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Provence Walking Tour

10 days Walking Tours
Slow your pace. Breathe in the fresh air. On this walking tour, retrace the footsteps of painters and pilgrims who have long been inspired by France’s natural splendor. From the fields of fragrant lavender to the cliffs of Cap Ferrat, discover a Provence that stimulates all the senses.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • 5 scenic walks

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to the French Riviera today.

Cannes 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Cannes

Included meals: Dinner

After landing in Nice, make your way to Cannes, where you’ll meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Avignon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Avignon via Grasse & Sainte-Baume

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Provence region en route to Avignon.

• Visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory in Grasse, a town surrounded by fields of jasmine, roses, violets and lavender 

• Embark on an invigorating walk to the pilgrimage site of Sainte-Baume

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Avignon

Included meals: Breakfast

Get a firsthand look at Avignon on a guided tour.

• Stroll through the medieval city 

• Enter the opulent Papal Palace, from which Pope Clement V reigned during the 14th century

• Explore the forests and villages of the Luberon Valley by foot with your Tour Director

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $95*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 5: Arles & Pont du Gard

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a walking tour of Arles, the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh. Then, journey outside of the city to the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.

Aix-en-Provence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Aix-en-Provence via Gordes and Roussillon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Aix through the picturesque landscapes that influenced the French masters.

• Visit the hilltop town of Gordes, and the Fontaine du Vaucluse Waterfall

• Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the colorful red rocks of the town’s open-air ochre mines

Day 7: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Gorges du Verdon

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, known for its blue and white ceramics. Then, on a walk, pass the dramatic canyons of the Gorges du Verdon area, known as the “Grand Canyon of France” to take in the dramatic views from the top.

Nice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to Nice

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on guided sightseeing tour of Aix-en- Provence before departing for Nice.

• Pass Aix Cathedral, built on the site of the 1st-century Roman forum 

• Enter Paul Cézanne’s studio

• Stroll the beautiful boulevards

Upon arrival in the Mediterranean city of Nice, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

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, you may wish to try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking. This excursion is not available from May 9-26, 2015 during the Grand Prix.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 9: Cap Ferrat

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a cliffside walk on Cap Ferrat, admiring views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur along the way. Later, celebrate your trip with fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Paris.

Add Paris $579 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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.

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed TGV train to Paris, where you’ll have free time to acquaint yourself with the French capital or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

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. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe 

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre 

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $109*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 12: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Cannes, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nice, France
  • Paris, France
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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.

Baggage Allowance

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.

Baggage Handling

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).

Health

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.

Cuisine

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.

Transportation

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.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

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.

Currency

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.

Tipping

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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/9/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Yes, it was a WALKING tour!

This was our 2nd Go Ahead walking tour. Both tours have had reasonably sized groups, they seem to go to areas that are a little off the beaten track which we like and we really enjoy the walking aspects. Here are observations and highlights: WEATHER: It was great! Had a few rain sprinkles the last day on the Paris extension. WALKS: Well, this was a walking tour. On the four walking highlights, using GPS, we logged 9.1 miles and almost 4,800 ft, up and down. Based on a Fitbit, we logged 108,000 steps and app, 40 miles in Provence and an additional 58,000 steps, 24 miles in Paris. The walking was great and helped us to not gain weight on the trip! GUIDE: Our guide, Greg, was great. English, but has lived in France for decades. For stops that required an admission or in town where we would need a map, a favorite comment and question would be along the line of, "Is there a man that knows the quick way to get in?" "Does such a man exist?" And the answer was always a resounding YES, it is Greg!. His knowledge and ability to explain the history and details/background of what we were seeing was excellent. HOTELS: The hotels were nice and suitably located. They were a step up from the ones we had on our previous tour. MEALS: Breakfasts and included meals were good and well prepared. I was a little disappointed that our welcoming dinner in Cannes was in an Italian restaurant. I reset my expectations a day later when I learned that much of the area we were in had been part of Italy until the late 19th century and the whole area still had Italian influences as part of their culture. A few memorable meals: on our own in Avignon we found a small place, Cafe Lulu - had the best burger, I've had in ages. Others were lunch at laTable du Meinier in Fontville and great dinner with duck roasted in a wood over at les Ecuries d'aube outside Aix. TOWNS: Really enjoyed the majority of the towns we visited. I was amazed at how many hill towns existed in this part of France. Our driver, David, did a masterful job of navigating the narrow roads and tight turns. My favorites, were Avignon, Arles, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Gordes. EXTENSION TO PARIS: Great time. Greg was very helpful is suggesting things to see and do and to navigate the Metro.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Relaxed Tour of Provence

For me this tour was great. Since I had previously been to 2 of the major cities, I had no need to see everything like the rest of the group did. Our tour director, Greg, treated us like capable mature adults able to solve most problems on our own. I enjoyed the trips to the small hilltop towns, and was able to explore on my own those towns with which I was already familiar. The hotels generally were good, the best being the Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence. The hotel in Nice, an NH hotel, was the worst of the NH hotels in which I've stayed. Too many loud Asian tour groups, and no refreshing the breakfast offerings after the large groups had depleted most of the fruit. So while I did only one of the walks, Cap Ferrat, I totally enjoyed this tour and the further opportunity it gave me to explore more in depth some favorite towns.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Provence

I was disappointed in this tour. This was my second tour walking tour with Go Ahead. The whole trip seemed very rushed and not as well coordinated as my first. The walks were not walks but serious hiking/mounain climbing trips. Of course the scenery was beautiful but I didnt have the same awesome experience. We also had several problems with transportation that took away from the enjoyment of the trip. Having to carry the luggage using the tram system and then walking with it uphill for 2 blocks will do that - the bus transportation never showed. Also the train ride from Nice to Paris was a total waste of time. 6 hours on a train was not a good way to travel and took up a great deal of the time we had to spend in Paris. Our tour director was not what I would have said was the best but by the end of the trip he greatly improved.

 

Hello Lela, I’m sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience on tour. We are currently working on improving the pacing descriptions of all tours, including walking tours, to make the descriptions clearer and more accurate for our travelers. We understand that travel can be unpredictable, but we will certainly be looking into the specific transportation issues you have mentioned.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 04, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A lot more than lavender fields

Good food (La table du meunier in Fonvielle, Les ecuries de l'aube in Aix, the cafe at Mt Ste Baume, pretty much all the breakfasts, Les 5 sens on our own in Avignon, the farewell dinner across from the hotel in Nice), colorful driver Didier (Avance, ma poule... Serre, mais serre! ... C'est le bordel, putain!), excellent tour director Franck, best hotel in Aix, those hill towns (Gordes, Rousillon, Menerbes), my man Jimmy the photographer (you gotta shoot in Raw) this tour has a lot going for it. Excellent value. We did it at the height of the French vacation season and it was still real smooth. Hats off to Franck!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic scenery

This is an active tour with lots of walking. Time on motorcoach is not too long from place to place. If you enjoy walking, history, beautiful buildings and great food, you will enjoy this tour. It did have 4 hotel stays within the ten days. Dress is casual and comfortable, The tour director's name was Frank and he was just fantastic. Small group of about 20. Bring dressier clothes if you plan to do the Monaco option. You are out the door by 8:30 most days to visit cities and explore. There are some nature walks as well. The buffet breakfasts are very good. Bon Voyage!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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!!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Finally France!!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Bonjour Provence

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!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience

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.

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