The Provence & Riviera itinerary will take your from must sees to hideaways, from Luberon hilltop villages to the Riviera's wonderful panoramas. Flower fragrances, glowing colors, Mediterranean tastes and sunshine will delight you.
Start your trip in a very comfortable B&B for 3 nights in Avignon. This very quiet house is nestled in a nice garden where you will enjoy relaxing by the pool only 15 minute walk to the heart of Avignon old city. Your Hostess knows the region very well and she will be happy to give you some advice if you'd like.
Avignon, also referred to as “the City of Popes”, is a must see. Explore the palace of the Popes, the well-preserved ramparts and the famous “Avignon Bridge”. From this central point, you can easily tour the salt marshes of the Camargue and visit the Alpilles region, where you will find beautiful Saint Remy de Provence and Vincent Van Gogh favorite landscapes…we will tell you where to buy the best olive oil and lavender products!
If you are interested in history, don’t miss the Roman ruins at Arles, Orange and the Pont du Gard. We will also take you to smaller sites – less famous and much quieter.
If you like wine, we have planned for you a half day to explore one of the wine areas of the region, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Let François, a French sommelier, guide you to several wine makers and, explain you everything about local wines and taste a lot!
Uncover every mystery of Luberon. We will tell you about some hidden jewels - villages, off the beaten track – not too crowded…so you can experience life in Provence like Peter Mayle did. We can recommend a local market and wine cellar for each day of the week!
Spend the next 3 nights away from the crowds on the Riviera. You will stay in a small hilltop village in the hinterland about 40 minute drive to Nice. Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere while playing Petanque or having a drink at a table at an outdoor cafe, typical southern French activities. Your Hosts will welcome you very warmly and have you share a table d'hôtes dinner around the pool.
In the French Riviera, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful handicrafts, particularly ceramics, sculpture and painting. You might be tempted to step into a glassblower's shoes and make your own “chef d’oeuvre”. For art lovers, the many art museums of Nice and its surroundings will amaze you with masterpieces by Chagall, Matisse and Picasso.
But the Riviera is even more than all this. The “Cote d’Azur” is a marvel of fabulous 19th century villas and sapphire water coves.Wander about the narrow alleyways of the old city of Nice and visit the many famous art museums. Go shopping and enjoy views of the Mediterranean in seaside restaurants from Monte Carlo to Antibes.
Bienvenue en France !
This self-drive tour includes :
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Activities included in this tour :
Enjoy a wine tasting of the white, rosé and red wines of the estate. Then, in the vineyards, have a picnic made of local products: charcuterie, cheeses, fruits & vegetables...and of course, the house wine!
Take a « Petanque » class in a very friendly atmosphere. Petanque is the most popular game in the streets in the south of France. Petanque is a must-do while traveling in Provence & the Riviera.