Discover France’s Provence region on this marvelous trip that begins in Marseille, France’s oldest city. Stay five nights in Avignon, with its intact ramparts encircling the entire city, cobblestone streets and squares, and private mansions built in the 18th and 19th centuries. A guided tour of Avignon includes the Palace of the Popes, built in the 14th century as the sovereign popes’ residency. With a living space equivalent to four gothic cathedrals, it is the largest gothic fortress in the world. From Avignon, excursions are included to Pont du Gard, the three-tiered Roman aqueduct dating to the 1st century AD; Nîmes, with its Roman Amphitheater built around 100 AD to seat 24,000 spectators; Uzès, with its medieval towers and narrow cobblestone lanes; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where you can sample local wines; Orange, home to the 9,000-seat Roman theater; Arles, with its 9th-century cathedral and 1st-century Roman amphitheater; and Les Baux de Provence. Before returning to Marseille, stop in Aix-en-Provence with its picture-perfect Old Town.
Headsets throughout the tourSightseeing: Visits to Marseille, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Nîmes, Uzès, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange, Arles, Les Baux de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
MARSEILLE Holiday Inn Express St. Charles (ST) or Holiday Inn Express Airport (ST)AVIGNON Mercure Cité des Papes (F) or Ibis Styles (ST)
Buffet breakfasts (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Marseille if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach