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UNESCO TOUR South of France – Italy

Avignon, Orange, Pont du Gard, Arles, Genoa

6 Nights from CHF 1'476.- per person in double room price per person in double room

On this very special Private Selection Tour you can choose six of these protected attractions to visit. You’ll first travel with your own means as far as the south coast of France and over the border into Italy.

Experience the art of French cuisine, the expanse of the Camargue and the cultural highlights of Provence as well as the inland beauty along Italy’s floral coast!

Day 1


Arrival

Arrive by road with your own car at the HOTEL LE CLAIR DE LA PLUME PLUME in Grignan. 200 metres from the hotel itself are the gardens complete with bio-pool and breath-taking view across the old town and castle of Grignan which should help you to wind down, especially with a nice glass of local wine.

• Arrive by your own means as far as Grignan (Provence)

• Gourmet dinner at the 1-star Michelin restaurant and accommodation at the HOTEL CLAIR DE LA PLUME

Day 2


Visit the Cavern du Chauvet-Pont -D’Arc

Today you visit the world heritage site Caverne Chauvet-Pont d' Arc. It is a life-like replica of the Pont d’Arc painted cave where more than a thousand cave paintings were discovered in 1994. These paintings are over 36,000 years old – the oldest in existence that we know of. On the outward journey, we recommend you take the route through Saint-Paul-trois-Châteaux, whose Notre-Dame cathedral was built in the 12th century and is an example of the ancient Romanesque architecture of Provence. On the return journey to Grignan you’ll cross the Drôme near Donzère, with its Romanesque church and the Renaissance-style tower of «Chevinesse», which along with the town walls and castle are listed tourist landmarks.

• Breakfast at the Hotel Le Clair de la Plume

• Visit the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cavern (56km from Grignan)

• Gourmet dinner and accommodation at the Hotel Clair de la Plume

Day 3


Visit the Theatre at Orange and Avignon

From the Hotel Le Clair de la Plume, you’ll drive about 45 minutes (43km) to the theatre at Orange. “The most beautiful wall in my kingdom” as King Louis XIV of France passionately described the theatre’s stage wall, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. After visiting the theatre, you’ll travel further south (33km) to Avignon. The former capital of Christianity offers an exceptionally rich cultural heritage: The Palace of the Popes, the city walls and the famous bridge. As evening falls, you’ll have the famous song (“Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse…”) in your head as you drive the 77 km to the HOTEL L’ESTELLE EN CAMARGUE. From the garden terrace of your room let your gaze wander over the natural lake to the distant pastures and the famous horses and bulls of the Camargue.

• Breakfast at the Hotel Le Clair de la Plume

• Visit the Roman theatre at Orange

• Visit Avignon

• Gourmet 4-course dinner and accommodation at the Hotel L’Estelle en Camargue

Day 4


Visit the Pont du Gard and Arles

Today you’ll go back to ancient times. At the Pont du Gard – an aqueduct dating back to the 1st century, you’ll discover an architectural masterpiece and one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. The Pont du Gard lies 70km from L’Estelle en Camargue.

From the Pont du Gard, you’ll drive to Arles (37 km), a former Roman town on the fringe of the Camargue. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Arles has several monuments worth visiting: the amphitheatre, the Roman theatre, the Saint Trophime cloister, the Constantin baths, the Alyscamps necropolis, and the Roman battlements.

For contemporary art enthusiasts, we recommend a detour to the “Maison d’Arles” where Maja Hoffmann, Swiss art collector and heiress of the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company, has established an interdisciplinary centre for culture. The centre piece is a striking aluminium tower designed by star architect Frank O’Gehry. Allow a good half hour for your return journey to the hotel (35 km).

• Breakfast at the Hotel L’Estelle en Camargue

• Visit the Pont du Gard

• Visit Arles

• 4-course gourmet evening dinner and accommodation at the Hotel L’Estelle en Camargue

Day 5


Excursion to the Italian Riviera

Heading past Aix-en-Provence, you’ll drive to the Ligurian coast along the coast road (Riviera dei Fiori) via Cannes, Nice, Monaco and San Remo as far as Diano Marina. Sample Italian style at the private beach of the GRAND HOTEL DIANA MAJESTIC or discover the surroundings with the free-of-charge bicycles. You’ll need to allow about 4 hours for the drive but there’s no rush – take the time to visit the famous cities along the way.

• Breakfast at the Hotel L’Estelle en Camargue

• Drive to the Grand Hotel Diana Majestic

• Relax at the hotel’s very own beach

• Evening dinner including starter, salad and dessert buffet as well as accommodation at the Grand Hotel Diana Majestic.

Day 6


Discover the surroundings and countryside of the “Riviera di Ponente”

Just a few kilometres inland from the bustling tourist coastline, the foothills climb upwards, timeless mountain villages sticking to their flanks, oozing their very own authentic way of life. For example, about 20 minutes’ drive from the Hotel Diana Majestic is the Valle Argentina. The village of Montalto Ligure greets you like a fortress, dominated by the impressive Baptist church and a little further lies the mediaeval village of Triora - village of witches - perched at 765m above sea level.

• Breakfast at the Hotel Diana Majestic

• All day to do as you wish – we recommend discovering the Valle Argentina

• Evening dinner including starter, salad and dessert buffet as well as accommodation at the Grand Hotel Diana Majestic.

Day 7


Journey home – but not without a stop in Genoa!

The capital city of Liguria has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2006 and is famous for the Palazzi dei Rolli, and the historic renaissance and baroque palaces of the aristocracy located in the Strade Nuove. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries they will immerse you in the aristocracy of days gone by.

• Breakfast at the Hotel Diana Majestic

• Visit Genoa and its Palazzi dei Rolli


Have a safe trip home!

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