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(Tour code: 20PVS)

Discover the Traditional Villages of Southern France.

Discover Provence through its pretty hilltop towns. Savour Les Halles' gastronomic charms, marvel at Arles and take in the beauty of the Camargue.

Highlights
  • Avignon
  • Provence
  • Les Halles Market and two local food tastings
  • Arles
  • Carmargue
  • Luberon Valley
  • Gordes
  • L’Isle sur-la-Sorgue
  • Roussillon
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Avignon & the Flavour of Provence 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Avignon

Depart London St Pancras early this morning, after meeting your group at our Departure Office. Take the direct Eurostar service to Avignon, then transfer to your hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Fruit Market
Fruit Market

Les Halles Food Market

Today begins with a guided tour of Avignon, and includes visits to its most famous attractions. Afterwards, you enjoy some local culinary specialties in 2 renowned establishments, as well as a tour of Avignon's Les Halles Food Market, which impressively features over 40 different stands of seasonal produce.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 3 Camargue white horse
Camargue white horse

The Camargue and Arles

Set out on a full-day excursion by coach to 2 of Provence's picturesque towns. Begin in the Camargue, 140,000 hectares of natural wetlands that play host to some unexpected wildlife, including white horses and flamingos. This is a paradise for nature lovers as the region is also home to some unusual paddy fields which produce red rice - a fascinating sight.

Continue to Arles, a centre of Provençal tradition and culture. With a long history dating back to Celtic times, over the years Arles has been left with a rich variety of architecture, which you can explore during your visit. Take in the stunning Roman amphitheatre and enjoy the myriad of Romanesque architecture and sun-baked houses. Arles was the inspiration for some of Van Gogh's art and its heritage harks back to the glory days of Julius Caesar. Once a major Roman port, the town rose to prominence after Caesar plundered Marseille for backing his political opponent, and evidence of that prosperity is preserved wonderfully for all to see.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Travel by coach to the remarkable Pont du Gard, built in about 50AD, using solid blocks hewn from the nearby rock - with no mortar to hold them together.

One of France's most recognisable landmarks, this impressive structure stands 161 feet above the Gardon River, and spans 902 feet across it. Originally the mighty aqueduct was part of a 30-mile waterway, used to transport 4.4 million gallons of water from the River Eure to Nîmes every day. The mineral deposits on the aqueduct indicate that it was still being used in the 9th century, long after the fall of the Roman Empire.

In the Middle Ages the structure survived in its secondary function as a toll bridge. Despite of all the interventions of time, the Pont du Gard has remained in such good condition that, as late as the 19th century, it was even proposed that the aqueduct could again be part of an active water network. The bridge even survived severe flooding in 2002 and suffered no damage. This miracle of Roman architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage site which now attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Days 5-6 Gordes
Gordes

Exploring Provence

Embark on a discovery of the villages of Provence and the Luberon Valley today, a picturesque region, known for its olive groves, vineyards, and fascinating hilltop villages. Driving through the idyllic countryside, arrive in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, also known as the 'Venice of Provence' for the canals which criss cross the town. Relax in one of the delightful waterside cafés and see the attractive waterwheels located throughout the town, all of which are in good working order.

After your explorations, continue to Gordes, a beautiful old village built on and around an outcrop of rocky cliffs. The buildings are packed tightly together, including the 12th-century castle, with narrow alleyways and stone staircases acting as the village streets. The views of the surrounding fields and forests are spectacular from any vantage point in Gordes, which is listed as one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' - 'the Most Beautiful Villages in France'. Another village in that prestigious list is Roussillon, located only a short distance away. Set on the ridge of a steep red cliff, it is surrounded by a pine forest, its superb setting outdone only by the beauty of the village itself. The small centre is filled with colourful old buildings and a spiralling network of medieval streets.

On Day 6, enjoy time at leisure to explore. Avignon is well known for its famous broken bridge, Pont St Bénezet. All but 4 of its arches were washed away in a devastating flood in 1668, while those that survived have become an iconic symbol of the city, even featuring in the famous children's song. Avignon is also home to the Palais des Papes - Palace of the Popes - which was the seat of the Papacy for 6 successive Popes during the 14th century after Pope Clement V escaped the violent chaos and corruption of Rome. These landmarks now form the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site - one that is surrounded by broad space tree-lined avenues as well as an intriguing network of alleyways, each connected to open squares and pretty churches.

Includes:
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 St Pancras
St Pancras

Return to London

After a morning at leisure, transfer to the station for the direct Eurostar service back to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 6 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 dinners
  • Tour of Les Halles Food Market with a local guide
  • Excursion to the Camargue
  • Visit to Arles
  • See the Pont du Gard
  • Explore Provence, including the villages of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Gordes and Roussillon
  • Free time in Avignon

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar from £85pp each way

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

What our customers think
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Paul MacDermott

Tour Manager recommendation

Set against the backdrop of an azure sky, nothing quite prepares you for your first view of the magnificent Pont Du Gard, as it will simply take your breath away. Built in the first century AD, this 3-tiered Roman aqueduct still stands proudly perched over the River Gardon. It was constructed as part of a 50 kilometre water supply to the Roman city of Nimes,  and you can marvel at this feat of Roman engineering, as you walk over the bridge. Not to be missed!

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