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European Summer Vacation

Agoda road trip: from Paris to the French Riviera

eTN Staff Writer  May 12, 2010

SINGAPORE – Agoda, Asia's global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed, today announced a fantastic European summer promotion for hotels across France.

France is a dream destination and the world's most popular tourism market. The country ranges from cosmopolitan Paris, with its world-famous cultural and historical attractions, to the great wine regions found throughout France's bucolic countryside and the jet-setting joi de vivre of the Riviera. Given this diversity, the best way to experience France is to take a road trip to explore the country.

The drive from Paris in the north to the Riviera in the south takes travelers through picture-perfect countryside. The distance between Paris and Nice can be covered in nine hours by car – but the best move is to take a few days to explore the different provinces.

Highways wind past vineyards, centuries-old towns, historical sites, and vibrant bustling cities. A road trip from Paris to Nice should include all of these things and more. Agoda has put together this suggested itinerary, complete with special offers, to help travelers plan an enriching cross-country journey.


Days 1 – 3: Paris
No trip to France is complete without crossing off some classic Parisian experiences, so find yourself a chic little hotel close to the metro and get out your tourist map. Ascend the Eiffel Tower, stroll down the Champs-Elysees, and have a cafe-au-lait at a curb-side cafΓ©. Before picking up your rental, stock up on essentials like cheese and baguettes to snack on while you drive. Don’t forget a sufficiently French driving soundtrack – some Serge Gainsbourg, perhaps.

target="_blank">Le Chat Noir Design Hotel – 3 stars
Normal rate US$166. Agoda rate from US$142.
Book any room for a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy a 10 percent discount. Valid July 1, 2010 – August 31, 2010.

target="_blank">Color Design Hotel – 3 stars
Normal rate US$158. Agoda rate from US$136.
Book any room for 2 nights and enjoy a 10 percent discount. Valid from July 1, 2010 – August 31, 2010.

target="_blank">Beauchamps Hotel Paris – 4 stars
One night free! Normal rate from US$316. Agoda rate US$201.
Stay 3 nights, pay for 2 nights. Valid from March 11, 2010 – December 31, 2010

Day 4 – 5: Orleans – Bourges – Lyon
Orleans, just 130 km from Paris, is your first stop. Visit Joan of Arc’s house and the expansive Loire River. The Loire Valley is renowned for its vineyards, so conduct your own cellar tour and sample the region's world-renowned wines before heading to Bourges. Bourges is a quiet historic town with a huge 12th-century gothic cathedral and more medieval architecture then you can feasibly photograph. The city center is pedestrian-only, so take the chance to stretch your legs before driving the final 250 km to Lyon. In Lyon, stay somewhere quiet and romantic. Enjoy world-class cuisine, beautiful parks, Roman ruins and in June and August, the Les Nuits de FourviΓ¨re arts festival.

target="_blank">Villa Florentine Hotel – 4 stars
Normal rate US$628. Agoda rate from US$273 per night for a Classic Room.

target="_blank">Best Western Inn Garden Court Villeubanne Hotel – 3 stars
Normal rate US$217. Agoda Standard Room Advance Purchase rate from US$86.

Day 6 – 10: Aix-en-Provence – Marseilles
Aix-en-Provence is a medieval town that is punctuated by courtyards, cathedrals, and cafes. Featuring natural hot springs, it’s the site of many prominent French universities and is a center for the arts. Check out the impressive Mont Sainte-Victoire, adored by Post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. Not far from Aix-en-Provence is Marseilles, a sprawling port city. Marseilles overflows with attractions – museums, galleries, historic sites, modern restaurants, hip clubs, opera, the Vieux Port, and the Corniche – the only problem is fitting everything in.

target="_blank">Suite Affaire Marseille Vieux Port – 3 stars
Normal rate US$269. Agoda rate from US$121 per night, Standard Room

target="_blank">Hotel Le Couvent Royal, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume – 3 stars
Normal rate US$185. Agoda rate from US$113 per night.
Stay 1 night and enjoy a 35 percent discount. Valid May 1, 2010 – June 30, 2010.

Day 11 – 13: Saint Tropez – Cannes
You could spend an entire lifetime on the French Riviera, but your budget is unlikely to last that long unless you’re a film star or an oil baron. Start the Mediterranean leg of your journey at famous Saint Tropez – the traffic will be slow in the height of summer, but that just gives you more time to take in the scenery – brilliant sunny skies, sparkling water, yachts, and rich holiday-makers. Drive along the coastline to Cannes to hit the beach. Stroll the promenade, browse luxury stores, watch sunsets with your special someone, and post all the pictures online to make your friends jealous.

target="_blank">Citadines Cannes Carnot Hotel – 3 stars
Normal rate US$329. Agoda rate from US$131. Studio room.

Day 14: Nice
This spectacular port city is the Riveria's capital and the final stop on this journey. As France's fifth largest city, Nice has plenty of attractions, and the one people most are drawn to is the beachfront Promenade des Anglais. With restaurants, shops, and cafes on one side and wide, pebbly beaches – public and private – on the other, the promenade is alive with activity around the clock. Besides hitting the beach, visitors to Nice can wander the historic old town, tour the city on bicycle, sample some Nicoise salad, stroll the markets, or go sailing.

target="_blank">La Perouse Hotel Nice – 4 stars
Normal rate US$343. Agoda rates from US$314.
Book a standard room with bath and enjoy a 10 percent discount. Valid May 28, 2010 – June 25, 2010

Want to keep driving? From Nice, travelers can head to Monaco just 13 kilometers away, then continue on to Italy – touring the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre, Florence – and onwards to Rome.

Agoda road trip: from Paris to the French Riviera
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