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Provence Day Trips

By Viator, September 2014

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Provence is luxuriously located in south-eastern France and next to the Mediterranean Sea. It has always been an inspiration to artists (Picasso, Matisse, van Gogh), a playground for the rich (Cannes Film Festival, St Tropez, Monte Carlo), and home to the fortunate (they like to keep their privacy). With all its history, beauty, wine, warmth and sparkling sea, it’s no wonder that everyone in the world flocks here to tour the quaint cobblestoned villages, eat and drink, lie in the sun and swim in the sea, and drive the Corniche, the famed coastal road that winds along the cliffs.

 St Tropez

West of Cannes, on a small promontory, St Tropez rises uphill from the docks via windy, cobbled streets. In the early twentieth century, St Tropez was an unassuming fishing village; these days it is a magnet for the international jetset. The offspring of European royalty, American millionaires, movie stars and singing sensations all love to come here to be seen on the yachts in the harbor. Luckily, the prettiness of the town maintains its integrity and a trip to St Tropez is more than just celebrity spotting and paparazzi dodging.

Monaco and Monte Carlo

At the far eastern end of the French Riviera is the world’s second smallest country Monaco. (Only the Vatican is smaller.) It is 0.78 sq miles (2 sq km) and has a population of 33,000 living in apartment buildings climbing the steep hills above the harbour of luxury yachts. The Grimaldi family has ruled Monaco since 1297 and Prince Albert II is the current monarch. It is surrounded by France and France defends Monaco should the need ever arise - which is unlikely unless anyone gets angry about their losses at the Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco’s major attraction. That, and the Grand Prix. And the royal palace where Princess Grace lived and the royal family still reside. Monte Carlo itself is actually only a suburb of Monaco, which is the capital city of Monaco the country – confused? Then go there and let it all become clear.

Eze

One of the most picturesque villages in the world has to be Eze, perched high on the cliffs above the Cote d’Azur. Pedestrian-only cobbled streets, stone houses, incredible views and, at the very top of the town, a cactus garden to calm you as you sit and gaze down along the coast towards Nice. Divine.

Provence Countryside

Not just coastal, inland Provence has landscapes, views, charming towns, food, wine and art. Saint Paul de Vence is a must-see town, filled with art galleries and art history. Don’t miss Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire. Then there’s Grasse, center of the world’s perfume industry. A treat for the senses: look, smell, taste. You’ll love it.

Italian Markets

Just over the border into Italy are wonderful open-air markets where you can get out all your shopping frustration. Here the prices are lower than along the French Riviera but the goods are just as stylish. And of course, they’re Italian. How can you resist all those famous leather goods?

Good bases from which to explore Provence are Cannes, famous for its annual film festival in May, and Nice, famous for just being gorgeous. Both have long promenades along the beachfront and lovely beaches with sparkling, clear water – that azur blue sea which gives the region its name Cote d’Azur.

And when you’re done with your day of sightseeing, settle down for a glass of the local Pastis, the local liqueur (quite potent!) and a game of Petanque, the local version of bowls, said to have been introduced to the region by the Ancient Greeks, Romans or Egyptians.

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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

This tour from Marseille will take you through the Plain of the Crau, to the ancient city of Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Numbers are limited to a ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.89

Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 307 Reviews

See the picturesque villages and lovely countryside of Provence on a small-group day trip from Nice. With your transport taken care of, you can sit back and ...  Read more

Location: Nice, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.83

Provence Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence: On the Trail of Van Gogh

Follow the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, see Roman monuments and visit one of Provence’s best open-air markets on this action-packed day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.30

Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Visit two stunning Provencal towns and a winery on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Start your day at leisure in Les Baux de Provence, admiring the ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.83

Aix en Provence Tour from Marseille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the delightful Provençal town of Aix en Provence on this 4-hour tour from Marseille. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle from Marseille to Aix. ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Visit Côtes de Provence St-Victoire winemaking region on this half-day trip from Aix-en-Provence! With an expert guide, travel to the scenic foothills of ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.18

Cassis Half-Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Visit the seaside village of Cassis on this half-day trip from Aix-en-Provence! One of the French Riviera’s quaint coastal gems, Cassis is the perfect place to ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.18

Private Tour: Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape Day Trip from Marseille

Visit the ancient city of Avignon and a prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine estate on this full-day private tour from Marseille! After a walking tour ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Private Tour: Arles and Les Baux de Provence Day Trip from Marseille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Arles and relax in Les Baux de Provence on this full-day private tour from Marseille! After a walking tour of Arles that ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence and South Luberon Day Trip from Marseille

Visit Aix-en-Provence and the south Luberon region on this full-day private tour from Marseille! With a knowledgeable guide at your side, stroll along the ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.71

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