On the leafy banks of the River Rhône, discover a city steeped
in ancient lore and mystery. As you make your way through the
narrow cobbled streets of Avignon, capture this sense of history
and mystique. Spend a day following in the footsteps of Van Gogh
walking from St Rémy to Alpilles or walk in the countryside around the Pont
du Gard Aqueduct. Throughout, your constant companion is a
countryside filled with wild herbs and flowers under the watchful
eye of Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest peak.
Medieval Avignon is surrounded by the 800 year old ramparts
that once protected the city. It has been regarded as one of
France’s major artistic centres since the 14th century when the
Pope’s court was here to escape political turmoil in Rome. The
Gothic Pope’s Palace remains. Elsewhere the city’s ramparts, towers
and decorated churches are evidence of its prosperity during this
To the south we visit Arles, the region’s key Roman city with a
well preserved amphitheater. We can explore too the city of NÎmes
and walk in its public gardens – the first in France.
We wander in attractive countryside with bright hues of wild
flowers, presided over by Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest peak.
We’ll walk around St Rémy-de-Provence, as well as visiting the town
itself, and also visit the Pont du Gard, an amazing stone aqueduct
160ft above the River Gard. We can also dance on the remaining
spans of the Pont d’Avignon!