The Delights of Provence

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Avignon

Scheduled flight to France from your preferred airport – transfer with our guide in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Bristol in Avignon – dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 2 - Aix-en-Provence & ‘In Cézanne’s footsteps’

Guided walking tour of Aixen- Provence introduces us to the beautiful old buildings and magnificent squares of this elegant town and follows ‘In Cézanne’s footsteps’, discovering his life and the landscapes that inspired the great painter including a visit to his studio – afternoon to relax and explore Aix at leisure, the home of Cézanne and Emile Zola.

Day 3 - Château de Lourmarin & Château Val Joanis vineyard

Visit the Renaissance style Château de Lourmarin dating from the 15th century – free time for lunch in the village, one of the most beautiful in France – travel on to Cucuron Church before a tour and tasting at the Château Val Joanis vineyard, situated in the Luberon region on the site of an ancient Roman villa.

Day 4 – Avignon & Le Palais des Papes

Guided walking tour of the UNESCO listed town of Avignon taking in Pont d’Avignon, the ramparts, the Petit Palais and the Cathedral – visit Le Palais des Papes, a mighty symbol of the church’s influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century – rest of the day at leisure to explore Avignon.

Day 5 – La Camargue & Arles

La Camargue is a rare habitat for flamingos and has its own horse breed, the famous white Camarguais that are raised by breeders known as Les Guardians, famed for rearing the bulls exported to Spain for bull fighting – guided walking tour of Arles, home to the magnificent Cathedral of St- Trophime and where Van Gogh is said to have eventually lost his sanity.

Day 6 – La Maison Carrée & Pont du Gard

Explore the stunning Roman temple known as La Maison Carrée in Nîmes and one of the finest remaining examples of a Roman colosseum in the world – reaching a height of 49 metres, the Pont du Gard is the major structure along the Nîmes Aqueduct and is the highest aqueduct bridge ever built by the Romans.

Day 7 – Avignon

Morning free at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

All excursions & guided tours included

Welcome dinner

Professional local guide in France

Scheduled flights to France

Executive coach in France

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Avignon - guided tour

Pont d’Avignon

Aix-en-Provence & ‘In Cézanne’s footsteps’ - guided tour

Château de Lourmarin

Château Val Joanis vineyard

Avignon

Le Palais des Papes

La Camargue

Arles - guided tour

Pont du Gard

Nîmes

Roman temple of La Maison Carrée in Nimes

 

Hotel

Six nights at the 3* Hotel Bristol in Avignon with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant on the first night and the other five nights on bed and breakfast basis. Located within the city walls, facilities at the hotel include a lounge and bar. All rooms are en suite.

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Here are some more suggested places of interest:

  • Château de la Barben - the painter Marius Granet described La Barben as ‘the most ancient and the most picturesque castle in Provence’
  • Château d’Ansouis - this lovely château and fortress gardens have been owned by the same family since the 11th century
  • Musée Granet, Aix-en- Provence - one of France’s richest provincial art galleries with works by French painters from the 16th to 20th centuries

 

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Delights of Provence

Date of tour: June 2015

Judging from all the feedback we have had, this holiday was probably the best one we (or do I mean you) have organised. Terence Rodrigues, the Tour Manager, who was superb. He had a very clear voice, his French was fluent, he managed to charm everybody he came into contact with, he has a degree in the history of art and a detailed knowledge of Provence. The whole atmosphere of Aix and the other towns we visited, with their antiquity and light and inspiration to Cezanne and Van Gogh was just perfect. The Hotel Aquabella was excellent for our purpose: in the middle of Aix, just near the Cathedral, a beautiful garden and swimming pool. The rooms were good and the staff were incredibly helpful and kind. So far as the actual itinerary was concerned it worked like a charm. All the guides were good, especially the guide in Avignon who was absolutely excellent, a very good speaking voice and very humorous. We are indebted to Tailored Travel for a really brilliant trip, and I would like you to pass on my personal thanks to Nicola for all her kindness, patience and attention to the smallest detail, she did a first rate job.

MR, Stourbridge

Date of tour: May 2014

We had a terrific time in Avignon: the arrangements were faultless and everyone raved about the hotel, which was spotless and extremely well run. The owner was always in evidence, taking a personal interest in service and clients, and that of course is why it is such a well run ship. The train journey worked very well too, and our connections were very well handled. Our guide, Françoise Audibert was a delightful warm person who knew her stuff. We were all delighted, and you cannot wish for more. I got so many compliments for brilliant organisation, and had to keep saying: “it is all thanks to Tailored Travel!”

PE-H, Charing

Date of tour: May 2014

A very belated thank you for all you did to make our Provence Tour so enjoyable. The weather was good, the roads not crowded and everything went according to plan.

AG, London

Date of tour: March 2013

We came back from Aix today, all very satisfied with an enjoyable holiday break. The arrangements made by Tailored Travel were excellent. The hotel was much liked by all the group, having a good French ambience, with friendly, helpful staff and a particularly good restaurant: highly recommendable. Our guide, Isabelle, did a splendid job and her presence was much appreciated by us all. The arrangements for picking up the concert tickets materialised just as you planned. The transport from and to the airport and on our excursions went very smoothly and the drivers were efficient, friendly and cooperative. So 10 out of 10 to all concerned – very many thanks.

MB, London

Date of tour: May 2012

On behalf of all who went on the holiday to Provence, I want to say many thanks for making the holiday such a success. The proof of the pudding is that the members of the group, not me but they, are organising a dinner to go over the many memories they have - armed with a myriad of photos - and it is a lovely gesture on your part to make such a generous contribution to it. There is no doubt that the first toast of the evening will be to ‘Tailored Travel - may God bless her and all who sail in her.’

RG, Malvern

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  • travel by Eurostar
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