5- 普羅旺斯與蔚藍海岸深度之旅

5- 普羅旺斯與蔚藍海岸深度之旅

Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Nice (8 days)Discover the magic and good life of Mediterranean towns, the landscape of Aix en Provence that so charmed  Cézanne, and Avignon, an historic town offering lots of shows.

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Avignon, a city of contrasts, is full of surprises. Residence of the popes during the Middle Ages, birthplace of a world famous live theatre festival, Avignon is a sublime mix of past and present. A city on a human scale in the heart of Provence, with an exceptionally rich historic heritage, Avignon is an appealing destination offering sun, culture and lifestyle.

Do not miss:

•Visits to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) and the "Pont d'Avignon" bridge (inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list).•Stroll through the old town, encircled by ramparts.•Visit the numerous museums with their hugely varied collections.•Sample famous "Provençale" dishes, washed down with the local Côtes du Rhône wines.•Take a boat trip on the Rhône.•Go to a show.•And don't forget to ask for your free "Avignon Passion" passport, valid for the whole family, it lets you visit more and spend less!•700th anniversary of the arrival of the popes in Avignon (from the first weekend in March).•Alterarosa, rose festival at the Palace of the Popes. 21 to 24 May 2009.

Getting there:

-By train: TGV direct from Paris (2 hours 40 minutes), Charles de Gaulle Airport (3 hours), other services from Geneva, Brussels, etc.Direct TGV service from Aix-en-Provence (20 minutes) and Marseille (40 minutes).Eurostar train service direct from London in the summer.  All year direct train service London- Nîmes / Marseille

-By air: Avignon Airport: All year direct flights from Southampton, and May to October from Exeter (Flybe), Leeds and Edinburgh (Jet2).Marseille Provence Airport: served by 45 scheduled international airlines and 7 budget airlines to the new MP2 terminal, and is a 1 hour drive By Road.

Contact: Tel. 0033 432 74 32 74 www.avignon-tourisme.com

Aix en Provence

With its beautiful 17th and 18th century buildings and musical and cultural heritage, Aix-en-Provence is one of the most elegant cities in south-east France.The city's compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, covering its entire history from the Roman baths to Cézanne's studio, and its modern architecture including a new shopping and cultural district, with its new theatre, the CCN Ballet Preljocaj, a media centre and more.Aix-en-Provence is lively all year round, and never fails to enchant visitors!

Do not miss:

•Places associated with the artist Paul Cézanne: his studio, the Jas de Bouffan family property and the Bibémus quarries where Cubism was born.•The Granet Museum, where 4,500 m² (48,000 square feet) of exhibition space houses an outstanding collection "From Cézanne to Giacometti".•Its sophisticated, light traditional food, which visitors can learn about in cookery classes and the "calisson" (a sweet made with ground almonds) that you can watch being made in the traditional way.•The countryside surrounding Aix-en-Provence is full of timeless villages, covered by a network of footpaths and numerous vineyards.

Getting there:

Aix-en-Provence is conveniently located between Avignon and Marseille.

-By Train: TGV from Paris in 2 hours 50 minutes.Eurostar from the Aix-en-Provence TGV station: 15 minutes; from the airport: 30 minutes.-By Air: Paris to Marseille-Provence Airport: 1 hour 15 minutes. Budget flights: www.mp2.aeroport.fr-By Road: A7 – A8 – A9 motorways.

Contact: Tel. 0033 442 16 11 61 www.aixenprovencetourism.comwww.aixenprovencetourism.com/travel Reservation Centre: Tel. 0033 442 16 11 84/85

Marseille

Marseille –Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013.

The vigour and improvement of Marseille, France’s second city, its excellent air, road and rail connections, new hotels and leisure amenities and its historic charm make it a popular tourist destination. Marseille today is a trendy city, with an exciting cultural life in a beautiful natural setting between hills, the "Calanques" (rocky inlets) and the Mediterranean Sea.In this unique environment in the heart of Provence, Marseille provides top-quality services and activities for everyone: from business tourism to city breaks, arts and culture and sport.

Do not miss:

•The "Calanques" on the shores of the Mediterranean: a spectacular natural site, ideal for diving, walking, rock climbing, etc.•The Château d’If: made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.•The Vieux-Port (old port): 2,600 years of history, with traditional restaurants serving Marseille's famous Bouillabaisse, small shops and much more.•The Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, with a panoramic view of the city and the Mediterranean, from the islands to the "Calanques".•Marseille Festival June / July: contemporary music and dance.

Getting there:

-By Train: 17 TGVs per day serve Paris (3 hours), Charles de Gaulle Airport, Geneva, Brussels and elsewhere. -By Road: 3 motorways direct to the city centre: A7, A55, A50.-By Air: 26 flights per day to Paris. 33 airlines, including five budget, serving 98 cities in 37 countries. -By Sea: 58 vessels owned by 37 cruise companies calling at Marseille as well as regular scheduled ferry services to Corsica and North Africa.

Contact: Tel. 0033 491 13 89 00 www.marseille-tourisme.com

 

Nice

In the heart of a region with a timeless beauty, Nice, Capital of the French Riviera, has an endless range of attractions for visitors: historic sites, culture, art, creative work, special events, leisure amenities, natural sites, relaxation, delicious culinary specialities and more. Nice cultivates its distinctive authentic charm by offering a vast range of activities and places to visit.

Do not miss:

•"Nice le Grand Tour": visit Nice from the open top of a double-decker bus.•The Promenade des Anglais, with 7 km (4.3 miles) of beachfront esplanade.•The Quai des Etats-Unis quay and the old port district.•The museums of Nice: an embarrassment of riches! (Musée Matisse, Musée Chagall, MAMAC (modern and contemporary art), Musée des Arts Asiatiques (Asian art), etc.  Admission to most of them is free. •The old town, with its picturesque narrow streets, baroque churches and colourful markets.•The "Colline du Château" (Castle Hill), with a wonderful view of the Baie des Anges (bay).•Place Masséna (square), recently renovated with seven statues floodlit in colour after sunset.•Visits to wine producers to taste the region's Bellet AOC wine, or to hillside flower farms.•The "Carnaval" (Nice's "Mardi Gras"), and the "Batailles de Fleurs" (parade with floats decorated with flowers) are the biggest events of the winter season on the Côte d’Azur.•Boat cruises through a marine mammal sanctuary in the Mediterranean.•Visits By Road to picturesque inland villages in the surrounding hills, or to mountain ski resorts in the préalps.

Getting there:

-By Train: TGV Méditerranée high-speed trains between Paris and Nice in 5 hours 25 minutes.Fast and express train services between Nice and 20 French cities, and all major European cities.-By Air: Nice-Côte d’Azur International Airport: flights to 100 destinations in 30 countries

Contact: Tel. 0033 492 14 46 46  www.nicetourisme.com / www.nicetourisme.com/pro / www.nicecarnaval.com