About the tour: The Perfumes & Colours of Provence

A land of contrasts and Roman heritage – join us as we uncover the history, passions, colours and flavours of the fascinating Provence region of France. Known for its diverse landscapes, from the Camargue plains to the deliciously fragrant lavender fields, Provence is as fine on the nose, as it is on the eyes. Discover the impressive Pont du Gard, the ancient seaside town of Saintes Maries de la Mer, and learn about the Lavender grown in the area of Luberon, at the Lavender Museum at Coustellet, plus discover the Roman delights, nestled into the commune of Orange. So why not fill your lungs with one of France's most picturesque regions on this incredible holiday?

Tour Includes

  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 evening meal
  • Convenient joining points

9 days from $2673 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue to the historic town of Avignon, where we arrive this evening for a six-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    We travel to the ‘City of Fountains’, Aix en Provence, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along shady tree-lined Cours Mirabeau. Here you can follow in the footsteps of the town’s favourite son, artist Paul Cézanne, and see the Brasserie Deux Garçons, where he was said to have been a regular visitor. Some of Aix’s many fountains can be seen around Cours Mirabeau or the nearby Mazarin district, with its 17th century town houses. Whilst in Aix, why not sample the local delicacy – almond paste sweets named ‘Calissons d’Aix?

    We return to Avignon for time at leisure this afternoon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Aix en Provence

    Included Highlights

    • Aix en Provence
    • Avignon

    Today we visit the iconic Pont du Gard, a vast bridge and aqueduct built in Roman times to carry water to the city of Nïmes, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak up the atmosphere of this ancient monument as you walk across the lower spans, or discover the local history and heritage by visiting the on-site museum. We continue to Nïmes, a pretty town, known for its Roman monuments – in the town centre see the ‘Maison Carrée’ a restored temple, or the atmospheric Roman arena still used as an events venue.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Pont du Gard
    Pont Du Gard

    Included Highlights

    • Pont du Gard
    • Nimes
    Join us for an optional excursion into the Luberon, a region known for its hill-top villages, the beauty of its landscapes, and for its association with the author Peter Mayle, who lived here, and whose books painted an entertaining picture for many. We call first at the Lavender Museum at Coustellet, to learn more about the lavender that is grown in this area of the Luberon. We continue to Gordes, a village seeming to cling to the hillside, and with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside – explore the historic cobbled streets of one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages.

    We continue to Isle sur la Sorgue, a small town situated on the River Sorgue, known for its abundance of antique shops, and for many ancient waterwheels – fifteen can still be seen, and some, although no longer working, are still turning.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Lavender Fields in the Luberon

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2021 2022
    • Luberon, Gordes & Isle sur la Sorgue
    $60 $63
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
    Today we explore the Camargue, a region known for its marshlands, flamingos, flora, fauna, wild white horses, and gypsy traditions. We travel via the Camargue National Reserve to reach Saintes Maries de la Mer, an ancient seaside town which for hundreds of years, has been the place of festivals and local Camargue traditions.

    During the day, we will visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park, whose aim is to protect the Camargue and its nature. Here you can see bird species resident in the Camargue, such as Flamingos, Heron, or birds of prey, plus other nomadic species travelling around the wetlands of Europe.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    The Camargue
    The Camargue

    Included Highlights

    • Pont de Gau Ornithological park
    • The Camargue
    • Saintes Maries de la Mer
    Enjoy more flavours of Roman Provence on an optional excursion to Orange, home to the Triumphal Arch and the well-preserved Roman Theatre. Absorb the atmosphere of the bustling, narrow streets, and admire the jaunty colours of the houses, or for a panoramic view of the town, St. Eutrope hill, a former Roman look-out, is the perfect place. Or, why not discover the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nazareth, a 13th century catholic church embellished in the 19th century with stained glass windows and frescoes.

    On our return, we call at a wine co-operative, where you will be able to sample some of the region’s wines, and perhaps purchase your favourites to bring home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Triumphal Arch of Orange, France

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2021 2022
    • Orange
    $54 $58
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave Avignon behind this morning as we begin our journey northwards. During the day we stop in the beautiful town of Vienne. Built around the Rhône River, you will have time at leisure to explore the narrow streets and discover the ancient monuments, many of which are still very well preserved today. We continue to northern France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Vienne

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    The Perfumes & Colours of Provence 9 days from $2,673pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for six nights at the 3-star Hotel Bristol, superbly located within the old city walls of the beautiful historic town of Avignon and only a 10-minute walk to the magnificent fortified UNESCO World Heritage Site, Palais des Papes (Papal Palace). Avignon’s wealth of varied restaurants, designed to suit all tastes, are within walking distance. Overnight stays in northern France will be in city-style hotels.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan