Provence & The French Riviera
Explore Provence and The French Riviera. Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Have a Provençal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard and c=visit the Roman theatre of Orange.
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Day 1: Nice – Antibes – Vence
The French Riviera has it all – and on this tour, we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty. Our first stop today will be Antibes, where we’ll take a look around the old port. Then we’ll journey through Saint-Paul-de-Vence – one of the older medieval towns of the area. We’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.
Day 2: Vence – Aix-En-Provence
Today, we’ll journey through Grasse on our way to Aix-en-Provence. Nestled in the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is where world-class perfumes are created. So, it’s only right that we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum where we’ll treat our senses to some beautiful fragrances. Once we arrive in Aix-en-Provence, you can expect narrow streets lined with spectacular architecture and centuries-old monuments.
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, having stopped in some classic Provençal villages and towns, we’ll call Arles home for the night. Known for inspiring paintings by Van Gogh, wandering through the city will make you feel like you’re in one of his famous artworks. In the evening, we’ll settle down to dinner together to round off the day.
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.
Day 5: Arles – Les Baux-De-Provence – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence
Farewell Arles, we’ll be heading in the direction of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence today. A highlight of the day will be the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery. Vincent van Gogh resided 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 on the sites where they were created.
Day 6: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Pont Du Gard – Avignon – Saint-Rémy-De-Provence
Roman engineering. Catholic architecture. It must mean we’re en route to Avignon! On our journey, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard. Then, it’s onwards to Avignon where we’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.
Day 7: Saint-Rémy-De-Provence – Gorges Du Verdon
‘Au revoir’ Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, today we’ll be travelling to Gorges du Verdon via picturesque villages. Also en route, we’ll visit Sénanque Abbey. An example of a Cistercian abbey, the site is still an active monastery. A highlight of the site includes the postcard-perfect lavender grown by the monks. Then, we’ll arrive at the sensational Gorges du Verdon – for many, the jewel in this region’s crown. It’s so spectacular that we’ll stay for two nights in the area.
Day 8: Gorges Du Verdon
Today will be all about exploring this incredible area. Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’, the Verdon River formed the gorges over millions of years. The steep cliff sides, white-water rapids and turquoise-coloured water make for an incredible sight. We’ll have the chance to share pictures and memories from the trip when settle down to a final dinner together tonight.
Day 9: Gorges Du Verdon – Castellane – Nice
Our tour’s last stop will see us in the cobbles of Castellane. Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc. After, we’ll return to Nice where we’ll say goodbye to the group.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 10, 24||$4,499.00||$5,798.00|
|June: 07, 14||$4,499.00||$5,798.00|
|September: 06, 13, 20||$4,499.00||$5,798.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, wine tasting|
|Transport:||Premium Mini-coach transportation|
|Accommodation:||8 nights boutique accommodation|
|Guide:||Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.