The ultimate tour of the best of Provence

Written by on December 2, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Cassis harbour lined with pastel coloured buildings and colourful shops

What happens when you take two tour guides who are passionate about Provence and put them together – the ultimate tour of the best of Provence is what!

Expats Emily from America and Carolyne from Canada, have both been in Provence for many years and discovered each other’s blogs about Provence a few years ago. Since then, they have shared their joy for exploring the magic of this beautiful part of France. From off-the-beaten-path discoveries to new spots for best cuisine and Provencal ambiance, they never lack for a new adventure to try together.

For 2018, they’ve decided to pool their wealth of know-how to create a very special tour of Provence and share it. A week-long journey encompassing Provencal lifestyle, flavor and ambiance, in the countryside and the city. It will be for six participants only, ensuring flexibility and ultimate immersion into the culture. And you get to experience the secret places of real Provence and the insider knowledge of these two awesome local guides.

What you’ll see and do on this tour

The ruins of the Popes' summer castle at Chateauneuf du Pape Provence

You’ll start off in historic Avignon and then head to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This is where the Popes of Rome had their summer chateau and grew wine. Home for two nights will be a charming and comfortable former 12th century priory. Just on the outskirts of beautiful Vaison-la-Romaine, you’ll enjoy a Champagne welcome and gourmet dinners at restaurants you’ll never have found on your own.

You’ll visit a stunning street market and taste award winning cheese. You’ll picnic in a vineyard and visit exquisite villages that are officially some of the most beautiful in France. There’s time to relax by the pool too.

The very best of Provence

The hillside town of Gordes Provence

In the Luberon Valley you’ll visit tiny, exquisite hill top villages and Provence’s famous natural canyons. Then you’ll head to your new home near the truly beautiful little town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue. A tour of the area will be in true style – in fabulous classic 2CVs. There’ll be the chance for sightseeing in Isle sur la Sorgue, the antiques capital of France. Olive groves, Roman ruins, vineyards and chic villages like Gordes, Lourmarin and Les Baux de Provence to name just a few are all on the tour. And there’s still more to come – the town that everyone who sees it falls in love with – enchanting Aix-en-Provence. This bustling university town has long been a magnet for writers and artists, including Émile Zola and Paul Cézanne. Accommodation here is a luxurious, grand hotel in the heart of Aix.

2CV car in a field in Provence

The final destination is captivating Cassis, close to the city of Marseille. There is an adorable port, tempting boutiques and some of the tallest cliffs in the country. You’ll  head out on a private boat excursion to discover the turquoise waters and giant limestone creeks.

Winding, narrow cobbled street in Cassis, south of France

This really is a special trip. The best of Provence – the sights, the villages, the culture. You’ll play petanques, taste the most amazing wines, enjoy sensational meals, visit the very best of Provence and get to know it like a local.

The tour takes place September 10th – 17th, 2018 when the summer crowds are gone and the weather is glorious. Places are strictly limited so bag your spot for the tour of a lifetime in enchanting Provence now at: Your Private Provence

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