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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

7 days from £529*
Departing: May - October 2018
* Price shown: 20 October 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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OFFER ENDS 30TH SEPTEMBER*

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.

Avignon, Provence and the Camargue Holiday 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

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. 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
Bristol
Bristol 12 May 2018 £629
Bristol
Bristol 02 June 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 16 June 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 08 September 2018 £689
Bristol
Bristol 22 September 2018 £679
Bristol
Bristol 06 October 2018 £649
Bristol
Bristol 20 October 2018 £609
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 May 2018 £609
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 June 2018 £659
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 June 2018 £659
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 September 2018 £669
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 22 September 2018 £659
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 October 2018 £629
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 20 October 2018 £589
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 May 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 02 June 2018 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 June 2018 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 08 September 2018 £669
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 September 2018 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 06 October 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 October 2018 £589
London City
London City 19 May 2018 £659
London City
London City 09 June 2018 £689
London City
London City 23 June 2018 £689
London City
London City 15 September 2018 £699
London City
London City 29 September 2018 £679
London City
London City 13 October 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 May 2018 £549
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 May 2018 £569
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 June 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 June 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 June 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 June 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 September 2018 £609
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 September 2018 £609
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 September 2018 £599
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 September 2018 £589
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 October 2018 £569
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 October 2018 £549
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 October 2018 £529
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 May 2018 £659
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 June 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 June 2018 £689
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 15 September 2018 £699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 29 September 2018 £679
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 October 2018 £639
London Luton
London Luton 12 May 2018 £569
London Luton
London Luton 02 June 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 16 June 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 08 September 2018 £629
London Luton
London Luton 22 September 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 06 October 2018 £589
London Luton
London Luton 20 October 2018 £549
London Stansted
London Stansted 12 May 2018 £569
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 May 2018 £589
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 June 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 June 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 June 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 23 June 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 September 2018 £629
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 September 2018 £629
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 September 2018 £619
London Stansted
London Stansted 29 September 2018 £609
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 October 2018 £589
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 October 2018 £569
London Stansted
London Stansted 20 October 2018 £549
Manchester
Manchester 19 May 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 09 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 23 June 2018 £679
Manchester
Manchester 15 September 2018 £689
Manchester
Manchester 29 September 2018 £669
Manchester
Manchester 13 October 2018 £629

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 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.

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.

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

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Avignon, Provence & the Camargue reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Avignon, Provence & the CamargueScores 8.0 out of 10 based on 8 reviews
(9 out of 10)

MARGARET

Edinburgh Friends
Very hectic 7 days. Enjoyed seeing all the cities that we went to but as we only got about 2 hours in each it was not enough time to get a good look around. If you are in an older age group, as we were, I would not recommend the Ibis Hotel as it is outside the old city walls and takes a 20mins. walk to get back into the city. After a day of travelling around for about 8 hours it was just too exhausting having to go back into the centre of Avignon for meals as the Ibis did not supply any snacks at night, contrary to the details in the brochure. Would advise the Mercure Hotel as it is in the centre of Avignon and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes right on its doorstep to choose from. We went in June and the temperature was in the 30'sC every day. Our tour guide, Neville, was very informative and helpful.
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 26 July 2017
(4 out of 10)

RONALD

Perth Couple
The pick up arrangements at nice airport were shambolic resulting in a short time in nice with time only to have a quick lunch On arrival in Avignon the hotel was very disappointing a budget hotel the bedrooms were very small and the room and shower requiring upgrading. The hotel advertised a snack mwnu inthe bedroom but on enquiring about food we were told because we were a bus holiday it was not possible to supply snacks even though only two or three requested them .Considering the distance from resturants and the fact the majority of people on the holiday were over 70 l think this service should be reviewed.On the subject of trips the two included were good but the extra ones which we decided not to go on seemed to be quite a distance and too much crammed into the day not allowing enough time to relaxand enjoy the surroundings. Our saving grace was that we organised our own trips which was far more relaxing and enjoyable I do understand that some people need everything arranged for them on holiday and for them the holiday would meet their needs but it proved not to be our type of holiday and for that reason l would ask you to remove our names from your mailing and email lists .When we mentioned to our rep Neville that we felt the hotel was a bit tired his reply was"you get what you pay for " which we thought was strange because the price we paid was not budget aOne plus for the hotel was the breakfasts and the shaded outdoor gsrden at the rear of thr hotel where you could sit anytme
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(7 out of 10)

ALLAN

PORTHCAWL, South Wales Couple
The Early Start allowed us to spend some Time in Nice. We were pleased with that. Luggage Placed in a deposit.
The Hotel was Limited but well Placed in Avignon And the excursions were very good .The Coach driver was excellentas was the Coach. The weather was very Hot .
On Return we left the hotel at 06.30 again to deposit our luggage And spend Time again in Nice. We were unable to leave our luggage as Nobody would accept it.we had to spend 6 hours in the airport which we felt was unacceptable.
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 25 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

LINDA

portsmouth Single traveller
A snapshot of the main hi-lights of the Avignon area. Varied and interesting.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

AUDREY

Single traveller
Excellent holiday-Neville is an outstanding guide
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

ODETTE

Poole, Dorset Single traveller
Very busy and enjoyable as I booked all the optional excursions. The driver was very good and the hotel manager very nice.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 06 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

GEOFFREY

Crewe Couple
We were the first group of a new holiday & there were some teething problems, mainly concerning the hotel which, although clean, was unhelpful in providing any snacks(which were advertised) & was in a bad location for restaurants unless you were happy to walk around 20mins., which many of our party could not do. The hotel should be changed in future . The tour guide was very pleasant but you could tell we were his first tour (not enough preparation had gone into some trips e.g. sometimes no maps given out BEFORE arrival at a destination, only afterwards when it was irrelevant). Some tweaking needs to be done on this tour before it will be completely satisfactory. Most people on our tour would be happy to pay more to have a better hotel in a better location.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 05 June 2017