Cote D’Azur and Provence, France

Cote d'Azur, France

Provence-Cote d’Azur is the picturesque southeast region of France. It encompasses the inland towns and cities such as Nice, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Chateauneuf du Pape, Isle sur la Sorgue, Les Baux, Fontvieille, as well as the bustling port city of Marseille.

Join Travac Tours as we explore many of the charming villages and towns that have made Provence a mecca for tourists from around the world.

This easy paced tour will start in Nice giving you a chance to soak in the azure complexion of the French Riviera. You will then travel to the fabled city of Avignon, your home for the next 6 nights. It is from Avignon that you will explore the small towns and villages that are the fabric of Provence. Each town will offer a different experience. You will travel into the heart of Provence and savour its natural beauty and captivating 2000 year old history. Your holiday ends in the sea port of Marseille.

Attractively priced, Travac’s Cote D’Azur and Provence program will sell out quickly. Similar programs often cost as much as $1000 more. Early booking is your best guarantee of space on this vacation.  Last season’s tour was one of our most popular ever in Europe!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you will depart on an overnight flight to Nice through Amsterdam. Dinner and a light breakfast onboard.


Day 2

Nice, France

Upon your arrival in Nice you will be transferred to your hotel. Since check in time is later in the afternoon you will have ample time to orientate yourself to the ambiance of this delightful town.


Day 3

This morning you will embark on a tour of Nice which is located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Blessed by a sunny, temperate climate Nice attracts visitors from around the world. Among its many attractions are its beautiful beaches, its lovely seaside promenade and its many museums. Your tour will also take you to Monte Carlo, famous for its Casino. Monte Carlo located in the principality of Monaco offers a stunning view of the Cote D’Azur.(B, D)


Day 4

Your day will be at your leisure. This delightful town offers an array of opportunities for a relaxing day on the French Riviera. (B)


Day 5

This morning you will travel from Nice to Avignon which is situated in the heart of Provence. Avignon was for a time, the capital of Christendom during the middle ages. Today the city retains a strong link with its past. The Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), the Saint-Benezet bridge, called the “pont d’Avignon” as well as the ramparts that surround the old town are just a few of the monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Avignon will be your home for the next six nights and will act as a base for exploring Provence.(B)


Day 6

Les Baux

Your tour today will take you into the Les Baux region of Provence. Set in the heart of the Alpilles regional country park, Les Baux-de-Provence is a listed heritage site that has won titles such as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. Your tour of this serine area will also include a visit to an olive farm as well as a visit to St Remy de Provence and the St. Paul Asylum. It was at the St. Paul Asylum that Vincent Van Gogh spent a great deal of time. Expect to arrive back in Avignon in the late afternoon. (B, L)


Day 7

After breakfast we will make our way to Aix en Provence. The town itself dates back to early Roman times and certainly there is still some evidence of their occupation in the region. However it is art that has made Aix so popular. Aix was home to Cezanne. His paintings populate many of the finest galleries in the world. It is these images that have drawn artists from around the world to this quaint town. You will be returning to Avignon in the early afternoon.(B)


Day 8

Pont du Gard

Our journey today will take us to Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is a bridge, part of the aqueduct of Nîmes, which was built by the Roman Empire between AD 40 and 60 to transport fresh water across the Gardon River. The Pont du Gard is 900 feet long, 160 feet high, with a maximum span of about 8.5 feet; it was actively used as a source of fresh water by the citizens of Nîmes between the first and sixth centuries AD. We will also visit Uzes as a lunch stop (included). This small town in Provence was also a Roman stronghold. It is known today for its fine market. Your afternoon will include a visit to Chateauneuf du Pape for a wine tasting.(B, L)


Day 9

Arles, France

No visit to Provence is complete without a visit to Arles. This enchanting town is dotted with Roman ruins and is one of the most popular destinations in Provence. After your city tour, you will have plenty of time to enjoy this charming town before returning to Avignon in mid afternoon. (B)


Day 10

Our journey today will take us to Isle sur la Sorgue. L’Isle sur la Sorgue is one of those places in Provence that one has to see. The river Sorgue surrounds the city as if to hug it. This ancient town is also filled with canals that can be crossed by small bridges that lead into court yards and small avenues filled with shops and cafes. On our return to Avignon, we will pass through the village of Menerbes where we can enjoy its magnificent views. We will also make a short stop in Oppede-le-Vieux. This small village is another of the timeless towns perched in the hills that dot the dramatic landscapes of the Luberon region of Provence. Our last stop will be in Bonnieux. Built on a plateau above the valley, Bonnieux is a frequent stage on the famous Tour de France cycle race and a majestic example of the medieval era. (B)


Day 11

This morning we will bid farewell to Avignon and make our way to Marseille. Marseille is the second largest city in France by population, its biggest Mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Founded by the Phocaeans in 600 BC Marseille is one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. With over a million inhabitants it offers a different flavour from the small villages of Provence. Our tour of Marseille will include a visit to the Old Port. (B,D)


Day 12

Today you will be returning to Ottawa, bidding farewell to this charming area of France.

Please note that a visit to Provence entails a fair amount of walking to fully enjoy your holiday experience. You should feel comfortable being able to walk for extended periods of time. Many of the avenues and walk ways are made of cobblestone. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.


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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland:  Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture. Join Travac as we discover all this fabled island nation has to offer.

Icelandic culture is deeply rooted in ancient heritage.  Our tour will help you understand many of the ancient sagas that are not only part of the fabric of Iceland but that of North America as well.

Affordably priced at only $3139 per person including all taxes based on double occupancy ($2679 per person + taxes of $460), Travac’s Iceland includes round trip flights from Ottawa to Iceland, accommodation in a comfortable four star hotel, breakfast daily, a complete sightseeing itinerary and the services of a Travac Tours director.

Please note this is a small group tour and only 24 spaces are available.  Early booking is essential if you wish to take part in this exceptional journey.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Departure from Ottawa

This evening you will depart Ottawa for your flights to Iceland.


Day 2: Arrival in Iceland

Upon your arrival in Iceland you be met by our local guide and taken for breakfast. After breakfast you will go on a sightseeing tour around the Reykjanes Peninsula where you will discover several dormant volcanoes and extensive lava fields. You will also visit the Krýsuvík geothermal area and “the bridge between continents”. Later in the day you will check into your hotel in Reykjavik – Fosshotel Reykjavik. (B)


Day 3: City Tour

Reykjavík is the world’s most northerly capital, and home to one third of Iceland’s population. Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres. On our tour we cover the city from one end to the other. We will see the old town centre, Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the National Museum, and the Pearl and Höfði house (site of the Iceland summit of 1986). We will drive past the city’s salmon  river and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings. Our drive continues past Reykjavik’s largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour ends at the hotel or in the city centre.  The balance of your day will be at your leisure. (B)


Day 4: Golden Circle & Fontana Steam Bath

Today you will enjoy a perfect combination of the hugely popular “Golden Circle” tour and a visit to the newly opened Fontana Steam Bath in the quaint little town of Laugarvatn. You will also visit the high temperature geyser geothermal area, the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall and the historical and geological wonder that is Thingvellir National Park.  The icing on the cake today is a relaxing visit to Fontana Steam Bath, a natural sauna, built above a real live hot spring. (B)

Note:  Please bring a swimsuit (can also be rented on site).


Day 5: Free Day (B)

Today you are completely free to enjoy Reykjavík.  It will be your chance to visit some of the museums that make up the fabric of this wonderful city.


Day 6: Free Day (B)

Today is another free day.  There will be various different excursions available to you (additional cost).  B

 

Day 7 (Blue Lagoon and Departure to Ottawa)

Sadly this afternoon you will bid a fond farewell to Iceland.  You will be making one final stop at the famous Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

Please note that a visit to Iceland entails a fair amount of walking to fully enjoy your holiday experience. You should feel comfortable being able to walk for extended periods of time. Many of the avenues and walk ways are uneven.  Comfortable walking shoes are essential.

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Fosshotel Reykjavik

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1 105, Þórunnartún
Reykjavík, Iceland,

+354 531 9000



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