Provence in Detail
- 8 Days
- From £929
- Lavender fields, rocky outcrops, olive groves
- Charming, historical towns of Aix-en-Provence and Avignon
- Roman, medieval and renaissance architecture
- Wine tasting or Best of Provence tour from Avignon
- Day trip to the unique wetland area of the Camargue
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 7 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Wine-tasting tour or Best of Provence tour from Avignon
- Half-day tour to the Camargue from Aix-en-Provence
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Depart London St Pancras on board Eurostar and change in Lille or Paris for the rapid TGV service into the heart of Provence, arriving at Avignon TGV.
Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel de l’Horloge (or similar), just off the Place de l’Horloge and in prime position for visiting the Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon.
Spend three full days in Avignon where you will have one day free to see the city at your own pace. Wander around the mighty Palais des Papes or take a walk ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’.
During your stay, you can choose between two excursions: either take a Best of Provence escorted tour including hilltop villages such as Gordes, and historic landmarks like the Pont du Gard. Alternatively, you can opt for a wine tasting tour to the Chateauneuf-du-Pape & Tavel Vineyards.
Take the TGV service once again and head even further south to the small town of Aix-en-Provence. Here, you will check in at the Grand Hotel Roi René (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
Aix-en-Provence has a history dating back to 123 BC, when the city was founded. There is plenty to see and do here, from architecture and museums to shopping and art galleries. Don’t miss the former studio of Paul Cézanne, which has been left as it was at the time of his death.
During your stay you will have one full day to either explore Aix at your leisure, or perhaps take a local train to the nearby beautiful towns of Arles or Orange, both of which are rich in Roman history.
Whilst in Aix, you will have a half-day tour to the Camargue, Western Europe’s largest river delta and home to free-roaming bulls, indigenous white horses and flamingos. In good weather, there’s even the chance for swimming in the village of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Head back to the high-speed station in Aix for your journey home. Change in Paris or Lille and connect with your Eurostar back to the UK.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Cap off your holiday with a night or two in the world-class city of Paris. Take in the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Louvre Museum before heading back to the UK by Eurostar.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Overlooking the pretty Place de l’Horloge in the centre of Avignon, the Hotel de l’Horloge occupies a traditional 19th century building with antique furnishings and elegantly decorated bedrooms. All of these feature air-conditioning, sound-proofing and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
Around 350 metres from the Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s main shopping street, the Grand Hotel Roi Rene is a modern hotel occupying a tradtional 19th century building. All air-conditioned bedrooms come with satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of the station.
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The Clôitre Saint Louis occupies a 16th century building right in the heart of the city, 10 minutes walk from the Palais des Papes. Traditional French and Provençal cuisine is served in the hotel restaurant and in the summer, guests can dine in shade of the private terrace.
This luxurious hotel offers rest and relaxation with its fantastic facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa. There is also a restaurant and bar with other leisure facilities nearby such as a golf course, bowling alley and riding stables.