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Explore Provence 15-day Small Group Tour
Personally hosted by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol lived in this region for six years, speaks fluent French, knows this region really well and loves to show guests some of her favourite spots.
Stay in accommodation typical of Provence warmth and hospitality, 14 nights in 3* and 4* accommodation with a minimum stay in one location of 3 nights. Enjoy the village markets, wonderful food and wine-tasting of this beautiful region known for its rolling hills, olive groves and fields of lavender. From the Ardeche and Vaucluse in the north, the well-known Luberon villages, Arles and the Camargue in the south and Bandol on the Mediterranean, this enormous region is full of things to fill your days with sights, sounds and perfumes you will remember.
On this tour are visits to quaint villages with cobblestone squares and rustic fountains, stunning scenery of Europe’s largest gorge, lunch in the beautiful village of Moustiers, and take a boat on the lake to work off lunch. If you are feeling adventurous you could ride a bike along the narrow countryside lanes.
Optional excursions include a cooking class in a Provence farmhouse, a tour of the Occitane en Provence factory, lavender fields (flowering in June/July), local food, clothing and antique markets, Europe's largest underground water source, canoeing and bike-riding, artist galleries, mediterranean food and local rose wines.
Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle. Maximum 14 passengers
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Arrival at Lyon airport or Montelimar train station and transfer to your accommodation near Montelimar with time to settle in and relax before our welcome dinner
A day excursion into the Ardeche region and an opportunity to take a canoe at the Vallon Pont d'Arc, the best known feature of the Ardeche gorge. A visit to the grotte Chauvet to see the cave paintings included
The Vaucluse beckons with a visit to Vaison-la-Romaine and the typical Provence villages of Seguret and Gigondas, with wine-tasting of the famous wine from that village
An excursion into the beautiful natural park of the Ardeche to visit the small village of St. Montan, with its stone buildings and fort.
Transfer to your next accommodation in the Luberon with a lunchtime stop in Avignon to visit the Pope's palace and Benezet bridge. Free afternoon to settle into your new surroundings.
A trip to Gordes, the Vaucluse Fountain and Isle sur la Sorgue, some of the high spots of the Luberon
Today we go to the Gorges de Verdon, Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon. Lunch in the stunning village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, built into the hillside of the gorge, and famous for its hand-painted porcelain. After lunch in the village, an afternoon at the Lac St Croix and the gorge, where you can swim and/or take a pedal boat up the gorge.
Transfer to your next accommodation in Arles, an old Roman town with the remains of the Roman theatre and some of the best preserved Roman arenas. Free time in the afternoon to explore the town.
A morning visit to St Remy, birthplace of Nostradamus, and the place where Van Gogh created around 180 of his best works. The afternoon visit is to the chateau of Les Baux de Provence, perched village and a stunning performance of art and music combined will give you one of the most memorable days of this tour
Today we discover the Camargue with its wild white horses, black bulls and flamingos. The walled medieval city of Aigues-Mortes and the town of Saintes Maries de la mer will complete your day's visit.
Transfer to your last accommodation near the Mediterranean coast in the wine valley of Bandol. A free afternoon to explore around the hotel
A boat trip to see the famous calanques along the coast from the charming town of Cassis towards Marseille. After lunch, an afternoon at leisure to spend on the beach, shopping, wine-tasting or chilling out with a good book.
Today we visit la Cadiere, where you can make an appointment for a spa treatment or explore the art galleries, and le Castellet, a medieval village perched on a hill with great views of the Bandol valley. Your time at your own pace to explore the village, its artisans, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and a Bandol wine-tasting just outside the village.
A day coasting along to St Tropez for the day. A boat trip around the bay will start the day with lunch to follow at the old port of St Tropez. Afternoon with free time to explore the town, or climb to the fort for a wonderful view of the French Riviera.
The end of the tour with a transfer to Marseille airport or train station. If you would like to stay a few nights in Marseille, we can assist with accommodation and ideas of what to see and where to go
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