Emily’s France Trip Report – Part 4: What To Do in France (There’s More to It Than the Eiffel Tower!)
Emily: My partner Alfy and I wanted to take a summer vacation, so we planned a visit to France. We paid ~$410 each for our family of 4 to fly round-trip to France in Business Class. And had a luxurious stay in a ~$1,600 per night suite for ~$160 TOTAL.
This series of posts will highlight our trip, and give you step-by-step instructions so that you too can go to Europe using miles and points! Plus, I’ll share my tips for the cheapest car rentals and the BEST credit cards to use when traveling internationally.
My cousin, Jered, and his wife had never traveled to France before (and neither had Alfy!), so we invited them to join us! The trip turned into a long double date to France on miles & points! We decided on our own “tour de France” and visited 5 cities in ~2.5 weeks.
Using Miles & Points to Visit France Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – How to Book 4 Round-Trip Business Class Flights to Europe for ~$410 per Person
- Part 3 – United Airlines Business Class Flight Review – Newark to Paris
- Part 4 – What To Do in France
- Part 5 – Our Favorite Restaurants & Cafes
We’ve written about Paris before, and what an amazing place it is! I love the food, wine, and appreciation for beauty, art, and having a relaxed lifestyle. On this trip, one of our favorite activities was renting bikes and cycling around the city. Paris is very bike friendly for being such a big city. It’s easy to rent bikes at the bike stands, called Velib stands.
We also really enjoyed walking throughout Paris’ neighborhoods. Everything is so beautiful and picturesque.
We took a short flight from Paris to Nice and rented a car at the Nice airport. Nice is a beautiful city right on the Mediterranean. It was my first time in Nice. The highlight was staying at the Hyatt Nice, as well as jetskiing!
Here what Jered had to say about it…
Jered: I gained an entirely new perspective of Nice and the Cote D’Azur from out in the Mediterranean Sea. It was majestic, to say the least – the views of the coast were amazing and can only be experienced by going out into the ocean.
Even though we were with a guide, I didn’t feel tied to any strict rules – he traveled as fast as we wanted to go (I hit 50 mph at one point!), and he tailored the experience to our preferences.
I would definitely recommend partaking in a jet ski experience for anyone who travels to Nice.
This was probably my favorite small town we visited. It was very small and nestled between large boulders. Nearby, there were canyons where you could do lots of outdoor activities. We chose to rent boats and explore the river canyon.
The highlights in Provence were seeing the aqueduct and going for an art exhibit.
We went to Provence to see the lavender fields, but they were not yet in bloom. Personally, I feel like we could have skipped Provence. It was nice to see, but I’d be OK if I didn’t go back.
The aqueduct dates back to the 6th century, and it was amazing to see the surprisingly good condition it was still in. You could swim in the water beneath it, or go kayaking. The water was VERY cold though, and the kayakers were really struggling to make it down the river.
Still, I think going kayaking would have made the experience much more fun! We didn’t do the kayaks because I was pregnant and didn’t want to take any risk in harming the baby!
Antibes is not far from Nice, and it’s right on the coast. We only stayed here for 1.5 days, so we didn’t have much time to see and do a lot. Even still, I loved the relaxed vibe in this coastal town and would love to return someday!
We mostly relaxed in Antibes, which is exactly what we wanted to do. It’s on the waterfront, so there is a beach to explore. And there are lots of picturesque streets with quaint shops and delicious restaurants.
It cost ~$1,640 for the 4 of us to fly round-trip in Business Class from New York to Europe. I used a combination of miles & points from different programs to book flights for me and my family. Including AMEX Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
I love Paris, but getting to experience other parts of France was a real treat! I especially loved Moustiers and Antibes. Moustiers is full of natural beauty surrounded in a mountainous landscape. Antibes is the more relaxed, less glamorized version of Nice. What are your favorite things to do and see while vacationing in France?