Day 3: Pure Camargue Experience
Breakfast at the hotel. Before flowing into the Mediterranean sea, the Rhône River creates a delta now classified as Natural Park of Camargue. The main objective of the park is to protect the fauna and flora and also preserve agricultural activity and local cultural heritage. Drive to the fascinating medieval city of Aigues-Mortes, with its crenelated wall with 5 towers and 10 fortified gates, it is considered as the purest example of 13th Century military architecture. At the exit of the city, stretch 10,000 hectars of salt marshes, discover how salt is harvested by the "saunier" (the salt worker) and find out about the specific pink colour of the seawater during a 1 hour train ride (ticket included). On the way to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, cross over the Petit Rhône River by using the Bac du Sauvage ferry (cable ferry). Free time in the village of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer located on the seashore, famous for its massive fortified church sheltering the reliquary containing the relics of St. Sara. Take the opportunity to climb up to the paved watchpath (additional charge) which encircles the church roof and enjoy an unforgettable view on the sea and the Camargue plain. You might also simply wish to spend some relaxing time on the beach and take a refreshing bath in the Mediterranean Sea. You will then head to Arles, driving on the Grande Camargue area. Discover the vast and flat marshy land populated by an exceptional fauna like egrets, grey herons, swans and majestuous pink flamingoes, black bulls and white horses. Your guide will stop here and there for you to picture them in their natural environment. Free time in Arles, the rice capital, also deeply linked to the Camargue culture, visit the Roman Amphitheater (entrance not included) also called Arenas and in which bullfights and Course Camarguaise take place each year.
Day 4: Discover villages in the Luberon
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00am, departure from Avignon to Roussillon, built at the top of an ochre cliff and providing visitors with a beautiful understanding of the harmonious combination of man and nature and of ochre and stone; with all these ochre washed facades. Continuation toward Gordes which is a village erected on the top of a cliff. Its fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses of the village which were built with stones from the rock on which they are fitting. Drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse and walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. This impressive resurgence spring hasn't revealed its secrets yet and many speleologists have searched in vain the exact depth of the well. Provençal markets on Tuesdays in Gordes and on Thursdays in Roussillon. Afternoon is free at leisure.
Day 5: Free Day
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is free at leisure for you to explore at your own pace, relax or maybe do some last minute souvenir shopping.
Day 6: Treasures of Provence
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour at 09:00am in Arles with a walk through the city to discover the Roman heritage, the amphitheater, the Roman Theater and the ancient sites still well preserved and painted by Van Gogh between 1888 and 1890 (La Maison Jaune, Le Café la Nuit, Le Jardin de l'Hotel Dieu). Enjoy the market in Arles (on Saturday morning's). Enjoy a photo stop in Les Baux-de-Provence to admire the village from the Val d'Enfer panoramic view. Enjoy the audiovisual show (ticket included) in the Carrières de Lumière, a multimedia exhibition of famous paintings are displayed on the walls of the quarry accompanied by music. The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh will be the theme in 2019. The Carrières de Lumière are closed from January to beginning of March, during this time, more time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux. In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, take a look at Saint Paul de Mausole to see some sites painted by Van Gogh (entrance fee not included). Take a Panoramic tour of the city of Orange to discover the Roman Arch of Triumph, symbol of the Roman imperialism glory. Visit the impressive Roman Theater and see the stage wall (entrance ticket and audioguide included). Drive through the vineyards between Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and stop for a panoramic view on the Rhone River valley from the old-castle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wine tasting at a property in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The evening is at leisure.
Day 7: Roman Sites
Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:30am begin your tour. Nîmes is a great city of arts, proud of its prestigious Roman past and also looking toward the future. See the antique buildings such as, Augustus's gate and the amphitheater (entrance ticket and audioguide included). When there are events on such as concerts or bullfights, the amphitheatre will be closed and the visit will be replaced by a video in the Maison Carree or Square House, one of the best preserved temples in the Roman world. Explore Uzès, charming medieval town and the first Duchy of France, set in the garrigues countryside (mediterranean vegetation). As ducal seat, bishopric and consular seat, Uzès has preserved its layout as a medieval stronghold, embellished in the 17th and 18th centuries. See the Place aux Herbes (picturesque square), the Episcopal Palace, the Ducal Palace, the Fenestrelle Tower (a unique bell-tower) and Saint Theodorit Cathedral. End the day with Pont du Gard (entrance fees included), amazing vestige of a Roman aqueduct protected by the UNESCO. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8: Departure from Nice
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Airport for you departure or onward journey.
Escorted Tour Includes:
- 7 nights Accommodation in a 4* hotels
- Meals as per itinerary
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Any meals not listed under inclusions
- Anything not listed under inclusions
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (pr)