Spring in Provence Tour
Quiet hilltop villages, European small city charm and the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean await you on this 9 night immersion tour in the south of France
Enjoy Provence before the summer crowds and warm temperatures make their way. This cultural tour is designed to immerse into the customs, food, best atmospheres and cultural heritages
Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 26th, 2002
- Arrival (pick-up) Avignon TGV train station (or at your hotel)
- Departure (drop-off) Nice Airport
Charming hotels are picked for you:
4 nights at Grand Hotel Henri in Isle sur la Sorgue
3 nights at the luxury hotel Le Pigonnet in Aix
2 nights at the boutique hotel Villa Victoria in Nice
Day 1 – Friday, April 17th – accommodations Isle sur la Sorgue
Pick-up up at Avignon – TGV train station at 2 pm
Historical walking tour in Avignon
Arrival at Isle sur la Sorgue around 5:30
7:30 pm – Group dinner in Isle sur la Sorgue (walk to restaurant)
Day 2 – Saturday, April 18th – accommodations Isle sur la Sorgue
Luberon Tour – Roussillon, wine tasting at domain close to Roussillon with an aroma workshop that goes along with the tasting and then picnic in the vineyard. Afternoon villages – Lacoste and Menerbes and a hidden monastery close to Menerbes.
Return to hotel in Isle sur la Sorgue around 5:30 pm
7 pm group dinner Isle sur la Soruge (walk to restaurant)
Day 3 – Sunday, April 19th – accommodations Isle sur la Sorgue
Morning market in Isle sur la Sorgue at your convenience
11 am – departure for Gordes. Historical walking tour of village and then a private catered lunch just for you at a local’s house.
After Gordes – visit village Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Free evening for dinner on your own (lots to choose from in Isle)
Day 4 – Monday, April 20th – accommodations Isle sur la Sorgue
Discover the Alpilles region (Saint Remy, Les Baux de Provence)
Olive oil mill tour and tasting
Carrières de Lumière sound and light show in old rock quarry
Historical walking tour of the village Les Baux
Picnic lunch catered for you with one of the best views in Provence (provided the weather is our friend).
Saint Paul de Mausole tour – place where Van Gogh stayed while in Saint Remy.
Group dinner in Isle sur la Sorgue
Day 5 – Tuesday, April 21st – accommodation Aix-en-Provence
Pack your bags – we’ll be changing regions
Traveling south towards Aix with a stop in the South Luberon at the village Lourmarin
10 am – 30 minute guided walking tour of Lourmarin and then time for boutique shopping or wandering on your own.
11:15 am, a game of Pétanque with a French professional in the village at the base of the Renaissance Castle. Playing time is accompanied with drinks and a light lunch.
Before leaving the South Luberon, we’ll visit one more beautiful hilltop village – Ansouis and learn the history of its Renaissance castle.
We’ll arrive in Aix around 3:30 pm and check-in to your luxury hotel, Le Pigonnet.
Have a rest in the tranquil garden before meeting up with your guide for a walking tour of Aix’s historical center (5pm departure for walking tour)
7:30 pm group dinner in the center
Day 6 – Wednesday, April 22nd – accommodation Aix-en-Provence
Seaside Fun – Cassis (port and village)
Roam the morning Market at your leisure
You have the option of taking a Calanque boat tour (1 hour – not included in tour price, boat leaves every 45 minutes)
You also have the option of taking a 1 hour hike with your guide on the peninsula (outside of the village) that runs along the first limestone Calanque – Port Miou.
Lunch is on your own – many possibilities to choose from including buying market goodies and eating on the beach.
Return to Aix around 4 pm
Free evening in Aix
Day 7 – Thursday, April 23rd – accommodation Aix-en-Provence
The little Rome of Provence – Arles
First, before Arles, we’ll stop in Salon de Provence and have a tour of the soap factory Marius Fabre (learn the soap tradition in Provence)
Lunch together in Arles
Arles – Walk in the steps of Van Gogh and discover the Roman monuments
Return to Aix around 4:30 pm
Free time until last group dinner – gourmet dinner in the garden at the hotel restaurant
Day 8 – Friday, April 24th – Nice, Villa Victoria
Our day will start with a 2 hour drive to Antibes
Arrival in Antibes around 11:30 am
We’ll stretch our legs next to the Mediterranean Sea and then fuel ourselves with lunch in the town before being guided on a walking tour.
After lunch, Cedric, a local guide in Antibes, will guide us on a walking tour of Old Antibes
Arrival at hotel in Nice around 4 pm
Free time to relax and/or explore (exploring options will be given)
Dinner on your own this evening (suggestions will be given)
Day 9 – Saturday, April 25th – Nice, Villa Victoria
10 am – 2 pm – Gourmet and historical walking tour of old town Nice (includes lunch)
Afternoon free time to enjoy as you wish
7 pm – farewell dinner together in Antibes
Day 10 – Sunday, April 26th — transfer to Nice airport for departure
- Wine aroma workshop – discover the different aromas that you can find in wine. Taste wine in a sensory experience that opens up your palate in a whole new way.
Picnic in the vineyard
- Private lunch catered just for you in a private residence
- Olive oil mill tour & tasting in the Les Baux AOC (appellation)
- Carrières de Lumière sound and light show in rock quarry
- Saint Paul de Mausole – a tour through the monastery/asylum where Van Gogh stayed for 1 year in Saint Remy
- Petanque (the Provencal game of balls) with the real Frenchman to teach you. At the base of the lovely Lourmarin castle followed by an aperitif and light lunch
- Two Provencal markets: Isle sur la Sorgue and Cassis
- Provencal soap factory tour – learn the history and fabrication of the best soap in the world – Marseille Soap
- 6 villages on the tour are classed as « One of the most beautiful villages of France »
- Guided tours – learn the historical anecdotes that marked the villages and towns.
- Guided walking tour of old Antibes
- Gourmet & historical tour in Nice
Meals not included: (all your meals are included except for the following)
- 1 dinner in Isle sur la Sorgue
- 1 dinner in Aix
- 1 lunch in Cassis
- 1 dinner in Nice