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PROVENCE
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PROVENCE

  • 5 days
  • couples
  • spring, summer, fall

When you say Provence, probably the first thing that comes to mind is lavender. But consider exploring this region in spring or autumn, otherwise you will often be crowded by other tourists. We went on this trip in late March, and it was great. Five days of packed programme await you. You will get to know the beautiful ancient villages and towns, take a peek into the local nature and taste the local gastronomy. If you're craving the scent and colour of lavender, you'll have to travel here in late June and early July, but be prepared to be in the company of many other travellers everywhere at all times. In contrast, in the off-season you can explore all the parts and corners of the region mostly on your own, only ocassionally running into tourists.

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Pont du Gard Aqueduct and the city of Avignon

Visit the Pont du Gard aqueduct and transfer to Avignon.

In the morning you don't have to rush anywhere. The first crossing is a bit longer (route). The highest Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, awaits you. It is an incredible structure, especially when you consider that the gradient of the aqueduct here is 0.4%. The whole canal was about 50 km long and the average gradient was only 30 cm per 1 km. In 1985, the aqueduct was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to see to the top of the bridge, you have to go on a guided tour – beware there are only a few a day. There are also beautiful views of the aqueduct if you take a short walk along the river.

After your tour of the aqueduct, drive over to the central car park in Avignon (route). Avignon is a beautiful city full of sights. How you organise your city tour is up to you. Apart from the world-famous Pont d'Avignon, the equally famous Palais des Papes and Notre Dame des Doms d'Avignon Cathedral are also worth seeing. You can take a stroll in the Jardin des Doms and walk to the top for a beautiful panoramic view. If you like local markets, visit Les Halles d'Avignon – they are only open until 2pm (closed on Mondays). Have a leisurely lunch, explore the town and transfer to your accommodation.

We really enjoyed staying a little further away from the centre at Maison du Parc (route). It's a room for two people with a private bathroom. Access to the garden is also available. Parking is right outside the house and is free. The breakfast is absolutely great! Marie is the best hostess! From here you can reach the centre in 20 minutes on foot, or it's just a couple of tram stops.

In the evening, go down-town, walk the whole Rue des Teinturiers, which has a wonderful charm. Pop in for a glass of wine in the garden at the Grand Cafe Barretta and book a place for dinner at a very nice little restaurant called La Cuisine de Papa. They had great food and wine and the atmosphere was very nice. The walking route in one direction is here.

TIP – Avignon is full of sights and if you want to see as much as possible book a private tour. The tour lasts three hours and the price includes priority access to the Palais des Papes. The tour is arranged by A La Française Provence.

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Morning

Pont du Gard

Roman aqueduct from the 1st century BC. It is 49 metres high and 275 metres long. It's an absolutely fascinating structure. The aqueduct operated until the 9th century. Access is possible from both sides of the river. Access to the top floor is only on guided tours, which start at fixed times. However, the tour is worthwhile even without this section. You can also walk to many of the surrounding viewpoints where you can see the bridge beautifully.

 

200-299
1-2 hours

Avignon

The town is located on the left bank of the Rhône River. The historic centre of the city has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Afternoon

Les Halles d'Avignon

Covered city market. Open except Mondays from 6am to 2pm. The outdoor green wall entrance is awesome. Inside you'll find a wide range of goods. The prices are not low, but to go here and taste at least something is a great experience.

0,5-1 hours

Palais des Papes

Between 1335 and 1378 the palace was the residence of the popes. There are several chapels in the papal palace. The whole palace is very large. The interior furnishings are practically untouched. You get a tablet for the tour and can look a little bit into the past through augmented reality. In the summer, there are huge queues.

300-499
1-1,5 hours

Notre Dame des Doms d'Avignon

The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon. Romanesque building from the 12th century. On top of the bell tower is a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary.

0,3-0,75 hours

Jardin des Doms

Nice garden with a nice view of the city – if you walk up to the top. Otherwise, a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.

0,75-1,5 hours

Pont d´Avignon

Pont Saint-Bénézet (Pont d'Avignon) is a world-famous bridge, or rather a remnant of it. There are two chapels on the bridge. It was built in the 12th century and had 22 arches, today there are only 4. The bridge was damaged by a flood. It is famous all over the world for the song "sur le pont d'Avignon".

200-299
0,5-0,75 hours
Evening

Maison du Parc

Great accommodation for 2 people. If you don't fancy a hotel, this is a great alternative. Lovely room that does have an external bathroom, but that is also just for you. Plus, there is access to a nice garden. Parking is free right outside and you can walk or take the tram to the centre, it just takes 20 minutes. The owner Marie is very nice. The breakfast was excellent! We only stayed here for one night, but we were very satisfied.

Rue des Teinturiers

Beautiful cobbled street full of bars and shops. Nice and lively atmosphere. Ideal to sit in the garden for a while, have a glass of wine and just watch the bustle around you.

0,5-0,75 hours

Grand Cafe Barretta

There are probably many more places like this in Avignon. It appealed to us somehow. We were sitting outside at a table in the early evening, enjoying wine and saying that this is how we imagined Provence. Feel free to try it too.

0,5-1 hours

La Cuisine de Papa

We originally wanted to go to another restaurant, but ended up trying La Cuisine de Papa and it was great! A tiny restaurant with a few seats and a wonderful atmosphere. We were lucky that we were the only tourists, the other guests were locals. The food was delicious, the wine even better and the service perfect. It's a small place, so I recommend booking a table in advance.

1-2 hours

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