Provence & The French Riviera
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Glamour, picturesque villages and stunning mountain scenery: this tour through the French Riviera and Provence is sure to impress with its diversity and dramatic beauty! Join us as we experience the luxury of the French Riviera, marvel at the architecture of Avignon and venture into the mighty Gorges du Verdon soaking up some fascinating history along the way.
Day 1 Nice / Antibes / Provence
After meeting the group in Nice, our first stop will be Antibes where well take some time to stroll the picturesque old port. Then, its onwards to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the regions older medieval towns, where well enjoy a guided tour of the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence: a chapel that was built from a plan created by the legendary Henri Matisse. Later on, a welcome dinner awaits us in the Provence region.
Day 2 Provence / Grasse / Aix-En-Provence
Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created so it’s only fitting that we stop in at the Fragonard Museum, where we’ll treat our senses to some beautiful fragrances. Then: onwards to Aix-en-Provence, passing through plenty of quintessential Provenal villages along the way.
Day 3 Aix-en-Provence / Arles
On day three, well have the chance to learn more about a centuries-old French tradition delightful santons figurines at the Santons Museum. Then, after stopping off in some classic Provenal villages and towns, well move on to Arles a city thats famous as the inspiration behind Van Goghs paintings for a delicious included dinner.
Day 4 Arles
Today, Arles is yours for the taking so why not seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of local history and culture? City highlights include the Arles Amphitheatre, the Church of St Trophime, the Langlois Bridge and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.
Day 5 Arles/ Les-Baux-En-Provence / Saint-remy-de-Provence
First today: a stop at the famous Les Baux-de-Provence (which is renowned for its Les Baux stone), where well see an extraordinary multimedia art show. Then: its onwards to a local olive farm, where well make the most of our glorious surrounds by tucking into a delicious picnic together. Well even have the chance to taste some of the farms olive produce, too. Appetites satisfied, well make tracks to Saint-Rmy-de-Provence, where a visit to the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery is lined up for us. Vincent van Gogh lived here from 1889 to 1890 and in the Van Gogh Field, youll have the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of his work.
Day 6 Saint-Remy-de-Provence / Pont du Gard / Avignon / Saint-Remy-de-Provence
First today, well pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard an ancient Roman aqueduct with no fewer than three tiers of archways. And this afternoon? Well stop off in Avignon, where well visit the Palace of the Popes, before moving on to a local winery where well visit the wine cellar and learn more about Chteauneuf-du-Pape and Ctes-du-Rhne wines (and indulge in a tasting session). Tonight, well dine together back in Saint-Rmy-de-Provence.
Day 7 Saint-Remy-de-Provence / Tourtour
First today: one of our tour highlights! This morning well visit the idyllic Snanque Abbey, where well meet the monks and take some time to enjoy the calming atmosphere and picturesque surrounds. After that, well move on to the fascinating LOccitane-en-Provence factory in Manosque, where well step inside the museum and blooming gardens. After a sweet-smelling sensory experience, well set a course through the villages of Luberon to beautiful Tourtour: an amber-stoned town filled with delightful cobbled lanes and boutique shops.
Day 8 Tourtour – Gorges du Verdon – Tourtour
Onwards to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon the jewel in the regions crown. Picture this: steep cliff sides, whitewater rapids and turquoise-coloured water. No wonder they call it the Grand Canyon of Europe! When we return to Tourtour, well come together for one last dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to round off the trip with a bang?
Day 9 Tourtour – Castellane – Nice
The last day of the tour will see us stopping off in lovely Castellane (dont forget to look out for the dizzyingly high Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc while youre here!). Then: its back to Nice, where well say goodbye to the group.