Discovery Provence with a Best of Provence Avignon and Marseille Tour from Avignon. This five-day tour includes guided touring in English to Nîmes, Uzès, Pont du Gard, Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Baux de Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, and Marseille.
- Tour days: Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year (except July)
- Duration: 5 nights
- Included: Guided touring in English to Nîmes, Uzès, Pont du Gard, Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Baux de Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Saint Rémy de Provence, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Marseille; 5 nights accommodations, breakfasts, transfers and transportation; tour will begin with a pickup at the Avignon TGV station when your train arrives from Paris (train tickets not included in tour price).
- Vehicle: Van or Minicoach
Tour price includes: (price is based on 2 guests, so email for pricing for a single supplement)
- 3 nights in 3 star hotel in Avignon center, including breakfasts (double room); If you would like a 4 star hotel, please let us know and we will send the price for this option.
- 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Marseille center, including breakfasts (double room)
- Transfers and transportation by minibus with English speaking driver guide
- Entrance fees as mentioned
- Meals other than breakfast
Provence on Tuesday: Arrival Transfer
Your Best of Provence and Marseille tour will begin with a transfer from the TGV train Station in Avignon to your Avignon hotel.
The rest of this day will be at leisure. We’ll be happy to give you suggestions and certainly, you’ll just enjoy strolling Avignon and immersing yourself in Provence.
Dinner on your own and overnight in your 3*** hotel located in Avignon center.
Provence on Wednesday: Avignon’s Popes’ Palace, Nîmes, Pont du Gard
Your morning will be at leisure for a self visit of Avignon with entrances to the Popes Palace and the Pont d’Avignon (English audio guides in both monuments).
In the afternoon, you will be picked up to do the group tour to Nîmes for the visit of the Roman amphitheater and to see the Maison Carée (once a Roman temple and the inspiration of Thomas Jefferson to model his plans for the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond).
Your tour will continue to the medieval town of Uzès to experience the fabulous Pont du Gard, the best preserved (built in the 1st Century AD) part of the Roman aqueduct.
Overnight in Avignon.
Provence on Thursday: Orange, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Arles, Les Baux de Provence
The day will begin with a pickup at your Avignon hotel to visit the town of Orange. With its Roman history, it’s thrilling to see the Triumphal Arch and the antique theater (entrance ticket and audio guide included).
Next stop will be the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to do some wine-tasting in a cellar.
Van Gogh’s Arles will delight your eyes as the day continues to this wonderful town, famous for its Roman heritage and for the sites visited and painted by Vincent Van Gogh in 1888. It is easy to see why the light of Provence just permeates his pictures and the scenery of the area is magical.
You will stop at the Triumphal Arch and Funerary Monument of Saint Rémy de Provence. Set among olive trees and in a peaceful Provençal landscape of Glanum, the centuries of history seem to quietly but powerfully attest to the life and culture that existed in that area in the 2nd Century.
Les Baux de Provence is your next visit. Perched in the Alpilles, it has a very picturesque setting and provides some amazing vistas.
Dinner on your own in Avignon and overnight at your Avignon hotel.
Provence on Friday: Lubéron, Roussillon, Gordes, Lavender Museum, Aix-en-Provence
You will be picked up at 9:00 to depart for the Lubéron, a regional park full of charm and picturesque, perched villages.
Roussillon is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (a label given to a select group of villages in the country that define beauty and charm!) and is famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs as well as its unusual landscape.
Gordes is another village you’ll visit. This perched village is also one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and is completely built with dried stones.
Your tour will include a visit to the Lavender Museum to discover the flower symbol of Provence. (During July and August, you will get a demonstration of the distillation during the harvest.) The drive will take you through the lavender area with a stop for pictures in the fields…truly magical when the purple fills the landscape as far as your eyes can view.
You’ll return to the Avignon hotel to get your luggage and will leave for Aix-en Provence. There you will enjoy a guided tour of Aix to discover the Cours Mirabeau (most bustling street in France after the Champs Elysées), the Rotonde, the many fountains that dot the city of Aix, and to see the private mansions from the 17th and 19th centuries. The city is the birthplace of the famous painter Paul Cézanne and there are landmarks that pinpoint his life. Of course, the gem of the city is the Saint Sauveur Cathedral towering over the town. Its foundations are a treasure of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture teeming with history.
After leaving Aix, you’ll head to Marseille and will check into your 3*** hotel in the center of Marseille.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Marseille.
Marseille on Saturday: Cassis, Boat Ride in Mediterranean Sea, Marseille
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up to begin your day with a visit to Cassis, a picturesque village on the Mediterranean Sea. Admiring the breath-taking view from the Cape Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in Europe, the vista seems to extend forever!
From Cassis, you will be able to take a 45 minute cruise to see the Calanques (fjord-like inlets). These limestone cliffs line the shore and are a beautiful contrast to the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Returning to Marseille, you will have a panoramic tour of the city, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. This Basilica tops the city of Marseille and allows fabulous views on the Phocean city of Marseille that was originally founded in 600 BC by the Greeks. It is the second largest city in France after Paris. The Frioul Islands and If Castle can also be seen from Notre-Dame de la Garde. (Of course, the If Castle is famous for being one of the settings in Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo!)
Overnight in Marseille.
Departure from Marseille on Sunday
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a transfer to the Marseille airport or train when you’re ready to leave!
Best of Provence Avignon and Marseille Tour Pricing
transfers from the train