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visiting 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. Avignon is a charming, walled city. Situated in the middle of famous Provencal villages Gordes - Roussillon - Ménerbes, Avignon is the ideal base to explore and discover the nuances of Provence. Distances are not great (40 to 60kms) but transport is problematic. Organised tours are aso proposed from Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. To visit the major sites with ease, join one of our regular minibus guided tours or engage a private tour.



avignon

day & 1/2 day tours from avignon

Daily minibus tours to visit most important sites in Provence.
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Luberon - Camargue - lavender tours - gorges du Verdon

private tours - self drive tours - walking tour



luberon

A week in Provence

8 day package to discover Provence
Welcome in Avignon for an unforgettable stay to discover our beautiful region, Provence! Its agricultural landscapes made the region a perfect place for good food. You will appreciate it during a cooking class. The wine lovers won't be forgotten with a tasting in Châteauneuf du Pape. You will visit the iconic medieval villages of Gordes, Roussillon and Les Baux de Provence. You will time travel with the roman remains such as the Pont du Gard aqueduct and the Antics in St Rémy de Provence. Of course Avignon will ravish you with its abundant UNESCO heritage: the Popes' Palace, 14th century defensive walls, and Avignon's bridge.

any day of the week
1130 Euros based on 2 persons sharing.

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avignon

avignon skip-the-line walking tour

Explore the historical center of Avignon on a 3-hour walking tour with your english-speaking guide. Climbing up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls, discover Avignon stretching in all its beauty along the Rhône river. Discover the rich historical past of Avignon where the papacy established in the early 14C. Enjoy skip-the-line access and follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace (entrance ticket included), largest gothic-style Palace in Europe. In this maze of galleries, chambers and chapels, imagine its luxurious furnishing and sumptuous decoration from the medieval period. Walking on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge, find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall topped with its clock tower, and the theatre. Your tour will end up with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine served in a intimate and historical place, mostly known by the locals.

Monday & Friday (April to October)
3 hours / 55 Euros

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orange

Treasures of Provence

Visit of Orange, its Roman Arch of Triumph and visit of its Antic Theatre (entrance included). Wine tour through the vineyards between Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and stop for panoramic view of the Rhône river valley from the Castle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wine-tasting in a cellar in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Photo stop at Saint Paul de Mausole in Saint Rémy de Provence, hospital where the painter Vincent Van Gogh stayed for one year. Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center. Enjoy the visit of Les Carrières de Lumières and its sound and light show (ticket included). Show 2018 : Picasso Walking tour in Arles, Roman heritage with its famous amphitheatre, antic theatre and its ancient sites still conserved painted by Van Gogh : La maison jaune, Le café la nuit, Le jardin de l'hôtel Dieu...

Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
10 hours / 110 Euros

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pont du gard

all provence in one day

Visit the Pont du Gard, a stunning aqueduct bridge built by the Romans during the 1st century AD. Listed "World Unesco Monument Site" since 1985. Head for Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village located in the picturesque countryside of the Alpilles hillrange. In St Remy de Provence, you will stop to discover Roman monuments (a triumphal arch and a funeral monument). The town is also known as the location where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous paintings. Then, drive to The Luberon, stoping at Gordes and Roussillon, classified as "Most Beautiful Villages in France". Free time in Gordes to walk narrow cobbled streets and see the dry stones, typical from the Luberon called « lauzes ». Roussillon is famous for its natural red and yellow ochre cliffs and for the red colour of the houses in the village. From mid June to mid July , photo stop at Senanque Abbey to discover the lavender field in bloom. You will spend time in the Lavender museum and to see old machinery dedicated to produce the essential oil (entrance fee included)

Everyday (except in winter) - 10 hours / 105 Euros

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wines of provence

great wines & famous sites

Sightseeing in the vineyards around Châteauneuf du Pape, explanations about « terroir », grape varieties, vinification and aging cellars. Wine tastings at 2 wineries. In the afternoon, visit the Pont du Gard, the best preserved roman aqueduct classified at the Unesco World Heritage, Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village in the Alpilles mountains, and then the famous village of Gordes which ranks among the most beautiful villages in France.

Monday and Thursday
9.5 hours / 110 Euros

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gordes

Provence - le grand tour

Visit Orange, its Roman Arch of Triumph, symbol of the Roman imperialism glory, and visit of its Antic Theatre (entrance included) one of the best-preserved theatre in the Roman Empire. Wine tour through the vineyards between Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and stop for panoramic view of the Rhône river valley from the Castle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Wine-tasting in a cellar at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Visit of the famous site le Pont du Gard dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes. Discover Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center : beautiful house of the 16th century, the St Vincent Church and more. Stop at Gordes, perched village in Luberon, - "most beautiful village in France" - famous for the architecture with dry stones. Stop at Roussillon, - "most beautiful village in France" - famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs, unusual natural landscape.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10.5 hours / 120 Euros

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nimes

roman & medieval heritage

Admire Les Baux de Provence, medieval village labelled as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". This immense and superb stone fortress is without doubt one of the "must-sees" on the Provencal tourist trail ! Wine-tasting in an estate at the foot of the Alpilles hill range. The wines of Les Baux are defined by the unique, multi-faceted character of the soil, naturally protected and dried by the mistral wind. Visit of Nîmes : great city of the arts, proud of its prestigious Roman past, see the antique buildings : the amphitheatre (entrance included) and the « Maison Carrée », one of the best preserved temples in the Roman world). Drive to Uzès, wonderful medieval town, discover the Place aux Herbes (picturesque square), the episcopal palace, the ducal palace, the Fenestrelle tower and the Cathedral. Stop at unique Pont du Gard, dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, it's the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
10 hours / 110 Euros

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roman triumphal arch

1/2 day tour - stone monuments

Departure to Saint Remy de Provence for a photo stop at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and mausoleum) located in a field of olive trees, landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center : the museum of santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful house of the 16th century, the St Vincent Church, pretty romanesque building... Visit of the famous site of the Pont du Gard dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes.

From Monday to Saturday
5 hours / 60 Euros

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lavender luberon

1/2 day tour - villages in luberon

Sightseeing tour to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Provence. Roussillon, famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs, unusual natural landscape. Gordes, perched village in Luberon, one of «the most beautiful villages in France», famous for the architecture with dry stones and its "bories". Visit of the Lavender Museum to discover the flower symbol of Provence. Photo stop at Senanque Abbey ( Mid June - Mid July ) to see the lavender field in bloom (subject to flowering stage) During that period, we do not visit the lavender museum : the visit of the museum is replaced by the photo stop at Senanque abbey.

From Monday to Saturday
5 hours / 60 Euros

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baux de provence

1/2 day tour - best of provence

Visit of the famous site of the Pont du Gard dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes. Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center : the museum of santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful house of the 16th century, the St Vincent Church, pretty romanesque building... Gordes, perched village in Luberon, one of «the most beautiful villages in France», famous for the architecture with dry stones.

Monday and Thursday
5.30 hours / 65 Euros

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roussillon

1/2 day tour - Provence & roussillon

Visit of the famous site of the Pont du Gard dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes. Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center : the museum of santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful house of the 16th century, the St Vincent Church, pretty romanesque building... Gordes, perched village in Luberon, one of «the most beautiful villages in France », famous for the architecture with dry stones. Roussillon, one of «the most beautiful villages in France». Famous for its red and yellow ochre cliffs, unusual natural landscape

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
6.30 hours / 80 Euros

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nimes

1/2 day tour - roman sites

Departure for Nîmes : great city of the arts, proud of its prestigious Roman past, see the antique buildings : the amphitheatre (entrance included) and the « Maison Carrée » (or Square House, one of the best preserved Roman temples), the Augustus’s gate... Uzès, wonderful medieval town and the first Duchy of France, set in the garrigues countryside (mediterranean vegetation). See the Place aux Herbes (picturesque square), the episcopal palace, the ducal palace, the Fenestrelle tower (a unique bell-tower) and the Cathedral. Outside of Uzès is the catchment area of the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard that brought spring water to Nîmes. Pont du Gard : dated from the first century and classified by UNESCO, it's the most amazing and well preserved part of the Roman acqueduct which supplied water to Nîmes.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
5.5 hours / 700 Euros

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van gogh in provence

1/2 day tour - van gogh in Provence

Departure for Saint Rémy de Provence with a photo stop at St Paul de Mausole (the mental hospital where Van Gogh stayed for 1 year) located in a field of olive-trees, landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. Photo stop in Les Baux de Provence, village set upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical pedestrian center : the museum of santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful house of the 16th century, the St Vincent Church, pretty romanesque building... Entrance to see the show at Les Carrières de Lumières (ticket included). Show 2017 : Bosch, Bruegel, Arcimboldo / Show 2018 : Picasso Walking tour in Arles, rich in architectural heritage : the famous Roman amphitheatre and antic theatre, the Romanesque Cathedral and the places painted by Van Gogh : La maison jaune, Le café la nuit, Le jardin de l’hôtel Dieu...

On Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
5 hours / 70 Euros

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grapes chateauneuf du pape

1/2 day tour - culture & wine

Start your excursion by a panoramic tour of Orange, discover the Roman heritage with its Triumphal Arch and visit one of the best preserved Antic Theater of the Roman period (entrance fee included). On Thursdays you will have some free time to enjoy the weekly market. After your visit, you will enjoy scenic drive and sightseeing in the vineyards to Chateauneuf du Pape where you will visit a winery followed by a wine-tasting.

On Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
5 hours / 65 Euros

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chateauneuf du pape

1/2 day tour - chateaux & domaines

Good introduction to the wines of the Rhône Valley Sightseeing in the vineyards and stops at 2 different wineries producing red and white wines in Châteauneuf du Pape. During the tour, explanations about "terroir", grape varieties, vinification and aging cellars. 2 wine tasting in wineries (at least 2/3 different wines) + stops at picturesque spots and village.

Every day
4 hours / 65 Euros

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aix en provence

1/2 day tour - aix-en-provence & cezanne

With your tour guide you will appreciate the city famous for its history, architecture and arts. A special thanks to the painter Paul Cezanne, native from the town. In the heights of Aix, you will stop at the « Terrasses des Peintres », to admire the amazing view on the Mountain Sainte-Victoire, painted hundred times by Cezanne. You will then reach the historical center of Aix for a walking tour from the Cours Mirabeau to the Cathedral Saint-Sauveur. You will discover the beauty of "Aix" : its 17th and 18th century architecture with many private mansions, the famous Cours Mirabeau lined with plane trees and the many charming squares decorated with fountains. During your free time, do not miss the opportunity to taste the local speciality 'Calisson', cooked for the first time on the wedding day of the last king of Provence : King Rene and Queen Joan, or have a fresh drink in the oldest Café of Aix, often frequented by Cézanne “Les deux Garçons”.

Mondays and Fridays
5 hours / 70 Euros

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lavender

morning lavender tour

Enjoy a scenic drive from Avignon. Drive along a picturesque road and admire the breathtaking beauty of the lavender fields in bloom. Many photo stops included during the tour. Free time in Sault or Roussillon to wander and do shopping in lavender shops : as there is a different level of altitude between Roussillon and Sault, we visit one or the other sites depending on the flowering stage. Photo stop at the panoramic point of view to take pictures of the hilltop village of Gordes, classified as one of «the most beautiful villages in France». A short photo stop will be organized at Senanque Abbey to take pictures of this famous cistercian church still ruled by monks, surrounded by lavender fields.

Every day from mid-June until mid-August
5 hours / 55 Euros

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senanque

lavender tour - full day

To begin the day, soak up the atmosphere of Provence in a traditional provencal market with stalls, full of local products. Then, head for Sault, the capital of Lavender (or Roussilon, depending on the blooming stage) through a scenic road surrounded by lavender fields. Free time to marvel at the grandeur of this landscape, take some photos or stroll in souvenirs shops. Continue to explore the beauty of Provence visiting Provencal villages : St Jean, Lioux, Gordes, perched village made of dry stone. One of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", you will be impressed at your arrival, by the spectacular view of the village. Then, drive to the Senanque Abbey, a majestic cistercian abbey, where you will contemplate other beautiful lavender fields (in bloom from June 15th to July 15th). End your journey visiting the Lavender Museum (entrance included). Get acquainted with the way to produce essential oil and discover old machineries.

Every day from mid-June until mid-August
9 hours / 95 Euros

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lavender

afternoon lavender tour

Drive along a picturesque road and admire the breathtaking beauty of the lavender fields in bloom. Many photo stops included during the tour. Free time in Sault or Roussillon to wander and do shopping in lavender shops : as there is a different level of altitude between Roussillon and Sault, we visit one or the other sites depending on the flowering stage. Photo stop at the panoramic point of view to take pictures of the hilltop village of Gordes, classified as one of «the most beautiful villages in France». A short photo stop will be organized at Senanque Abbey to take pictures of this famous cistercian church still ruled by monks, surrounded by lavender fields.

Every day from mid-June until mid-August
5 hours / 55 Euros

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lavender fields

market & lavender

Drive to Aix-en-Provence, city of water and art. Discover a provencal market in the city center. Continuation 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 and free time to visit the village. On the way back, stop in L'Occitane cosmetics factory : visit the museum displaying the history of the trademark (Possibility to buy products at preferential rates before driving back to Avignon)

Daily in summer (except on Sundays during June & July)
9.30 hours / 115 Euros

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luberon village

excursion in the luberon

First, stop at Fontaine de Vaucluse: walk up to the cave from which the River Sorgues emerges. An impressive resurgence spring.. Continuation to the hilltop village of Gordes. Photo stop to immortalise one of the most beautiful village in France. After a 15-minute drive, you will reach Roussillon, a picturesque village. The hill on which the village is built, is made of ochre rock of various colors which are used on the facades of the local houses. Enjoy a short and easy hiking trail called “The Ochre Path” through a former ochre quarry (entrance ticket included). Free time in Bonnieux, a perched village situated on a Luberon promontory. A road winds back and forth up the village, passing small squares with shops and cafés at different levels. Old church dating back to the 12th-century. Continuation toward Menerbes, passing through the village of Lacoste for a photo stop. Menerbes became world-wide famous after Peter Mayle's novel: "A Year in Provence". Free time to discover the village. Finish the day tasting local wine in a domain located down the village.

Wednesday and Saturday
9 hours / 110 Euros

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gorges du verdon

excursion to aix-en-provence & verdon

In Aix-en-Provence, stroll in streets and admire the elegant facades of the private mansions. Stop at a bakery to taste famous local "Callisons" (tasting included). Free time to wander in the provencal market. Continuation toward Moustiers-Sainte Marie passing accross the Plateau of Valensole : from June 10th to July 20th a photo stop will be organized to take pictures of the blue-striped lavender fields. Moustiers Sainte-Marie is known all over the world for its ceramics with incomparable refinement and decors. Meet a local artisan in his workshop for a presentation of the production stages. Back on the road , you will drive along the Verdon River Canyon famous for its limestone cliffs several hundreds meters high. The river's striking turquoise colour is associated with glacial sources and the minerals of rock fluorine suspended in the water. You will stop in the village of Sainte-Croix de Verdon : walk on the beach or take a swim in the bright turquoise water before driving back to Avignon.

Thursday - 11 hours / 130 Euros

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pink flamingoes

excursion to camargue

Before flowing into Mediterranean sea, the Rhône river creates a delta now known as the Natural Park of Camargue. Drive to the medieval wall city of Aigues-Mortes, pure example of 13th-century military architecture. Behind the city stretch 10,000 hectars of salt marshes : discover how salt is harvested and find out about the specific pink colour of the seawater during a 1-hour train ride (ticket included). Free time in the village of Les Saintes-Maries de la Mer. Possibility to climb up to the paved watchpath (extra-charge) which encircles the church roof and enjoy an unforgettable view on the sea and the Camargue plain. You might prefer to spend some time on the beach and take a swim in the Mediterranean sea. Afterwards, you will head to Arles, driving through the vast and flat marshy land populated by an exceptional fauna like egrets, grey herons, swans and majestuous pink flamingoes, black bulls and white horses. Your guide will stop here and there for you to picture them in their natural environment. Free time in Arles.

Monday - 9 hours / 110 Euros

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roussillon

provence private tour

Your own tour from your hotel in Avignon with your private driverguide.
Air conditioned minibus (1 to 4 or 4 to 8 guests)
1/2 day: 5 Hours: 280 Euros (car + driver-guide / 150 km included)
9 am to 2 pm
Full day: 9 Hours: 460 Euros (car + driver-guide/ 250 kms included).

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provence hideaway

provence for discerning travellers

5 day / 4 night package -1080 Euros
Be pampered in genuine Provencal style in the small village of Tavel, one of the capital of Rosé wine! You will be staying at Jardin de Bacchus, a luxurious B & B tucked away facing vineyards. Rooms are very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Terrace and private pool are most inviting. Each day, a private taxi will pick you up and take you to iconic places in Provence. Your host Christine will make sure your stay at Jardin de Bacchus will remain the highlight of your holiday in France.

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village of provence

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.

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roussillon

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!

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