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Day by Day
Day 1: Aix-en-Provence - Bonnieux
Pick Up Rental Car
At your arrival, a rental car will be at your disposal for the length of your stay (5 days). Thus, you can move freely and comfortably. On the day of departure, you will drop off the vehicle.
Private Guided Walking Tour of Aix-en-Provence
Go on a walking tour of Paul Cézanne’s hometown: enjoy the Cours Mirabeau and its cafés, the many fountains, private mansions, the Mazarin district and its 17th and 18th century buildings, the passages and alleys of the Vieil Aix, Albertas Square… this city has a truly exceptional history!
At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you with a box of Calisson.
Day 2: Bonnieux - Roussillon - Gordes - Lacoste
Bonnieux E-Bike Cycling Tour: Loop Ride
Embark on an unforgettable e-bike loop tour which includes Bonnieux, Roussillon, Gordes, Menerbes and Lacoste before you’ll be back to Bonnieux (+/-45KM).
your bike ride begins in the village of Bonnieux, which takes center-stage in Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. The Luberon mountains are sprinkled with some of the most majestic hilltop villages in the country, and this is a ride which includes a few: Roussillon, and its ochre-colored homes. Gordes, and its majestic golden-stone homes set dizzyingly above the Calavon valley. Ménerbes, and its elegant centuries-old buildings. And Lacoste, crowned by the ruins of the castle of the Marquis de Sade.
Day 3: Bonnieux - Avignon
Suggestion – Colorado Provencal Cliffs of Rustrel
A site of incredible beauty, named for its variety of shapes and colors, combines the pleasure of hiking and discovering an industrial heritage. The exceptional site is the result of work done by 4 generations of ocher miners and farmers.
The Colorado Provençal is located in the village of Rustrel (Luberon), in the Departement of Vaucluse.
The landscape (cliffs, cirques, fairy chimneys, and hills) is the result of the exploitation of ocher started in the 18th century in the region. The grandiose site welcomes you for walks and touristic hikes.
Private guided walking gourmet tour in Avignon
In this tour , your guide will take you for a gourmet walking tour and you will get to learn about the history of the picturesque city and the provencal culinary traditions.
You will visit the covered market of ‘Les Halles’ displaying fresh and colorful food every morning. You will get to try the famous “tapenade” in one of the shops and taste different local products such as navettes, nougats, calisson and wine.
Day 4: Pont du Gard - Collias
Visit the Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard was the highest aqueduct in the Roman world reaching a soaring 160-feet high (48m). It once brought spring water to the city of Nîmes winding over 30 miles (50 kilometers) through the mountains between Uzès and Nîmes. It is the name of the section that spans the Gardon river. Built around 50 AD, the aqueduct is a testament to Roman engineering. This spectacular section is a technical and artistic masterpiece.
The ruins are in a charming natural environment, so enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river past the ancient olive trees and Mediterranean flora. A fine onsite museum explains the aqueduct’s constructions and lets you brush up on your Roman history.
Kayaking and Canoeing in the Gorges du Gardon
Pont du Gard, famous for its beautiful architecture, offers visitors an incredible experience in the waters of the Gardon. Feel the excitement as you kayak through the waters and down small dams, while enjoying the scenic landscape and crystal-clear waters of the river
Discover the kayak base at Collias, near to the Pont du Gard and down the Gardon in the kayak. From Collias, kayak towards the Pont du Gard which gives visitors the perfect amount of time to take in their surroundings and marvel at the beauty of the Gardon and the Pont du Gard. Your guide will accompany you during this journey to make sure everything runs smoothly but also to show you the fauna and flora of the region.
Day 5: Avignon
Self-guided Visit of the Palais des Papes in Avignon
Avignon’s most famous building is the monumental Palais des Papes. It’s one of Europe’s largest Gothic buildings and was the seat of power for nine successive popes during the 14th century.
Tours take visitors through 25 rooms. Must-see rooms include the Consistoire (audience room), the Grande Chapelle (great chapel), the Grand Tinel (banquet hall), and the private papal apartments.
The views from the towers are a superb place to take in the city, with the Rhône River below and its famous Pont d’Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet).
Suggestion: Explore Avignon, “La Cite des Papes”
Stroll the boutique-lined streets and vibrant squares, dine in some excellent restaurants and see the impressive medieval wall that encircles the old city.
The main attraction in Avignon is another of Provence’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Palais des Papes. It’s one of the largest medieval Gothic buildings in Europe, former home to nine successive popes during the 14th century.
It took less than 20 years to build this immense religious structure with imposing walls and four impressive towers. Tours take visitors through 25 rooms. Must-see rooms include the Consistoire (Audience Room), the Grande Chapelle (Great Chapel), the Grand Tinel (Banquet Hall), and the private papal apartments. The views from the towers are the most sublime place to take in the city, the Rhône River and the famous Pont d’Avignon (Pont Saint-Bénézet).
The Pont d’Avignon is a testament to the exciting history of the capital of Vaucluse. Built between 1177 and 1185, the Saint-Bénezet Bridge, known as the “Pont d’Avignon,” once connected Avignon with Villeneuve-les-Avignon. After extensive repeated damage from war and flooding, only four of the original 22 arches remain today. When it was built it was the only link over the Rhone River between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea.
Sample the Papalines d’Avignon, chocolate specialties made with aromatic oregano liqueur from Mont Ventoux. They are handmade and only sold by shops affiliated with the Vaucluse master confectioners. Five tons are sold each year! The asparagus is worth trying too during the spring season. It’s widely celebrated in Avignon – nearly every menu in town has fresh asparagus soup, roasted green asparagus, or the white variety lightly sautéed and served with sauce.
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- This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
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