Itinerary Belle Provence

After your arrival in Avignon, your journey into Provence begins in the picturesque countryside.   Continue deep into the charm and color of Provence as you traverse through the villages before ending the week in Avignon, former city of seven Popes.

Day 1

Lovely Luberon

DSC01349Arrive in alluring Avignon then transfer to Fontaine de Vaucluse, source of the crystal clear Sorgue river which bursts forth from the mountain.   Discover this intriguing treasure of nature and its charming surrounding village on foot with your local guide.  Enjoy a relaxing welcome dinner in the village while hearing about the week’s exciting activities. D

Day 2

Senses and Colors of Provence

DSC01395After an outdoor market visit, enjoy the picturesque hillside village of Gordes and the geological wonder of Roussillon known for its beautiful ochre painting materials. Venture into the Luberon Mountains visiting Lacoste, home of the Marquis de Sade.  Taste the delicious wines from Domaine Ruffinatto. B, L

Day 3

The Taste of Provence

DSC01174Learn to cook regional cuisine with a well-known local chef and help him prepare a gourmet lunch for your tasting enjoyment. Then transfer to northern Provence via Mont Ventoux with its endless vistas overlooking the Rhone Valley below and arrive at your historic hotel in the heart of Vaison-la-Romaine.   B, L, D

Day 4

The Nectar of Provence

Le Beffroi Hotel in Vaison La Romaine, ProvenceEnjoy a guided walk of medieval Vaison-la-Romaine, complete with a Gallo-Roman amphitheater.  Discover small villages in the beautiful Provençal countryside tasting world-renowned Côtes-du-Rhône wines and famous Bernard Castelain chocolates.  B, L, D

Day 5

Les Alpilles

DSC01101Board a beautiful river boat in Avignon and cruise the scenic Rhone River south to Les Alpilles area while enjoying live music and a four-course delicious lunch.  Our guide will join us in Arles for a walking tour of this lovely city and its Roman influence visible today.  Visit an artisan factory and museum where essential oils are extracted before settling into your lovely hotel inside the medieval walled section of Avignon.  B, L

Day 6

Palace of the Popes

DSC01115Enjoy a scenic drive to Les Antiques de Glanum to explore this extensive archaeological site of a former Roman city, then travel on to beautiful hilltop Les Baux for shopping and a relaxing lunch.  The afternoon will be spent in historically rich Avignon visiting the well-preserved wonders including the former Pope’s Palace before reminiscing the week’s discoveries during your farewell dinner. B, D

Day 7

Adieu!

After breakfast, transfer to Avignon train station for your departure home. B

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

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