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Trip Overview

Discover Marseille and Avignon on this six-night vacation by rail. Journey to the magical port-side city of Marseille for three nights before catching a train to the majestic architecture of Avignon for three additional nights.

Highlights

  • Explore the second biggest city in France, Marseille, in the South of France
  • Shop for local delicacies at the vibrant daily markets at the Place Pie in Avignon 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Marseille
  • 3 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Avignon
  • 3hr walking tour of Historic Marseille
  • Entrance tickets to Palais des Papes’ and Pont d’Avignon

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.

Daily Itinerary:

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN MARSEILLE
Welcome to Marseille! Upon your arrival, check in at your hotel for a three-night stay before heading out to acquaint yourself with the beautiful port city. (Overnight in Marseille)

DAY 2 - MARSEILLE
After breakfast this morning, explorer the city with a small group on a walking tour led by a local guide. Marseilles is one of Europe's oldest cities, and therefore has a rich and strong heritage and history that is still apparent. It is also the second largest city in France, and a buzzing hive of activity where there is always something new to see or do! The Vieux Port (Old Harbor) is still in use, and you can watch fishermen auctioning their stock and take in some classic sightseeing. (Overnight in Marseille) B

DAY 3 - MARSEILLE
Perhaps visit the famous Notre Dame de la Garde church, which overlooks the city and where fishermen would go to have their boats blessed, models of which you can still see suspended. The church offers exquisite views of the city, so is well worth the trip. For wonderful cuisine, why not head to Le Cours Julien and La Plaine, which hosts an impressive market on Thursday and Saturday mornings but is also home to many trendy cafés, fountains and independent shops, making it the perfect place to eat and shop! (Overnight in Marseille) B

DAY 4 - MARSEILLE TO AVIGNON
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel this morning before making your way to Marseille St Charles station and taking the train directly to Avignon. Check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. Avignon first rose to fame in the 14th century as the city the Popes fled to when leaving Rome. Evidence of this is still abundant in the city with the incredible, three-acre Palais des Papes, the world's largest Gothic edifice. This would be the perfect place to head to start exploring Avignon and should give you a great first impression of the beautiful city. (Overnight in Avignon) B

DAY 5 - AVIGNON
After breakfast this morning, spend a full day in Avignon wandering the pretty streets and exploring the city's squares. Head to the Place de l'Horloge for fantastic people watching, though the smaller squares in the surrounding area offer equal charm without the influx of tourists. Visit the colorful outdoor market on the Place Pie,or come during July when the city hums with thousands of visitors to its annual theatre festival. Explore the nearby Petit Palais and Palais du Roure museums, and experience the city's thriving street scene. (Overnight in Avignon) B

DAY 6 - AVIGNON
Make use of the combined tickets included for the 14th century Papel home ‘Palais des Papes’ and the ancient Pont d’Avignon, then wander the lovely streets of the old center which are full of artists' galleries. Spend time wandering through the ancient alleys and courtyards of private mansions before relaxing with a glass of local wine in one of the fantastic restaurants Avignon has to offer. (Overnight in Avignon) B

DAY 7 – DEPART AVIGNON
After breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a different city, one of our Rail Consultants will be happy to assist you with the details. B

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

DISCLAIMER:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. 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. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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.

NH Collection Marseille

The new NH Collection Marseille is ideally located in the city’s business and leisure district – La Joliette – on one of its best shopping streets. From here you have easy access to world-class restaurants and fashionable bars, as well as conference centers “Palais du Pharo” and “World Trade Center”.

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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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