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Self Drive touring holiday Self Drive touring holidaySelf Drive touring holiday
Your holiday can be based in any one of our three areas or tailored to combine the best of each. You can be based in one location with daily excursions or tour the area staying in two or three different locations. Our Self Drive holidays take the hassle out of planning where to go, deciding on the best places to visit and how to get there and choosing a good hotel in the right location.

Our itineraries are planned with plenty of time to explore the beautiful countryside and charming towns and villages with the added benefit of the complete freedom and flexibility of your own car. We plan our itineraries to allow you to explore the back roads and hidden corners of this beautiful region at a leisurely pace. We give you time to unwind, to sit and relax over a glass of wine in a pretty square, to picnic under the pine trees, to feel the warmth of the sun on ancient stone.
See two of the itineraries we have organised by clicking the links below
>>Highlights of Southern Provence
>>Luberon & Cote d'Azur Self Drive
City based stay with excursions City based stay with excursions
If you have time for only a short visit to Provence, staying on one of the lovely old cities and including day trips visiting some of the main sights gives you a great taste of the region.
For inspiration see our City Stay plus excursions holidays in
>>Avignon City Stay
>>Aix en Provence City Stay
>>Marseille City Stay
Tour and Walk holidays Tour and Walk holidays
A hotel based holiday including countryside strolls or longer hikes combined with visits to some of the prettiest villages is a great way to discover the area. All three of our areas offer good walking possibilities in beautiful countryside - pine and oak forests, lavender fields and vineyards, green rolling hills and wild limestone cliffs.
See our Tour & Walk in the Luberon holiday for an example of this type of holiday
>>Tour & Walk in Luberon
Taste of Provence Holiday Taste of Provence Holiday
A 'taste of Provence' holiday based around the best restaurants and visits to local wine domaines. Gourmet restaurants and new and exciting local vignerons along side the well established domaines. Some of the Cotes du Rhone and Luberon vineyards offer comfortable accommodation for a holiday with a difference. Maybe even join in the harvest if your stay is in the early Autumn.
Tour of the Lavender Tour of the Lavender
For the photographers and painters amongst you, maybe a Tour of the Lavender fields in July and August when the air is heavy with scent and the countryside ablaze with colour. For an idea of a short Lavender holiday see our 5 night Lavender Holiday.

>>Lavender Holidays
Provence combined with another area of France Provence combined with another area of France
Maybe your holiday plans include a visit to Paris or another area in France, why not combine this with a short stay in Provence visiting the highlights of this beautiful region. Fast rail links between Paris, Avignon and Aix en Provence make this an ideal combination. Or if you wish to visit another area of Provence outside our specialist areas we can recommend great hotels in Nice and interesting suggestions for things to do and places to visit in and around the Cote d'Azur. Just let us know your plans and we will be delighted to prepare you a quotation.
Cars with driver and driver/guides Cars with driver and driver/guides
If you like the freedom of a car but prefer not to drive we can arrange excursions from your hotel base or rental house by private taxi. For small groups travelling together who maybe prefer not to drive, but like the freedom of a driving holiday we can arrange vehicles with driver - either comfortable 6 seater people carriers or minibuses which accommodate up to 8 passengers. We can also arrange a private minibus with a English speaking driver guide or specialist personal guides for an insight into the history and culture of the region. This option is available only as part of a complete holiday package
Self catering holidays Self catering holidays
For self catering holidays in one of our lovely cottages or villas click on the link direct to our sister website www.provenceholidayhouses.com. Why not combine some time touring the area followed by a 'stay put' week relaxing 'at home' in Provence.

Click the link below to see details of an itinerary we organised combining self catering and touring
>>Haute Provence Self Drive + Luberon villa stay
Apart from our pre-planned tours, all our holidays are tailor made and so the cost varies according to each itinerary we put together. The hotels we use are mainly small individual establishments and we do not hold hotel allocations at the beginning of the season but book on an ad hoc basis the accommodation we require. This means that hotel availability and prices vary on each holiday.

Please note where accommodation is hotel based,
personal expenditure on parking, telephone and drinks
in the hotels are not included and must be paid direct to the hotel on departure. Our hotel prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single room supplements are applicable and subject to final choice of hotel and availability.

Prices for self catering houses and villas are inclusive prices per week irrespective of the number of people.
  Included in the cost of your tailor made holiday
  Self drive touring holidays and self drive and walk holidays
We make bookings for and pre-pay all your hotel accommodation, which will include breakfast and usually dinner. We plan and pre-book special restaurants for lunch and dinner according to your holiday itinerary. We plan, book and, where appropriate, pre-pay for the visits and excursions included in your holiday including specialist guides where applicable. On Self Drive & Walk holidays we discuss with you the type of walking you would like to do - short strolls in the countryside or longer and more challenging hikes - and provide full self guided walking notes. We provide you with a Route Book which includes all the the detail you need for your holiday - and, should you have any need of additional assistance during your stay, our local office is just a phone call away.
  City stays with excursions
For this type of holiday we put together a proposal depending on the length of your stay allowing plenty of time to explore your destination city and as many excursions as you choose. We make bookings for and pre-pay your hotel accommodation and daily excursions. Your accommodation can be on a bed & breakfast basis only if you prefer to dine in the wide choice of good restaurants or we can include dinner bookings for you at the hotel. We include background information on your city stay location and local maps.
  Route Book
Your personal Route Book is a key element of our Tailor made holidays and is included in all holidays with the exception of Hotel only bookings and Self catering holidays.  Your Route Book will be at your first night hotel for your arrival and it includes all the detail you need for your holiday.

  • Your hotel and meal arrangements
  • Restaurant recommendations for lunch and dinner for days when you choose not to dine in the hotel
  • A detailed day by day route planner with road directions
  • Tickets for the pre-booked visits with times of opening
  • City and town plans for the places you will visit en route
  • Maps of the local area and information on the nearest banks, pharmacies and shops
  • Background information on the areas you will visit
  • and, where walks are included in your holiday, a full set of walking routes and maps with detailed descriptions of the self guided walks.  
  • Route Book
      Self catering holidays
    We make the booking for your cottage or villa and provide you with details of suggested visits and excursions during your stay together with restaurants you might like to try for lunch and dinner. Our local office is on the spot and just a phone call away to help you with any queries during your holiday. 
      Vehicles with driver or driver/guide
    We book and pre-pay for the driver and vehicle hire including the cost of any driver meals on all day excursions, parking and motorway tolls where applicable.   Our quotation for this option will include an arrangement fee of 10% of the total hire cost which will be added to your holiday cost.

    In addition to our tailor made holidays we also have choice of Pre-planned holidays to enable you to discover some of the highlights of the region to a pre-determined itinerary. These range from our short break Avignon City Stay with Excursions to a full 15 Day Self Drive Tour visiting the highlights of the three areas of Our Provence.

    Click >>Pre Planned Holidays

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    Updated: November 29, 2016