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Day 2: Paris
Bonjour! Land at Paris airport, meet your Teach by Travel tour manager, and transfer to your hotel to relax and unpack. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Paris
Start your first morning in Paris with a guided city sightseeing tour. See the world famous symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower
, Notre Dame
Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and more, ending with entrance to the Louvre
. This afternoon, re-trace the steps of Jefferson, Monroe, and Franklin and see where they lived and worked in Paris during the French Revolution as early American Ambassadors to France. Dinner tonight at the famous Procope Restaurant, where the French and Americans met and discussed the concepts of the American and French constitutions at the end of the 18th century.
Day 4: Paris - Versailles
Morning excursion to Versailles. See the glamour of the Hall of Mirrors, the splendid Trianon Gardens, and the "Jardins a la Francaise." Jefferson met Beaumarchais here and developed the strategy for the American War of Independence. Free afternoon in Paris before dinner.
Day 5: Paris - Beaune
This morning board your coach and follow the steps of Thomas Jefferson in 1787 - head south to the Burgundy region and see some of the most famous vineyards in the world - Nuits St-George, Aloxe Corton, Savigny, Vougeot and others. Visit the Abbey de Citeaux, founded in 1098, and still inhabited by the Cistercian monks. Enjoy a wine tasting at Chateau Vougeot, before dinner and overnight in the charming town of Beaune.
Day 6: Beaune - Lyon
Travel south to the Maconnais and visit the beautiful Roman Abbey of St. Philibert, founded in 930 by Christian monks. Continue to Macon, and have a wine tasting of the Maconnais white wines. Drive through the Beaujolias region and follow Jefferson's discovery of the 18th century viticulture (which he imported to Monticello, VA) a landscape of hills and vineyards and golden-roofed stone houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and the home of Julienas, Brouilly, Moulin a Vent and Morgan red wines. Dinner and overnight in Lyon.
Day 7: Lyon
Morning tour of Lyon, known as the capital of French gastronomy. Visit the church of St. Irenee, founded in the 5th century. See the Cathedral St-Jean and Notre-Dame de Fourviere, the Galo-Roman antique theater. Dinner in a "bouchon," a typical wine bar where the locals enjoy the excellent food and wine of the region.
Day 8: Lyon - Avignon
Journey south along the Rhone River and discover the famous Cotes du Rhone. Experience a wine tasting in this region of rocky soil and the wine's reputation of "vin de degustation." Continue on to visit the important Roman sites of Vaison la Romaine and Orange, with its ancient Roman theater. Arrive in the "Ville des Papes" which housed the 14th century popes. Time for a walking tour of this beautiful southern city located just one hour from the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Day 9: Avignon - Marseille
Morning visit to the Palais des Papes, then head west to see the remarkable and majestic Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built 2,000 years ago. Proceed to the superb Cotes du Luberon with its charming villages and limestone hills. There you will find a strong southern wine surrounded by orchards of many fruits. Final destination is Marseille, a 3,000 year-old city, for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Marseille
Short journey to Cassis, where you will have a wine tasting in the Côte d'Azur overlooking the harbor of Cassis. Enjoy a delightful boat ride through the "Calanques" and view small coves of white limestone and clear blue water. Farewell Bouillabaise Dinner in Marseille.
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