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Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

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Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera  Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

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Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour (13 Days)

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

The South of France has been one of the most fashionable tourist destinations for more than a century. Enjoy your days as you wish on the French Riviera, enjoying private guided tours, relaxing on the beach, exploring the eccentric towns and villages along the coast or simply doing some exploring on an independent basis. Then join a small, fully guided multi- day group tour as you explore many of the jewels that this region has to offer, from quiet provincial towns to glamorous cities where you can enjoy local wines, delicious food and discerning culture.

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour (13 Days)

Day 1: Nice
You will be met at the airport arrivals hall by a professional English speaking driver and take a panoramic tour of the city of Nice. The tour will end up at Nice City center. You will spend some time today exploring the city of Nice. If you feel in any way active, you should head down to the boardwalk which parallels the azure waters of the Mediterranean. The temperature of the water is often warm enough to swim in year-round.

Day 2: Nice
You will meet your small group and guide in the morning and depart for your Provence and French Riviera tour. Today will be dedicated to Monaco, the playground of the rich and famous. You will spend time exploring Monte Carlo, known for its sensational harbor and lively entertainment. You can walk through the narrow streets of the old town, packed with boutique shops and galleries, sit in a street café and watch the world go by or wander around Port Hercule, famous for its superb yachts, its glamorous lifestyle. Later today, you will visit Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, where you will discover its many themed rooms and beautiful gardens, before returning to Nice.

Day 3: Nice, Antibes
Your first visit today will be to the beautiful village of St Paul de Vence, famous for its herbs, perfumes and picturesque narrow streets. Then you will explore the many boutique shops and contemporary art galleries lining the alleyways before you make your way to the neighbouring town of Vence, known as the ‘City of Art’. This lovely medieval town is home to numerous painters and sculptors, who live and work here. You will be able to wander through its small streets and squares which date from the 12th century or admire the 11th century cathedral of St Véran with its mosaic by Marc Chagall, and Chagall’s chapel. Tonight’s accommodation will be in the charming coastal region near Cap d’Antibes. 

Day 4: Antibes
Today you will get the chance to spend some time in Cannes, the jewel of the Riviera and world-famous for its film festival, glitzy hotels, shopping, beaches and old port. You can walk down the famous 'Croisette' or down the Rue d'Antibes. You can also wind your way through the narrow and hilly roads to the delightful old town of Antibes with its pretty squares, narrow streets, wonderful beaches and outdoor cafes before returning to your hotel.

Day 5: Antibes, Aix en Provence
On your fifth day, you will take a leisurely drive through charming Provencal villages to Aix-en-Provence, once the home of the artist Paul Cézanne. The old town of Aix has an amazing network of narrow streets lined with a number of shops, restaurants and cafes and is famous for its superb architecture and magnificent monuments. You will admire the Mont Sainte Victoire from a vantage point above town, before you enjoy dinner together tonight.

Day 6: Aix en Provence
Today you will relax in the yellow-stoned town of Aix-en-Provence. A walking tour will allow you to follow in the footsteps of Cézanne, passing the hot thermal springs, the Pavillon de Vendôme and the Musée des Tapisseries. You will also have a chance to visit his studio where dozens of works by the great painter were conceived. This afternoon you will get to relax and enjoy the town at your own pace.

Day 7: Aix en Provence, St Remy De Provence
Today is the day to travel through spectacular landscapes, timelessly animated by Peter Mayle in A Year in Provence. The highlight today will be your stop in the 14th century city of Avignon, once home to Catholic Popes. The imposing Palais des Papes dominates the old historic centre and the St Bénézet Bridge is a must-see.

Day 8: St Remy De Provence
Today you will meander through the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône, one of the most famous wine producing regions in France. Your first stop will be the magnificent Roman Theatre at Orange, dating from the reign of the Emperor Augustus. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is extraordinarily well-preserved and its Roman arch is particularly beautiful. After your visit of the Roman theatre in Orange, you'll be brought to a very special private vineyard, where you will get to sit on the terrace in the sunshine looking out over the ripening grapes and enjoy a tasty Provençal lunch, complemented beautifully by the wines from those very vines.

Day 9: St Remy De Provence, Arles
You will start the day with another stunning classical icon , the mighty Pont du Gard aqueduct. Built by the Romans in the 1st century to carry water to the citizens of Nîmes, it is one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Colossal and quite beautiful in its simplicity, this great masterpiece of construction dominates the landscape around. From the Pont du Gard, the next destination today will be to the south to the Camargue area, Western Europe’s largest river delta and one of France’s most important areas of natural history. The first stop will be the fortified village of Aigues-Mortes, famous for its striking, walled medieval town. Then you will travel to Van Gogh’s Arles, whose narrow winding streets inspired paintings and drawings by both Van Gogh and Picasso. Arles has over 2000 years of history to discover and is noted for the wealth of its Roman and Romanesque heritage.

Day 10: Arles
This morning, you will enjoy the local sights as you walk through the narrow streets of Arles, seeing scenes painted by Van Gogh himself, including the famous 'Starlit Café'. The local market and the Roman amphitheatre are not to be missed. You will be able to spend the afternoon at leisure, and there are interesting shops selling regional goods and souvenirs. Alternatively, you might sit at a pavement café and sip a glass or two of the local wine. How about that?

Day 11: Arles
You will explore the Huguenot stronghold of Les Baux-de-Provence, heading into the “Little Alps”. Situated on a rocky precipice in the heart of Alpilles, the town rewards you with remarkable views and has been painstakingly restored, boasting over 22 historical listed buildings including its medieval castle and the Romanesque and Renaissance Saint Vincent's Church. Before returning to Arles, you will make a final stop at the Carrieres de Lumieres, where images and works of art are projected on to the walls of a former quarry. Tonight you will enjoy your last dinner together.

Day 12: Arles, Marseille
After breakfast you will be transferred to Marseille.Your tour comes to an end here. Your small group tour finishes at The Old Port, 13002, Marseille, France. You will be transferred to your hotel using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Day 13: Marseille
You will be met by your driver for a private airport transfer.

 

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

HOTEL DES AUGUSTINES  »  AIX-EN-PROVENCE HOTELS

Located in the heart of the historic quarter of Aix-en-Provence, Hotel Les Augustins is set within the walls of a 12th-century convent. Hotel Les Augustins has a subtle blend of historic and modern architecture and a magnificent lobby. A continental breakfast is served every morning in the dining room or in the comfort of guest rooms.

HOTEL DU FORUM  »  ARLES HOTELS

Hotel du Forum is in an elegant and renovated family residence, located in the heart of the historic quarter and offers a charming and peaceful atmosphere. The hotel features comfortable rooms with a simple and pleasant decor. It is a stone’s throw away from the bullring and the ancient amphitheater. The hotel is right across from a famous cafe Van Gogh reproduced in one of his paintings.

HOTEL GOUNOD  »  NICE HOTELS

This Boutique hotel is in a building decorated in Belle-Epoque style and it's in the heart of Nice’s music district. It is just over a quarter mile from the Promenade des Anglais and the seaside. Both a continental and a buffet breakfast are served every morning in the Hotel Gounod. A panoramic restaurant and a bar are in a neighboring partner hotel. Guests have access to a nearby spa, which has a hammam, hot tub and fitness room and to its outdoor swimming pool.

HOTEL LAGAROUPE - GARDILOE  »  ANTIBES HOTELS

This country-style hotel is less than half a mile from Garoupe Beach. It features an outdoor, heated swimming pool. Guests can relax on the large shaded terrace or in the lounge and use the computers. Hotel facilities include a buffet breakfast every morning and a bar where guests can relax with a drink. There is also a 24-hour front desk with a car rental service and luggage storage.

NEWHOTEL OF MARSEILLE  »  MARSEILLE HOTELS

Newhotel of Marseille is a designer hotel located across from Pharo Congress Centre offering an outdoor pool with a furnished terrace, and gourmet restaurant. Newhotel of Marseille’s restaurant, Le Victor Café, serves Provencal cuisine and buffet breakfast that guests can enjoy on the terrace. Guests can enjoy a variety of wines and cocktails in the bar. Saint-Charles Train Station is 1.5 miles from Newhotel of Marseille - Vieux Port and Marseille Provence Airport is 16 miles away.

VILLA RIVOLI  »  NICE HOTELS

In the historic center of Nice, Villa Rivoli is just 325 ft from the beach and the Promenade des Anglais. It has accommodations in a 19th century Belle Epoque building with a garden and a concierge service. The Rivoli serves a breakfast buffet, which can be enjoyed in the breakfast room or in the comfort of the guest rooms. Bars and restaurants can be found within walking distance.

WEST END HOTEL  »  NICE HOTELS

Ideally located on the Promenade des Anglais, The West End is just over a quarter mile from the Vieux-Nice district and 1.5 miles from the Acropolis Congress Centre. Guests can choose from soundproof rooms and suites, all equipped with a minibar and a spacious bathroom with a bathtub. Some have a balcony. The West End’s restaurant, Le Siecle, serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine. During the summer, the breakfast and lunch buffets are served in La Palmeraie, and both restaurants have sea views. Guests can also enjoy breakfast in the comfort of their room, for an extra fee.

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour (13 Days)

INCLUDES
+ Independent/Private Trip Portion: Guaranteed departure
+ Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary
+ Local and international traveler assistance during your tour
+ Specialised and personalised services
+ Small Group Trip Portion: includes: 10 nights in charming accommodation
+ Driver/Tour Leader
+ All mini-coach transportation
+ European breakfast daily
+ Evening meals x 5
+ Lunch x 1
+ Wine tasting

Entrance fees as listed: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Paul Cézanne’s studio, Popes Palace and St Bénézet Bridge (Avignon), Roman Theatre (Orange). 

EXCLUDES
+ Tips
+ Laundry
+ Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted
+ Optional activities/extras
+ Visas (unless noted)
+ Vacation insurance

 

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour (13 Days)

Please note that the prices below are for per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling and sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveler of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement. All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travelers. 

Twice a month (on Wednesdays) from April 29- September 30, 2015

From $5,869 per person

 

Provence & The French Riviera Small Group Tour

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Highlights

Nice, French Riviera, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Port Hercule, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the village of St Paul de Vence, Vence, cathedral of St Véran, Cannes, Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, the Mont Sainte Victoire, the Pavillon de Vendôme, the Musée des Tapisseries, Avignon, the St Bénézet Bridge,Côtes du Rhône, Roman Theatre, Pont du Gard aqueduct, Camargue area, village of Aigues-Mortes, Van Gogh’s Arles, the Roman amphitheatre, Les Baux-de-Provence, the “Little Alps”, Saint Vincent's Church, the Carrieres de Lumieres, Marseille.