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Provence & the French Riviera: Back Roads Experience

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,350

From sophisticated Mediterranean resorts to attractive and charming small inland towns, you will be captivated by the beauty of this region. Add to this, history and pageantry dating back to Roman times, you will find a wealth of enjoyment to savour here.


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Start your tour of this very interesting and attractive region of France in Nice. Immediately head to the unique Principality of Monaco with its glittering harbour and world renowned casino.

Afterwards, visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the former illustrious home of the Rothschild family. Return later to Nice for overnight.

Travel along the Riviera to Antibes with its narrow streets and impressive harbour followed by a visit to the beautiful town of St.-Paul-de-Vence and then to Vence known as the “City of Art” set in the hills of Provence where you will stay for 2 nights.

From Vence, head to Cannes, the sophisticated resort famous for its film festival. Later return to Vence with time to explore this medieval walled city with a history dating back to the 12th Century.

The next day, depart from Vence and travel to Aix-en-Provence with its narrow charming streets, old mansions and interesting architecture. Visit the studio of the impressionist painter, Paul Cezanne. Stay in Aix-en-Provence for 2 nights.

The next day is free to explore and enjoy the town.

The next stop is at historic Avignon on the River Rhone for 2 nights. This city with its famous damaged bridge is the former home to Catholic popes in the 14th Century. While here, visit the Palais des Papes.

The following morning brings a visit to St. Remy de Provence with its beautiful squares and fountains. Afterwards, take in the vineyards of the Cote du Rhone and enjoy samples from this important wine producing region. Also visit Orange with its well preserved Roman Theatre.

En route to your next stop, experience the amazing Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard built in the 1st Century. Next is a journey through the Camargue, an area of wetlands and where the Camargue wild horses freely roam. Also visit the fortified village of Aigues Mortes. Arrive eventually in Arles, your home for the next 3 nights.

Arles is a very attractive well preserved medieval walled town with interesting narrow streets where both Picasso and Van Gogh spent time living and painting.

The following day is totally free to enjoy Arles.

Next day, head to the “Little Alps” region and the stronghold of Les-Baux-de-Provence with its ruined castle where you will enjoy remarkable views of the area. Also visit Carrieres de Lumieres where images and works of art are projected on to the walls of a quarry. 
Finally travel to Marseilles where your tour comes to an end.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,350

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Day 1

Nice - Antibes - Venice - Alpes-Maritimes

The first stop today will be Antibes, where you'll take a look around the old port. Then you'll journey through Saint-Paul-de-Vence -- one of the older medieval towns of the area. You'll round off the day with a guided tour of the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a chapel which was built from a plan created by the legendary Henri Matisse.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Alpes-Maritimes - Grasse - Aix-En-Provence

Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created. So, it's only right that you'll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum, where you'll treat your senses to some beautiful fragrances. Then, it's on to Aix-en-Provence.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Aix-En-Provence - Arles

On day three, you'll get the chance to spend the morning at leisure in Aix-en-Provence. Then, after stopping in some classic Provençal villages and towns, you'll move on to Arles -- known for inspiring Van Gogh's paintings.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Arles

Today will be yours for the taking. Seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of history and culture. Highlights in Arles include the Arles Amphitheatre, the Church of St Trophime, the Langlois Bridge and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Arles - Les Baux-De-Provence - Saint-Remy-De-Provence

First today, you'll make stops at the medieval Les Baux-de-Provence and a local olive farm (olive oil tasting included). Then you'll make tracks to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where you'll visit the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery. Vincent van Gogh lived here from May 1889 to May 1890 -- and you'll get the chance to visit a reconstruction of the artist's room. In the Van Gogh Field, there's also the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of the painter's work

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Saint-Remy-De-Provence - Pont Du Gard - Avignon - Saint-Remy-De-Province

Roman engineering. Catholic architecture. It must mean you're en route to Avignon! On your journey, you'll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard. Then, it's onwards to Avignon where you'll visit the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre. Among all of the exploring, there'll also be time for a wine tasting today.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7

Saint-Remy-De-Provence - Gorges Du Verdon

First today, you'll visit Sénanque Abbey and the l'Occitane-en-Provence factory in Manosque. Then, you'll move on to the sensational Gorges du Verdon -- for many, the jewel in this region's crown. It's so spectacular that you'll stay for two nights in the area.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Gorges Du Verdon

The steep cliff sides, white-water rapids and turquoise-coloured water of the Gorges du Verdon make for an incredible sight. Tonight, you'll settle down to a final dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 9

Gorges Du Verdon - Castellane - Nice

Your tour's last stop will see you in the cobbles of Castellane. Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc. After, you'll return to Nice where you'll say goodbye to the group.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: May 11, 25; Jun 8, 15; Jul 13; Sep 7, 14, 21; Oct 12
2019: May 10, 24; Jun 7, 14; Jul 12; Aug 16; Sep 6, 13, 20; Oct 11

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals
  • 1 lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Entrance fees to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Paul Cezanne's studio, Palais de Papes and St. Benezet Bridge, Roman Theatre in Orange and Carrieres de Lumieres

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees not listed in the inclusions
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB BACKROANIC19SGCAD: PFR
11 Oct 2019
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