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9 Day French Riviera: Aix-En-Provence, Avignon, Cannes And Arles

The lavender-carpeted fields of Provence.  The staggering sight of Gorges du Verdon.  The movie star looks of Cannes.  The French Riviera has it all, and on this tour we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty.




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Tour Highlights

  • Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de Provence
  • Have a Provençal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard
  • Visit the Roman theatre of Orange
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European breakfast (B), 1 provencal lunch with wine tasting (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Visit to a local pottery manufacturer
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Nice, Antibes and Vence

Day 2

Vence, Cannes and Grasse

Day 3

Vence and Aix-En-Provence

Day 4

Aix-En-Provence, The Luberon and Saint-Rémy-de Provence

Day 5

Saint-Rémy-de Provence, Orange and Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes

Day 6

Saint-Rémy-de Provence, Avignon, PontDu Gard and Arles

Day 7

Arles

Day 8

Arles, Les Baux-De-Provence and Gorges Du Verdon

Day 9

Gorges-Du-Verdon, Castellane and Nice

Day 1

The French Riviera has it all, and on this tour we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty.  Our first stop: Antibes to view the old port.  Then, we swap Antibes for Vence, with its colourful canvas of medieval streets and market stalls. (D)

Day 2

This morning we make our way to the sublime village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Then it’s time to channel your inner film star as we arrive in Cannes – famous for its glamorous festival, glitzy hotels and utterly chic boutiques.

Wooing us away from the shoreline is Grasse, a hillside town north of Cannes that’s famous for creating world-class perfumes.  Here, we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum to treat our senses to some beautiful perfumes, before rounding off the day in Vence with a guided tour of the light-filled The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. (B)

Day 3

Dotted with gravity-defying mountain villages and reach-for-your-camera scenery, we travel to Aix-en-Provence.

When we reach the town of Aix, we dive into a network of narrow streets lined with spectacular architecture and centuries-old monuments.  We even get time to pay a visit to Hôtel de Caumont, an elegant château filled with history and beauty. (B)

Day 4

After a delicious breakfast, we head off to Saint-Rémy-de Provence with a small detour via the Gordes, pausing in picturesque villages throughout the day. (B,D)

Day 5

Our first stop today is the magnificent Roman Theatre in Orange.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is extraordinarily well preserved, especially its striking arch.

By this point, we’ll be ready for a flavour of this area’s culinary heritage too.  So we make our way to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes where a private vineyard, delicious wines and a Provençal lunch await. (B,L)

Day 6

Roman engineering and Catholic architecture it must mean we’re en route to Avignon.  We pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard, an impressive two-tiered Roman aqueduct that carries us on a journey back in time.

Onwards to Avignon to visit the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre.

By the time we reach Arles, in the heart of the Camargue region, we’ll be ready for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7

Whatever you feel like doing in Arles, the whole day is at your disposal.  There are thousands of years of history and culture to uncover here. (B)

Day 8

We make for the mountains today and venture into the ‘Little Alps’.

First up, is the Huguenot stronghold of Les Baux-de Provence where we marvel at the extraordinary Carrières de Lumières and continue to Valensole for an aromatic lavender experience.

Finally, we arrive at the sensational Gorges du Verdon – for many, the jewel in this region’s crown. It’s so spectacular that we stay in the area overnight to truly appreciate it, and settle down to a final dinner together. (B,D)

Day 9

Our tour’s last stop sees us in the cobbles of Castellane.  Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre-Dame du Roc.  After that, we return to Nice where we bid one another “au revoir”. (B)


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Entrances included: Fragonard Museum, The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence and Hôtel de Caumont
  • Sénanque Abbey, lavender museum and Roman Theatre of Orange
  • Pont du Gard, Palace of Popes, Pont Bénezet and Carrières des Lumières

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader/driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European breakfast (B), 1 provencal lunch with wine tasting (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Visit to a local pottery manufacturer
  • Entrances included: Fragonard Museum, The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Hôtel de Caumont, Sénanque Abbey, lavender museum, Roman Theatre of Orange, Pont du Gard, Palace of Popes and Pont Bénezet, Carrières des Lumières.

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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