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Provence & The Riviera Self Drive Tour

Provence & The Riviera Self Drive Tour

Explore Provence and The Riviera: 8 Days/7 Nights From Marseille to Marseille


Day 1 | Marseille – Pick up your rental car
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Welcome to Marseille. Pick up your rental car. Although Marseille’s history dates back to ancient Greece, because of its geographical proximity to North Africa and France’s colonial history there, which ended only in the 1960s, Marseille may be more deeply linked to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria than any non-African city. Some 120,000 to 150,000 people from those three countries – known collectively as the Maghreb – live in Marseille, a bustling and slightly raffish port city that offers fabulous restaurants and a variety of nightclubs and theaters. The city’s main thoroughfare, the wide boulevard Canabiere, stretches eastward from the Old Port. Try the local fish soup, Bouillabaisse, and drink the local alcoholic aniseed beverage, Pastis, found on every Marseilles table.

Tourist Class Hotel Carre Vieux Port or similar

Day 2 | Marseille – Arles – Nimes – Pont Du Gard – Avignon
170.59 km*

Leave Marseille and drive through the Provencal countryside to the city of Arles, proud of its traditions and famed for both its Roman and its early medieval heritage. On to Nimes whose elegant and bustling boulevards are shaded by lotus trees. Your drive now takes you passed one of France’s greatest and best-preserved pieces of Roman architecture, the superb aqueduct of Pont du Gard. One of the wonders of antiquity, it was built in late 1st century BC to channel water from a spring some 50 km from Nimes. Continue to Avignon where your two-night stay has been arranged.

Tourist Class Du Lavarin or similar (2 nights)

Day 3 | Avignon – Visit the Provencal Countryside; Mt. Ventoux – Avignon
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Protected by its ramparts, the historic core of Avignon is a lively center of art and culture. As one of Europe’s most important gothic ensembles it has a quaint medieval feel. During the 14th century Avignon was the capital of the Christian world and was the temporary home of the Popes. The grand Palais des Papes is an impressive site to visit. See the bridge Saint Benezet from the popular song “Sur le pontd’Avignon” and enjoy the many parks and gardens. See the beauty and variety of the landscapes of Provence, the wild mountainous countryside and gentle valleys dotted with fruit orchards, wooded hills of pine and oak, and ancient villages of honey-colored stone. See Mt. Ventoux and on to its summit

Day 4 | Avignon – St. Remey de Provence – Les Baux de Provence – Aix-en-Provence
96.56 km*

Another day to enjoy Provence. From Avignon drive to the pretty village of St. Remy de Provence, encircled by a 14th century wall which is still in use today. St. Remy is a busy, active village where you can purchase regional pottery including some influenced by Van Gogh who lived here. It was in this village that Nostradamus was born. Leave St. Remy for the picturesque village of Les-Baux-de-Provence and admire the surrounding countryside. Just inside the entrance to the village are narrow cobblestone streets, terrace cafés, and souvenir shops. On to Aix-en-Provence, a town of water and a town of art, for your overnight stay. End your day with wonderful food and fine wines at one of the city’s many restaurants.

Tourist Class Aquabella Hotel or similar

Day 5 | Aix-en-Provence – Grand Canyon du Verdon – Castellane – Grass – Nice
321.87 km*

Built and developed around its dual identity of a town of water and of art, Aix-en-Provence is all color and sensation with the golden stone of its facades and thetransparent green of the fountains. Founded in 123 BC by the Roman consulSextiusCalvinus, a tour of thiswondrous town is a chance to travel in time, withits architectural and cultural heritage accessible to everyone; treasures that you will discover simply by walking around the town. Leave Aix-en-Provence and

drive through the natural beauty of the magnificent Grand Canyon du Verdon.These gigantic rock cliffs are the result of the erosion of the Verdon river. Deep, compact, wild and beautiful, rich in flora and fauna, the scenery here is astonishing. The villages have maintained their old-fashioned Provencal appeal, and you will be warmly welcomed. Drive through the valley of Castellane and on to the town of Grass, the perfume capital of the world, with lots of outlets to buy its perfumes. It is a short drive from Grass to the Riviera and the glamour of Nice where your two-night stay has been arranged.

Tourist Class Hotel Vendome or similar (2 nights)

Day 6 | Nice: Visit the French Riviera; Monte Carlo – Nice
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With its beautiful beaches, lovely seaside promenade, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco facades Nice is the playground of the rich and famous. Take a walking tour of the city’s CoursSaleya (Flower Market), with its abundance of ripe produce, sidewalk cafes, souvenir shops and of course flowers simply bursting with colors. Today discover the Cote d’Azur – The Blue Coast – as you follow the Mediterranean coastline and visit the glamorous resorts of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, and Cap-Ferrat. Visit the fascinating principality of Monaco. In the 13th century the House of Grimaldi, descended from a Genoese nobleman, took power in Monaco, Antibes and Nice and built castles at Grimaud, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Antibes. The present Prince Albert II of Monaco (son of the late beloved Grace Kelly) is a descendant of the Grimaldis. The world’s smallest French speaking country, it takes less than one hour to walk the width of Monaco. Enjoy its exceptional location between mountain and sea, and its beautiful gardens. If you have the time, book an extra day so that you can enjoy a visit to the Italian Riviera which extends from the border of the French Riviera.

Day 7 | Nice – St. Tropez – Toulon – Marseille
247.84 km*

St. Tropez was once a small fishing village, and when discovered by the painter Paul Signac attracted other painters, writers and bohemians. Luxury yachts are now moored at its harbor, teeming with life as it has become the fashionable resort frequented by artists and celebrities of the entertainment world. Continue to Toulon. Backed by high hills whose summits are crowned by forts, it is France’s second most important naval base. There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes, and visitors who are interested in naval history will find the Naval Museum and the Museum of Old Toulon worthwhile visits. Your day ends as you return to Marseilles for your overnight stay.

Tourist Class Carre Vieux Port or similar

Day 8 | Marseille
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Depart to the airport for your return flight home and Drop-off Rental Car.

No Of Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax
Adult in Twin/Double1003871805765799772792771
Adult in Triple957825759719753726745724
Child with bed in Triple 822756717751723743721
Child No Bed407341301335308327305


Provence, French Riviera/Cote d”Azur, Monte Carlo, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Grasse, Les Baux de Provence, Nimes, St. Remey de Provence, Antibes, Cannes, Cap-Ferrat, Juan-les-Pins, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Tropez, Toulon, Monte Carlo, Grand Canyon du Verdon, Mt. Ventoux, Pont Du Gard, Riviera Beaches, Saint Benezet Bridge, Valley of Castellane.

Your Tour Package Includes

07 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. Breakfast Daily, All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 08 Days Hertz (CDMR) Compact, Manual Ford Focus or similar, Including Unlimited Mileage (UM), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protectiont (TP) & Taxes. Maps, Information, and Detailed Directions to your Hotels. Emergency telephone numbers accessible 24/7 in the unlikely event you have a problem with a hotel or the Hertz rental car.

Vehicle Type

  • Upto 5 Pax: Citroen C4 or Similar
  • 6-7 Pax: Renault Espace or similar
  • 8-9 Pax: Renault Traffic or similar
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

Not Included

Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated.

Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions will form the contract between European Voyages and the person making/paying for the booking. No contract exists until European Voyages has received payment and issued its confirmation invoice. Rates are subject to currency fluctuation and Government taxes and may be changed without notice. Rates are guaranteed upon acceptance of full payment.

Payment with a credit card is required to make a reservation. If a booking is made 60 or more days before departure, a non-refundable deposit is payable by Visa or MasterCard. The remaining balance will be collected approximately eight weeks prior to departure. For reservations made less than 60 days before departure, full payment will be due when hotels are confirmed.

Tour Deposit

DurationPrice Per Person
5 to 7 DaysEURO 125.00
8 to 10 DaysEURO 150.00
11 to 13 DaysEURO 175.00
14 to 16 DaysEURO 200.00
17 to 20 DaysEURO 250
21 Days & OverEURO 300.00

Travel Insurance
We highly recommend the purchase of a Travel Insurance protection plan.

Notice of cancellation must be made by e-mail directly to the Company

DurationCharge Per Person
60+ DaysDeposit Only
59-45 Days25%
44-30 Days50%
29-22 Days75%
21 to Day of Departure100%

Once the booking is confirmed, changes incur the following amendment fees: 60 + days — €50 per person, 59 days to day of departure — changes are treated as a cancellation and rebooking and cancellation charges as above apply. It is not possible to make refunds after departure date for any services not used including but not limited to hotels, and car rental.

It is your responsibility to thoroughly check your documents upon receipt and to inform European Voyages immediately if there is an error so that it can be corrected prior to departure. If European Voyages is not advised accordingly no liability on its part will be accepted. Also, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take all of the travel documents sent to you, including but not limited to Hotel, and Car Vouchers, explorer kit, etc. If you do not have your documents you will be expected to pay for service and will not be reimbursed by European Voyages.

Changes by the Company
On occasion it may be necessary to amend certain arrangements of your holiday, which we reserve the right to do at any time. If a major change occurs we will inform you as soon as possible. Major change is one that involves a change in location or offering a lower category hotel. In these instances we will offer an alternative subject to your acceptance and if the hotel originally booked is of a superior category and is substituted with a standard category, we will issue a refund to you Upon acceptance of the change no further claims for compensation or additional expenses will be accepted. In no case we will pay compensation or accept liability if change is due to force majeure; risk/threat of war; industrial disputes; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity; natural/nuclear disasters; fire or adverse weather conditions; technical problems to transport; closure or congestion of airports or ports; cancellations or changes of scheduled airlines and similar events beyond our control.

Driving Licenses
Renters must present a valid driving license, an International Driving Permit is strongly recommended. This is required for translation purposes to confirm the validity of the driver’s license for the safety of our renters and for Hertz. Note: A current valid foreign driving license must always be presented at the rental counter.

Travel Documents/Proof of Citizenship
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid machine readable passport and/or visa if required.

European Voyages strives to ensure accuracy of descriptions and information, however we are not able to control all holiday components and advertised facilities may bed withdrawn or changed. We cannot accept liability for loss of an advertised facility or withdrawal of free or discounted offers. Such offers are add value and are non-refundable if not provided or used. Prices specified herein do not reflect Value Added offers unless noted otherwise.

Responsibility and Limitations of Liability
European Voyages as the operator, is solely responsible for selecting the suppliers that provide the component parts (e.g. hotel accommodations, transfers, and car rental firms) for the vacations described on this website. These suppliers are independent contractors. European Voyages does not own, control, operate, nor is it an agent for any suppliers furnishing tour component parts, and therefore in the absence of its negligence, European Voyages cannot be held liable for loss or damage to property or injury to person, caused by reason of any act or omission, intentional negligence or otherwise by such third party supplier. European Voyages makes no implied or expressed warranties in the offering of any tour described on this website. European Voyages reserves the right to cancel or alter any itinerary at its sole discretion. The information and rates are accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice.

By making final payment for any of the vacations, customer acknowledges and agrees to all of the terms and conditions, in particular, to the limitations of liability set forth above.

Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury or death through any misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of your holiday arrangements, we shall offer assistance such as we are able. Such assistance shall take the form of guidance and advice only without accepting any liability whatsoever.

Hotel Accommodation
European Voyages reserves the right to substitute alternative hotels to those featured, provided they are of comparable category or better. All properties are contracted on a ‘Run of House’ basis, which means you have a standard room from any part of the property unless otherwise advertised. Special accommodation requests, such as adjoining rooms, or twin beds are subject to the hotel availability and cannot be guaranteed. We cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon special requests being met.

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