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Self-drive Provence

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Avignon
Travel Ends
Aix-en-Provence
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Experience
Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Featuring ancient hilltop villages, very old vineyards and medieval abbeys, exploring Provence is like being inside a living history book. Experience this remarkable region through this 7-day self-drive itinerary.

Highlights

Visit Pont du Gard, the largest part of a Roman aqueduct! Today, it is the highest Roman bridge in the world.

Explore on your own the stunning villages of Isle sur la Sorgue, Gordes and Roussillon

Visit the Popes' Palace,  the biggest Gothic palace in the world! It was built in less than 70 years by the Popes, and today there are 25 rooms open for your visit

Stroll down the streets of the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence

Your self-drive of Provence will start in Avignon where you visit the majestic Palais des Papes, the biggest gothic building in Europe and the amazing Pont Du Gard.

Then, proceed to Aix-en-Provence, the epitome of French elegance and Europe’s old-world charm. Explore its popular landmarks including the Aix Cathedral, built during the 12th century featuring Romanesque and Gothic elements, the old town and the beautiful Cours Mirabeau. Drive towards Cassis and enjoy a wine tasting at local domain while exploring the surroundings!

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Included

3 nights in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge - 4*
3 nights in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella - 4*
Car rental (SUV auto Nissan Qashqai or similar) for 7 Days
Daily Breakfast
Guided walking tour in Aix en Provence
TGV transfer to Avignon
Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain in Cassis
Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain near Trets
Entrance fees for Avignon Popes Palace and Pont du Gard
Day 1
Avignon

Welcome to Avignon, from its past as the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon still has its overwhelming architectural heritage, much of which is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

On arrival, collect your car in Avignon and hit the French roads in a comfortable, air conditioned automatic Nissan SUV (or similar) w/GPS included! 

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Parking not included

Avignon
Day 2
Avignon

After breakfast, we suggest you explore the historic city centre of Avignon. You will stroll through small hidden squares where you may choose to have lunch on one of the restaurant or cafe terraces.  Perhaps enjoy some shopping on Rue de la République.

Visit the Popes' Palace (entrance fees included), the largest Gothic palace in the world! Built in less than 70 years by the Popes, today there are 25 rooms open to visitors. At one point it served as military barracks and is now used regularly as a theatrical stage and a cultural setting for prestigious exhibitions. 

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Parking not included

Avignon
Day 3
Avignon → Pont Du Gard → Avignon

After breakfast and check out, drive to the amazing Pont du Gard (entrance fees included). The Pont du Gard is the largest part of a Roman aqueduct that led for 50 km and is the highest Roman bridge in the world.

Then, make a stop at Saint Remy de Provence! Do you know Saint Rémy de Provence? If not you should not miss it! It is known as a haven for artists, writers and musicians, as the birthplace of Nostradamus and a village where Van Gogh sought refuge.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Avignon → Pont Du Gard → Avignon
Day 4
Avignon → Aix en Provence

After breakfast, leave for Aix en Provence. We recommend you stop along the route and check out:

  • Isle sur la Sorgue... The "chineurs" - lovers of beautiful objects d'art, galleries and antique shops will be delighted as there are nearly 300 antique dealers in this small town!
  • Gordes...Rising up as a citadel and offering views of landmarks from its past: a majestic fortified castle and massive church all surrounded by unusually tall buildings (for the era) overlooking a precipice with narrow streets below, making it possible to escape assault of the Mistral winds.
  • Roussillon...Located in the very heart of the biggest deposits of ocher in the world and is consequently distinguished by a palette of vibrant colours.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Avignon → Aix en Provence
Rousillon
Day 5
Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour.

Founded by the Romans during the 1st century BC the city was a town of warmth called Aquae Sextiae. From these origins, Aix-en-Provence preserved many of its monumental fountains. Strolling the streets you'll appreciate how superbly maintained the ensemble of 17th and 18th Century buildings are, making this town one of the most distinguished in France. The St-Sauveur Cathedral and cloister offers a rich panorama of medieval architecture.

Be sure to visit one of its picturesque food markets, helping to make Aix-en-Provence the gastronomic capital of the region. Near the city centre, the Montagne Ste-Victoire perfectly evokes the memory of Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne who immortalised it on canvas numerous times.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-provence
Day 6
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis → Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, depart for Cassis. 

This lovely and classic Provençal harbour has, since the age of time, been protected by its high calcium-rich cliffs acting as a perfect to shelter for maritime vessels. In the Roman period, the city was not only known for its coral trade, but also for its links with the Middle East and Northern Africa. Nowadays Cassis is prosperous thanks to thousands of annual visitors who come in search of its cultural authenticity, glorious sunshine, and spectacular ancient architecture. So many tiny chapels, fortifications and old houses surround the harbour. 

Return to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence.

Overnight in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Parking not included

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis → Aix-en-Provence
Cassis
Day 7
Aix-en-Provence → Trets → Aix-en-Provence

Check-out of your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, drive towards Trets.

Make a stop at the village of Trets, an ancient medieval town that has preserved remains of its ramparts dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Beautiful old houses with mullioned windows are to be discovered, as well as some passages under the vault. The superb and imposing 12th-century church of Notre Dame de Nazareth, with its unfinished bell tower, is a listed historical monument. Trets offers a beautiful view of the Sainte-Victoire massif.

Tour and Wine tasting at a local domain.

Then, return to Aix-en-Provence and drop off the car at the station.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR

Hotel options

Hotel Aquabella
Hotel Aquabella

Aix-en-Provence
A true haven of peace, our 4-hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden which invites tranquility. It has been designed to create a soothing atmosphere that marvelously combines the sweetness of Provence with the historical richness of the city of Aix. 
Modern and spacious, the Aquabella Hotel & Spa has 112 renovated rooms, including 4 Belvédère suites offering the choice of a view of the "Tourreluque" tower, the cathedral or the roofs of the Old Town.

Hotel De l'Horloge
Hotel De l'Horloge

Avignon
Located in the city centre of Avignon, close to the Square de l'Horloge and near the Pont d'Avignon, the Hotel de l'Horloge is a 4-star hotel, full of charm, with an ideal location for visiting Avignon centre, discover its culture and the art of Avignon. The rooms offer a decor in warm tones, where different materials come together to offer refinement, authenticity and softness. 
Wood, wrought iron, seagrass or wicker harmonize and guide us in this framework of plenitude. 
Some rooms are also equipped with a terrace. 

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