Provence in Detail
- 7 Days
- From $1,099
- Travel south through France on the iconic TGV
- Luxuriate in the smell of rolling lavender fields and olive groves
- Enjoy the beautiful, historic towns of Aix and Avignon
- Sample the best of French produce and cuisine
- Add extra nights & destinations
- Choose alternative hotels
- Upgrade your journey to First Class
- Let us suggest the most scenic routes
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 6 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Pick up the iconic TGV from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. The famous high-speed service will rush you south and you will arrive in Avignon in the early evening – just in time to drop your bags at Hotel de l’Horloge (or similar) and find somewhere exciting for dinner.
Coming from somewhere else in Europe? We can include travel from any destination to tie in with your plans.
The wonderful city of Avignon has everything a visitor could want: natural beauty, culture, history and a huge range of great restaurants to choose from when you need to replenish your energy reserves. We particularly recommend the walk up the Dom rock which affords you views of the Rhone and the Pont D’Avignon, and also suggest you visit the Pope’s Palace – built when Avignon was the centre of world Christendom. Come the evening (or perhaps late afternoon!) why not find a café which will serve you a bottle of the world-famous Chateauneuf du Pape, which is produced just a few kilometres away?
Following a leisurely last morning in Avignon, you will return to the city’s TGV station just before midday to pick up a fast service to Aix-en-Provence, a small but stunning town a little further south. On arrival, you will head to the Grand Hotel Roi René (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
After check in, it will be lunchtime and you are spoilt for choice. If the weather is warm and sunny, we recommend choosing one of the cafés which line the stately Cours Mirabeau where you can divide your time equally between eating and people-watching.
You have two full days to explore one of France’s greatest university towns. And Aix is no one-trick pony: it caters for your stomach and your soul as well as you brain with great food markets, wonderful restaurants and cafés, and a thriving art scene. What else would you expect from somewhere which was once home to Zola and Cezanne?
Cezanne’s former studio is definitely one of Aix’s highlights and we also suggest you make time for Camp Les Milles which provides a sobering insight into the Vichy era.
It’s time to leave Aix today for your onward journey. Perhaps return to Paris for some sightseeing or head south to the coast. You can also continue into Italy from here by rail. Let us know your plans and we can tailor make your itinerary.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Situated just a short stroll from the Pope’s Palace and with views over the café-lined Place de l’Horloge, the hotel combines traditional style with modern comforts, making it a great base for your stay in Avignon. Rooms offer free WiFi, air-conditioning and a minibar as well as a desk area.
Situated near the heart of Aix – the beautiful boulevard which is the Cours Mirabeau – the Grand Hotel Roi René is the ideal place to rest and relax after a day’s exploration. All rooms have satellite TV and air-conditioning and the hotel also benefits from a heated outdoor pool and both a bar and a restaurant, meaning almost every whim can be catered for.