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Discover traditional towns, scented citrus groves and stunning landscapes as you explore beautiful Provence.
Take the Eurostar service to Marseille where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.
Your discovery of Provence begins with a walking tour of Aix, once home to Cezanne, the beautiful city of Aix enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status and has a postcard-perfect old town bursting with medieval treasures, pretty squares and pavement cafés, enjoy a walking tour of it's highlights, seeing the elegant mansions, 12th century cathedral and tree-lined 'Cours Mirabeau', a tunnel of greenery studded with grand fountains, ornate town houses and stately cafés. Continue on this afternoon to historic Avignon, where you will stay for five nights.
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of this fortified medieval city, once the home of popes and famed for its Saint Bénezet, the arched bridge immortalised in the song 'Sur le pont d'Avignon'. Set alongside the River Rhône, the city's pink sandstone buildings, cobbled streets and leafy squares are reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. See the Romanesque cathedral. Visit the Palais de Papes or 'Pope's Palace'. Topped with fairytale turrets, the court of this citadel once attracted Europe's most distinguished intellectuals and artists. This afternoon, explore the Pont du Gard, a stunning, three-tiered Roman aqueduct across the Gardon River, which more than warrants its UNESCO World Heritage status. At the end of today enjoy a restaurant dinner.
Begin today in the Roman town of Nîmes, the original heart of the 19th century denim - 'de Nîmes' - industry. Take a walking tour around its lotus tree-lined boulevards and squares to see the superbly preserved Roman arena and Maison Carrée, a colonnaded 5th century temple. This afternoon, explore the lovely town of Uzès, where medieval towers rise over narrow cobbled lanes.
Once the summer retreat of Avignon's popes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is now better known for its local wines and has cobbled passageways filled with wine shops, all overlooked by its ruined papal chateau. Sample prized wines at a wine cellar before taking an afternoon trip to Orange, home to a spectacular, 9,000-seater Roman theatre.
Your sightseeing starts in delightful Arles, where Van Gogh painted his masterpieces 'Sunflowers' and 'Starry Night'. Set off on a walking tour to admire its café-filled squares, 9th century cathedral and breathtaking 1st century Roman amphitheatre. This afternoon, visit the walled town of Les Baux de Provence, whose crumbled citadel gives wonderful views over the Camargue.
Today starts with a morning tour of Marseille, France's oldest city and largest seaport. The capital of Provence, this cosmopolitan city was founded by the Greeks in 600BC and is packed with fascinating sights. Your tour takes you to its bustling ancient heart, the picturesque Vieux Port or 'old port', where elegant 'quais', bustling markets and handsome town houses surround the boat-filled harbour. Next, you'll head for the hilltop Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. This evening's dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Marseille station for your return Eurostar journey to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or similar.
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