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Discover Provence including Avignon & Arles
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Discover Provence including Avignon & Arles

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With its rich Roman history, luscious landscape and stunning seaside views, Provence is a region not to be missed.

Located in south eastern France along the Mediterranean Sea, the region is well known for its cascading cliffs, coastal fishing villages and beautiful beaches.

This exciting holiday includes a full day trip to Avignon with its impressive legacy of ecclesiastical architecture, most notably the soaring, world heritage listed Palais des Papes. Another day trip takes you to the Roman city of Arles, a UNESCO World heritage site and the former home of the famed artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Explore a range of beautiful villages and towns along the coast, from the underrated Les Baux de Provence with its quaint town squares and panoramic views to the picturesque town of Sète with its unique canal network and saltwater lagoon.

You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy your surroundings at your own pace and discover many more of the hidden gems that this beautiful region in France has to offer.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight duration is usually 2 ½ hours. Marseille Airport is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from your hotel.
Climate
The South of France has a proven reputation for sun, with an average 2,500 hours per year. Most of Provence has a Mediterranean climate, experiencing hot, dry summers and mild winters, with plenty of sunshine.
Food & Drink
Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.20
  • Beer: €5.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €18.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

To Catch a Thief - 1955 film, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

Holiday highlights

Avignon
The medieval city of Avignon was once home to the Catholic Popes from 1309-1377. Enjoy a visit to the Popes Palace, where you can admire the stunning architecture and learn about the unique history of the city. Avignon is also famous for the historic 12th Century Bridge of Avignon which you will take in on your tour.
Les Baux de Provence
Known to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, Les Baux de Provence is a picturesque medieval village which is well worth a vist. With its small town squares, lively terraces and narrow streets, take some time to get lost in its quaint charm. The Citadel offers amazing panoramic views over the Alpilles mountain range.
Arles
Enjoy a visit to the colourful and vibrant city of Arles, a UNESCO World heritage site which is famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city taking in key highlights such as the amphitheatre and thermal baths. 
Sète
Explore the picturesque town of Sète, often referred to as the Venice of Languedoc, it features an intricate canal network and unique saltwater lagoon. The centre is a great place to explore on foot, why not stop off at the indoor market with its impressive array of local produce, and enjoy some of the rich history of this town built by King Louis XIV. Be sure to walk up Mt St-Clair for some sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding region. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight duration is usually 2 ½ hours. Marseille Airport is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from your hotel.
Climate
The South of France has a proven reputation for sun, with an average 2,500 hours per year. Most of Provence has a Mediterranean climate, experiencing hot, dry summers and mild winters, with plenty of sunshine.
Food & Drink
Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.20
  • Beer: €5.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €18.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

To Catch a Thief - 1955 film, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to France

Morning

Travel to France

Upon arrival in Marseille or Béziers, our local representative will meet you in the airport. They will accompany you to your hotel, which is located in the seaside town of Le Grau du Roi.

Day 2 - Arles and Aigues-Mortes

Morning

Arles & Camargue National Park

After breakfast, you will begin your holiday with a full day excursion, taking in the colourful and vibrant city of Arles, a UNESCO World heritage site, also famed for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh, which was once his home. Your group will have a walking tour of the city with its amphitheatre and thermal baths. Visit the Camargue National Park a protected wetland environment and Pont Du Grau Bird Reserve, an important base for bird migration, home to the Pink Flamingos and other numerous bird species, wild horses, bulls and salt beds.

Afternoon

Aiges-Mortes

Enjoy some time in the afternoon in Aigues-Mortes, a medieval walled city, with its beautifully preserved houses, cobble stone streets, gothic style churches along with lots of cafés and shops selling souvenirs like nougat and Guardian cowboy hats.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today, you will have a full day to relax and enjoy the charms of the seaside town at your own pace. Take in some sightseeing, a walk along the beachfront and enjoy exploring the charming town of Le Grau du Roi.

Day 4 - Avignon and Les Baux de Provence

Morning

Avignon

After breakfast, we start our full day tour exploring Avignon and Les Baux de Provence. Avignon was home to the Popes from 1309-1377; this medieval town includes a visit to the Pope's Palace, where you can admire the gothic towers and their splendour. The bridge of Avignon, which once crossed the Rhône, was built in the 12th Century. Only four of the twenty-two original sections of the bridge remain today.

Afternoon

Les Baux de Provence

Visit Les Baux de Provence, known to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, with its small squares, terraces and narrow streets. The town also provides a panoramic view down over Arles and the Carmague.

Day 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today you will have free time to further explore your surroundings and see why the French like to spend their own holidays in this charming town. Sample some of the local pastries, fresh seafood, relax on one of the long stretches of sandy beaches or take a stroll along its fishing port. Your guide can offer advice on what to do in your free time.

Day 6 - Sète, Pezenas and Abbaye de Valmagne

Morning

Sète and Pezenas

Your full day tour will begin after breakfast, taking in Sète known as the Venice of Languedoc for its canal network, explore the indoor market for local produce, and enjoy some of the rich history of this town built by King Louis XIV. Visit Pezenas a small Occitan town that has splendidly preserved 16th, 17th and 18th century houses built during the time of great prosperity. It also boasts a town centre that was one of the first in France to be protected as a historic monument.

Afternoon

The Abbaye of Valmagne

The Cistercian Abbaye of Valmagne in the Parish of Villeveyrac was one of the richest abbeys in the South of France; it inspired the great cathedrals of Northern France. With its beautiful gardens and vineyards, it is a great setting for your afternoon guided visit and wine tasting.

Day 7 - At Leisure

Morning

At Leisure

You'll have some free time today to do some final shopping, take in some of the other places of interest like the aquarium, explore the interesting architecture like Villa Parry near the old lighthouse, Maison du Dauphin, or make the most of your final moments in this charming little town.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Transfer to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Le Splendid Hotel Camargue 3 Star

This modern, welcoming hotel faces the Mediterranean sea and the sandy beach of Grau du Roi, a picturesque town at the gateway to the Camargue. Within a short walk, you’ll find the charming fishing quarter and a selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.  The hotel’s a... read more read more read more

This modern, welcoming hotel faces the Mediterranean sea and the sandy beach of Grau du Roi, a picturesque town at the gateway to the Camargue. Within a short walk, you’ll find the charming fishing quarter and a selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops.  The hotel’s accommodation and public spaces are decorated in bright, unfussy style.  

 

 

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Le Splendid Hotel Camargue
21 Boulevard du Maréchal Juin,
30240 Le Grau-du-Roi

Le Grau du Roi
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