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3-Day Tour of Provence:   Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaison la Romaine, Arles and Camargue


Private Provence Tour to Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaison la Romaine, Arles and Camargue includes: Private transportation for transfers and tours once in Provence, services of your tour guide, taxes, tolls and parking

Not Included: hotel cost, cost of wine tasting and train tickets to and from Provence.

NOTE: We will purchase the train tickets for you.

Day 1: Travel to Avignon, Walking tour of Avignon and St. Remy, Overnight in Avignon

Today, your private tour of Provence begins with one of the most charming cities in southern France: Avignon. You will have a private walking tour of Avignon, known as the residence of the Pope in the 14th century. Your will see the Palace of the Popes as you stroll the city. Your Avignon tour also includes a visit to the famous 12th century Pont Bénazet. This bridge, originally composed of 22 arches, was almost completely destroyed in a 1668 flood. In one of the remaining arches you can still visit the little chapel of St. Nicholas.

For lunch, you can sample your way through one of Avignon’s indoor markets, featuring tasty tapenades, cured meats, organic breads and local cheeses prepared in the Provençal way.

Next, your tour in Provence continues to the charming town of St. Remy, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins including a grand arch and a mausoleum. You will also see the psychiatric hospital where artist Vincent Van Gogh spent a year after cutting off his ear.
You will return to Avignon in the late afternoon.

Day 2: Guided Tour of Chateauneuf du Pape & Vaison la Romaine, Overnight in Avignon

Today, you will drive north of Avignon to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a medieval hillside village famous for its vineyards. You see the ruins of the old stone castle here. After walking the sites, you may visit a chocolate and wine boutique and sample the both with the assistance of a professional sommelier and/or chocolatier.
Next you will tour Vaison la Romaine, at the heart of ancient Roman Provence. There are various archeological sites you can visit here, including the Gallo-Roman bridge and Amphitheatre. If your visit falls on a Tuesday, you can visit the beautiful market in Vaison, where you can purchase everything from cheeses and meats to locally made lavender soap and handmade linens. There are also lots of lovely cafes for lunch here.
You will return to Avignon in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Private Tour of Arles and Camargue, Return to Paris
  
The final day tour in Provence takes you on a tour of Arles, a 2,000-year-old city, where you will explore its ancient Roman monuments. You will also visit sites such as Langlois Bridge, Café la Nuit and the Sanatorium made famous by artist Vincent Van Gogh. The artist painted some 300 pieces during the 15 months he lived in Arles.
Next your Provence trip will take you on a tour the Camargue region, beginning with a short visit to Camargue Nature Park, home to more than 400 species of birds among many other kinds of flora and fauna. Your Provence trip ends with a guided tour of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, a quaint coastal town with strong Spanish and Gypsy influences. Here you will enjoy a traditional Provençal meal, followed by a leisurely stroll along the town’s pedestrian-friendly streets.

You will return to Paris by train at the end of the day.


 

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