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

 
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Private tour in Provence from Avignon, Local private transport, An English-speaking expert guide, A guided tour of Avignon and Palace of Popes, Sightseeing of Luberon & Gordes, Tour and wine tasting at a local domain in Luberon, Visit of Roussillon, Guided tour of Pont du Gard, Nimes & Arles, Sightseeing of Les Alpilles, Carrieres de Lumieres, Cassis sightseeing and calanques, Tour of vineyards of Bandol and wine tasting at a local domain, Guided tour in Aix-en-Provence, 3 nights at a 4* hotel in Avignon, 3 nights at a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence with breakfasts included.


Itinerary
 

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


You'll arrive on your own in Avignon to check-in at the Four-Star hotel de l'Horloge for 3 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 past, 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 a 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 at your hotel.  Dinner is at your leisure.

Day 2: Exclusive private day in Provence... Luberon, Gordes, Roussillon, with a 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: bucolic 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 and Nimes


Pick-up is at 9.30 AM at your hotel.


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.

Nimes: a guided tour of the city

Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes-Mountains, Nîmes is nicknamed the "French Rome" due to the impressive number of original buildings from the Roman Empire.


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

Day 4: Exclusive private day in Provence...Arles, Les Alpilles and the Carrieres des Lumieres 


Check-out is after breakfast.

Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at the hotel. 


Arles: a guided tour of the city

Arles is one of the most charming traditional cities in Provence. Situated along the Rhône River, the town will win you over with its seductive charm and uncommon amount of gorgeous ornate buildings. 


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. 


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 at approximately 5.30 PM where you will c
heck-in at the Four-Star hotel Aquabella for 3 nights - with breakfasts included. Dinner is at your leisure.


Day 5: A walking tour and some relaxing leisure time...Aix-en-Provence


Pick-up is at 9.30 AM at your hotel.

Aix-en-Provence: a guided tour of the town

The historic capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence offers an amazing and picturesque amalgam southern French culture. Founded by the Romans during the 1st century BC, the city was know for its hot-springs and called Aquae Sextiae. From that heritage, Aix-en-Provence preserved its monumental fountains. 


Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 6: Exclusive private day in Provence...Cassis, The Calanques, and Bandol wine tastings


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.

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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 7: End of services


Check-out is after the delicious breakfast.


Accommodations


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

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




This package includes:

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

  • Three nights in a Four-Star hotel in Avignon - with breakfasts
  • Three nights in a Four-Star hotel in Aix en Provence - with breakfasts
  • Local private transportation
  • An English-speaking expert guide
  • A guided tour of Avignon and the Popes' Palace (approx. 3 hours)
  • Sightseeing of Luberon & Gordes
  • Tour and wine tasting at a local domain
  • A visit of Roussillon
  • A guided tour of Pont du Gard, Nimes and Arles
  • Sightseeing of Les Alpilles
  • Entrance fee to experience the "Carrieres de Lumieres"
  • Cassis sightseeing and The Calanques
  • Tour of Bandol vineyards and wine tasting at a local domain
  • A guided tour in Aix-en-Provence (approx. 3 hours)


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
LanguageEnglish
Hotel addressHotel de l'Horloge in Avignon : 1 Rue Félicien David, 84000 Avignon ; Hotel Aquabella in Aix en Provence : 2 Rue des Étuves, 13100
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
Duration7 days
 
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