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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

7 days from £549*
Departing: May - 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 8.2 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