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Aix City Stay Itinerary
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The itinerary has been planned as a first day of Sunday and final night of Thursday. We can arrange an alternative day of week to start your holiday but in this case the excursions available may change according to your choice of holiday dates.

This holiday can be taken at any time between the months of April to October.

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Arrive in Aix en Provence for your 5 nights stay in this lively university town in a hotel right in the heart of the old town. After your arrival take a self guided walking tour of the Vielle Ville for an introduction to the sights of the town.

This evening enjoy a stroll along the Cours Mirabeau with its pretty fountains and maybe dine at one of the lively brasseries for which Aix is famous.

A whole day escorted excursion. Your day starts with a visit to the Cotes de Provence vineyards on the slopes of the Sainte Victoire mountain. Here you will taste the full bodied reds and elegant rosé wines. The day continues on to visit the perched villages of the Parc Naturel du Luberon - a designated area of natural beauty north of Aix. See the lovely perched villages of Roussillon and Gordes plus picturesque Lourmarin and Bonnieux. The excursion departs at 9.00 a.m. and returns at 19.30

This morning a guided walking tour from the Tourist Office exploring Historic Aix starting at 10.00 and lasting approximately 2 hours.

A free afternoon in Aix to explore more of this beautiful old city at your own pace. Maybe visit one of the interesting museums or art galleries or browse the designer shops. Don’t miss Cézannes Atelier, still full of the painter’s presence.

Today a full day escorted tour visiting the charming old market town of St. Rémy de Provence. Its market day this morning and there are all the scents and colours of Provence on the stalls which wind their way through the town. From St. Rémy your tour continues on to the medieval fortress village of Les Baux perched high in the Alpilles mountains and with views right across to the Camargue and the distant Mediterranean . Your day ends with a visit to the historic town of Arles rich in Roman history and with its associations with Van Gogh. The excursion departs at 09.00 and returns at 19.00

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This morning a half day escorted minibus excursion this morning to the Mediterranean coast and the picturesque fishing village of Cassis . Here the pastel coloured houses cluster around the pretty harbourside from where boats depart for excursions to the Calanques - fjord like structures - for which this part of the coast is famous. The excursion departs at 09.00 and returns at 13.00 for a free afternoon in Aix.

Depart this morning after breakfast.

 

 

Our 5 night stay includes one half day and two full day excursions as described on the itinerary - St. Rémy, Les Baux and Arles, the Cotes de Provence vineyards with wine tastings and the perched villages of the Luberon,  the Mediterranean fishing village of Cassis.

The included excursions are by small coach or comfortable mini bus for 8 people. All are escorted by an English speaking driver/guide who collects you from and returns you to your hotel.

However there is a wide choice of excursion options to choose from which vary according to the time of

year. Details of the most popular are listed below. You may choose to substitute our included excursions for others or indeed add extra excursions. Please note, some excursions may incur a supplement to the holiday price. If we cannot offer your chosen excursions we will suggest alternatives and advise of any supplement which may be required.

We can also arrange private excursions by taxi if you have a particular place you wish to visit which is not included in the excursion options below. Just ask us for details.

Gorges de Verdon Gorges de Verdun

A whole day excursion visiting the stunning Gorges de Verdon in the southern Alps and the charming old town of Moustiers famous for its earthen ware workshops. You will drive across the lavender growing area of the Plateau de Valensole and your excursion also includes a visit to the Occitane factory, famous for its cosmetic products.

St. Remy and Les Baux Les Baux

A whole day tour visiting the charming old market town of St. Remy and its provencal market and the medieval fortress village of Les Baux perched high in the Alpilles mountains with a view from the Citadel right across to the Camargue and Mediterranean beyond. Your day ends in the historic town of Arles, rich in Roman history and with its associations with Van Gogh.

Cassis Cassis

This half day tour visits the fjord like structures of the calanques for which this rocky coastline is famous on a boat trip from the picturesque fishing village of Cassis . Here the little harbour is surrounded with pastel coloured houses and restaurants.

Camargue Camargue

A half day tour for an introduction to this fascinatingly different part of Provence with its unique culture and traditions. The tour includes a visit to St. Maries de la Mere with free time on the beach and the Ornithological Park where you can see the famous pink flamingos in their natural setting.

Perched Villages Roussillon

A whole day starting with a visit to the Cotes de Provence vineyards on the slopes of the Sainte Victoire mountain for tastings of the full bodied reds and elegant rosé wines. The day continues on to visit the perched villages of the Parc Naturel du Luberon - a designated area of natural beauty north of Aix. See the lovely perched villages of Roussillon and Gordes plus picturesque Lourmarin and Bonnieux.

French Rivera Nice

A whole day on the Cote d’Azur visiting Monaco with a panoramic view on the Mediterranean sea from the rock of the principality. Drive on the stunning coastal Corniche road to Eze perched high above the Mediterranean. Then drive into the hills above the coast to the perfume factory Fragonard and the medieval village. Before continue onto Nice for a panoramic tour of the city.

Lavender Valensole

Available during the months of June and July lavender excursions visiting either the stunning Plateau de Valensole, with its views of the distant southern Alps, or the tranquil Plateau de Sault nestling beneath the slopes of Mont Ventoux.

The holiday described has been planned with hotel accommodation in the Hotel St Chrisope, a comfortable 3* hotel right in the heart of Aix and ideally placed to explore the city with all the major sights just a short walk away. The hotel has a good brasserie restaurant and there is a wide choice of restaurants and cafés nearby and we will include our recommendations in your Route Book. Accommodation is in a twin or double room with private facilities.

The final choice of hotel for your holiday is determined by availability according to your holiday dates. If we cannot secure accommodation in the Hotel St Christope, we will advise you immediately and suggest an alternative, and advise any supplement which may be required. There are several good hotels in Aix all of which we have personally selected.

Christope Hotel Christope
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Updated: 30 December, 2014