The perfect introduction to Provence including tours of Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Gordes
Check in your hotel in Avignon.
Visit of Avignon and the Palace of Popes, the world's largest Gothic edifice on your own.
Free time to discover the uniquely charming city of Avignon on your own. From the Palace of Popes, in just about any direction are the smaller squares frequented by the locals, such as the Place Pie, with its covered market (open 6AM to 1PM everyday) which sells fresh produce, cheeses, wines, and produits du pays.
Dinner (not included) Overnight in your double room at the 3*** hotel.
After enjoying your (included) breakfast you'll join the scheduled 9:00 AM departure of a small-group full-day tour that will bring you to the following landmarks:
ORANGE: panoramic tour of the city: roman monuments: Triumphal Arch, Antic theater (entrance included with audioguide) one of the best preserved of Roman period.
CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE: sightseeing in the vineyards and wine tasting in a cellar.
ST REMY DE PROVENCE: Photo stop at the Roman monuments. Visit the city where Nostradamus was born; follow the paths of Vincent Van Gogh who lived in Saint-Remy for a short time. Wander the old-town of St. Remy.: the fountains are worth a stop, and are usually flanked by cafes, perfect for a nice rest and "un" cafe.
LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: stop & visit of the very impressive medieval village built on a rocky spur in the Alpilles mountains.
ARLES: walking tour of the Roman City: arenas, Antic Theatre, look at the main places painted by Van Gogh during his stay in 1888-89.
Traditional provençal market (Thursday, Orange; Saturday, Arles).
Lunch on your own.
Return to Avignon. Dinner (not included) Overnight in your double room at the 3*** hotel.
After your breakfast (included), you'll join a half-day small-group guided panoramic tour of the most beautiful hilltop villages in Provence: ROUSSILLON (stop),
SENANQUES ABBEY* (June 15 - July 15: Lavender Fields, photo stop), visit of the Lavender Museum in Coustellet.
Please note that the Provencal markets are in Gordes on Tuesdays and in Roussillon on Thursdays.
Return to Avignon.
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2 night accommodation in a 3 *** hotel in Avignon. Taxes and breakfast included. Price is based on double occupancy.
Small-group English-speaking tours as listed in Day 1 and Day 2.
Lunches and dinners.
Entrance fees (unless otherwise indicated).
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