If you have just five days to spend in Provence, consider taking a road trip or a bike tour: both options allow you to pass through small villages and take in the region's famous scenery, stopping whenever you like to taste wines, tour castles, or snap photos of lavender fields. Alternatively, try a gourmet tour of Provence that features cooking classes and winery visits, or combine a few days in Provence with a short visit to the French Riviera. Find out more about your options with these five unique itinerary ideas.

Itinerary #1: Ultimate Provençal Road Trip

Discover the history, culture, and cuisine of Provence—one of France's most popular regions—on this road trip through the region.

A quiet street in Aix-en-Provence
A quiet street in Aix-en-Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marseille - Explore the City Marseille
Day 2 Drive to Aix en Provence - Cultural Tour Aix en Provence
Day 3 Drive to Les Baux de Provence & Saint Remy de Provence Saint Rémy de Provence
Day 4 Wine Tour in Gigondas & Chateauneuf du Pape - Drive to Avignon Avignon
Day 5 Return to Marseille - Depart Provence  


You'll arrive in Marseille, France's oldest city, and toast your good fortune with sunset drinks by the Mediterranean. On day two, you'll head to the village of Aix-en-Provence and take a walking tour to get an overview of regional history and culture. 

Drive to Les Baux de Provence, which dates back as far as 6,000 BCE, on day three. You'll see a fortress from the middle ages and have a chance to catch a multimedia art show, Les Carrières de Lumières, in a former quarry near the castle. Spend the night in charming Saint Remy de Provence before enjoying a wine tour around the Rhône Valley on day four: highlights include a stop in Châteauneuf du Pape, where you'll taste local varietals and see the ruins of the Pope's onetime summer residence. Overnight in the medieval town of Avignon before departing Provence on day five. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Gourmet Tour of Provence

On this gourmet trip plan, you'll eat and drink your way through the French countryside, visiting Provençal marketplaces, wineries, and restaurants—and learning to cook like the locals do. 

Wild mushrooms in the market of Aix-en-Provence
Wild mushrooms in the market of Aix-en-Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Aix-en-Provence - Walking tour Aix en Provence
Day 2 Foodie tour & Aix cooking class Aix en Provence
Day 3 Visit Les Baux de Provence - Transfer to Saint Rémy-de Provence Saint Rémy de Provence
Day 4 Day trip to Fontvieille & Cooking class  Saint Rémy de Provence
Day 5 Depart  


Begin the trip in Aix-en-Provence. After a walking tour, sit down for aperitifs at an outdoor café on the Cours Mirabeau thoroughfare. On day two, take a food tour of the town, including a stop at the local market to shop for olive oil, truffles, figs, honey, and other local products. You'll take them to a country house in the afternoon for a cooking class. Enjoy the meal you've prepared—complemented, of course, with Provençal wine pairings. 

Visit the fortified castle of Château des Baux de Provence on day three, then catch the Les Carrières de Lumières art show before side-tripping to the town of Val d'Enfer to see unusual limestone formations. Finish with wine and cheese in Saint Rémy de Provence, where you'll spend the night. On the last full day of the trip, travel to Fontvieille, a village in the Alpilles Mountains. At a 13th-century Provençal farmhouse, you'll take a tour and take a cooking class centered around cooking with olive oil. You'll head back to Paris by train the next day to catch a flight home. Learn more

Itinerary #3: French Riviera & Provence Getaway

Hit the beaches of the French Riviera and the lavender fields of Provence on this brief but diverse tour around two of France's loveliest regions.

Evening in the Old Port of Nice
Evening in the Old Port of Nice
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nice - Drive to Menton Menton
Day 2 Explore Menton - Drive to Saint Paul de Vence Saint Paul de Vence
Day 3 Explore Saint Paul de Vence - Drive to Port Grimaud Grimaud
Day 4 Explore Port Grimaud - Return to Nice Nice
Day 5 Depart Nice  


Nice
, at the foot of the French Alps, is the first stop on the journey. You'll pick up a rental car and drive along the coast, stopping in the beautiful village of Eze, at the medieval castle in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and ending up in Menton, near the Italian border. You'll spend the night there and tour the town the next day before continuing the road trip towards medieval Saint Paul de Vence.

Continue on to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world since the 19th century: it's surrounded by mountains, forests, and caves. Visit the castle of Mouans Sartoux before driving to Port Grimaud, nicknamed the "Venice of Provence" for its miles of canals. Spend the last full day of the trip hiking in the mountains, visiting the chestnut-producing capital of Collobrières, tasting local wines, or touring the castle at Villeneuve Loubet. You'll have one last evening in Nice to dine on fresh seafood and visit the Chagall Museum before flying out the next day. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Natural Parks of Provence

See the landscapes that inspired Vincent Van Gogh and take a cooking class at a 13th-century farmhouse during this off-the-beaten-path tour around Provence.

An alleyway leading to the monastery in St-Remy-de-Provence
History and natural beauty in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Marseille - Explore France's Oldest City Marseille
Day 2 Pick Up Rental Car - Half-Day Cruise to Calanques National Park Les Baux de Provence
Day 3 Cooking class in the Alpilles natural park Les Baux de Provence
Day 4 The Luberon and its hill-top villages Les Baux de Provence
Day 5 Return to Marseille - Depart Provence  


You'll begin in Marseille, France's oldest city. Take a walking tour and have a leisurely meal in the old port. On day two, you'll pick up a rental car and drive to Calanques National Park, where you'll go on a boat tour of the park's beautiful coves and rugged coastline. Overnight in Les Baux de Provence.

The next day, move onto Fonvieille and Alpilles natural park. You'll visit an olive oil mill and learn how to cook with locally produced olive oil during a cooking class at a 13th-century farmhouse. After feasting on the meal you helped to prepare, go for a hike in the park. Finish the day with a visit to Saint Remy de Provence, a village that inspired the works of Vincent Van Gogh. You'll tour the hilltop villages of the Luberon—including a tour in a horsedrawn carriage and a stop at a fortified castle in Gordes—before returning the rental car on day five. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Food & Wine Tour of Provence

Your glass will always be half full on this relaxing food and wine tour around Provence: the itinerary features a bike tour, a cooking class, and ample time to sip and swirl.

Provence is well-known for rosé wine
Provence is well-known for rosé wine
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Avignon Avignon
Day 2 Electric Bike Tour in the Luberon Bonnieux
Day 3 Italian & Provençal Cooking near Gordes Bonnieux
Day 4 Wine tour around Luberon Bonnieux
Day 5 Depart Provence  


The trip commences in medieval Avignon. Kick off the gourmet adventure with a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Mirande, and a stroll around the historic center. On day two, you'll go for a hike in the mountains, then hop on an electric bike for a tour around the Luberon, stopping in traditional villages along the way. Overnight in Bonnieux.

The following day, visit the local marketplace in the village of Goult to pick up ingredients for a cooking class with Chef Giuseppina. You'll dine under the olive trees, pairing the dishes you've prepared with local wines. On the last full day of the trip, you'll explore the region's wineries. Accompanied by an expert guide in a private car, you'll visit several wineries to taste local rosés and reds. Have one last meal back in Bonnieux before leaving Provence the next day. Learn more

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Map of 5 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 5 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas