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2018 Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur

Paris • Macon • Lyon • Vienne • Viviers • Avignon • Arles • Nice

ABOARD THE PRIVATELY OWNED 46-PASSENGER M/S PROVENCE DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS
88% Traveler Excellence Rating Read reviews

13 Days from only $3395 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

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Paris

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa to preview Paris’s iconic sights and sophisticated customs.

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Provence

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa as he explores Provence, where verdant landscapes and Roman ruins are plentiful.

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France’s Burgundy and Loire Regions

Revel in the art of good living as travel expert Rudy Maxa explores the legendary Burgundy region.

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French Riviera

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa as he explores sun-dappled Nice and sophisticated Cannes, which you can enjoy on our trip extension.

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36 Hours in Nice

Witness the unique confluence of French and Italian cultures—the best of both worlds—on display in coastal Nice.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Jean-Philippe Ruzé

"We have traveled a lot with Grand Circle, plus many trips with other companies. J.P. was the best guide we have ever had. He was informative, efficient, caring, funny, and always on hand to help or provide information or suggestions."

Trudy & Douglas Rittenhouse
8-time travelers from Port Angeles, Washington

96% of travelers rated Jean-Philippe as "excellent"

Born
Nîmes, France
Resides
Vergèze, France
Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
Hobbies & Interests
Cooking, photography, scuba diving, traveling
With us since
2013

I grew up in the most loving and caring family. My mother was a school principal and my father an architect. They were always extremely busy, so my grandparents were at home almost every day. Thinking about them always brings tears to my eyes. Being the son of the principal didn't help much in finding friends, so my grandparents were my best friends and taught me many things. All of my cooking skills come from my grandmothers. My grandfathers opened my eyes to how important family is and that opening up to others is the key to a successful life.

I know that many people see the French as rude and pretentious from the outside. During my trips, I talk to strangers and introduce them to my group. All of them are willing to talk with us, and my travelers change their point of view at the end of the tour. My best reward is when my travelers come to me and tell me how impressed they were with the kindness of the locals.

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