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Romantic Avignon

from £999
On the leafy banks of the River Rhône, explore Avignon's narrow cobbled streets and discover a city steeped in ancient lore and mystery. 
  • Product Code 10400
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Rail, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Romantic Avignon

Enjoy beautiful views with Ramblers Walking Holidays. On the leafy banks of the River Rhône, discover a city steeped in ancient lore and mystery. As you make your way through the narrow cobbled streets of Avignon, capture this sense of history and mystique. Spend a day following in the footsteps of Van Gogh walking from St Rémy to Alpilles or scale the heights of the Pont du Gard Aquaduct. Throughout, your constant companion is a countryside filled with wild herbs and flowers under the watchful of Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest peak.

Medieval Avignon is surrounded by the 800 year old ramparts that once protected the city. It has been regarded as one of France’s major artistic centres since the 14th century when the Pope’s court was here to escape political turmoil in Rome. The Gothic Pope’s Palace remains. Elsewhere the city’s ramparts, towers and decorated churches are evidence of its prosperity during this time.

To the south we visit Arles, the region’s key Roman city with a well preserved amphitheatre. We can explore the city of NÎmes and walk in its public gardens – the first in France.

We wander in attractive countryside with bright hues of wild flowers, presided over by Mont Ventoux. We’ll walk around St Rémyde- Provence, as well as visiting the town itself, and also visit the Pont du Gard, an amazing stone aqueduct 160ft above the River Gard. We can also dance on the remaining spans of the Pont d’Avignon!


Holiday Highlights

  • Seeing Pont du Gard for the first time.
  • Discovering the views that Van Gogh painted.
  • Walk with a guide around medieval Avignon.
  • Nîmes and its famous gardens.
  • Half day with a professional local guide.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return rail travel to Avignon from London
      En-suite suite accommodation.
      Half board meals throughout with breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
      Half day with a professional local guide.
      All local transport costs are included.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade SS/4

  1. Day 1

    Travel from London St Pancras to Paris (Gare Du Nord) by Eurostar. Then from Paris to Avignon by TGV rail.

  2. Day 2

    Avignon - With the help of a professional local guide we will spend the morning exploring the rich history of Avignon taking in sites such as Place St Pierre, Place de l'Horloge and the Promenade des Papes.

  3. Day 3

    Pont du Gard - Two thousand years ago, the Romans built a 50km long aqueduct to carry spring water from near Uzès to Nimes. The aqueduct was carried over the deep River Gard, by the stunning 160ft high stone structure known today as the Pont du Gard. The aqueduct is set in pleasant countryside, with some fine walks.

  4. Day 4

    Arles - 36km south of Avignon and was the key city in Roman times, thanks to its bridge-of-boats across the Rhone. Its monuments are outstanding and Van Gogh lived and painted in Arles for a short time.

  5. Day 5

    Villeneuve - A small, fortified mediaeval town, situated on cliffs on the west bank of the River Rhone. It was a kind of suburb for cardinals when the popes were based in Avignon. A delight to wander around and discover.

  6. Day 6

    Nimes - a major urban centre in Roman times, with some outstanding Roman monuments and is worthy of a full day’s visit. Nimes now has the feel of a large city.

  7. Day 7

    St. Remy de Provence - A small, pleasant market town lying near the northern foot of the Alpilles range, about 40 minutes south of Avignon. It has a charming core of mediaeval streets and buildings. Nostradamus was born there. A short distance to the south of St Remy are the Roman remains at Les Antiques and Glanum. The former consists of an archway and a remarkably well preserved mausoleum. Glanum was a Roman town, which for centuries had been forgotten, and buried under alluvial deposits swept down from the hills above.

  8. Day 8

    Return journey by TGV rail to Paris and from Paris to London St Pancras via Eurostar.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c15mins).
  • Rail Travel: London St Pancras - Avignon via Lille or Paris. (c4hrs 30min + stop), Eurostar/TGV (via Paris will involve a change of station).

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Hotel Le Magnan (Non December Dates)

Hotel Le Magnan is a recently refurbished boutique hotel in the heart of the Roman ramparts of historic Avignon.

Typically French, the hotel is lovingly run by three couples and you will enjoy their wonderful Provencal hospitality and friendliness.

There are 30 fully equipped rooms, most with views of the garden, a lovely patio where you can enjoy a moment of relaxation and take breakfast if the weather is kind. From the hotel, you can stroll along the canal in the picturesque "rue des teinturiers" (street of dyers).

Following the streets of old Avignon, you can easily walk to the Papal Palace.

 


Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis (Dec Dates Only)

This charming four star hotel, the Cloître Saint-Louis, is located in a 16th century building and combines historic and modern structures in the heart of Avignon.

Initially a Jesuit monks cloister, it then went on to become a military hospital in addition to an annexe of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris over the course of several centuries before becoming the beautiful hotel that it is today.

The hotel has 80 rooms split between two wings, one modern, the other very much historic. The restaurant is a truly wonderful place to enjoy your first mornings coffee while gazing into the Silver Birch courtyard of which the hotel surrounds.

The Cloitre Saint-Louis is only two steps away from the Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace) and famous bridge, perfect for exploring in the evenings or during a free day.


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