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Beautiful countryside – rolling vineyards, sumptuous orchards and fragrant lavender fields
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
Quintessentially French, Provence is one of the most alluring regions of France, immortalised in countless films and books, and full of sleepy villages, scenic beauty and captivating vistas. The region is a delightful mix of the ancient, the traditional and the modern. You’ll find beautifully preserved Roman sites, fragrant vineyards and orchards, and elegant, historic cities packed with world-class museums and galleries. Based in the heart of Avignon at the three-star Bristol Hotel, or upgrade to the four-star Avignon Grand (supplement applies).
Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Avignon via Paris.
On arrival, transfer by coach to the Hotel Bristol or the Avignon Grand. This evening there will be a welcome drink at the Hotel Bristol.
Day 2: Morning visits to Uzès and the Pont du Gard with the afternoon free.
The delightful hilltop town of Uzès 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. The Pont du Gard is a remarkable symbol of the engineering capabilities of the Romans. Built over the Gardon River in 19BC and remarkably preserved, at 48 metres, it is the highest bridge the Romans ever constructed.
Day 3: Full day tour to Orange and Chateauneuf-du- Pape.
From the lovely town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its excellent antiques market, we approach Orange through the countryside. Home to two of the finest Roman monuments in Europe; the Theatre Antique d’Orange and the Arc de Triomphe, Orange’s old town is also worth exploring with its Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral and peaceful shady squares. The Popes of Avignon built Chateauneuf (new castle) and the surrounding vineyards which now produce one of the finest Côtes du Rhône red wines in the world. There is plenty of opportunity for tastings in the attractive village.
Day 4: Full day tour to Arles, Les Baux de Provence and the Camargue.
Arles is best known for its fine Roman arena, baths and theatre – 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. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Camargue is a nature-lover’s paradise, famed for its flamingos and white horses.
Day 5: Full day to relax and explore Avignon at your leisure.
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 modern by the restored medieval ramparts. Within you’ll find the impressive Palais des Papes, excellent museums and lovely old churches.
Day 6: Full day tour to Aix-en-Provence and the Luberon.
The elegant city of Aix-en-Provence is immediately attractive with its medieval centre a knot of grand architecture and atmospheric lanes, peppered with fountained squares. Home to artist Paul Cézanne, you will find his studio preserved exactly as he left it on his death in 1906. There are many lovely cafes to sit in and watch the world go by along the Cours Mirabeau. A spectacular area, the Luberon starts out as lush foothills covered with vineyards and farmland before peaking in an area of rugged cliffs, rough-hewn gorges and rustic villages. Like many of the region’s villages, picturesque Gordes tumbles down the Luberon foothills and makes a wonderful place to wander.
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 35 passengers.
NEW FOR 2020
Further to analysis of questionnaires received from many hundreds of our valued clients, we have decided to introduce two key changes to our tours in 2020:
1. The group size on all overseas tours is to be limited to a maximum of 35 or lower.
2. All overseas tours will include a welcome drink on the first evening, so that guests can get to know each other.
We hope that these changes will enhance our tours for all participants.
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.
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.
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.
Avignon Grand Website
OUR VIEW ON THE HOTELS
Our 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.
Our French tour manager made the holiday special for me and my friend. His enthusiasm and knowledge surpassed any other tour manager I've had on other tours (not with your company) the coach driver was excellent too very good and careful driver
Review by Rant who travelled 06-September-2019
The tour manager Alex was excellent, his knowledge of Provence was outstanding and he was very interesting to listen to. Alex had a really good sense of humour and engaged easily with all of the people on the tour.
Review by Lewis who travelled 06-September-2019
This was our sixth holiday with you and our second time with Alex. He is an excellent and very well informed tour guide, in addition to being great company. My birthday occurred whilst we were away and I was delighted when Alex arranged a stop for a glass of wine and for my fellow travellers to sing Happy Birthday to me. However, my husband and I were very disappointed with the French Rail Service. In the past the journeys have always been pleasurable. On the outward journey the catering facility was very limited. On the return via TGV, it was non-existant. Had we been aware of this at Avignon, we could have purchased food and drink for this long journey. There was no prior warning of a total lack of catering. We appreciate this is beyond your control but makes us very wary of another train based holiday.
Review by Dennis who travelled 06-September-2019
Lovely trip, made even better by our very knowledgable guide Alex and driver Frederick. Hotel very welcoming, a bit old fashioned in decor and room design but comfortable. Avignon a perfect base for exploring Provence and delightful location in its own right.
Review by Guter who travelled 06-September-2019
We were blessed with an excellent tour guide whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the area were infectious. It would take at least a week to do justice to each of the venues we visited but the tour gave a fascinating overview of the area.
Review by Kennington who travelled 06-September-2019
We enjoyed the holiday. Never been to the south of France before. 5. Hours in Axis seemed over kill, such an early started too. We would like to travel with your company again and sure we will in the near future.
Review by Feeney who travelled 27-September-2021
Alex, our guide, was excellent. He could answer any question on birds, plants , history etc. and was a very pleasant companion. He made the towns we visited more interesting by his knowledge of the history of the area.. However, the train , TGV, we travelled back on from Avignon to Lille was not good, there was no room for luggage, so the cases had to be hoisted overhead and the toilets were not clean......and, no food was available onboard.
Review by Spratt who travelled 06-September-2019
Alex Patrimonio was an excellent leader who gave so much to the tour and added value to the holiday. He and his driver,Fred, gave full of their time each day and nothing was any trouble to them. Great tour to Avignon and Provence.
Review by Johnson who travelled 06-September-2019
Provence by Rail was an excellent holiday. We were lucky to have Alex our wonderful Anglophile tour guide who enhanced the holiday with his enthusiasm and knowledge. The tours were very good too although I would have liked a stop to see more of the birds in the Camargue. I must also mention Frederique our excellent driver who also went the extra mile for us.
Review by Smith who travelled 06-September-2019
Lovely holiday made extra special by Alex, the Tour Leader who was so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 31-May-2019
A very enjoyable holiday, Alex our tour manager was excellent, well informed on the history and natural history of Provence which added to the enjoyment of our trip.
Review by Saul who travelled 31-May-2019
This was an excellent tour to beautiful Provence in perfect weather. The itinerary was nicely varied with visits to picturesque hilltop villages, buzzing local market towns and well preserved remains of impressive Roman sites and monuments, whilst meandering through some magnificent scenery. The Luberon and Les Alpilles were particularly attractive. The journeys were greatly enhanced by Alex, our excellent tour manager, with his informative commentaries on the culture, history and wildlife of the area as well as his many amusing anecdotes. We also found Avignon a very good base with a wide choice of excellent restaurants. Our only criticism is that we did not have enough time at the Pont du Gard to appreciate the new museum there with superb exhibits of the construction methods used by the Romans and which depicted the complete route of the aqueduct from Uzes to Nimes. This was a pity as we had a free afternoon back in Avignon and we would recommend that more time is allowed on future tours.
Review by Reid who travelled 31-May-2019
A really lovely tour that we would be happy to repeat. Angela was an excellent tour manager who was a pleasure to be with. Her love of France shone through as did her detailed knowledge of the area and we were all entertained by her many anecdotes. We were lucky both with the glorious weather and the friendly group we were with. Eirlys and Mike Plumb
Review by Plumb who travelled 21-September-2018
Angel tour mgr just 5-star++++! Her commentary informative and full of anecdotes. Large group of 33 was a shocker, but everyone was accommodating and very friendly, especially to the 3 solo travelers. The destinations were unexpected joys, particularly Gordes, and the thrilling vistas we saw on foto stops. Blessed with fine weather. Lots of opportunities to take off for independent mini-adventures. So well organized that all ran smoothly and in great comfort & confidence. I couldn't be more pleased and would encourage all friends to take this trip.
Review by Stewart who travelled 21-September-2018
Review by Ritchie who travelled 21-September-2018
Review by who travelled 07-September-2018
Lovely holiday with excellent manager, Gerard and driver Didier. Nice small group of 20. I would have liked more time at Orange and less at Chateauneuf-du-pape but that's a minor niggle.
Review by Bourne who travelled 07-September-2018
Review by Martin who travelled 07-September-2018
Review by who travelled 07-September-2018
A wonderful holiday. Not too fast a pace and the places visited were well chosen and not too far to travel, including some gems that we would have missed had we not been part of this tour. Gerard was so knowledgeable in so may fields, we feel lucky to have had his services on our tour. Absolutely first rate!
Review by who travelled 07-September-2018
Tour Manager Gerard was excellent, supremely knowledgeable, entertaining and friendly. Coach driver Didier had a delightful personality and was a first class driver. Hotel was more than adequate, clean and comfortable with friendly staff, well situated and offering an excellent breakfast. Lack of tea/coffee making faclities in one's room and old-fashioned shower with no wall attachment the only downsides.
Review by Vernier who travelled 07-September-2018
Our guide, Angela, was excellent. Helpful, entertaining, and a mine of information about the places we visited and she included a few visits extra to the itinerary, which were well worth seeing. Altogether a great holiday despite unsettled weather. Would recommend.
Review by who travelled 25-May-2018
Great tour manager, one of the friendliest hotels I have stayed in -and so central. Very good sized group. Great holiday
Review by Dickson who travelled 25-May-2018
Very good holiday with excellent, experienced tour manager. Staff at the Bristol hotel were friendly and obliging. Would have preferred to have spent longer in Arles and less time in Saintes-Maries.
Review by Hillier who travelled 25-May-2018
we were very impressed by the knowledge and people skills and care of our travel guide, Angela She was excellent. a great lady, humorous and always giving just the right level of information.
Review by who travelled 25-May-2018
Very good journey to Avignon by Eurostar. Return journey by TGV our seats were double booked - uncomfortable journey in the luggage compartment - very poor! Eurostar at Lille hold up over tickets. We were delighted to have Karen as our tour manager again. She has a lightness of touch and is very efficient. She had a lot of problems to contend with on our journey home. We hope we shall receive some recompense for this TGV error. We found Hotel Bristol very comfortable in just the right part of the City and the staff were friendly and attentive.
Review by Hampton who travelled 29-September-2017
Ref accommodation: hotel basic. No kettle making life difficult. Boring breakfast with scrambled and little sausages everyday. Why no tomatoes or mushrooms? Sightseeing tours: some tours in the afternoon e.g. Aix were rushed because of a late start or early delays. An evening meal for the party on the first night would have been very useful in helping people to get to know each other. (We were still asking people for their names on the train on the way home!) However we did enjoy the holiday and visited some picturesque places. The chaos with double booking on the return rail journey spoiled the end of the holiday and made it extremely tiring and worrying.
Review by Hayselden who travelled 29-September-2017
Good holiday almost ruined by fiasco of return journey.
Review by Day who travelled 29-September-2017
1. No of passengers travelled 23. Why does it stick at 10?? 2. Poor shower/bath in our room, which did not work properly. 3. Last day,- we should have spent longer in Aix-en Provence (2 hours was too rushed) and less time in Roussillon, which is a small place. 4. Serious problem on return with double booking of seat reservations on TGV train Avignon to Lille. This appeared to be poor communications by Eurostar booking office if Travel Editions had not been told of changes in seat numbers. At Lille, we had to wait which new seat bookings were arranged. Tour manager very helpful.
Review by Price who travelled 29-September-2017
A thoroughly enjoyable week in Provence, numbers of the party were just right and our guide Karen ensured we had all the information required for a superb holiday . She must be congratulated for her prompt resolution of the problems experienced on the return journey by some of the party, whose seats had been double booked by Eurostar . It is difficult to allot sufficient time to every town/village visited to suite all tastes, we for instance would have preferred more time in Orange and no stop at Chateauneuf Du Pap, but that is a very small point in what was otherwise an excellent itinerary.
Review by Mellows who travelled 29-September-2017
Everything went smoothly apart from double booking on return journey and Karen was a terrific support. Would have welcomed chance to get to know other members of the group better - maybe optional dinner together on the first night?
Review by Houghton who travelled 29-September-2017
Extreme heat affected programme - personally would have liked to spend more time in the Camarguel
Review by Mr Roger Cartwright who travelled 09-June-2017
Long journey in seats without window, however our manager managed to get us changed later !!
Review by Mr Gordon Currie who travelled 09-June-2017
The direct train from London to Avignon was brilliant. The Bristol Hotel in Avignon was excellent for its purpose; centrally located, good-sized, clean rooms, welcoming and helpful staff, good air conditioning, excellent breakfasts. The tour manager was knowledgeable and resourceful, for example in organising an extra visit to Fontaine-de- Vaucluse to supplement what would have been an underfilled day visiting Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape. On the journey home, the train from Avignon was seriously delayed, meaning we missed the scheduled connection at Lille, but Steven was able to arrange for us to board the immediately following London train, thus minimising our delay to 1 hour overall. A very good tour all round, and good value for money.
Review by Mrs Myra Jeffreys who travelled 09-June-2017
We seemed to have more free time in Avignon than we anticipated. The trips off were okay but we didn't get a lot of useful info. All in all the holiday was successful. We had a delay waiting for the train departing from Avignon but the tour manager did very well by getting us back to UK. I had to travel to Darlington and luckily I caught the last evening train but it had been a very long day and I didn't get home until way after midnight. I was travelling alone and it was a bit scary. I had to take a taxi home which cost me £50 which I wouldn't have had to get if we hadnt had the delay
Review by Mrs Audrey Taylor who travelled 09-June-2017
Too hot at 36C! Not your fault. Hand-held shower at otherwise good hotel. Return journey 2 hrs late thanks to sncf.
Review by Mr D Van De Vat who travelled 09-June-2017
Steve very supportive when my husband had an accident and had to go to hospital ( day surgery ) Hotel: we found the Bristol good, lovely staff, excellent breakfast. Trips:as the weather was very hot we found that we could not make the most of the afternoons in the towns, just had to seek out cafes and miss many sites. It would have been so much better to go there in the morning.
Review by Mrs Rosemary Boa who travelled 09-June-2017
The holiday itself was excellent, a good mixture of day tours and time to ourselves in Avignon. Always given sufficient time at the sights. Journey home was delayed because of delayed TGV at Avignon, Steve the tour manager, did a great job of getting us on to a Eurostar at Lille only an hour behind where we should have been.
Review by Mrs Anne McDonald who travelled 09-June-2017
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday that I would recommend anyone
Review by Mr Gary Owens who travelled 09-June-2017
I think some of us were too old to manage the number of steps at Orange theatre. It would have been helpful to know we could have acc Essex it on the level. Tour guide otherwise excellent. Not just facts but. anecdotes too. Very enjoyable.
Review by Mr Daniel Bree who travelled 21-April-2017
Angela our tour guide was fantastic and went out of her way to provide and interesting and informative trip to an area we didn't know. Hotel was very friendly and in good location inside walls of Avignon.
Review by Mr Philip Wallis who travelled 21-April-2017
November proved a little disappointing because of several museums, galleries being closed for the winter, or for just being a Monday. Also, there never seemed to be enough time to enjoy lunch without careful clockwatching. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable holiday with good company and good value for the time of year.
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Courtis who travelled 02-November-2016
Review by Mr Stephen Rowe who travelled 02-November-2016
Excellent experience from start to finish, especially thanks to Gill, the tour manager, and the wonderful staff at the Bristol Hotel
Review by Mr James Myers who travelled 02-November-2016
We had a wonderful time. Gill our tour manager was excellent. Very professional, knowledgeable, friendly. Would travel again.
Review by Mrs Carol Rees who travelled 02-November-2016
Gill, our tour guide was as usual professional, very informative and very well prepared. The icing on the cake of a superb week in Provence. Thank you.
Review by Mrs Mary Travis who travelled 02-November-2016
We had a really excellent tour manager in giving carefully researched information on history, architecture and art, customs, the landscape, flora and fauna and tips on markets, places to eat, local wines etc. She had real rapport with our very good coach driver resulting in many ad hoc variations to discover special views and treats.
Review by Mr Neville Morley who travelled 02-November-2016
A well-oiled and smooth tour. Any foreseeable hitches now allowed for!
Review by Mrs Margaret Noon who travelled 02-November-2016
Excellent weather helps but we would still have thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. A well designed and superbly guided holiday.
Review by Travis who travelled 01-November-2016
Excellent weather helps but we would still have thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. A well designed and superbly guided holiday.
Review by Travis who travelled 01-November-2016
Excellent weather helps but we would still have thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. A well designed and superbly guided holiday.
Review by Travis who travelled 01-November-2016
Very knowledgable guide who went out of her way to show us Provence to the full
Review by Mr William Harbottle who travelled 07-October-2016
Review by Ms Deborah Ainger who travelled 07-October-2016
Coach driver was very skilled. He was praised by all .
Review by Mr Christopher Burt who travelled 07-October-2016
Very enjoyable holiday 4/ 5 days sunshine, good company, excellent food and trips. Tour manageress Angela was most attentive and extremely knowledgeable of places and offering advice to all. TRAINS TGV 1st Class -- awful coach - décor/furnishing, no table snack/meal Eurostar 1st Class as it should be - for meal and Service .most proper. Second visit to Avignon to complete my first.as of last year.
Review by Mr Maurice Champ who travelled 07-October-2016
Angela, Made this break interesting , enjoyable and relaxing. we hope her knee op. goes well and she is soon back to full mobility. Maurice was also great. TP.
Review by Mr Pailthorpe who travelled 07-October-2016
We would rate Our tour manager, Helen Gaujac, among the very best we have experienced.
Review by Mrs Susan Leverton who travelled 16-September-2016
We were in Bristol hotel in Avignon (our first choice was Hotel Avignon) Our room (101) was clean but very basic. Staff, breakfast and position fine.
Review by Mr Dugald Mackenzie who travelled 16-September-2016
Review by Mr Roy Taylor who travelled 16-September-2016
Very well organised. Helene was great when a major problem occurred with one of the clients.
Review by Mrs Barbara Noble who travelled 16-September-2016
Happy experience. Particularly enjoyable due to involvement of Serge (courier) and Renee (best coach driver ever experienced). Smooth organisation and varied outings. Felt our knowledge greatly enhanced by trip.
Review by WOOD who travelled 03-September-2016
Very well organized, as always. Nice hotel, lovely day tours. Provence of course is super!
Review by Mr Sydney Darlington who travelled 01-June-2016
Karen was an excellent manager and we were able to enjoy the holiday without worries concerning strikes etc. Her walk around Avignon on arrival was a great idea , her suggestions for eating out were invaluable and meant we enjoyed each of our meals in the evening rather than just returning to the hotel. The Bristol was well positioned, with nice rooms and attentive staff.The coach was punctual and well driven, stopping in the places offering best photographic opportunities. Great team! Will definitely be travelling with Travel Editions again.
Review by Ms Sharon Knapp who travelled 01-June-2016
Jolly well organised in difficult circumstances (weather, strikes). Friendly, knowledgeable and unflappable tour manager.
Review by Mr Michael Hapgood who travelled 01-June-2016
An excellent tour with an outstanding tour manager
Review by Mrs Susan Hepburn who travelled 01-June-2016
Review by Mrs S Ward who travelled 01-June-2016
We really enjoyed the week. The excursions were really interesting......very full days, but with freedom to explore and a welcome rest day during the week.
Review by Mrs Margaret Geary who travelled 01-June-2016
Although the hotel was good overall in an excellent position the rooms were on the dark side and wardrobes very small for two people.
Review by Mrs Margaret Farrow who travelled 01-June-2016
Review by Mr Paul Fox who travelled 01-June-2016
A hugely enjoyable tour. Karen Blackwell is a tour manager par excellence. Her friendliness and competence enhanced every aspect of the holiday.
Review by Mr I M Griffiths who travelled 01-June-2016
Would have liked to spend a bit more time in Arles and also in Aix.
Review by Mrs J Warner who travelled 01-June-2016
Avignon is an excellent base. The transfer time from train to hotel is short and the hotel is well-placed for the attractions and restaurants. The hotel is comfortable and breakfast plentiful. The bedroom was of a good size and the air-conditioning effective. There was a safe in the room and adequate storage space. The bathroom was OK but we would have preferred a walk-in shower and why is it that hotel rooms rarely have well-placed mirrors! Alex was excellent, always helpful and informative and we hope to travel with him again.
Review by Mrs Eileen Phipps who travelled 12-May-2016
The hotel was very well situated, it was clean and the staff were charming and helpful. However we must mention our tour manager Alex Patrimonio who we consider was outstanding, his knowledge of historical events and locations made the tour days very enjoyable.
Review by Mr D J Davies who travelled 12-May-2016
Alex the tour manager was excellent. We have been with him on a previous trip and were very pleased to see him again.
Review by Mr Raymond Craker who travelled 12-May-2016
Excellent choice of places to visit. Alex is a mine of insight and information and really brought the itinery to life; he is also very good company and his knowledge and sense of humour were great assets. Good hotel. We had a lovely holiday. An earlier train back might have been better for those not living in London.
Review by Mr Robert Dillon who travelled 12-May-2016
Great value Fascinating place Alex superb guide
Review by Mr Michael Morgan who travelled 12-May-2016
Review by who travelled 12-May-2016
Tour manager Angela was a great fund of local information and often surprised us with little extras and detours. Hotel very comfortable and staff friendly, inviting and helpful throughout.
Review by Mr B Walker who travelled 20-April-2016
Excellent tour with a good mix of cultural and sightseeing. Angela was an excellent tour guide and made the trip what it was.
Review by Mr Charles Gowen who travelled 20-April-2016
Review by Ms Wendy Morgan who travelled 20-April-2016
Review by Mr Geoffrey Prevett who travelled 20-April-2016
We were astonished at the quality of the whole experience of this holiday and will certainly look to travel with your Company again. ANGELA our tour guide was exceptionally good and you have a real treasure working for you.!
Review by Mr Francis Webb who travelled 20-April-2016
Would have liked to spend longer in Uzes and Ile de Sorgue. Otherwise a good balance of tours. The guide was very helpful and informative.
Review by Mrs Gay Baker who travelled 07-October-2015
The tour manager could have given us greater in-depth information about the Luberon & Provence area, particularly concerning its history and culture.
Review by Mr Ian Bailey who travelled 07-October-2015
An overall good holiday. with excellent briefings and well arranged visits. The Bristol hotel is a little shabby.but accommodation is adequate and breakfast arrangements are good. A bar later in he evenings would have been an advantage.
Review by Mr M Ballin who travelled 07-October-2015
Fantastic hotel location but grim room and very smelly bathroom with no open windows or apparent extractor fans - compromise for location I suppose. Terrific breakfast though and lovely staff. Our Tour Guide and bus driver were the very best!
Review by Ms Rosemary Ramsay who travelled 22-September-2015
We had a splendid time and would consider another similar holiday.
Review by Mrs Valerie Marshall who travelled 10-September-2015
Would have preferred a more restful first day, with a chance to explore Avignon before visiting other places. Coach driver, Bernard, and vehicle excellent. Not a good idea to visit the town with the Sunday market on the last day. Far too many stalls and people to appreciate the place itself. A longer time in La Fontaine village would have been enjoyable.
Review by Mr D Kenyon who travelled 22-September-2015
Serge Bertini our guide was double first class!! Bernard our coach driver too was excellent and a lovely man. There never seemed enough time to see everything but i decided to treat it as a recce - I liked the fact that we were left to get on with it when visitiing places - one of the reasons I booked with Travel Editions. The hotel Bristol had great breakfast, lovely staff but the decor was dull and the lighting appalling. I did mention the lighting to them and they said i had one of the worst lit rooms (the trials of being a single occupancy) and would do something about it. It could do with a general update, but the location was great. I would be interested in travelling with you again. It was all so brilliantly organised, thank you!
Review by Mrs Karen Harrison who travelled 22-September-2015
A very good experience of Provence. We learnt a great deal and enjoyed it all. Very professional company and tour guide was excellent. Thank you.
Review by Mrs Liz Edwards who travelled 22-September-2015
Bristol Hotel. Room was clean and functional but I had to move a dressing table to access the only sockets (to be able to use hair styling equipment, charge phones etc) and there was no mirror over it. Also disconcerting that there were no blinds in the bathroom, just net curtains which are no good if you need to turn the light on. So early morning you risked giving the pool man on the roof opposite an eyeful, or indeed the guests swimming in the pool at dusk. Location excellent. Angela and our lovely coach driver Nicolas, worked very well together and there was a lovely balance of short drives and sight seeing. The list of restaurants recommended by previous travellers Angela gave us was very useful. Trains would have scored more if we hadn't had to run the length of the platform at Avignon as they completely switched the carriages round with no notice!
Review by Mrs D Steer who travelled 10-September-2015
This was my first coach holiday and my biggest concern was being dragged around by a guide waving a flag. Angela was superb, she gave us plenty of information and allowed us to decide what to do in all the destinations. The group got on well together without living in each others pockets. The trip was an excellent introduction to one of the few areas of France I have never visited.
Review by Mr Alan Learney who travelled 10-September-2015
The holiday was excellent and ideal for exploring an area where you stay in one place and the trips were all arranged. The hotel was good and the staff helpful. Angela was an excellent tour manager and briefed us on tour and travel arrangements as we went along. I liked the fact that she travelled with us and kept us together as a group. The only problem was on the day to Orange and Chateauneuf. The walk down from the castle into the town was very difficult for Mum and would be a problem for anyone who has a problem with steps. There needs to be an option to stay on the coach and go down to the village that way.
Review by Mr Richard Miscampbell who travelled 10-September-2015
Review by Mr Godfrey Wall who travelled 10-September-2015
It is the first holiday I have had since being widowed. And although my sister in law did come with me I would be very happy to travel alone with Travel Editions in the future.
Review by Mrs Lesley Jones who travelled 10-September-2015
Another excellent holiday with you. The Guide was very informative and knowledgeable.
Review by Mrs Anne Etherington who travelled 10-September-2015
The tour was well organised keeping in mind that many of us joining the tour were not very young in age. Angela was an exceptionally good tour manager. She was full of knowledge about the region. We stayed at Grand Hotel, the arrangements were very good at the hotel.
Review by Mr Asoke Dutta who travelled 10-September-2015
Hotel was excellent - like a family run hotel. Angela Minton was an excellent tour manager who had tremendous knowledge of the area and well as providing amusing antidotes. I would be interested to know what trips she is running in 2016.
Review by Mr Anthony Watts who travelled 10-September-2015
It was nice to be guided, not herded. Alex was a charming and informative guide and created a very pleasant ambiance in the group.
Review by Mrs Jennifer Lyne who travelled 18-August-2015
Review by who travelled 18-August-2015
Eileen and I had a really enjoyable holiday.
Review by Mr John Bullock who travelled 18-August-2015
This is the second time we have done this trip and our fourth time with Travel Editions. We both really liked Alex who was very "french", but having experienced Norman in the past, there were times when we felt Alex was a bit disorganised. He did'nt wait to see everyone off the coach, which did'nt bother us, but I heard annoyed a few travellers.On our final day the weather was not good, not his fault, but we spent a couple of hours just driving past endless vineyards in the Chateauneuf de Pape area, in the pouring rain. Not a major problem but possibly food for thought about an alternative in the event of bad weather. This has not put us off Travel Editions as we are already looking at your Corsica tour. Very best wishes to Alex, a big fan of Kenneth Williams and the British sense of humour!!
Review by Mrs Patricia Dennis who travelled 18-August-2015
Iwould like alonger or moreextended tour as Ifeel thereis not quite enough time at each destination an I would like an extra free afternoon Iknow this would mean extra hotel charge included in the price but an extra night would be worth it We had excellent weather which probably makes a difference but in Arles we didn't get enough time to eat and see all the arena.We liked the 9.00a.m. start Iwouldn't want to start earlier.
Review by Mrs Margaret Stanton who travelled 18-August-2015
The only poor aspect was the last minute receipt of the train tickets onlyposted on 12th August after I rang on 11th to say we had not received tickets. We were particularly impressed with tour manager Alex.
Review by Mr Noel Thompson who travelled 18-August-2015
An unforgettable, wonderful experience. Very special mention of our enchanting Tour Manager, Alex. This was my second TE tour, and, I hope, will not be my last. Thank you all so much.
Review by Ms Penelope Clarke who travelled 18-August-2015
The whole trip was excellent. Tour Manager was very knowledgeable and helpful and the driver was excellent. Would certainly consider a Travel Editions holiday again.
Review by Mrs Sheila Mann who travelled 18-August-2015
This was the most enjoyable escorted tour we have been on (out of 7). A great itinerary meant not getting up too early, plenty of free time and an excellent cross section of tours. Alex, the tour manager, was great and really added to the enjoyment of the holiday. The Grand Hotel was better than we expected - we think we were upgraded to a suite. Avignon was an ideal base with lots of interesting sights and a superb selection of restaurants. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.
Review by Mr Kevin Radley who travelled 18-August-2015
Review by Mr Peter Philpott who travelled 18-August-2015
Alex was a fantastic guide in all ways. He was informative, funny and took care of all the group extremely well. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly but our room had an unpleasant odour and was incredibly dark at all times. Not much point in investing in eco- lighting if they have to be on constantly.
Review by Mrs Anne Marie Ricketts who travelled 18-August-2015
a very enjoyable week with just the right amount of sightseeing for our taste and abilities.
Review by Mr Thomas Dann who travelled 18-August-2015
Review by Mr Phillip Anderson who travelled 03-June-2015
We would have liked less driving round the Camarge, Luberon etc in the coach and more time in the wonderful villages and towns. In particular, Arles was going to be the highlight of our holiday but we only had time to briefly visit the ampitheatres.
Review by Miss Vera Coomber who travelled 16-June-2015
We enjoyed our holiday very much. Our tour manager Helene was excellent and Bruno our coach driver went out of his way to show us any extras he could think of. The hotel staff also were very helpful. We would definitely recommend this holiday. Thank you.
Review by Mrs Barbara Hatch who travelled 16-June-2015
The "Poor" rating for Admin and Brochure relates to the organisation of the free day. Originally billed for the Friday, the final joining instructions said it would be on the Thursday, but when I met the Tour Manager she said that was a mistake, and the free day WOULD be on the Friday. 24 hours later she retracted that statement, and the free day was in fact the Thursday. This was an issue for us as we had arranged to meet some UK friends on the free day in Aix-en-Provence, and the meeting had to be abandoned. As the rail journey from Avignon to Aix involves a TGV train, we had to prebook, and we had to ditch our tickets.
Review by Mr Stewart Rainbow who travelled 16-June-2015
The tour to Uzes was on market day where the streets were taken up by a very large market so really could not see anything of which is a beautiful town.The following day we were taken to yet another street market in another town (not listed on the itinerary) so again could not get an idea of what the town looked liked.Two markets in two days is not really what I signed up for.
Review by Mrs Colette Anderson who travelled 16-June-2015
A very interesting part of France. Tours took us to places that we would never have discovered as independent travellers. Hotel excellent. Informative guide. A stress free, enjoyable holiday with adequate leisure time.
Review by Mr Eric Blackburn who travelled 16-June-2015
A very enjoyable experience that I would recommend to others.
Review by Dr Ruth Coates who travelled 03-June-2015
Angela our tour manager was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for her. The whole tour was very well organized and exceeded our expectations. Well done Travel Editions
Review by Mrs Meryl Evans who travelled 03-June-2015
Extremely well organised tour. Our tour manager Angela was very knowledgeable, interesting and great fun she looked after the group really well. We would certainly use Travel Editions again.
Review by Mrs Jean Carroll who travelled 03-June-2015
A great holiday with a knowledgeable guide.
Review by Mrs Sheila Galligan who travelled 03-June-2015
FIRST CLASS HOLIDAY ENJOYED BY ALL.
Review by Mr Malcolm Newby who travelled 12-May-2015
Tours excellent. Serge absolutely excellent, he could not be faulted for his knowledge, efficiency and helpfulness . A great asset to your company.
Review by Mrs Glenys Jones who travelled 12-May-2015
Our Tour Manager, Serge Bertini, and our driver, Bruno, did everything one would expect extremely well but, in addition, did a number of extra helpful things that they did not need to do. Serge was very knowledgeable and good humoured. and Bruno was an excellent and safe driver. We would be very happy to travel with either or both of them again. All the organisation was efficient and on time. Well done
Review by Mrs C Langford who travelled 12-May-2015
Review by Mr Anthony Mitchell who travelled 12-May-2015
Wonderful holiday. Serge was the perfect tour manager, he arranged little extras which made such a difference. Having no dining room in the hotel could have made it difficult for me as a lone female at evening meals. It didn't as people were very friendly but I would consider it carefully in the future. Hope to go with you again next year, to Spain?
Review by Ms Susan Williams who travelled 12-May-2015
Review by Mr Philip Hammond who travelled 12-May-2015
Review by Mr Ian Anderson who travelled 22-April-2015
We thought that the background info given by the tour guide was very, very comprehensive and well delivered. The tours themselves could have been better arranged and, whole day and a half in Avignon was too much. Also long bank holiday did not make life easy, many good restaurants closed. We thought that the very wet day was rather unpleasant, we would have liked to stay on the coach rather than get soaked looking around the Roman ruins. But this was not contemplated. The last day was a bit difficult, what with the weather and, one person late to return to the bus, the trip to the Camargue was nearly dark by the time we arrived. Then on to the next stop. We think we should have returned to Avignon and left out the last stop. Although we have said all this, we wish to say that we thought the trip was good value for money and, your organisation excellent and attentive.
Review by Mr B Silverman who travelled 06-November-2014
Our tour guide and driver handled a large group of 41 very well. The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful, with the hotel position being well chosen for access to the centre, by walking.....see below We were concerned, at times, for the passengers with mobility challenges when there was a lot of walking involved, eg to get from coach park to actual Pont du Gard. Maybe more info re this in tour details?
Review by Mrs Corinne Brown who travelled 06-November-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed your tour overall. For 2015 we have introduced a clear guide to how much walking is involved on each tour in our brochure and we have also added a departure date limited to 35 passengers, but it is more expensive.
Poor trip to Chateauneuf du Pape. No wine tasting, very wet. Poorly organised We had to make our own travel arrangements due to our late booking.
Review by Dr Jill Hockey who travelled 06-November-2014
Excellent courier. Hotel very good.
Review by Mr Robert Richards who travelled 01-October-2014
The trip to Arles was slightly disappointing as places of interest were closed on the day we visited. The "day off" in Avignon was really brilliant as it gave us the time to take in all the sites slowly.
Review by Mr Roger Grubb who travelled 01-October-2014
Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Norman ( now nick-named Norman Wisdom) is very knowledgeable about the area and gave information in a interesting way.
Review by Mr Michael Peet who travelled 01-October-2014
All tours excellent but would have liked an extra hour or two in the Carmargue and a visit to a National Park Centre/Field Study Centre to enhance the trip and the experience of the Carmargue.
Review by Mr Gary Marshall who travelled 01-October-2014
Enjoyed the holiday very much. The tour manager, Norman was excellent. He was very informative with a great enthusiasm for the area. I would have liked to have visited more off the beaten track areas rather than so many Roman remains. I felt that some all day tours tried to take in too much and would have liked more time in the Camargue and the smaller villages. All in all very enjoyable though.
Review by Mrs Gwynfa Greenough who travelled 01-October-2014
Top rate tour, great accommodation and selection of trips, enhanced by a very efficient and knowledgeable tour guide.
Review by Mrs Sandra Gardener who travelled 01-October-2014
Many museums are closed on Monday so it might be worth reviewing the timing of the visit to Arles. It would be helpful if the Bristol kept it's bar open after 9pm. Overall the holiday was excellent. The guide was very good, created a sense of calm. The Bristol is very comfortable for a 3 star hotel.
Review by Mrs Noreen Dawes who travelled 01-October-2014
We enjoyed the holiday and would travel with you again.
Review by Mrs June Fellows who travelled 10-September-2014
Review by Mr Harcourt Concannon who travelled 17-September-2014
Review by Mr Samuel Jones who travelled 17-September-2014
This was an excellent holiday and very well organised. Our tour manager, Karen, was superb in all respects eg excursion prep, knowledge, care for her clients and patience, together with a lovely personality. Day 6 excursion itinerary could perhaps be reversed so that the visit to Les Baux de Provence takes place in the morning when legs are fresher!!
Review by Mr John Blee who travelled 10-September-2014
Your tour manager was first class in every way.
Review by Mr Denis Reeves who travelled 10-September-2014
I have had a great holiday. It was my first for several years and it really did offer me what I was looking for. I felt very happy being a solo traveller with this company. However the train seat on TGV were a bit random I found myself sitting in the bullet head section of the train in a smallish carriage. Think I might have preferred a seat in the routine carriages with a little more space. The tour operator did check on me and at one stage we spoke about moving but the train did empty and fill again so I'm pleased I stayed in the same seat Thank you I will be checking your company again for another holiday Denise
Review by Mrs Denise Conrad who travelled 03-September-2014
Our first time with Travel Editions. It met all our expectations. Norman was sooooo helpful. Suggestion would be to stay longer in Uzes so that we could have had a leisurely lunch.
Review by Mrs Carol Strange who travelled 03-September-2014
Our room was good in itself, but facing on to the main road meant it was very noisy. I thought too much was packed into the tours.
Review by Dr Neil Redfern who travelled 03-September-2014
A very enjoyable holiday, helped by lovely weather. Angela our tour manager made all the difference. The Bristol Hotel was ideally placed for exploring Avignon and breakfast was excellent. Tours were about the right length, though longer at The Pont du Gard would have been good.
Review by Mr Nicholas Clarke who travelled 20-August-2014
Review by Mr Nigel McNeilly who travelled 20-August-2014
Review by Mrs Helen Hindess who travelled 20-August-2014
Found the long days very long. Would have liked 1 more shorter day - e.g. 2 pm or 3 pm finish. Angela our Tour Manager really excellent.
Review by Mr John King who travelled 20-August-2014
Our Tour Manager was really excellent: knowledgeable, efficient, friendly and fun. We enjoyed the holiday and it is a superb location but would have preferred slightly fewer excursions as sometimes it seemed we saw too much and not enough time to enjoy it properly. This is a personal opinion but some others we spoke to felt the same. The hotel was satisfactory but it would have helped if the bar was open later as we could have had a last drink and maybe mixed more with the others in our party. Lastly, the Eurostar terminal in Gare du Nord is awful (Lille is fine) but I know there's not much you can do about that.
Review by Miss Judith Irving who travelled 20-August-2014
Review by Mrs Diane Ashmore who travelled 20-August-2014
Angela was excellent, probably the best tour manager we've experienced.
Review by Mrs Carole Ballardie who travelled 20-August-2014
One and a half free days in Avignon but no guided tour. Odd!
Review by Mr Gordon Waller who travelled 20-August-2014
Very good Holiday. Well organised with excellent tour guide. Would recommend you to others and travel with you again
Review by Mr R Illsley who travelled 25-June-2014
A well organised and planned holiday which was made much more enjoyable by Jill the tour manager. Her knowledge and obvious love of the area meant that we got maximum enjoyment from our trip. The hotel was basic but all aspects were excellent. All in all a lovely holiday which was value for money.
Review by Mrs Christine Parkin who travelled 17-June-2014
Very knowledgeable guide who dealt with everything in a calm manner. Tour bus and driver excellent.
Review by Mr Alan Freestone who travelled 17-June-2014
A full programme of excursions, but less market visits.
Review by Dr David Stasin who travelled 04-June-2014
Overall a good trip which we enjoyed especially with Karen our tour manager as her knowledge of the region was helpful and the suggestions she made were good. Good hotel (which we had stayed in before) and the times each tour started in the mornings was preferable to a previous trip we made with another company where we were leaving between 7.30 & 8.00 each day. Slightly disappointed that 3 out of the 4 train journeys we made meant we were travelling backwards but full marks to the coach drivers we had for our trips. We could have done with longer for some trips - the Camargue and it was unfortunate that we were on the coast on a bank holiday; we also felt that 2 tours a day is maximum - on one day we had 4 stops.
Review by Mrs Margaret Steer who travelled 04-June-2014
The weather was hotter than expected and we felt that there could have been adjustments to the itinerary to reflect this e.g. Sunday longer at Fontaine de Vaucluse which had quiet cafes and shaded areas and less time at L'Isle sur la Sorgue which was the third market we'd visited and was busy and hot. However this is just a small issue overall we were impressed with the tour and would consider another with you.
Review by Mr Geoffrey Rowlands who travelled 04-June-2014
Extremely well organised tour led by a very knowledgable tour guide. In addition to the better known sights, including Orange, Pont Du Gard and Arles, we visited some little gems. This was our first tour with Travel Editions and we would have no hesitation in using the company again. The only downside to the trip was having to transfer across Paris at the end of the trip. Our outward journey via Lille was ideal.
Review by Mrs Frances Mulhall who travelled 04-June-2014
I enjoyed the tour very much, in spite of the high temperature and humidity, for which I cannot, and will not, blame Travel Editions! This group sight-seeing holiday is not the sort of holiday I have been on much in the past and I realised that it was inevitable that there would be activities I would like to have spent more time on and others on which I would have liked to have spent less. In the event, there were few; more time at the Pond du Gard and at Vacluse would have been nice, as would less time alternately stewing and frying in the market at Ile sur la Sorge, but in general I was very happy with the schedule. With a group of over forty, I couldn't get to know everybody, but many I did and all were very friendly. I was especially happy with the half day in the Camargue; natural history holidays are, in fact, more my "thing" and I was managing my expectations of what I could expect on a more general tour. In the event my expectations were well exceeded. We birders being devils for making lists, (and also because I was asked), I though it would be nice to leave a list of what we DID see.... White horses .... lots of these, in paddocks, fields AND in the wild, Bulls, also lots, Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), - I'm quite sure these were what we saw but I have since learnt that there are also great white egrets present locally, as big as herons and with yellow bills; I don't THINK we saw any of those, Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) - I THINK, it was a very short glimpse, Black kite (Milvus migrans), Some other big birds of prey, possibly Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) but not sure, Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), two, sitting in a tree... White stork (Ciconia ciconia) - by the second stop there were grey heron and white stork nesting in the same tree, The small warbler singing from a tree at the first stop will have to remain a mystery I'm afraid. Also, nesting on the Palais des Papes, were Black redstart. At the Port du Gard were:- Common swift (they were everywhere in fact) and Alpine swift (bigger, with white undersides) Sand martin (Riparia riparia). Not a bad tally for a general sight-seeing tour! I'm already booked on Art and Architecture in Ravenna, and I fancy the Jura trip as well; never mind the rain so it be cooler! Best Wishes, Trevor Davis (email@example.com)
Review by Mr Trevor Davis who travelled 04-June-2014
Our second year running on a French holiday with Travel Editions and we had a most enjoyable time based in Avignon. Once again, we visited a lot of places in just six days. Our Tour Manager - Karen Blackwell, was excellent - very informative and professional in every way.
Review by Mr Brian Young who travelled 04-June-2014
We would have liked more free time. The tours were interesting but too busy. Our tour was perhaps not helped by very hot weather (35 degrees+ at times). It was a pity the journey back to London had to be re-arranged so that we changed at Paris rather than Lille. Paris was a nightmare for traffic (that is not unusual) and it took a long time to cross from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord. The tour manager spoke good French which was good but sometimes her timekeeping was as good as it should have been. Like many tour guides she tended to speak too much!! It was a good holiday overall as Avignon is an interesting place.
Review by Mrs Valerie Bolden who travelled 04-June-2014
Very well chosen destinations for excursions, made more interesting by our ever helpful and knowledgeable guide Gill. Excellent hotel - comfortable, quiet with friendly and responsive staff (this was Avignon Grand).
Review by Mr Philip Gabriel who travelled 14-May-2014
Review by Mrs Jean Emmerson who travelled 14-May-2014
the day out to Orange & Chateau-neuf would have been very light on content, but our tour manager Gill added in 2 unscheduled visits, which made the day excellent. she was, by the way, an exceptionally good tour manager - very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, with great sense of humour. David in the booking office was also extremely helpful, kind and knowledgeable. good staff like these two make any holiday exceptional. we will certainly use this company again. thank you very much for a lovely holiday, and we look forward to receiving your full brochure!
Review by Mrs Fiona Short who travelled 14-May-2014
Comprehensive coverage of the area & well organised throughout
Review by Mr John Thomas who travelled 14-May-2014
We thought Orange was somewhat boring, not enough to see. The other smaller towns and villages were lovely and Gill was an excellent tour manager.
Review by Mrs Christine Forrest who travelled 14-May-2014
Review by Ash who travelled 09-October-2013
Karen did a fantastic job. Occasionally visits were a little too short to do justice to places we visited. It was also a pity that the times when we were free in Avignon were too close together.
Review by Thatcher who travelled 09-October-2013
A large group led by a very pleasant and competent tour manager. Only suggestion, try swapping the first two days round - found a full days excursion after a full day of travel a little hard.
Review by Poulard who travelled 03-October-2013