Christmas In Provence
5 nights. December 2018. From £999.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 30th APRIL - JUST GBP79** PER PERSON
Spend a memorable festive holiday in glorious Avignon, the historic 'City of the Popes'. Enjoy all the amenities of an ultra-modern four-star hotel in the heart of the city, and discover this medieval jewel. A visit to the astonishing Roman Pont du Gard aqueduct and delightful optional excursions complete a marvellous Christmas break.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Stay in the heart of historic Avignon
Visit the astonishing Pont du Gard
Discover the 'City of the Popes' and the famous Pont d'Avignon on a walking tour
Enjoy Christmas lunch with wine at the hotel
Choose delightful optional excursions including Roman Arles, Nimes and Montpellier
Five nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Novotel Avignon Centre
Return flights to Nice
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Nice, and upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Avignon, delightfully set on the bank of the River Rhone and famed for its monumental Palace of the Popes. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a first dinner.
Day Two (Christmas Eve)
Join this morning's visit to the spectacular and impressive Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. Granted UNESCO world heritage status in 1985, the stone aqueduct straddles the river Gard, has three levels and is regarded as a masterpiece of Roman engineering.
Return to Avignon, where, in addition to the monumental Palace of the Popes, sights include the celebrated half-bridge of the Pont'd'Avignon, and the ancient Rhone crossing point of the famous French folk song.
You'll return to the hotel and begin your celebrations with dinner this evening.
Day Three (Christmas Day)
Join us on a morning stroll through the city's wonderful historic centre with your Tour Manager, before returning to the hotel, where Christmas lunch with wine will be served. After a relaxing afternoon, a light dinner brings a special day to a close.
Day Four (Boxing Day)
Rest and relax after the festivities or join today's optional excursion to the great city of Arles. Once the capital of Roman Gaul, Arles boasts superbly preserved remains in the form of baths, a chariot racetrack and the famed Les Arenes arena, home today to Spanish-style bullfights - bear witness to its former importance. The great cathedral of St-Trophime and several fascinating museums add to the attraction of a place that drew and inspired the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin - the former's presence in the city widely celebrated.
A last optional excursion takes in two of the great cities of southwest France: Roman Nimes and stylish university seat Montpellier. Nimes, famed for its two-tiered Roman amphitheatre and spectacular preserved temples, including the stunning Maison Carree, also boasts an elegant old town of tree-lined boulevards and a beautiful central park. Montpellier, for centuries a place of trade as well as learning, boasts a wonderful pedestrianised heart, centred on a vast open space known as l'Oeuf. Its greatest treasure is the world-famous Musee Fabre, which houses one of France's greatest art collections.
Return to the hotel to enjoy a final dinner.
Bid farewell to your Provencal hosts and transfer back to the airport for the return flight.Back to top
AccommodationNovotel Avignon Centre
The ultra-modern Novotel is near the heart of the city, and is perfectly located for enjoying all the sights during your stay.
There is a modern restaurant and a bar, and a well-equipped fitness and beauty centre (some facilities and all treatments payable locally).
Comfortable, modern rooms offer Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
European closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 3 hours.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
**Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top