3 Nights Paris, 2 Nights Aix-en-Provence & 2 Nights Nice (DRQ)

“Mieux vaut vivre son rêve que rêver sa vie." According to this French proverb, “It's better to live your dream than to dream your life.” That’s why Monograms has made travel to France easy…so you can stop dreaming and start traveling! On this 8-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations; daily breakfast; sightseeing with local experts; transportation via the high-speed TGV train between Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice; and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, we know you are not familiar with the cities and probably do not speak the language, so we've arranged the services of a Local Host® in all three. This "friend in the city" will answer questions, share insider information, help you arrange your activities and excursions, and be there to help you feel comfortable in each city.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in Paris, where your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and materials to help you get settled. If you have any questions already, your Local Host is there to answer them. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, someone who will tell you inside stories, share what it is like to live in this beautiful city, and show you the must-see attractions, such as the Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. We’ll take you inside Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, the world's most visited museum. We've arranged VIP access for you, so rather than waiting in line like all the other tourists, you’ll be up close and personal with Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the other treasures waiting for you in this spectacular museum.

You'll also have a free day to explore Paris on your own. But don't worry—your Local Host will be there to offer assistance. You may want to visit the Champagne region or take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles. Perhaps enjoy dinner at the iconic Eiffel Tower or at the Moulin Rouge. Or consider taking a cruise on the Seine River, a beautiful way to see Paris!

Then, it’s off to Aix-en-Provence. We’ll pick you up at your Paris hotel and take you to the train station. In Aix-en-Provence, we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide. You’ll walk along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés, and you’ll visit the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, known for its mishmash of architectural styles. This was Cézanne’s hometown, and in your free time, you may want to take a tour following in his footsteps. Perhaps take an excursion to Cassis with an included cruise, soak in Aix-en-Provence's healing thermal baths, or shop for lavender and other local specialties.

Finally, you’ll travel via high-speed TGV train to Nice. Here, your guided sightseeing with a local expert includes a walk through the Old Town and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice’s most famous boulevard. In your free time in Nice, you may want to take an excursion to Monaco, to St. Tropez, or to Cannes, known for its famous film festival. Your Local Host will be able to help you arrange any of these activities and excursions, as well as provide you with suggestions for the best places to sample the local specialties.

Monograms wants you to just enjoy your vacation and have the comfort of knowing you have someone there for you. That's why we've arranged the sightseeing and guides that we have, booked the hotels that we’ve reserved, and provided the transportation and transfers we've included. We go the extra mile to make sure you live your dream rather than dream your life!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes transportation between Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice via the high-speed TGV train. We've even included transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. It's the best way to travel in France!

DAY
1
Paris, France

Bienvenue—welcome! Your Local Host is on hand to help you create lasting memories in the “City of Light.”

DAY
2
Paris

Morning guided sightseeing takes you to NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century, stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures.

DAY
3
Paris

You’ll be amazed at all the options available today—perhaps a stroll through the charming Marais District with its stylish boutiques and ethnic eateries. Your Local Host will have many suggestions.

DAY
4
Paris–Aix–en–Provence

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (first class) to Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy a guided walking tour along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. Admire the Mazarin Quarter, City Hall, the Jewish Quarter, and visit the CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.

DAY
5
Aix–en–Provence

During your day at leisure in Cézanne’s hometown, your Local Host will have suggestions, such as where to sample Côte-de-Provence wine and bœuf-en-daube, or the best places to shop for faience pottery and lavender products.

DAY
6
Aix–en–Provence–Nice

Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (first class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice. Walk through the OLD TOWN to admire fine examples of the Belle Époque. See Cours Saleya with the Kings of Sardinia Palace and flower market, and the lovely Palace Square with Palais de Justice and Palais Rusca.

DAY
7
Nice

Your Local Host has many ideas for your day at leisure. Why not visit the Matisse Museum, or relax and sip a pastis with the locals on the Promenade at sunset.

DAY
8
Nice

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Transportation

Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) Paris-Aix-en-Provence-Nice; transfers to/from train stations

Included Hotels

Paris
Aix en Provence
Nice

Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon

209-211 Rue de Bercy
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This contemporary 249-room property is housed in a brand new 19-storey building conveniently situated opposite the historic Gare de Lyon station in the 12th Arrondissement. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is an International restaurant, lounge bar and fitness facility.

Location & Highlights

Situated opposite to the historic Gare de Lyon station, in the 12th arrondissement.

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Parisian Industrial inspiration is reflected in the design of the guestrooms which are all equipped with air-conditioning, iron & ironing board.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Paris

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

18,Avenue De Suffren
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Enjoying an unbeatable location next to the iconic Eiffel Tower, this 456-room sleek, modern hotel offers Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout and has a California-inspired Brasserie with open kitchen and stylish wine bar. Other amenities include a large gym on the 9th floor with panoramic rooftop vistas.

Location & Highlights

Located on a quiet side street, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower & Seine River in the 15th arrondissement of Paris where many bars & restaurants can be found. The nearby Bir-Hakeim metro station offers easy access to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées with its high-end shopping and the Tour Eiffel RER station provides trains to attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum.

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
Smart minimalist guestrooms are all air-conditioned and equipped with coffee/tea-making facilities, bose docking station, iron & ironing board, bathrobes & slippers.

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

20, Rue Jean Rey
Paris Cedex, France

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.

Location & Highlights

Located in a quiet, upscale Left Bank neighborhood with good transport links to the rest of the city's sightseeing attractions

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Contemporary air-conditioned guestrooms all feature complimentary tea & coffee making facilities.

Hotel l'Echiquier Opera Paris - MGallery Collection by Sofitel

38 rue de l'Echiquier
Paris, France

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in the heart of Paris's vibrant Grands Boulevards theatre district, this unique 88-room boutique style property embodies its Belle Époque heritage with grandiose restored décor. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, there is a fitness center, and a cozy conservatory bar featuring an original Art Deco stained-glass roof.

Location & Highlights

Near the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre museum, restaurants, bistros, cafés and a Galleries Lafayette department store can all be found in close proximity, while a nearby Metro station provides easy access to this romantic city's famous landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre.

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
Contemporary styled guestrooms exude chic Parisian style and are equipped with air conditioning, bathrobes, slippers, complimentary coffee/tea making facilities and complimentary bottled water.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Paris
Aix en Provence
Nice

Paris

Dinner and Cabaret Show at the Famous Lido

Enjoy a magical evening of delectable French cuisine and the newest cabaret show at Paris' legendary Lido on the Champs-Élysées.

Price Range: $$$$

An Evening at the Moulin Rouge

Enter the exhilarating Belle Époque world of champagne, fine French cuisine, music, lights, thousands of glittering costumes, and an evening of Moulin Rouge cabaret you will never forget!

Price Range: $$$$

Seine River Cruise

Enjoy a cruising experience like no other on this incredible excursion aboard a beautiful, glass-encased boat on the River Seine.

Price Range: $

Wine and Food Experience

No trip to France is complete without experiencing its wines-and these excursions will teach you the best ways to do it!

Price Range: $$

Illumination Tour with Eiffel Tower Ascent

The nighttime magic of Paris comes to life on this enchanting guided minibus tour of the monuments that includes a skip-the-lines ascent up the Eiffel Tower!

Price Range: $$$

French Baking Class: Classic Macarons

Learn to make perfect French macarons at this fun, hands-on cooking class.

Price Range: $$$

Private Guided Tour

Explore the City of Light in your own way and at your own pace on this private, guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide-the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine Cruise

Fine French cuisine, the River Seine, and Paris' most famous sights illuminated are the main ingredients for one unforgettable night.

Price Range: $$$$

Vintage Car Tour and Dinner on the Champs-Elysée

Ride in a vintage car through the incredible City of Light and savor a delectable VIP dinner with wine on the famed Champs-Elysées!

Price Range: $$$$

Historic Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Tour the King of France's 18th-century wine cellar, learn about the fine art of crafting world-famous wines, and taste three different French wines-c'est magnifique!

Price Range: $

Claude Monet's Magnificent Giverny

Discover a magical world of lily-adorned ponds, majestic weeping willows, artistic bridges, and a perfectly preserved pastel-pink house at Claude Monet's beloved Giverny.

Price Range: $$$

Loire Valley and Lunch

Spend a remarkable day in the celebrated Loire Valley, visiting three of its most enchanting châteaux and savoring a delicious lunch with drinks.

Price Range: $$$$

Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket, 2 parks)

Rides, attractions, shows, characters-it all adds up to Disney magic. This fun full-day excursion gives you access to both Disneyland Paris parks. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Price Range: $$$$

Mont St. Michel with guide

Experience one of the icons of Normandy on this full-day excursion featuring a visit to the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Price Range: $$$$

Guided Visit of the D-Day Landing Beaches

Spend an entire mesmerizing day in Normandy, seeing and exploring the most pivotal sites from World War II's D-Day invasion. Visit Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the man-made harbor at Arromanches, and reflect on the history of it all during the included lunch.

Price Range: $$$$

Moet and Chandon Champagne Tour

Discover the magic of French bubbly on this delightful full-day excursion into France's beautiful Champagne region that includes champagne sampling and a palate-pleasing champagne lunch-Santé!

Price Range: $$$$

Hidden Treasure: From the Palais Royal to the Opera Garnier

Get off the usual tourist trail on this fascinating 3-hour walking tour of the hidden treasures of Paris.

Price Range: $

Excursion to Bruges

Discover one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities on this fascinating day trip to Bruges, Belgium.

Price Range: $$$$

Bike Tour

Join us for a fun pedaling and discover magnificent Paris and its surroundings!

Price Range: $$$$

Ghost and Mysteries Tour of Paris

When the sun goes down on the City of Light, this thrilling walking tour reveals its deepest, darkest, spine-tingling secrets.

Price Range: $$

Paris WWII Walking Tour: Occupation and Liberation

Paris' tragic and inspiring WWII history comes to life during this guided walking tour. Visit Le Marais, the Jewish Quarter, and more to learn what life was like for Parisians during Nazi occupation

Price Range: $$

Aix en Provence

Cuisine of Provence

Take a break and experience the incredible gastronomic wonders of Provence!

Price Range: $$

Cassis, Cruise & Cliffs

Explore the pretty fishing port of Cassis before embarking on an incredible boat cruise past soaring cliffs, picturesque sheltered inlets, and remarkable natural beauty.

Price Range: $$

Footsteps of Paul Cézanne

Join an expert guide for a walk through artist Paul Cézanne's Aix-en-Provence home, visiting his estate, his final art studio, and the scenic quarries that inspired many of his masterpieces.

Price Range: $$

Discover Marseille, European Capital of Culture

With its 26 centuries of history, the city of Marseille combines tradition and modernity. Along with your expert local guide, see the city's most famous landmarks.

Price Range: $$

French Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting

Learn how to make a colorful gourmet ratatouille, then enjoy the fruits of your labor, along with a unique wine tasting.

Price Range: $$$

Celebration Package: Dinner in Aix-en-Provence

Don't miss this incredible celebratory evening featuring a romantic drive in first-class, private transportation, a private cocktail at a picturesque photo stop, and a delectable 3-course candlelight dinner at a traditional French restaurant.

Price Range: $$$$

Golfing in the South of France

Combine an exhilarating round of golf with the scenic beauty of southern France on this enjoyable golf outing in the lovely French countryside.

Price Range: $$$

Bay of Marseille Boat Cruise

Spend the day exploring the wonders of the Mediterranean, including an exhilarating motorboat cruise around the Bay of Marseille and the chance to do some swimming and snorkeling at Frioul Island!

Price Range: $$$$

Provence eBike Tour

Pedal your way through the countryside on this guided eBike tour for a fun and proper introduction to the treasures of Aix-en-Provence.

Price Range: $$

Nice

Monaco by Night

The magic of Monaco comes alive on this mesmerizing evening excursion featuring a drive along the coastal road and on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, a guided walking tour through the Old Town, and free time to dine and explore on your own!

Price Range: $$

Celebration Package: Dinner in Monte Carlo

Don't miss this incredible celebratory evening featuring a first-class drive along the French Riviera, private cocktail overlooking the Bay of Angels, and a delectable 3-course dinner atop the iconic Rock of Monaco.

Price Range: $$$$

Excursion to Eze & Monaco

Be enchanted by the picturesque hilltop village of Eze and later enjoy the visit of Monaco.

Price Range: $$

Cannes & Saint-Paul de Vence

Discover the wonders of the French Riviera on this exciting half-day guided excursion to Cannes and Saint-Paul de Vence.

Price Range: $$

Golfing in Cannes

Combine an exhilarating round of golf with the scenic beauty of southern France on this enjoyable golf outing in the lovely French countryside.

Price Range: $$$$

Relaxing Day on the Beach with Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing day on the most famous beach in Nice, your lunch is already reserved!

Price Range: $$

Insider

Paris
Aix en Provence
Nice

Paris

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Paris, FranceMonograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Paris. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Paris. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Paris and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Paris insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Paris

Hello, my name is Kenia. I am one of the Paris Monograms Local Host® and really enjoy greeting Monograms' guests. I have lived in Paris for over 15 years and it is a pleasure helping people to discover the city for the first time, or to enjoy a return visit. I still remember the first came I came to Paris, its stunning monuments, its elegance and its natural beauty really impressed me. There are fabulous art collections to discover, delightful restaurants, and the romantic Seine. We look forward to meeting you, we are always happy to make new friends.

Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. While in Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart). This pristine, white-stone church features one of the world's largest mosaics, which depicts Christ with outstretched arms, and a massive 19-ton church bell. Sit on the steps outside the church for wonderful views of the city to absorb the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).

Musée d’Orsay, Pompidou Center, Musée Rodin, Musée de la Vie Romantique

Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d’Orsay (closed on Mondays), which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, or drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder and home to the National Museum of Modern Art. Musée Rodin, contains most of the artist's significant sculptures, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell and the quaint Musée de la Vie Romantique, located in a private mansion, includes mementos of the romantic literary figure George Sand, as well as paintings by Ary Scheffer.

Place des Vosges/Marais District

A few blocks from the famous Bastille Square, this charming area is full of historical buildings and art and shopping possibilities. Visit the Picasso Museum, or the Victor Hugo House to learn more about the author of Les Misérables, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

City Parks

The impeccably formal Garden of the Tuileries offers an unbroken vista towards the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche. It remains the largest and oldest public garden in Paris today. Jardin du Luxembourg is loved for the greenery and multitude of statues, playgrounds and the famous Guignol puppet show. Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it can be accessed freely and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument.

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

In the Roaring 20s, this quirky bookstore on the Bohemian Left Bank was the meeting place for some of literature's greats, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Joyce to name a few.

Islands of Paris: Île de la Cité & Île Saint-Louis

The largest is Île de la Cité, with its famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. It is also home to Sainte-Chapelle adored for its intricate stained glass windows and La Conciergerie, a prison-turned-museum where Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, and 40,000 other victims of the Reign of Terror were processed before their execution. Its sister island, Ile Saint Louis was developed in the 17th century by King Louis XIII as a retreat for the wealthiest Parisians, and is still largely residential with much of its original village charm. The island is possibly Paris’ most idyllic setting for a day of shopping, dining, and browsing an art gallery.

Seine Bridges

Find your favorite bridge, there are 37 and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old. The top 5 are: Pont Neuf si the oldest bridge in Paris dating back to 1578, the time of King Henry III. The Pont Royal, which gets its name from its royal benefactor King Louis XIV is near the Louvre Palace and the Tuileries garden. Pont Alexandre III is immediately recognized for its beautiful decorations of lampposts, cherubs and nymphs and gilt gold. It was built as a symbol of the relationship between the Russians and French and is named after Tsar Alexander the III. The Pont des Arts was the first metal bridge built in Paris. Arts seems to be perfect name since the bridge has been the source of inspiration for numerous painters and artists. The Pont au Double is a single arch bridge made out of cast-iron. Initially built as a bridge to carry patients to the hospital, it collapsed in 1709, and was replaced with the bridge that it seen today.

Markets and Specialties

Ask your Local Host how to get to the flea market for affordable objets d’art, or visit one of the food markets. The French know how to turn food display into an art form. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese; France has over 400 varieties of cheese! And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound-from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties to try include onion soup with a fresh baguette, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), croque-monsieur, quiche Lorraine, escargots, steak-frites and famous French wines and champagne.

Shopping

Shop at haute couture boutiques in the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré district or the Champs-Elysées, avenue Montaigne. You may want to spend some time browsing the Galeries Lafayette (with weekly fashion shows) and Printemps department stores. Perfumes and scarves are classic gifts, as well as French berets, lace, collection dolls and pottery.

Cafés

When you are ready for a break, join the locals at one of the cafés, sip a glass of wine or a café au lait (hot milk coffee), and watch the world go by in true Parisien style.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Walk through the world’s most visited cemetery and burial grounds of many famous people including Oscar Wilde, James Morrison and Frédéric Chopin.

Aix en Provence

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Aix-en-Provence, FranceMonograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Aix-en-Provence, France. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Aix-en-Provence. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Aix-en-Provence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Aix-en-Provence insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® Aix-en-Provence

Hello, my name is Frederique. I was born in nearby Marseille and have lived in Aix for the past 20 years. In addition to everything that makes this town famous, like Paul Cézanne, the beautiful fountains along Cours Mirabeau boulevard, and lavender products, Aix has an indefinable charm! I look forward to welcoming you here and helping you to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in this elegant city.

Walking in Aix

Ask your Local Host for a walking route to view elegant homes, bell towers, and more of Aix's splendid fountains. It's easy to get around. Stop at a café and watch the world go by, in true French style.

Thermal Baths

Aix-en-Provence has always been associated with the sign of water and boasts a tradition of cures and treatments that date back to its foundation. Since the Romans, the natural hot spring waters have been renowned for therapeutic values. These modern thermal spas are on the site of Roman Aquae Sextiae’s springs, whose excavated remains are displayed beneath glass in the spa lobby.

Aix-en-Provence Museums

Musée des Tapisseries, housed in the 17th-century Palais de l'Archevêché (Archbishop's Palace), showcases a sumptuous collection of tapestries that once decorated the bishops' quarters. Stop by Musée Estienne de Saint-Jean (Museum of Old Aix) to find an eclectic assortment of local treasures, from faïence and santons (terra-cotta figurines) to ornately painted furniture. Don’t miss the Musée Granet, once the Art School that granted Cézanne a second-place prize in 1856, now showcases eight of his paintings, as well as a nice collection of his watercolors and drawings. Also hanging in the galleries are works by Bonnard, Picasso, Klee, Rubens, David, and Giacometti.

Local Aix Markets

In Aix there are as many markets as days in the week. From the vegetable market to the old book market, without forgetting the flower market, these animate the town with color and sound. They are to be found in the numerous squares of the town center and in the various “quartiers” of the town. The "big" markets of Aix take place in Place des Prêcheurs, Place de la Madeleine and in the surrounding areas. Your Local Host will have more information.

Calisson Tasting

Calissons are a traditional French candy consisting of candied fruit paste (often melon & orange) and ground almonds, topped with a thin layer of Royal icing. Most of the world’s supply is made in the Provence region. Stop at Confiserie Bremond to taste these delectable sweets. Your Local Host will have all the details.

Aix Cuisine

Bouillabaisse, the traditional fish stew, is delicious, with its origins in Marseille. Then there's boeuf-en-daube (beef), ratatouille (Mediterranean vegetables), and tapenade (olive paste). Sample Cote-de-Provence wine, and a glass of kir (white wine with blackcurrant liquor).

Lavender, Pottery, Boutiques

From soaps, to sachets, the Provence area is famous for lavender products and other perfumed goods. Colorful Provencal cloth items make splendid gifts, and the local faience pottery is well worth considering. Aix has some splendid boutiques if you want to treat yourself to a French fashion souvenir.

Nice

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Nice, France. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Nice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Nice insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Nice

My name is Anastasia. I am originally from Russia, and I immediately fell in love with Nice when I arrived at age 10. I am happy to show you all the treasures of our beautiful French Riviera. It is no coincidence that many famous artists like Chagall, Matisse, Renoir, Fitzgerald and others, were inspired by this region’s natural beauty and historic heritage.

Matisse Museum

The Musée Matisse is a national museum devoted to the work of French painter Henri Matisse. It gathers one of the world’s largest collections of his works, tracing his artistic beginnings and his evolution through his last works. The museum, which opened in 1963, is located in the Villa des Arènes, a 17th-century villa in the neighborhood of Cimiez.

Archaeology Museum

The Musée Archeologique de Nice-Cemenelum is located right on the site of the former Cemenelum, the hub of the Roman dominion in the region. The archeological findings excavated here range from tools to jewelry and everything in between (coins, pottery, sculptures) for a clear picture of the life of the ancient inhabitants.

Marc Chagall Museum

In 1966, Marc Chagall gave 17 large canvases from his Biblical Messages series which included 5 versions of The Song of Songsto which form the heart of the museum. A second gift in 1972 brought all the preparatory sketches, so you see the complete work from conception to finish. More items were later added, making this the largest collection of his work.

Castle Hill

A short walk from the Old Town, Colline du Chateau, offers a maze of greenery, a lovely waterfall, and magical views over Baie des Anges, Old Nice and the Port. You can reach the top in an Art-Deco lift or take the steps (escalier Lesage).

Mont Boron

Climb to the top of the hill to find a heavily wooded area that is a protected national park, with walking trails and extraordinary views of the city and the ocean.

Food and Flower Markets

Every day, except Mondays, there is a colorful food and flower market at Cours Saleya, the famous promenade in the South-West part of Vieux Nice. Food stalls are also at Place Pierre-Gautier, a square adjacent to Cours Saleya which is surrounded by cafes and impressive monumental old buildings. Enjoy the aroma of fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and all kinds of delicacies. On Mondays, the area becomes an antiques market.

Shopping in Nice

Don’t miss Galeries Lafayette, a department store brimming with treasures, or the chic Rue Paradis, with many of Nice’s international designer stores. Also stop by the small boutiques displaying craftwork and Provençal fabrics in the Old City, or the jewelry shops on the Avenue de Verdun. Good buys include bags, scarves, perfumes, flower oils, soaps, colorful linens, and local pottery including the unique figurines Santons de Provence. Shops are generally open from 9am to 7pm, closed on Sunday and public holidays.

French Cuisine

When you’re ready for something sweet, there’s plenty of mouth-watering patisserie to tempt you. Or try crêpes, with a wide variety of fillings both sweet and savory. France has over 400 varieties of cheese and remarkable wines to sample. Then there’s the Salade Nicoise, traditionally made with local olives, oil-cured tuna, and anchovies. Sip a pastis; it’s flavored with aniseed and is a specialty of southern France. Your Local Host will be pleased to assist you with more information about the local cuisine.

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