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Birding: Paris, Avignon, Arles  & the Camargue, France tour

Birding: Paris, Avignon, Arles & the Camargue, France

Kaiyote Tours
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,950 $ 295 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Pére Lachaise Cemetery (great virtual tour)
  • See the Arc de Triomphe
  • Visiting the Museé d’Orsay
  • You will enjoy bike riding, the Camargue is the Delta which is a great place to explore on bike.
  • Visit the Rodin Museum

Short Description

Paris is one of the art centers of the world.  Not just for the collections that the museums hold, but for the inspiration is still gives to artists today.  We start and end this tour in Paris, such an amazing city to see!

We will be taking the train to the Rhone River Delta area known as the Camargue and spend 5 days visiting three historically significant towns:  Avignon, Arles and Saintes Maries de la mer. Where a better place to enjoy the Mediterranean, but in the south of France?  Voila!!

You will enjoy this tour if you only wish to see Paris, the Rhone River Delta (the Camargue), the Mediterranean, the cities of Avignon and Arles and walk the land and enjoy the sights.

Each day there will be time for birding, walking, exploring and learning.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Paris

Trip Includes

  • Domestic transfers and transportation
  • Lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Scheduled group tours
  • Entrance fees and Allianz deluxe travel health insurance.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Paris

Flights usually leave in the evening, so we will be arriving in Paris the morning of day two.

Day 2: Arrive in Paris

We will arrive in Paris in the morning.  We will be staying at the Hotel Royal Opera in the 2nd arrondissement near the Opéra Garnier.  In the afternoon we will have time to visit Pére Lachaise Cemetery (great virtual tour). Besides being the resting place for numerous great artists, writers and composers including FrédéricChopin, Molière, Eugène Delacroix, Camille Pissarro, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Signac, Oscar Wilde, Richard Wright and Jim Morrison, it is an excellent place to see birds and interesting sites.  We will also visit La Basilique du Sacré Coeur and in the evening, a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Day 3: Paris

We will spend the morning at the Bois de Boulogne, which is a 2,100 acre park with woods and gardens just on the western edge of Paris.  We will have time to walk down the Champs Élysées and see the Arc de Triomphe.   In The afternoon we will be visiting the Museé d’Orsay.  The d’Orsay opened in 1986 and contains artwork from 1848 – 1914.  It is an amazing collection and a must see.

Day 4: Avignon

From Paris it is a 3.5 hour train ride to the city of Avignon  on the TGV.  The TGV (pronounced tay-zsah-vay) is one of the fastest trains in the world and can travel over 200 miles an hour.  There numerous historical sites to see in Avignon including the Saint-Benezet Bridge which was built in the in the 12th century. We will be staying at the Hôtel de Blauvac in the heart of the old town.  The Hotel de Blauvac originally belonged to the Marquis Jean-Baptiste de Tonduty, Seigneur de Blauvac beginning in 1664.

Day 5: Camargue

From Avignon, it is a 30 minute train ride and a one hour bus ride to the seaside village of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  We will be staying at the Hôtel le Castelet which is perfectly located at the edge of the Camargue and the Mediterranean sea.

Day 6: Camargue

The Camargue is the delta of the River Rhone and covers 190,000 acres.  It is a birding paradise and over 400 different species having been identified.  The most representative species of the delta is the Pink Flamingo because the Camargue is the breeding grounds for this species. The scenery is beautiful.  The Camargue is also famous for the horses that breed here.  In the morning we will be going horseback riding and in the afternoon there will be birding, walking or whatever you choose.

Day 7: Camargue

If you enjoy bike riding, the Camargue is a great place to explore on bike.  The Camargue is criss-crossed with dirt paths and roads atop the canals and ponds.  The biking is easy and very relaxing. In the afternoon you can choose to visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park

Day 8: Arles

It is a one hour bus ride back to the town of Arles. Arles is an ancient town and people have been living in the area since 800 BC.  Arles has been a cultural center since the late Roman Empire. The Arles amphitheater was built in 90 AD and is still used today for bull fighting and other events.  Vincent Van Gough lived in Arles from 1888–1889 and created over 300 paintings and drawings during his stay. Picasso also spent time in Arles and some of his drawings and paintings are at the Museé Reattu. We will be staying at the Hôtel du Museé.

Day 9: Paris

It is a 4 hour train ride back to Paris on the TGV train.  We will have time in the afternoon to visit the Rodin Museum. We will be staying at the Hotel de Saint Germain  located in the Saint-Germain district in the center of Paris.

Day 10: Fly Home

Flights usually leave in the morning, so getting to the airport and getting home is our only activity for the day.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 8

8 travelers plus guides

Additional Information:

Please note:  The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. The photos in the photo gallery include photos from our 22 day tour that also includes Bordeaux, the Pyrenees and Carcassonne.

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Customs & immigration fees and visas
  • Alcohol
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs
  • Expenses relating to personal choices during free time, tips for guides and staff.

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