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South of France 14 Day Small Group Tour
Enjoy 14 days of culture, shopping, food, wine and holiday in Provence and the French Riviera.
Experience the beautiful region of Provence with us.
We start in world famous Avignon, and explore this magnificent centre of art and architecture, shops and galleries. Next, we unpack and settle for the week in a genuine French Villa, our home base for day trips to beautiful villages like Lourmarin, Menerbes, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Roussillon, Gordes and St Remy de Provence.
We conclude this amazing trip with a few days at the unrivaled French Riviera.
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Meet at the Hotel in Avignon. We stay in the walled city of Avignon, close to the Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon. Relax and discover Avignon.
Les Beaux de Provence
Visit Les Beaux-de-Provence, a picturesque medieval village at a fortified rocky site with steep cobbled little streets and charming boutiques. After lunch, we enjoy the famous Carrieres de Lumieres, a spectacular audio visual art display on cave walls inside the huge limestone quarry. Stay in Avignon.
Pont du Gard
Morning walk and visit le pont d'Avignon. In the afternoon, we explore le Pont du Gard, a true masterpiece of ancient architecture. Built as a three-level aqueduct standing 50 m high, it allowed water to flow across the Gardon river. This is a site not to be missed! Stay in Avignon.
St Remy de Provence
Explore St Remy de Provence, where Vincent van Gogh lived for a year. Here he painted masterpieces like The Starry Night. Copies of his works are placed around town. After a magnificent day of sightseeing we head to Gordes, where we stay in a beautiful farmhouse for 1 week.
Isle sur la Sorgue
Visit the Sunday market in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, famous for its brocante and antique. This is one of the oldest flea markets and antique fairs in France. Free afternoon at le Moulin de Gordes
Gordes - Abbey de Senanque
The 12th-century Sénanque Abbey outside of Gordes is run by a small community of Cistercian monks who fastidiously grow, harvest and process lavender from the surrounding fields. June is the best month to visit as lavender is in full bloom.
Another beautiful walled village to explore today, Ménerbes, made famous by British writer Peter Mayle. Mayle’s books about his life in Provence have put Ménerbes on the tourist map.
We visit Roussillon,situated at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Roussillon is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarry. Walk the Ochre trail.
Bonnieux - Gordes
Today we explore Bonnieux, one of the most impressive Luberon villages. We stop at Chateau la Canorgue for some wine tasting on the way back.
Lourmarin - Cucuron
We drive to Lourmarin, which has the biggest food market in Vaucluse. Indulge yourself with Provence goodies. In the afternoon, enjoy a stroll through Cucuron, have a drink along the "etang".
After a delicious breakfast, we say goodbye to our lovely Provence nest and drive to the Riviera. Cassis is like a mini version of Provence and the Mediterranean mixed together. So, lots to do and enjoy.
Cassis - Les Calanques
This morning we take you on a cruise on Les Calanques. Cassis is a very old fishing port famous for its cliffs and sheltered water inlets, called Calanques, those are formed about 120 million years ago. Enjoy Cassis from the water.
Today we leave Cassis and drive to Marseille, our last stop where we stay for the night in a grand hotel in the old harbor. Grit and grandeur coexist seamlessly in Marseille, an exuberantly multicultural port city with a pedigree stretching back to classical Greece and a fair claim to the mantle of France's second city.
Marseille - end of Tour
After a delicious breakfast, we leave the Vieux Port and say goodbye to the friends we made during this wonderful tour.
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