Best of Saint Rémy De Provence

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Between the low limestone peaks of western Provence, Saint Rémy is a small but fetching village with a deep connection to Van Gogh. The famed artist spent one of his most productive years inside the monastery-turned-asylum of St Paul, and a reconstruction of his room is open to visitors. Saint-Rémy also has some impressive Roman ruins, a vibrant weekly market, and peaceful lanes dotted with boutiques and cafés.

Within an easy drive of Saint Rémy, you'll find stunning attractions, like the impressive castle ruins atop Les Baux-de-Provence, Nîmes' vast Roman amphitheater, and the Renaissance architecture of Uzès. For a bit more adventure, you can head off on a canoe excursion, paddling under the dramatic arches of the ancient Roman Pont du Gard. You can also learn how to make your own fragrance in a lavender distillery and tour the famed markets and villages of Luberon.
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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Essentials

Wine tasting in France
Top Culinary Experiences in France

France has always been the center of culinary envy, known worldwide for its signature cuisine consisting of traditional techniques, ancestral secrets, and home-cooked comfort dictated by high-quality standards. From morning pastries to afternoon macrons, farm-fresh cheeses to wine, cider, and olive oil, and fresh food markets offering the freshest produce to unique dishes like snails and frog legs, you can truly enjoy it all in France.

The lavender fields of Provence
Best Things to Do in Provence

Provence's claim to fame might be its rolling lavender fields, but there's a lot more to enjoy in this region of France. It's a gastronomically rich area filled with vineyards, olive groves, and agricultural land, so tasting or preparing its Provençal cuisine is a must. You can also enjoy wine tastings and exploring historic villages like Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and other hamlets dotting the hills.

Palace of the Popes in Avignon
Best Things to Do in Avignon

The historic town of Avignon sits on the left bank of the famous Rhône River, its claim to fame being the incredible Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace ever built. Explore the city by walking or cycling among grand 14th-century monuments while surrounded by unique history. Then take advantage of Avignon's surrounding countryside and discover the heart of Provence, from lavender fields and vineyards to the region's signature cuisine.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Itineraries

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.

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.

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 five-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 and a wine tasting in nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Fountain of Nostradamus on a charming picturesque street of shops and cafés in the historic medieval village town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Map of Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Marseille: Best Itinerary Ideas
Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence & Marseille: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 5 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced France trip with stops in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Marseille. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Paris or Bonnieux. Get inspired with the following Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Marseille trip ideas below.

Eiffel Tower and carousel
Map of Family Fun & Culture in France:  Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 14 Days
Family Fun & Culture in France: Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 14 Days

Take your family on a fun-filled and educational tour of France with this 14-day adventure. Start in Paris, the City of Lights, where you'll climb the Eiffel Tower and explore the history of the French Revolution. Then, it's off to Aix-en-Provence for walks through markets and a private boat tour into Calanques National Park. Learn about ancient Roman times in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, play on the beaches of Saint-Tropez, and rent roller skates on the lively avenue of Nice's Promenade des Anglais.

Enjoying the lavender fields of Provence
Map of Family-Friendly Tour of Provence - 10 Days
Family-Friendly Tour of Provence - 10 Days

The southern French region of Provence is an ideal destination for an active-yet-relaxed family trip. All ages will enjoy the combination of good food (including cooking classes), ancient and medieval history and culture, and fun outdoor activities like biking and boating. Starting in the millennia-old city of Marseilles and ending in gorgeous Aix-en-Provence, you'll visit many picturesque villages and natural areas en route for a taster (quite literally) of the south of France.

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.

End your trip on the promenades of Nice
Map of Ultimate French Road Trip: Paris to the French Riviera - 21 Days
Ultimate French Road Trip: Paris to the French Riviera - 21 Days

Eat and drink your way from Paris to the Mediterranean coast on this three-week, self-drive adventure. Start in Paris with wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting, move on to Annecy for lakeside cycling and fondue, then continue to the Alps to summit glacial peaks and soak in hot tubs. After touring the gastronomic capital of Lyon, Provence's "easy life" beckons before winding down with sailing and beach time along the stunning coastlines of Marseille, Le Lavandou, and Nice.

Lavender fields near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path France: History & Gastronomy  - 21 Days
Off-the-Beaten-Path France: History & Gastronomy - 21 Days

Hit all the essential sites and explore some lesser-known gems on this epic, three-week loop tour around France. Start in Paris for art, cuisine, and shopping. Eat your way through Lyon before wine tasting in Beaujolais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Discover mountains and history among the olive groves of Provence, enjoy the sun-soaked coastal cities of Marseille and Nice, then return inland for more wine and gastronomy in Bordeaux.

Map of France Scenic Self-Drive Getaway: Castles, Forts & Vineyards - 21 Days
France Scenic Self-Drive Getaway: Castles, Forts & Vineyards - 21 Days

Discover all the things that fairy tales are made of on this comprehensive, three-week tour of France. Start in Normandy, where you'll explore the rugged coastline and massive fortresses. Head to the Loire Valley for lavish châteaux, gardens, and vineyards, then turn south into the Dordogne and discover its unusual natural scenery. Continue to Lyon and immerse yourself in its "foodie" culture before embarking on a wine-tasting extravaganza between Châteauneuf and Burgundy.

Sunset over Lyon
Culinary Road Trip: Paris, Dijon, Lyon, Provence & the Riviera - 21 Days

French cuisine and countryside are the star attractions on this three-week, self-drive itinerary. Setting out from Paris, you'll embark on a gastronomic odyssey as you wind your way south towards the Riviera. Take a culinary walking tour of Lyon, stroll the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Beaujolais, cycle to the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and learn to cook Provençal favorites in Aix-en-Provence. After some downtime on the beaches of Saint-Tropez, your journey ends in Nice, where you'll explore its bustling markets and take a day trip to nearby Monaco.