Provence and the French Riviera 2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : July - September
Start: Nice, France
End: Nice, France

Provence and the French Riviera: 1 nt Nice, 1 nt French Riviera, 4 nts Arles, 1 nt Gréoux-les-Bains

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Glamour, picturesque villages and stunning mountain scenery: this tour through the French Riviera and Provence is sure to impress with its diversity and dramatic beauty! Join us as we experience the luxury of the French Riviera, marvel at the architecture of Avignon and venture into the mighty Gorges du Verdon – soaking up some fascinating history along the way.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Enjoy a picnic lunch and taste delicious produce at an olive farm in Les-Baux-de-Provence
– Marvel at the extraordinary Gorges du Verdon: the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’
– Experience the mesmerising Carrières de Lumières multimedia art show in Les Baux-de-Provence

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hôtel Albert 1er (Nice)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Hotel Albert 1er (Nice)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Leisure time in Antibes - Stop at a local vineyard to learn and taste. Stroll around Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. Visit Pont du Gard. Free time in Arles
  • Tour a local olive farm. Visit Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery - Meet the monks at Sénanque Abbey. Travel along the Gorges du Verdon
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Nice

Meet the group in the shining capital of the French Riviera and get to know one another over a delicious welcome meal. After all, there’s no better place to begin our journey than alongside the clear waters of the Côte d’Azur! (D)

Accommodation: Hôtel Albert 1er (or similar)

Day 2Nice – Antibes – French Riviera

After breakfast, our first stop will be Antibes – where we’ll take some time to stroll the narrow streets and picturesque old port with our Tour Leader. Indulge in some local produce and soak up the charming atmosphere at the Provençal market – before enjoying some free time to explore this seaside town at your leisure. Later, we’ll continue our journey along the Mediterranean Coast – where we’ll have the evening free to relax at our accommodation in the French Riviera. (B)

Day 3French Riviera – Aix-en-Provence – Arles

This morning we’ll make our way towards Aix-en-Provence – stopping for plenty of photo opportunities en route. Upon our arrival we’ll settle into a sumptuous included lunch, before having some time to explore this charming town at our own pace. Then, we’ll stop at a local vineyard to learn about the Provence rosé and enjoy a tasting of the region’s sweet wines. Later, we’ll move on to Arles – a city that’s famous as the inspiration behind Van Gogh’s paintings – and relish in free time to relax at our hotel or seek out a restaurant for some delicious local cuisine. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hôtel Acacias (or similar)

Day 4Arles – Pont du Gard – Avignon – Arles

First today, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard – an ancient Roman aqueduct with no fewer than three tiers of archways. And this afternoon? We’ll stop off in Avignon, where we’ll take a stroll around this historic city with our knowledgeable Tour Leader. After, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Palace of the Popes – one of the most significant medieval buildings in Europe and centre of the Roman Catholic world during the 14th century. Back in Arles, you’ll have the rest of the evening to spend as you please. Perhaps seek out a local wine cellar and sample some the of the local Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône wines – accompanied with a sumptuous French meal, of course! (B)

Accommodation: Hôtel Acacias (or similar)

Day 5Arles

Today, Arles is yours for the taking – so why not seize the opportunity to uncover thousands of years of local history and culture? Spend the day exploring some city highlights including the Arles Amphitheatre, the Church of St Trophime, the Langlois Bridge and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. This evening, we’ll clink glasses over an included meal and share stories of our day. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hôtel Acacias (or similar)

Day 6Arles – Les Baux-de-Provence – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Arles

First today: a stop at the famous Les Baux-de-Provence – renowned for its Les Baux stone. Here, we’ll experience an extraordinary multimedia art show within an old quarry – before continuing to a local olive farm. We’ll take a tour of the farm, learning all about the olive cultivation process and sampling some of the delicious produce as we go. Then? We’ll make the most of our glorious surroundings by tucking into a hearty picnic together. Appetites satisfied, we’ll make tracks to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where a visit to the impressive Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery is lined up for us. Vincent van Gogh lived here from 1889 to 1890 – and in the Van Gogh Field, you’ll have the opportunity to see 20 large-scale reproductions of his work. Before returning to Arles for the evening, we’ll enjoy some free time exploring the romantic and traditionally Provençal town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hôtel Acacias (or similar)

Day 7Arles – Luberon – Gréoux-les-Bains

We’ll begin today with scenic stops at some of the traditional villages of the Luberon. A region known for its spectacular countryside vineyards; villages perched on high hilltops; and incredible organic produce. This afternoon, we’ll visit the idyllic Sénanque Abbey, where we’ll meet the monks and take some time to enjoy the calming atmosphere and picturesque surrounds. And in Gréoux-les-Bains this evening, we’ll come together for a final group dinner – celebrating a wonderful tour of Provençal France. (B,D)

Accommodation: Villa Borghese (or similar)

Day 8Gréoux-les-Bains – Gorges du Verdon – Nice

As our tour comes to an end today, we’ll travel along the spectacular Gorges du Verdon – the jewel in the region’s crown. Known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’, picture steep cliff sides, rushing rapids and turquoise-coloured water. Our tour will end back in Nice, where we’ll say our goodbyes. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 23 $4,379 $5,479
2022: May 16, 30 $4,379 $5,479
2022: June 11, 20 $4,379 $5,479
2022: July 18 $4,379 $5,479
2022: August 15 $4,379 $5,479
2022: September 12, 26 $4,379 $5,479

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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