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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 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 time.

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!

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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.



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    08 Apr 2017
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    20 May 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    08 Apr 2017 - 15 Apr 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
    Sightseeing tour of Avignon with a local guide.

    Day 3 - Avignon
    Walking and sightseeing around Avignon.

    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 if the weather is kind.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • 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.

    Supplement for single room £115


  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • As in the song, ’Sur le Pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse’!
    • The seven mile walk that passes the Pont du Gard, the most spectacular aqueduct in France. 
    • Walking the eight miles into the Alpilles from St Remy, look out for views that Van Gogh painted. 

  • 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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