Day 3: The most Beautiful Monuments and Sites of Provence
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00am begin your shared full day tour to discover the most beautiful monuments and sites of Provence. In Arles, walk through the city to discover the Roman heritage including 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 Cafe la Nuit, Le Jardin de l'Hôtel Dieu). Enjoy the market in Arles (on Saturday mornings). 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. Vincent Van Gogh will be the theme in 2019. The Carrières de Lumière are closed from January to beginning of March, more time will be allowed in the village of Les Baux during this period. 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). The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of two provencal vineyards. Drive to the village of Gigondas. Located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, the vineyard covers an area of 12km², the wines produced belong to the Crus of the southern Côtes du Rhône. The Grenache noir expresses its full flavour in glimmering red wines with pronounced tannins, a robust body, and a solid propensity for ageing. Continuation to the following destination, the famous vineyard of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The ruins of the Pope's formal summer residence dominate the typical medieval village. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy a wine tasting in one of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon. Free time for lunch (not included) during the day. Back to the hotel for dinner on your own.
Day 4: The Luberon Region & Transfer to Marseille
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00am you depart from Avignon to Roussillon for a shared tour. 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, 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.
14:30pm: Drop off at your hotel.
15:30pm: Departure for a private tour/transfer from Avignon to Marseille including a guided tour of Aix en Provence. Discover the Cours Mirabeau, Rotonde, fountains and private mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries, Cathedral Saint Sauveur and sites frequented by the famous painter Paul Cezanne.
At 19:30pm you arrive at your hotel in Marseille for check-in. Dinner on your own.
Day 5: Cassis & Marseille
Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Marseille. At 14:00pm, enjoy an afternoon shared tour (meeting point : Hotel “Radisson Blu”). The Gineste and the Crests roads will lead you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you can appreciate the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range. Cassis is a very ancient fishing port and the harbour is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You can board a 45 minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbours or beaches at the end. Possibility of swimming or sun-bathing at the beach. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then reach the 11th century Saint-Victor Abbey that guards the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).
Please Note: We cannot be held responsible in the event that the boat trip is cancelled due to bad weather, or if the Crest roads and the access to Cape Canaille are closed.
Day 6: Departure from Marseille
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Marseille Airport for you departure or onward journey.
Tour Package Includes:
- 5 nights Accommodation in 3* Hotels
- 3 nights Avignon
- 2 nights Marseille
- Breakfast Daily
- Private transfers & transportation by minibus with English speaking driver/guide
- Entrance fees as mentioned
- Any meals not listed under inclusions
- Anything not listed under inclusions
- Bank holiday and Sunday supplements for transfers (depending on dates of stay)
- Personal expenses
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)