Day 1: Welcome to Southern France! After picking you up from the airport we will drive you to our charming hotel "The Cloître Saint-Louis", a 16th-century building combining history and modernity, located in the heart of Avignon. You will then have time to relax and unpack, explore the city or relax by the rooftop pool. In the late afternoon, we will meet for a welcome reception. You will spend your evening freely and be able to eat a delicious meal in Avignon using our restaurant recommendations list which we will provide to you during our reception.
Pick-up, Hotel Check-in, Welcome Reception, Free evening.
Day 2: St Remy: "As one of the oldest French cities, it was founded after the destruction of Glanum, a Roman settlement. This picturesque town’s unique charm has attracted many artists who were looking for inspiration here. A 1.5 kilometer (0.93 mi) long road lined with reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings can be seen leading from the city. All of the paintings were created here in the St. Paul Mausoleum Sanatorium where Vincent Van Gogh spent one year in 1889." (History credited to Veronika -Trip101)
Breakfast, Olive Oil Fram Tour, City of Remy Walking Tour, Market, Trinity Fest
Day 3: City of Nimes: Today after breakfast we will travel to the city of Nimes, home to the finest collection of Roman architecture in all of France. You will see a magnificent amphitheater, enjoy a walking tour of the cities most interesting points and then break for lunch.
Mid-afternoon we will head for our next spot, the city of Uzes. Uzes is exquisite from its cobbled streets and alleyways to its weekly market and beautiful boutique stores. After a short walking tour, you will have free time to explore the cafes and boutiques. Then we will return back to home-base for a free evening of relaxation in beautiful Avignon.
Breakfast, City of Nimes tour, City of Uzes tour.
Day 4: Today, after breakfast, we will discover our home-base Avignon. Truly one of the most beautiful cities in France. The city hosts exceptionally well-preserved artifacts and is registered on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Our day will begin with a walking tour. Afterward, we will tour the Papal Palace- (1252). The palace is the former home to 7 successive Popes! We will break for lunch. In the late afternoon, you are invited to the only winery inside the Old Papal City of Avignon. The Le domaine St Pierre d'Escarvilac, where we will enjoy a lesson "Introduction to Wine" which will introduce your senses to pleasure". Following the lesson, we will take a tour of the winery itself. You are then free to continue your exploration of your beautiful home-base city. Breakfast, morning walking tour, Papal Palace, afternoon free
Day 5: We will begin our day with a drive to the city of Isle Sur la Sorgue known as the provencal Venice. This "island city" lies at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau in the plains of Comtat Venaissin. The river Sorgue hugs the city creating canals connected with footbridges and waterwheels from past history. This city is an art and antique lovers' dream.
We will then drive through the lavender country and stop by the Abbaye of Senanque field. Hopefully, the Lavender will be partially in bloom for a photo.
Lastly, we will visit the hilltop village of Gordes. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France with its magical charm and historical architecture. Truly a must-see for anyone traveling in the Provence. We will then stop to sip the grapes at local wineries along our route back to our lovely city of Avignon, where you will have your evening free.
Breakfast, Isle Sur la Sorgue, Abbaye of Senanque field, Gordes, Wineries, Evening free (Photo courtsey of Isle Sur la Sorgue tourism)
Day 6: City of Arles: Our last day in Southern France will include the City of Arles. In the 1st century AD, Julius Caesar annexed Arles to his empire making it the capital of the Roman Provence.
Today, Arles is better known for the city which inspired Vincent Van Gogh. In 1888 the artist Van Gogh came to Arles and stayed for over a year. In this time he produced more than 200 paintings including ‘The Starry Night’, ‘Café de Nuit’ and ‘The Sunflowers’. After our walking tour and city exploration, we will break for lunch. We will then travel to our final destination the City of Aigues Mortes with its salt marshes and pink flamingoes. You will return back to your hotel for your last evening in Avignon, pack for your departure to Paris and enjoy your last evening in Provence.
Breakfast, Walking tour city of Arles, City of Aigues Mortes, evening free (photo credit Frank Eiffert)