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7 days Provence

Provence, with its beautiful countryside, picturesque villages and markets, and the aromas of lavender, it is the purpose of this trip to the South of French. A lot of artists in this area are inspired by the landscape, specially the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. This trip is not only a cultural journey; and also the French 'joie de vivre' to learn with all your senses to enjoy what this region has to offer. The variety of these trip takes us to the impressive Pont du Gard, Avignon, the cultural city of Aix-en-Provence.

1st day Provence

From ... you fly with Air France via Paris to Marseille. From Marseille we drive to the Luberon where our hotel is located.

2nd daySaint Rémy de Provence – Camargue

We follow in the footsteps of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in Saint Rémy de Provence. Van Gogh discovered the beauty of this landscape and the quality of the incidence of light in painting. In one year, he created nearly 150 paintings and numerous drawings. In the afternoon we continue into the extraordinary and mysterious world of the swamp and lake landscape of the Camargue. The landmark of this area is the flamingo, the famous white Camargue horses and the black bulls that live here in the wild. From Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer we take a boat trip on the Rhône through the Camargue Regional Natural Park.

3rd dayCoustellet – Gordes – Roussillon – Apt

A drive through the picturesque countryside of Provence brings us to the lavender-museum in Coustellet. Lavender is closely linked to Provence. In the museum we learn all about the challenges of lavender cultivation, its history, its effects, its qualities and the future. Then we drive to Gordes, a beautiful place that is slightly higher and offers a beautiful view of the landscape. Than Roussillon, where we can admire the ocher-colored mountains. The red hills owe their color to the ocher-colored content of the earth. Paint is also made from this raw material. In the afternoon we scorn ourselves with the famous candied fruits from the region, of course with a tasting of all different types.

4th dayAvignon – Pont du Gard

Avignon was thé capital of christianity in the middle ages and is still shaped by this era. During a city tour we pass the Saint Bénézet bridge, which became known for the nursery rhyme "Sur le pont d'Avignon". We discover the small streets, squares, paved with pebbles from the Rhône and typical of this area. In the afternoon, the Pope Palace is scheduled, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Afterwards there will be enough time for shopping or a drink on a terrace before continuing to the Roman aquaduct Pont du Gard. The bridge is impressively high and is one of the best preserved water channels in French from Roman times, which also supplied the city of Nîmes with water. During a tour of the museum and the aquaduct we learn all about the water supply of the Romans. We have dinner in a restaurant between Pont du Gard and Saint Martin de Castillon.

5th dayAix-en-Provence - Chateau Virant

Today Aix-en-Provence, the historic capital of Provence and the birthplace of Paul Cézanne. The first thing we do is visit Roy René, a museum dedicated to the production and history of the Calissons, a delicacy in the form of weaver boats where Provence is famous for. Aix-en-Provence is an elegant city that unfolds along streets and squares and we get to know on a city tour. The markets, which are of course also on our programm, are very interesting! In the afternoon there is enough time to visit a museum or just let yourself go. Provence stands for lavender, wine and olive oil. We visit an olive oil company with a small museum. After a short introduction and tour of the farm there is an olive oil tasting. Dinner is in Cavaillon.

6th dayProvence – Home

Unfortunately, time flies too quickly and we have to say goodbye to the Provence.
The return journey takes us back through the Airport of Marseille from where you are flying back home with a stop in Paris.

This trip included the following services:

  • Flight from ... to Marseille (return)
  • Travel with a luxery 30-seater bus
  • Experienced bus driver / guide
  • 5x Bed and breakfast in Saint Martin de Castillon
  • 5x Dinner in typical restaurants
  • Entrance and guided tour Roy René
  • City tour Aix-en-Provence
  • Entrance olive oil museum Château Virant
  • Boat trip on the Rhône
  • Entrance lavender museum in Coustellet
  • Guided tour of Avignon
  • Entrance pope palace of Avignon
  • Entrance Pont du Gard
  • Wine tasting

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