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9 Days / 8 Nights

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 colourful 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-rEmy-de-provence
After a delicious breakfast, we head off to Saint-REmy-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-rEmy-de Provence - Orange - Sainte-cEcile-les-vignes - Saint-rEmy-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 flavour of this area's culinary heritage too. So we make our way to Sainte-CEcile-les-Vignes where a private vineyard, delicious wines and a Provençal lunch await. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Sous les Figuiers

Day 6 - Saint-rEmy-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 Carrieres de Lumieres 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)

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  2018        
           
  Departure: May - Oct, 2018    
       
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ    
  Jul 13 $4,350 $5,445    
  Sep 21, 2018. $4,350 $5,445    
 
   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
Inclusions:
  • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads 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, SEnanque Abbey, lavender museum, Roman Theatre of Orange, Pont du Gard, Palace of Popes and Pont Benezet, Carrieres des Lumieres.

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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