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PROVENCE SMALL GROUP TOUR

Experience the Provence lifestyle with a 8 days small group of 12/14 travelers only! Secret Tours is thrilled to introduce a trip of a lifetime, the magical Provence. The string of colors, whether bursting or subdued, will captivate, move and touch your core. No wonder great artists like Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and many others found their inspirations here. The charm of this region is so unique you can feel it piercing your very soul. It is transparent and is clearly mirrored on every street and place that you will see and visit. You will feel it on every person that you will encounter and meet. You will quickly discover that Provence is an intriguing country with an amazing past.

Let your thoughts sway away with the beauty of Provence. Fill your imagination with the richness of its history. Wander away in a place of meandering beauty, scenic landscapes and colorful flower fields. Be out with olive trees, lavender, and vineyards. This is the place where clear light shines and pours through meadows, reflecting different hues that will play with your imagination. When darkness descends,it becomes all the more exciting as the whole scenario unfolds for the perfect location where you can drink and dine under the stars.

This region is also the place of stimulating aromas and bright skies. Nowhere else is the scent of nature as magnificent as in Provence.

We have a real passion for this amazing land and look forward to sharing it with you all !


HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small, friendly group of 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours and cultural experiences
  • Guided tour of MARSEILLE with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • Guided tour of stunning AIX-EN-PROVENCE, visiting the Cathedral of Saint-Seuver, the Granet Museum, The Cezanne studio
  • Tour of CHATEAUNEUF DU POPE
  • Marvel at the 2,000-year-old PONT DU GARD stretching across the GARDON river
  • Admire the COTE AZURE’S gardens which range from rustic groves of ancient olive trees to manicured visions of paradise
  • WINE and OLIVE OIL TASTINGS
  • Visit the stunning ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA of GLANUM
  • Visit popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • HANDS-ON-COOKING in AIX-EN-PROVENCE
  • UNESCO sites of Roman ARLES
  • Visits to quintessential Provençal villages of GORDES, ROUSILLON, LES BAUX, SAINT-REMY
  • Experienced Tour guide to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Entrances to main Provence historical sites are included as per itinerary
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned luxury 19 seats motorcoach
  • Included hotel city tax
  • No hidden extras
  • Early arrival/Late stay options: We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start. We’ll be happy to make these arrangements for you
  • All transfers while overseas, baggage transfers and porters are included
  • Included meals: All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 1 lunch (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee/ tea only)
  • Meeting in Marseille: La Residence du vieux Port  is our meeting place with the tour guide and the group on Day 1 at 11.00. The tour ends with transfers from our hotel in Aix-en-Provence to Marseille airport on Day 8
  • We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to the beginning of the tour. We’ll be happy to suggest a charming hotel in Marseille
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 : WELCOME TO PROVENCE & THE CITY OF POPES 

With its shimmering coast and rustic Provencal heart, the Mediterranean south has a timeless allure. You’ll travel through wildly divergent landscapes: cinematic coastline, rugged hinterland and bucolic valleys. After meeting the group at 11.00 outside the hotel LA RESIDENCE DU VIEUX PORT  enjoy a panoramic tour of MARSEILLE with your local tour guide STEPH visiting the stunning Basilica NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE .After lunch on your own, continue to the town of AVIGNON for the first three nights staying at a central boutique hotel. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner together in an authentic Provencal restaurant. Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 2 : CAPTIVATING AVIGNON & MAGICAL CHATEAUNEUF DU POPE WINE REGION

AVIGNON is a city of a rich historical past, surrounded by medieval walls and home to the pope for more than 100 years in the 14th century. We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, PALAS DES PAPES, the largest Gothic palace in Europe, with an estimated floor area of 15,000 square meters. After some time on your own and a photo stop at one of Avignon’s famous landmarks, the medieval bridge PONT ST BENEZET, we drive to the wine country of CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE for a visit to a well-known Chateaux for a wine tasting and a light lunch.Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 3 : THE OCHRE VILLAGE OF ROUSSILLON, SENANQUE ABBEY, LIMESTONE GORDES & LAVENDER MUSEUM

Today’s tour takes you to discover the mountainous land of the LUBERON REGION with its bucolic rolling hills, golden-hued perched villages and hidden valley. Some two millennia ago, the Romans used the ochreous earth around the spectacular village of ROUSSILLON for producing pottery glazes. This makes the village famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ocher quarries. Continue to the 12th century Cistercian ABBEY DE SENANQUE surrounded by a tranquil sea of lavender and a visit to the pretty little hill town of GORDES, located on a rocky slope of the Vancluse plateau popular with artists since the academic Cubist painter Andre Lhote began visiting in 1938. Gordes is dominated by a 16th century chateau and arcaded medieval cobblestone lanes that wind through this spectacular village. We end the day with with a guided tour of the LAVENDER MUSEUM in Coustellet to learn on lavender oil production from field to bottle. Late this afternoon, we return to Avignon, where the evening is free for dinner on our own. Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 4 : UNESCO PONT DU GARD, ROMAN ARLES & SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE

This morning marvel at the PONT DU GARD, the 1st-century Roman aqueduct whose three tiers of arches span the Gardon River. Then we continue towards the Roman town of ARLES, founded by Julius Caesar 2000 years ago, a unique and well preserved declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most prominent of which is the ARLES AMPHITEATRE ,the largest and most complete ancient monument in the town. Arles is a place where you can see and feel the remarkable Roman influence in this Southern French province. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic to the backroad village of SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE staying at a central boutique hotel for the night.

DAY 5 : ANCIENT GLANUM, LES CARRIERS DE LUMIERES & LES BAUX DE PROVENCE

Today’s visit takes you to the popular archaeological area of GLANUM, an ancient and wealthy city which still enjoys a magnificent setting below a gorge on the flanks of the Alpilles mountains’. Then we enjoy a panoramic drive to nearby magnificent perched fortress site of LES BAUX DE PROVENCE, named as one of the most beautiful village in France, largely due to its hilltop position and picturesque stone ruins of the upper old village and castle. Here, we end the day with the spectacular sound and visual imagery of the monumental CARRIERES DE LUMIERES. Spend the last three nights of your Provence adventure at a central hotel,with breakfast included. Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 6 : HIGHLIGHTS OF AIX-EN-PROVENCE & HANDS-ON-COOKING

Today, our expert guide will introduce you the magical AIX-EN-PROVENCE, one of the most beautiful cities in France. Anywhere you look, you will feel the city’s unique ambiance and romantic character. Our walk includes a visit to the magnificent Cathedral of Saint-Sauveur, which dates back farther than the early history of the city. The beauty of this church encompasses a variety of architectural styles and one of the historical highlights that you can see here is the 4th century Merovingian baptistery, an octagonal basin surrounded by a circle of 8 marble columns. After a visit to the ATELIER CEZANNE, the studio where artist Paul Cézanne worked from 1902 to 1906, you will have time to meander through the colorful artist’s market to see the skillful craft of local artists and perhaps take the time to visit the Granet museum, with its permanent collections including paintings by Cezanne make it one of the most visited museums outside of Paris. In the evening we are invited in the house of a Chef for a HANDS-ON-COOKING class Provencal dishes followed by an included light dinner. Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 7 : CALANQUES CRUISE IN CASSIS & AU REVOIR DINNER

With a varied topography that could easily be considered France’s finest, Provence boasts golden beaches, valleys and the fjord-like CALANQUES. Today you will be touring along the region’s prettiest roads to the rugged beauty of Cassis’s towering Calanques, passing resort towns that saw their heyday in the 1920s and verdant countryside full of vineyards. Upon arrival in the lively city port of CASSIS, we will enjoy an exploration of the cliffs and coves cruising to the famous Calanques of Cassis (45 minutes) – weather permitting. This evening we’ll enjoy a final dinner together in a fine restaurant.Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 8 : GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL PROVENCE

Morning transfers to Marseille airport

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2024 TOUR PRICE: € 4,000   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 700     Currency Converter 

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 8 days/7 nights

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Incredible Provence

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13/11/2022

Chris and I absolutely loved our visit to Provence. The itinerary offered a great blend of cultural, educational, and scenic opportunities to keep us constantly entertained and anticipating the next adventure. Our tour guide, Veronique, was wonderful. She provided us with all of the historical information along the way blended with her own personal insights as a native of the area.She was always attentive to our needs and eager to ensure that our experience was as fulfilling as possible.Our driver, Christoph, was also a great asset through his knowledge of the best areas to stop to get the optimal view of the sights and his current knowledge of local conditions (especially where the best fields for viewing the lavender and sun flowers were for the days we were there). The three hotels were excellent choices.Each had its own charm and the locations allowed easy access to the city center. We especially enjoyed the garden at Le Pigonnet. Such a beautiful spot to relax after a long day of seeing the sights and our dinners there were great. Chris appreciated the opportunity to use the pool at Le Vallon de Valrugues (she is an avid swimmer) and the breakfast buffet there was among the best we have ever had. All of our rooms were quiet and comfortable. As usual, all of the technical aspects of the Secret Italia tour worked like a Swiss watch. From our arrival at the Marseille airport, through checking in at the three hotels, and our eventual departure, everything went perfectly.Kudos to you and your staff for designing such a wonderful tour of Provence and kudos to Veronique and Christoph for treating us so well throughout the week.

Richard and Chris Thomas (USA)




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