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Provence, France; Avignon and Marseille Sightseeing

Provence, France; Avignon and Marseille Sightseeing

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  • Van Gogh in Provence. Many of Van Gogh’s most famous works were painted while he was a patient at the monastery hospital in St Paul de Mausole. This tour takes you here and to the surrounds, showing the beautiful countryside that were portrayed on the famous canvases. He was fascinated by the beauty of the landscapes he discovered here, carrying out 143 oil paintings and more than 100 drawings in the space of 53 weeks.
  • Roman Sites: Antique Roman buildings probably aren’t the first thing to spring to mind when you think of this part of France, but there are plenty them around here and they are spectacular. There’s Nimes with its proud 2000 year history and the mind-blowing 3-tiered Pont du Gard aqueduct high above the river.
  • Culture and Wine: You’ve no doubt always heard about Châteaneuf-du-Pape but now is your chance to sample this famous wine (the vines were planted in the 14th century so there’s been plenty of time to get it right!). The tour continues on to Orange, with its amazingly well preserved Roman amphitheatre and arch. There’s an informative audio and you can really get a feel for how it was back in the day and absorb the experience.
  • Best of Provence: Explore some of the most picturesque places in Provence. Be amazed by the famous Pont du Gard, visit gorgeous villages perched on cliffs, admire some beautiful 16th century houses and red and yellow ochre cliffs.
  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful spots in Provence. Stop by Oppede le Vieux, a village carved into the rock and whose authenticity seduces writers and artists. You will discover Menerbes, a fortress village, witness of numerous religious wars, then Bonnieux for lunch. You’ll admire Roussillon with its red cliffs and overlook Luberon from Gordes. End this tour by a drive up to the Cistercian Abbey de Senanque, surrounded by lavender fields.

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