Timeless Provence

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Striking natural beauty, immortalised by Van Gogh and Cezanne, home of the Papacy and capital of Roman Gaul. Provence evokes an ambience of provincial France at its finest. Of all the regions of France, Provence is the most irresistible. The borders are defined by nature: to the west, the River Rhône; the south, the Mediterranean; the east, the Alps; and to the north, where the olive trees end. It is a land of striking natural beauty and great diversity - from sun baked plains with fields of lavender, interspaced with vineyards and olive groves, crowned in the distance by the hills of the Luberon and the azure blue sky. The deep valleys are the home of vast oak and pine forests giving that unmistakable Mediterranean aroma to the air.

The desolate wilderness of the Camargue is fascinating, with its white horses galloping across flat wetlands, herds of black bulls and striking flocks of pink flamingos, which appear to fly and land in perfect formation!

The towns are a delight and so distinctive - perhaps the most famous being Aix en Provence – its old quarter is street upon colourful street of traditional shops with quiet and hidden squares, complete with the soft murmur of ancient fountains giving an atmosphere of cool tranquillity. It has vibrant, colourful markets and crowded café terraces nestling under the shade of countless plane trees. The majestic Mont St. Victoire, so immortalised by Cézanne, towers over all: Paris-like in stature and style, yet village-like in gentility, pace and ambience.

So, for a unique blend of interesting and superb monuments, fine food, culture and most of all, some outstanding scenery, come with us and see it all.

Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of colourful Cassis and including a boat trip to see the stunning Calanques or limestone cliffs
  • Guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, Provence’s former stylish capital
  • Visit to Avignon – home of the Pope’s Palace and almost mythical bridge
  • Walking tour of Arles, capital of Roman Gaul, with an iconic amphitheatre and immortalised by Van Gogh
  • Visit the Camargue, the unique wetland region famous for its black bulls, white horses and pink flamingos and enjoy a boat trip through the Carmague delta
  • Tour of the Luberon Hills and it’s timeless Provençal villages so vividly described in Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’
  • Visit to the Pont du Gard, one of the ancient Romans’ largest aqueducts
  • Escorted by one of our experienced tour managers
  • Seven nights at a choice of hotels rated four to five-star, with breakfast, two dinners in hotels plus two dinners in excellent restaurants experiencing the fine and typical Provençale cuisine
  • Return scheduled flights or standard class reserved seat on Eurostar and TGV (French high-speed train) from London St. Pancras
  • Selected departures from April to October 2019

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability on request and subject to supplement. The price includes flights to Nice or Marseille or return standard class rail travel on Eurostar and TGV to Aix en Provence, airport departure taxes, coach transfers to the hotel, all tours as mentioned, seven nights accommodation with breakfast, two dinners in hotels, two dinners in local restaurants and the services of a Riviera tour manager.
  • There are only a limited number of twin rooms at the Novotel - most have one king sized bed and one convertible single bed. Room type available will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Not included: Entrance to Papal Palace and Bridge in Avignon €13.50, Petit Palais museum €6, approximate costs, payable locally.

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