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Vive La France

by Lori Eastes
Port of Call - Vive La France
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

Embark on a captivating journey through the South of France with this seven-day itinerary, starting in the vibrant city of Nice. Traverse the French Riviera, from the glamourous Cannes to the alluring Saint-Tropez, before delving into the rich cultural tapestry of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. Explore historic landmarks in Avignon while indulging in the region’s culinary delights. Each day offers a unique blend of luxury, culture, and breathtaking scenery, promising an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most enchanting destinations.

Day 1: Nice
Upon your arrival in Nice—a true gem of the French Riviera —you’ll be captivated by its picturesque landscapes and vibrant atmosphere. After settling into your accommodations onboard, begin your exploration by immersing yourself in the enchanting Old Town, known amongst locals as Vieux Nice. Meander through its labyrinth of streets adorned with colorful buildings and soak in the Mediterranean ambiance. Don’t miss the opportunity to wander through the renowned Cours Saleya Market, where you can indulge in the sights, smells, and tastes of local delicacies and artisanal crafts. As the day transitions to evening, treat yourself to a delectable dinner at a traditional Niçoise restaurant, savoring the unique flavors of the region.

Day 2: Cannes
Today, venture from Nice to the glamorous city of Cannes, renowned for its luxurious lifestyle and prestigious film festival. Upon arrival, embark on a leisurely stroll along the La Croisette, a palm-lined promenade overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Take in the opulence of the designer boutiques and grand hotels that line the boulevard, and perhaps indulge in some seaside relaxation or thrilling water sports activities. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the chic ambiance of Cannes’ nightlife scene while savoring a gourmet dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Day 3: Saint-Tropez
Departing from Cannes, your next destination is the iconic coastal town of Saint-Tropez, where luxury meets Mediterranean charm. Spend your afternoon exploring the quaint cobblestone streets of the Old Town, admiring the vibrant colors of its historic buildings, and soaking in the glamorous atmosphere of the bustling port filled with extravagant yachts. Take your time to browse the upscale boutiques and art galleries that line the waterfront before indulging in a sumptuous dinner at a trendy beach club, where you can savor fresh seafood and cocktails while enjoying breathtaking views of the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 4: Marseille
Bid farewell to Saint-Tropez as you journey to Marseille, a city steeped in history and culture. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Le Panier, the city’s historic neighborhood characterized by narrow alleyways and charming cafes. Visit the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, offering panoramic views of Marseille and its picturesque harbor. Take a leisurely stroll along the bustling Vieux Port, where fishing boats mingle with luxury yachts, before indulging in a delicious seafood dinner paired with traditional Provençal flavors.Day 5: Aix-en-Provence
Your next destination is the enchanting town of Aix-en-Provence, renowned for its elegant boulevards, ancient fountains, and artistic heritage. Spend your afternoon leisurely exploring the picturesque Cours Mirabeau, lined with majestic plane trees and stately mansions. Visit the Atelier de Cézanne, the former studio of the renowned painter Paul Cézanne, and wander through the bustling markets offering a delightful array of local produce and handicrafts. As the evening unfolds, delight your taste buds with a savory dinner at a cozy Provençal bistro, followed by a leisurely stroll through the illuminated streets of Aix-en-Provence.

Days 6-7: Avignon
Journey from Aix-en-Provence to the historic city of Avignon, where medieval architecture and rich cultural heritage await. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center, wandering through its alleyways festooned with charming cafes and boutiques. Marvel at the imposing Palais des Papes, the former residence of the Catholic popes, and stroll along the iconic Pont d’Avignon spanning the Rhône River. As night falls, treat yourself to a delightful dinner overlooking the river, followed by the opportunity to experience the renowned Avignon Festival, a celebration of theater, dance, and music from around the world.As your unforgettable journey through the South of France draws to a close, take some time to savor your last moments in Avignon. Depending on your departure schedule, explore any remaining sights or simply indulge in a leisurely stroll through the city’s charming streets. Finally, bid farewell to this enchanting region as you transfer to the airport or train station for your homeward journey, carrying with you cherished memories of your adventure along the stunning French Riviera.

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