Experience the quintessential highlights of the Provence region from the Mediterranean Sea to the deepest gorge in France (Gorges du Verdon) on this self-drive itinerary. Along with a mix of outdoor activities and cultural tours, you'll have plenty of free time to explore charming villages, famous vineyards, and UNESCO-listed monuments at your own pace for an adventure to remember.
Enjoy a full tour of Provence, discovering its treasures, culture, and heritage. Start with a walking tour in Arles, a city known for its Roman heritage and art. You'll visit its famous Roman amphitheater and other preserved ancient sites. You'll also see the places depicted by Van Gogh in his masterpieces La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House), Le Café la Nuit (The Night Cafe), and Le Jardin de l'hôtel Dieu (The Hospital Garden), all scenes from beautiful Arles.
Next, head to Les Baux de Provence, a village set upon a rock standing over 800 feet (245 m) high. The town has a famed historical pedestrian center that you can freely enjoy. One of the area's highlights is a visit to the Carrières de Lumières sound and light show. Each year, the show features particular artists. For example, in 2019, it was dedicated to Kandinsky and Paul Cézanne.
Continue on your Provence treasure hunt and make your way to Saint Paul de Mausole in Saint Rémy de Provence, a hospital where the painter Vincent Van Gogh stayed for one year.
In the afternoon, discover the estates and vineyards of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and its wine region, the Alpilles. Wines produced at these estates come from a unique soil complex, creating red, rosé, white, and organic wines, plus IGP Alpilles or AOP Vallée des Baux de Provence varietals. Winegrowers will share their know-how with you during a special oenological journey.
At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting combining wines and olive oil from the Vallée des Baux PDO. Started in 1997, these olive-based products and olive oil have been recognized around the world.
Itineraries with Treasures of Provence: Arles, Les Baux, Saint Rémy, & Alpilles
This scenic itinerary starts with a self-guided road trip through exceptional villages, cities, and wine regions in the heart of Provence. Over the course of 9 days, you’ll explore Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, and the Rhone Valley with visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as hidden gems. Finish the adventure in Paris with a mix of private tours and free time to explore on your own.
As one of France's first wine regions, Provence has been making wine for more than 2,000 years. Taste the fruits of all that historic expertise and more on this 15-day road trip. You'll stay in six different cities in the region, exploring everything from soapmaking to Sauternes, and modern museums to Roman ruins, as you take in all that Provence has to offer.