Journey to the capital of the Provençal region, Aix-en-Provence to discover the “town of water and art.” Famous for its fountains and architectural flair, Aix-en-Provence is a beautiful city with wonderful terrace cafés, perfect for people watching. From here, travel to Avignon, celebrated for its Palace of Popes and prestigious past as Capital of Christianity in the Middle Ages. Avignon offers majestic architecture, ranked among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and traditional Provençal gastronomy.
Arrive in Aix-en-Provence today and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. Set out to enjoy exploring the city of Aix-en-Provence at your own leisure, taking time to visit the sights of this ancient Celtic city dating back to the 3rd century AD. Stroll down the tree-lined avenue of Cours Mirabeau, taking time for a coffee at Les Deux Garcons café or a visit to one of the many bookshops lining the streets. (Overnight in Aix-en-Provence) B
Spend the day exploring Aix-en-Provence. Visit the old town of Aix or the Mazarin district packed with shops, markets, museums, architectural masterpieces and plenty of the fountains for which the city is famous. Remember to stop at one of the numerous markets in the city for fresh flowers and tasty local produce. (Overnight in Aix-en-Provence) B
Spend a final day in Aix-en-Provence. A Post-Impressionist’s playground, Paul Cezanne was born in the city, and it is possible to take a walking trail between his childhood home, Jas de Bouffan and his former studio, Atelier Cezanne. (Overnight in Aix-en-Provence) B
Travel on the TGV train from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon. Passing olive and lemon groves on your way, enjoy a taste of the Côtes du Rhône landscape before arriving in Avignon TGV station. Upon arrival, make the short transfer to the center of town and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight in Avignon) B
Enjoy discovering the fascinating and atmospheric city of Avignon. The city, established behind medieval walls at the side of the sparkling Rhone River, boasts immense natural beauty and fascinating UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments. The city is proud of its papal legacy, centered on the incredible Palais des Papes, where the Pope lived in the 14th Century. Wander the lovely streets of the old center which are full of artists’ galleries, visit the colorful outdoor market on the Place Pie, or come during July when the city hums with thousands of visitors to its annual theater festival. (Overnight in Avignon) B
Spend an additional day uncovering the many beautiful sights of Avignon. Explore the nearby Petit Palais and Palais du Roure museums, and experience the city’s thriving street scene. Spend time wandering through the ancient streets and courtyards of private mansions before relaxing with a glass of local wine in one of the fantastic restaurants Avignon has to offer. (Overnight in Avignon) B
Enjoy a final breakfast in the hotel before continuing your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in either city, or with another destination in Europe, one of our Rail Vacation Specialists would be happy to assist you. B
MEAL GUIDE: B – BREAKFAST, BR – BRUNCH, L – LUNCH, AT – AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER
110 bedrooms decorated in Provençal style, a restaurant serving local and regional specialities and fitness and relaxation area equipped with a sauna, hammam and jacuzzi,thermal baths, providing a range of treatments and an outdoor swimming pool which is heated during the summer. The hotel is located in the heart of the old town area and offers easy access to Aix-en-Provence’s main attractions.
Amodern hotel with a 19th century façade. The 66 bedrooms are modern and comfortable with individually controlled air-conditioning. The hotel has a bright breakfast room and a peaceful library. It is located in the heart of historical Avignon, a short walk from the Palais de Papes, and close to the restaurants and bars in the centre of Avignon.