France – SENTEURS and DOUCEURS PROVENCE COTE D’AZUR From Marseille to Nice


8 days / 920 km
Period : Throughout the year
Reference : 16B334

Prix : 659€

An itinerary bursting with colours flavours and fragrances englobing the best sights of Provence: Cassis, Aix, Avignon, Gorges du Verdon and the French Riviera: Cannes, Saint-Paul de Vence, Monaco …

Trip

Day 1 Marseille (40 km)

Arrival in Marseille. Panoramic tour of the city, with the esplanade on Day 4 – Silo, MuCEM, the Old Port, Saint Victor Abbey that was built on an early Christian necropolis, Notre Dame de la Garde … Dinner and accommodations in Marseille.

Day 2 Les Calanques de Cassis and Calissons d’Aix in Provence (120 km)

Depart for Cassis and the Calanques National Park via the Col de la Gineste which offers a panoramic view of the Cap Canaille. Embark on a boat trip on the crystal clear water of these mythical rocky inlets. Continue to Aix-en-Provence. Lunch. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town with its mansions and fountains, and the cathedral followed by a tasting of Calissons, a Provencal confection made of a thin paste of candied melon and crushed almonds produced in a traditional confectioner’s . Dinner and accommodation in the region of Aix-en-Provence.

Day 3 Avignon along the River Rhône and Châteauneuf du Pape (150 km)

Take a walking tour of Old Avignon, which has been marked by the history of Provence and its pontifical past symbolized by the imposing Palais des Papes, not to mention the remains of the Pont d’Avignon built on the Rhone. You have the option of a guided cruise on the Rhone for an more novel way to discover Avignon. You will pass in front of the the palace, the Rocher des Doms, the famous St Benezet Bridge, the Barthelasse islands and Piot Philippe Le Bel tower and the Fort Saint André. Lunch. Taking to the road for the village of Châteauneuf du Pape. Discover a gourmet chocolate store and a winery followed by a tasting session of this prestigious wine produced on the hilly banks of the Rhône. Dinner. Accommodations in the region of Avignon.

Day 4 Mont Ventoux and Sault, between the lavender and the cheese of Banon (180 km)

Take the road to Mont Ventoux, which owes its name to the violence of the mistral wind which blows here. Passage through Carpentras, city of art, but also an ancient papal city, then Malaucène and the Col des Tempêtes – the pass of Storms (1829 m) which offers a splendid panorama of the Cévennes, the Rhone Valley, Alpilles and the Luberon. Descend towards Sault. Enjoy a fragrant visit of Aroma’plantes that reveals the universe of lavender distillery and other aromatic plants. Lunch. Follow the lavender road to Banon. Visit the ecomuseum of the Banon cheesemakers (closed on weekends) followed by a tasting of delicious cheese. Continue via Forcalquier all the way up to Manosque. Dinner. Accommodations in the region of Manosque.

Day 5 Gorges du Verdon and fragrances of Grasse (210 km)

Depart for Gorges du Verdon. Visit Moustiers, famous for its pottery decorated with small blue flowers. Optional tour of the Faience Museum. Continue to the European Grand Canyon and all the way to La Palud. Lunch. Drive along the cliff road to Castellane through the gorges famous for their steep walls in which the “Green-watered god” has made its bed for millennia. Continue to Grasse, the perfume capital. Enjoy a free visit of the medieval city with its Place aux Aires, picturesque streets and 12th century cathedral. Visit a Fragonard or Galimard perfumery. Dinner. Accommodations in the region around Cannes-Nice.

Day 6 From Cannes to Saint-Paul de Vence (80 km)

Depart for Cannes, the city of glamor, luxury and beauty. First visit the legendary Palais des Festivals, and take a guided tour in a mini train through the Forville Provencal market, the medieval town of Le Suquet with its dominant view throughout the city − La Castre, the southern beaches, the yachts and the typical port. There is an optional cruise to the Lérins Islands. Lunch. Depart for Gorges du Loup. Enjoy a visit to a craft confectionery followed by a tasting of crystallized flowers, citrus jam or candied rose petals … Walk at your own leisure through the medieval town of Saint Paul de Vence and its lanes bursting with artisans and artists shops. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodations.

Day 7 Principality of Monaco (100 km)

Monaco is the princely city, and media scene of the wedding between His Royal Highness Albert II and Princess Charlene. Tour around the most beautiful sites of this famous city built on the cliffs − see Place d’Armes, Port Hercule, the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit, the Casino Square, the Old Town … At 12 am precisely, do not miss the succession Guards in front of the Prince’s Palace! Lunch. There is an optional free visit to the Oceanographic Museum or the exotic garden. Drive back to the Corniche. Stop for a while at the charming village of Eze, generously decorated with flowers and offering superb views of the coast. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodations.

Day 8 Nice (40 km)

Go on a panoramic tour of Nice with the Promenade des Anglais with its palm trees, luxury hotels and the casinos of the city, the old town with colorful facades of red, ocher and blue, the narrow streets built in the Italian style, then the flower market on the Saleya.

 


Service details

PC in 3 * hotels as per program
Guided tours (2 hours): Marseille, Avignon, Monaco, Nice
Boat trip to Callanques Cassis(1h)
Mini train in Cannes (40 mn)
Guided tours with tasting: calissons candy, chocolate shop, Chateauneuf cellar, Banon cheese, Florian confectionery
Tour of the distillery Aroma Plants

Possible supplements

Single room (7n): € 245
Boat cruise on the Rhone (1h): €10
Moustiers Earthenware Museum: € 3
Monaco Oceanographic Museum: € 13.50
Exotic Garden Monaco: € 7
Boat trip Île de Lerins: € 12



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