Historic Provence - 5 Days

Provence and the South East of France are not all about lavender, olives and rosé wine. This is also an area that is rich in history with some exceptionally well-preserved Roman buildings and Medieval sites. Explore historic Provence on your next trip to France and learn about the people who made this area of France what it is today.

The Romans conquered this corner of France in 2BC. They occupied the area for around 500 years as it was a prime location on the trade route between Italy and Spain.

Their enduring legacy takes the form of some exceptionally well preserved buildings and monuments. The arenas in Nimes, Orange and Arles are magnificent and worthy of a day trip.

The UNESCO world heritage site of the magnificent Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, with its three tiers of arches will leave you speechless.

Then there is the beautiful medieval perched village of les Baux-de-Provence and delightful Saint Remy de Provence to discover.

Add an historic Provence itinerary to your next trip to France and let your imagination run wild.

This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based in the Avignon area and is the basis from which your own personal itinerary will be created.

We suggest you fly into Marseille or Montpellier or take the train into Avignon from where you can hire a car.

The price for this Historic Provence trip will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

This itinerary can be combined with any of the other itineraries on our site to create a complete trip to France.

Day 1
Avignon

Take a guided tour of Avignon with an expert local guide. Get to the heart of this UNESCO world heritage site, one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. Indeed, they are one of the finest examples of medieval fortification in existence.

You’ll discover the magnificent Popes’ Palace (Palais des Papes) and the unfinished ‘Pont d’Avignon’, forever immortalised in that well-known French song

The town has 173 sites and buildings that are registered historic monuments. If you love your history, Avignon is a great place to start!

Day 2
Pont du Gard and Nimes

Head west from Avignon and be enthralled by the magnificent sight of the Pont du Gard. This former Roman aqueduct, a UNESCO world heritage site, spans the Gardon River and is the highest of all elevated roman aqueducts.

It is characterised by its three tiers of arches and is magnificently preserved.

In the afternoon, drive 30 mins down to Nimes and visit the superb Roman amphitheater.

Day 3
Arles and les-Baux-de-Provence

The Roman and romanesque monuments in Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. They include an amphitheatre and triumphal arch as well as the Barbegal aqueduct, a roman watermill complex located just a few kilometeres from Arles.

On the way back to Avignon in the afternoon, pass through the pretty Alpilles mountains and visit the medieval perched village of les-Baux-de-Provence with its ruined castle.

Day 4
Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine

Head north today to the old town of Orange where you’ll experience the Roman theatre, the ‘Théâtre antique d’Orange’, which is described as the most impressive still existing in Europe. The fine Triumphal Arch of Orange is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and typical of the roman period.

In the afternoon, head east to Vaison-la-Romaine which was a prosperous metropolis during its roman rule in the 1st century. The excavations here have unveiled the daily lives of their early inhabitants. The medieval upper town is also well worth exploring.

Day 5
Aix-en-Provence

Head down towards the coast and spend the day in the old Roman town of Aix-en-Provence, declared a Roman colony by Julius Caesar in 45 BC.

Treat yourself to an experience in the Thermes Sextius spa and enjoy the same mineral-rich spring water enjoyed by the Romans all those years ago. The remains of the original thermal baths can still be viewed through glass panel flooring in the facility.

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary
  • Accommodation of your choice inc. breakfast and other meals as agreed
  • Guides services where appropriate
  • Reservations for visits and restaurants where agreed
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • All year
  • 5 days
  • Choose from top quality guest houses or 3 to 4* hotels