Aix & Grand Highlights Tour

16-Day Three Countries Cultural and Hiking Tour & 16th IVV Olympiad AIX-en-PROVENCE

Travel with us to the great and worldwide hiking events and experience the people and their culture. Wander through unique landscapes and see spectacular sights. Be a witness to cultural heritage world heritage.

The Grand Highlights Tour - Three countries Hiking and Cultural Tour.

Or as a building block journey in two variants!

IVV-Olympiad & Highlights Tour 1

09.-19. October

11 days hiking trip ⇒ Spain → Andorra → AIX-en-PROVENCE


IVV-Olympiad & Highlights Tour 2

14.-24. October

11-day hiking trip ⇒ AIX-en-PROVENCE → South France // Paris

You do not want to deal with the organization of your journey yourself, and use the security and experience of an experienced hiking tour operator?

No problem! Tell us your wishes and we will offer you your personal travel package. Whether flight or train, with transfer or in-house on-site, alone or in the group! With us you are carefree and on the way!

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Day 01 - Arrival at BarcelonaOct 09.

Arrival at Barcelona airport and transfer to your hotel in Barcelona. You stay in the 3 * Hotel Orienta Atiram. The hotel is located in a 17th-century convent, in the middle of the Ramblas. In a few minutes walk to the beach.

In the late afternoon walk to the port and then ride the cable car to the Montjuïc - enjoy the unbeatable view over Barcelona. Past the Palau Nacional, which was completed in 1929 for the 2nd World Fair, the "Magic Fountain". Here, at sunset, a spectacular display of light, water and music awaits you.

Return by public transport via the Plaça de Catalunya to your hotel on the Rambla. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 - Barcelona / IVV-hikeOct 10.

Before breakfast you have the opportunity to experience an indescribable sunrise over Barcelona at Park Güell "Gaudí's tribute to nature". Getting up early is worth it.

In the morning 2-hour private guided tour of the Gothic Quarter. Many narrow and winding streets characterize the historic cityscape and there are numerous well-known sights.

Then leisure time for lunch and free time.

Antoni Gaudí's greatest life's work - the Sagrada Familia. In the afternoon, visit the unfinished cathedral. The UNESCO World Heritage Site combines elements of Gothic and Art Nouveau. The work on the true symbol of Barcelona began in 1882 and has not been completed to this day.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 - AndorraOct 11.

After breakfast, travel by bus from Barcelona to Andorra.

Andorra is located in a high valley in the Pyrenees - the mountain range along which runs the Spanish-French border.

2-hour city tour with your guide through historic Andorra La Vella. The city is hidden in one of the picturesque gorges high in the mountains.

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04 - Andorra / VV-hikeOct 12.

After breakfast drive to the small village "Os de Civís" and then to the Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu. IVV hike with a stamp along a small stream to a plateau, where you will be rewarded with a great view. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 - Carcassonne / AvignonOct 13.

After breakfast, travel by bus to Carcassonne.

The 2-hour tour with your guide is like a journey through time. In the impressive fortress lived up to 4,000 people in the Middle Ages. You marvel at the magnificent restored walls of the 19th century by the famous Viollet-le-Duc and enjoy the hustle and bustle. Within the double wall ring narrow streets, craftsmen, restaurants and cafes invite to discovery tours. Last but not least, the Castle of the Counts of Trencavel, built in the 12th century, and the architecturally impressive Basilica of Saint Nazaire exert an irresistible charm.

Free time for lunch and drive to Avignon. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 06 - Avignon - Pont du GardOct 14.

Avignon on the Rhone was from 1309 to 1377 seat of the Catholic popes and remained under papal rule until it came to France in 1791. Testimony to this story is the massive Papal Palace, Palais des Papes, in the city center, which surrounds a medieval wall.

2-hour city tour and visit to the Pope's Palace. The Pope's Palace is the largest gothic palace in the world. Visit more than 20 rooms, including the papal apartments.

The Pont d'Avignon dates from the 12th century. It was the only way across the Rhône River between Lyon and the Mediterranean Sea. Walk along the bridge.

Then travel by bus to the Pont du Gard, the largest surviving aqueduct of antiquity. Guided tour and small hike with your guide along the Gardon and archaeological park.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 - Opening Ceremony 16th IVV Olympiad / Aix en ProvenceOct 15.

After breakfast, travel by bus to Aix en Provence. In the afternoon free time for a stroll through the city.

Worth seeing in Aix-en-Provence is the splendid boulevard Cours Mirabeau. The beautiful plane tree alley connects the Mazarin district in the south with the old town in the north. The Cours Mirabeau is home to the city's most famous café, the Deux Garçons. Famous artists and writers such as Émile Zola, Paul Cézanne and Jean Giraudoux met here. The north of the Cours Mirabeau located old town is divided into a medieval and a Roman city center. Also interesting is the daily morning vegetable market on the Place Richelme and the flower market on the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. In the Roman district are the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Saint-Sauveur and the exclusive spa Les Thermes Sextius, in whose thermal springs even the Romans have bathed.

In the evening, individual participation in the opening ceremony of the 16th IVV Olympiad.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 08 - IVV- OlympiadOct 16.

Individual participation in the 16th IVV - Olympiad.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 - IVV- OlympiadOct 17.

Individual participation in the 16th IVV - Olympiad.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 - 16.IVV- Olympiad // Closing ceremonyOct 18.

Individual participation in the 16th IVV - Olympiad.

In the evening you will attend the final event of the Olympiad. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 - St. Tropez / Cannes - Nice // DepartureOct 19.

After breakfast drive along the beautiful coastal road Cote d`Azur. With magnificent views of stunning cliffs and deep blue sea you will stop in Saint Tropez. Stroll through the famous town to the picturesque harbor and through the narrow streets of the old town.

Then continue on the Corniche d'Or - with views of the mountains of the Esterel massif - Cannes. Along the way, there are always different ways to enjoy the view.

In Cannes, walk on the palm-fringed Promenade de la Croisette, past the casino to the steps of the famous Congress Palace. When film stars from all over the world defile the red carpet during the film festival. Continue to Nice. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12 - NiceOct 20.

After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour private city tour in Nice with its winding old town streets, the famous flower market and the Promenade des Anglais. After lunch stop on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, whose flowering gardens with many different types of roses and exotic plants will charm you. Around the Cap there are small trails with opportunities to enjoy the view in peace and quiet.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 - Monte Carlo / Monaco / IVV hikeOct 21.

After breakfast, travel by bus to the most famous coastal road in the Côte d'Azur, the Grande Corniche, which has been known the world over since the movie classic "Over the rooftops of Nice" starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Unparalleled views of the sea and picturesque villages, as glued to the cliffs, it goes to the medieval mountain and artists' village Eze with a visit to a perfume factory. Then continue on the coastal road to the Principality of Monaco. 2-hour guided walk through the lanes of the old town past the Oceanographic Museum to the Princely Palais with stunning views of Monte Carlo with the famous Formula 1 race track and the prestigious Casino. Afterwards free time for lunch or stroll through the city.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 - Nice / ParisOct 22.

Ride by train to Paris. Get to know Paris in the afternoon on your own and enjoy the first impressions of the city.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 15 - Paris city tour / IVV- hikeOct 23.

After breakfast you will have the opportunity to get to know Paris. Your private guide will show you a variety of sights and museums during a 4-hour city tour. Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysées - just to name a few.

Then you have free time to eat and relax in a typical French bistro crepes or explore Paris on your own.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 - Departure / Return flightOct 24.

After breakfast travel by airport bus to the airport to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and individual return flight.

Individual journey home.

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Service included in the trip price:    

  • 2x B & B in Barcelona in 3 * Hotel
  • 2x B & B in Andorra at the 4 * Hotel
  • 2x B & B in Avignon at the 4 * Hotel
  • 4x B & B in Aix en Provence at the 3 * Hotel
  • 3x B & B in Nice at the 4 * Hotel
  • 2x B & B in Paris in 3 * Hotel
  • 7 x half board
  • Bus ticket for transfer Barcelona Airport - Hotel
  • Entrance cable car Montjuic
  • Public transport in Barcelona
  • 2 hours. City Tour Barcelona
  • Admission Sagrada Familia with guide
  • Bus Barcelona - Andorra - Avignon - Aix en Provence
  • 2 hours. City tour of Andorra
  • Guide IVV hike with stamp Parc Natural Andorra
  • 2 hours. City Tour Carcassonne
  • 2 hours. City Tour of Avignon
  • Admission Pope's Palace & Bridge
  • Admission Pont du Gard & Guide
  • Bus Aix en Provence - Nice
  • 2 hours. City tour Nice
  • Bus ride Nice - Monaco - Nice
  • 2 hours. Guided tour of Monaco
  • Admission perfume factory Eze
  • Transfer Nice Hotel - Nice Train Station
  • Train (TGV) Nice - Paris
  • 4 hours City tour Paris
  • Public transport in Paris
  • Airport Bus Paris Center - Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • accommodation tax (as of 2018)
  • Information Package
  • P.T.A. Tours Guide from Barcelona Airport / Paris Airport

Services not included: 

  • Flight or train arrival
  • IVV Olympiad passport and registration, as well as stamp
  • IVV stamp charges Spain / Andorra France (Monaco - Paris)
  • Drinks and meals on site
  • Unlisted entry fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips / Fees / Taxes
  • Insurance

Additional charges:

Single supplement: € 748,-


Terms of Travel:

Travel price € 2.496, - per person in ½ DR

Deposit: 20% of the travel price when booking, plus insurance fees. Flight tickets are fully payable upon booking.

We ask you to pay the balance 28 days prior to arrival.

Subject to availability on the date of booking, currency fluctuations, hotel, flight and program changes.

Subject to errors and misprints.

Special hint:

P.T.A. TOURS is not the organizer of the IVV Olympiad. The organizer is responsible for changing the timetable and program, as well as for the execution of the program points and the IVV shuttle service. The conditions of participation and conditions of the organizer apply.

If it comes to cancellation / cancellation of the festival, the travel expenses are also partially non-refundable.

Entry requirements:

The German Foreign Office, (only citizens of the FRG), provides information on entry and vaccination regulations. We would be happy to provide you with information about our visa / immigration services.


March 2018

Minimum number of participants: 15

Registration for travel / required documents:

By registering for the trip, especially when booking airline tickets, we require a copy of your ID documents, if any, including your passport.

Otherwise P.T.A. TOURS GmbH is not responsible for any resulting damage / fees or expenses. Deviations lead to substantial rebooking fees or even to refusal of carriage and / or entry permit by the booked airline (s) and / or transport company (s).

Cancellation charges:
After confirmation of the travel up to 90 days prior to arrival, fees of 30% of the travel price Charges to the amount of 30% of the trip price plus the ticket costs are incurred after confirmation of the trip until 90 days before departure
until 31 days before departure: 40% of the trip price
until 21 days before departure: 60% of the trip price
until 14 days before departure: 80% of the trip price
between 14 and 1 day before departure: 90% of the trip price
on the day of departure: 100% of the trip price

For booked flights, 100% cancellation costs apply as from the date of issue.

Fees per person.