Provence Walking Tour10 days / Walking Tours
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About This Experience
Slow your pace, breathe in the fresh air and experience the French countryside at its purest and prettiest. On this Provence walking tour, you'll retrace the footsteps of painters and pilgrims who have long been inspired by the region's natural splendor. From the fields of fragrant lavender to the cliffs of Cap Ferrat, discover a Provence that will stimulate all your senses.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
8 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Avignon's opulent Papal Palace
Charming Provencal village life
Vincent van Gogh & Paul Cézanne
The glamor & glitter of the French Riviera
Lovely, luscious lavender fields
Overnight Flight1 night
Cannes1 night - hotel info
Avignon3 nights - hotel info
Follow your nose through fields of fragrant jasmine, lavender and rose
Fragonard Perfume Factory
This morning, visit the town of Grasse, the heart of France’s perfume industry. Surrounded by fields of jasmine, roses, violets and lavender, Grasse produces a high percentage of the world’s bottled fragrances. Make a visit to the Fragonard Perfume Factory to see the process in action on your way to Avignon. Next, discover the fresh air and flowering vistas of Provence during an invigorating two-hour walk in Ste.-Baume. Medieval pilgrims followed these same paths to pray at the shrine of Mary Magdalene.
Cross the famous Pont d'Avignon and marvel at the opulent Papal Palace
Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner
Stroll through the medieval city of Avignon this morning with your Tour Director. You’ll also experience an in-depth visit to the Papal Palace with an audio guide. In the 14th century, Pope Clement V chose to reign as pope from his native France, rather than from Rome. Visit the opulent palace that he and his successors inhabited during the 75 years of the Avignon Papacy. This afternoon, explore the villages of the Luberon Valley. Consider joining this evening’s optional excursion to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region for a wine tasting and dinner.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $89* pp
During tonight's excursion, leave Avignon and travel to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a region boasting 13 different varieties of grapes. At a local wine cellar, you'll be invited to sample several of the region's most distinctive vintages. After your tasting, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant featuring a selection of Provençal dishes.
Walk through the landscapes painted by Vincent van Gogh
Pont du Gard
Arles was the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. Your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of the town before an included lunch. Then, journey outside the city to visit the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.
Aix-en-Provence2 nights - hotel info
Roam around Roussillon's rose-colored ochre quarries
Roussillon ochre mines
This morning, visit the hilltop town of Gordes, and a nearby waterfall. Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the town’s open-air ochre mines. Although mining has ceased, the colorful red rock continues to draw visitors from far and wide. Continue on to Aix where you’ll enjoy dinner with your group.
Stop in Moustiere-Sainte-Marie to admire the ceramic craftsmanship
Stop in the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte- Marie, known throughout Europe since the 17th century for its blue-and-white ceramics. After free time for lunch, continue past the dramatic canyons of the Gorges du Verdon area, known as the “Grand Canyon of France.”
Nice2 nights - hotel info
Inspire your inner Impressionist in Aix-en-Provence
Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner
This morning you’ll follow in the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne during a guided tour of the city, including the painter’s studio. In his paintings of the surrounding countryside, Cézanne immortalized this charming town. Continue on to the Mediterranean city of Nice, where you can choose to join an optional dinner and visit to the famous Monte Carlo Casino in the principality of Monaco.
Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99* pp
Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.
Hike along Cape Ferrat past magnificent villas and Mediterranean vistas
Start the day with a walk on Cape Ferrat, the peninsula separating Nice from the principality of Monaco. Your hour-and-a-half walk along a cliffside path presents memorable views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur. Relive tour memories at tonight’s farewell dinner.
Extend Your Stay
Add a Paris City Stay $579*
Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, beauty and history in the French capital. Browse the bookstores and boutiques, stroll manicured parks and walk along the Seine. Then take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the Parisians do their thing.
Paris3 nights - hotel info
Cruise the River Seine by the light of la lune
Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise
Board the TGV train to Paris, where you’ll be met by a representative who will assist with hotel check-in. The rest of your day is free to begin acquainting (or re-acquainting) yourself with the French capital. Tonight, opt to have dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a cruise along the Seine.
Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
Stroll the storied streets and find your own favorite places in Paris
Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens
Discover the highlights of Paris on this morning’s sightseeing tour, which will pass by Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. This afternoon, opt to visit magnificent Versailles.
Must be booked 45 days before departure
Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp
The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.
Discover your inner Impressionist in Giverny
Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Enjoy another free day in Paris, delving deeper into the neighborhoods or lingering longer at the cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Giverny to see the setting and scenery that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp
The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.
Walking on Tour
Will I be able to keep up?
This is a physically demanding walking tour. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain for two hours at a time. Travelers should be prepared for some steep inclines and difficult hikes. Hiking boots are a must. If you don’t have them, sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. Backpacks and walking sticks are also recommended.
What happens if it rains?
The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility. In the unlucky event of inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.
Who is my guide?
Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Provence. All Tour Directors are bilingual.
Passport & Visa Requirements
In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
Please note that for those traveling on our Paris extension, porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.
Clothing & Packing Tips
Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders and legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. Travelers should be in good physical health. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.
A stroll along the main street of any French town soon reveals how seriously the French take their food. Throughout the country, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside.
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Nice. (Passengers traveling on the tour extension will depart from Paris.) Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you’ll find that all of the cities and towns in Provence and the French Riviera are easily walkable.
France operates on the European standard 220 volts.
France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Provence.
The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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WHERE IN THE WORLD...
WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE ERIC & MARIA GONE THIS SUMMER? Glad you asked: Aix-en Provence, Moustiers Sainte Marie, Gordes, Gorges du Verdun, St.Maximin-La Sainte Baume, Avignon, Arles, Fontville, St. Remy, Pont du Gard, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Roussillon, Luberon Forest, Grasse, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Monaco…on a wonderful, walking, hiking, climbing, socializing & eating experience through PROVENCE & THE COTE D’AZUR. Soaking our feet in the Mediterranean Sea, hiking the cliff trail on St-Jean-Cap Ferrat, feeling the excitement of the Tour de France in Nice, climbing the Massif de la St. Baume up to the Monestary, seeing the splendor of the Papal Palace in Avignon, wine tasting in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region, emersing ourselves in the views the Van Gogh saw in Arles & the ones that inspired Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence, & viewing the Grand Canyon of France from the rocky cliffs of the Crest trail. Then, of course, there are the delicious foods… from the biggest farmers market in Provence (Greoux les Baius), the super bull sausage, the sausage de canard (duck)… & the cheeses, wines, crepes, chocolates, etc…. …and last, but certainly not least, pretending to be some of the rich & famous walking amongst the Mega-Yachts in Cannes Harbor, walking through The Casino in Monte Carlo like James Bond, taking pictures with the Rolls, Bentleys & Ferraris & definitely having sexy cocktails at the bar in the Negresso Hotel on the beach in Nice. Jean-Jacques, our tour guide was terrific- fun, verbose, congenial, very informative, etc. Emanuali,our driver was really the greatest Can you tell we had a fabulous time? GOOD!!! ?
Provence Walking Tour is a MUST DO
Our Walking Tour in Provence was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The main reason was our tour guide, Sebastien. He made sure everyone's needs were met and that we knew about the places we were visiting. He always had a smile on his face and made all of us feel at ease. The hotels we stayed in were centrally located and clean. The food provided by Go Ahead was first class. We experienced a good variety of local dishes that gave us a real taste of Provence. We were fortunate to have a small group -- about 17. Everyone got along and we had a good time. The hilltop villages of Gordes and Rousillion are stunning. Nice, Monaco, and the Cap Ferrat offer amazing views and plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the seaside splendor. Thanks again to Sebastien for a great tour!
Better than we could have hoped
We thought we knew what Provence would be like, but it was better than we thought. It was more varied - mountains, red-rock country, vineyards, cliff walks, lovely town and village squares, Roman ruins, charming market towns - just wonderful. Adoram, our tour director, is a tireless, insanely well-informed young man who took such good care of us, always concerned about our comfort, safety, fun. The people on our coach all became friends so quickly, and it was so hard to say goodbye to them. Can't wait for our next GoAhead tour!!
After having taken 4 trips to Italy(3 with Go Ahead),we finally made it to France. The Provence area was a joy to behold and a photographers's delight. Our tour director Sebastian was energetic,enthusiastic and entertaining. He made sure that we all got to enjoy the best that France had to offer. Our sub-group of 12 travelers mixed very well with the other group members and this good commraderie made for an enjoyable trip for all. About half of the group took the Go Ahead extension to Paris with Sebastian who made sure that we also enjoyed the best that Paris had to offer.. The fast and furious pace that we maintained kept those of us who are seniors longing for a little slack time. However, now that we are home and rested and refecting back on the trip,we realized that we got to see and do far more by keeping such an active schedule,and we are happy that we did. Overall a wonderful trip,a patient and enthusiastic guide,and a whole new collection of memories to enjoy for the rest of our lives.. Thanks Go Ahead for being there for us. Until our next adventure, Dick&Jane
This tour was breathtakingly beautiful. It was directed by an extremely knowledgeable and caring tour guide (Sebastien) who did everything possible to make it memorable. He had terrific language skills in both French and English. He organized little extra outings for those who preferred to stay with a guide. In fact my favorite village was medieval Eze (no cars allowed!!!), which wasn't even on the itinerary. However there was a long wait for the public bus back to Nice. Cassis was another gem not on the itinerary. The group was quite large (30) and at times it was a challenge to maneuver such a large bus, but the drivers did fine, even if they had to go back to the town to make a turn. (Our Walking Tour of Tuscany was only 14...much better.) There was not enough time for the Papal Palace in Avignon for me. I like to listen to every audio headset description and there was a lot to take in. I would not recommend the optional wine-tasting and dinner in Avignon. Some of the walks were leisurely, and some were more challenging, but there was always an alternative route for those who preferred less exercise. The hotels were mostly 3-star, but comfortable and clean. I noticed the standard room rates were quite expensive (285 euros/night). I personally would have preferred hotels in smaller towns, like the village with the wonderful lunch near Arles, or Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, but I enjoyed those hotels within the old wall of the city where you could wander the maze of the ancient cobblestone streets. So if you are looking for a wonderful vacation, do consider the south of France and the Cote d'Azur. And hope you are lucky enough to meet up with Sebastien!
Overall, a Good Experience
This was a very nice trip but in my opinion, did not quite measure up to the walking tour of Tuscany we did last year. Overall, there was plenty to do and our Tour Director kept us very busy. The only problem with this was there was little free time to explore on one’s own or time to unwind from all the sightseeing. Overall, the best three things were: 1. Our Tour Director Sebastien was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, articulate, helpful, friendly, and always eager to please. One of the best Tour Directors I’ve ever experienced. 2. The town of Eze, outside of Nice. Make sure you see this small medieval town on top of a hill. One of the best sights of the trip. 3. I enjoyed Monaco and Monte Carlo just to see the opulence and how the really wealthy people entertain themselves. The most disappointing three things were: 1. The optional wine tasting and dinner in Avignon was a total let down. The dinner was at a downtown restaurant (not at a farmhouse like we did in Tuscany) and the food/service was underwhelming. This restaurant should be replaced with a higher quality one, or better still, find a winery that also serves good meals. 2. The hotel in Aix on Provence was nice and had a great location but I missed having a shower with a tall shower head. 3. Not enough time to adequately tour the Papal Palace in Avignon. Need to allow more time to explore all the rooms. Overall, a very nice tour but with a few adjustments could be an excellent one.
What an enjoyable tour! We saw so many things - more than promised in the brochure. Provence is a beautiful area to visit, especially with such a knowledgeable tour director.
Great local flavor!
The Walking Tour of Provence is very face-paced & so you get a good sense of the local flavor of Southern France (more so Provence than the Riviera). The tour is very structured by nature so be prepared for very little free time. I enjoyed that we were able to visit numerous villages and partake in various activities; the Monaco optional was my favorite -- absolutely worth it & I highly recommend it! I only wish we could have spent one more day in Nice (the last day's activity) but it now gives us an excuse to go back & dedicate time to exploring the Riviera!
Very interesting sites visited
Tour was good and so was the weather. Walking was a little challenging, but not too much. Very busy schedule with little time in places to see things on your own. Tour director did not gave little historical or current information about the places visited or current life in France. Carried on too much private conversation with the people seated at the front of the bus. The one local guide used in Aix was very good. Would have been good to have more local guides, but I guess that is the way Go Ahead saves money. Hotels were OK except for the one in Aix which was poor. It was located far from the city center and the hotel restaurant was poor. Rats were seen on the hotel grounds by some of our tour friends. The hotel in Nice was the best and the only 5 star one on the trip.
Go Walking with Go Ahead!
I'm telling all my friends that "Walking in Provence" was my best tour yet, and I've been touring for twenty years. We saw Provence in ways and from places folks on the cruise ships never will and it looked fabulous. Our tour director, Jean-Jacques, knew all the secrets about the spots we visited and walked to, and he volunteered to lead those who wanted to go beyond the itinerary "to new heights." Avignon, Arles, Aix, the Acqueduct all earned A's. This was a thoroughly exhilarating experience! I also want to compliment the desk staff at the Holiday Inn on the Quai de Seine in Paris. They did so many helpful things for me during my additional day that I can never propertly thank them.