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Provence Explorer

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Experience the scenic countryside of Provence during this unforgettable 7-day holiday. From Avignon to Aix-en-Provence admire the picturesque landscape and sleepy villages along the way.
France
Cultural
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Explore the famous site of the Pont du Gard 

Fall in love with Fontaine de Vaucluse

Discover Roussillon, the “Provencal Colorado” for its warm colour and landscapes

Visit one of the most charming French villages: "Les Baux-de-Provence"

Walk around the most ancient village of Marseille, the “Panier”

Explore the little port of Cassis, a UNESCO World Heritage for its white cliffs and turquoise water

Your "Provence Explorer" journey wil start in Avignon, once the city of the Popes and today home to the biggest Gothic Palace: "the Palace of the Popes". Then, you will continue to the city of Saint-Remy, famous to be the ispiration of the famous painter Van Gogh, and Pont Du Gard, renowed for the colossal UNESCO World Heritage Site: "the Roman Aqueduct". 

In the second half of your journey, you will discover Roussillon, the famous perched village, located on a rocky promontory, dominating the ochre quarries and town of Gordes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for the architecture with dry stones. Last stop is Aix-en-Provence, a city of refined elegance on show in its constantly bustling streets and squares.

 

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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*
Arrival TGV train from Paris to Avignon
TGV Train from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence
Return Private transfers from Station to Hotel in Avignon
Private transfer from Train Station to Aix-en-Provence Hotel
Daily Breakfast
Half day Small Group Tour to Saint Remy, Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard
Half Day Small Group tour to Luberon Villages
Small group tour to Cassis and Marseille
Entrances' tickets included: the Palace of Popes
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Paris→ Avignon

Welcome to Paris! Board your TGV train from Paris to Avignon, where you will be met and escorted to your hotel in the centre of Avignon. 

In the afternoon, you will be provided with tickets for visiting The Palace of the Popes, 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 to your visit. It also served as a military barracks, and is used as a theatrical stage, a cultural setting for prestigious exhibitions. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de L'Horloge.

Paris→ Avignon
Avignon Bridge
Day 2
Avignon → Saint Remy→ Avignon

After breakfast, walk to the Avignon Tourist Office (6 min away from your hotel) to start your small group tour to Saint Remy de Provence for an incredible photo stop at the Antiques Triumphal Arch and mausoleum located in a field of olive trees, a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. After you will continue to Les Baux de Provence. This village is located up on a rock 245 metres high, with its historical pedestrian centre, a Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, housed in a beautiful 16th Century mansion, and the Romaneque church of St Vincent. Explore the famous site of the Pont du Gard dated from the 1st Century and classified by UNESCO. It is the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes. Return to Avignon and the evening is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Breakfast
Avignon → Saint Remy→ Avignon
Saint Remy
Day 3
Avignon → Luberon → Avignon

After breakfast, walk to the Avignon Tourist Office (6 min away from your hotel) to start your your small group tour. Discover Roussillon, the famous perched village, located on a rocky promontory, dominating the ochre quarries. Nicknamed the “Provencal Colorado”, there is a surprising amount of rich warm color in these unusual cliffs! Enjoy an open-air provençal market on Thursdays, a must-do in Provence! Next step is Gordes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for the white stone architecture. You will enjoy an incredible panoramic viewpoint for a photo stop. Fall in love with Fontaine de Vaucluse and discover the resurgence of the Sorgue River. Return to Avignon and the evening is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Avignon at Hotel de l'Horloge.

Breakfast
Avignon → Luberon → Avignon
Pont du Gard
Day 4
Avignon → Aix-en-Provence

Check out after breakfast and take a private transfer to the train station. Board your TGV train to Aix en Provence, where a representative will escort you to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Breakfast
Avignon → Aix-en-Provence
Lavender fields
Day 5
Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • The Cezanne Workshop / Self-guided tour
    It is here, on the hill of the Lauves, among the objects that were dear to him, the models of his last still lifes, his furniture, his work equipment, that you will feel with the most intensity the presence of the painter.

OR

  • Granet Museum

    Inaugurated in 1838, the Granet Museum, labeled “ Musée de France ”, occupies 4000m2 and is a must see for anyone who appreciates painting and sculptures. Nearly 750 works are exhibited, offering a vast panorama of artistic creation from the Primitives and the Renaissance, to masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary art from the exceptional Philippe Meyer donation, including paintings and sculptures by 'Alberto Giacometti.

Overnight stay in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Breakfast
Day 6
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis & Marseille → Aix-en-Provence

Morning at leisure, then meet at 11:30am for your day excursion. Discover the little port of Cassis and its Calanques listed by UNESCO World Heritage area for its white cliffs and turquoise water. Then you will reach the highest sea cliff in Europe named Cape Canaille located 400 metres above sea level to enjoy an exceptional view over the bay. Free time at leisure for lunch in the village, relax on the beach or on board a motor boat for a 45mn mini-cruise in the main creeks.

Later, you will enjoy a drive to Marseille and the old port. Then visit Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica and discover a panoramic view on the Phocean City. See the Abbey Saint Victor and the crypt which houses 4th century marble sarcophagus. Enjoy free time to walk around the most ancient district of Marseille, the “Le Panier”. Explore the new museum of Marseille, the Mucem, the Villa Mediterrannée and reach the Fort Saint John and the Cathedral La Major. Your driver will drop you at Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office.

Overnight stay in Aix-en-Provence at Hotel Aquabella.

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence → Cassis & Marseille → Aix-en-Provence
Cassis
Day 7
Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. End of the service.

Breakfast
Aix-en-Provence

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
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Provence Explorer

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Paris
Aix en Provence
Cultural
Independent Holiday Packages
01 January 2022 - 20 December 2022

Important notes

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation
  • City tax to be paid locally

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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