Historic Provence & The Camargue

Historic Provence & The Camargue

Historic Provence & The Camargue

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Provence has become synonymous with the pleasures of life and is one of the most exclusive areas of France. The region offers a wide range of attractions from fields full of flowers, sloping vineyards, medieval fortresses to ancient Roman ruins. Rich in a thousand year history, Provence is a fascinating land of romance, history and great beauty waiting to be enjoyed at a gentle appreciative pace.

 

Mercure Orange * * * *

The fully renovated Mercure Orange is located a 20 minute walk away om the Roman theatre in Orange. • En-suite bedrooms • Flat screen television • Hairdryer • Free Wi-Fi • Tea, coffee making facilities • Air conditioning • Safe • Restaurant • Bar • Outdoor swimming pool • Sun terrace • Lift • www.accor.com

 

Day 1

Following the Channel crossing we continue to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 2

We continue our journey via Lyon to our hotel in Orange.

Day 3

At leisure in Orange, best known for it’s two monuments of Roman architecture, the Triumphal Arch and one of the largest Roman theatres in Europe, the only one with the stage wall remaining. The town also has a medieval street plan, fountained squares with many bars, cafés and a pleasant shopping area.

Day 4

We visit Avignon, with its famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. We include a guided walking tour through its ancient streets, restored medieval ramparts, the Saint-Benezet Bridge, ‘the famous broken bridge referred to as the ‘Pont d’Avignon’, the Cathedral Notre-Dame des Doms and the immense Gothic architecture of the Palais des Papes (entry included).

Day 5

Enjoy today’s excursion to Arles and the famous Camargue. Arles is steeped in Provençal culture and features impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) date back to the 1st century B.C. The Camargue is a huge nature reserve where the sea and marshland are inhabited by an amazing array of wildlife including the famous white horses, black bulls and flamingos. We have free time in the delightful town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a remarkable twice-yearly pilgrimage centre for gypsies from all over Europe, with an interesting fortified church.

Day 6

Today’s excursion is to the Ardèche Gorge. We cross the mighty Rhone River and travel to Bourg-Saint-Andéol and across the Gras Plateau before arriving in Vallon Pont d’Arc. Here the Ardèche River has bored its way through the cliffs, resulting in a huge natural archway, the 34m high ‘Pont d’Arc’. Our return journey takes us along the spectacular high corniche stopping off at some of the many viewing points offering breath-taking views of the Gorge and meandering river below. We return for a few hours free time in Orange.

Day 7

We depart our hotel and travel to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 8

Continue our journey to Calais and complete the journey home.

  • Executive coach travel

  • Door to door pick up

  • Short sea ferry / shuttle crossings

  • 2 overnights dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation

  • 5 nights dinner, bed & cold buffet breakfast accommodation in Orange (4 courses, 2 choice including cheese course)

  • Guided walking tour in Avignon

  • Entrance to the Palais des Papes

  • Visit Arles home of impressive Roman monuments

  • See the Camargue

  • Marvel at the breath-taking Ardèche Gorge

  • Free time to explore our resort

 

Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated

 

DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES

31st May 7 nights £879

10th Aug 7 nights £879

Single room supplement £242

For Door to Door terms & conditions please see brochure page 174-175

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Bracknell - Bagshot Road Opposite Glebewood Bus Stop
Bagshot Road - Before the Leisure Centre
Cardiff West Services Cardiff West Services Coach Park
Chieveley Services Chieveley Services (A34/M4) Newbury
Clackett Lane Services Clackett Lane Services, TN16 2ER (Anticlock)
Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet
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Edwards Depot LLANTRISANT Edwards Depot, Llantrisant, CF72 8QZ
Extra Services Cobham EB Extra Services Cobham Eastbound, M25 Jct 10-9
Leigh Delamare Eastbound Leigh Delamare Services Eastbound Before J17
Magor Services Magor Service Coach Park
Maidstone Services Maidstone Services, Junction 8 - M20
Neath - Railway Neath - Outside Railway Station
Reading Services Reading Services, Junction 11-12, RG30 3UQ
Sarn SERVICES Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park
Stop 24 Svcs (M20 J11) Stop 24 (Westenhanger) Services (M20 J11)
Swindon Hilton Swindon Hilton - Outside the hotel, Junction 16

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