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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

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Departing: September 2018
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Dates available:

  • 9th June
  • 16th June

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, 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.

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

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.

**This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 9th, 16th June 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Avignon, Provence & the CamargueScores 8.2 out of 10 based on 30 reviews
(10 out of 10)

NICHOLAS

Pulborough Couple
This is the first time we have been on a "package holiday" but we really enjoyed it.
Our tour guide Neville, and coach driver Regis really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great time.
The hotel is basic with no tea making facilities in the room but there is a bar downstairs where you can purchase drinks.
We went by Eurostar which was hassle free and we were met by Neville at Avignon then coached to the hotel.
All in all a great time had by all and we will be booking with Newmarket Travel again.
Confirmed traveller: 20 October 2017
Published on: 08 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

PATRICK

Dover Single traveller
A very pleasant break, although the Hotel was basic it was clean and comfortable,
and close to the historic centre of Avignon. The tours were all good and interesting and our guide Neville was helpful and well informed.
Confirmed traveller: 20 October 2017
Published on: 08 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

ROSEANN

Corby Couple
Got off to a bad start getting off euro star no representive he was there but knew not noticable .
He made up for it throughout the holiday goid tour guide.
Confirmed traveller: 20 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(9 out of 10)

STEVEN

Guildford Couple
We travelled by train which was far more enjoyable and relaxing than flying. The hotel rooms were slightly small with limited facilities but the breakfasts were excellent and staff extremely helpful. We couldn't have asked for more from the tour manager and his driver and we came away with a comprehensive insight into Avignon and surroundings.
Confirmed traveller: 20 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

RAYMOND

Couple
Over all, holiday very enjoyable especially tour manager Neville, better hotel would have made the holiday complete.
Confirmed traveller: 13 October 2017
Published on: 21 October 2017
(8 out of 10)

STANLEY

Gloucester Couple
Our joining instructions informed us that the tour manager would meet us at St Pancras but didn't meet us until we arrived at Avignon train station when he arrived 10 minutes late.
The hotel was acceptable however breakfast each morning was hectic and one coffee machine was broken for most of the holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 29 September 2017
Published on: 19 October 2017
(9 out of 10)

DOREEN

Harlow, essex Couple
Beautiful holiday. Visited lovely places. Hotel too basic and too far out of city hence lower mark. Comfort and staff were excellent though.
Confirmed traveller: 29 September 2017
Published on: 15 October 2017