Provence – Arles, Avignon & The Camargue

8 Days from £869 | May, September, October 869

The base for our exploration of this enchanting and captivating part of France is the Roman city of Arles, renowned for its complete amphitheatre, medieval centre and scenes and landscapes famously portrayed in the works of van Gogh. Other highlights of the holiday include the old papal seat of Avignon, the ancient monuments of Nîmes, the Camargue port towns of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues-Mortes, and the iconic symbol of the south, the Pont du Gard.

Provence – Arles, Avignon & The Camargue

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights in Arles – 2 hb and 5 bb, walking tour of Arles
  • Excursions: to Nîmes, Pont du Gard and Avignon; and to the Camargue, visiting both Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Aigues-Mortes
  • Boat trip in the Camargue, with lunch

Day One: Flight to Marseille or Nîmes, transfer to your hotel in Arles (one hour from Marseille, 40 minutes from Nîmes) for seven nights hotel accommodation. Two dinners in the hotel are included during your stay, leaving five nights to sample the delights of the local restaurants. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist.

Days Two to Seven: In Arles. A walking tour of the city will acquaint you with all the major sights and attractions of this splendid city – Place du Forum, Espace van Gogh, amphitheatre and theatre, the Roman baths and the Musée Réattu on the bank of the river Rhône. Arles’ golden age began under Caesar when it became an important regional capital of the Roman Empire. Evidence of this is everywhere, but brazenly obvious at ‘les Arènes’ – the wonderfully preserved amphitheatre which is now used for bullfights. The special light in Provence has always attracted painters and Arles will be forever associated with Vincent van Gogh for his spat with Gaugin, severing his ear, but, above all, his incredible artistic output while in the city. He arrived in Arles in February 1888 and in the prolific fifteen months that followed he created more than three hundred works including some of his best known – the Arles Sunflowers series, his Chair, Bedroom. You can follow a walking trail in Arles featuring van Gogh scenes such as the Amphitheatre, Café Terrace at Night and Starry Night over the Rhone.

As well as the walking tour, there are two included excursions during your stay in Arles. The first is a tour of the Camargue by coach and boat. The Camargue is Europe’s largest wetland and as well as birds, its other famous residents are the white horses and black bulls. The day starts with a short coach transfer through the Camargue to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. On the way you’ll hear the story of the Three Marys (Jacob, Salome and Magdalene) and their servant Sarah, patron saint of Gypsies, thousands of whom have been making the annual pilgrimage to Stes-Maries for centuries. A boat cruise on the Petit Rhone will show you aspects of the Camargue and its wildlife only accessible by river. After a lunch (included) in Stes-Maries you continue west across the Camargue to Aigues-Mortes, where the immense city walls still protect the medieval city within. After a guided tour you return to Arles. 75 miles today.

The second included excursion is a grand tour of the region to Nîmes, the Pont du Gard and Avignon – an 80-mile round trip packed with interest. Nîmes has a complete Roman amphitheatre to rival, even better, that of Arles. Both were built in 1st century AD and became residential areas post-empire until they were cleared out in the first half of the 19th century. As well as an ancient centre Nîmes has excellent modern architecture by Norman Foster. From Nîmes, you head to Avignon, stopping en route to admire the 3-tier arches of the Pont du Gard, part of the 50km Roman aqueduct built to carry water to Nîmes. In Avignon you’ll have plenty of time to admire the sights of the magnificent former papal capital – Palais des Papes, Place de l’Horloge, the ramparts or maybe even dance ‘sur le pont’! After your time in Avignon you return to Arles.

There is also an optional excursion into the Alpilles hills just 12 miles from Arles. The day includes a visit to the spectacular hilltop village of Les-Baux-de-Provence, the extraordinary artistic sound and light show of Carrières de Lumières in the Les Baux underground limestone quarry, the beautiful provençal town of St Remy and the clinic at Saint Paul-de-Mausole where van Gogh painted another series of masterpieces while a voluntary patient in the asylum.

Day Eight: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

Provence – Arles, Avignon & The Camargue

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

BEST WESTERN ATRIUM ***, Arles (seven nights)
This is a modern hotel built around an old town house. The hotel is centrally located opposite the Tourist Office. Its 90 rooms are on 4 floors and have air-conditioning, bath or shower and wc, satellite tv, hairdryer. Rooms have internal atrium view or a view of the town. Wifi is complimentary throughout the hotel. There is an airy restaurant with a glass roof, and a bar. (www.hotelatrium.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 77%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Provence – Arles, Avignon & The Camargue
Holiday code: 7PAC
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £190
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Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

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Guillaume was 1st class, very informative, knowledgeable and interesting. His organisation was exceptionally good. Good fun and always cheerful. Bus spotless, always on time. Two very careful and helpful drivers. Very interesting and stimulating lots of variety. The optional excursion was superb. The staff were unfailingly charming, smiling, hard working and helpful. Our room was pleasant, peaceful. Hotel situation was ideal. Contact with head office. Unfailingly helpful. General - we have been with Preferred Travel to Carcassonne. Again, the Tour Director was first class having tried some alternatives we have decided to stick with PTS since the guide makes such a huge difference.

Mrs S, Aberdeenshire

Had a wonderful holiday to Provence, enjoyed every minute of the holiday, especially the optional excursion with the included Light Show.

Mrs E, Bristol

The holiday was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would have no hesitation in using Preferred Travel Services again.

Mrs D, Ayrshire

The hotel was well situated and very clean. Larry our tour rep, was exceptionally good. Always available to us, patient, good humoured and respectful. The organised trips were excellent and enabled us to see areas we would never otherwise have got to. Good information from Larry and plenty of free time to wander on our. The included lunch on the Camarge trip was EXCELLENT 3 delicious courses - thank you! The right ratio of days out and free days too - especially as the weather was excellent and the hotel roof terrace ideal for sunbathing. An excellent week thank you. Our second trip with Preferred Travel and most definitely not our last.

Mrs C, Wirral

Nice hotel with very good location. Food and Service good. Tour Director Larry - can't give him enough praise for his excellent care. His breadth of knowledge of the history of the area and his amusing stories just made the trip. He always went out of his way to make all the trips run smoothly and I hope to go on another tour where he is working next year. My friend and I have been on previous trips with Preferred Travel Services and always found the guides very knowledgeable. Thank for a great holiday.

Mrs R, Gloucester

Coach trips were excellent and our guide very knowledgable, charming, friendly and effective at keeping the party together and organising.

Mr and Mrs M, Bristol

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