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Avignon, Provence & the Camargue

7 days from £499*
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

Journey by Eurostar train to Avignon, and upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Meet your tour manager, settle into your surroundings, and enjoy your first evening.

Day Two

Our half-day guided introduction to historic Avignon will bring to life the fabled 'City of the Popes', dominated by the monumental 'Palais', with its battlements and crenellations. Avignon is an engaging, bustling city, centred on the place d'Horloge, with its market stalls and cafes - the perfect spot from which to watch the world go by. The tour, which will also include the celebrated Pont'd'Avignon, celebrated in the French folk song known to children everywhere, is followed by the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the historic city.

Day Three

Today's included excursion travels first to Aix-en-Provence, one of the great jewels of Southern France, with one of Europe's most stunningly beautiful town centres crowned by the famous cours Mirabeau, the city's 'grand boulevard', shaded by plane trees, and with its Old Town of narrow lanes. After the chance to explore, this afternoon is spent in idyllic seaside resort Cassis, on the shores of the blue Mediterranean, before you return to Avignon for the evening.

Day Four

Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or join today's wonderful optional excursion to two of the great cities of southwest France, Roman Nimes and stylish university seat Montpellier, the former famed for its two-tiered Roman amphitheatre, its preserved temples and elegant old town of tree-lined boulevards, and the latter boasting a wonderful pedestrianised heart, centred on a vast open space known as 'l'Oeuf'.

Day Five

The final included excursion is to Arles, one-time capital of Roman Gaul, whose superbly preserved remains - baths, a chariot racetrack and the famed Les Arenes arena - bear witness to its former importance. The afternoon is spent discovering the untamed landscape of the fabled Camargue, the marshland of lagoons and tiny islands where wild, white horses, black bulls and flocks of flamingos are watched over by traditional herdsmen or gardians.

Day Six

A last day is free to make the most of Avignon, or join the final optional excursion to the Luberon, a region described in the best-selling 'Year in Provence' book by author Peter Mayle. A relaxed day will introduce the area, with the opportunity to sample local produce along the way, before you return to Avignon for a last evening.

Day Seven

Bid "Au revoir" to your hosts, and transfer to the railway station for the return journey to the UK, after a wonderful Provencal holiday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Avignon, Provence & the CamargueScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(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
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Carmarthen Couple
Couldn't blame Newmarket for the horrendous heat - not expected! The tours were lovely although the trip to Luberon could have been improved with a longer stop in Aigues and less time to kick around in small villages at a time when everything was shut. There is a limit to the number of cafes you want to visit in one afternoon. As for the hotel - that was definitely not up to your usual standard. It was the smallest room we have ever stayed in and breakfast was totally chaotic - no cutlery, no plates, no coffee, no juice and - the crowning glory - tinned fruit cocktail instead of fresh fruit salad. When someone complained the management answer was "what do you expect with more than 100 people staying". Not our fault Cosmos was in as well and I bet they were as fed up as we all were.
Confirmed traveller: 16 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(9 out of 10)

JOHN

Couple
Very enjoyable holiday with a very good tour guide. We dined really well in Avignon opting for local cuisine at reasonable prices. Provence was a revelation. The Eurostar trip from London to Avignon was good too - it kept travel arrangements simple.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2017
Published on: 23 June 2017