Highlights of Provence
6 days from £739 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Provence is renowned for its scenic landscapes, azure seas, world-class modern art and historical heritage. Many local towns and cities were first settled during antiquity, vineyards are millennia-old and the region is scattered with superb Roman monuments, including the largest Roman structure still in existence – Pont du Gard. Provence has a prestigious art and literary heritage thanks to Paul Cézanne and Emile Zola, among others. Our tour incorporates many of the highlights of this stunning region of France, including Avignon, Arles and the Camargue.
We fly from the UK to France where we will be met by our local coach and transferred to Uzès, our base for the next 5 nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
After breakfast we will visit Aix-en-Provence for a walking tour of the historic city followed by free time to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (A themed walking tour based on Cezanne can be arranged). Known as the city of a thousand fountains, this picturesque and historical city flaunts impressive 17th and 18th century mansions and tree-lined boulevards. The Cathedrale St Sauver was built between 1285 and 1350 and displays a 5th century sarcophagus, a 12th century Romanesque nave and an 18th century Baroque organ. There will be the chance to visit the Musée Granet should you wish. It is housed in a 17th century priory with an impressive art collection of 16th to 20th century Italian, Flemish and French works. The city’s most famous son is impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and his house and studio is open to view. There are plenty of lovely cafes, restaurants, markets and shops and the city has a relaxed but bustling atmosphere. Dinner at the hotel.
Today we visit Avignon and Pont du Gard. Encircled by its well-preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts, Avignon has a treasury of art and architecture, none grander than the medieval fortress Palais des Papes. It is the world’s largest Gothic palace and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the historical old town the narrow streets are well worth exploring and is home to the Cathedrale and the Rocher des Doms gardens provide panoramic views of the Rhone, Mont Ventoux and Les Alpilles. We continue to Pont du Gard to admire the impressive Roman feat of engineering. The three-tiered aqueduct was once part of a 50km long system of water channels built around 19BC to transport water from Uzès to Nimes. Each block was carved by hand and transported from nearby quarries, despite weighing up to 5 tonnes each. We return to our hotel for dinner.
After breakfast we travel to Arles and the Camargue. Arles is a charming town and the gateway to the Camargue. The city is famous for its Roman ruins, where you will find, still intact, the 12,000-seat theatre and 20,000-seat amphitheatre where the gladiator fights and chariot races took place. The town is so picturesque and offers a lively atmosphere and is the area that Van Gogh & Gauguin often painted and drew their inspiration from. The Camargue was officially established as a regional park and nature reserve in 1970 and covers over 820km². It is home to unique breeds of horses and bulls, and to more than 400 species of birds. We return to our hotel early evening. Dinner at the hotel.
Today we visit the Roman city, of Orange, a small town home to two ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites: its ancient theatre and its triumphal arch. The Roman theatre was built at the beginning of 1st century and boasts a superbly well-preserved stage wall. The old city has attractive narrow streets, well restored façades, and ancient shady squares. After time to explore and to have lunch, we head back via Chateauneuf de Pape for a tasting of this famous wine before arriving back to the hotel.
Free time (flight times permitting) prior to the return journey to the airport, for our return flight to the UK.
The exact order of the itinerary is subject to change.
Alternative hotels can be booked in Avignon or Aix- en- Provence, and this tour also works well by using Eurostar instead of flying.
Best Western Uzès Pont du Gard
This traditional 3 star family run Best Western Uzès Pont du Gard hotel sits in a tranquil position at the foot of the beautiful village of Uzès, about a 20 minutes walk from the town. The hotel is decorated in the traditional medieval colours of the Duchy and centres around the pleasant outdoor swimming pool and gardens. Tennis courts, table tennis and pétanque are also available to guests. Each of the 65 bedrooms feature hairdryer, TV and air-conditioning. The bar, restaurant and terrace also lead on to the pool giving a Mediterranean feel to the hotel.
• Return flights from selected UK airports
• Coach travel in France
• 5 nights accommodation on half board basis
• Excursions as per itinerary
• English-speaking guide for excursions
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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