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  • Paris
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Lyon
  • Chamonix
  • Annecy, France
    Annecy
  • Pont du Gard, Provence, France
    Pont du Gard
  • St. Bénezet Bridge, Avignon, France
    Avignon
  • Arles
  • Promenade du Paillon, Nice, France
    Nice

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My Way® France in 13 Days

from $2,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $975

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Your vacation to France starts by following a route that connects France's must-see sights — from monumental Paris to sunny Nice, with the Loire Valley, Lyon, Annecy, the French Alps, the Pont du Gard, and Avignon in between. Rick Steves' money-saving My Way vacation package gives you the freedom to decide your own daily sightseeing priorities and pace. We cut the stress by providing comfortable rooms in centrally located hotels, private bus transportation from city to city, and a France-savvy tour manager to advise you along the way. Join us for My Way® France in 13 Days!

Dates & Prices

2022

What's Included

  • This is an "un-guided" tour — giving you the freedom (and responsibility) to manage your daily sightseeing schedule and meals
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people will share our big, comfy bus during the trip, but not do organized sightseeing together
  • A Rick Steves tour manager will coordinate the group's transportation and hotel arrangements and provide advice for sightseeing, meals, etc.
  • All group transportation from Paris to Nice
  • 12 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts are included
  • All tips for tour manager and driver
  • Free Audio Europe™ app for Apple and Android (free podcast/mp3 files) featuring Rick's audio walking tours of sights, museums, and neighborhoods in Paris. Also includes Rick's radio interviews with experts on destinations covered in this itinerary
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Costs not covered: As this is not a guided tour, you will be responsible for the cost of all your lunches, dinners, drinks, admissions, sightseeing, and non-group transportation. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to France

Bienvenue à Paris! Known as the City of Light, Paris is blessed with more monuments and museums than anyone could ever hope to see in a single visit. Get a jump start on your sightseeing priorities today by tackling some of the city's world-class museums, like the Orsay*, Picasso (r), or Rodin (plan accordingly using the Rick Steves France guidebook; many museums are closed one day a week). If jetlag has you yawning, promenade along the famous Champs-Elysées or through one of Paris' many attractive parks, such as the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens. This evening, we'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood. Then you're free for dinner on your own and perhaps a twilight ride to the top of the brilliantly lit Eiffel Tower (r). Or, enjoy the views from below aboard a floodlit Seine River cruise.

No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 2: All day in Paris

Today Paris is all yours. With your guidebook and Rick's Audio Europe app, you might begin your day where Paris did — on the Ile de la Cité* — visiting the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle* and seeing the resilient and awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral. Or, take all the time you want to cover the most famous museum in the world — the Louvre*, home to the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. This evening, head up to Montmartre to savor the bohemian flair of Amélie's "village" Paris. Take in the breathtaking vistas from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and drop in to a lively café for a post-dinner drink. As with every day of this trip, everything is your choice!

No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 3: To the Loire Valley

This morning we'll bid adieu to Paris. Meeting up with our bus and driver, we'll head to the château-rich Loire Valley, stopping en route to visit the immense Château de Chambord. Farther down the road, our home base of Amboise looks and feels more important than other Loire towns…because it was. Stroll along the Loire River or the traffic-free streets lined with colorful shops and cafés. However, don't miss out on Leonardo da Vinci's home, Clos Lucé, and the chance to marvel at the working models of the Renaissance Man's cleverest inventions.

Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in the Loire Valley.

Day 4: Loire Valley Châteaux

Your entire day is free for sightseeing in the Loire Valley — the land of a thousand châteaux. To help save you time and effort, our coach will make a morning run to the Château de Chenonceau (arguably the greatest and hardest to reach château), returning to Amboise in the afternoon. Many more châteaux are a convenient train, bus, taxi, bike, or rental car drive away from Amboise. The choice is entirely yours. (And Amboise is so charming, you could also stay in town all day!) Your guidebook and your tour manager will help you sort through all the happy possibilities this day has to offer.

Bus (optional): 2 hours. Sleep in the Loire Valley.

Day 5: To Lyon on the Saône

Today we'll drive across the center of France to Lyon, in many ways the country's cultural capital. This is a city where restaurants outnumber cars, chefs are more famous than soccer players, and residents live by the saying, "How well you eat determines how well you live." We'll arrive and get settled in our hotel with plenty of time for you to find your new favorite eatery. (Note: To guarantee a table at any one of Lyon's highest-rated restaurants, make your reservation well in advance.) After dinner, once the sun has set, take in the view from the Bonaparte Bridge on the Saône. Lyon's riverfront walks and floodlit buildings make an evening stroll here an absolute must.

Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Lyon.

Day 6: All day to Explore Lyon

Lyon is France's most historic and culturally important city after Paris. You'll experience two different-as-night-and-day cities: Vieux Lyon's old-world cobbled alleys, quaint shops, and pastel Renaissance mansions; and the Parisian-feeling shopping streets of the Presqu'île. Buy a 1-day Lyon City Card to get into all the city's museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Resistance and Deportation History Center. The pass also covers all public transportation, including the Fourvière Hill funiculars. Up on the hill you can tour the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fouvière, enjoy a panoramic city view, and visit the Roman Theaters and Gallo-Roman Museum.

No bus. Sleep in Lyon.

Day 7: To Idyllic Annecy

After breakfast this morning we'll drive straight to Annecy so you can spend all afternoon and evening enjoying this sophisticated, outdoor-oriented — and absolutely bike-crazy — lakeside town. There's something for everyone here: mountain views, romantic canals, a hilltop château, and the irresistible urge to swim in, paddle on, or bicycle around the translucent lake (with cafés well-spaced along the way). Idyllic Annecy may very well end up being your favorite city on the tour.

Bus: 2 hours. Sleep in Annecy.

Day 8: Annecy and the French Alps

A thriving outdoor food market occupies much of Annecy's old town center until 12:30 p.m. today. With your market finds in hand, picnicking along the shores of the lake with the snow-dipped peaks in the distance is a wonderful way to spend your afternoon. But if getting up into the French Alps is your highest priority, our bus will take you to Chamonix and the base of snowy Mont Blanc this morning, returning to Annecy in time for dinner. In Chamonix, you can hike the mountain trails, take a cogwheel train to Montenvers and the Mer de Glace, or ride a cable car to the dizzying height of 12,600 feet atop the famous Aiguille du Midi (weather permitting).

Bus (optional): 3 hours. Sleep in Annecy.

Day 9: To the Pont du Gard and Avignon

This morning we'll make our way into Provence, with a long stop to savor one of Europe's most impressive Roman structures: the Pont du Gard. Set in a beautiful national park, this massive aqueduct spanning the Gardon River was constructed of locally quarried, golden limestone more than 2,000 years ago. The Pont and its setting have since become one of France's iconic sights. Spend time in the museum learning how and why the Pont was built. If the weather permits, take a swim or hike within the national park. Later this afternoon, we'll make our way to Avignon, the 14th-century home of the pope (or antipope, depending on where you stood).

Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in or near Avignon.

Day 10: A Day in Avignon and Arles

Famous for its nursery rhyme, medieval bridge, and brooding Palace of the Popes, Avignon looks and feels like it's stepped out of a fairy tale. You'll have all day to explore this medieval-walled city, wandering through the palace, strolling along the pedestrian streets, and quietly humming "Sur le pont d'Avignon." A day-tripping alternative is to take a 20-minute train ride to the nearby city of Arles. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, hang out at the lively Forum Square, and take in the impressive Roman Arena (still used for public events) and Ancient History Museum.

No bus. Sleep in or near Avignon.

Day 11: To the Riviera and Nice

This morning we'll make our way from Provence to the azure waters of the French Riviera, arriving in Nice by midday. You'll be set free to dive into your Riviera experience in Old Nice, exploring the lively Cours Saleya market square, getting lost in the maze of Italianate Old City lanes, then breaking out onto the spacious boulevards and shopping promenades of the city's newer side. Chagall and Matisse both called Nice home, and the museums bearing their names are must-see sights. A dip into the sea or a stroll along the palm-tree-lined Promenade des Anglais (with a gelato in hand) are great ways to cap the day.

Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Nice.

Day 12: Day-Tripping on the Riviera

There is no better way to end your French adventure than with a day-trip along the French Riviera. The only problem: there are so many dazzling destinations nearby! Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze, and Monaco are all in easy reach by train or public bus. Will you stay in Nice? Or maybe go to Antibes for its Picasso museum? Or head east to Villefranche-sur-Mer for a hike around Cap Ferrat to visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild? Or travel up to Eze for spectacular views and a whiff of perfume? Or check out Monaco's yacht-filled harbor, historic casino, royal palace, and Oceanographic Museum? It's your final day in France, so get out and make it special.

No bus. Sleep in Nice.

Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

It's a breeze to reach Nice's airports and train station by bus or taxi. Your tour manager can help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Au revoir et merci!

(To avoid long lines at the Eiffel Tower, we recommend booking tickets several weeks in advance. For details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members.)

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Sightseeing notes

(r) = reserve a time before you leave the US
* = included in Rick's
Audio Europe™ app

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our My Way® France in 13 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  3. Be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  4. Be responsible for your own daily sightseeing, admissions, meals (except breakfasts), and non-group transportation.

Reviews

Margaret

Rockingham, VA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this my way trip - my first time with Rick Steves. Hotels were above average to excellent. Bus was very comfortable and the driver was top-notch. The towns and places we visited were new to us and provided insights into French life and culture beyond Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. What a great experience! Chamonix is so picturesque; views from the heights of Mont Blanc were fantastic. Will always remember stepping out on the glass floor at 12000 plus feet for our photo op, and actually enjoying the gondola rides up and back."

Bonita

Manheim, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Entire trip was outstanding. Enjoyed each stop on trip mainly because Veronique gave us a good introductory walks So we were oriented to each town. Even though we had done our homework this was very helpful I think Veronique made the whole trip a wonderful experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but the trip to Chamonix and riding the gondolas up the mountain was breathtaking, especially as the weather forecast was for rain"

Ida Alice

Jacksonville, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Veronique was outstanding as our tour leader. Will, our driver, also added to the overall positive experience. We had not traveled in France before this trip, so the "My Way" was an excellent introduction to this fascinating country. I enjoyed the introduction we received to the various regions and hope to revisit them in the future. Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pont du Gard. Also visiting Arles."

Nancy

Lititz, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, our tour was fantastic. We had just enough time in each city we visited to see what we planned to see. Clean, centralized hotels that were near to the places we wanted to see. Everybody in our group was friendly and we paired up with some of them on some of our excursions that were listed on the trip itinerary. The entire trip was well planned with info about each place given on the bus as we headed there. I would highly recommend this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting Chamonix and taking the gondola 12600 feet to Mont Blanc. It was supposed to rain all day, but we went anyway. It did not rain, got right on the gondola and went to Mont Blanc where there was light snow, just enough to make our visit complete. Good weather seemed to follow us throughout the entire trip."

Robert

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third RS tour experience and France My way was just as well run as the first 2. Veronique is an excellent tour guide/manager providing smiles, information, and orientation walks in all off our stops along the way. Veronique was just as important to the group as a tour guide on a full Rick tour, and although we had less time overall with her, she provided excellent overall support to make our experience the best. My mother and I were very happy RS traveler! Merci!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favourite moment, was a bike ride in beautiful Annecy near the French Alps. It was a glorious day, and the aqua marine water and mountain peaks around Annecy made it very special. The farewell dinner was once again a favourite RS moment, really capping of an excellent trip. Merci beaucoup."

Meghan

Milford, CT

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were privileged to enjoy a wide array of French during our 13 day adventure. There is no way we could have done this trip on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chenonceau's architectural elegance, beautiful gardens (including vegetable), and lovely wine cellar tastings were high on the list, as well as sipping spritzs under an umbrella while lounging on the Nice beach after several brisk swims."

Dianne

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "My Way" trip to Southern France was great especially when Veronique contacted me to help deal with our cancelled flight to Paris. She had a number of options for us in order to catch up to the group if our second flight was cancelled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Now that is a difficult question as I had many "WOW" moments. The Pont. Du Gard experience was amazing and walking around the two peninsulas of Cap Ferrat was breathtaking. I wanted to take a picture as I rounded each curve in the trail."

Donald

Jacksonville, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour experience was instructive and positive - a kind of opening up of the country, and a fine introduction to the country, this being our first visit to France. (Over the years we've made it to just about all of the adjacent countries but this was our first visit to France. And hopefully not our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps encountering the colosseum in Arles so suddenly and unexpectedly - and in such good shape. Mt. Blanc was another highlight, but one we were prepared for in advance. In Arles we turned a corner and therein was."

John

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was way more than I expected. The best of the best. Veronique and Will were experts!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mount Blanc. It was an amazing option."

Roger

Rockingham, VA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Tears of Joy!" is the best way to title my experience, since many times during the tour and after, I fill up with that happy-joyful feeling of how wonderful it all was. This was our third attempt to do our first tour, medical issues and surgeries delayed our start. Throughout the delays I found the Administrative folks very helpful, deposits were credited towards this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the sun broke through the clouds when we were on top of Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps. We rolled the dice with an iffy weather forecast and were rewarded with a thrilling gondola ride and stellar views. Getting the Alps as part of this tour was a grand slam home-run."

John

Deruyter, NY

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It more than met my expectations. France is a wonderfully diverse country and we experienced a significant amount of that diversity. The experience was further enhanced by the able quality of Veronique Savoye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Chamonix and the cable car ride to the summit."

Gail

Brewerton, NY

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful trip and felt like I saw lots of different regions of France. It has whetted my appetite to explore more of France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the paintings in the Musee D'Orsay was breathtaking."

David

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. The tour went pretty much exactly as we had anticipated. Veronique was a superb escort and made the long bus rides most enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I particularly enjoyed the Pont du Gard and a bike ride in Annency."

Sarah

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the itinerary had a nice mix of historical cities/towns of France. Our tour manager, Veronique, was absolutely fantastic. She wanted us to appreciate her native country. She introduced us to French life, history, music, language,and food. She knew how to present us with just the right amount of information. She was proactive making sure the trip went as smoothly as possible. The fact that we had almost perfect weather helped make the trip great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chenonceau chalet A bike ride along the Annecy's Lake Path. A coastal hike in Cap Ferrat near Nice. Pont du Gard"

Jennifer

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 8th RS tour but our first My Way, and we will most likely not take another My Way. We missed the fantastic tour guides we so enjoy listening to on Rick Steves tours. I wonder if in future you could include a list of guides for each location so that we could arrange to pay for tours in certain places (eg, Avignon) where some of us may have wanted to dig deeper on the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy was amazing."

Margaret

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the "France My Way" tour was a great experience. The benefits were a marvelous itinerary; decent lodging; comfortable transportation; interesting traveling companions; and a knowledgeable and engaging guide. Our guide was available but not intrusive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"biking around the adorable town of Annecy on a glacial blue lake."

Kristi

Tumwater, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind. We were somewhat apprehensive about being cooped up with 25 strangers. I don't know if we were simply lucky this time bur we had the most amazing group. It was a wonderful surprise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Annecy. Period. I was familiar with Paris, Avignon, Nice, and Lyon but both Blois and Annecy were surprises - wonderful surprises. Annecy is now our "absolutely have to go back" place. In fact, we already looked at the My Way Alps tour to see if it went to Annecy (close but no cigar)."

John

Newton, NJ

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The My Way option was great, really gives you the ability to choose which activities you want to do that particular day. The 6 cities, hotels, and locations were fantastic choices and really gave you a view into Paris and much of southern France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Biking and boating in Annecy while viewing the Alps. I also loved the finish of the trip on the beaches in Nice, a perfect way to relax on the last days of the My Way Tour."

John

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We liked everyone in our tour group of about 25 people and our guide, Hilbren was very knowledgeable in history and international relations and shared his knowledge. The tour hit many cities and towns giving a good overview of France, but with a limit typically of 1 1/2 to 2 days in a place it felt too rushed. I would have preferred not visiting the very crowded and touristy cities of Lyon and Nice and spending more time in Annecy and Provance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram to the Aguille du Midi in the Mt. Blanc massif and hiking the trail back down."

Lisa

Newton, NJ

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this is the perfect way to tour! i love that rick steves has taken care of all the transportation and hotels, and then we have complete freedom to spend our travel time the way we want to! France is heaven on earth! our tour guide, Hilbren was so great and his knowledge of the history of all of our stops was amazing! our bus was so comfortable and the driver, jaak, quickly became one of our group! he was so fun! please, rick steves, create more My Way tours!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i loved every single minute of our trip, but annency was a standout! we rented bikes and rode to the little town of duingt and back. we then rented a paddle boat and were able to jump off the boat in the middle of the pristine lake! Nice was also lovely! we had a fantastic beach day and rented loungers and umbrellas and spent the day enjoying the water and then the lovely old town area of nice. having a great group of fellow travelers added to our experience immensely!"

Deanna

Acton, MA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour, great guide,terrific fellow travelers. Each destination was unique and memorable. I especially enjoyed Annecy. The hotel locations were excellently placed for walking to sites of interest.All of the stops were close enough to have time to spend on the day of travel. Much appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mount Blanc was especially memorable. It was such a clear day we could see the Matterhorn in Switzerland from the observation deck. Lyon and the Resistance Museum was another unforgettable experience."

Ken

Milwaukie, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Almost everyone on this tour were experienced travelers and most had also been on a Rick Steves tour. Sharing travel plans with various people in each location became second nature because we all seemed to be very like minded and easy going. It was a comfortable group experience....ah, YES(as Hilbren would say)....Team Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question, Aiguille Du Midi and Stepping into the Void. We lucked out with perfect weather that day. The ride up the gondola was exhilarating and the views from the top were spectacular."

Min-Chi

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

MyWay tour enabled the flexibility of activities at each stop without the hassle of booking hotels or arranging transportation. This is definitely a way I'd like to travel. The itinerary was excellent; it allowed a sample of different regions and various sightseeing, culture experiences, although I wish we had more time (e.g. an extra day) in Provence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loire valley chateaus and Annecy were my favorite stops."

Catherine

Peoria, IL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first My Way tour and we weren't sure what to expect. The tour met and exceeded all expectations! William, our guide, and Kiernan, his trainee, were both wonderful hosts as well as guides. We were impressed that William offered to get us into 2 of the chateaus as a group so we saved $. His orientation walks for each of the stops were helpful as well as informative. He also went out of his way to review our plans for a 9 day trip through the western part of France after our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW monument was going to Mont Blanc. Beautiful views Seeing Pont du Gard was a close second. And the town of Annecy was our favorite town with the flower lined canals, the local market and riding bikes around the lake for a picnic lunch."

Veronica

Westminster, CO

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour offering an opportunity to see a lot of France. There were a few towns in which we would have loved to stay longer. The people in our group became quick friends which made our travels that much more enjoyable. Our tour guide was very thoughtful and kind always making sure our needs were met.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to name just one: Versailles, Pont du Gard aqueduct, Chenonceau, Chamonix, the works of Leonardo DaVinci, walking the streets of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the pastries and chocolates. . ."

Robert

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour itinerary was excellent. We visited a good variety of places. Beginning in Paris and ending in Nice was a good design, since those two cities are the ones we wanted to extend our stay in. All of the cities and towns we visited were interesting and worth visiting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of enjoyable moments but no single "wow" moment."

Steve

Westminster, CO

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the group activities. I thought William did a good job. He was very helpful with ideas and instructions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix, France was very special, just wish we had more time there."

Steve

Englewood, FL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great selection of cities and locations of hotels. William our guide was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the streets along the canals in Annecy. Beautiful town that I wish we could stay a week."

Nellie

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guides, their knowledge and expertice made me feel very secure and i felt like i had just taken a college course on French history!!! Delightful!!! I loved France and learned to love it more by the time i left!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chamonix! Seeing the mountains and glacier was overwhelming! I got to sit and chat with 2 little elderly ladies and they were re visiting the town after being there 60 years ago! We all sat and marveled at the beauty of the surroundings. Also the delightful Atmosphere restaurant with the view outside the window and the wonderful lunch. Just smell the roses!"

Kathryn

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Happy Hour and planned dinners with fellow travelers."

Neil

Osage, IA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my second RS tour and the first my way format. I really didn't know what to expect, but was very satisfied with the guidance provided by William, the tour guide. He took everyone on an orientation walk upon arriving at each overnight town and provided us suggestions on dining, attractions etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pont Du Gard"

Bruce

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Escort William Altman made all the difference. He offered many suggestions regarding interesting sites and dining options beyond those in the France guidebook.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The side visit to Chamonix and Mont Blanc."

Marilyn

Manhattan Beach, CA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second My Way tour, I remain a real fan of this format - trip logistics in place, just-right tour guidance and group camaraderie, and enough freedom to wander, eat and tour at will. The itinerary was a big attraction - an exciting and satisfying range of world class cities, towns, villages, UNESCO sites, and a dash of Alps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps nothing "wows" like the Eiffel Tower lit up in the evening sky or Mont Blanc above the clouds on a clear day, but I also find myself reflecting often on smaller "wows", like enjoying a dinner outside on the square St. Pierre in Avignon, near church doors carved in the 14th century; the juxtaposition of the hilltop Basilica in Lyon with an ancient Roman amphitheater still in use; simply enjoying Cotes Du Rhone vin rouge ON the Cotes Du Rhone! ... so many more."

Jennie

Vestavia Hills, AL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away with all that we saw & what we did on this tour. I did my research beforehand but William, our guide, always presented more options of what to do & see in every place. His introductory walking tour of each town was very informative and included many sights and restaurants with varied price points. While this tour is very active it also gives the less active person the option to limit their amount of activity & participation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my third Rick Steves tour and I always find it hard to name just one "wow" moment. I was especially fond of the Old Town Annecy & Lake Annecy with lively market, picturesque village & crystal clear lake. Mont Blanc & L'Aguille du Midi were breathtaking. And Nice was exciting & beautiful. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed our time there."

Theresa

Osage, IA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! Our escort William was fabulous,very helpful and knowledgeable. We met some great people on the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The chateaus were great, but the WOW moment was the visit to Pont-du-Gard."

Michelle

London, ON

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour gave us so much more then expected. We appreciated the walkabouts in each town. Our tour managers (William and Kieran) offered valuable information and did not hesitate to answer any questions

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never just one on a RS tour! Château Clos de Lucé in Amboise - Leonardo Da Vinci - what a brilliant mind! Resistance and Deportation Museum (Lyon) - one must always remember. Annecy - the entire town - such charm! Pont du Gard - Avignon - simply incredible!!"

When To Go & Weather

Late spring and fall are the best times to take a My Way France tour, combining generally good weather, lighter crowds, and the full range of tourist fun.

France / Paris

Paris Weather


France / Nice

Nice Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Paris (CDG or ORY) and out of Nice (NCE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in France.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see Rick Steves France guidebook.