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Charming streets of Aix
Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence

Known as "mini Paris," Aix-en-Provence sits in the heart of the Provence region, known for its charm, lavender, wine, and unique signature cuisine. Spend time exploring these claims to fame with cooking classes, wine tastings, drives through lavender fields, and walking tours. Then head out into the countryside and discover more Provençal charm, such as in the city of Avignon, the scenic hilltop villages of Luberon, or the impressive Verdon Canyon.

Boats on the Gorges du Verdon
Active Family Adventure in the Verdon Gorge - 7 Days

Winding its way through scenic Provençal countryside, the spectacular Verdon Gorge is Europe's largest canyon and a paradise for outdoor adventurers. On this family-oriented itinerary, you'll base yourself in the fairytale village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie for a week of hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and canyoneering. In between high-adrenaline activities, visit the blooming lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau and explore the charming city of Aix-en-Provence.

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.

Paddle boats on the Verdon River
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 10 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 10 Days

Take every matter  of transport on this ten-day adventure trip. You'll cruise along the coast of Marseille, ride horses up to Sainte-Croix Lake, and tackle the Verdon Gorge by foot, river raft, and via cordata climb to take in the wild face of Europe's largest gorge.

Lavender fields along the Moustiers road
Map of Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 9 Days
Provençal Alps Adventure: Marseille & Verdon - 9 Days

Take a dive into nine days of adventure with this expedition. Start off by exploring Marseille and the French Mediterranean coast, then head inland to the Provençal Alps and Verdon Gorge. You'll ride horses, raft down rivers, climb along the canyonside, and more before you return to Marseille.

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.

The spectacular Verdon Gorge
Escape to Provence: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Marseille & Paris - 6 Days

This 6-day getaway immerses you in the rhythms of Provençal life, starting among the stunning landscapes of the Verdon Gorge. Settle into the fairytale village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, then venture into the wild river canyon by canoe. Switch gears and head to the coast to discover the flavors of Marseille with a gourmet walking tour, then bid Provence farewell as you hop a train to Paris and toast your final night with a romantic dinner cruise along the Seine.

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. 

Lavender fields on the Lavensole Plateau
Map of Self-Drive France: Provence & the French Riviera  - 10 Days
Self-Drive France: Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

Explore the iconic landscapes that inspired the French Impressionists on this scenic 10-day road trip through the South of France. Starting in Nice, you'll journey west past glittering coastlines, hilltop villages, and rolling countryside to reach Aix-en-Provence. Along the way, unforgettable Provençal experiences await: create your own perfume in Grasse, tour the wineries of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, see the lavender fields of Lavensole, and discover the villages of the Luberon by E-Bike.

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.