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Provence, Burgundy & The Ardeche: Small Group Tour

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,689

Explore the charming regions south of Paris on this week-long small group tour. Start in Paris and journey through Burgundy and the Ardeche, stopping off at the wine capital of Beaune, Cluny Abbey, Avignon, and the lavender fields of the Luberon Hills, before reaching Nice.


This 7-day French vacation starts in Paris and takes you through Burgundy and the Ardeche before ending in Nice. It features first-class and moderate accommodations, small group tours, and is an ideal add-on to a stay in Paris.

Your journey begins in Paris, the French capital, where you’ll head south through the Burgundian lowlands. First stop is the rural town of Auxerre, where you’ll see one of the best-preserved medieval quarters in all of Europe. You’ll also see the UNESCO-listed basilica in Vezelay and head alongside the beautiful rivers and lakes of Morvan Regional Nature Park before reaching Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Travel through Burgundy to Cluny Abbey, one of the most significant monasteries in the world. After a winery visit in Cote-Rotie, you’ll head into Ardeche and reach Tournon-sur-Rhone. Continue along the Ardeche River to Pont D’Arc, the stunning natural stone bridge, before seeing replicas of prehistoric cave drawings in Grotte Chauvet.

Turn into Provence and explore the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, gazing upon Catholic marvels of architecture. You’ll also visit the stunning medieval monastery of Senanque Abbey, which is surrounded by the lavender fields of the Luberon Hills, before reaching the beautiful honey-coloured village of Gordes. Continue through lavender fields and stop off in the charming village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie before reaching Sisteron. On the final leg of your journey, you’ll continue along the French Rivieria. Stop at Point Sublime along Gorges du Verdon, head on a short walk through the mountains to the Saut Du Loup Waterfalls, and explore the beautiful city of violets, Tourettes Sur Loup, before reaching Nice.

After spending a night in Nice, you’ll head to the train station to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,689

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Day 1

Paris - Burgundy

You depart the cosmopolitan city of Paris and watch the lowlands turn into the landscapes of northern Burgundy. Your first stop of the day is historic Auxerre. This rural town boasts one of the best restored medieval quarters in northern Europe. You've got time here to stretch the legs and discover the narrow lanes, lovely open squares, and half-timbered houses. You then travel to the remote village of Vezelay.

Perched on a hill in the sea of greenery, this commune clustered around a UNESCO basilica is a perfect stop for lunch. Once you've tried the local specialities, you travel through the unspoiled forests of the Morvan Regional Nature Park. The scenes of lakes and rivers make you feel far away from the Parisian metropolis. In the early evening, you arrive for your overnight stay in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. It's time to indulge yourself in two great French passions, food and wine.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Burgundy - Cluny Abbey - Ardeche

Bonjour! Today you travel through Burgundy to the dignified Cluny Abbey. In its heyday, this religious centre was one of the most powerful Christian capitals in medieval Europe. You've got time to explore the quiet cloisters of this stunning monastery and ponder over its former glory. Then you head to Vienne, a town steeped in Gallo-Roman heritage. Its old quarters hide spectacular ruins of a Roman temple and theatre. Enjoy your lunch here and discover more of the town's fascinating past before you continue your journey.

In the afternoon, it's time to delve into the wine region of Cote-Rotie to appreciate some of the best local vintages in a charming winery. After you've satisfied your taste buds, you venture south to the famous Ardeche area. In the evening, you arrive in Tournon-sur-Rhone, a welcoming little town sitting upon the river Rhone.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Ardeche, Pont D'Arc

It's time for something more majestic. It's time to discover the rugged heart of Ardeche. In the morning, your driver takes you along the scenic roads of a regional natural park to Aubenas, a city full of architectural treasures. But that's just the beginning of today's highlights. Next, you follow the serpentine of the Ardèche river to Pont D'Arc where the water's torrents etched an iconic natural stone arch in the limestone. Once you've feasted your eyes on this natural wonder, you can choose what to do next. A little down the road, you can visit Grotte Chauvet, a replica of a cave decorated with prehistoric art that gives you a glimpse into the life of Palaeolithic people. Alternatively, you can enjoy more of the natural landscapes carved out by the adamant river. You head back to Tournon-sur-Rhone in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Ardeche - Avignon - Gordes

Provence has many dreamy and seductive faces. And today you're going to discover more of this inspiring region. First on your agenda is Avignon. You have time to explore the historic centre and the soaring Palace of the Popes. This fortress was the hub of the Roman Catholic world when the popes fled the political pressures of Rome. Grab a bite to eat, stroll through the streets, and discover the youthful vibe of the city before we move on. In the afternoon, we head east to Senanque Abbey nestled among the Luberon hills. If you’re searching for an iconic shot of a medieval monastery surrounded by fragrant lavender fields, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the quiet cloisters, meet the monks who still live here and continue your journey deeper into the hills. Next, get a taste of traditional Provençal life in Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. This honey-coloured hamlet clinging to the edge of a hill is a perfect place to admire the grand vistas of the Luberon valley.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Provence, Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Valensole

Today you follow the trail of quaint villages and lavender fields as you delve into the Verdon Regional Nature Park. The first stop is at a village that literally clings to a cliff face, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Here, there are a few of options to choose from. You can take in the spectacular views, visit ateliers selling the local pottery, or climb 262 steps leading to a beautiful chapel perched above the village.

Then you travel to the shores of the immense lake of Sainte Croix and the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. The water looks tempting here, so pack your swimwear and try some water sports or bask in the sunshine. Next, head to Valensole and the Valensole Plateau where lavender, 'the soul of Provence', grows. These fields of 'blue gold' and sunflowers are some of the most famous in the world. And they stretch as far as the eye can see. If you've got a soft spot for this aromatic flavour, try some of the local dishes. You arrive in Sisteron in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Alpes de Haute Provence - Gorges du Verdon - Nice

Impressive canyons, magnificent mountains, idyllic villages and the French Riviera. This is today's exciting journey through Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes Maritimes. Your first stop is the commune of Castellane, the gateway to the Verdon gorges. Stretch your legs and wander through the maze of picturesque narrow lanes. And if you're keen on history, you can visit a place where Napoleon stopped for lunch on his return from Elba. Next, you travel to the Point Sublime of Gorges du Verdon. Brace yourself, because this spectacular view will make your heart race. It's the best viewing point for admiring the sheer cliffs, the vastness of the canyon, and the turquoise colour of the river Verdon. Then, you travel onwards through the mountains, forests, and hillside vineyards until you reach Saut Du Loup Waterfalls where you have a short walk. And just before you leave the mountains and plunge down to the glamorous French Riviera, you visit your last idyllic village, Tourrettes Sur Loup. Take some photos of this hamlet that's affectionately called the 'city of violets' and say au revoir! to the lush countryside. In the early evening, you arrive in Nice.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Nice Airport to Nice Hotels

Duration1 Hour

The Deck Hotel by Happyculture

The 4-star Deck Hotel by HappyCulture is located in Nice City Centre, a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais, the sea front, the central square Place Massena and the main shopping street Jean-Medecin. The Deck Hotel embraces the HappyCulture Collection concepts of cultivating a sense of values, experiences, attention to detail and embracing the spirit of the city and its unique surroundings.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Deck Hotel by Happyculture

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    The Deck Hotel by Happyculture



    The 4-star Deck Hotel by HappyCulture is located in Nice City Centre, a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais, the sea front, the central square Place Massena and the main shopping street Jean-Medecin. The Deck Hotel embraces the HappyCulture Collection concepts of cultivating a ...

    The 4-star Deck Hotel by HappyCulture is located in Nice City Centre, a 5-minute walk from the Promenade des Anglais, the sea front, the central square Place Massena and the main shopping street Jean-Medecin. The Deck Hotel embraces the HappyCulture Collection concepts of cultivating a sense of values, experiences, attention to detail and embracing the spirit of the city and its unique surroundings.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Breakfast Room
    • Business Corner
    • Concierge
    • Game Room
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 7

Nice Hotels to Nice Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2020: May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights' moderate or first class accommodations including:
    • Daily Breakfast
    • 5 day small group tour with guide
    • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Departure transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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7 Sep 2020
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