Our guide was very informative and left us to ponder the many questions that art historians are still considering today. A great bunch of RS's veteran travelers who enjoy the sights, the food and one another. Fine wine, incomparable history, and talented RS guides/docents to expound beyond the literature. Of course the great weather makes a big potential difference. " This was our first Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint.It is a memory that will remain vivid for a long time." Toni was great (again)! should have added a couple of days in Nice to the end of the tour. We were able to traveling freely without concern of reservations, parking, driving or where we were going to stay.Your afternoon and evening will be free for making your own discoveries here. Afterward you'll be set free to explore and enjoy dinner on your own. Here, in the late 19th century, visitors from the north seeking the elixir of warm, fresh sea air created Europe's first tourism boom.Your afternoon will be free to wander through Nice's beautiful Chagall and Matisse Museums, prowl the promenades, or relax on the famous beach. Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.
If the weather is hot, we may even stop for a swim along the way. Our day will end in nearby Arles, where we'll have dinner together and sleep (2 nights). Your local guide will lace together stories of its impressive Roman Arena, Classical Theater, and Forum — and tales of Vincent van Gogh, who lived and painted in this neighborhood just over a century ago. This morning we'll drive to the hill town of Les Baux, and enjoy sweeping views of the Provençal countryside from atop the ruins of its medieval citadel. Upon arrival in Nice, we'll check into our hotel before setting out on an orientation walk through the Italian-feeling Old City and seaside promenade. We'll then follow the narrow streets of the Italianate Old City to the spacious boulevards and shopping promenades of the city's newer side.The itinerary included a mix of activities and the French countryside was beautiful."The amazing light and sound show inside the quarry caves near Chateau des Baux was my "wow" moment. As always (this was my fourth Rick Steves tour) I was happy to find the hotel, meet our guide Patrick and a couple dozen enthusiastic adventurers and set off on 2 weeks of exploration.Everyday we understood what to expect for the day and what we should be planning for.We had a great group of fellow travelers, many who had been on these tours multiple times.