Begin your Southern France adventure with a 4-night stay in Nice on the French Riviera with many guided tours to local villages and towns including to Monte Carlo, Monaco. Then navigate aboard a first-class barge from Arles to Sète, join us on a cruise through breathtaking sceneries. Discover 2,500 years of history in Arles before visiting Aigues-Mortes, a medieval fortified town with a prestigious heritage in the heart of one of the most beautiful natural sites of Provence. You will also have a chance to explore the Camargue and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the jewels of the Languedoc known as one of the Most Beautiful villages in France. Conclude your holiday with a 2-night hotel stay in Barcelona and a full day tour including to Montserrat.
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Day 2 Nice, FRANCE Hotel Stay
Day 3 Nice / Monte Carlo, Eze, FRANCE Hotel Stay
Day 4 Nice / Cannes / Antbies, FRANCE Hotel Stay
Day 5 Nice, FRANCE Hotel Stay
Day 6 Saint Tropez / Aix-en-Provence, Arles Embark
Day 7 Arles, FRANCE Barge Cruising
Day 8 Gallician, FRANCE Barge Cruising
Day 9 Palavas-Les-Flots, FRANCE Barge Cruising
Day 10 Aigues-Mortes, FRANCE Barge Cruising
Day 11 Sete, FRANCE Barge Cruising
Day 12 Sete, FRANCE Disembark
Carcassonne / Barcelona, SPAIN Hotel Stay
Day 13 Barcelona / Montserrat, SPAIN Hotel Stay
Day 14 Depart for CANADA
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DAY 1 – SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021 – DEPART CANADA
Meet our host at the departure gate before your flights from Toronto to Nice, France. (In-flight Meals)
Day 2 – MONDAY, APRIL 26 – NICE, FRANCE
Welcome to Nice! Upon arrival you will be met and greeted by your local guide for a panoramic city tour of Nice before transferred to the hotel for check-in. A boutique hotel set in the centre of Nice, within easy reach of the famed Galeries Lafayette and Massena Museum – just minutes from the beaches and casinos near seafront. Hotel offers a rooftop outdoor pool and spa tub with great city views. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Accommodation: SPLENDID HOTEL NICE or similar 4 nights. (D)
Day 3 – TUESDAY, APRIL 27 – MONTE CARLO, MONACO – EZE – NICE, FRANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet up with your local guide, board your private coach and depart for a full day tour. Enjoy a guided visit of Monaco and the Palais Princier. The Princes Palace is the private residence of the ruling Prince, but the State Apartments are open for public to visit. Explore the magnificent Palace and discover its history. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants in Monte Carlo. After lunch, continue your visit to a beautiful village of Eze. Visit of the Old town of Eze with your guide. The medieval village of Eze is perched high on a hill above the French Riviera in South-East Provence from where it has lovely views along the coast and out across the sea. Return, back to Nice in the late afternoon with the rest of the day at your leisure. (B/L)
Day 4 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 – CANNES – ANTIBES – NICE, FRANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, meet up with your local guide, board your private coach and departure for a full day tour. Start with a visit of Antibes. Visit of the Picasso museum. A residence for bishops back in the Middle Ages (from 442 to 1385), the place then hosted the famous Monegasque family which gave it its name: Grimaldi Castle. Then the stronghold of the King’s governor, it became a city-hall in 1792, and eventually a barrack in 1820. Lunch at a local restaurant in Antibes. After lunch we continue our tour to Cannes. Cannes has linked its name to the world of cinema since 1946, a long sequence which lasts for 70 years, a romance on the big screen under the eyes of the whole world. The 7th art offers to this former fisherman’s village an exceptional visibility, a great view on a natural and cultural heritage of great richness. Return on Nice with rest of the day at your leisure. (B/L)
Day 5 – THURSDAY, APRIL 29 – NICE, FRANCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a full day at your leisure to explore this capital city of the French Riviera. Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse is honored with a career-spanning collection of paintings at Musée Matisse. Musée Marc Chagall features some of its namesake’s major religious works. Tonight, we will gather for a dinner. (B/D)
Day 6 – FRIDAY, APRIL 30 – SAINT-TROPEZ – AIX-EN PROVENCE – ARLES, FRANCE
Breakfast at hotel followed by check-out. En-route to Arles, will visit for a guided city tour to Saint Tropez followed with a stop and city tour of Aix en Provence with lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive at the pier around 5:30 pm for embarkation. After you’ve settled comfortably in your cabin, we will introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and remain in port overnight. Accommodation: onboard MS ANNE-MARIE or similar (6 nights). (B/L/D)
Day 7 – SATURDAY, MAY 1 – ALES – GALLICIAN, FRANCE
Tour of Arles. We’ll discover this cultural centre and its Roman ruins, and then travel inland to find out about olive oil production in Provence. We’ll finish up our tour with a tasting of some local products. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship and spend the afternoon cruising to Gallician. We’ll travel on the Rhône River and the Rhône à Sète Canal. (B/L/D)
Day 8 – SUNDAY, MAY 2 – GALLICIAN – AIGUES-MORTES, FRANCE
This morning we’ll have an excursion to the Camargue. Afterwards, you can enjoy some free time in the splendid city of Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer, where we recommend a visit to its fortified church. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Aigues-Mortes, arriving in the early evening. (B/L/D)
Day 9 – MONDAY, MAY 3 – AIGUES MORTES – PALAVAS-LES-FLOTS, FRANCE
Tour of Aigues-Mortes. This old, fortified city with a rich heritage is located in the middle of the marshes and is one of the most beautiful sites in Provence. We’ll board a tourist train and tour the salt marches and visit the salt museum. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Palavas-Les-Flots. Spend some free time discovering the spa resort of Palavas-Les-Flots, whose rich identity reaches back for more than three centuries. (B/L/D)
Day 10 – TUESDAY, MAY 4 – PALAVAS-LES-FLOTES – SETE, FRANCE
We’ll set out on a tour to discover a manade and the life of its herders during a visit by wagon and take part in a bull sorting. Before returning to the boat, we’ll have a delicious snack with products coming from the farm. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Sète, arriving in the early evening. NOTE: Depending on mooring availability and weather conditions, the stopover in Sète could be replaced by a stopover in Frontignan. (B/L/D)
Day 11 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 5 – SETE, FRANCE
We’ll leave on an excursion to the Étang De Thau, famous for its shellfish. We’ll visit the Étang de Thau Museum, where we’ll discover the shellfish farmers and fishermen. You’ll be able to taste some of the shellfish while taking in the beauty of the basin from a terrace. The afternoon will be dedicated to a tour of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the most beautiful villages in France. We’ll return on board for our gala dinner and evening. (B/L/D)
Day 12 – THURSDAY, MAY 6 – SETE – CARCASSONNE – BARCELONA, SPAIN
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Pickup at pier by our local guide and transfer to Barcelona and a stop and tour of Carcassonne, a medical village in France. Enjoy your lunch before we continue our drive to Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona check-in to your hotel with rest of the day at your leisure. Your hotel is a first-class property located in the heart of Barcelona. Accommodation: HOTEL VINCCI GALA or similar (2 nights). (B/L)
Day 13 – FRIDAY, MAY 7 – BARCELONA – MONTSERRAT – BARCELONA, SPAIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will have a full day guided city tour of Barcelona and Montserrat a unique hilltop village including a one-way cable ride. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in a Spanish village. Return, back to the hotel late afternoon. Tonight, we gather for our Farewell dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 14 – SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021 – BARCELONA – CANADA
After breakfast at the hotel, followed by a check out and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)
All prices are in Canadian dollars (per person) and include:
Return airfare from TORONTO, other departure cities are available on request.
4-Nights first class hotel stay in Nice, France. 6-Night barge cruise aboard MS ANNE-MARIE.
2-Nights first class hotel stay in Barcelona, Spain. All meals and alcoholic beverages on your cruise.
Full buffet breakfast daily at each hotel. Guided shore excursions during your cruise.
5 Lunches and 3 Dinners on our land tour portion. Pre-paid shipboard gratuities on your cruise.
Locally guided tours as per our land itinerary. All departure port taxes/fees and surcharges.
All gratuities for local guides and drivers. Fully escorted by Expo Cruises & Tours.
DOUBLE Occupancy: $8,495 SINGLE Occupancy: $12,995
Deposit of $1,500 per person is required. Final payment is due by JANUARY 14th, 2021.
Please Note: A fee of $500 per person will apply to any cancellation prior to your final payment.
The ms Anne-Marie (built 2014) has three decks and 11 compact and efficiently designed cabins, each about 100 square feet. All staterooms have a window, flat screen TV, radio, telephone (internal calls only), safe, and compact bathroom with shower. Cabins are on the lower level, with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning/heating. A spacious lounge area with bar, separate dining room, and open terrace (with tables, chairs with umbrellas and a hot tub) can be found on the main deck. The top deck is open with comfortable lounge chairs. Small bicycles are available for use by all guests. There are 5 dedicated staff ready to take care of our every need – captain, cruise director, chef and crew.