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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 small group-tour in Provence & Riviera from Avignon, TGV (fast train) tickets, Transportation, A registered expert guide, Entrance fees, Suggestions, Avignon Popes' Palace, Saint Remy, Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard half-day trip, Luberon villages half-day trip, Cassis and Marseille day-trip, French Riviera full-day trip, three nights at a 4* hotel in Avignon, two nightsat a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence and three nights at a 4* hotel in Nice - with breakfasts included.


Itinerary

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Day 1: Transport to Avignon


TGV (high-speed train) from Paris to Avignon.

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Welcome to Avignon!

From its elaborate past when it was the Capital of the Christian world, Avignon still shines with its stunning architectural legacy, much of it having UNESCO's World Heritage status.


Private transport from the Avignon train station to your hotel.

Check in at the Four-Star Hotel de l'Horloge for three nights - with breakfasts. 


Visit of Avignon Popes' Palace

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

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Day 2: Saint Rémy, Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard - a half-day trip


We'll pick you up at the Avignon Tourist Office at 2:30 PM.


Saint Remy de Provence

Travel with your small group to Saint Remy de Provence, starting with an incredible photo op at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and mausoleum).  Located in a majestic grove of wisened olive trees, it is a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh.

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Les Baux de Provence

Now discover Les Baux de Provence. This village is located on a massive rock outcropping 245 meters (750 ft.) high, and features a historical pedestrian-only center containing the Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, a beautiful house of the 16th century, and the St Vincent Church, and exquisite romanesque building.  Time almost stands still here - for without automobiles it isn't difficult to imagine how life was a thousand years ago.


Pont du Gard

Next, explore the famous site of the Pont du Gard, dating from the First Century AD, and granted UNESCO Heritage protections.

Here is the most amazing and well-preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied all drinking water to Nîmes.


Finally, drop-off for the day will be at the Avignon Tourist Office at 7:30 PM.


Day 3: The Luberon Villages half-day trip


Pick-up is at Avignon Tourist Office at 9:00 AM.


Roussillon

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!

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Gordes

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".  It Rises up as a citadel and offers 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 the assault of the Mistral winds. Here you will enjoy truly incredible panoramic views.


Fontaine de Vaucluse

It's easy to fall in love with Fontaine de Vaucluse while discovering the mysterious source of the Sorgue river: it has yet to reveal its secrets - and many speleologists continue to search in vain to determine the exact depth of this unique spring.

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Drop-off is at Avignon Tourist Office at 2:30 PM.


Day 4: Transport to Aix en Provence


Check out after breakfast and receive private transport to the train station.

TGV (high-speed train) to Aix en Provence.


Welcome to Aix en Provence! 

Bathed in the light of its special climate, Aix-en-Provence is a city of refined elegance as evidenced in its bustling streets and squares.

History here continues in the joys and drama of everyday life - a pleasurable shopping trip blending with its noble heritage. Pause for a drink on a terrace to take in the graceful architecture and stroll around in the town's baroque splendour.

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Private transport from Aix en Provence train station to your hotel.

Check in at the (Four-Star) Hotel Aquabella for two nights - with breakfasts incl.

Day 5: Cassis and Marseille day trip


Pick up is at 11:30 AM in front of the Aix en Provence tourist office.


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. 

Many artists, and particularly those of the 19th century, were fascinated by its colourful facades and surroundings; Paul Signac, Georges Braque and Maurice Wlaminck, to name a few. Nowadays Cassis is prosperous thanks to thousands of annual visitors who come in search of its cultural authenticity, glorious sunshine, and spectacular ancient architecture. 

Free time at leisure for lunch in the village, relax on the beach or on a motor boat for a 45mn mini-cruise of the main creeks.


Marseille

You'll enjoy a drive to Marseille and visit the old port. Then on to Notre Dame de la Garde basilica and discover a panoramic views over the Phocean city. There's also the Abbey Saint Victor and its crypt with a 4th century marble sarcophagus.

Enjoy free time to walk around the most ancient part of Marseille, the “Panier”. Explore the new museum of Marseille, the Mucem, the Villa Mediterrannée and if time allows, the Fort Saint John and the cCthedral La Major.


Drop off is at 06:30 PM  in front of the Aix en Provence tourist office. 


Day 6: Transport to Nice


Check-out and have private transport to train station.


TGV (high-speed train) to Nice.


Welcome to Nice!

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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Private transport to your hotel.

Check in at the (Four-Star) Hotel Aston la Scala for two nights - with breakfasts.


A day at your leisure to discover Nice

We suggest strolling the "Promenade des Anglais", the Old City, and the Beaches. 

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Day 7: Eze, Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Cannes, Antibes & Saint Paul de Vence


Pick-up is at 9:00 AM at your hotel in Nice.


The authentic village of Eze

Called "the eagle's nest" for its 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 will discover workshops creating works of traditional tapestry and exquisite porcelain. 


Monaco, a small town in a small country

See the Prince's Palace and the lovely cathedral, then discover the Museum of Oceanography in the heart of the "village".  From the top of The Rock take in a view of the entire country! There'll be some free time to explore the animated Old Town of Monaco with its many restaurants and tres-cool souvenir shops.


Monte-Carlo

Feel the intensity of taking a full lap around the well known Formula-1 Circuit de Monte Carlo. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, and be sure to see Casino Square, the Casino Gardens, and some of the luxury boutiques.  


Lunch is at your leisure...


Visiting prestigious Cannes

Cannes is famous for its annual film festival during the month of May.  Here's a chance to admire the impressive "Palais des Festivals", and have a look at the opulent Five Star hotels, luxury boutiques, prestigious cafes and beaches along the "Boulevard de la Croisette".

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The charming small town of Antibes

Walk along the Port and explore this fortified city with its renown Picasso Museum, but prepare to be dazzled by the largest and most expensive yachts in the world in the beautiful Antibes Marina, also known as The Bilionaire's Quay. 


The hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence

Saint-Paul de Vence is a classic medieval cobblestone village in Provence. Here you'll see 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. Admire the view at the top of the village, appreciating some free time before the picturesque ride back to Nice. 


Drop-off is at 6:00 PM at your hotel in Nice.


Day 8: Last day in the Riviera


Check out after the great breakfast.


Accommodations


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

Right in the city centre, in Place de l’Horloge close to the Pont d’Avignon, the Hôtel 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

  • Three nights in a 4* hotel in Avignon - with breakfasts
  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Aix en Provence - with breakfasts
  • Two nights in a 4* hotel in Nice - with breakfasts
  • TGV (fast train) tickets - as mentioned
  • Private transportation - as mentioned
  • Transportation in a comfortably appointed minivan
  • An English-speaking Guide
  • Entrance fee for the Avignon Popes' Palace
  • Saint Remy, Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard half-day trip
  • Luberon villages half-day trip (Roussillon, Gordes, Fontaine de Vaucluse)
  • Cassis and Marseille day-trip
  • French Riviera full-day trip (Eze, Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Cannes, Antibes, Saint Paul de Vence)


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 tour8 Days / 7 Nights
Type of travelSmall group
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
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
MinivanThe transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per 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 travelSmall group packages
DestinationsFrench Riviera, Provence
Number of destinations2
Duration8 days
 
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