Six Days in Provence
Who: Couples

6 Days

From £1,845pp

Harriet, Kate L and Molly are here to help give you the inside track.

Spend six days absorbing the best food, wine and culture that Provence has to offer on this luxury Big Short Break.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • Why fly when you can zip through France on the Eurostar and TGV?
  • Get on your bike and conquer Mont Ventoux...
  • … which means you can indulge in the best cheese and wine the South of France has to offer

Why Book with Original Travel?

Just a few of the extra touches that come as standard on an Original Travel holiday...
100% Carbon Off-setting
UK Departure Assistance
Fast Track UK Check-in
Fast Track UK Security
UK Airport Lounge Access
Pre-booked Airline Seats
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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: International Train

Your Eurostar to France leaves St Pancras International very early in the morning, arriving in Paris two and three-quarter hours later. You will be met at Gare du Nord for a private transfer across Paris to Gare du Lyon, where you will catch the exceedingly glamourous TGV to Avignon.

We've booked you a table on the top deck, where the views of French countryside whizzing past are truly spectacular. After two and three-quarter hours of watching the world zoom past with a glass or two of champagne - it would be rude not to - you will arrive in Avignon just in time for lunch, your handy Dossier will recommend our favourite places to eat. Appetite suitably satiated you will collect your hire car and head to your first Provençal hotel.

Day 2: Mount Ventoux

After a big breakfast this morning, you will pick up the hotel bikes we have arranged for you to borrow for the duration of your trip and set off on a mini-Tour de France stage, to the top of Mont Ventoux.

The Holy Grail of cycling, this is arguably the toughest stage of the Tour. Don't worry if you end up having to get off your bike and push towards the top - Chris Froome had to jog the final stretch in 2016! - and the view from the top is just as spectacular. After a giddiness inducing zoom back to the bottom, we imagine there will be some sore legs, so we recommend alternating between gentle dips in the pool and ice-cold rosé for the rest of the day. Incidentally, non-MAMiLs (that's Middle-Aged Men in Lycra) can drive to the top of the mountain - the view is no less spectacular.

Day 3: Wine Tasting

After lunch today, you will be met by an expert sommelier for an afternoon's wine tasting. You will be guided through the production and tasting of different wines of the region, from the ubiquitous rosé to lesser known reds and whites.

If you come across a wine you like, the sommelier will be able to arrange for a few bottles (or cases) to be delivered to your home, and you'll learn the right phrases to say to impress waiters and fellow diners back home!

Day 4: Cheese Tasting

Is it possible to visit France without eating your body weight in cheese? If so, we don't recommend that course of action, so today we have organised a tasting of local cheeses with a master fromager.

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will head to a local cheese shop where you will be guided through a variety of Provençal cheeses, from Banon - made from raw goat's milk, wrapped in chestnut leaves - to the extraordinarily rare St. Marcellin, 90% of which is made on a single farm. Suitably stuffed, we recommend taking the scenic route to your next hotel, exploring the countryside en route. Frolicking in lavender fields is a well-known calorie burner, after all, not to mention an excellent Insta-opportunity.

Day 5: Aix-en-Provence

After an early breakfast this morning, you will hop in the car and skirt back along the coast to Aix-en-Provence.

Having parked the car, you will head to Saint Saviour's Cathedral to meet your expert historian guide for a three-hour private walking tour of the city. Aix-en-Provence is a city with a long and colourful history and your expert guide will bring that history vividly to life, beginning with the Roman foundations of the city before moving on to its medieval and Victorian incarnations. As you cross the city, you will come across various fountains, where your guide will explain the important role that water and thermal springs played in the growth of the city, from the Romans to the present day.

After your tour, your guide will recommend somewhere delicious for lunch before you drive back to Mougins in time to get ready for a spectacular Michelin starred dinner.

Additional Activities

  • Cézanne's Aix-en-Provence tour
Day 6: International Flight

Today it is sadly time to bid au revoir to Provence but not before a thorough pampering from the spa at your hotel. We've booked you a spa package of massages, scrubs, facials and pedicures, after which it will be time to head back to reality and Nice International airport.

After dropping off your hire car you will check in for your flight home, which takes off in the early evening and lands two hours later.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£1,985pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£1,845pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

From

£2,320pp

Harriet, Kate L and Molly are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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