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PROVENCE SMALL GROUP TOUR

THE ESSENCE OF PROVENCE

Experience the Provence lifestyle with a 9 days small group of 12/14 travelers only! Secret Tours is thrilled to introduce a trip of a lifetime, the unspoiled Provence.The string of colors,whether bursting or subdued, will captivate, move and touch your core. It offers a kaleidoscope of discoveries. 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 !


SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 9 DAYS/8 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 and wine tasting at 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 near ROUSSET
  • Visit popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Experienced Tour manager/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 7 or 16 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, 2 foodie experiences, 3 dinners, 3 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee/ tea only)
  • Arrival in Provence: The tour will begin with transfers from Marseille airport at scheduled times to our hotel in Avignon on Day 1 and transfers from our hotel in Aix-en-Provence to Marseille airport on Day 9
  • 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
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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

PROVENCE SMALL GROUP TOUR

THE ESSENCE OF PROVENCE TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 : WELCOME TO PROVENCE & AVIGNON-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. Arrival at Marseille airport and travel to the enchanting town of AVIGNON for the first three nights stay at the charming 5 stars “HOTEL D’EUROPE”, which enjoys an excellent location close to the village’s architecturally treasures. This evening join your local tour guide and fellow travelers for a welcome drink followed by our first dinner together in an authentic Provencal restaurant.Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 2 : CAPTIVATING AVIGNON & CHATEAUNEUF DU POPE

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 the famous medieval bridge PONT ST BENEZET, one of Avignon’s famous landmarks, we drive to the wine country of CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE where we’ll visit a well-known domain for a wine tasting with lunch. Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 3 : THE OCHRE VILLAGE OF ROUSSILLON, LIMESTONE GORDES, SENANQUE ABBEY & 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 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. After an included lunch in a small village, we end the day with with a photo stop to the 12th century Cistercian ABBEY DE SENANQUE surrounded by a tranquil sea of lavender and a guided tour of the LAVENDER MUSEUM in Coustellet to learn on lavender oil production from field to bottle.Overnight in AVIGNON

DAY 4 : UNESCO PONT DU GARD, ROMAN ARLES, CARRIERES DE LUMIERES, LES BAUX DE PROVENCE & OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE

This morning, marvel at the UNESCO–listed PONT DU GARD ,the tallest of all Roman aqueducts at 48m (158ft) and 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. Enjoy a scenic drive through LES ALPILLES for a visit to the magnificent perched fortress site of LES BAUX DE PROVENCE, named as one of the most beautiful villages 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, followed by an olive oil tasting in an old mill. Spend the next two nights in the village of SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE staying at the 5 stars country hotel “LE VALLON DE VALRUGUES & SPA” located near the village center. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight stay in SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE

DAY 5 : MY TIME IN SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE

Start the day with a fascinating walking tour of the colorful historical town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence with our resident art historian, Veronique. We wander along cobblestone streets, enjoy the beauty of renaissance architecture and follow the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh all woven with the rich history and culture of SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, its ancient streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses, fountains, shady squares, picturesque restaurants and elegant boutiques. After a visit to the beautiful cloister and garden where the famous painter painted many of his finest works,enjoy the rest of the day on your own. A hearty dinner is included this evening in a family restaurant. Overnight stay in SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE

DAY 6 : MARSEILLE, CALANQUES CRUISE, CASSIS, WINE TASTING & THE VILLAGE OF LE CASTELLET

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. We first stop in the attractive city of MARSEILLE for a panoramic tour followed by an exploration of the cliffs and coves cruising to the famous Calanques of Cassis (45 minutes) from the lively city port of CASSIS. After lunch on your own, continue to the medieval hilltop village of LE CASTELLET in the heart of the vineyards of the renowned wines of the Bandol AOC. Spend the last three nights in AIX-EN-PROVENCE staying at the 5 stars coutry “HOTEL LE PIGONNET“. Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 7 : THORONET ABBEY & TROGLODYTE VILLAGE OF COTIGNAC

Today, our expert guide will introduce you to LE THORONET ABBEY, a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, now restored as a museum, a jewel of the Romanesque art. Nestled in a middle of an oak forest, it provides a stark beauty conform to St Benoit’s monastic ideal. Continue to the unique village of COTIGNAC, built against the foot of a tufa rock and classified among the villages of character of Provence.After an included lunch, surrounded by vineyards, return to your hotel to enjoy magical Provence. The evening is all yours to head to the old town for a meal or taking in the atmosphere of the evening “stroll”.Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 8 : AIX-EN-PROVENCE: CITY OF FOUNTAINS & HOME OF PAUL CEZANNE

AIX-EN-PROVENCE is one of the most beautiful cities in France. Anywhere you look, you will feel the city’s unique ambiance and romantic character. After breakfast in your hotel, meet your tour guide for a stroll through the historic center, with its elegant 17th and 18th century hotels, fountains and the beauty of renaissance architecture, following the footsteps of Cezanne. Our walk finishes at 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. You’ll 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. The museum’s permanent collections including paintings by Cezanne make it one of the most visited museums outside of Paris. This evening we’ll enjoy a final dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Overnight stay in AIX-EN-PROVENCE

DAY 9 : GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL PROVENCE

Morning transfers to Marseille airport

TOUR DATES & PRICING

TOUR PRICE: € 3,800   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 700     Currency Converter 

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 9 days/8 nights

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