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Toulon: Little Train Ticket

1. Toulon: Little Train Ticket

A 45-minutes guided tour, with or without stopover, to discover the charms of the Capital of the Var ! From its old town to its sunny port, passing by the Arsenal or the Fort Saint-Louis, let yourself be guided through the narrow streets of this Provencal city, a key part of French history. The Little Train will reveal, all along its 45 minutes tour, the secrets and anecdotes of the beautiful and colorful city of Raimu. Let yourself be carried away by the Mediterranean breeze waving through the palm trees of the Mourillon beach. A beautiful moment of discovery with your family or friends!

From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

2. From Nice: Train Experience Through the Alps & Baroque Route

Escape off the beaten track and join us on an excursion that combines adventure by train, exploration of medieval villages, breathtaking medieval and Baroque architecture and incredible natural landscapes in the middle of the Alps. Meet your guide at 8:30 a.m. in front of Nice-Ville's main train station (Boulangerie Paul terrace). Discover breathtaking scenery as you cross natural canyons, high bridges and tunnels on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination. Along the way, your guide will reveal the secrets of one of France's most beautiful railroad lines, a testament to French civil engineering in the early 20th century. We'll make two stops to visit two medieval villages, Saorge and Tende (depending on the day, the guide may change the program to visit other equally beautiful villages). First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover mysterious Bronze Age engravings and other historical artifacts from the Mercantour National Park. Afterwards, you'll visit the Mercantour National Park House to observe protected species of endemic flora and fauna. After lunch (you can choose between a picnic or lunch in a local restaurant), you'll visit other must-see sites in Tende, such as a baroque cathedral, a labyrinth of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery and the ruins of an ancient castle. Let's continue our journey to Saorge, an impressive village, a pearl of medieval architecture with steep streets, built on a concave hill. Classified as one of France's most beautiful villages. Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan convent of Saorge (option 5€/p), founded in the 17th century, before visiting the church of Saint-Sauveur, another jewel of Baroque art. The village offers spectacular views of the Alps and surrounding canyons. An enchanting day full of surprises! Return by train, arriving in Nice at 7.45pm. The guide reserves the right to modify the itinerary depending on the interests of the guests, the weather conditions or availabilities of the restaurants/snacks, museums/monuments (Itinerary could include La Brigue, Breil/Roya or Sospel (instead Tende and Saorge)) Example of option to change the itinerary during the hottest summer days: - Take a refreshing dip in a natural swimming pool (river) (La Brigue or Breil-sur-Roya option)

Nice: Guided Monte-Carlo Tour

3. Nice: Guided Monte-Carlo Tour

This trip to Monaco will take you through the "country of millionaires", located between the city of Nice and the French border with Italy. Your tour guide will walk you through all of the main Monaco attractions and will show you the hidden gems that not all tourists get to see. You will travel to Monaco with your group by train. Once in Monaco, you will begin by walking around the Monte Carlo Casino, before heading down to Port Hercules and to the Market Condamine, where you will be able to try some traditional and local food. Following a break, your tour will move to the top of the Rock of Monaco, where you will have views of the Prince Palace and the Old Town. This 4-hour trip to Monaco includes a train ticket to Monaco and open return back to Nice.

Mountain Train from Nice : Hike, Mystic Forest, Meteors Rain

4. Mountain Train from Nice : Hike, Mystic Forest, Meteors Rain

A unique Train Experience through the Alps to discover a historic train line that crosses the Alps from the Côte d'Azur to the Gorges du Verdon, a technical feat of French civil engineering from the beginning of the 20th century, the opportunity to visit 2 amazing villages shaped by a unique history, the most surprising hike in the Southern Alps with giant sandstone blocks creating a "meteor shower" effect, rock shelters, a unique geological site, the "King's Room", a forest of chestnut trees several hundred years old and in a few hours a diversity of landscapes that creates a succession of surprises. The 2nd site is not the least with the Royal City-Citadel of Entrevaux, its medieval drawbridge, its majestic citadel overlooking the Var Valley. Many gems to discover and fabulous landscapes. Let's start the day early in the morning (meeting at 8:45 am) to fully enjoy this special day. The Train des Pignes will amaze you with its route, its breathtaking views of the villages, through valleys, viaducts and tunnels, witnesses of the French civil engineering of the beginning of the 20th century. 2 hours of unique experience commented on board by our local expert guide through one of the most incredible train lines in France. Then, we will pass from village to village and stop in the 2 most interesting sites: Annot and Entrevaux. You will enjoy the clean, fresh and invigorating air of the Alps, during a hike full of surprises and hidden treasures (depending on the physical condition of the group we will choose the shorter hike (4km) or the longer loop (8km), a haven of peace just a few steps from the French Riviera. We will prepare a delicious picnic of local specialties and products and finish this stop by discovering the village of Annot, its medieval atmosphere and its troglodyte houses dug in the rock. Then, we will take the train des Pignes to explore Entrevaux, a medieval city of Exception with its remarkable drawbridge perched above the river, the flamboyant baroque cathedral, its ridge that forms a natural rock barrier determining its history as a French historical fortress and especially its castle overlooking the village by 100 meters from which one can wonderfully embrace the Var Valley. An unforgettable day, a caress for the eyes... Attention, sportive day, good physical condition strongly recommended!

Private guided walking tour of Aix en Provence and Marseille

5. Private guided walking tour of Aix en Provence and Marseille

Meet the guide at 8:30 am at your hotel, go to Marseille's Saint Charles train station to catch the train to Aix en Provence. (by foot) The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Begin your walking tour at Fontaine de la Rotonde, a grand roundabout adorned with a beautiful fountain. This is one of the city's iconic landmarks and a great spot to take photos. Visit Pavillon Vendôme, a beautiful mansion surrounded by a charming garden. It's a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for a quiet moment. Visit the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, a Roman Catholic cathedral with a blend of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque. Inside, you can see stunning artwork and religious artifacts. Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the Vieil Aix, the old town of Aix-en-Provence. Discover hidden squares, ancient churches, and colorful markets. Don't miss the picturesque Place de l'Hôtel de Ville with its impressive Town Hall. Continue the tour at Cours Mirabeau, the main boulevard of Aix-en-Provence. Stroll along this elegant avenue lined with beautiful plane trees, charming cafés, and boutique shops. Admire the stunning architecture of the buildings that reflect the city's rich history. On market days, discover local producers of olive, cheese, bread, and charcuterie in Aix-en-Provence. Buy delicious products for a delightful picnic at Parc Jourdan. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and flavors of the region! Walk through the Quartier Mazarin, an elegant district known for its 17th-century mansions and private courtyards. Marvel at the architecture and immerse yourself in the historical ambiance. End your walking tour at Parc Jourdan, a park where you can relax, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the outdoors. It's a popular spot for locals and visitors. After the lunch around 1.00 p.m take the train to Marseille, the journey is about 45 minutes. Begin your stroll by heading down the famous La Canebière, Marseille's iconic avenue. This wide boulevard is lined with shops, cafes, and historic buildings. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and energy of this main artery of the city. Continue towards the Marseille Opera House, next, make your way to the Old Port, the historical heart of Marseille. Enjoy picturesque views of boats, quays, and old buildings that surround this iconic harbor. In the Old Port, don't miss the City Hall, also known as the "Hôtel de Ville à la marinière." This building exhibits interesting neo-Gothic architecture. Explore Marseille aboard our little train tour, including a visit to the iconic Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde, the Bonne Mère. Enjoy stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea, passing through picturesque neighborhoods and lively streets. Stop by "La Cure Gourmande" at the end of the tour for a tasting of local products. Indulge in delicious treats and savor the flavors of the region. Bon appétit! End of the walking tour around 6p.m at your hotel.

Avignon Private guided tour and wine tastings from Marseille

6. Avignon Private guided tour and wine tastings from Marseille

Feel free to take your time to explore each site and enjoy the unique ambiance of this historic city Meet at 8:30 am at Marseille's Saint Charles train station to catch the train to Avignon. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. Begin your visit at the Palace of the Popes, one of the largest Gothic palaces in Europe. Admire the imposing architecture and learn about the history of the popes who resided here in the 14th century. Cross the famous Saint-Bénézet Bridge, also known as Pont d'Avignon, which was once a medieval bridge over the Rhône River. Enjoy the view of the river and the city from the bridge. Head to the Jardin des Doms, located just behind the Palace of the Popes. This garden offers stunning panoramic views of the Palace, the Rhône River, and the surrounding area. It's an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. Next to the garden, visit the Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral. This remarkable cathedral features Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Inside, you can see paintings, sculptures, and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. Walk down to the city center and reach Place de l'Horloge, the lively heart of Avignon. This square is surrounded by cafes, shops, and restaurants. You can take a break here to taste local specialties or simply soak in the atmosphere. Enjoy Châteauneuf du Pape tastings with local ham and Cheese. We will stop at a wine shop where you can taste and find the wine that perfectly suits you. They also offer a wide range of pastis and spirits crafted in Provence. We can organize wine shipping for you. Continue your stroll to Palais du Roure, a beautiful 18th-century mansion. It now houses the Heritage Center, where you can learn more about the culture and history of Avignon. Visit the Saint-Pierre Church, a 14th-century Gothic church located nearby. Admire its elegant architecture and discover the artwork and relics it houses. Return to the Palace of the Popes and explore the Place du Palais. This square is lined with historic buildings and charming shops. It's also a great spot to take photos of the Palace of the Popes. Around 4.30 p.m take the train back to Marseille Saint Charles, you will arrive around 6p.m

Arles Private guided walking tour from Marseille

7. Arles Private guided walking tour from Marseille

Meet at 8:30 am at Marseille's Saint Charles train station to catch the train to Arles. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. Our first stop is the Roman Amphitheatre, known as the Arena of Arles. Built in the 1st century AD, it is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Imagine the gladiator games and spectacles that once took place here as you walk through its ancient arches. Next, we'll visit the ancient Roman Theatre, which dates back to the 1st century BC. Marvel at its impressive stage and seating area, and take in the stunning views of the city from the top. Our tour wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Saint-Trophime Church, a U.N.E.S..C.O World Heritage site. Admire the stunning Romanesque architecture and the intricate portal sculptures that showcase biblical scenes. As we venture outside the town, we'll visit the Alyscamps, an ancient Roman necropolis that inspired many artists, including Van Gogh. The rows of ancient sarcophagi create a unique and evocative atmosphere. We'll also explore the charming Old Town, where you'll find narrow medieval streets, charming squares, and quaint shops selling local crafts and products. And have free time to lunch. As we walk through the picturesque streets of Arles, you'll notice the influence of Vincent van Gogh, who lived and painted here in the late 19th century. Follow in the artist's footsteps as we visit some of the locations that inspired his famous works, such as the Yellow Café and the Langlois Bridge. That concludes our city tour of Arles. We hope you've enjoyed discovering the rich history and artistic heritage of this fascinating town. Thank you for joining us, and we wish you a wonderful time exploring the rest of Arles!

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What people are saying about Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We are staying in Nice for a month and decided to take this trip as a special excursion. We were not disappointed. It was amazing to go up into the Alps to and see countryside that we would not normally see. Our tour guide Sebastian was perfection. Knowledgeable and a truly nice person. Just take note that the hiking portion of this tour up to the monastery is quite taxing…make sure that you’re prepared with the proper footwear!

Full day of touring a spectacular area in the southern Alps, very well worth it in my opinion. Our Guide Sebastien was very informative & enthusiastic about the region, and we came away with good insights & a good workout walking the hilly streets of the local villages. Terrific experience !

Highly recommended day out, fantastic scenery you will only experience from the train, the two guides for the day Mous and Sabastian were wonderful, friendly and very informative. A big thank you to them for a great day out.

Great tour with a great tour guide called Samual. Met a lovely group of people that was part of my group. Excellent tour train and people. Highly recommended.

Sebastian was amazing guide, so knowledgeable and interesting