Early summer in Provence and the lavender fields have taken on their distinctive hue as flowering begins. Stand close, run your fingers over the buds and breathe in one of the most gorgeous scents in nature. Reflect on two thousand years of history since the Romans colonised this most alluring province of France. Look forward to your evening meal of Provençal specialities and a glass or two of Châteauneuf du Pape. Aah, la vie est bonne!
Taking advantage of the direct Eurostar train service which whisks us from London to Avignon in just six hours, Provence is within easy reach yet is a world away, with its ancient ruins, lavender fields and vineyards, superb cuisine and that peculiar quality of light that attracted so many great artists.
Among the many highlights are the Roman wonders of the Pont du Gard, Arles, Nîmes and Orange; the Gothic Palace of the Popes and the famous truncated bridge in Avignon; the wild wetlands of the Camargue, home to pink flamingoes, white horses and black bulls; a cheese and wine tasting on the terroir of a distinguished wine. But it’s the lavender that steals the show, with a tour of the fields and the distillery where the ‘blue gold’ is transformed into myriad different products.
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Comfortable coach travel throughout
- Meals - as per the itinerary
- Train travel