Provence and the French Riviera

Gordes, France

Explore the south of France, from the sun-splashed Riviera to ancient hill-top villages. 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. Visit the Roman theatre of Orange.

  • 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
  • Visit the Roman theatre of Orange
  • Tour Includes: • 8 nights in boutique accommodation • Experienced Tour Leader/Driver • Premium mini-coach transportation • Daily European breakfast (B), 1 provencal lunch with wine tasting (L), 4 evening meals (D) • Visit to a local pottery manufacturer • Entrances included: Fragonard Museum, The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Hôtel de Caumont, Sénanque Abbey, lavender museum, Roman Theatre of Orange, Pont du Gard, Palace of Popes and Pont Bénezet, Carrières des Lumières.

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: Antibes to view the old port. Then, we swap Antibes for Vence, with its colorful canvas of medieval streets and market stalls. (D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Cantemerle)

DAY 2 VENCE – CANNES – GRASSE – VENCE
This morning we make our way to the sublime village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Then it’s time to channel your inner film star as we arrive in Cannes – famous for its glamorous festival, glitzy hotels and utterly chic boutiques. Wooing us away from the shoreline is Grasse, a hillside town north of Cannes that’s famous for creating world-class perfumes. Here, we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum to treat our senses to some beautiful perfumes, before rounding off the day in Vence with a guided tour of the light-filled The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. (B)

Accommodation: (Hotel Cantemerle)

DAY 3 VENCE – AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Dotted with gravity-defying mountain villages and reach-for-your-camera scenery, we travel to Aix-en-Provence. When we reach the town of Aix, we dive into a network of narrow streets lined with spectacular architecture and centuries-old monuments. We even get time to pay a visit to Hôtel de Caumont, an elegant château filled with history and beauty. (B)

Accommodation: (Hotel Cezanne)

DAY 4 AIX-EN-PROVENCE – THE LUBERON – SAINT-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE
After a delicious breakfast, we head off to Saint-Rémy-de Provence with a small detour via the Gordes, pausing in picturesque villages throughout the day. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Sous Les Figuiers)

DAY 5 SAINT-RÉMY-DE PROVENCE – ORANGE – SAINTE-CÉCILE-LES-VIGNES – SAINT-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE
Our first stop today is the magnificent Roman Theatre in Orange. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is extraordinarily well preserved, especially its striking arch. By this point, we’ll be ready for a flavor of this area’s culinary heritage too. So we make our way to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes where a private vineyard, delicious wines and a Provençal lunch await. (B,L)

Accommodation: (Hotel Sous les Figuiers)

DAY 6 SAINT-RÉMY-DE PROVENCE – AVIGNON – PONT DU GARD – ARLES
Roman engineering. Catholic architecture. It must mean we’re en route to Avignon. We pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard, an impressive two-tiered Roman aqueduct that carries us on a journey back in time. Onwards to Avignon to visit the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre. By the time we reach Arles, in the heart of the Camargue region, we’ll be ready for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Le Calendal)

DAY 7 ARLES
Whatever you feel like doing in Arles, the whole day is at your disposal. There are thousands of years of history and culture to uncover here. (B)

Accommodation: (Hotel Le Calendal)

DAY 8 ARLES – LES BAUX-DE PROVENCE – GORGES DU VERDON
We make for the mountains today and venture into the ‘Little Alps’. First up, is the Huguenot stronghold of Les Baux-de Provence where we marvel at the extraordinary Carrières de Lumières and continue to Valensole for an aromatic lavender experience. Finally, we arrive at the sensational Gorges du Verdon – for many, the jewel in this region’s crown. It’s so spectacular that we stay in the area overnight to truly appreciate it, and settle down to a final dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: (Hotel Domaine de Taulane)

DAY 9 GORGES DU VERDON – CASTELLANE – NICE
Our tour’s last stop sees us in the cobbles of Castellane. Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre-Dame du Roc. After that, we return to Nice where we bid one another “au revoir”. (B)

On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries. Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

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This tour departs multiple times per month from May 11 to October 12, 2018. Priced from $3559*.

* Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy (land only). Single rates are available, and typically add about $900 to the cost.

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