tours from aix-en-provence
Provence is a compilation of ancient Roman sites, picturesque hillside villages, lively provincial markets and stunning scenery. The famous light of Provence has been inspiration for many Impressionist artists, inclucing van Gogh, and is still a reknown artistic domicile. Provence has a unique atmosphere which visitors need time to savour.Organised tours are proposed from Aix-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille. To visit the major sites with ease, join one of our regular minibus guided tours or engage a private tour.
day & 1/2 day tours from aix-en-provenceDaily minibus tours to visit most important sites in Provence.
Verdon Canyon and Moustiers St Marie
Drive to Manosque to enjoy a guided tour of L'Occitane factory, famous for its cosmetic products elaborated with local flowers and plants.
Cross Valensole plateau (lavender fields in bloom from mid June to mid July).
Continue to Moustiers-Ste-Marie, famous for its earthen ware workshops (free time for visit and lunch on your own).
Drive to the Gorges of Verdon river : breathtaking views on the lake of Sainte Croix and on the Verdon canyon.
Free time on the beach of the lake of Sainte Croix.
Back to Aix en Provence via the village of Sainte Croix du Verdon overlooking the lake.
Wednesday - 9 hours
Luberon Markets and perched Villages
Drive along countryside roads at the foot of Luberon, and arrival in Isle-sur-Sorgue. Free time to discover the antiques shops along the canals of the « Venice of Comtat Venaissin ». Go at the source of the Sorgue river visiting Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Walk up to the cave where this impressive river emerges. Wander in the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France. A photo stop at Senanque abbey will be included between mid-June and mid-July only, during the lavender blooming season, to take pictures of the lavender fields. Stop at the “boutique” of the Lavender Museum (closed in January) where you will have the possibility to try out an exclusive line of natural cosmetics made of locally produced AOC fine lavender essential oil. Continuation toward to the colourful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs. Way back through the hilltop village of Bonnieux and the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Free time in the charming village of Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle. Free time for lunch (not included) on your own during the tour.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday - 9.5 hours
St Rémy, Les Baux de Provence & Arles
Arrival in Saint Rémy de Provence : free time in the village and enjoy its open-air market (on Wednesday only), one of the most picturesque in Provence. Photo stop at the Antiques and St Paul de Mausole (Roman monuments and Van Gogh's Hospital where the painter was interned from 1889 to 1890). Discover the exceptional village Les Baux de Provence. From the Middle Ages, the village has kept the narrow streets, the imposing ruins of a castle and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur, it's a breathtaking view on an exceptional scenery that amazes all the visitors. From March to December, possibility to attend the sound and light show about Picasso in Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village. Continue to Arles : walk on the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dated back from 1888-1889. Arles is also worldwide famous for its architectural heritage : the Roman amphitheatre and theatre, and the magnificent Romanesque Saint Trophime church (entrance fee not included). Free time on the market on Saturday. Free time for lunch on your own during the tour.
Wednesday and Saturday - 8.5 hours
Provence Wine and Luberon Villages
Journey to the Sainte-Victoire Mountain which
was source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne. The Côtes de
Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east from the city of Aix-en-Provence,
at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain. Sample these tasty, full-bodied
reds with excellent structure, and these subtle and elegant rosés. Wine–tastings
included in 2 wine properties of the appellation. Lunch (not included) on
your own in Aix en Provence. Afternoon dedicated to the highlights of the
Luberon. Free time in Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France,
famous for its Renaissance castle. Drive through Bonnieux, pretty village
dominated by his High Church at 425 metres above sea level, which commands
the Combe of Lourmarin, unique road through the Luberon. Continue to Roussillon
passing by the Pont Julien, roman bridge. Discover Roussillon, hilltop village
famous for the blood and gold colours of its ochre cliffs. Continue to Gordes
: medieval village entirely made with the local stones called ‘lauze’.
Monday and Wednesday - 10.50 hours
Provence in a day
Arrival in the exceptional village Les Baux
de Provence. From the Middle Ages, the village has kept the narrow streets,
the imposing ruins of a castle and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours.
From the rocky spur, it's a breathtaking view on an exceptional scenery
that amazes all the visitors. From March to December, possibility to attend
the sound and light show about Picasso in Les Carrières de Lumières
(entrance fee not included) instead of visiting the village. Pont du Gard,
a fascinating Unesco World Heritage site, today the best preserved part
of the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long). The Roman architects
and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50
m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created
a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece. Continue to Avignon, the
city of the Popes in the 14th century : the medieval walls, the Pont d’Avignon
on the Rhone river and the Popes’ Palace, the biggest gothic palace in
all Europe (entrance fees not included). The day will go on with Chateauneuf-du-Pape
surrounded by the so famous vineyards. Wine-tasting included in one of the
numerous wine cellars.
Tuesday, Friday & Sunday - 9.5 hours
French Riviera : Monaco, Eze, Nice
Drive to Monaco to see the changing of the guard in front of the Princes' Palace.
Enjoy panoramic view on the Mediterranean sea from the rock of the principality of Monaco.
Drive on the Monaco world famous race-track.
Photo stop at the old Casino of Monte Carlo, facing the famous Hotel de Paris and Café de Paris and Deluxe boutiques.
Drive on the Corniche road to Eze.
Visit the perfume factory Fragonard and the medieval village.
Continue to Nice for a panoramic tour of the city : Promenade des Anglais, the castle park overlooking the bay of angels.
Sunday - 10.5 hours
1/2 day Wine tour in Cezanne Countryside
Departure for a wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain which was source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne.
The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east from the city of Aix-en-Provence, and like all the vineyards in Provence, are considered to be some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind. The poor and shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, produce high-quality vineyards.
Sample these tasty, full-bodied reds with excellent structure, and these subtle and elegant rosés.
Wine–tastings included in 2 wine properties of the appellation.
Monday and Wednesday - 3.5 hours (9 am - 12.30 pm)
1/2 day Hilltop Villages in Luberon
A discovery itinerary through the most beautiful
and charming hilltop villages in Luberon, all sentinels of time gone by.
Enjoy free time in the village of Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages
in France, famous for its Renaissance castle. Continue through Bonnieux,
a picture perfect Provençal village, on top of which stands a 12th
century church and pass by the roman bridge Pont Julien. Discover Roussillon
: perched on top of the cliff of an old ochre quarry, the village is a painter's
palette, a magical place where combinations of oxides give an infinite variety
of colors to the ochre, which can be found in the landscape and on the frontage
of its houses. Gordes offers an extraordinary vision of a village erected
on the cliff. The fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses
of the village which were built with stones from the rock on which they
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - 6 hours
1/2 day Cassis
There are some places you can’t help
but fall in love at first sight, and Cassis is part of them ! Drive from
Aix to the Cape Canaille, the highest maritime cliff in France and enjoy
the panoramic view on
the bay. Spend some free time at leisure in the charming fishermen port. Possibility to join a cruise to discover the calanques, limestone cliffs diving in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean sea and creating natural coves (fat, rocky claws that resemble Norwegian fjords and poke out into the sea). Cruise ticket not included. Note : We cannot be held responsible in the event that the Calanques cruise is cancelled due to bad weather or if the Crest road and the access to Cap Canaille are closed (no refund can be claimed).
Thursday and Saturday - 4 hours
1/2 day Camargue
Through Arles, on to the Regional Natural Park of Camargue where bulls and horses roam free in wide spaces.
Arrival in Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the capital of Camargue, along the wild and picturesque Route de Cacharel.
Visit of the fortified church with its famous legend and free time in the village (possibility of swimming).
Optional activity (not included) : Bird sanctuary of Pont de Gau for a discovery, on foot, in between marshes and reeds of the main birds of Camargue (pink flamingos and other birds).
Monday and Thursday - 6 hours
1/2 day Arles at your own pace
On arrival in Arles, enjoy 4 hours of free
time with your ticket ‘Passeport Liberté’ to discover the city on your
own. The ticket ‘Passeport Liberté’ will be delivered by the driver/guide
with a map of the town. This ticket will give you access to 4 monuments
and 1 museum of the town among the following sites : Amphitheatre, Roman
theatre, Constantin Roman Thermal bath, Cryptoporticus, Alyscamps, Romanesque
Cloister Saint-Trophime, Museum Réattu and Museum Arles antique. Explore
your favorite sites at your own path and discover the fascinating Roman
and medieval heritage of the town ! .
Monday and Thursday - 6 hours
1/2 day Marseille panoramic tour
The excursion will start with the discovery of the Old Port from where you will be able to admire the small private boats as well as this very original and uncommon monument which is the Ombrière located at the end of the Canebière Avenue.
You will admire the architecture of the MUCEM, the Museum des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (entrance tickets not included).
Continue on to what is called the Nouveau Marseille with the Joliette district. It used to be a docking area for the commercial port of the city but now it has been transformed into a very cosmopolitan place where you can find lots of restaurants, bars and chic boutiques.
Then it will be time to drive along the Corniche, to reach the very well-known Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica.
This Byzantine-styled Basilica, designed by Esperandieu offers a stunning 360° panoramic view over the Phocean city and the Frioul Islands.
Monday - 5 hours
1/2 day Gourmet & historical walking tour
Thanks to this guided tour, you will be able to discover this charming provencal town and also to please yourself with the diversified scents and flavours of our region.
Let your senses be amazed by the colors and the smells of several local products, be tempted by some Calisson, the sweetest candy of all time created in Aix en Provence, appreciate a toast of green or black tapenade, taste a piece of cheese or a glass of wine from one of the local wine appellations.
Everything is organized in order to allow you to discover what Provencal gastronomy truly means.
Wednesdays and Saturdays - 3 hours
1/2 day Morning Lavender Tour -
From June the lavender is blooming in Provence ! Don't miss these amazing purple landscapes and follow your guide along the scenic roads to the wide Plateau of Valensole known for it's lavandin fields.
You will enjoy many photo stops during the tour to admire the flowers.
On your way, you will also visit a local producer's place to discover the essential oil, lavender honey and many other products based on lavender.
Daily. From MID June to END OF July - 4 hours
1/2 day afternoon Lavender Tour
Leave Aix en Provence and take the direction
to Valensole Plateau. Pass by picturesque roads lined with golden wheat
and blue lavender prairies as far as the eye can see . Many photo stops
included in the lavender fields in bloom. On the way back, stop in L'Occitane
cosmetics factory (entrance tickets is included) : visit the museum displaying
the history of the trademark. Possibility to buy products at preferential
rates before driving back to Aix en Provence.
Daily. From MID-June to END OF July - 5 hours
Lavender Tour Valensole - full day
Cross the valley of the Durance river, arrival
on the Plateau of Valensole specialised in the cultivation of « lavandin
», where small roads are winding among the fields of flowers. Your driver
will stop many times at the lavender fields to admire the purple flowers.
You will also go to a farmer/ producer's place to discover lavender and
lavandin essential oils,olive oil, lavender honey.... Stop in the perched
village of Moustiers-Ste-Marie, famous for its earthen ware workshops (free
time for visit and lunch on your own). In the afternoon, continue to the
breathtaking opening of the Grand Canyon of the River Verdon. Photo stop
in the lavender fields. Free time in the picturesque village of Sainte Croix
du Verdon settled by Sainte Croix Lake (possibility of swimming or sun-bathing
: don't forget your swimsuit) before returning to Aix.
Daily. From MID-June to end of July 20th 2018 - 9 hours
Lavender Tour Sault - full dayThrough the Luberon Natural Regional Park along the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin, reach the Plateau of Claparèdes with its numerous "bories" (typical dry-stoned houses) among the lavender fields. Arrival in the hilltop village of Saignon to enjoy a breathtaking panorama. Drive then to Pays de Sault with its wide lavender and lavandin fields in bloom. Stop in Sault, “the capital of
lavender” (free time and lunch not included on your own). In the afternoon, discover one of the most beautiful villages in France : Gordes, a village erected on the cliff. The fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses of the village which were built with stones from the rock on which they are fitting.
Daily. From mid-July to mid-August - 9.5 hours
provence private tour
Your own tour from your hotel with your private driverguide.
Air conditioned minibus (2 to 8 passengers)
1/2 day: 5 Hours: 350 Euros (car + driver-guide / 150 km included)
9 am to 2 pm
Full day: 9 Hours: 520 Euros (car + driver-guide/ 250 kms included).
driving holiday in provence
8 day self- drive holiday
in Provence from 783 Euros.
Provence's brilliant sunlight, and landscapes have inspired many artists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh. Provence is also famous for its fragrant lavender fields, numerous hilltops Medieval villages and historical cities like Avignon , Arles or Aix-en-Provence.
walking tour in provence
Self-guided walking holidays in Luberon to discover Provence.
Independent walking holidays from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Apt, via Gordes, Senanque abbey, Gordes, Roussillon, Colorado de Rustrel, Vaugines, Lourmarin, Bonnieux... Land of lights and contrasts, the Luberon is synonymous of colours and scents. The Calavon valley, irrigated and cultivated by man, is nothing less than a huge orchard surrounded by mountains : the Vaucluse Mountains, the Alps of the Haute Provence, the Petit and the Grand Luberon. Covered by rocks or forests, or carved in deep gorges, these mountains shelter several old villages dominating the valley. Outstanding sites, abbeys, castles, old and picturesque villages, this will be your daily menu, seasoned with a touch of ochre, a lavender scent and plenty of sun. Enjoy your hike!