The group gathers at London St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris, on which we have a light meal in Standard Premier Class. In Paris, we change to First Class seats on the high-speed TGV, arriving in the historic Provençal city of Avignon in the early evening having weaved through the verdant fields and hills alongside the expansive Rhône from Lyon. Lying just off the city's main square near the Palais des Papes, our hotel retains the frontage of the attractive 19th-century house it was converted from. Once checked in, we head out to a local restaurant with a lovely wisteria-shaded courtyard for a dinner of traditional French food.
- Eurostar light meal