PROVENCE TOUR PACKAGE – 3-DAYS TOUR
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PROVENCE TOUR PACKAGE
Customize your private Provence tour package to include your choice destinations. Extend your Provence tour as needed.
Private Provence Tour Package by Well Arranged Travel
Destinations: Aix en Provence, Avignon and les Alpilles, Saint Remy de Provence, The Luberon – Loumarin, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Roussillon
Private Provence Tour Package includes: Private transportation for transfers and tours from Aix-en-Provence, services of your tour guide, taxes, tolls and parking.
Not Included: hotel cost, meals or entrances to sites you decide to enter.
PROVENCE TOUR PACKAGE – ITINERARY
Note: Customize this Provence tour package. You may choose another town as your base.
Day 1: Arrive Aix-en-Provence, Tour of Avignon, Overnight in Aix
Your Provence tour package begins with a privately guided tour of the charming city of Aix en Provence. Founded by the Romans in 103 B.C., the city was invaded and damaged by the Barbarians, yet still managed to stay prosperous. At the end of the 12th century, Aix became the capital of Provence.
You will enjoy a guided walking tour of the vibrant city of Aix, appreciating the sumptuous architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as Aix en Provence’s markets and cafés, mansions and fountains, and lively streets and lovely stores. Aix en Provence was also the birthplace of the painter Cézanne. You may visit his studio, if interested.
To round out your tour of Aix-en-Provence, you may visit a confectionery for a tasting of candied fruits and nougats (optional; small additional tasting fee). You will have time to explore Aix leisurely.
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Day 2: Luberon Mountains – Loumarin, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Roussillon or Gordes, Overnight in Aix
Today, your tour Provence tour will take you to discover one of the most picturesque areas of Provence, the Luberon mountains. The region of these majestic peaks, more than 3,500 feet above sea level, offer an endearing combination of lonely wild spaces and charming little villages.
Much of the Luberon range is protected as a parkland, where you can find more than 1,000 different species of plants and incredible oak and cedar forests that are home to eagles, hawks, snakes, beavers and the biggest lizards in Europe, among other fauna.
Luberon was also the stage for the first battles between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century.
The first stop of this Provence tour will be the lovely town of Lourmarin, where you will visit a stately Renaissance castle; you will then cross the mountains to reach the town of Bonnieux, known for its 12th century ramparts and church, from which you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the surrounding landscape.
You will continue your Provence tour to the charming town called Lacoste, where you can visit the ruins of the Marquis de Sade Castle. Your day will conclude in Roussillon, Provence’s most colorful village, with its brilliant red and ocher cliffs.
NOTE: You may replace Rousillon with Gordes.
Day 3: Provence Tour: Avignon and the area of Les Alpilles, St. Remy de Provence, Overnight in Aix
NOTE: If going to Paris at the end of this Provence tour, you will train back the next day.
This morning, your Provence tour will take you to Avignon, one of the most charming cities in southern France. Surrounded by imposing city walls, Avignon is well known as the residence of the Pope in the 14th century. Your guided tour of Avignon will also take you to visit the awesome Palace of the Popes and enjoy the enormous banquet rooms, original frescoes and floor tiles, and other details in its interior. The Palace paints a vivid portrait of the Pope’s life in that era.
Your Avignon tour also includes a visit the famous 12th century Pont Bénazet, over the Rhône River. This bridge was originally composed of 22 arches, but was almost completely destroyed in a 1668 flood. In one of the remaining arches you can still visit the little chapel of St. Nicholas.
In the afternoon, you will discover les Alpilles, stopping for lunch in the little town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Tour after lunch, will be in charming St. Remy, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins, including a grand arch and a mausoleum. Next door you will see the psychiatric hospital where Van Gogh spent a year after cutting off his ear.
Les Alpilles, a small mountain range in Provence, is actually an extension of the much larger Luberon range. Although it is not particularly high – only 1,270 feet at its highest point – the Alpilles range stands out as it rises dramatically from the flat plain of the Rhône valley.
The Alpilles were immortalized in art by Vincent van Gogh, who painted many images of the landscapes here during his time in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on the north side of the mountains. Return to Avignon at the end of your Provence tour.