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Enchanting Avignon

As you wander along the leafy banks of the River Rhône, immerse yourself in the charm of Avignon's narrow cobbled streets. Here, you'll uncover a city rich in ancient lore and mystery, waiting to be explored.

  • Provence

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board with Dinners in Local Restaurants
  • Flight Free

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Grade 4

This is mainly a sightseeing holiday visiting Avignon, Arles & Nimes, with several grade 4 walks in the Provençal countryside. These walks can vary in length depending on the time of year and the group’s inclination but will be between 6km and 12km with only very moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The walks follow good and in the main broad tracks. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 320m.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Avignon's history through its narrow-cobbled streets and medieval walls with a local guide.
  • Experience nature's beauty amid wild herbs on the way to iconic villages like St Remy.
  • Marvel at Pont du Gard's ancient engineering, once delivering vital freshwater to Nîmes.
  • Follow Van Gogh's footsteps through the historic city of Arles.

Experience an enchanting journey to Medieval Avignon, where you're embraced by its 800-year-old ramparts, steeped in mystique and lore. Avignon, a cornerstone of France's 14th-century artistic legacy, boasts architectural marvels reflecting its golden age prosperity. The grandeur of the Gothic Pope's Palace, steadfast city ramparts, sentinel towers, and adorned churches stand as testaments to its vibrant history. Join a local guide on an immersive exploration, weaving history into a vibrant narrative.

Venture southward to Arles, a Roman city preserving its heritage in an ancient amphitheatre. Discover Nîmes, adorned with pioneering public gardens, and trace Van Gogh's footsteps in St Rémy-de-Provence. Marvel at Pont du Gard, an astonishing aqueduct supported 160 feet above the meandering River Gard.

Amidst this journey, the Provencal countryside unveils its scenic splendour, adorned with wild herbs and blossoms. Immerse yourself in the allure of Avignon and its surroundings, where history, art, and nature converge in a symphony of discovery.

Join us on this immersive holiday, traversing time and nature's beauty, captivated by the charm of Avignon. 

Our Christmas departures offer a unique festive experience in this enchanting setting. Don't miss the chance to celebrate the holiday season in a different, magical ambiance.

  • Return rail travel to Avignon from London
  • Across Paris Taxi transfers
  • Avignon Station transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Half Board with dinners taken at local restaurants
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • Services of a local guide for a morning
  • All local tips
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

10400

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

You'll start your journey from London St Pancras to Paris (Gare Du Nord) via Eurostar. When changing stations in Paris, we will use local taxis as the most efficient way of crossing the city. Then, you'll board a TGV train to Avignon. Upon arrival at Avignon, a private coach will transfer you to your hotel in around 15 minutes.

Transfer Time = 15m

Day 2

A Day Around Avignon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

With a knowledgeable local guide by your side, you'll delve into Avignon's vibrant history during the morning. Together, you'll visit iconic sites like Place St Pierre, Place de l'Horloge, and the picturesque Promenade des Papes, immersing yourself in the city's rich heritage. After the guided tour, the afternoon is your free time to further explore the sites you've seen, allowing you to discover the intricate details and hidden gems at your own pace.

Day 3

Nimes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Nîmes, once a vibrant urban hub in Roman times, boasts remarkable Roman monuments that make it a compelling destination deserving of a full day's exploration. In the present day, it exudes the ambiance of a bustling metropolis, offering you an enriching experience during your visit. 

During our day in Nîmes, we'll explore its captivating Roman heritage, marvelling at the iconic Arena of Nîmes, an impeccably preserved Roman amphitheatre where gladiators once battled. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Maison Carrée, a beautifully preserved Roman temple that stands as a testament to the city's ancient legacy.

As you roam the charming streets of Nîmes, you'll encounter the imposing Tour Magne, the highest Roman tower in the region, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. Additionally, a stroll through the Jardins de la Fontaine, a serene park adorned with fountains and sculptures, provides a tranquil escape.

The day will be filled with historical wonders and cultural treasures, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience as you delve into Nîmes' rich past and vibrant present.

Day 4

Pont du Gard

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    140m

During your visit, we'll take a walk to Pont du Gard, a marvel crafted by the Romans two thousand years ago. They ingeniously constructed a 50 km long aqueduct to transport spring water from near Uzès to Nîmes. This remarkable aqueduct spans the deep River Gard with an awe-inspiring 160 ft high stone structure, now renowned as the Pont du Gard.

Nestled in serene countryside, Pont du Gard offers picturesque surroundings, inviting you to enjoy some delightful walks. Immerse yourself in the historical grandeur of this ancient engineering marvel while relishing the natural beauty that envelops it.

Day 5

Arles

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Located 36 km south of Avignon, Arles stands as a historical gem, once a key city in Roman times due to its innovative bridge-of-boats across the mighty Rhone River. The city's monuments are nothing short of outstanding, and it boasts one of the finest Roman Museums in the region. Among its treasures is the Roman barge discovered in the river, a true highlight for history enthusiasts.

Arles also holds a special place in the world of art, particularly as the brief residence of the renowned painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Although his original works aren't displayed here, the town pays homage to his legacy in a unique way. As you wander through Arles, you'll encounter plaques strategically placed around the town, showcasing some of the artist's masterpieces at the exact spots where he painted them.

In Arles, you're not just exploring a city; you're stepping into a vibrant tapestry of ancient marvels and artistic inspiration. The echoes of Roman ingenuity and Van Gogh's creative spirit resonate through the streets, creating an immersive experience that lingers long after you leave.

Day 6

Villeneuve

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible/150m

Villeneuve is a small, fortified medieval town, perched gracefully on cliffs along the west bank of the River Rhone. Serving as a picturesque suburb for cardinals during the papal era in Avignon, this town exudes historical charm. For you, it's a delightful city to explore leisurely, where every corner reveals a piece of its intriguing past.

If walking isn't your preference, worry not. Convenient bus options are available, allowing you to explore at your own pace and savour the town's beauty, perhaps spending more time immersing yourself in its unique atmosphere. Villeneuve offers a perfect blend of history and modern convenience, catering to every visitor's preference.

Day 7

St. Remy de Provence

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/320m

Nestled near the northern foot of the Alpilles range, St Remy is a small, charming market town just 40 minutes south of Avignon. Its medieval streets and buildings create a picturesque atmosphere, perfect for leisurely strolls. Notably, St Remy holds historical significance as the birthplace of Nostradamus.

Venture a short distance south, and you'll encounter the fascinating Roman remnants at Les Antiques and Glanum. Les Antiques boasts an impressive archway and a remarkably well-preserved mausoleum, offering a glimpse into ancient architectural marvels. Glanum, once a thriving Roman town, remained forgotten for centuries, buried under alluvial deposits from the hills above. Unveiling this buried history, Glanum stands as a testament to the passage of time, inviting you to explore its ancient wonders.


Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

For your return journey, you'll board the efficient TGV rail, whisking you back to Paris. From there, the Eurostar will swiftly carry you to the heart of London at St Pancras station. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

26th Apr 2025 - 3rd May 2025 (7 Nights)

10th May 2025 - 17th May 2025 (7 Nights)

6th Sep 2025 - 13th Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

27th Sep 2025 - 4th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return rail travel by Eurostar and TGV
  • London St Pancras - Avignon via Lille or Paris. (c4hrs 30min + stop) via Paris will involve a change of station.
  • Arrival transfer by road (c15mins).

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

You'll start your journey from London St Pancras to Paris (Gare Du Nord) via Eurostar. When changing stations in Paris, we will use local taxis as the most efficient way of crossing the city. Then, you'll board a TGV train to Avignon. Upon arrival at Avignon, a private coach will transfer you to your hotel in around 15 minutes.

Transfer Time = 15m

Day 2

A Day Around Avignon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

With a knowledgeable local guide by your side, you'll delve into Avignon's vibrant history during the morning. Together, you'll visit iconic sites like Place St Pierre, Place de l'Horloge, and the picturesque Promenade des Papes, immersing yourself in the city's rich heritage. After the guided tour, the afternoon is your free time to further explore the sites you've seen, allowing you to discover the intricate details and hidden gems at your own pace.

Day 3

Pont du Gard

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    140m

During your visit, we'll take a walk to Pont du Gard, a marvel crafted by the Romans two thousand years ago. They ingeniously constructed a 50 km long aqueduct to transport spring water from near Uzès to Nîmes. This remarkable aqueduct spans the deep River Gard with an awe-inspiring 160 ft high stone structure, now renowned as the Pont du Gard.

Nestled in serene countryside, Pont du Gard offers picturesque surroundings, inviting you to enjoy some delightful walks. Immerse yourself in the historical grandeur of this ancient engineering marvel while relishing the natural beauty that envelops it.

Day 4

Arles

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Located 36 km south of Avignon, Arles stands as a historical gem, once a key city in Roman times due to its innovative bridge-of-boats across the mighty Rhone River. The city's monuments are nothing short of outstanding, and it boasts one of the finest Roman Museums in the region. Among its treasures is the Roman barge discovered in the river, a true highlight for history enthusiasts.

Arles also holds a special place in the world of art, particularly as the brief residence of the renowned painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Although his original works aren't displayed here, the town pays homage to his legacy in a unique way. As you wander through Arles, you'll encounter plaques strategically placed around the town, showcasing some of the artist's masterpieces at the exact spots where he painted them.

In Arles, you're not just exploring a city; you're stepping into a vibrant tapestry of ancient marvels and artistic inspiration. The echoes of Roman ingenuity and Van Gogh's creative spirit resonate through the streets, creating an immersive experience that lingers long after you leave.

Day 5

Villeneuve

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Negligible/150m

Villeneuve is a small, fortified medieval town, perched gracefully on cliffs along the west bank of the River Rhone. Serving as a picturesque suburb for cardinals during the papal era in Avignon, this town exudes historical charm. For you, it's a delightful city to leisurely explore, where every corner reveals a piece of its intriguing past.

If walking isn't your preference, worry not. Convenient bus options are available, allowing you to explore at your own pace and savour the town's beauty, perhaps spending more time immersing yourself in its unique atmosphere. Villeneuve offers a perfect blend of history and modern convenience, catering to every visitor's preference.

Day 6

Nimes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

Nîmes, once a vibrant urban hub in Roman times, boasts remarkable Roman monuments that make it a compelling destination deserving of a full day's exploration. In the present day, it exudes the ambiance of a bustling metropolis, offering you an enriching experience during your visit. 

During our day in Nîmes, we'll explore its captivating Roman heritage, marveling at the iconic Arena of Nîmes, an impeccably preserved Roman amphitheater where gladiators once battled. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Maison Carrée, a beautifully preserved Roman temple that stands as a testament to the city's ancient legacy.

As you roam the charming streets of Nîmes, you'll encounter the imposing Tour Magne, the highest Roman tower in the region, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. Additionally, a stroll through the Jardins de la Fontaine, a serene park adorned with fountains and sculptures, provides a tranquil escape.

The day will be filled with historical wonders and cultural treasures, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience as you delve into Nîmes' rich past and vibrant present.

Day 7

St. Remy de Provence

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/320m

Nestled near the northern foot of the Alpilles range, St Remy is a small, charming market town just 40 minutes south of Avignon. Its medieval streets and buildings create a picturesque atmosphere, perfect for leisurely strolls. Notably, St Remy holds historical significance as the birthplace of Nostradamus.

Venture a short distance south, and you'll encounter the fascinating Roman remnants at Les Antiques and Glanum. Les Antiques boasts an impressive archway and a remarkably well-preserved mausoleum, offering a glimpse into ancient architectural marvels. Glanum, once a thriving Roman town, remained forgotten for centuries, buried under alluvial deposits from the hills above. Unveiling this buried history, Glanum stands as a testament to the passage of time, inviting you to explore its ancient wonders.


Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

For your return journey, you'll board the efficient TGV rail, whisking you back to Paris. From there, the Eurostar will swiftly carry you to the heart of London at St Pancras station. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Dec 2024 - 27th Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

20th Dec 2025 - 27th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return rail travel by Eurostar and TGV
  • London St Pancras - Avignon via Lille or Paris. (c4hrs 30min + stop) via Paris will involve a change of station.
  • Arrival transfer by road (c15mins).

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Le Magnan

Discover the allure of Hotel Le Magnan, a recently refurbished boutique gem nestled within the Roman ramparts of historic Avignon. Embracing the essence of French hospitality, this charming hotel is meticulously managed by three dedicated couples, ensuring a delightful stay filled with genuine Provencal warmth and friendliness.

The hotel offers 30 fully equipped rooms, most of which boast enchanting views of the garden. Step into the lovely patio, a tranquil oasis perfect for moments of relaxation and enjoying breakfast, especially on kind weather days. While some travellers have described the rooms as compact, they provide a comfortable haven, ensuring a restful stay.

All single rooms have been transformed into Double for Sole Use rooms, enhancing the accommodation options for solo travellers.

Hotel Le Magnan's strategic location invites you to take leisurely strolls along the picturesque "rue des teinturiers," tracing the historic canal. Meander through the ancient streets of Avignon, and you'll find yourself effortlessly reaching the grandeur of the Papal Palace.

The hotel rooms are thoughtfully equipped with modern amenities, including a telephone, television, Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms, and a hairdryer, ensuring your stay is not only cosy but also convenient. Immerse yourself in the comfort of Hotel Le Magnan, where every detail is designed to enhance your Avignon experience.

Hotel de L'Horloge

Nestled within Avignon's historic district, Hotel de L’Horloge offers an idyllic location just a short stroll away from the iconic Palais de Pepe. Despite its central position, the hotel provides a peaceful atmosphere, with essential amenities like supermarkets and pharmacies conveniently close by. This elegant four-star establishment guarantees a stay marked by comfort and convenience.

While the hotel does not feature an on-site restaurant, guests can start their day with a hearty continental breakfast served each morning, ensuring a delightful beginning to your day of exploration.

The hotel's 66 rooms are thoughtfully adorned in warm hues and cosy materials, incorporating ample wood accents for a welcoming ambiance. Each room is well-equipped with modern conveniences, including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a minibar, safe, kettle, and a hairdryer, enhancing your overall stay experience. At Hotel de L’Horloge, the harmonious blend of convenience, comfort, and thoughtful design promises a memorable stay in the heart of Avignon's historic charm.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is mainly a sightseeing holiday visiting Avignon, Arles & Nimes, with several grade 4 walks in the Provençal countryside. These walks can vary in length depending on the time of year and the group’s inclination but will be between 6km and 12km with only very moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The walks follow good and in the main broad tracks. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 320m.

Walks & Excursions

The week will be divided between walking and sightseeing days. The majority of the sightseeing will be on foot to allow you to enjoy the area at a leisurely pace. One or two days will be in or near Avignon; others will be further afield, using public buses or trains to get there.

Culture Holidays

Why simply visit a country as a tourist when you can truly experience it? In addition to great walking, on all these holidays, we'll visit the local sites of interest, absorb the natural beauty of our surroundings, and enjoy local customs and history.

These experience-rich itineraries are designed to suit those whose interests have a focus on sightseeing and history on their holiday. You'll see spectacular landscapes, while visiting the classic sites as well as discovering the quirky and lesser known along the trail.

On this holiday we include a visits to Palais des Papes, Pont du Gard, Arles and much more including a walking tour of Avignon with a local guide.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees to sites visited in conjunction with the walks programme may cost between €60-75 per person, if you intend visiting all sites available. You are not under any obligation to partake in any of the activities available in this programme.  Should you not wish to participate you will have time at leisure at the starting point of the offered activity.

Currency in France

The currency in France is the euro. 

Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Travel by Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille, then by TGV from Paris or Lille to Avignon.

Services travelling via Paris will in involve a change of station in Paris (from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon). A private transfer for our group will be put on to make the journey across the city is as easy as possible.

Travel between Avignon TGV station and the hotel is by road and takes about 15 minutes.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please note that your train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your train number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

French Swimwear

Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in France

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Below are some recommended maps and books you may like to bring with you on your holiday should you be interested.

Maps:
IGN 1:10,000 Plan de Ville, Avignon
2941 OT Remoulins – Pont du Gard
3042 OT Alpilles – St Remy
3041 OT Avignon
3142 OT Fontaine de Vaucluse
Serie Bleue 3420 Chateaurenard – St Remy

Books:
Memories of the Garrigue. Stories of a Mediterranean landscape.
Arles. 9 City Strolls and Tours.  Themes to discover Arles and its region.

Websites:
French Tourism: www.franceguide.com
Avignon Tourism: www.avignon-tourisme.com

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for France

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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