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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

7 days from £399*
Departing: September 2017 - October 2018
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The rolling countryside of Provence

Discover atmospheric hilltop villages, cities rich in history and seasonal lavender fields as far as the eye can see. Stay in beautiful river-side Avignon and visit the university town of Aix, Arles - the city that inspired many of Van Gogh's finest works - the small coastal town of Cassis and the wildlife-rich wetlands of Camargue, on this great-value seven-day escorted tour.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A walking tour of medieval Avignon - City of the Popes
  • Entry to the Palais des Papes
  • Marvel at the famous Pont d'Avignon
  • Discover the delightful Provencal towns of Aix and Cassis
  • Unearth Arles' rich Roman history
  • Visit the wild windswept Camargue
  • Six nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation at the three-star Ibis Avignon Centre Pont de l'Europe (upgrades available)
  • Return Eurostar travel from London to Avignon
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Board the comfortable and fast Eurostar at London's St Pancras International, and enjoy a scenic journey to Avignon. Upon arrival you'll transfer to your hotel and meet your Tour Manager.

Day Two

After breakfast this morning your Tour Manager will introduce Avignon. Wander the cafe-lined Place d-Horloge, see the medieval ramparts and the Gothic masterpiece Palais des Papes - which played host to six papal conclaves during the 14th Century. Be sure to take in the magnificent Pont d'Avignon, which still spans part of the Rhone, despite being some 900 years old. Later, stop for coffee or lunch in one of the city's famous hostelries and buy some local specialities at the Les Halles food market.

Day Three

Begin today with a tour of the 'city of a thousand fountains' - Aix-en-Provence. Birthplace and home of post-impressionist artist Paul Cezanne. This small city boasts a host of museums, galleries and art schools. Wend your way through a maze of delightful narrow streets, visit unique boutiques and relax by one of the beautiful fountains on the tree-lined Cours Mirabeau.

In the afternoon you'll head for the coast and to the pretty town of Cassis. Take in the habour, people watch with a coffee in one of the quay's numerous cafe and enjoy the lapping of the calm waters. Alternatively, take a boat trip along the coast to explore the myriad inlets and gorges of the Calanques national park (payable locally).

Day Four

First stop on today's optional excursion is Nimes, a city with a history stretching back well over 2,000 years. See the two-tier amphitheatre and the Maison Carree, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in the world.

In the afternoon, travel south-west to the fast-growing coastal city of Montpellier. Visit the Mussee Fabre (entry payable locally), to see one of the finest collections of French art in the country and stroll through the vibrant pedestrianised city centre.

Day Five

Enjoy a final included excursion today, as you visit Arles, a city famed for its first-class Roman ruins. Discover a painstakingly unearthed baths, a chariot racetrack and the evocative Les Arenes. You'll also have time to see the grand St Trophime cathedral and any of a number of museums in this city that inspired both Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Spend the afternoon exploring the unspoiled Camargue marshlands, spot flocks of flamingoes and see herds of black cattle - still watched over by traditional herdsmen known as 'gardians', from atop their brilliant white horses.

Day Six

Enjoy a final day of relaxation in Avignon today, or choose to join an optional excursion to see the landscape immortalised in Peter Mayle's 'A Year in Provence'. Explore sun-drenched medieval villages and the beautiful market towns of Apt, Bonnieux and Gordes, giving you a last chance to enjoy some of the area's world-class produce.

Day Seven

After breakfast, this morning, take a short transfer to the train station and begin your scenic journey back to the UK.

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 Avignon train station to your hotel is approximately 15 minutes.

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.

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.

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.

Air travel packages

This holiday is also available by air to Marseille or Nice. The transfer time from Marseille airport to the hotel is approximately one hour 30 minutes, and from Nice airport to the hotel approximately two hours 45 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.

Avignon, Provence & the Camargue reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Avignon, Provence & the CamargueScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
(9 out of 10)

BRIAN

Friends
Very enjoyable trip. Personally we would have preferred a hotel closer to the old Avignon town.
The trip to the Lavender fields was disappointing, although the Lavender fields were pretty, we presumed we would be taken to see how the Lavender is harvested/treated.
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 24 July 2017
(7 out of 10)

CAROL

London Friends
very good value,,,,,but hotel could have better.......as it was away from town centre evening meals could have been offered instead of just a cheese plate. Two micro waves were out of action.
Confirmed traveller: 23 June 2017
Published on: 24 July 2017
(9 out of 10)

Jackie

Hornchurch Couple
A great trip, wanted to do this on Eurostar for some time. Trips enjoyable, variety of places and interesting historical background to them. Very pleasant tour guide along with Regis the very competent coach driver. Hotel room was huge let-down, extremely basic, dark and claustrophobic. Breakfast rather chaotic but plenty to eat. Liked fact that we were so close to Avignon with plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Very sociable group on tour too.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 26 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

PETER

Charing Kent Couple
Neville , our tour manager was excellent, very informative with a light touch. All the outings were as promised and very good. The coach was well driven, spacious and the air conditioning was much appreciated in the early heat wave.
We have one adverse comment about the arrangements and that was the chosen hotel. It was too far from the centre, shops and restaurants, in that we had to cater for ourselves in the evenings. The bedrooms were uncomfortably small, with no tea or coffee making facilities or fridges in the rooms. Only the garden to the hotel where we could eat our purchased evening meal and breakfast made things possible.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, but could not recommend it to others because of the poor standard of the hotel.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(9 out of 10)

RUPERT

London Friends
Overall a very enjoyable trip slightly marred by temperatures being about 10 degrees higher than normal. But that was not your fault and thankfully the coach for the day trips had efficient air-conditioning. The stand-in tour manager, Neville, was excellent and really caring. I would have preferred a slightly more up-market hotel but it was perfectly OK with a good breakfast selection. My only criticism of the hotel is that the rooms do not have a safe. I consider this an essential requirement of any tour.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

ROWLAND

Huddersfield Couple
We travelled by Eurostar- the entire party had been booked to travel backwards which was not ideal. The travel guide was late meeting us although the coach was not late. The choice of hotel was poor. The rooms were very small. It was a 25 minute walk to the nearest decent restaurant and the hotel served no food at all in the evening. It was 15 minutes walk to the nearest supermarket which was nearly ready for closing by the time we got back from our trips. Given that we had been walking about all day in temperatures of 35 degrees plus, this was not acceptable. We would rather have paid a bit more for a more convenient hotel. Breakfast was chaotic on the days when there was another party in the hotel. One morning there were no plates available and we had to wait for some to be washed!
The tour guide, Neville, worked hard to make our daily trips enjoyable, as did Regis our coach driver, and there was a good blend of places to visit. It was these that made our holiday enjoyable.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(7 out of 10)

PAUL

Bishop's Stortford Couple
Excellent itinerary, superb tour manager, not so good hotel.

To my mind, and also the minds of all members of our group, this hotel is not ideally suited or situated for the type of travellers that book this kind of holiday.

We were all fully aware that accommodation was B&B, but we were not made aware of the lengthy walk into the town of Avignon, for restaurants. Virtually all in our group were over 65 but after long, quite exhausting daily excursions, not all were fit enough to then face the long walk into town for food.

The buffet breakfast was perfectly adequate but the design and size of the far too small food area beggared belief, more especially when the hotel was full and even seats were at a premium. Nor was there any organisation by staff to make things easier. Towards the end of the holiday our tour guide had to ask management to stagger breakfast times if two travel firms were using the hotel.

Finally, the accommodation was clean and tidy but rooms were far too small for more 'mature' guests - specifically the bathroom. The most common comment from our group was 'where do you put your knees when you sit down on the toilet?'
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017