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Trip Overview

Enjoy two nights in the City of Light before travelling to Provence, one of France’s most beautiful regions by train. From the papal city of Avignon discover beautiful hillside villages, explore ancient Roman landmarks, and taste some of the worlds best wine. With visits to the historic towns or Nimes, Arles, and Orange this rail holiday is the best way to see all this amazing region has to offer.

Highlights

  • Relaxing in the beautiful city of Avignon
  • Explore spectacular villages of Roussillon and Les Baux-de-Provence
  • Marvel at the magnificent Pont du Gard
  • Discover the amazing Roman amphitheatres of Orange, Nimes and Arles
  • Wander the streets which inspired Van Gogh in Arles
  • Taste some of the world's best wine at Châteauneuf du Pape

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Rail Travel as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Paris
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Avignon
  • Day trip to the Luberon villages and Pont du Gard
  • Half day trip to Orange and wine tasting at Châteauneuf du Pape
  • Day trip to Nimes and Arles by train
Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PARIS

On arrival make your way to your hotel and check-in for a 2-night stay, then get out and explore the city with your sightseeing pass included. (Overnight Paris) 

DAY 2 - PARIS

Continue to explore the City of Lights today with your sightseeing pass including a scenic cruise along the Seine. Treat yourself at one of the gorgeous markets in the Marais perhaps, or a portrait from one of the many artists in the streets of romantic Montmartre.Don't forget to prebook your tour of The Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum. (Overnight Paris) B

DAY 3PARIS TO AVIGNON

Head over to Gare de Lyon and take the highspeed direct TGV to Avignon. Make your way to your hotel for a 5-night stay, then enjoy dinner at one of the city's many restaurants. (Overnight Avignon)B

DAY 4AVIGNON

Enjoy a relaxing day today and discover your surroundings. Avignon is a beautiful city and a visit to the Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon are a must. (Overnight Avignon)B

DAY 5PROVENCE DAY TRIP

Depart Avignon this morning on a small group (8 people max) tour through the beautiful Provence countryside. Spend time in Roussillon and Gordes before visiting the spectacular Pont du Gard and Les Baux de Provence. Make a stop at the amazing Antiques in Saint Rémy de Provence before returning to Avignon for the evening. (Overnight Avignon) B

DAY 6 - ORANGE AND CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE

Following breakfast at your hotel travel to Orange and discover one of the best-preserved theatres in the Roman Empire. Get a photo of the magnificent Triumphal Arch before enjoying the scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape and a wine-tasting in a winery. Return to Avignon and perhaps enjoy a visit to the Palais des Papes in the afternoon. (Overnight Avignon)B

DAY 7-NIMES AND ARLES

At a time of your choosing make the short journey to Nimes by train where you can visit 2 of the most treasured Roman monuments in the world - Maison Carrée and the huge double-tiered Amphitheatre of Nimes. Make the 25min journey by train onto Arles, the provincial Roman capital of the area where yet another spectacular Amphitheatre awaits. The Fondation Vincent van Gogh has one of the best collections of Van Gogh's work influenced by the city itself and certainly worth a visit. Stay in Arles for dinner perhaps or make your way back to Avignon via train to enjoy your final night there. (Overnight Avignon) B

DAY 8-END OF TOUR

Enjoy breakfast before making your way to the station for your direct train to Parisand continue your travels.B

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER

Cloitre Saint Louis

Just a few minutes from the famous Pont and Palais des Papes, our high end 4-star hotel in Avignon provides comfortable rooms for business and leisure stays. Many of them offer views of the courtyard of the cloister, onto the private garden and, even more originally, our guests are invited to take an unusual chapel walk to access their rooms. Look upwards and admire the magnificent dome!

De L'Horloge Avignon

The Hotel de l'Horloge is a modern hotel with a 19th century façade. The 66 bedrooms are modern and comfortable with individually controlled air-conditioning. The hotel has a bright breakfast room and a peaceful library. It is located in the heart of historical Avignon, a short walk from the Palais de Papes, and close to the restaurants and bars in the centre of Avignon.

Avignon Grand Hotel

The Avignon Grand Hotel welcomes you, set at the foot of the 14th century ramparts and a just few steps from the Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Bénézet, for business trips or discovering of the Provençal art of living.
Ideally located and perfectly laid out, the doors of this establishment in the heart of the city opens onto spacious and friendly common areas with tables and comfortable armchairs, and a bar area opening onto a garden, ideal for relaxing moments.

Le Marceau Bastille

Le Marceau Bastille Hotel is a contemporary design hotel with a choice of 55 urban or ecological style bedrooms. The hotel also boasts a funky lobby bar which plays host to its own regularly updated art collection. Le Marceau Bastille is located in the Bastille district of Paris, a short walk from the lively Marais area and the Opera Bastille. The location offers easy access by metro to all of Paris's main sights and attractions.

Saint Paul Rive Gauche Paris

The beautiful Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche is located between the world-famous Sorbonne and the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens in the centre of Paris. The 17th century boutique hotel is housed in a former 17th century grand residence and is known for its beautiful arched cellar. Each room comes fully air-conditioned and is equipped with modern amenities such as a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. Other tourist attractions nearby include Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Palais Garnier and The Louvre.

Terrass Hotel Paris

The Terrass Hotel is a classic 19th century building with 98 individually decorated rooms. The hotel features a Piano Bar where guests can enjoy cocktails and bar snacks and a seventh floor summer roof terrace with great views across Paris. The hotel is located a short stroll away from famous landmarks such as the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge.

See our special offer package with a free tour and Musée d'Orsay tickets!

Grand Hotel Dore Paris

Located in Paris’ 12th Arrondissement, the Grand Hotel Dore is a traditional hotel in the centre of Paris. Just a stone’s throw from the nearest Metro stop, the whole of Paris is your oyster. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, boasting en suite bathrooms and TVs with satellite channels.

Grand Hotel Francais

The Grand Hotel Francais is a chic, modern hotel located in the centre of Paris, just 550 yards from Nation. Rooms are individually decorated, and come equipped with en suite bathrooms, flat screen TVs and air conditioning. The property is ideally located for sightseeing, nestled just 150 yards from a Metro Station.

Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche

From the entrance, our hotel welcomes you in our beautiful baroque open, spacious and comfortable lobby. Perfectly equipped, you can consult the many newspapers and magazines at your disposal, enjoy a delicious espresso or enjoy computers with Internet access and printers.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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