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Full-day lavender tour in Valensole from Aix en Provence

Take part to this unforgettable day on the Plateau of Valensole, specialised in the cultivation of «lavandin», where small roads are winding through the fields of flowers. You will be charmed by the sights and scents of the gorgeous Blue Gold of Provence. You will meet one of the local producers and learn about cultivation and distillation of the lavender essential oil and its medicinal virtues.The journey will continue to the perched village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie. This charming village is well known for its earthern wares workshops. You will have free time for lunch (not included).

In the afternoon, you will enjoy the panoramic tour of the spectacular and majestic Gorges of Verdon, known as one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe and around the turquoise colored Lake of Sainte-Croix. Before heading back to Aix-en-Provence, we will make a last stop in the picturesque village of Sainte Croix du Verdon where you will have the possibility of swimming or sun-bathing.

Full day Lavender tour

City Pass Aix-en-Provence 24h, 48h, 72h

 

  • 15 essential tourist sites
  • Free public transportation with ccess to the bus network in 36 municipalities of Aix Region
  • 10 guided tours to discover the city
  • Special offers and deals
  • A trilingual instruction leaflet (French, English and Spanish) locating all the partner sites

City Pass

Full-day lavender tour in Sault from Aix en Provence

You will start your journey through the Luberon Natural Regional Park along the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. You will arrive at the Plateau of Claparèdes with its numerous “bories” (typical dry-stoned houses) among the lavender fields. You will reach the hilltop village of Saignon to enjoy an outstanding panorama on the valley.

Next, you will head to Pays de Sault and discover its wide lavender and lavandin fields in bloom . Sault, called also “the capital of lavender”, is located at an altitude of 765m and has been cultivating the fine lavender for centuries and the hybrid lavender ‘lavandin’ since the early 20th century. You will meet one of the local producers and learn about cultivation and distillation of the lavender essential oil and its medicinal virtues.

After some free time and lunch (not included), discover one of the most beautiful villages in France; Gordes, a village hanging 340 metres above sea level on a rocky cliff. Gordes is a very popular destination famous worldwide which offers an amazing and breathtaking view on the famous Luberon mountain.

Lavender tour in Sault

Luberon markets and villages from Aix en Provence

If you want to have a general overview of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’, this tour is made for you.

You will begin your day by walking through the most charming and traditional markets of Provence (depending on the day of your visit). The order of the visited sites will change accordingly.

Take time to stroll and explore:

  • on Tuesdays in Gordes, a picturesque hilltop dry stone-built village with its Renaissance-styled castle
  • on Thursday in Roussillon, a colourful village with its ochre cliffs
  • on Fridays in Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle
  • on Sundays in l’Isle sur la Sorgue, also name as the The Venice of Provence and the capital of antique dealers and flea markets

For lunch, you will have free time to choose if you want to have some typical dish at a terrasse or explore the small village.

After this break, you will head to Fontaine de Vaucluse. There you can walk up to the cave where the impressive river Sorgues emerges. You will then arrive in Roussillon, you will be in awe with this charming colorful village which houses are painted with ochre, once the biggest exporter of this natural pigment in the world.

Along the way, admire the Pont Julien, an imposing roman built bridge on the way to Bonnieux. Enjoy some free time in Bonnieux, a picture perfect Provençal village on top of which stands a 12th century church surrounded by century-old cedars. One of the last stop of the day is Combe of Lourmarin well-known for its 15th century Renaissance castle.

If you visit from mid-June to mid-July only, you will the chance to admire the amazing lavender fields in full bloom at the 12th century Cistercian Senanque Abbey.

Luberon Markets and Villages from Aix de Provence

 

Provence discovery day tour from Aix en Provence

Get a taste of traditional Provence life at a slower pace during this day tour from Aix en Provence.

You will first reach the exceptional village of Les Baux de Provence. From the Middle Ages, the village has kept the narrow streets, the Renaissance-styled private mansions, the imposing ruins of a castle and the memory of the proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur, it’s a breathtaking view on an exceptional scenery. Possibility to watch the sound and light show ‘Van Gogh, the Starry Night’ at Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance not included).

Discover the Pont du Gard, a fascinating Unesco World Heritage site since 1985. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

Provence discovery day tour

Side-car tour of Sainte-Victoire and the villages in the south of the Aix region

During this 2-hour retro sidecar tour, you will discover the most beautiful of the Aixoises, the mountain that inspired Cézanne so much, the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.

Along the road, you can admire the most beautiful landscapes of Provence and visit the most picturesque villages in the south of the Aix region.

Side car tour of Sainte Victoire

Side-car tour to Château La Coste from Aix-en-Provence

From Aix-en-Provence, your guide will drive you aboard a retro side-car to Château La Coste, an ideal place to enjoy a day with friends and family.

After enjoying an unforgettable journey on a side-car along the Provençal roads, you will arrive at Château la Coste. You will then discover a unique place combining modern architecture, an open-air art gallery and a vineyard.

As you stroll through the domain, you will discover more than thirty major art installations scattered throughout the domain among oaks, century-old pines, vines, and lavender fields. You will appreciate the architectural creations of Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano and Frank O. Geary, and the works of art of Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Sean Scully, Tracey Emin, and Liam Gillick.

You will end the visit with a tasting of a selection of Château La Coste wines and discover the production and cellars of this prestigious vineyard

Side car tour to Chateau la Coste

Tour of Sainte-Victoire and wine route by side-car motorcycle

During this 2-hour retro sidecar tour, you will discover the most beautiful of the Aixoises, the mountain that inspired Cézanne so much, the Montagne Sainte-Victoire.Along the road, you can admire the most beautiful landscapes of Provence and meet the winegrowers and vineyards of the Aix region.You will visit authentic estates and enjoy numerous wine tastings and local products.

Tour of Sainte Victoire and wine route by side car

Side-car tour of the vineyards and gourmet visits from Aix-en-Provence

You will leave Aix en Provence on a vintage sidecar to discover the beautiful roads of Provence, on the theme of a gourmet visit.

You will discover the traditional and artisanal know-how of the master chocolatiers of Puyricard, and will enjoy some workshops offered by the Maison Puyricard. or You will continue your visit with the Calisson du Roy Renée museum with a playful and gourmet tour that retraces the history of the manufacture of the famous Provençal candy factory. You will also have the opportunity to see the manufacture of small Calissons and enjoy a tasting.

To finish this gourmet expedition, you will discover a winery of the region in the 3 colours and enjoy a tasting.

Side car tour of vineyards and gourmet visit

Side-car tour of Les Baux-de-provence

On this special day, you will discover the picturesque village of Les Baux-de-Provence on a vintage side-car.

You will also visit the famous Carrières de Lumières, as well as the village of Miramas le vieux. You will enjoy an idyllic panorama and breathtaking Provençal landscapes with a must-stop in the best glaciers in the region.

Side car tour of Les Baux-de-Provence

Side-car tour of the Luberon vineyards

You will discover the market of Lourmarin. You will have the opportunity to enjoy some tasting on a domain of the Luberon.

You will see picturesque landscapes from Lourmarin to Lacoste via Bonnieux.

 

Side car tour of Luberon vineyards

Day tour of the best of French Riviera from Aix en Provence

The French Riviera is one of the most famous sites in France; full of light and colours, it welcomes visitors all year long with a cool air and a unique view on the mediterranean sea. This tour will take you to Monaco, where you will see the Changing of the guard in front of the Princes’ Palace.

From there, enjoy panoramic view on the Mediterranean sea standing on the rock of the principality of Monaco. You will enjoy a ride on the Monaco world famous race-track. Photo stop is required to take home a souvenir of the old Casino of Monte Carlo, facing the famous Hotel de Paris and Café de Paris and deluxe boutiques.

The next stop will be on the Corniche road to Eze, a lovely medieval village. Have a sight at the famous perfume factory Fragonard, created in 1926 in Grasse. To finish this wonderful day, head up to Nice, the biggest city on the French Riviera, for a panoramic tour of the city: Promenade des Anglais, the castle park overlooking the bay of angels, the old town, the Cours Saleya, …

Day tour of the French Riviera

Wine tour in Cezanne countryside from Aix en Provence

Discover the famous south of France during an amazing wine tour from Aix en Provence. This visit combines art, wine and unforgettable landscapes.You will start with a scenic drive through the landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, which inspired the famous impressionist painter Paul Cézanne from 1880 to 1883.

You will then reach the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards, which are located east from the city of Aix-en-Provence. They are considered to be some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind. The shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, produce high-quality vineyards.You will be invited in two wine properties of the appellation to sample tasty red wines with excellent structure and subtle and elegant rosés.

Wine tour in Cezanne

Private walking tour of Aix-en-Provence

During this private walking tour in Aix-en-Provence, you will explore one of the most charming Provençal cities. At your own pace, your guide will take you through the narrow streets of the city.
A city of water and a city of art, Aix en Provence perfectly embodies this Provençal lifestyle that is so popular all over the world. It is especially the city of the painter Cézanne, whose countryside has inspired some of the greatest impressionist masterpieces of all time.
With its boulevards shaded by majestic plane trees, its narrow streets lined with rich private mansions, its discreet squares decorated with pretty fountains, lined with terraces of welcoming cafés, Aix will seduce those who take the time to slack off.
During the visit, you will stroll along the famous Cours Mirabeau. You will discover sites such as City Hall, the Archbishop’s Old Palace and Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. If you wish to cover another aspect of this city that is not mentioned here, simply specify it to your guide when you book and the guide will adapt the itinerary to your liking.

During your walks around the famous Cours Mirabeau, shaded by its vault of plane trees, you will admire a number of mansions and monuments. You will encounter sites such as City Hall, Old Archbishop’s Palace, and Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. The squares decorated with fountains provide so many enchanting places to discover during your strolls.If you want to see another side of this city not mentioned here, simply mention it to your guide and they will take you there. Enjoy a personalized and scenic walking tour, and let yourself discover this wonderful city of Provence.

 

Private walking tour of Aix en Provence

Wine and candies tasting tour in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 

Covered with a sea of large yellowish pebbles, the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du- Pape offer a unique and timeless view.

The wine-tour starts with an authentic confectionary where are made tons of delicacies: candies, nougat, lollipops… We will attend the manufacturing in copper cauldrons.

We’ll continue until Chateauneuf-du-Pape to meet three winemakers, very differents from each other, who will make us discover the appellation, the oldest of France, throught their wine making methods and their wine farm.

We will have lunch in a typical Provencal restaurant, and if the weather permits it, we will enjoy the shaded patio.

Wine and candie tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape

Half-day wine tour in Coteaux d’Aix

During this escapade, we will explore the appellation “Côteaux d’Aix” and of course its famous rosés…between others!

We will visit 2 authentic domains, the originality of which makes them exceptional, meet with the winemakers and you will taste a selection of their best wines!

You will learn everything about the wine making process in Provence, from the grapes to the wines.

wine tour in Coteaux d’Aix

Wine, garden and Corkscrew museum tour in Lubéron

Luberon terroir makes fresh and aromatic dry white wines, renowned for their fine bouquets onnent. Black Grenache and Syrah produce ample and flexible red in mouth, balanced, in the fruity aromas. Rosés, fresh and very drinkable in notes subtly spicy.

During this day, we will visit 3 wine farms, 2 botanic gardens and an impressive collection of corkscrews from all over the world and we will have lunch in the vineyard!

Wine garden, Corkscrew museum tour in Luberon

 

Full-day private tour from Aix-en-Provence to Mont Sainte Victoire in search of Cézanne

During this full-day excursion, you will have an exceptional day out sampling the delights of good food & wine and discovering the delights of Paul Cézanne country in the heart of Provence

You will start the tour in Aix-en-Provence where we tour the old town to discover some of the highlights of Cézanne’s daily life in Aix. We visit together numerous street markets and small artisanal shops, discover local specialities before the short drive via Le Tholonet to discover and admire the views over Mont Sainte Victoire that seduced Paul Cézanne and inspired him to paint many times from 1880. You will pass by the windmill that was his view over the mountain.

You will visit the village of Puyloubier, stopping en-route to visit two vineyards to learn about the St Victoire wines with a tasting. The Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire vineyards located east of Aix-en-Provence are considered some of the most natural in France, due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind & shallow rocky soils, formed by limestone & sandstone which produces high-quality vines. Learn about the characteristics of the land, explore the wine making process whilst visiting the cellars of two different vineyards. Meet the winemakers, taste the wines – full-bodied reds, subtle elegant rosés & distinctive whites. If you want, you will have lunch at one of the vineyards that have an award-winning restaurant specializing in fresh local produce or a simple local restaurant in the village square in Puyloubier. After lunch a short stroll around the village before moving on to Rousset to visit a small family run domain.

Full day private tour in search of Cezanne

Wine and pétanque tour in Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire

The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east of the city of Aix- en-Provence, between the Sainte-Victoire and the Aurelien’s mountains. It’s the country of Paul Cézanne, the famous painter.

The poor and shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, produce high-quality vineyards: tasty, full-bodied reds with excellent structure and subtle and elegant rosés.

We will visit three authentic wineries, far away from touristic places. We will have lunch in the heart of vineyards, between vines, with an amazing view on Sainte-Victoire.

Enjoying the surroundings, we will have a Petanque class, the traditional game of Provence!

Wine and pe´tanque tour Cotes to Provence

Wine and olive oil tour in Les Baux de Provence

In the heart of the Alpilles, in a setting of wild nature, the vineyard of Les Baux de Provence reveals all its richness.

Here, the winemakers love the land they have received as an inheritance. They place respect for the environment at the heart of their work so that the appellation is proud to count 95% of its area cultivated in organic or biodynamic agriculture.

The landscapes beauty of the Alpilles and the quality of light have inspired many artists such as Van Gogh.

During our winetour, we will visit 2 unusual wineries that will unveil their secrets, as well as one traditional oil mill.

1 hour driving to “Les Alpilles3

1st winery: one hour of visit and tasting

Lunch in a provencal restaurant

In the afternoon, visit and tasting in a traditional olive oil mill with the producer (1 hour)

Then, visit and tasting in a 2nd winery (1 hour)

1 hour driving to get back to our meeting point

Wine and Olive Oil in Les Baux Provence

Art, Architecture and Fine Wine private tour at Château La Coste

You will have the choice to start the tour in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence. Leaving by car, a short drive through the Provence countryside to Château La Coste located just north of Aix-en-Provence.

Depending on your predilection, Château la Coste, north of Aix-en-Provence, is either an estimable winemaker with a sideline in contemporary art or a marvel of modern architecture with an open-air gallery that happens to have a vineyard attached. Whatever the viewpoint Château La Coste is an exceptional discovery of art, architecture & fine wine. Wine tasting included. ‘La Coste combines all the elements of the perfect French Art de Vivre – a unique artistic experience in an atmosphere of calm luxury. It’s an atypical art estate in a protected environment.

You will visit the art center and the bookshop, before starting the walking tour of the park.

Strolling through the domain, you will see over thirty major art installations scattered throughout the domain amongst oak trees, hundred-year-old pines, vines & lavender fields. You will enjoy the creations of architecture from – Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano & Frank O.Geary. Artworks include Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Larry Neufeld, Ai Weiwei, Sean Scully, Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Stipe, Tom Shannon, Tracey Emin, and Liam Gillick.

You will finish the tour with a tasting of a selection of the Chateau La Coste wine, learn about the production at this award-winning vineyard.

Art, Architecture and fine wine at Chateau la Coste

Saint Remy, Les Baux de Provence & Arles tour from Aix en Provence

The south of France is one of the most beautiful regions in the country and it is well known for its roman architecture, cultural heritage, its fresh cuisine and the impressionists like Manet, Cézanne, Pissarro or Van Gogh. If you want to discover the region in one day and see a selection of the most important sites, this tour is what you need: it will take you to the heart of Provence and to see the highlights of the region.

You will first discover Saint Rémy de Provence, typical town where you will enjoy free time to stroll around a traditional provençal market if you visit on a Wednesday. You will then enjoy a photo stop at two Roman monuments; Les Antiques and Saint Paul de Mausole.

Next stop is Les Baux de Provence, a perched medieval village with narrow stoned streets, and an imposing ruins castle. Do not miss the breathtaking view from the top of the hill. From March to December 2019, instead of visiting the village, you may choose watch a spectacular sound and light show ‘Van Gogh, the Starry Night’ at Les Carrières de Lumières (entrance fee not included)

You will explore the small picturesque city of Arles while following the paths of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. You will see the places where he created his most famous paintings in 1888. The city is also known for its Roman architectural heritage: the Amphitheater, Constantin Thermal Baths, Cryptoporticus amongst the numerous monuments of the city. Do not miss also the magnificent 12th century cloister of Saint Trophime (entrance fee not included).

Saint Remy,Les Baux de Provence and Arles

Half-day tour in the hilltop villages in Luberon from Aix en Provence

Take part to this half-day tour through the most beautiful and charming hilltop villages in Luberon.

The Luberon region is amazing and will captivate you with its full range of lavender colors, vineyards, villages on top of the hills, medieval castles everywhere and roman architecture in most of the cities. If you want to have a general overview of the villages, this tour is made for you!

You will start with the village of Lourmarin, famous for its 15th century castle. Thereafter, head towards Bonnieux, a picture perfect Provençal village, on top of which stands a 12th century church and pass by the roman bridge Pont Julien.

Your next stop is Gordes, a hilltop dry stone-built village with its Renaissance-styled Castle. This is an area that is often times chosen by many film producers for their movie’s scenery. It was the film location of Ridley Scott’s ‘A Good Year’.

After Gordes, you will arrive in Roussillon and be in awe with this charming colorful village which houses are painted with ochre.

After this unforgettable tour, you will then head back to Aix en Provence.

Half day tour , hlll top villages of Luberon

One day tour in Verdon Canyon and Moustiers Sainte Marie from Aix en Provence

Start your guided tour in L’Occitane factory, created in 1976, in Manosque. Famous worldwide for its cosmetic products made from locally grown flowers and plants. You will cross Valensole plateau with its ocean of lavender fields in bloom from June to July.

You will continue to Moustiers Sainte-Marie, a charming and well-known village for earthen ware workshops. You will enjoy free time to explore and for lunch (not included).

It’s time to be amazed by the spectacular, breathtaking view on the Verdon canyon and the turquoise coloured Lake of Sainte Croix. Protected natural site since 1990, the canyon is considered as one of the most beautiful canyon in Europe. You will have free time to relax on the beach lake, to swim or take a sunbath.

After this incredible time in the Verdon Canyon and its surroundings, you will head back to Aix en Provence crossing the village of Sainte Croix du Verdon, overlooking the lake. Do not miss the wonderful panorama!

One day tour in Vendn Canyon, Moustiers Sainte Marie

Half-day private tour of the classic old town of Aix-en-Provence

During this half-day private tour, you will see the iconic sights of Aix-en-Provence including the baroque and rococo 17th and 18th-century hôtels particular in the Quartier Mazarin. You will also stroll along with Cours Mirabeau a wide walkway shaded by rows of lush plane trees, mansions, and restaurants.

You will discover the city’s famous fountains, many Roman springs that have been hydrating Aix for thousands of years.

You will visit also the gardens of Pavillon Vendôme, La cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, the Tour de l’Horloge and the Hotel de Ville, built in 1510 and the adjoining Provençal markets with some local shops selling high-quality local produce.

Half-day private tour of the classic old town of Aix-en-Provence

Provence Wine Tour & Luberon Villages from Aix en Provence

During this one day tour in Provence, you will start with a scenic drive to the foot of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, a source of inspiration for Paul Cézanne, famous impressionist painter of the XIX century and native of Aix en Provence. You will then visit two wineries and delight yourself with the rosés and reds of the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire’s label wine.

You will enjoy some free time in Aix en Provence to have a lunch ot to stroll in the narrow streets of the city.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the discovery of the highlights of Luberon. You will have a first stop for a photo shoot in Lourmarin, a village among the most beautiful of France, famous for its 15th century Renaissance castle. Then, you will arrive in Bonnieux, a village in the hills, dominated by its High Church at 425 meters above sea level.

The next village is Roussillon which will amaze you by its colorful houses painted with ochre. You will also contemplate a fantastic view from the Pont Julien, a beautiful roman bridge. The last stop will be dedicated to Gordes, now world famous medieval village, entirely made with the local stones and the location for numerous movies.

You will then return to Aix en Provence.

Provence Wine Tour & Luberon Villages from Aix en Provence

Richiusa Canyon half day trip in Corsica

During this half-day trip, discover the most famous and playful canyon of Corsica with its obstacle course through shimmering turquoise waters…

Slides, jumps from 2 to 8m (not obligatory), rappelling and zip-line will greet you in this descent through wild and pristine Corsican mountain waters!

Our private base at the bottom’s canyon is unique in Corsica! You will enjoy the best possible conditions: a free private parking, locker rooms, bathrooms, cupboard for your personal stuff and canyon shoes (optional rental)!

Join this great initiation to canyoning in the most famous and most entertaining canyon on the island.

 

Richiusa Canyon half day trip in Corsica