South of France: Idylle Provencal10 days & 9 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Marseille, France
Upon arrival in Marseille, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Intercontinental Marseille-Hotel Dieu - 3 Nights
Join your local expert for a guided visit of Marseille, including Notre Dame de la Garde, Vieux-Port, and Fort Saint Jean, which was built by Louis XIV in 1660.Intercontinental Marseille-Hotel Dieu (B)
Embark on an unforgettable boat trip to Cassis. The 10-mile stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis features not only France's highest sea cliffs, but also a series of calanques, fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone. For the adventurous, plenty of active experiences are available in this area, including guided walks, canyoning, rappelling, mountain biking and rock climbing.Intercontinental Marseille-Hotel Dieu (B)
Day 4To Les Baux-de-Provence
Depart Marseille today and head to the heartlands of Provence and the charming Domaine de Manville. This afternoon, stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of Saint Remy de Provence. During your visit, meet a local family, who have produced fine olive oil for the past four generations.Domaine de Manville - 3 Nights (B)
Day 5Les Baux-de-Provence
Enjoy a guided walk around the historic core of Avignon, which has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Continue with a visit to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and a wine producer since the 12th century.Domaine de Manville (B)
Day 6Les Baux-de-Provence
This morning, embark on a full-day trip to the Luberon starting with a visit to Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit the beautiful Romanesque Abbaye of Senanque, and meet the Cistercian monks who live there and produce honey, lavender essence and liqueurs.Domaine de Manville (B)
Day 7To Vence
After breakfast, depart for the hill town of Vence, stopping en route in Aix-en-Provence. Admire its famous Cours Mirabeau, a beautiful tree-lined avenue with terrace cafes and bookshops along the way. Visit the Granet Museum or the Cezanne Studio. Later, enjoy a privately guided visit of the Chateau de Saint Martin cellar and a wine tasting followed by a "winemaker's picnic" under the old plane trees.Chateau Saint Martin & Spa - 3 Nights (B, L)
Join your local expert for a private visit of Nice, including the local markets. Place Garibaldi in the Old Town, and the modern New Town as you stroll along Promenade des Arts. In Cimiez, visit the Matisse Museum or walk among the olive trees and the 15th-century garden of the Franciscan Monastery. Explore the extraordinary Russian Cathedral before returning to your chateau for the evening.Chateau Saint Martin & Spa (B)
Discover the regal town of Saint Paul de Vence. Stop at one of its galleries or the Maeght Foundation, a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary art. Continue to Grasse, which produces over two-thirds of France's perfumes. Stop at the House of Fragonard to discover how perfumers master the art of fragrance creation while learning about the history of perfume.Chateau Saint Martin & Spa (B)
Day 10Depart Nice
After a leisurely morning, bid adieu to France as you are escorted to Nice-Cote d'Azur Airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
South Of France: Idylle Provencal
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