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Spend a memorable festive holiday in glorious Avignon, the historic 'City of the Popes'. Enjoy all the amenities of an ultra-modern four-star hotel in the heart of the city, and discover this medieval jewel. A visit to the astonishing Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct and delightful optional excursions complete a marvellous Christmas break.
Fly to Nice, and upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Avignon, delightfully set on the bank of the River Rhone and famed for its monumental Palace of the Popes. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a first dinner.
Join this morning's visit to the spectacular and impressive Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Granted UNESCO world heritage status in 1985, the stone aqueduct straddles the river Gard, has three levels and is regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering.
Day Two (Christmas Eve)
Return to Avignon, where, in addition to the monumental Palace of the Popes, sights include the celebrated half-bridge of the Pont'd'Avignon, and the ancient Rhone crossing point of the famous French folk song.
You'll return to the hotel and begin your celebrations with dinner this evening.
Join us on a morning stroll through the city's wonderful historic centre with your Tour Manager, before returning to the hotel, where Christmas lunch with wine will be served. After a relaxing afternoon, a light dinner brings a special day to a close.
Day Three (Christmas Day)
Rest and relax after the festivities or join today's optional excursion to the great city of Arles. Once the capital of Roman Gaul, Arles boasts superbly preserved remains in the form of baths, a chariot racetrack and the famed Les Arenes arena, home today to Spanish-style bullfights - bear witness to its former importance. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several fascinating museums add to the attraction of a place that drew and inspired the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin - the former's presence in the city widely celebrated.
Day Four (Boxing Day)
A last optional excursion takes in two of the great cities of southwest France: Roman Nimes and stylish university seat Montpellier. Nimes, famed for its two-tiered Roman amphitheatre and spectacular preserved temples, including the stunning Maison Carree, also boasts an elegant old town of tree-lined boulevards and a beautiful central park. Montpellier, for centuries a place of trade as well as learning, boasts a wonderful pedestrianised heart, centred on a vast open space known as l'Oeuf. Its greatest treasure is the world-famous Musee Fabre, which houses one of France's greatest art collections.
Return to the hotel to enjoy a final dinner.
Bid farewell to your Provencal hosts and transfer back to the airport for the return flight.
European closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.