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Provence and the French Riviera

Whether you like mountains or beaches, high fashion or history, you will find something to love on this trip to the South of France!

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Summer is the time for a trip to Provence.  Everybody wants to be on the coast when the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean mirror the sky above the peaks of the Alps. This trip will allow you to enjoy the beaches and coastline while also taking you into the mountains to see the gorgeous lavender fields and medieval mountainside villages. A visit to Monaco will allow you to visit the second smallest country in the world, while a stop in Avignon will appease any history buffs. 

This summer spectacular will have something for everyone.  Reserve your space with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today!

Estimated Itinerary

Friday: Check in

After settling into your seat, just lean back and relax while your comfortable coach whisks you away to the French Riviera. Don’t forget the essentials for your overnight ride! Blankets, pillows, power banks, and drinks will all help make your overnight journey to Cannes more enjoyable.

Saturday: Nice and Cannes

Today is dedicated to visiting the Côte d'Azur, where the cold northern winds are stopped by the French Alps and the skies are as blue as the sea. This waterfront playground is where the rich and influential spend their summers and festivals like the Cannes Film Festival draw massive crowds to see and be seen. Two overnights in Cannes, will allow you to enjoy the 2 kilometer long Promenade de la Croisette and the famous seaside resort city.

Sunday: Free Day or Monaco Excursion*

The Principality of Monte Carlo is the second smallest country in the world, and is also the most densely populated. Today you have the choice to visit the Principality, or to remain on the promenade in Cannes. Whichever you choose, you will be sure to enjoy your summer Saturday on the Mediterranean coast. A visit to the Fragonard Perfume factory will start your day, while an optional walking tour* of Monte Carlos old town will highlight the burial site of Princess Grace, the Oceanographic Museum and the Prince’s Palace. Make sure you bring “proper attire” if you do go to the Monte Carlo Casino, made famous in multiple James Bond movies, and in Ocean’s Twelve. While tuxedos and evening dress are not required, jeans, shorts, sneakers and flip flops are never allowed inside this exclusive facility. 

Monday: Lavender, Avignon and Lyon

Provences rugged mountains and gorgeous valleys flowing with wildflowers will amaze you with their outstanding natural beauty. You will spend the morning in the Salon-de-Provence region, which is one of the most famous lavender regions in Europe, and visit the hilltop village of Gordes. Your afternoon will be spent in Avignon, home to a series of seven Popes in the 14th century. Continuing up the Rhone river, you will reach Lyon, the 3rd largest city in France. 

Tuesday: Geneva, Neuchatel and return to Kaiserslautern

Your return journey to Kaiserslautern will be broken up by several stops in Switzerland. After checking out of your hotel in Lyon, you will follow the Rhone River to its source in Lake Geneva and see the city which shares its name with the lake. The beautiful setting of the lake at the base of some of the highest mountains in Europe will inspire amateur and professional photographers alike. Even though it is over 80 kilometers away from Geneva, if the weather is clear, Europes highest peak, Mont Blanc, is clearly visible from Morges. Your return trip will pass another lake, Lake Neuchatel, before an evening arrival in Kaiserslautern. 

* Optional excursion at additional fee paid directly to tour manager

Price, on or prior to Friday, May 13

  • Double Occupancy: $599 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $749

Price, on or after Monday, May 16

  • Double Occupancy: $679 p.p.
  • Single Occupancy: $829
  • Up to 2 children aged 3-11 in family room or adjoining double room with 2 paid adults: $529 per child
  • Infants under 3 sharing existing bedding with adult: $229 per infant
  • Room assignments for families will be determined by the hotels based on their specific capacity and available room types. 
  • Families will be assigned to Family Rooms or adjoining double rooms.
  • Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation will request Family rooms upon customer request, but does not guarantee the room configuration assigned by the hotel.

Deadlines and Discounts: Early bird discount expires on Friday, May 13

Trip Includes: 

  • Round trip tour bus transportation 
  • 3 nights lodging at a 3 star or higher rated hotel 
    • 2 nights in Cannes
    • 1 night in Lyon
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided tour of Nice, France

Optional Excursion, paid cash directly to tour manager: Monaco Excursion - Monte Carlo €45 per person

What to Bring: 

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Credit/Debit Card or Euro
  • Military ID, Passport and EU Digital COVID Certificate

Departure: 11 p.m.

Return: Around 10 p.m.

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. Reserve your space today by contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

Cancellation Terms: 

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior to Friday, May 27
  • 40% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Monday, May 30
  • 50% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Friday, June 10
  • 70% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, June 15
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, May 19
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of or reason for that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.

COVID Precautions (Current as of 15 April, 2022.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Continuing until further notice, all Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation trips fall under the German 3G rule:
    • Service is restricted to vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested personnel (Antigen test valid for 24hrs, PCR test valid for 48hrs). 
    • Persons who cannot be vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons (with a qualified medical certificate and children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt.
  • Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn on ODR vehicles whenever required by local law.
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
  • All participants are required to be in compliance with the rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on at the time of departure.
  • All Travel/COVID Documentation is the responsibility of the passenger.
  • PCR and RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) are the only approved testing methods. Self tests are not authorized for international travel.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.  
  • Trip timelines and schedule and COVID precautions are subject to change at any time.
  • Hands must be sanitized before boarding ODR vehicles.
  • Enter and exit through the rear door only.
  • Seats may be assigned by ODR in advance to promote physical distancing and contact tracing. Requests for specific seats are not being accepted.