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Discover Provence (4730)

8 Day Tour from Marseille to Marseille

2017 Tour Details

Discover France’s Provence region with its blue skies, charming towns, rich history, Roman ruins, and beautiful landscapes of lavender fields and vineyards. This region inspired such masters as Van Gogh and Cézanne and was home to the Romans for many years. You’ll start and end this France tour of the Provence region with an overnight in Marseille, and you’ll spend five nights in Avignon. From Avignon you will enjoy daily excursions to Pont du Gard, Nîmes, Uzѐs, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange, Arles, and Les Baux de Provence.

Set along the Rhône River, Avignon was the Holy See in the Middle Ages, and much of the fortified medieval city still remains. On your guided walking tour, stroll the cobblestone streets and tree-lined squares, see the Romanesque cathedral, and admire the Pont Saint-Bénezet, the famous bridge dating to the Middle Ages. Wander around Europe’s largest gothic palace, the Popes’ Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its fairytale turrets and thick walls, it’s a symbol of the church’s power in the 14th century. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site on this tour is the Pont du Gard, the stunning aqueduct built 2,000 years ago by the Romans. In Nimes, a Local Guide will bring back to life the Roman Amphitheater, built around 100 AD to seat 24,000. In Arles, the city with the most Roman remains outside of Rome, admire the café-filled squares, 9th-century cathedral, and 1st-century Roman amphitheater.

In addition to archaeological sites, Provence is also known for its wine and beautiful landscapes. Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with its quaint cobblestone streets, and sample local wines at a wine cellar. Also visit the walled town of Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village classified as one of the most beautiful villages in the south of France.

All of this and more—including time in Aix-en-Provence—await you on this affordable France tour of the Provence region.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Aix-en-Provence, Avignon's Palais des Popes, Pont du Gard, Nîmes Roman Amphitheater, Uzès, Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting, Orange, Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Marseille Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Professional Tour Director for sightseeing and while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Provence

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
  • Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
  • Roman Theatre and Triumphal arch Orange
  • Historic centre of Avignon

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 2 dinners at a local restaurant in Avignon and Marseille

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Marseille, France

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this Mediterranean port city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Marseille–Aix-en-Provence–Avignon

Today, visit Aix-en-Provence, home to Cezanne, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City that boasts a postcard-perfect Old Town bursting with medieval treasures. On the walking tour, enjoy the elegant mansions, 12th-century cathedral, and tree-lined COURS MIRABEAU, a virtual tunnel of greenery lined with grand fountains, famous cafés, and ornate townhouses. Continue to historic Avignon, where you’ll stay for five nights.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Avignon. Excursion to Pont du Gard

Start the day with a guided walking tour of this fortified medieval city, once the home of popes and famed for its Pont Saint-Bénezet, the arched bridge immortalized in the 15th-century French song Sur le Pont d’Avignon. Set alongside the Rhône River, the city’s pink sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets, and tree-lined squares are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. See the Romanesque cathedral and enjoy an inside visit to the PALAIS DES PAPES (Palace of the Popes). Topped with fairytale turrets, the court of this citadel once attracted Europe’s most distinguished intellectuals and artists. The afternoon is dedicated to your visit of PONT DU GARD. This stunning three-tiered Roman aqueduct dates back to the 1st century AD, and was built to pipe water to the fountains, baths, and private homes in Nîmes—an attraction that more than warrants its UNESCO World Heritage status. Tonight, enjoy the included dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 4 Avignon. Exursion to Nîmes & Uzès

Begin today in the Roman town of Nîmes, the original heart of the 19th-century denim (de Nîmes) industry. On your guided tour, see the lotus tree-lined boulevards and squares, and the Maison Carrée, a colonnaded 5th-century temple. Step back in time on the visit of the wonderfully preserved ROMAN AMPHITHEATER, built around 100 AD to seat 24,000 spectators. Explore the lovely town of Uzès, where medieval towers stand sentry over narrow cobblestone lanes.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Avignon. Excursion to Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Orange

Once the summer retreat of Avignon’s popes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is now known for its local wines and its quaint cobblestone streets filled with wine shops. The ancient ruins of the papal château, destroyed by the retreating Germans in 1944, still loom high above the village. Sample local wines at a WINE CELLAR before heading toward Orange, home to a spectacular 9,000-seat Roman theater.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Avignon. Excursion to Arles & Les Baux de Provence

Van Gogh was so inspired by the delightful town of Arles that he painted his masterpieces Sunflowers and Starry Night here. Admire its café-filled squares, 9th-century cathedral, and breathtaking 1st-century Roman amphitheater. Later, visit the walled town of Les Baux de Provence, whose crumbled citadel gives wonderful views over the Camargue.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Avignon–Marseille

Back to the capital of Provence, Marseille, France’s oldest city, was founded by the Greeks in 600 BC, and is packed with fascinating sites. An orientation of the city takes you to its bustling ancient heart, the picturesque VIEUX PORT (old port), where elegant markets and handsome townhouses surround the boat-filled harbor. Back in Marseille, head for the hilltop BASILICA NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE for a visit and stunning views of the city. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is the perfect way to say au revoir.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 Marseille

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST) or Ibis Styles Airport (ST)
AVIGNON Mercure Cité des Papes (F) or Ibis Pont de l'Europe (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Marseille
Avignon
Aix en Provence

Marseille

The Calanques of Marseille

The Calanques of Marseille

The excursion takes you for a drive along the world famous calanques with a stop in a fishing port.

Price Range: $

Avignon

Olive Oil Tasting

Olive Oil Tasting

In Provence the olive tree thrives in this Mediterranean climate. Visit an olive grove and taste for yourself the delicious olive oil from this region.

Price Range: $

AixenProvence

Route Cezanne

Route Cezanne

Mont Sainte-Victoire, rising to the east of Aix, has various haunts favoured by Paul Cezanne for his works of art and the village of Le Tholonet has many spots from where he found the inspiration for his world known masterpieces.

Price Range: $

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