Cultural Aix-en-Provence

Street life in Aix
About 30 minutes north of Marseille lies one of the lesser-visited gems of the French Riviera: Aix-en-Provence. "Aix," as it's more commonly known, is a city in an exceptional geographic location, set amid the picturesque charm of the surrounding villages. The rural landscapes here, famous for their vineyards, lavender-blanketed fields, and limestone cliffs of Sainte Victoire Mountain, have been immortalized in the works of painters such as Cezanne, Picasso, and Kandinsky. The city is a sight to behold as well, and a two-hour walking tour of its streets reveals the rich and artistic cultural heritage that defines Aix.

A local expert guide leads this fascinating walk amid Aix's narrow, labyrinthine streets and historic fountains, pointing out both famous and hidden gems along the way. The tour stops at the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral, a Romanesque/Gothic church built on the site of an Ancient Greek temple to Apollo. There's also the town hall (also known as the Hotel de Ville), which dates to the 14th century and sits on a charming old plaza. One of the major highlights is a walk along the Cours Mirabeau, a busy thoroughfare lined with plane trees and abounding with markets and cafés—perfect for people watching. There's even a stop to see some ruins dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. 

Tours that Include Cultural Aix-en-Provence

Beautiful fields of lavender in Monaco
Map of Self-Drive Tour in Provence & French Riviera - 11 Days
Self-Drive Tour in Provence & French Riviera - 11 Days

Discover the best of the culture and art in the French Riviera and Provence in 10 days on this incredible self-drive tour. Visit vibrant Nice and Monaco, stroll through hill-top villages of Luberon, and discover the peaceful countryside of Aix-en-Provence. Follow the footsteps of some of the world's greatest artists (Van Gogh, Picasso & others) and explore the landscapes that inspired them.

Hilltop perched village of Gordes
Map of Culture, Food, and History Tour of Provence - 8 Days
Culture, Food, and History Tour of Provence - 8 Days

In just over a week it's possible to see all the highlights of southeastern France's most stunning region: Provence. This is a whirlwind tour that includes visits to its most beautiful cities, hill-top villages, national parks, and vineyards. You'll spend time in the oldest city in France, travel between the towns of the UNESCO-listed Luberon, and more.

Hilltop perched village of Gordes
Map of Self-Drive Culture, Wine, and Food Tour of Southern France - 8 Days
Self-Drive Culture, Wine, and Food Tour of Southern France - 8 Days

On this self-drive tour, you'll get behind the wheel and take off into the south of France, discovering the highlights of the famed Provence region in just over a week. The tour will take you from the nation's oldest city, Marseille, to the markets and cafés of charming Aix-en-Provence. It continues to the historic city of Avignon, on the Rhône River, as well as into the Alpilles Mountains and over the fertile valleys of the Luberon region. This is in addition to visiting many other exceptional heritage sites in Provence. And at the end of each day, you'll hang your hat in some of the most charming hotels and B&Bs in all of France.

Avignon's Pont Saint-Bénézet in the Southern Rhône valley, gateway to Provence
Rhône Valley Family Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 12 Days

This self-drive 12-day itinerary highlights the best of the Rhône Valley, from north to south. Perfect for the whole family, you'll start in food forward Lyon, then work your way through the colorful countryside of Provence and down to Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, you'll taste full-bodied wines, marvel at ancient Roman ingenuity, and enjoy the majestic beauty that is southern France.

Hilltop perched village of Gordes
Map of Culture, Food, and History Tour of Provence - 6 Days
Culture, Food, and History Tour of Provence - 6 Days

This six-day trip to France's famously beautiful Provence region allows you to experience its highlights. On top of touring the area's national parks and vineyards, you'll spend time in historic Marseille, plus travel around the Luberon massif, which is home to ancient hilltop villages. You'll also indulge in outdoor and gourmet excursions all while enjoying the amenities of the lavish hotels in which you'll be residing.