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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

7 days from £649*
Departing: September 2018
* Price shown: 29 September 2018 from LGW - LGW
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A week in Provence

Enter a landscape of historic cities and stunning hilltop villages, where ripening vineyards, summer's lavender and sunflowers bathe in golden sunshine. Stay in Avignon, and explore Aix, Arles, tiny coastal Cassis and the vast wetlands of the Camargue, as we spend seven days uncovering the beauty of the very south of France.

Tour Highlights

  • A walking tour of medieval Avignon - City of the Popes
  • Seeing the famous Pont d'Avignon
  • Discovering the delightful Provencal towns of Aix and Cassis
  • Arles' rich Roman history
  • The wild windswept Camargue

What does the price include?

  • Six nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe (upgrades available)
  • Visits to Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Arles and the Camargue
  • Entry to the Palais des Papes
  • Return flights from the UK to Nice or Marseilles
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to France

Fly into Nice or Marseilles where our coach will be waiting to carry you through the countryside to Avignon and your hotel, where your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you.

Day Two: Explore Avignon on a guided tour

On today's included tour we'll discover Avignon - once protected by 40 stone towers (just one remains). Dominated by the monumental Palais des Papes, Avignon is centred on the cafe-lined Place d'Horloge. Don't miss the celebrated Pont d'Avignon across the Rhone or the opportunity for lunch in one of the famed hostelries.

After the tour and a visit to the Palais des Papes, you'll have time to explore, and perhaps head to the city's Les Halles food market to pick up some local specialities for an improvised picnic lunch.

Day Three: Visit Aix-en-Provence and the Mediterranean resort of Cassis

Aix-en-Provence, the "city of a thousand fountains", is one of the great jewels of Southern France. At its heart lie the aristocratic mansions and fountains of the Cours Mirabeau and the old town - a labyrinth of narrow lanes. Birthplace of Paul Cezanne, Aix is home to museums, art schools and galleries, as well as specialist shops and boutiques.

Our second stop, today, is the lovely little Mediterranean resort of Cassis. Stroll around the harbour, stop for a drink at a cafe on the quay, or perhaps take a boat trip up the coast to explore the narrow inlets and gorges of the Parc National des Calanques (payable locally).

Day Four: Enjoy the chance to visit Nimes and Montpellier

Spend today relaxing, or join our optional excursion to Nimes and Montpellier, with a stop en route for views of the magnificent aqueduct, 'Pont du Gard'. Sometimes called the French Rome, Nimes became a Roman colony in 28BC and still boasts a two-tier amphitheatre, and one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world - the Maison Carree.

A little way to the south-west, Montpellier is the fastest growing city in France - thanks largely to its three universities and other colleges. Pay a visit to the Musee Fabre (entry payable locally) to view one of the greatest collections of art in France, and wander the pedestrianised city centre, which radiates out from the oval expanse of the Place de la Comedie (often simply called l'Oeuf).

Day Five: Visit Roman Arles and the Camargue

Our final included excursion takes us to Roman Arles. Here, the superb archaeology includes a baths, a chariot racetrack and the famed Les Arenes arena. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several museums add glamour to a city that inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.

In the afternoon we'll head into the untamed marshland of the Camargue to explore a landscape of islands and lagoons where flocks of flamingoes sweep across the sky, and herds of black cattle are still protected by traditional herdsmen (gardians) from atop their white horses.

Day Six: Enjoy the chance to explore the Luberon Mountains

Make the most of your last full day in France - either in Avignon's streets and squares or on our optional excursion into the landscape immortalised in Peter Mayle's 'A Year In Provence'.

Spend a relaxed day exploring sun-soaked medieval villages and market towns like Apt, Gordes and Bonnieux, and make the most of your final opportunities to enjoy the local produce.

Day Seven: Fly back to the UK

Transfer back to the airport to check-in for your flight home.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BRS
BRS 08 September 2018 £1294
EDI
EDI 08 September 2018 £1109
LBA
LBA 29 September 2018 £669
LCY
LCY 15 September 2018 £759
LCY
LCY 29 September 2018 £739
LGW
LGW 08 September 2018 £999
LGW
LGW 15 September 2018 £689
LGW
LGW 29 September 2018 £649
LHR
LHR 08 September 2018 £1089
LHR
LHR 29 September 2018 £739
LTN
LTN 08 September 2018 £1019
MAN
MAN 15 September 2018 £779
STN
STN 08 September 2018 £1019
STN
STN 15 September 2018 £689
STN
STN 29 September 2018 £669

Ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe ★★★

The Ibis Hotel is located opposite the city ramparts and within easy reach of the Pont d'Avignon and Palais des Papes.

Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes ★★★★

This well-located hotel is situated in the heart of Avignon, close to the Popes Palace and Pont d'Avignon, making it ideal for exploring the city.

Mercure Pont D'Avignon Centre ★★★★

Located between the Pont d'Avignon and Popes Palace, this hotel benefits from an excellent location right in the city centre.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes from Marseille Airport and two hours and 45 minutes from Nice Airport.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Rail travel packages

This holiday is also available by rail, travelling directly from London to Avignon by Eurostar. The transfer time from Avignon train station to the hotel is approximately 15 minutes.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

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*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.