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Hidden Villages of Provence

Introduction

This document contains essential information that you need to prepare for, as well as information you will need during your holiday with Peregrine.

We ask that you read it carefully and that you take the document with you on your holiday. It contains information on visas, vaccinations, spending money, etc, as well as a detailed, day by day itinerary of your trip.


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


Preparing to Travel

Visas and Permits

France

Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit France.

Government travel advice

Many governments publish up-to-date travel advice for countries around the world. Information is gleaned from both local and international sources as well as ‘friendly’ governments, and the notices are often on the cautious side. Sometimes there will be conflicting information. For example, the Australian, UK and Canadian governments may agree on the nature of the advice; however, frequently they do not. And sometimes the views expressed by a particular government can be coloured by political considerations. We will monitor these travel advisories closely and may alter itineraries or cancel trips as a result. However, it is also your responsibility to stay informed and form a balanced view. We recommend that you visit the websites or contact the departments listed below. Unless otherwise stated, it is not normally the intention of the relevant government travel advice to dissuade you from travelling. Rather, it is to inform you of where and when you should exercise caution to avoid problems. Please also note that, as a responsible tour operator, we maintain constant links with our ground operators and your safety - at all times - is our paramount concern. You can check your government's latest travel advice at one of the links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

U.S. Department of State

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Passport

Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Insurance

Every Peregrine traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. You can arrange your own insurance or we can recommend a policy for you. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you so your tour leader can record the details at the pre-tour briefing. If you arrive at your destination without travel insurance, you'll need to organise this before you can continue on your Peregrine journey.

Medical preparation

Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please consult your doctor or a travel health specialist. The choice of vaccinations can depend on a range of issues including the specific destination, the duration of the trip, your personal health and of course what vaccines you have had before.

Routine Background Vaccines: We strongly endorse current public health recommendations that all travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccines such as tetanus, diphtheria, measles/mumps/rubella, polio and influenza, and paediatric vaccinations for children.
Travel Vaccinations: While the food and water-borne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid will apply to most of our travellers, other travel vaccines such as hepatitis B, rabies, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis and cholera may apply to select travellers, especially long-term travel. Travel health experts can advise on what is required and also what is not required!
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return. To find out which, if any, vaccinations are mandatory or recommended for your destination contact your local doctor, immunisation centre or medical centre for up-to-date information. If you need to arrange vaccinations or a supply of preventative medicine (e.g. malaria tablets), you should contact your doctor at least two months before you depart. Some inoculations require more than one visit and can take several weeks to administer the full course.

 

For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see www.traveldoctor.com.au or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at
www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport. Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.


Carry Your Certificate
You should be issued with an International Certificate of Vaccination booklet that records each vaccination. Always carry this with you on your travels; it could provide essential information for doctors in the event that you fall ill whilst travelling.

Copies of key documents

We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

What to take

General Packing List

Swimwear

Remember - the lighter you travel the better! A soft-sided duffel bag is the ideal form of luggage. It is recommended that you keep your luggage weight around 15kg and certainly no more than 20kg. A small or medium-sized backpack (45-50 litres) is another good option, but preferably one without a frame. Many hotels used in Europe do not have lifts, so you must be able to carry your own luggage.
We operate trips in Europe in spring, summer and the start of autumn. Bear in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place also depending on the time of year. Remember that quality rain gear is essential for any destination - you’ll enjoy your holiday to the fullest if you’re prepared for all kinds of weather! Laundry facilities are available in some destinations.
Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.
 
Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
Spare passport photos
Money: cash/credit card/debit card
Money belt and small padlocks
Small first-aid kit
Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
Electrical adapter plug
Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
Insect repellent
Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)
Refillable water bottle
Phrase book
Warm clothes/fleece - when travelling in cooler climates
Wind and waterproof jacket
Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
Camera 
Swimwear
If you are purchasing new footwear for your trip we recommend that you undertake some walking before-hand to ensure that they are comfortable and are the correct size. In any event we advise some preparatory walking before you commence your trip.

Money Matters

Currency

France

The monetary unit is the euro (€), divided into 100 cents.

Exchange rates

Refer to www.xe.com for current exchange rates.

Accessing Money

France

On all our trips you will require additional funds for extra meals, drinks, souvenirs and incidental expenses. Most hotels will accept credit cards to settle any ‘extras’ and the balance of your holiday funds can be split between cash, ATM withdrawals and credit card. As some of our hotels are in rural areas or small villages where you will not always have access to banks or ATMs, we recommend you take about half your estimated needs in euro cash. ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) Euro cash can be withdrawn either on credit with Visa or Mastercard or directly from your savings account if it is linked into the Cirrus or Maestro network. Look for ATMs displaying either Cirrus, Maestro, Plus, Visa or Mastercard symbols. Please note that some ATM machines will only accept 4-digit PIN numbers. If you have a PIN number of more than 4 digits you should contact your bank and obtain a new number. Cash The simplest solution is to exchange your money into euros at home and bring the cash with you. In addition, you might want to bring a couple of hundred dollars as ‘emergency funds’. Credit Cards Credit cards are fairly widely accepted throughout Europe and are an easy way of settling hotel bills, restaurant accounts, etc. Cash Passports Cash Passports are a prepaid travel money card that you charge up before travelling and can be used with Visa merchants and to withdraw money from ATMs. For more information, please see www.cashpassport.com.au.

Spending Money

Clients are responsible for expenses (e.g. meals, transportation or hotel costs) not specified as included in the trip cost but that may be required to get to or from a trip start or end. Other costs to consider are tips, laundry, souvenirs, additional sightseeing and possible delays. It is much better to come with more than you would expect to spend and to end the trip with a surplus, rather than being caught short! It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies, which could happen en route. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the source and reimbursement will be made later by your insurance company. This is the situation where having a credit card may be useful.

Airport Taxes

France

There are no departure taxes payable upon leaving French airports, please check with your travel agent for the latest information.

Tipping


While you are travelling

On arrival

Please make your own way to joining hotel in Avignon (please refer to your itinerary for joining hotel name and address).

The nearest airport to Avignon is Aéroport Avignon-Caumont, located 8km southeast of Avignon. From Paris you can take a 1 hour flight Paris's Orly Airport to Aéroport Avignon-Caumont. A taxi from the Avignon airport to the centre costs approximately 20 euros. 

Alternatively, from Paris, you can take the TGV fast train from Paris Gare TGV station to the Avignon TGV station located on the outskirts of Avignon (the journey time is 2 hours 38 minutes).

If you are arriving into Marseilles Airport, we recommend that you take a shuttle bus to the Marseille Saint-Charles Rail Station which departs from the Marseilles Airport every 20 minutes, with the journey taking approximately 25 minutes. The cost is approximately €8.50 one way. From the Saint-Charles Rail station, you can take a regular train to Avignon centre, taking around 1.5 hours or the faster TGV train to the Avignon TGV station which takes around 40 minutes.

There are also regular non-TGV train services that arrive at the central train station in Avignon (Avignon Centre) from various destinations in France. For train schedules see www.internationalrail.com

Please click on this link to view our detailed map.

Hotel Check In / Check Out

Generally, your room is available after midday, and check-out is usually around 10 am. Sometimes it may be available mid-morning with prior request, but this is in no way guaranteed. If your flight is scheduled to arrive early in the morning, you may have to wait until a room becomes available. If arriving early or departing late, we suggest that you book an extra night's accommodation which will ensure that your room is ready whenever you arrive. All rooms have private facilities wherever possible. In Europe, it is common to have a bathtub equipped with a hand-held shower nozzle instead of a wall-mounted shower head. If you request a double bed, please keep in mind that European double beds are often two twin beds that have been pushed together. Also note that single rooms are often smaller than double rooms, although they cost more per person. Single room availability is limited. Make your reservations early during the busy season, as rooms in cities book well in advance. The hotels we utilise in Europe tend to fall within the 2 to 3 official star rating of the country being visited. We never contract 4 or 5 star properties and some smaller pensions and guesthouses may not have a star rating. Our properties are chosen for their good locations, smaller size and if possible 'family-run' nature.

A word on drugs

In most countries even the smallest quantity of an illegal substance is considered a very serious offence and can carry lengthy jail terms. Avoid any contact with illegal drugs. Don’t put yourself and others at risk and never carry bags or luggage for other people. Any person found to be carrying or using illegal drugs will be asked to leave the trip immediately without the right to any refund.


Other Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts Walk Inn Provence 0033 (0)4 86 65 80 23 (Office hours Mon-Fri 09:30-17:30)/ 0033 (0)6 64 48 89 15


Day to Day Itinerary

Hidden Villages of Provence

Trip Length

Trip Code

8 days PEHP

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

France

Start City

End City

Avignon Avignon
Hidden Villages of Provence

Day 1: Avignon

Accommodation: Hotel Angleterre or similar, Avignon

Activities:

Day 2: Bonnieux – Auberge des Seguins

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Auberge des Seguins or similar, Buoux

Activities:

Day 3: Gordes – Auberge des Seguins

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Auberge des Seguins or similar, Buoux

Activities:

Day 4: Sivergues – Fort de Buoux

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Auberge des Seguins or similar, Buoux

Activities:

Day 5: Le Crestet – Vaison la Romaine

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Le Burrhus or similar, Vaison

Activities:

Day 6: Free Day (Optional Mont Ventoux Climb)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Le Burrhus or similar, Vaison

Activities:

Day 7: Séguret - Gigondas

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Le Burrhus or similar, Vaison

Activities:

Day 8: Avignon

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:

About this information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

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Last Updated

28 August 2014


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