Day 2: Aix en Provence
Arrive Marseille airport and meet your Teach By Travel tour manager. Board your motorcoach for the short transfer to Aix en Provence, the historic Roman city surrounded by sunflowers, limestone mountains, and the landscapes of Provence. Dinner and overnight in Aix.
Day 3: Aix en Provence
The charm of Aix is yours this morning on your walking tour. Stroll past fountains and shadowing plane trees, along the Cours Mirabeau, the Bourg Saint Sauveur and the Quartier Mazarin. See the inspiration of the Impressionist painter Cezanne during your included visit to Atelier Cezanne and its mountain views. Included lunch, followed by an afternoon excursion to the Luberon region and the small villages of Gordes and Lourmarin, and the Unesco World Heritage- listed Roman Abbey of Senanques, surrounded by fragrant lavender fields. Return to Aix for and overnight.
Day 4: Aix en Provence
Your full day excursion through Provence starts with the Middle-Age walled city of Avignon and the Palais des Papes, which housed seven Popes during the 14th century. Continue to the amazing Roman Aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, built 2,000 years ago. Enjoy an included lunch before departing south to Beaucaire for a visit to Tarascon, a typical Middle Age castle, then on to St-Remy de Provence to view the old town where Van Gogh spent the last of his life, surrounded by his beloved landscapes, celebrated in his paintings. Return to Aix for overnight.
Day 5: St-Marie de la Mer
Depart Aix and journey to Les Baux de Provence, a beautiful and charming hilltop village. Continue to the red roofs of Arles. Visit the Roman Arena and the Middle Age church of St. Trophine before heading southwest to Aigues-Mortes. Time to stroll through this walled city before continuing to the stunning scenery of the Carmargue. Dinner and overnight in Saintes-Marie de la Mer.
Day 6: Saintes-Marie de la Mer - Cassis - Cannes
Leave the Carmague and transfer to Cassis for a boat cruise along the Calanques, beautiful limestone coves nestling the crystal clear blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Board your motorcoach and travel along the coast for a unique and impressive panorama of the coastline. Proceed to the capital of the French Riviera, Nice, for a walking tour of the city center, featuring the port, the flower market, and the Promenade des Anglais. Overnight in Cannes.
Day 7: Cannes - Monaco Excursion
Your coach takes hair-pin turns and climbs winding mountain roads to reach the jet-set city of Monte Carlo, with its castle and famous harbour. Time to wander around Monte Carlo before continuing on to the cliff-top village of Eze, for breath-taking views of the CĂ´te d'Azur. Visit a perfume factory for a fascinating look at perfume production before returning to Cannes for your dinner and your final overnight.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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