Pretty Provence - 9 Days

Pretty Provence

A French countryside dream

Do you dream of lavender fields and lazy afternoons? You’re in luck because this vacation to Provence provides just that. Spend some time in the capital of Paris before enjoying the simple pleasures of Aix-en-Provence and Avignon.

Day 1
Welcome to Paris!

Arrive in the sophisticated city of art, romance, and world-renowned cuisine – Paris! Enjoy a transfer to your first luxurious accommodation, then check-in and take some time to relax.

After settling in, grab your camera and get exploring! Sip the jet-lag away with a cappuccino at a nearby cafe, then walk along the bustling Champs-Élysées – it’s never too early for some souvenir shopping! Wander through designer shops, snack on a croissant, then come face-to-face with the Arc de Triomphe, which sits at the end of this famous avenue.

Transfer to Paris hotel

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Le Patio Bastille

PARIS, FRANCE 3 out of 5 stars

Close to the famous shopping district Le Marais, Le Patio Bastille is ideally located in the heart of the historical Paris center.

Hotel Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d’Italie

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

The Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d’Italie hotel will seamlessly meet all your needs and provides a warm welcome to travelers. Enjoy direct access to Paris’s major train stations and public transport.

Mercure Paris Place d’Italie Hotel

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Just steps from the hilltop Butte aux Cailles district, the Mercure Paris Place d’Italie Hotel in the 13th arrondissement offers comfortable accommodation with a fashion-forward sensibility.

Hotel Elysees Bassano

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Enjoy a stay at the 4-star Hotel Elysees Bassano, located just a 5 minutes’ walk from the Champs Elysees and within walking distance from the Trocadero, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower.

Mercure Paris Opera Grands Boulevards

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Mercure Paris Opera Grands Boulevards Hotel at the center of Paris in the heart of the Opera district is sure to seduce travelers with chic lodgings and close proximity to fantastic shopping.

Hotel Square Louvois Paris

PARIS, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

The Hotel Square Louvois enjoys a very central home, in the heart of Paris’s 2nd arrondissement. Its location in Louvois Square was a focal point of high society and French culture dating back to the early 19th century, and today the same spirit of art and history reigns, in the new Hotel Square Louvoisa. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic, where contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement, and French classicism contrasts with noble modern materials.

With the influence of bygone charm, the warm and cozy guestrooms convey all the authenticity of the past. The decoration highlights the influences of yesteryear, together with the comfort of today, for a stay where French-style charm plays the leading role. Far from the urban hubbub, the hotel’s Wellness Area with fitness center and herbal tea room is dedicated to peace and relaxation for an interlude outside of time. Under the natural stone vaults, the indoor swimming pool has a hydromassage bench for total relaxation.

Day 2
Paris

Today, say hello to one of Paris’ most famous residents – Mona Lisa! Head to the Louvre and get lost in the countless masterpieces that line its walls. Then, consider checking out the magnificent Musee d’Orsay.

If time allows, head to the fascinating Île de la Cité and cross the Pont Neuf to Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame!>

In the evening, enjoy a pleasant picnic in the Jardins du Trocadero and feast your eyes on stunning views of the one and only Eiffel Tower. Cross the Pont d’Iéna, then see the iconic landmark up-close! Be sure to stay after sunset and watch the tower as it magically sparkles against the darkness of nightfall.

Day 3
Paris - Avignon

Enjoy an early breakfast, then head to the rail station! Hop aboard the train to picturesque Avignon. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car, then make your way to your next accommodation.

Once you’re all settled in, begin exploring this historic city. Walk to the legendary Saint Bénézet Bridge, then relax at an outdoor cafe near the quaint Place de l’Horloge. While this beautiful square is the bustling main hub of the city, it remains the perfect peaceful place to unwind.

Train to Avignon!

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Le Cloitre Saint Louis

AVIGNON, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Le Cloitre Saint Louis is housed in a 16th-century structure which started its life as a Jesuit Seminary. Lovingly restored, this Avignon hotel is a balance of history and modern convenience.

Avignon Grand Hotel

AVIGNON, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Avignon’s historical town center, the Avignon Grand Hotel is the ideal base to explore this ancient town and the rest of Provence.

Hotel de l’Horloge

AVIGNON, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

A beautiful 19th century stone building, the Hotel de l’Horloge doors open directly onto the Place de l’Horloge in Avignon. The hotel is in an excellent location: the base of the city’s historic center. While enjoying the gentle elegance of the rooms on your down time, you can spend the rest of your vacation visiting busy squares, magnificent town houses, art galleries, and antique shops.

Also suitable for business trips, the hotel offers a light yet well-equipped meeting room, air-conditioning and heating for comfort in any weather, and a calming, collected atmosphere for relaxation for any style of guest.

Day 4
Avignon

Start your morning strong, with a visit to the iconic 14th-century Palais des Papes! Why not treat yourself to a tour of the largest Gothic palace in the world? Explore the halls, chapels, frescos, and architecture of this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Snap some amazing photos in Place du Palais, the impressive square that surrounds Palais des Papes. Once you’ve taken enough – okay, way too many – selfies, take a short walk to the Rocher des Doms. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Avignon from this breathtaking public garden.

Day 5
Avignon

Make your way to another UNESCO World Heritage Site today! Gawk at the awe-inspiring 13th-century Petit Palais, the residence for Avignon’s episcopal bishops before Pope Clement V constructed the Palais des Papes. Explore this Gothic fort-turned-art museum and stroll through its stunning courtyard.

In the afternoon, walk along the main street of the Old Town until you reach the Eglise Saint-Didier, a spectacular church that houses some of France’s most remarkable Renaissance paintings. Spend the evening strolling around town, tasting local olive oils, chocolates, and wines!

Day 6
Avignon - Aix-en-Provence

Indulge in an energizing breakfast, then enjoy a scenic drive to picture-perfect Aix-en-Provence! Along the way, be sure to stop at the Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon. Feel your eyes widen as you stare into purple lavender fields, stroll through traditional villages, and take amazing photos of postcard-worthy natural beauty.

Upon arrival in Aix-en-Provence, settle into your hotel, then take a walk along the lively Cours Mirabeau. Treat yourself to dinner at an outdoor cafe, unwind with a local glass of wine, and weave in and out of the shops that line this bustling street.

Aix-en-Provence is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains,” so keep your eyes open for trickling waters and beautiful sculptures.

You’ll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Grand Hotel Roi Rene

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE 4 out of 5 stars

Enjoy the rich and unique climate and culture of Aix-en-Province while staying at the Grand Hotel Roi Rene. Just a short walk away from the Cours Mirabeau, this hotel sits in the Aix-en-Province city center and is just over 1,000 feet from the train station.

Hotel le Pigonnet

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE 5 out of 5 stars

Just a short walk from the bustling city center of Aix, with its historic buildings, cafés, outdoor markets, high-end shops and prestigious cultural events is an oasis of luxury and peace: Hotel le Pigonnet. Catch the raw beauty bulls and wild horses of the Camargue region, wander among the stunning creeks Calanques of Cassis, and capture the vibrant metropolis of Marseille through a lens.

Le Pigonnet combines tradition and modernity by blending charming 18th century Provencal style while offering guests relaxing moments in a luxurious and timeless atmosphere. The hotel exudes extreme elegance in all 44 rooms, illustrated by their furniture, fine fabrics and subtle lighting. The new bistronomic restaurant, La Table du Pigonnet, is sleek, chic and refined. The restaurant opens out onto a terrace and spreads out to the edges of the garden, offering open air while dining and shade under magnificent chestnut trees.

Find refuge in the hotel’s serene and modern spa, complete with experienced staff for the ultimate sensory experience. Guests can also enjoy a well-equipped fitness center, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, four acres of winding gardens, cozy up with a drink at the indoor bar, or enjoy the beautiful grounds at the unique outdoor bar.

Day 7
Aix-en-Provence

After breakfast, check out a provincial market! The city’s squares become flooded with stands selling sweet treats, fresh food, local herbs, and gorgeous garments. Check out markets in Place des Precheurs, Place de la Madeleine, Place de Verdun, and many others.

Next, stop by Terrain des Peintres and see the gorgeous mountain that inspired many of Cézanne’s paintings, Mont Sainte-Victoire. The limestone that covers this breathtaking mountain reflects light, which makes it appear blue, grey, pink, and orange at different times of the day! Hike along a scenic path, or admire its beauty from afar.

Consider spending the rest of the day in Marseille, a picturesque port city to the south. Explore the area of Palais Longchamp, see Marseille Cathedral, then treat yourself to a seaside dinner in beautiful Cassis. Be sure to explore the Parc National des Calanques, an extraordinary oasis of turquoise waters, rugged cliffs, and sparkling seascapes. Take tons of selfies and make everyone back home jealous!

Day 8
Aix-en-Provence

Get ready for a memorable last day of adventure. Pay a visit to the ornate Aix Cathedral, then trace the steps of the famous painter Paul Cézanne at his family’s mansion, Bastide du Has de Bouffan, and at his studio, the Atelier de Cézanne.

After an art-filled morning, you may want to a take a short trip to the majestic Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon, where you’ll find bright blue waters, Verdon Gorge, sky high bridges, and unbeatable beauty.

Day 9
Depart France

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and enjoy one last scenic drive to the airport. Drop off your car, board your plane, and spend the flight home dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Paris (CDG), out of Marseille (MRS)
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • 2 nights in Paris at the Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie or similar
  • Rail from Paris to Avignon (standard class)
  • Manual car rental for 6 nights - upgrade to automatic available
  • 3 nights in Avignon at the Hotel l'Horloge or similar
  • 3 nights in Aix-en-Provence at the Hotel Le Pigonnet or Grand Hotel Roi Rene Aix-en-Provence
  • Breakfast Daily

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