Historic Provence And Camargue - Mercure Orange
Provence has become synonymous with the pleasures of life and is one of the most exclusive areas of France. The region offers a wide range of attractions from fields full of flowers, sloping vineyards, medieval fortresses to ancient Roman ruins. Rich in a thousand year history, Provence is a fascinating land of romance, history and great beauty waiting to be enjoyed at a gentle appreciative pace.
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15 min level walk to town centre En-suite bedrooms Air-conditioning Hairdryer Spacious shower cubicles in most rooms Flat screen satellite television Tea, coffee-making facilities Safe Refrigerator Restaurant Bar Outdoor swimming pool Sun terrace Lift.www.accor.com
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Following the Channel crossing we continue to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.
We continue our journey via Lyon to our hotel in Orange.
At leisure in Orange, best known for it’s two monuments of Roman architecture, the Triumphal Arch and one of the largest Roman theatres in Europe, the only one with the stage wall remaining. The town also has a medieval street plan, fountained squares with many bars, cafés and a pleasant shopping area.
We visit Avignon, with its famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. We include a guided walking tour through its ancient streets, restored medieval ramparts, the Saint-Benezet Bridge, ‘the famous broken bridge referred to as the ‘Pont d’Avignon’, the Cathedral Notre-Dame des Doms and the immense Gothic architecture of the Palais des Papes (entry included).
Enjoy today’s excursion to Arles and the famous Camargue. Arles is steeped in Provençal culture and features impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) date back to the 1st century B.C. The Camargue is a huge nature reserve where the sea and marshland are inhabited by an amazing array of wildlife including the famous white horses, black bulls and flamingos. We have free time in the delightful town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a remarkable twice-yearly pilgrimage centre for gypsies from all over Europe, with an interesting fortified church.
Today’s excursion is to the Ardèche Gorge. We cross the mighty Rhone River and travel to Bourg-Saint-Andéol and across the Gras Plateau before arriving in Vallon Pont d’Arc. Here the Ardèche River has bored its way through the cliffs, resulting in a huge natural archway, the 34m high ‘Pont d’Arc’. Our return journey takes us along the spectacular high corniche stopping off at some of the many viewing points offering breath-taking views of the Gorge and meandering river below. We return for a few hours free time in Orange.
We depart our hotel and travel to our overnight bed and breakfast accommodation.
Continue our journey to Calais and complete the journey home.
Executive coach travel
Door to door pick up
Short sea ferry / shuttle crossings
2 overnights bed and breakfast accommodation
5 nights hot buffet breakfast, 3 course,
2 choice dinner (Set meal on arrival night)
Guided walking tour of Avignon
Entry to the Palais des Papes (entry included)
Excursions as described in the itinerary
Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated