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Provence & The French Riviera

Back-Roads Touring

Provence & The French Riviera

10 days / 9 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2328

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

To book this lovely 10 day Provence and French Riviera tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

Provence & The French Riviera
Your Tour Itinerary

Your Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Nice

Arrive into Nice and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2 Nice - Antibes - Vence

Antibes may be an old port with boatloads of historical charm, but the luxury yachts make this very much a 21st century playground. We get a sense of both its heritage and jet-set style as we wander the narrow streets and impressive harbour. Then we swap Antibes for Vence, with its colourful canvas of medieval streets and market stalls. It’s no surprise swathes of artists have been captivated by this city. We linger here overnight to find out more, beginning our stay with a welcome dinner together. (D)

Day 3 Vence - Cannes - Grasse - Vence

This morning we make our way 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. There’s much to see here, so we go our separate ways to allow plenty of time on Promenade de la Croisette. Wooing us away from the shoreline is Grasse, a hillside town north of Cannes that’s famous for creating world-class perfumes. The end of the day brings us back to Vence and the light-filled Chapelle du Rosaire – a masterpiece of contemporary design conceived by Henri Matisse. Look for the vivid and abstract stained glass windows, and the stark black-lined depictions of the Madonna and Child on the walls. (B)

Day 4 Vence - Aix-en-Provence

Dotted with gravity-defying mountain villages and reachfor- your-camera scenery, The Var is ideal driving country. We travel through it on our way to Aix-en-Provence, stopping at a handful of characterful villages as we go. When we reach the Old 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 18th century château on an urban scale, which houses an art centre. (B)

Day 5 Aix-en-Provence - Saint Remy-de-Provence

This morning is yours, and you could use it discover and revisit the sights of Aix-en-Provence. When we come back together, we head off to Saint-Rémy-de- Provence, pausing in some of the pretty villages scattered throughout the Luberon. (B, D)

Day 6 Saint Remy-de-Provence - Orange - Saint-Cecile-les-Vignes - Saint Remy-de-Provence

Our 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. So we make our way to Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes where a private vineyard, delicious wines and a Provençal lunch await. Back in Saint-Rémy-de- Provence, we have an evening to ourselves. (B, L)

Day 7 Saint Remy-de-Provence - Pont du Gard - Avignon - 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-tier Roman aqueduct that carries us on a journey back in time. Onwards to Avignon, we cross sublime landscapes before we enter this 14th century city to see its sights. At the top of our list are the Palace of the Popes, which towers over the historic centre, and the legendary Saint- Bénezet Bridge. 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. (B, D)

Day 8 Arles

Museum and gallery hop by morning. Spend the afternoon tracing the brushstrokes of Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. And in between, pull up a chair in a cosy bistro or shady square to watch the world go by. Whatever you feel like doing in Arles, the whole day is at your disposal. We can point you towards the Roman amphitheatre, baths and monastery. Or you could discover the city’s bullfighting heritage and artistic side all by yourself. There are thousands of years of history and culture to uncover here. (B)

Day 9 Arles - Leds Baux-de-Provence - Gorges du Verdon

We make for the mountains today and venture into the ‘Little Alps’. First up is the Huguenot stronghold of Les Baux-de- Provence. Here we marvel at the extraordinary Carrières de Lumières, where works of art are projected on to the walls of this former quarry. Finally, we arrive at the sensational Gorges du Verdon – for many, the jewel in this region’s crown. This centuries-old canyon, circled by quaint villages, captivates from the moment you see it. It’s so spectacular that we stay in the area overnight to truly appreciate it, and settle down to a final dinner together. (B, D)

Day 10 Gorges du Verdon - Castellane - Nice

It’s time to say goodbye today, but not before one last trip. Our tour’s last stop sees us in the cobbles of Castellane. Look out for the dazzlingly high Chapelle Notre-Dame du Roc and groups of locals venturing off, oars in hand, on rafting and kayaking expeditions along the nearby rivers. After that, we return to Nice where we bid one another “au revoir”. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B)

 

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Provence & The French Riviera - Tour code PFR

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Provence & The French Riviera - Tour code PFR

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code

Date

Twin Double

Single

Date

Twin Double

Single

April 27

£2450
£2328

£3295
£3131

August 17

£2495
£2371

£3395
£3226

May 4, 11, 18

£2495
£2371

£3395
£3226

September 7, 14

£2495
£2371
£3395
£3226

June 15, 22, 29

£2495
£2371

£3395
£3226

September 21, 28

£2495
£2371
£3395
£3226

July 20, 27

£2495
£2371

£3395
£3226

October 5

£2450
£2328
£3295
£3131

Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown. 

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Back-Roads Touring

Provence & The French Riviera

10 days / 9 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2328

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

To book this lovely 10 day Provence and French Riviera tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

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The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

  • 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
  • Relish Arles with a day to yourself
Tour Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • Four evening meals (D)
  • One lunch with wine tasting (L)
  • Entrance fee included to: Rosaire Chapel, Hôtel de Caumont, Roman Theatre of Orange, Palais des Papes, Pont Saint-Bénezet, Pont du Gard and Carrieres de Lumières
Small groups of up to 15

Small groups of up to 15

With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring

Why Back-Roads Touring

Mini-Coaches  

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel 

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.