignon.

Medieval Village of Pérouges

From $95 per person

Avignon2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Avignon, sightseeing tour & Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

Today, drive into Provence and make your way to the “City of the Popes.” Sited along the Rhône River, Avignon’s place at the confluence of history and culture dates to it being the seat of the Catholic papacy in the 14th century. Upon arrival, discover its legacy of architecture and art with a local guide leading the way with a visit to the magnificent Papal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most significant medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe. From its cavernous chambers to its extensive courtyards, the enormous structure boasts fortress-like walls more than 160 feet tall—a surefire way to protect its residents.

Interested in some wine to toast a day well-spent? Roll into the Rhône Valley and visit a cellar specializing in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of the most famous French Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée, or AOCs, these prized wines are crafted with one of 13 designated varietals—and during your visit, you’ll get to sample some of them.

Afterward, sit down at a local restaurant for an included dinner of Provençal specialties, served with beer or wine, before returning to your hotel and calling it a night.

Day 7: Free day in Avignon
Included meal: Breakfast

For a one-of-a-kind blend of Roman history and Post-Impressionist heritage, tack today’s optional outing to the riverside city of Arles onto your itinerary. Alternatively, plan a peaceful personal retreat to Île de la Barthelasse. France’s largest river island is just a short bus or ferry ride from Central Avignon, and its protected green space offers broad views of the city.

Arles & Pont du Gard

From $125 per person

French Riviera2 nights
Day 8: French Riviera via Moustiers-Sainte-Marie & Grasse
Included meal: Breakfast

From Avignon, take the scenic route and travel to the French Riviera, pausing to tour its charming medieval villages and mesmerizing Mediterranean coastline.

  • First, stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Home to just over 700 people, Moustiers has protected the western mouth of the Verdon Gorge for more than a millennium. Marvel at its olive-planted hills as you drive in—and perhaps catch a glimpse of the famous gold star strung up above the town between two cliffs—then enjoy free time to wander its cobbled streets. For centuries, Moustiers played a key role in the pottery trade; today, you can see that legacy in the form of its famous, tin-glazed faience.
  • After grabbing some food in Moustiers, board your bus once again and rumble down the Route Napoléon. Tracing the steps of Napoléon Bonaparte after his return from exile, this scenic drive runs all the way to the Côte d’Azur. And when we say “scenic,” we mean it: Sweeping sea views, forested valleys, and much more line this 195-mile highway.
  • Exit the route and stop in Grasse—the center of France’s perfume industry and the fragrance capital of the world. Breathe in the sights, sounds, and smells of the town as you make your way to a professional workshop, where you’ll craft an Eau de Cologne of your own with guidance from a local expert.

End your day on a high note, leaving Grasse and transferring to your hotel on the French Riviera. After settling in, use your free evening to explore the area at your leisure or cap your travels with some rest and relaxation.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Nice
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Nestled between Cannes and the Principality of Monaco on the Côte d’Azur, Nice is part cultural hub, part coastal resort, and entirely fascinating. Fall in love with “La Belle” during a guided tour of the city this morning, and see which of its quarters claims your heart.

  • Drive along the Promenade des Anglais, a waterfront walkway dear to locals and tourists alike. Spot the various highlights called out by your local guide: The distinguished Hôtel Negresco, casino-hotel Palais de la Méditerranée, and the iron sculpture La Chaise all line the promenade.
  • Stop in the upscale Cimiez neighborhood to explore a pair of legendary landmarks. First, enter the second-century Roman amphitheater—one ruin among many that formerly constituted the Roman city of Cemenelum—before moving on to the thriving gardens of the Cimiez Monastery. Monks have found solace in its peaceful surroundings since the 800s, and you can, too. Bask in a blissful moment of calm, then continue on your sightseeing tour.
  • Conclude your day with free time in Nice’s Old Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets connecting bustling squares, quaint cafes, and the vibrant Cours Saleya market. (Looking for souvenirs? Here’s your last chance! Pick up tapenades, candied fruit, and other local specialties for the gourmand in your life.)

Later, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home—or keep falling head over heels for the French Riviera on the tour’s extension.

Extension to French Riviera
Intriguing inlets, captivating capes, and Neptunian blue as far as the eye can see—the French Riviera knows how to put on a show. This tour’s extension gives you a front-row seat to it all, from the sea cliffs of Cap Ferrat to the regal streets of Monaco. (And if you want an encore, there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from.)
French Riviera2 nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Cap Ferrat
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a sunny, salty exploration of the French Riviera, a region known for its glamorous resorts and yacht-dotted coasts.

  • Marvel at scene-stealing views of the Mediterranean Sea as you stand atop the cliffs of Cap Ferrat. Turquoise waters, washes of greenery, and coves peeking from the coastline combine to make the dreamiest vistas.
  • Tour the opulent Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a magnificent mansion with lavishly decorated rooms commissioned by the Rothschild banking family. The real allure, however, lies in the meticulously landscaped, themed gardens surrounding the villa, each boasting its own unique charm—from the fragrant rose garden to the exotic spanish garden.

Return to your hotel to freshen up, then enjoy an afternoon on your own. Keep exploring into the evening—or, if you’d prefer a glimpse into the French Riviera’s rich art scene, add an excursion to Saint-Paul-de-Vence and enjoy a tour of its culture and cuisine.

Medieval Saint-Paul-de-Vence

From $135 per person

Day 11: Free day in the French Riviera
Included meal: Breakfast

Make the most of your last full day on tour. To rub shoulders with the rich and famous in their favorite playground, take up the optional outing to the nearby city-state of Monaco. Or, dig deeper into the French Riviera’s art scene by staying behind in Nice and roaming one of its museums. The Musée Matisse catalogs the works of one of the city’s most celebrated former residents, while the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain—MAMAC for short—showcases avant-garde creations.

Finally, rejoin your fellow group members in the evening for a farewell drink and celebrate your trip.

A Day in Monaco

From $170 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Hôtel Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse
Hôtel Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse

This chic hotel is located in the heart of Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood. Guests enjoy spacious rooms, a traditional streetside restaurant, and an ...

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Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette
Hôtel Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette

This contemporary hotel is located in the business district of Lyon. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find UNESCO-li...

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Novotel Avignon Centre
Novotel Avignon Centre

This relaxing hotel is located just outside of Avignon’s city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, on-site coffee house, and wellness center. Nearby...

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AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes - Juan les Pins
AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes - Juan les Pins

This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find...

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