France is known the world over for its romance, but there might be no other region that encompasses its quintessential beauty—the cities, villages, hills, and beaches—quite like Provence. This is where the countryside meets the coast, where the Alps meet lavender fields, and where the French Riveria runs from Marseilles to the Italian border. Experience it all on this luxurious 12-day driving tour.
After a hands-on-ceramics lesson in town (Moustiers-Sainte-Marie has been a center of the pottery trade for generations), it's time to head into the Verdon Gorges. There are a number of active excursions to choose from, be it hiking, canyoning, or rock climbing. It's also possible to take off down the Verdon River on a kayaking or canoe trip. This is an unforgettable experience as the waters of the Verdon are famous for their electric turquoise color. Another option is to head out on Lake Sainte Croix, a tranquil man-made lake at the end of the canyon that's perfect for boating.
Stages: Gréoux-les-Bains – Moustiers-Sainte-Marie – La Palud-sur-Verdon 55 km
What to see: Moustiers Sainte Marie, Gorges of Verdon
Itineraries with Verdon Gorges, The Largest Canyon in Europe
One region that perfectly encapsulates France's rich culture is Provence. On a self-drive tour, you'll stop in historic cities like Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as hilltop villages like Uzès and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. As an added treat you'll hike canyons, kayak along the coast, and participate in a cooking class and wine tour.