tours in PROVENCE from marseille
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 Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. To visit the major sites with ease, join one of our regular minibus guided tours or engage a private tour.
provence day & 1/2 day tours from marseilleDaily minibus tours to visit most important sites in Provence.
Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Cassis
Walk along the Cours Mirabeau lined with 17th and 18th century private mansions, where large plane trees provide shade on hot summer days. The old town is packed with shops, architectural and religious sites, bustling squares and refreshing fountains. Take a stroll through one of the numerous markets taking place everyday in the center of the city. Aix is also the birthplace of the painter Paul Cézanne. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Cézanne's studio that was built from his own plans and where time seems to stand still (entrance ticket not included). Continuation toward Cassis. Appreciate the exceptional view of the bay from Cape Canaille. Cassis is a very ancient fishing port and the harbour is probably the most beautiful part of the village. You can board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbours or beaches at the end. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. From this hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands and If Castle. You will then reach the 11th century Saint-Victor Abbey that guards the entry of the Vieux-Port (Old Port).
Monday, Thursday & Saturday - 9.5 hours
Provencal markets and villages in Luberon
Discover an open-air market each day in a different village: in Gordes on Tuesdays, in Roussillon on Thursdays and in L'Isle sur la Sorgue on Sundays. As the markets take place in the morning only, the order of the visited sites will change accordingly. 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. Continuation toward 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.
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday (except in winter) - 10.5 hours
Arles, Les Baux & Saint-Remy de Provence
Arrival in Saint Rémy de Provence : free time in the village. On Wednesdays, enjoy its open-air market, one of the most picturesque in Provence. Photo stop at the Antiques and St Paul de Mausole (Roman monuments and the mental hospital where Van Gogh was interned from 1889 to 1890). Continuation to the exceptional village Les Baux de Provence. From the Middle Ages, the village has kept the narrow streets, the imposing remains 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. In Arles, discover the city by a leisure walk on the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh to discover the places where he created his most famous paintings dated back to 1888. 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). The weekly market in Arles takes place on Saturdays, take the opportunity to taste and buy local products (fruits, cheese, nougat, tapenade...)
Wednesday and Saturday - 9.5 hours
A day in Provence
Set off to explore the UNESCO World Heritage
sites of Provence ! While driving along the docks between the Rhône
river and the medieval walls, you will enter Avignon, the majestic city
of the Popes. Take a look at Saint-Benezet Bridge, famous for the children's
song “Sur le Pont d'Avignon”, and see the Popes' Palace which
is the biggest Gothic-styled Palace in Europe (entrance tickets not included).
In the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, of which the castle dominates
the vineyard, discover the wines of the Rhône river valley in one
of the numerous cellars of the village (wine-tasting included). Drive to
Pont du Gard, best preserved remains of the Roman aqueduct which supplied
water to the city of Nîmes. The tour continues toward the Alpilles
mountain range. Located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley, the medieval
village of Les Baux de Provence will lead you to an unforgettable journey
into the past. 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.
Tuesday, Friday & Sunday (except in winter) - 10.50 hours
1/2 day tour - Aix-en-Provence
If your time is limited, you can join this ½ day tour to get a taste of Aix-en-Provence. Walking tour on the Cours Mirabeau, decorated of fountains and edged with 17th and 18th centuries’ private mansions. You will discover the architectural wealth of the city: the 4 Dolphins Fountain, the Preachers Fountain, the Albertas square, the town-hall square, the Cardeurs square, and Saint-Sauveur cathedral. You will then have the possibility to visit Cezanne's studio (entrance not included), called Lauves pavillion, before relaxing on one of the shady squares of the painter's city.
Monday, Thursday and Saturday - 4 hours (9 am - 1 pm)
1/2 day Marseille and Cassis
The Gineste and the Crests roads will lead
you to the outstanding site of Cape Canaille from where you will appreciate
the exceptional view on the bay of Cassis and the Gardiole mountain range.
Cassis is a very ancient fishing port and the harbour is probably the most
beautiful part of the village. You can board on a 45-minute boat trip (ticket
not included) to discover 3 Calanques, steep-walled coves with tiny harbours
or beaches at the end. Panoramic tour of the city of Marseille on the way
back, including a photo stop at Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica. From this
hill, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Phocaean city, the Frioul islands
and If Castle. Drive on the Corniche Road, a symbol of holiday and outward
sign of wealth for merchants and bourgeois from the 19th century who built
magnificent houses with many ostentatious splendid features. You will then
reach the 11th century Saint-Victor Abbey that guards the entry of the Vieux-Port
Monday, Thursday and Saturday - 5.5 hours (1pm to 6.30pm)
Bandol & Cassis wine-tasting
Start your full day tour excursion by taking
the Gineste Road which follows the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Drive
up to the Cape Canaille, the highest maritime cliffs in Europe which offer
a stunning view over the Bay of Cassis. Cassis is a small village famous
for its fishermen port but mostly known for the Calanques. A National Natural
Park was created in 2012 to preserve this exceptional natural site. Enjoy
a guided tour in a wine property in Cassis : see the vineyards, the cellar
and taste Rosé and White wines of the property. Explore the village
of Le Castellet, one of the Var region's top tourist attractions. This superb
small feudal village perched on the top of its promontory will enchant you
with its typical Provencal picturesque setting. Take the direction of a
wine property on Bandol appellation, famous for its AOC Vins de Bandol and
its olive oil. Have a walk in the domaine and see the vineyards and the
centenary olive trees. Enjoy a wine and olive-oil tasting in a private cellar.
Friday - 9 hours
Lavender tours in provence
Aix-en-provence & Plateau de valensole
Start your day with a visit of the beautiful city of Aix en Provence ! Take a stroll through one of the numerous markets taking place everyday in the center of the city and offering a shimmering palette of fragrance and colours. Don't forget to take your camera in hand arriving on Valensole plateau ! You will pass by picturesque roads lined with golden wheat and blue lavender fields. The tour includes many photo stops on the way to Valensole and also free time to discover this traditional provencal village. Your driver will give you useful information about how to recognize the fine lavender, the uses of lavender essential oil, and also about the lavender crop in Provence.
From June 10th to July 20th 2018
Daily - 9 hours
Lavender tours in provence
Sault - Roussillon - Gordes
Drive to Pays de Sault known for its wide lavender fields in bloom. Stop at Sault, “the capital of lavender”. Enjoy many photo stops in the lavender fields in bloom and visit a lavender producer. Free time in the charming village of Sault for lunch on your own (market every Wednesday). In the afternoon, discover two of the most beautiful villages in France: Roussillon is built at the top of an ochre cliff, and provides visitors with a good example of the harmonious combination of man and nature. All houses are beautifully tinted with local ochre. Gordes is a village erected on the top of a cliff, its fortified castle and church dominate the typical houses of the village which were built with stones from the rock on which they are fitting. Back to Marseille at the end of the afternoon.
From July 21st to August 15th 2018
Daily - 9.5 hours
provence private tour
Your own tour from your hotel or your ship in Marseille with your private driverguide.
Air conditioned minibus (2 to 8 guests)
1/2 day: 5 Hours: 340 Euros (car + driver-guide / 150 km included)
9 am to 2 pm
Full day: 9 Hours: 500 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!