6 nights starting from
Exclusive lunch, tour of the Camargue and dinner with Sir Michael Morpurgo
Beautiful countryside – rolling vineyards, sumptuous orchards and enchanting hill towns
Elegant cities – Avignon and Aix are full of lovely architecture
Roman remains – Provence has some of the world’s best
Sleepy villages – glimpse authentic rural life
Distinctive and delicious regional cuisine
Join the much-loved writer and storyteller in the beautiful, unspoilt region of France where his latest book is set and enjoy fascinating visits to Avignon, Aix and Arles.
Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE
The award-winning author Michael Morpurgo is one of the nation’s favourite storytellers. A former Children’s Laureate, he has written more than 150 books, which have sold over 40 million copies and delighted readers of all ages around the world. One of his best-loved stories is War Horse, which was adapted by the National Theatre into a smash-hit play and later into an Oscar-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Michael’s inspiring new book, Flamingo Boy, tells the story of an autistic boy living in Aigues-Mortes in the Camargue during the Second World War. Receive a copy of The Flamingo Boy per booking (which Michael will be happy to sign at lunch or dinner)
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Departing: 16th September 2019 at 07:19
Returning: 22nd September 2019 at 18:35
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras direct to Avignon. (nb returning via Lille)
On arrival, transfer by coach to our hotels, the Bristol Hotel or the Avignon Grand.
Day 2: The Camargue and Aigues-Mortes
Today you will spend the day exploring the Camargue region, including a wonderful lunch in Aigues-Mortes with Sir Michael Morpurgo. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Camargue is a nature lover’s paradise, famed for its flamingos and white horses, and this afternoon Michael will join you on a special wildlife safari to see them for yourself. This evening, back in Avignon, Michael will give a private talk with a Q&A about his life as a writer over dinner at a local restaurant, as well as sign copies of his new book.
Day 3: Avignon, France
Avignon is perhaps the most rewarding city in Provence. Home to Popes in the early part of the Middle Ages and a centre of art for centuries, the old is separated from the new by the restored medieval ramparts. You’ll do a guided walking tour in the morning, which includes the unfinished bridge, and then have the afternoon to explore the impressive Palais des Papes, excellent museums and lovely old churches at your leisure.
Day 4: Arles and Les Baux de Provence, France
Arles is best known for its fine Roman arena, baths and theatre and there are lovely views over the town from the arena’s top tier. It was also the sometime home of artists Van Gogh and Gauguin. The ancient, ruined citadel of Les Baux clings to a high ridge of the Alpilles range, a stark contrast to its bustling, Renaissance other half situated just below. It’s also home to the Musee de la Camargue that tells the history of the area through the ages.
Day 5: Aix-en-Provence and the Luberon
The elegant city of Aix-en-Provence is immediately attractive with its medieval centre, atmospheric lanes and fountained squares. Home to artist Paul Cézanne, you will find his studio preserved exactly as he left it on his death in 1906. You’ll also visit picturesque Gordes which tumbles down the Luberon foothills and is a wonderful place to wander.
Day 6: Uzès and Pont du Gard, France
This morning you’ll visit the delightful hilltop town of Uzès which sits on the source of the Eure, the river that supplied the Roman town of Nimes via the Pont du Gard aqueduct in the 1st century BC. Its narrow streets are wonderfully atmospheric and perfect for strolling. Built over the Gardon River in 19BC the Pont du Gard is remarkably preserved and at 48 metres is the highest bridge the Romans ever constructed. You’ll then have the afternoon to explore by yourself.
Day 7: Transfer by coach back to Avignon station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.
NB: Exact order of itinerary of Provence by rail may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.
Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890
You have a choice of two centrally based hotels in Avignon for your stay: the three-star Bristol Hotel (included in price) or upgrade to the four-star Avignon Grand.
Bristol Hotel Located on the main throughfare in central Avignon, the Bristol Hotel enjoys a superb location in the heart of the city. Facilities at this traditional three-star hotel include bar and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. There is also a ground floor brasserie serving inexpensive meals throughout the day under separate management.
Avignon Grand The superior four-star Avignon Grand Hotel, is located directly opposite the old city walls and a 10 minute walk to the main square. All rooms are spacious with modern facilities. Unfortunately, the Avignon Grand does not offer a restaurant for individual guests but a room service menu is available as well as many excellent restaurants nearby. Please note that there is a supplement applicable to upgrade to the four-star Avignon Grand.
OUR VIEW ON THE HOTELSOur two hotels in Avignon are excellent in their category and both have superb central locations. The Bristol is a traditional family-owned three-star, whilst the four-star Avignon offers more stylish and sophisticated accommodation - both have a bar but no restaurant though Avignon's myriad of excellent restaurants are within an easy stroll of both.