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Provence Essentials

Dining outside on warm summer nights is a Provencal staple
How Many Days Should You Spend in Provence?

The French region of Provence is made for explorers—and there's a lot of room to explore. For a solid itinerary, we recommend at least four days to experience a few villages and sun-drenched landscapes. Of course, you can get a taste of the elegant Provençal lifestyle in a day or two; better yet, rent a car and take a long, leisurely road trip through lavender fields, ancient olive groves, clifftop roads, and Mediterranean views. Below, find a range of itineraries ranging from 24 hours to a week (or more).

Lavender fields in Provence, France
Map of 7 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week to spend in Provence, you can tour the region's highlights, focus your time on a sub-region like Upper Provence, or opt for a trip that also includes a few days in the French Riviera or Paris. Take a road trip through wine country, pedal through lavender fields on a bike tour, cruise around Calanques National Park on a boat, hike and swim in gorges and rivers, take a cooking class at a country estate: there's so much to see and do. Learn more about your options with these unique itinerary ideas.

A quiet street in Aix-en-Provence
Map of 10 Days in Provence - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Provence - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With ten days in Provence, you can take your time and enjoy the relaxed pace and beautiful scenery of one of France's most famous regions. Opt for a road trip with stops for hiking and a hot air balloon ride, focus on wine country and the beach with a trip plan that includes a detour to the French Riviera, go on a luxury tour that features a private boat outing in Marseille, or explore Provence on an electric bike. Learn where to go and what to do with these unique itinerary ideas.

Lavender fields in Provence, France
Map of 5 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Provence - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

The historic Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) in Avignon
Best Time of Year to Visit Provence

The shoulder season months of May and September are the best times to visit Provence if you like warm weather, clear skies, and beaches without the throngs of tourists. But for travelers who can handle the crowds and surging prices, the summer (June to August) is a close second, as the lavender fields are in full bloom and the French Riviera is open for business. If you’re here in winter (December to February), enjoy a ski holiday in the Southern Alps or stick to the coast for wild carnival celebrations.

Historic Avignon's Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Bénézet glow serenely in the early evening
Provence in January: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

The Mediterranean coast remains quiet with near-empty beaches offering a serene environment in a part of France that is crazy busy the rest of the year. Meanwhile, the Provençal Christmas season continues seeing plenty of food and wine festivals, among others, there's the much-sought-after black truffle. Hit the slopes of any of the stellar resorts, shop the winter sales, and discover cultural delights within Lourmarin's Château walls.

Performer in the Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) parade in Menton
Provence in February: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

February in Provence offers much to the intrepid traveler, no matter the interest. Snowy adventures on the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, blossoming yellow mimosa trees along the southern coast, and festivals to welcome in the spring season pop up in places like Menton and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Find out what to do and where to go with this February guide.

Mountains in Écrins National Park peek through the clouds in the Champsaur Valley
Provence in March: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

There's something for everyone in March: winter sports on the slopes of the Southern Alps, white water rafting along the Ubaye River, and the cultural delights of Nice's Vieille Ville (Old Town). Spring is here and with that comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and lively parties for Carnaval.

Shop in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Provence in April: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

April transitions to Provence's shoulder season when visitor numbers increase, yet there are still bargains to be had. The weather is warm during the day and though there are plenty of April showers, they're short and give way to clear blue skies that characterize the south coast. Wildflowers and trees bloom inviting skiers to trade in their ski boots for hiking gear and Arles' marks the start of the bullfighting season with its Easter Feria.

Hike the Ochre Trail in Roussillon
Provence in May: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Hands down May is one of the loveliest months of the year to visit Provence as the warm weather draws in the sun-seekers looking to enjoy the beaches along the French Riviera, as well as partake in the host of activities on offer everywhere else. With so much to do and so much to see let this monthly guide help you plan your Provençal adventure.

Villefranche-sur-Mer looks over the French Riviera
Provence in June: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Despite the heat, soaring prices, and crowds, June offers sublime beach-perfect weather tempting the first bathers into the sea. Not to mention a chock-full roster of festivals and events, including the popular Fête de la Musique. Read this monthly guide to learn more.

Lavender fields in the Valensole plateau
Provence in July: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

July is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year and for good reason, as the weather is beach-perfect, the festival season is in full swing, and Provence's famous lavender fields are blooming. This is also the month of France's biggest holiday, Bastille Day, with celebrations all over the region. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Provence this month.

Rocky coast along the Côte d’Azur near Saint-Raphaël
Provence in August: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

If you can’t beat the crowds, you might as well don your party hat (or swimsuit!) and join in the revelry. August sees plenty of festivals, the French join tourists on their holidays, and the extensive coastline teem with beachgoers and traffic. To avoid disappointment, book activities and restaurants in advance and read on as this guide will tell you what to do and where to go.

Tour the number of vineyards strewn throughout Provence, like this one in the Gigondas region
Provence in September: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

There’s a welcome change in the air as August’s chaos turns into September’s calm. Temperatures taper off as the month progresses and the holidaymakers migrate home. Plus, the vineyard's darkened vines bear grapes ready for the picking: it’s the start of the vendange (grape harvest) season!

Saint-Tropez looks out onto the Mediterranean
Provence in October: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Even though it’s the rainiest month of the year, it’s still Provence. That means the showers are short and heavy, leaving you time to enjoy the bouts of sunshine. Plus, the Mediterranean Sea is pleasant enough to entice beachgoers and harvest festivals are plenty. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.

The well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater in Arles
Provence in November: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Summer is a distant memory with cooling temperatures and changing foliage. The vineyards of Provence transform into a blaze of gold, bronze, and red while towns and villages celebrate the "primeur" tastings of the season’s harvest from months earlier. And with the Toussaint holidays, you can expect reduced hours at major sites and attractions.

Stroll through Marseille's Vieux Port
Provence in December: Travel Tips, Weather, & More

Though the nights are a little longer and the days cooler, December kicks off La Calendale Christmas season in Provence brightening spirits. Every village, town, and city gets a festive makeover of twinkling lights, lively window displays, and bustling Christmas markets. Plus, it's time to hit the slopes of the Southern Alps now that the ski season is underway.

Provence Itineraries

Drive through the lavender fields of Provence
Map of Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Les Baux, Forcalquier & Aix - 10 Days
Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Les Baux, Forcalquier & Aix - 10 Days

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.

Stay overnight in the French Alps while hiking Mont Blanc
Map of Nice, Provence, Paris & the French Alps - 14 Days
Nice, Provence, Paris & the French Alps - 14 Days

This two-week adventure covers a great deal of ground while offering a range of unique excursions that capitalize on France's culture, cuisine, and scenery. Start the trip in Nice where you'll take a cooking class and check out towns along the Mediterranean coast. Then pick up a rental car and make your way to Provence, followed by Annecy at the foot of the French Alps. This is where you'll hike for two days—while staying at a mountain hut—before finishing in Paris, the 'City of Lights'.

The american flag in Provence
Map of Visit Provence Like the Obama Family - 7 Days
Visit Provence Like the Obama Family - 7 Days

Barack Obama and his family recently visited Provence, choosing a village near Avignon as their base for exploring the region. Follow in their footsteps with this 7-day trip inspired by their itinerary—you'll dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant where the presidential family enjoyed a celebratory meal, shop in the same off-the-beaten-path village known as the "Provençal Venice" for its charming canals, visit the region's best vineyards, and more.

Stroll through an Aix-en-Provence food market
Map of Gourmet Tour of Provence - 5 Days
Gourmet Tour of Provence - 5 Days

This quick five-day getaway reveals the culture and flavors of Aix-en-Provence, the historic capital of the Provence region of southeastern France. You'll discover the secrets of "Aix" with a guided stroll through its ancient thoroughfares, sample regional gastronomic specialties, plus take a local cooking class. You'll even enjoy a bonus cooking class in a nearby village in the Alpilles Mountains.

A food market in Aix-en-Provence
Map of Aix-en-Provence Culinary Culture - 5 Days
Aix-en-Provence Culinary Culture - 5 Days

Experience the best of Provence in five days, with numerous guided cultural and gourmet experiences. You'll explore charming Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings via walking tours, a cooking class, and wine experience, all under the bright skies of southern France.

Bridge of St. Benezet, Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 14 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 14 Days

Provence is home to some of France's most populated spots, and you'll soon see why it's so popular with this two-week self-drive itinerary. Start by looking for the perfect angles to capture the city of Marseilles, then learn to cook with some help from the experts of Aix-en-Provence. Sample well-established wines and olive oils, wander ancient stone streets, and you just may be convinced to join the many residents.

Lavender fields in Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 10 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 10 Days

Take 10 days to stop and smell the lavender as you traverse the fields, vineyards, and villages of Provence on this self-drive trip. This popular region of southeastern France has plenty for your senses to enjoy: take in the scents of soapmaking workshops, sights of the Mediterranean coast, and tastes of famous wines and market-fresh cooking on your adventure.

Notre-Dame de la Garde
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 10 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 10 Days

This luxurious ten-day itinerary hits all of France's highlights: food, art, culture, and the French lifeblood—wine. From historic landmarks in Paris to small-town charm of Provence's hilltop villages, there's no shortage of things to do. Learn to prepare a three-course meal at a countryside chateau, sail to the Frioul Islands on a private boat cruise, and ease into a casual south France pace of life. 

Vintage car in Paris
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 14 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 14 Days

If two weeks in France is a dream come true, then this luxury itinerary is waiting for you. From the lights of Paris to the rocky coast of the French Riviera, every moment of this itinerary is packed with unforgettable moments. Spend an afternoon at the Louvre, set sail for the Frioul Islands on a private boat cruise, and sample Provence wine in postcard-worthy villages. 

Notre Dame in spring
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 8 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 8 Days

From the buzzing nightlife of Paris to the quiet charm of Provence's hilltop villages, this eight-day luxury trip delivers a wealth of experiences. Experience the magic of Paris at nighttime and see the city from the Eiffel Tower, then head south for postcard-worthy villages, regional farmer's markets, and family-owned wineries. 

Malmousque on the coast
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 11 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 11 Days

If you have eleven free days and France on the mind, this luxury getaway is for you. Spend an afternoon at the Louvre, discover art & history in Marseille, and learn to make a 3-course meal at a scenic Provence chateau. End the trip on the sunny French Riviera coast, where farmer's markets and family-owned wineries are a throwback to a laid-back lifestyle. 

The Frioul Islands and Château d'If
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 9 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 9 Days

Luxury experiences meet a casual pace of life in the south of France on this nine-day getaway. Experience the magic of Paris at nighttime and sample famous French patisseries, then head south to discover art & history in Marseille. End your trip in Aix-en-Provence, where romantic villages and old-world wineries invite you to stay a while. 

Abbey of Senanque in the Luberon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 12 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 12 Days

See the scenery that attracted the likes of Rénoir, Cézanne, Picasso, and Van Gogh on this 12-day self-drive itinerary. You may even find some artistic inspiration of your own as you cruise down the glittering coastlines, wander through picturesque villages, and sip the vintages of old-growth vineyards.

Saint Benezet bridge in Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 6 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 6 Days

Savor the tastes of Southern France's Provence region on this six-day road trip itinerary. Take a farm-to-table cooking class, sample the vintages of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, and stroll across the songworthy bridges of Avignon with your time in this culinary territory.

Vaison Village
Map of Discover Provence by E-Bike: Sault, Roussillon, Avignon, & More - 14 Days
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Sault, Roussillon, Avignon, & More - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring Provence the best way we know how: by e-bike! Enjoy the "douceur de Vivre" and let the electric assistance pedaling system do all the work for you. Browse Provençal food markets to find local specialties, see Roussillon’s famous ochre cliffs, spend a day in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse & see the springs, and more!

Aix-en-Provence
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 16 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 16 Days

From the lights of Paris to the laidback atmosphere of the South of France, this luxurious 16-day itinerary is the ultimate vacation. See world-famous art at the Louvre and tour Paris in a vintage car, then head south to explore old-world villages and the sunny coastline. Sample wine in Provence, visit Monaco, tour artisanal perfumeries and more on this getaway.

Louvre in Paris
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 12 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 12 Days

From the big city lights of Paris to quiet chateaus in Provence, get a taste of luxury in France with this twelve-day itinerary. Explore Paris on a vintage car tour, set sail for the Frioul Islands on a private boat cruise, and soak in history and culture in Aix-en-Provence. End the trip on the French Riviera coast, where white-sand beaches and small-town wineries await. 

Streets of Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 11 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 11 Days

Whether you're picking up a single sunflower in the market or shelling out for one of the world's most expensive bottles of rose wine, you're sure to find something worth indulging in on this eleven-day road trip itinerary. From France's oldest city of Marseilles, up to the Luberon's hilltop villages, and down to the former seat of the papacy in Avignon, every destination has something new to offer.

Vineyards near Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 9 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 9 Days

Twirl around to the catchy tune of Sur le Pont d'Avignon as you cross said bridge and more on this nine-day self-drive trip. In addition to crossing the celebrated bridge of Avignon, you'll stroll down the Mediterranean coast and through markets, vineyards, olive groves, and more to see all that Provence has to offer.

Bonnieux, a village in the Luberon
Food & Wine Tour of Provence: Avignon & Bonnieux - 5 Days

On this outdoorsy tour of Provence, you'll mix gourmet experiences with active pursuits. Start the trip in medieval Avignon, then take a tour of the Luberon on an electric bike before learning how to cook (and eat) like a local at a Provençal cooking class. You'll finish with a full-day tour of local wineries. Cheers!

Pont Saint-Bénézet Bridge
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 7 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 7 Days

Get a taste for luxury on this weeklong trip to Paris and Provence. Explore Paris on a vintage car tour and visit the city's best patisseries, then head south for a quieter pace of life in Aix en Provence. Here you'll visit romantic medieval villages, prepare a three-course French meal, and sample Provence wine in old-world vineyards. 

Village of Sault
Map of Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Sault, Roussillon, Avignon, & More - 16 Days
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Sault, Roussillon, Avignon, & More - 16 Days

Visit the landscapes that inspired famous French painter Cezanne and enjoy views of Mont Ventoux as you bike along quiet countryside roads on this 16-day itinerary. From the cozy cafes and wide boulevards of Paris to romantic Aix-en-Provence, you'll relax and enjoy the "douceur de vivre" as the electric assistance pedaling system on the bikes gives your legs a break.

Verdon River flowing into the gorge
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 8 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 8 Days

Enjoy eight days of adrenaline with this adventurous itinerary. After exploring the streets of Marseille, you'll head into the mountains to meet the Verdon Gorge from all angles via horseback rides, river rafting, climbing, and canyoneering.

Church of the Holy Ghost, Aix-en-Provence
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 8 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 8 Days

Provence was once the first Roman territory beyond the Alps, and while you won't be riding in as a conqueror, you'll see why they wanted it for their own after this eight-day self-drive trip. Craft your own soap, cruise around the coast of Marseille, cook with ingredients from local markets, and more as you explore the region.

Provence countryside in winter
Map of Discover Provence by E-Bike: Sault, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Avignon, & More - 12 Days
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Sault, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Avignon, & More - 12 Days

If you've got twelve free days and adventure on your mind, head to romantic Provence for an e-bike tour you'll never forget. Ride along secured off-the-beaten-path roads across two nature parks as you visit small medieval towns, browse Provençal food markets to find local specialties, and visit the landscapes that inspired famous French painter Cezanne.

Blooming lavender in Provence
Map of Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Vaison, Sault, Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Avignon, & More - 11 Days
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Vaison, Sault, Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Avignon, & More - 11 Days

Follow the lavender roads at the heart of Provence and experience the French way of life on this 11-day e-bike tour. Explore Paris’s cozy cafes and wide boulevards, savor Provence flavors like olive oil, Picodon (provencal cheese), & thyme, and see Roussillon’s famous ochre cliffs. Spend a day in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse & see the springs, then explore history & architecture in Avignon.

Mount Sainte-Victoire in Provence
Map of Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Roussillon, Avignon, Aix, & More - 17 Days
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Roussillon, Avignon, Aix, & More - 17 Days

Everyone's heard of Provence, but few have cycled its quiet countryside roads and explored its many medieval village. You'll get the chance to do just that—effortlessly, on an e-bike. In this 17-day itinerary, which leads from Grignan to Aix-en-Provence in the south, you'll ride pleasant, off-the-beaten-path roads through two nature parks and experience the Provence way of life as you visit the landscapes that inspired the famous French painter Cezanne.

Vintage car tour of Paris
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 6 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris & Provence - 6 Days

If you're short on time but won't compromise on experiences, this six-day luxury tour of Paris and Provence is for you. Start with historic landmarks in Paris as you explore the city aboard a vintage car, then head south for a laid-back pace of life. End the trip in Aix-en-Provence where peaceful villages and farm-to-table cuisine beckon. 

Roman amphitheater in Arles Old Town
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 13 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 13 Days

Provence gets roughly 2,900 hours of sunshine per year, so you'll have plenty of time to bask in this 13-day road trip through the South of France. You'll make your way from coastal Marseilles inland to experience French farm cooking, hilltop villages, established wine estates and olive oil groves, and even ancient Roman ruins under the southern French sun.

Village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 7 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 7 Days

Get your French kicks on this seven-day adventure trip. After a soap-making experience in Marseille, a city known for its savon, you'll head out to Europe's largest gorge for horseback riding, river rafting, a via cordata climb, and more.

Paddling in the Verdon Gorge
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, &  Aix-en-Provence - 13 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, & Aix-en-Provence - 13 Days

Find both adrenaline and inspiration on this 13-day adventure trip. You'll explore both city streets and wooded paths with professional photographers, ride horses and rafts through Europe's largest gorge, and see the natural sights and urban landscapes that inspired famous Impressionists over the course of your adventure.

A small waterfall in Sainte-Croix Lake
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon Gorge, &  Aix-en-Provence - 16 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon Gorge, & Aix-en-Provence - 16 Days

Sink your teeth into 16 days of Southern French sensations with this itinerary. You'll experience the markets of Marseille along with a cooking class in a local chef's home, then find your courage to tackle Europe's largest gorge via hiking, horseback riding, canyoneering, climbing, and more. Wind down with more hikes and a bike ride through charming Aix-en-Provence before you head home.

Sainte-Croix Lake
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 11 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 11 Days

Capture your perfect angle, even if it's upside-down, on this 11-day adventure itinerary. In addition to two expert photography workshops, set in coastal Marseille and the mountains around the Verdon Gorge, you'll ride, raft, hike, and climb to some of France's most spectacular views.

Aerial view of the Verdon region
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 6 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 6 Days

Find your French spirit with a six-day swing through the Verdon Gorge, the largest in Europe. You'll start and finish in Mediterranean Marseille, but head to the Verdon region in between for four nights of horseback rides, rafting, and a search for the gorge's famous vultures.

Road through the Verdon Gorge
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, &  Aix-en-Provence - 15 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, & Aix-en-Provence - 15 Days

Indulge all of your senses, especially your sense of adventure, on this 15-day trip. You'll cruise to isolated islands in the Mediterranean, inhale the fragrant flower fields of Provence, scope out sunset summits, and more, frequently accompanied by expert guides and professional photographers to make sure you absorb the experience from every angle.

Hilltop village of Gordes
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 15 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 15 Days

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.

A lavender field in Provence
Map of Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days
Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days

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.

Spend a day strolling through Aix en Provence
Map of Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days

Perhaps no other region encompasses France's exceptional beauty better than Provence. During this 5-day self-drive itinerary, you'll experience the highlights with stops in emblematic cities such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as traditional villages in the scenic countryside. Finish the adventure in medieval Avignon coupled with a wine tasting in nearby Chateauneuf du Pape.

Calanques National Park between Marseille and Cassis
Map of Parks of Provence: Calanques National Park, Alpilles, & the Luberon Valley - 5 Days
Parks of Provence: Calanques National Park, Alpilles, & the Luberon Valley - 5 Days

On this quick itinerary, you'll spend five days seeing the highlights of Provence, including the charming village of Aix-en-Provence, the natural parks of Calanques, Alpilles, and Luberon, and a number of other historic and cultural sites. Take a cooking class, cruise around scenic coves on a boat tour, stroll down the streets of France's oldest city, and more: this trip plan takes you there.

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 valleys of the Luberon region. 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.

An ancient alley in the village of Lourmarin
Map of Provence Road Trip:  Food, Wine & Culture - 7 Days
Provence Road Trip: Food, Wine & Culture - 7 Days

Get behind the wheel in the South of France during this weeklong road trip through the Provence region. Starting in Marseille, you'll swim in the Mediterranean, tour cafés and vineyards in Aix en Provence, and explore a range of picturesque hilltop villages in the Luberon. At the end of each day, hang your hat on some of the most charming hotels in France while choosing between exquisite dining options.

Hilltop perched village of Gordes
Map of Culture, Food & History of Provence - 6 Days
Culture, Food & History 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. 

Watermill in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Map of Provence Cycling Tour - 8 Days
Provence Cycling Tour - 8 Days

Cover the highlights of Provence at your own pace on this eight-day cycling tour. You'll start and end in the medieval walled city of Avignon, wheeling your way through the vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône, historic fortresses, charming villages, and mountain landscapes of the Provence region.

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

The hilltop-perched village of Gordes in Provence
Map of Highlights of Provence - 11 Days
Highlights of Provence - 11 Days

Vibrant Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and historic Avignon: pay a visit to every quintessential locale in Provence on this comprehensive tour. With a perfect balance of outdoor activities and cultural experiences, this itinerary will check every box on your list of things to see and do in this lovely region of Southern France.

Southern Rhône valley, at the gates of Provence
Map of Culinary Rhône Valley Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 8 Days
Culinary Rhône Valley Tour: Lyon to Marseille - 8 Days

This culinary tour winds its way from gastronomic Lyon (with a food scene rivaling that of Paris) through the colorful countryside of Provence. Taste famous wines, relax in olive country, and fall in love with the ancient cities and sweeping flower-filled fields that make this region famous.

Charming street in Aix en Provence
Map of Pure Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Avignon, Verdon Gorge & More  - 12 Days
Pure Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Avignon, Verdon Gorge & More - 12 Days

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. 

Spend a day in Cassis and Calanques National Park
Map of Paris & Provence Family Adventure - 7 Days
Paris & Provence Family Adventure - 7 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this weeklong itinerary kicks off in the French capital where you'll summit the Eiffel Tower, gain skip-the-line access at Le Louvre, and sample some of Paris's best bakeries and chocolatiers. Then, ride a high-speed train to Avignon—your base for exploring the Provence region with canoeing and biking tours as well as a trip to a national park along the Mediterranean to finish the adventure

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.

Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
Map of Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days
Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.

Nice- French Riviera at sunset
Map of Relaxed Provence & French Riviera - 10 Days
Relaxed Provence & French Riviera - 10 Days

Experience the best of Provence and the French Riviera in 10 days. Visit Cannes, Nice, the hill-top villages of Luberon, Aix-en-Provence, and more regional highlights. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gourmet culinary tours, local culture, and charming boutique hotels.

Take the train to Lyon, France's 3rd largest city
Map of Paris, Lyon, Nice & Provence - 14 Days
Paris, Lyon, Nice & Provence - 14 Days

Ideal for food, wine, and culture enthusiasts, this trip travels at a relaxed pace from Paris to Nice over the span of two weeks. Start off with several days in the 'City of Lights' and the French culinary mecca of Lyon. Then pick up a car in Avignon to experience Provence's vineyards and lavender fields at your own speed. Finish the adventure indulging on Mediterranean views and fresh seafood in the French Riviera.

Spend a day castle-hopping in the Loire Valley
Map of France Family Adventure - 14 Days
France Family Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting, yet easy-going itinerary is the perfect introduction to France—especially for groups and families (ages 10 and up). Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, the Loire Valley, Provence, and the French Riviera with a fun mix of educational tours led by local guides and free time to explore on your own.

The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 12 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 12 Days

Take a break from real life and immerse yourself in the city of love on this 12-day France honeymoon itinerary. You'll start in Paris—the perfect place for art museums, pastries, and a day trip to the resplendent Versailles. From here you'll head south to romantic Avignon and historic Lyon, ending in sunny Nice for plenty of beach time. 

Latin quarter in Paris
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris & the French Riviera - 9 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris & the French Riviera - 9 Days

Head to France for nine magical days in the city of love—the perfect place for a honeymoon. Paris practically begs you to plan a romantic getaway, which is exactly what you'll do, from art viewing in the Louvre to day trips to storybook chateaus. Make sure to stop by the historic city of Avignon before wiling away the time on the sunny white-sand beaches of the south. 

The French way to start the day
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 15 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 15 Days

If fifteen luxurious days in Paris and Provence sound perfect to you, look no further. With bespoke daily activities ranging from cooking classes to private sailing trips, there's no shortage of unforgettable experiences. Sample wine in Provence, soak in art and history in Marseille, and tour romantic Avignon and the old-world Luberon valley. 

Cap d’Antibes
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 13 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 13 Days

Thirteen days may be unlucky, but there's nothing unlucky about this thirteen-day honeymoon itinerary to France's main regions. Spend some time in Paris, where a day trip to the fairytale Chambord & Chenonceau chateaus whisks you away to a story. Stop in Lyon for some wine and Avignon for small villages, then end in Nice, where white-sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets await. 

Cityscape of Blois
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 17 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 17 Days

This seventeen-day honeymoon itinerary has something for every couple (or non-couples!) Stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza, experience the magic of Paris at night, and wonder at the splendor of the Versailles estate. Explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley and go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region before spending time in Cannes and Monaco. 

Chateau of Sully-sur-Loire
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 18 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 18 Days

With eighteen full days in the country, you'll get to experience the full variety of French cultures on this honeymoon trip. Learn about Parisian history in the heart of the city, search through the Louvre for hidden treasures, and explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, before stopping by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza. 

Chenonceau castle and grounds
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 14 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to get away from it all, which is exactly what you'll do on this honeymoon itinerary. From Paris's busy streets to the quiet avenues of Aix en Provence, this itinerary has it all. Go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region, visit hilltop villages near Avignon, and immerse yourself in the luxurious atmosphere of Cannes and Monaco. 

Chambord castle
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 19 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 19 Days

Leave your worries behind on this romantic 19-day honeymoon getaway to France. Experience the magic of Paris at night, bargain with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets, and tour the fairytale Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau. Explore Roman ruins in Avignon and see the hilltop villages of the Luberon, before ending the trip in Cannes and Monaco. 

Aerial view of Amboise
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 15 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 15 Days

Fifteen days is enough time to dive deep into several of France's most popular regions (and understand why they're a favorite!) Start in Paris, where mornings of fresh-baked pastries and hot espressos meld seamlessly into evenings of red wine and charcuteries. See the Chateau Chambord, immerse yourself in Avignon's history, and end your trip on a sunny note—along the warm beaches of the French Riviera. 

Chenonceau at sunset
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 20 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 20 Days

With twenty full days to experience everything France has to offer, you're bound to come away with a bit more romance in your heart. On this honeymoon itinerary, you'll do everything from exploring Paris through pastries to bargaining with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, visit the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza.

Lavender fields
Upper Provence Bike Tour - 6 Days

Explore the heart of Provence at your own pace on this 6-day, self-guided bike tour. Begin in Bédoin or Mazan and end in Roussillon or Gargas, enjoying short daily rides to fully experience Provence. Visit some of Provence’s most acclaimed wine-making towns, climb legendary Mont Ventoux, or snake through the Gorges de la Nesque. In between, lodge in medieval villages and enjoy local cuisine.

Colorful French macarons
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 11 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 11 Days

Leave it all behind and enjoy eleven magical days in France for your honeymoon (or any other special occasion!) Start in Paris, where romantic dinners at streetside cafes blend perfectly with relaxed strolls through the Louvre and a night at the Eiffel Tower. Wrap up your trip in Avignon and Nice, where history, nature, and wine await you and your sweetie.

Costa Brava between Cadaques and Portlligat
Map of Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 11 Days
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 11 Days

Get to know the Mediterranean Coast and Provence region on this eleven-day trip. Stroll around Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic at night, trace Salvador Dali’s path in Catalan, and tour one of Europe's most formidable defensive fortresses in Carcassone. Top it off with drives down peaceful country roads and contemplating beauty & history in quiet medieval churches.

Sunset in the Verdon Regional Nature Park
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, &  Aix-en-Provence - 12 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille, Verdon, & Aix-en-Provence - 12 Days

Tackle 12 days of excitement with this adventure trip. After exploring France's oldest city, Marseille, you'll head out to the Verdon Gorge region. Hike along its edges to discover the wild animals and plants, then descend into the Gorge via climbs and canyoneering to experience it from all angles. You'll end your trip in Aix-en-Provence, home to some of Cézanne's favorite landscapes.

Paddle through the spectacular Gorges du Verdon
Map of Active Family Adventure in Verdon Gorge - 9 Days
Active Family Adventure in Verdon Gorge - 9 Days

This family-friendly itinerary features heart-pumping fun and adventure in Southern France's Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe and your playground for the next 9 days. You will raft the Verdon River, hike the edge of the canyon, paddle Lac de Sainte-Croix, and climb Via Cordata for an exceptional experience, ending your stay in Aix-en-Provence.

Gordes at dusk
Map of Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Provence, Lyon, & More - 19 Days
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Provence, Lyon, & More - 19 Days

If you've ever wanted to explore art in Barcelona, stroll through Avignon's quiet streets, or go wine tasting in the south of France, this 19-day itinerary is perfect for you. From Salvador Dali's legacy in sunny Catalan to Cathar Castles in Carcassone, you'll see the region's highlights and dig deep into the local culture. End the trip with a road trip north to Lyon along Napoleon's route for a sampling of France's best cuisine.

Sunset in Grenoble
Map of Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Provence, Lyon, & More - 20 Days
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Provence, Lyon, & More - 20 Days

From the sunny, white-washed homes of Catalan to the snow-capped Alps of Grenoble, this 20-day trip showcases highlights and immerses you into the local culture. Stroll around Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic at night, explore Roman ruins in Tarragona, and trace Salvador Dali’s path in Catalan. Drive peaceful country roads in the South of France as you check out the Cathar Castles and road trip along the Napoleon Route.

Old port at dusk in Marseille
Map of "Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days
"Like a Local" Tour in Provence and the French Riviera: 7 Days

Love getting off the beaten track and traveling like a local? This tour was tailor-made for you. Experience the best of the French Riviera, including the hilltop villages of Luberon, multicultural Marseille, charming Aix-en-Provence, and vibrant Cannes.

La Grande Fontaine in Saint-Paul de Vence
Map of Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days

This relaxed, self-drive itinerary travels through some of the best coastal and countryside villages in the French Riviera. Starting and ending in Nice, you'll experience Mediterranean beaches, medieval architecture, local markets, perfumeries, and even hiking trails in the nearby mountains (if you so choose). Stay at a different scenic destination each night for a road-trip adventure you won't soon forget!

Spend two leisurely days driving around the Brittany region
Map of Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 14 Days
Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 14 Days

This epic trip loops around three beloved regions in France with a nice mix of free time and guided tours. Start in Normandy to visit historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is Brittany where you'll have free time (and a car) to explore the wild, rugged coastline at your own pace. Then experience UNESCO-listed villages and castles in the Loire Valley before finishing with two days in Paris.

Lake Annecy
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, & the French Riviera - 10 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, & the French Riviera - 10 Days

If you've got ten days and a heart full of love, head to France for the perfect honeymoon getaway. Start in Paris, where you'll stroll shops and galleries by day and indulge in French wine at open-air cafes at night. See the Alps and tour Avignon, then end your tour on the sunny southern coast.

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