DISCOVER PROVENCE - 2017
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Discover France’s Provence region on this marvelous trip starting in Marseille, France’s oldest city. Then, stay five nights in Avignon with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. A guided tour of Avignon includes the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residency. Get to know and enjoy the relaxed Provence way of life while visiting some of its main sights. Excursions are included to Pont du Gard, the triple-tiered Roman aqueduct dating to the 1st century AD; Nîmes with its Roman Amphitheater built to seat 24,000 spectators around 100 AD; Uzès with its medieval towers and narrow cobblestone lanes; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where you can sample local wines; Orange, home to the 9,000-seat Roman theater; Arles with its 9th-century cathedral and 1st-century Roman amphitheater; and Les Baux de Provence. Before arriving back in Marseille, stop in Aix en Provence with its picture-perfect Old Town.
- INDIVIDUAL HEADSETS.
- INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Aix-en-Provence, Avignon's Palais des Popes, Pont du Gard, Nimes Roman Amphitheatre, Uzes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting, Orange, Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Marseille's Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Professional Tour Director for sightseeing and while touring.
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips,and service charges.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
2 dinners (D) at a local restaurant in Avignon and Marseille.
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN MARSEILLE, FRANCE.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this Mediterranean port city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Today, visit Aix-en-Provence, home to Cezanne, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City that boasts a postcard-perfect Old Town bursting with medieval treasures. On the walking tour, enjoy the elegant mansions, 12th-century cathedral, and tree-lined COURS MIRABEAU, a virtual tunnel of greenery lined with grand fountains, famous cafes, and ornate town houses. Continue to historic Avignon, where you'll stay for five nights. (B)
AVIGNON. EXCURSION TO PONT DU GARD.
Start the day with a guided walking tour of this fortified medieval city, once the home of popes and famed for its Pont Saint-Benezet, the arched bridge immortalised in the 15th-century French song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. Set alongside the Rhone River, the city's pink sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets, and tree-lined squares are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. See the Romanesque cathedral and enjoy an inside visit to the PALAIS DES POPES (Palace of the Popes). Topped with fairytale turrets, the court of this citadel once attracted Europe's most distinguished intellectuals and artists. The afternoon is dedicated to your visit of PONT DU GARD. This stunning three-tiered Roman aqueduct dates back to the 1st century AD, and was built to pipe water to the fountains, baths, and private homes in Nimes-an attraction that more than warrants its UNESCO World Heritage status. Tonight, enjoy the included dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
AVIGNON. EXCURSION TO NIMES & UZES.
Begin today in the Roman town of Nimes, the original heart of the 19th-century denim (de Nimes) industry. On your guided tour, see the lotus tree-lined boulevards and squares, and the Maison Carree, a colonnaded 5th-century temple. Step back in time on the visit of the wonderfully preserved ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE, built around 100 AD to seat 24,000 spectators. Explore the lovely town of Uzes, where medieval towers stand sentry over narrow cobblestone lanes. (B)
AVIGNON. EXCURSION TO CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE & ORANGE.
Once the summer retreat of Avignon's popes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is now known for its local wines and its quaint cobblestone streets filled with wine shops. The ancient ruins of the papal chateau, destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1944, still loom high above the village. Sample local wines at a WINE CELLAR before heading toward Orange, home to a spectacular 9,000-seat Roman theatre. (B)
AVIGNON. EXCURSION TO ARLES & LES BAUX DE PROVENCE.
Van Gogh was so inspired by the delightful town of Arles that he painted his masterpieces Sunflowers and Starry Night here. Admire its cafe-filled squares, 9th-century cathedral, and breathtaking 1st-century Roman amphitheatre. Later, visit the walled town of Les Baux de Provence, whose crumbled citadel gives wonderful views over the Camargue. (B)
Back to the capital of Provence, Marseille, France's oldest city, was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, and is packed with fascinating sites. An orientation of the city takes you to its bustling ancient heart, the picturesque VIEUX PORT (old port), where elegant markets and handsome townhouses surround the boat-filled harbour. Back in Marseille, head for the hilltop BASILICA NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE for a visit and stunning views of the city. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to say au revoir. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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