In the morning, meet your guide at Marseille’s Old Port and board a comfortable minivan for your full-day tour. As you make the 45-minute drive north to Aix-en-Provence, learn a bit about the chic university town with ancient Roman roots.
You’ll have three hours in Aix to independently explore. Get some tips from your guide before you head off to visit Aix’s diverse markets, green spaces and cosmopolitan boulevards lined with boutiques, cafés and eateries. Have a leisurely lunch (own expense) before reconvening with your group for the next leg of the excursion – a journey through Provence’s lavender country.
Drink in the signature beauty of the Valensole Plateau as you course through the painted hills. In Valensole – a Latin-based word meaning ‘valley of the sun’ – the Mediterranean climate combines with fertile earth to create a perfect environment for growing lavender and almond trees. Breathe in the perfumed breeze as you snap photos and wander through the streets of Valensole village, a lovely hillside town where you can purchase bursting bouquets of lavender or some essential oils.
Your Provençal tour ends with a relaxing ride back to your departure point in Marseille. You’ll arrive by late-afternoon.