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Riviera Travel Walk & Discover: Majestic Provence
from £999 pp
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  • Location
    France, Europe
  • Board Basis
    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    8 Days
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Provence is arguably the most seductive of all the French regions, with colourful fields of lavender and sunflowers interspersed with vineyards, olive groves and gently rolling hills. Provençal towns are a real delight. Perhaps the most famous is Aix-en-Provence, its old town comprising streets lined with traditional shops and squares. You’ll love its vibrant markets and café terraces nestling under the shade of plane trees. Over it all towers the majestic Mont Sainte-Victoire, immortalised by Cézanne in over 80 paintings. The whole region has been a magnet for artists including Van Gogh and Picasso, who were drawn to Provence’s natural beauty and light. The historic papal city of Avignon boasts imposing medieval buildings and a fabled bridge, while Arles’ ancient monuments are breathtaking. Another man-made wonder is the mighty Pont du Gard aqueduct, a testament to the ingenuity of Roman engineers.

Tour Highlights
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  • Experience the famous light of the Luberon Mountains on a guided walk
  • Stroll around the stunning landscape around Mont Sainte-Victoire, immortalised in paintings by Cézanne
  • Take a guided walk through the Alpilles and see where Van Gogh painted The Starry Night
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Aix, the ‘City of a Thousand Fountains’
  • Learn about Arles’ Roman and Van Gogh heritage on a guided tour
  • Discover medieval Avignon and hilltop Les Baux
  • Visit the Camargue wetland, famous for its pink flamingos, white horses and black bulls
What's Included
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  • 7 nights in 4-star accommodation
  •  Breakfast & four dinners
  •  Programme of daily tours & walks
  •  Expert tour manager/walking guide
  •  Inclusive of all local taxes
  •  Checked Luggage
Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrive in Aix-en-Provence

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Nice, Marseille or Montpellier, or at the station for your Eurostar and TGV journey to Aix-en-Provence. Transfer by coach to stay for seven nights, with breakfast and two dinners, at the four-star Novotel Aix Beaumanoir on the outskirts of the city.

Day 2: Walk Aix-en-Provence

Beautiful Aix combines Parisian-style chic with village-like gentility. Aix is known as the ‘City of a Thousand Fountains’ and the tranquil sound of running water accompanies you down boulevards, through squares and labyrinthine alleyways. 

Easy walk
Duration: 
1.5 hours (3.5 miles)
Altitude gain: 131 feet
Terrain: mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Moderate walk
Duration: 2 hours (4.2 miles)
Altitude gain: 427 feet
Terrain: mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Day 3: Discover Camargue

This morning travel to the Camargue, a captivating landscape of saltwater marshland teeming with around 400 bird species, including pink flamingos. Afterwards, visit the port town of Saintes Maries de la Mer to see some of the natural splendour of this wetland environment – remember to pack your binoculars.

Day 4: Walk Luberon Mountains

Head to the stunning Luberon Mountains, where Peter Mayle spent A Year in Provence. The pure light here has long attracted artists, while the hilltops are crowned by enchanting medieval villages.

Easy walk
Duration: 2 hours (3.7 miles)
Altitude gain: 394 feet
Terrain:
 mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Moderate walk
Duration: 3 hours (5 miles)
Altitude gain: 820 feet
Terrain: mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Day 5: Free Day in Aix

The day is free to spend as you wish in Aix. 

Day 6: Walk Les Baux & The Alpilles 

Spend the morning at leisure in Les Baux, a hilltop town built into an ancient limestone outcrop. From the battlements of its crumbling castle, you can admire superb views across the Camargue and as far as the Mediterranean. This afternoon explore the Alpilles with a local walking guide.

Easy walk
Duration:
 2.5 hours (4.3 miles)
Altitude gain: 492 feet
Terrain: mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Moderate walk 
Duration: 3 hours (5 miles)
Altitude gain: 591 feet
Terrain: mainly forest trails and graded tracks

Day 7: Discover Avignon

Today we visit Avignon, whose destiny changed in the 14th century when the Pope’s court was relocated here. Vast wealth poured in to build churches, convents and townhouses, and especially the Palais des Papes. 

Day 8: Return Home

Accommodation
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The LA Hotel Downtown is, as its name suggest, excellently located in Los Angeles. This sleek, modern hotel features sizeable rooms with the large, floor to ceiling windows as well as flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. There is also a stylish bar and restaurant within the hotel.

Rating: Four Stars

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