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Romantic Avignon

Highlights of Roman Provence...

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 scale the heights of the Pont du Gard Aquaduct. Throughout, your constant companion is a countryside filled with wild herbs and flowers under the watchful 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 time.

 

To the south we visit Arles, the region’s key Roman city with a well preserved amphitheatre. We can explore 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. We’ll walk around St Rémyde- 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!

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    21 Dec 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    21 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017

    Day 1 - Avignon
    Travel from London St Pancras to Paris (Gare Du Nord) by Eurostar. Then from Paris to Avignon by TGV rail.

    Day 2 - Avignon
    Avignon - With the help of a professional local guide we will spend the morning exploring the rich history of Avignon taking in sites such as Place St Pierre, Place de l'Horloge and the Promenade des Papes.

    Day 3 - Avignon
    Pont du Gard - Two thousand years ago, the Romans built a 50km long aqueduct to carry spring water from near Uzès to Nimes. The aqueduct was carried over the deep River Gard, by the stunning 160ft high stone structure known today as the Pont du Gard. The aqueduct is set in pleasant countryside, with some fine walks.

    Day 4 - Avignon
    Arles - 36km south of Avignon and was the key city in Roman times, thanks to its bridge-of-boats across the Rhone. Its monuments are outstanding and Van Gogh lived and painted in Arles for a short time.

    Day 5 - Avignon
    Villeneuve - A small, fortified mediaeval town, situated on cliffs on the west bank of the River Rhone. It was a kind of suburb for cardinals when the popes were based in Avignon. A delight to wander around and discover.

    Day 6 - Avignon
    Nimes - a major urban centre in Roman times, with some outstanding Roman monuments and is worthy of a full day’s visit. Nimes now has the feel of a large city.

    Day 7 - Avignon
    St. Remy de Provence - A small, pleasant market town lying near the northern foot of the Alpilles range, about 40 minutes south of Avignon. It has a charming core of mediaeval streets and buildings. Nostradamus was born there. A short distance to the south of St Remy are the Roman remains at Les Antiques and Glanum. The former consists of an archway and a remarkably well preserved mausoleum. Glanum was a Roman town, which for centuries had been forgotten, and buried under alluvial deposits swept down from the hills above.

    Day 8 - -
    Return journey by TGV rail to Paris and from Paris to London St Pancras via Eurostar.


  • Accommodation

    We stay at the excellently situated and typically French, Le Magnan Hotel. Recently refurbished, this small characterful hotel is built within the old Roman walls which still surround the town today. The hotel is lovingly run by three couples and you will enjoy their wonderful hospitality. The quaint courtyard is a tranquil oasis and a wonderful place to take breakfast when the weather is kind.

  • What's Included
    • Return rail travel to Avignon from London
    • En-suite suite accommodation.
    • Half board meals throughout with breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
    • Half day with a professional local guide.
    • All local transport costs are included.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Singing “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”.
    • Climbing Pont du Gard for the first time.
    • Discovering the views that Van Gogh painted.
    • Enjoying a guided trip around Avignon.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c15mins).
    • Rail Travel: London St Pancras - Avignon via Lille or Paris. (c4hrs 30min + stop), Eurostar/TGV (via Paris will involve a change of station).

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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