The lavender-carpeted fields of Provence. The staggering sight of Gorges du Verdon. The movie star looks of Cannes. The French Riviera has it all, and on this tour we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty.

Highlights 

  • Take the back roads from the elegant resort of Cannes to quaint towns such as Saint-Rémy-de Provence 
  • Have a Provençal lunch and accompanying wines in a private vineyard 
  • Visit the Roman theatre of Orange

What's Included:

  • 8 nights boutique hotel accommodation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 1 provencal lunch with wine tasting and 4 evening meals
  • Visit to a local pottery manufacturer
  • Entrances included: Fragonard Museum, The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Hôtel de Caumont, Sénanque Abbey, lavender museum, Roman Theatre of Orange, Pont du Gard, Palace of Popes and Pont Bénezet, Carrières des Lumières.
  • Small Group Touring, maximum 15 people
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced driver and tour leader

Dates & Departures:

Valid for travel: 11 May 2018 - 12 October 2018

Deal Ends: 15 December 2017, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Nice – Antibes – Vence

  • The French Riviera has it all, and on this tour we’ll soak up its history, glamour and natural beauty. The first stop: Antibes to view the old port. Then, we swap Antibes for Vence, with its colourful canvas of medieval streets and market stalls. Overnight: Hotel Cantemerle. 

Day 2: Vence – Cannes – Grasse – Vence

  • This morning travel to the sublime village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Then it’s time to channel your inner film star as we arrive in Cannes – famous for its glamorous festival, glitzy hotels and utterly chic boutiques. Wooing us away from the shoreline is Grasse, a hillside town north of Cannes that’s famous for creating world-class perfumes. Here, we’ll make a stop at the Fragonard Museum to treat the senses to some beautiful perfumes, before rounding off the day in Vence with a guided tour of the light-filled The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. Overnight: Hotel Cantemerle.

Day 3: Vence – Aix-en-Provence

  • Dotted with gravity-defying mountain villages and reach-for-your-camera scenery, we travel to Aix-en-Provence. When we reach the town of Aix, we dive into a network of narrow streets lined with spectacular architecture and centuries-old monuments. We even get time to pay a visit to Hôtel de Caumont, an elegant château filled with history and beauty. Overnight: Hotel Cezanne (B)

Day 4: Aix-en-Provence – The Luberon – Saint-Rémy-de Provence

  • After a delicious breakfast, we head off to Saint-Rémy-de Provence with a small detour via the Gordes, pausing in picturesque villages throughout the day. Overnight: Hotel Sous Les Figuiers.

Day 5: Saint-Rémy-de Provence – Orange – Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes – Saint-Rémy-de Provence

  • The first stop today is the magnificent Roman Theatre in Orange. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is extraordinarily well preserved, especially its striking arch. By this point, we’ll be ready for a flavour of this area’s culinary heritage too. Travel to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes where a private vineyard, delicious wines and a Provençal lunch await. Overnight: Hotel Sous Les Figuiers (B,L)

Day 6: Saint-Rémy-de Provence – Avignon – Pont du Gard – Arles

  • Roman engineering. Catholic architecture. It must mean we’re en route to Avignon. We pay a visit to the iconic Pont du Gard, an impressive two-tiered Roman aqueduct that carries us on a journey back in time. Onwards to Avignon to visit the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre. By the time we reach Arles, in the heart of the Camargue region, we’ll be ready for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Hotel Le Calendal.

Day 7: Arles

  • Whatever you feel like doing in Arles, the whole day is at your disposal. There are thousands of years of history and culture to uncover here. Overnight: Hotel Le Calendal.

Accommodation

Back-Roads Touring selects accommodation based on the criteria of location, characacter, charm and comfort, ranging from manor houses, country inns, hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses and occasionally even castles. Due to the traditional style of the accommodation, rooms sizes will vary and lifts are not always available. Selected Fridays only.

 

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