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Small group tour from Avignon in Provence and Riviera - 8 days / 7 nights in 4*hotels

 
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A Private Tour in Provence & Riviera from Avignon, Local private transport, An English-speaking expert guide, Guided tours of Avignon and Palace of Popes, Sightseeing of Luberon & Gordes, Tour and wine tasting at a local domain of Luberon, Visit of Roussillon, Guided tour of Pont du Gard, Sightseeing of Les Alpilles, Entrance fees for Carrieres de Lumieres, Cassis sightseeing and its calanques, Tour of vineyards of Bandol and wine tasting at a local domain, Guided tour of Nice, Sightseeing of Grasse, Saint Paul de Vence & Eze, 2 nights at a 4* hotel in Avignon, 2 nights at a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence and 2 nights at a 4* hotel in Nice - with breakfasts included.


Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Avignon...Popes' Palace


You'll arrive on your own in Avignon to check-in at the Four-Star hotel de l'Horloge for two nights - with breakfasts included. 

Avignon: a guided tour of the city and the Popes Palace

From its colorful past as the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon has preserved its overwhelming architectural heritage, much of it protected by UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Popes' Palace is the largest Gothic palace in the world! Built in under 70 years by a lineage of Popes, today there are still 25 rooms open to visit. At one point it served as military barracks but is now exclusively in use as a theatrical stage and a cultural setting for prestigious exhibitions.


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Drop off is approximately at 5:30 at your hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 2: Exclusive private day in Provence... Luberon, Gordes, Roussillon, with Tour and wine tastings at a local domain


Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.


Luberon: some great sightseeing

The massive mountain of Luberon offers classic Provence landscapes: brushland, olive trees, lavender fileds, vineyards and perched villages. Luberon has been an endless source of inspiration for painters, writers, and more recently film directors. 


Gordes: more great sightseeing

The next step is Gordes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and famous for its architecture utilizing dry stones and "bories".  As the citadel rises it offers increasingly panoramic views of landmarks from its past; a majestic fortified castle, a massive church surrounded by unusually tall buildings (for the era) which overlook the narrow streets below and provide perfect shelter from the assault of the Mistral winds. A truly timeless place.



Lunch is at your leisure upon your guide's recommendations.

Tour and wine tasting at a local domain

Though the Luberon is located in Northern Provence, it is at the very south of the Rhone Valley. Here the hot summers and small amounts of rain give full body to the red and rosé wines, and to the crispy whites as well.


Roussillon: the ochre trail

A chance to discover Roussillon, the famous perched village located on a rocky promontory dominating the world's biggest deposit of ochre in the quarries below. Nicknamed the “Provencal Colorado”, there is a surprising amount of rich warm color in these unusual cliffs and the homes hewn from them. Enjoy an open-air provençal market on Thursdays...It's a must-do in Provence!


Drop off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.

Day 3: Exclusive private day in Provence...Pont du Gard, Les Alpilles, and the Carrieres de Lumieres


Check-out after breakfast with pick-up is at 9:30 AM here.

Pont du Gard

Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is one of the most impressive preserved Roman relics in France.  This three-level multi-arched bridge was Part of an ancient aqueduct responsible for bringing all fresh water from Uzès to Nîmes, the most important city of southern France during the Roman era. 


Lunch is at your leisure upon your guide's recommendations.


Les Alpilles: sightseeing the Natural Park

Les Alpilles National Park with its rocky peaks, olive groves and vineyards is punctuated by the quaint and lovely villages of Saint Rémy de Provence and les Baux de Provence. This is Van Gogh’s Provence, with wild iris, sunflowers, lavender fields, olive oil and local honey. You'll be amazed by the picture-perfect landscapes. 


Visit of the Carrieres de Lumieres

In the heart of Alpilles is the monumental "Carrières de Lumières", an old stone quarry that hosts an extraordinary and wholly unique multimedia show. Culturespaces has created innovative, ambitious project: utilizing 70 coordinated video projectors and 3D audio adapted to the site, the large stone surfaces are used to project the famous painter's artwork and give breadth to his artistic journey.  A breathtaking lifelong memory will be made here.

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Drop off is approximately at 5:30 PM with check-in at your new hotel, the Four-Star hotel Aquabella for 2 nights - with breakfasts included). Dinner is at your leisure.



Day 4: Exclusive private day in Provence...Cassis, the Calanques, and Bandol


Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.

Cassis: discover the Calanques!

The world renown Calanques are totally breathtaking. For millions of years, rain and wind have split these calcium cliffs to create what some have called "the Norwegian fjords on the Mediterranean". You'll enjoy this picturesque experience on a pleasant commented cruise or, in case of inclement weather, on a cute, old-fashioned train.


Cassis: more great sights to see

Since time immemorial, this classic Provençal harbour has been a welcome shelter to boats due to its high, calciferous cliffs. During the Roman period it was not only known for its coral trade, but also for links with the Middle East and Northern Africa.


Lunch is at your leisure upon your guide's recommendations.

Bandol: sightseeing of the vineyards and wine tasting at a local domain

The wine region of Bandol overlooks the sea. Sightseeing is the best way to take in mourvèdrecinsault and grenache, as well as the carignan and syrah grapes stretching out as far as the eye can see. The Bandol AOC covers 8 villages representing around 1500 hectares (over 37,000 acres!) of silicon & limestone soils.

Thanks to warm weather and winds, the intensity of red colours and the density of tannins are both keywords which characterize the red Bandol wines as well as the spicy flavor and notes of red fruit which define the Bandol rosés, whereas the Clairetteugni blanc and bourboulenc grapes turn into delightful white wines.


Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 at your hotel. Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 5: Arrival on the French Riviera...Nice!


Check-out is after breakfast, then enjoy pr
ivate transport from Aix en Provence to Nice.

Check-in at your Four-Star hotel Aston La Scala for 2 nights - with breakfasts included.

Nice: a guided tour

Nice's Promenade des Anglais and Carnival are well known. But it's only after you've gotten here and soaked up some of the city's atmosphere and unique light that the tag line 'Capital of the Côte d'Azur' begins to make sense as a tangible reality.

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Drop-off at your hotel.  Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 6: Exclusive private day on the French Riviera...Grasse, Saint-Paul de Vence and Eze


Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.

Grasse: great sightseeing

Lose yourself in delight on the narrow fairytale streets and frequent level changes to admire the square Saracen tower of the 16th century, the Town Hall situated in the former Episcopal palace, and raised medieval houses from the 17th and 18th centuries.  Then there are the magnificent mansions and beautiful villas of the 18th century and the Belle Epoque casino. You'll come across many gurgling fountains and picturesque squares with welcoming terraces and freshly painted facades of ocher, red and yellow. Simply stunning!


Saint-Paul de Vence: more great sightseeing!

Saint-Paul de Vence is a classic medieval cobblestone village in Provence. Enjoy its charming narrow streets, squares, fountains, the many art galleries, and the tomb of Marc Chagall, the Franco-Russian painter who lived here during the latter part of his life. Take in the view at the top of the village, appreciating some free time before a picturesque ride back to Nice. 

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Lunch is at your leisure upon your guide's recommendations.

Eze: no end to the fantastic sightseeing

Called "the eagle's nest" for its unique and breathtaking panoramas overlooking the Mediterranean coastline, Eze is a hilltop village most well known for its architecture and the Fragonard perfume factory.  It features the traditional homes of Provence, picturesque narrow streets and small squares where you'll discover shops creating works of traditional tapestry and exquisite porcelain. 

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Drop-off is at approximately 5:30 PM at the hotel.


Day 7: End of services


Check out is after the nice breakfast.


Accommodations


Avignon: The Four-Star Hotel de l'Horloge for two nights

Right in the city centre, and close to the Pont d’Avignon, the hotel de l'Horloge is a charming Four-Star establishment in an ideal location. 

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Aix en Provence:
 The Four-Star Hotel Aquabella for two nights

You'll find the Aquabella Hotel ideally situated in the heart of Aix en Provence, surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden.




Nice: The Four-Star Hotel Aston la Scala for two nights

Located in the Jean-Médecin district (the center of Nice), this upscale hotel stands out for more than one reason: an imposing Art Deco style building, the variety of accommodations, a unique and personalized room decor, panoramic rooftop swimming pool, complete catering services and a seminar space. The service is remarkable, consistent with the elegance that prevails here.




This package includes

Please note that this package is based on a double occupancy room

  • Two nights in a Four-Star hotel in Avignon - with breakfasts
  • Two nights in a Four-Star hotel in Aix en Provence - with breakfasts
  • Two nights in a Four-Star hotel in Nice - with breakfasts
  • Local private transport
  • An English-speaking expert guide
  • A guided tour of Avignon and the Palace of Popes (approx. 3 hours)
  • Sightseeing of Luberon & Gordes
  • A tour and wine tasting at a local domain
  • A visit of Roussillon
  • A guided tour of Pont du Gard
  • Sightseeing in Les Alpilles
  • Experiencing "Carrieres de Lumieres"
  • Cassis sightseeing and The Calanques
  • A tour of the Bandol vineyards and wine tasting at a local domain
  • A guided tour of Nice (approx. 2 hours)
  • Sightseeing of Grasse, Saint Paul de Vence and Eze


This package does not include:

  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Other visits not listed
  • Guide appreciation gratuity


Additional information

  • Providers are subject to change according to availability at the time of the reservation. Should this arise, we will provide a parallel alternative at the same high standard.
 
Features
Duration of the tour7 Days / 6 Nights
Hotel addressHotel de l'Horloge in Avignon : 1 Rue Félicien David, 84000 Avignon ; Hotel Aquabella in Aix en Provence : 2 Rue des Étuves, 13100 ; Hotel Aston la Scala in Nice : 12 Avenue Félix Faure, 06000 Nice
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus.
GuideThis tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
Types of travelPrivate Packages
DestinationsProvence, French Riviera
Number of destinations2
Duration7 days
 
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