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Holiday type Tours
Sun holidays
Country France
Resort Provence
Travel type Train
Price range From £649
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 5 nights
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Undiscovered Provence

Provence is a land of striking natural beauty and great diversity, with sun baked plains, fields of lavender interspaced with vineyards and olive groves, crowned in the distance by the hills of the Luberon.

Included
The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £165 per person. The price includes: flights to Nice or Marseille, or return standard class rail travel on Eurostar and TGV to Aix-en-Provence, coach transfers to the hotel, all tours as mentioned, five nights bed and buffet breakfast and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

Please note: Twin rooms at the Novotel have one king sized bed and one single bed

  • Return flights or return standard class on Eurostar and TGV
  • Five nights bed and breakfast at three star superior and four star hotels
  • Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence
  • Tour of Camargue
  • Walking tour of Arles
  • Tour of the Luberon hills and Provençal villages
  • Visit to Avignon
  • Visit to the Pont du Gard
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Entrance to Papal Palace and Bridge in Avignon €13, Petit Palais museum €6, approximate costs, payable locally.
Day one

Fly to Nice or Marseille or you can travel by Eurostar and TGV to Aix-en-Provence. A coach will take you to your hotel, the three star superior Kyriad or the four star Novotel, in Aix-en-Provence, where you stay for five nights.

Day two

Aix en Provence was originally a spa town founded by the Romans. It is a labyrinth of tiny alleyways and squares and is known as the ‘city of a thousand fountains’. Paul Cézanne was the city’s famous son and he painted 300 paintings here and in the surrounding area, with his workshop preserved exactly how it was when he died in 1906. This morning you take a short tour of the city after which you may explore as you wish.

Day three

After breakfast you leave Aix and head for the nearby coast and the delta of the great River Rhone, known as the Camargue – now a designated national park and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Around lunchtime you arrive in Arles. Although not very large in size, in Roman times it was the capital of Gaul, Britain and Spain. Its preservation has been remarkable and so this afternoon
you go on a walking tour of the city. Van Gogh lived here for two years and, inspired by the Provençal countryside, produced 200 paintings and 100 drawings including ‘Sunflowers’, ‘Café de Nuit’, ‘The Red Vines’ and ‘The Sower’.

Day four

This morning you head inland to the Luberon mountains. It was here that Peter Mayle found inspiration for his book, A Year in Provence. First of all, you cross the fertile plains adorned with olive and peach groves which change to rich vineyards on the lower slopes. Then as you climb, there is row upon row of fragrant lavender, together with the mimosa and pine trees, that give the aroma which is one of Provence’s hallmarks. Once famous as the haunt of highwaymen, with the castle of the Marquis de Sade, it is now a much prized nature reserve.

Day five

Today you visit nearby Avignon. Avignon’s destiny changed early in the 14th century with the exile of the Pope’s court from Rome. Vast wealth poured in to build churches, convents and townhouses, but most of all the Papal Palace. You have time to visit this building, which from the outside resembles a citadel flanked by turrets more than 150 feet high. Alternatively, there is the Petit Palais museum which houses an excellent collection of more than 1,000 paintings. You also visit the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct and one of the wonders of the ancient world. You then return to your hotel in Aix.

Day six

Today you return to the airport or railway station to take your return flight.
Novotel - three star

This hotel has a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. All the air-conditioned rooms have en suite facilities with bath and shower, hairdryer, minibar, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Please note: We have a limited number of twin rooms at the Novotel, most have one king sized bed and one single bed. Room type available will be confirmed upon booking

Kyriad - three star

This modern and comfortable hotel has a very good quality restaurant, cosy bar, gym, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. All the air-conditioned rooms have en suite facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, iron and ironing board.

All the hotels are situated on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence.

Swimming pools are open summer months, weather permitting.
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We are still eulogising over the outstanding itinerary, the quality of the hotel and coach travel and, above all, the skill and presentation of your tour guide Diane.

We look forward to holidaying with you again.
Apr 2012
M Wyatt & F Hardy