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Avignon, the Rhône and Provence

4.3 stars(40 reviews)
Small Group

A French holiday including a cruise along the Rhône

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7 days From £1,495 per person

2022 Tour code: AVB22

About the tour

A destination that's inspired artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and culture. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence, cruise along the Rhône and sample the regional flavours with a gourmet food tour and a wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Avignon

We meet at London St Pancras, travelling on the Eurostar to Avignon via Paris. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel for the next six nights before dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Rhône cruise

We take a relaxing cruise along the River Rhône, enjoying lunch as we sail through picturesque scenery of vineyards and historic houses to Arles. With a long history dating back to Celtic times, Arles' diverse past has left it with a rich variety of architecture. Boasting a beautifully preserved centre, the city has one of Europe's best collections of Roman ruins, including a mighty UNESCO-listed arena that would have seated about 20,000 people, which sits alongside Romanesque monuments and sun-baked houses. There's free time to explore the rich heritage of the city, including the Van Gogh Foundation, which celebrates the work of the famous artist who once called Arles home, before we return to Avignon by rail.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Avignon

Setting out on a guided walking tour of Avignon, we see the Pont St Bénezet, the city's famous broken bridge. All but four of its arches were washed away in a devastating flood in 1668, and today the surviving arches have become an iconic symbol of the city. We also stop by the Palais des Papes, the Palace of the Popes, which was the seat of the Papacy during the 14th century after Clement V escaped the violent chaos and corruption of Rome. Your afternoon is free to explore further. Stoll through the city's broad, tree-lined avenues and wander the intriguing network of alleyways and passages which connect beautiful open squares and pretty churches.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 – The villages of Provence

We travel by coach to the petit village of Saint Didier to visit Nougaterie Silvain, the home of local nougat production. Breathe in the scent of honey and toasted almonds as we tour the manufacturing workshop, learning about the history of this much-loved local sweet before sampling some ourselves. We continue to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, also known as the 'Venice of Provence' thanks to the canals which criss-cross the town, sitting down for lunch before some free time. Later, we stop at Gordes, a beautiful old village built around an outcrop of rocky cliffs and crowned by its 12th-century castle. There's free time here to discover one of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France', before we return to our hotel.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The flavours of Avignon

Today includes a delicious treat as we set out on a gourmet food tour. Telling the history of Avignon through its food, we wander the city's lesser-known side streets with our knowledgeable guide to meet local producers before visiting many of the different stalls at the city's renowned food market, Les Halles. Here, we sample unusual delicacies such as papaline, a type of chocolate unique to Avignon, and other regional specialties that will excite your taste buds and inspire your home cooking.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - The Pont du Gard and Châteauneuf-du-Pape

An excursion takes us to the stunning Pont du Gard, a famous stone aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River Valley. Built in 19 BC, this incredible structure is UNESCO-listed and is one of the greatest remaining glories of the Roman Empire. Next, we visit the small town of Uzès, where there's time for lunch before we continue to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of the most celebrated red wine producing villages in the world, we uncover its incredible wine heritage with a visit to Vignobles Mayard for a presentation on local wines. There's chance to sample some of the region's acclaimed Châteauneuf wine before we return to Avignon for dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Avignon and London

We leave Avignon after breakfast and join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras, travelling via Paris.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

Please note

We are able to offer Standard Class rail departures of this tour. Please call for more details.

Departure times

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Mobility information

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Hotel de l'Horloge, Avignon

Hotel de l'Horloge, Avignon

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Novotel Avignon

Novotel Avignon, Avignon

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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 40 reviews

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M Smith

5 stars

Submitted 13/Jul

Fabulous trip. The regions history/ geography! Smooth travel great company!

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Mrs Bardwell

5 stars

Submitted 9/Jul

Great place to visit, excellent tour guide and lovely people in our group.

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4 stars

Submitted 8/Jul

Lovely area, trains, coaches and river cruise excellent, hotel superb, tour guide a great character and really good fun but she did not have in depth knowledge of the places we visited and could have pointed us to specific areas of interest. She needed to have done a preparatory visit for Health and Safety if nothing else. Inclusive meals at start and end could have been better though they suited us better than others in the group.

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3 stars

Submitted 26/Jun

Some good trips with Chateuneuf du Pape the highlight for me. Novotel was disappointing mainly as the food on offer was sub standard.

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G Beel

4 stars

Submitted 4/Jun

Holiday spoilt by luggage late arrival problems.

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M Baglee

5 stars

Submitted 1/Jun

Writing a review worries us as we prefer anonymity. The holiday was excellent as it was so well arranged. Our technology skills are not good enough to send photos or videos

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Avignon, the Rhône and Provence

A French holiday including a cruise along the Rhône


Luke Simpson
Rhianna Coote
Lynne Broadley