Nice to Lyon Explorer (7700)

8 Day Tour from Nice to Lyon

Cosmos Lite

2020 Tour Details

If you’ve imagined yourself in the shimmering French Riviera, the gracious fields of Provence, and the gourmet flavors of Lyon, say “Oui” to this Cosmos Lite budget vacation through southern France—ready for you to enjoy as you please. Arrive in Nice for a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais. Relax on the beach or find the perfect bowl of bouillabaisse with your CosmosGO mobile app. Maybe visit the birthplace of painter Chagall in St. Paul de Vence, before heading for the glittering city of Cannes. In the lovely Aix-en-Provence, discover a chic university city of moss-covered fountains, both old-world elegance and youthful vivacity flow. Visit its trendy shops, hip cafes, and cool open-air markets, and you’ll see why it’s been dubbed the “21st arrondissement of Paris.” Explore the medieval walls surrounding the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, and indulge in French favorites in a sidewalk café. Travel to see the sights awaiting in historic Orange, including the Arc de Triomphe, Ancient Roman triumphal arch, and the Théâtre Antique, one of only three standing Roman theatres in the world. On the way to Montélimar, see the aromatic lavender fields and, in the town, the café-lined promenades in France’s “gateway to Provence.” Sample its famously delicious nougat made of almonds and honey.

Spend two nights in Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France—to celebrate your à la carte Cosmos Lite tour of France. You choose how to spend your days with MyCOSMOS excursions, and your CosmosGO mobile app has all the details on guided tours, restaurants, and activities to make the most of your days in France!

Nice to Lyon Explorer map

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge (See Only)


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfast daily


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Nice, France

Nice? Nice!
Hello, French Riviera! Settle into your Nice hotel and, if you have time, take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Meet your Tour Director in the early evening, who will introduce you to your upcoming adventure and give you recommendations on how to enjoy Nice and France like a local.

Day 2 Explore Nice

Beach or Bouillabaisse?
There are many things to see and do in this lively seaside city. Explore with the assistance of your CosmosGO app, maybe spend some time on the beach, or try the traditional bouillabaisse fish soup in one of the many bistros. If you wish, join the afternoon optional excursion to St Paul de Vence, famous for having been home to artists, such as Picasso and Chagall, as well as actors Roger Moore and Yves Montand. If you’d like to visit the Principality of Monaco this evening, just book the optional excursion on MyCOSMOS.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Nice–Cannes–Aix-en-Provence

Red Carpet glamour and Old Town elegance
Cannes is the image of red carpet and cameras flashing during the May film festival, but it also has a more down-to earth side which comes alive at the street market, where you can find anything from fruit and vegetables to soaps, pottery and table cloths. Aix-en-Provence, on the other hand, has an aura of elegance mixed with the lively character of a university town.
Today’s Distance: 115 mi/ 185 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Explore Aix-en-Provence

Provence at its Finest
Aix is a mosaic of pictures, bright with the colors of festivals, festivities and traditions, Provençal markets, sun-ripened foods, country walks, and countless leisure activities. See the colors of Cézanne and learn about the father of modern painting. Stroll through the places and landscapes which influenced his outlook on life and art. Experience and discover this lovely and lively town your way.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Aix-en-Provence–Avignon–Orange

Sur le Famous Pont and Roman History
Avignon’s historical center is surrounded by Medieval walls, protecting the famous Palace of the Popes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many more, narrow alleys and friendly squares. Look for the famous bridge of the song or sit in a café and people-watch. Orange goes back to Roman times, and many of those ancient treasures still stand. Taste some Côtes du Rhône wines for some true local flavor.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 120 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Orange–Montelimar–Lyon

Wine, Nougat, and Coq au Vin
Each one of today’s destinations has its gourmet specialties. Wine? You’ll be spoiled for choice as this is one of the most celebrated wine-producing areas. Nougat? Montelimar is the quintessential French town sweetened by a tradition of nougat making. Coq au Vin (rooster in wine sauce) is one of the most traditional recipes of the Lyon area. Lyon is a city worth exploring, with its museums, Roman sites, silk weaver workshops, markets, squares and romantic river banks and bridges. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions and use your CosmosGO app to show the way.
Today’s Distance: 127 mi/ 205 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Explore Lyon

Savoir Vivre
Plan your favorite activity for the day, whether it is taking the funicular to Fourviere hill for a panoramic sweeping view of the city, a visit to the Basilica and to the ancient ruins of Lugdunum, or a stroll through the hidden traboules (passages) of Vieux (old)Lyon. Brush up on your school French as you explore independently, or follow a local expert guide through the highlights on the optional sightseeing tour.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Lyon

Your personally tailored vacation ends in Lyon this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast


Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with Wi-Fi.

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Escorting tours for more than 5 years

It would delight me to show you France - the most visited country in the world. This is a place of enormous variety in its history, natural beauty, and the magic of Paris! Add to this the fantastic food, wonderful wines, and musical language and you'll truly fall in love with the country and its people!

Tour Director - CLARA CRAWFORD


 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Aix en Provence


French Riviera with Saint-Paul de Vence

French Riviera with Saint-Paul de Vence

Discover the wonders of the French Riviera on this exciting half-day excursion to Saint-Paul de Vence.

Price Range: $

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Monte Carlo by Night with Dinner

Drive along the exquisite French Riviera to dazzling Monte Carlo for a delicious French dinner, drinks with the jet set at a famous café, and free time to gamble or explore as you like!

Price Range: $$

Aix en Provence

Footsteps of Paul Cézanne

Footsteps of Paul Cézanne

Join an expert guide for a walk through artist Paul Cézanne's Aix-en-Provence home, visiting his estate, his final art studio, and the scenic quarries that inspired many of his masterpieces.

Price Range: $

Provence eBike Tour

Provence eBike Tour

Pedal your way through the countryside on this guided eBike tour for a fun and proper introduction to the treasures of Aix-en-Provence.

Price Range: $$


Discover Lyon

Discover Lyon

France's renowned "Second City" comes to life on this wonderful encounter with the beauty, 2,000-year-old history, and legendary gastronomy of Lyon!

Price Range: $$

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).

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