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How to Spend 3 Days in Provence

How to Spend 3 Days in Provence

Straddling the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France, Provence is known for its lavender-scented scenery, historic cities, and fine wine and food. Three days in Provence gives you ample time to see and taste the best of the region—here’s how. 

 

Day 1: Avignon and Lavender

Start your time in Provence with a tour of Avignon, home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city. Half-day tours typically visit to the star attraction Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic palace in the world, and provide plenty of time to explore its interiors. Inside, the Saint-Martial Chapel is particularly worth a visit for the frescoes that chronicle the life of the chapel's namesake saint. Other must-sees include Avignon Cathedral, a Romanesque structure that dates back to the 13th century, and the Pont d'Avignon, the remains of a medieval bridge over the Rhone River. 

Grab lunch in the city center before making your way out to the Vaucluse Plateau, one of the best places to see lavender in bloom during the summer months. In the evening, return to your Avignon or move on to Aix-en-Provence to rest up for the next day’s activities.

 

Day 2: Aix-en-Provence and Wine

Start your second day with a trip out to Provence's wine country to learn about and taste locally-produced wine. There are eight wine regions in total, but the most popular is the St-Victoire area, which falls under the Côtes de Provence appellation; the region also inspired much of Paul Cézanne's works and is best visited a part of a tour that includes round-trip transfers and therefore allows you to sample as much wine as you like. 

In the afternoon, return to Aix-en-Provence to explore the city on walking tour. Staple stops include the Aix Cathedral, famed for its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and two 15th-century masterpieces—The Burning Bush Triptych and the stone-carved Altar of the Aygosi Family—and Cours Mirabeau, a tree-lined street full of shops and restaurants. 

Day 3: Marseille and Cassis

Spend your final day in Provence on the coast. Opt for a day trip to Marseilles, the oldest city in France, and the charming port town of Cassis. While Cassis is a short drive from Marseilles, you may wish to instead take a boat between the two cities, so that you can see the limestone cliffs that line the coastline between the two cities. 

In the afternoon, return to the Vieux Port area of Marseilles to explore the Cantini Museum, which showcases contemporary art in a 17th-century mansion, and the MuCEM, which chronicles the history of the Mediterranean region. In the evening, sample the city’s famous bouillabaisse or set sail on a sunset dinner cruise on the Mediterranean. 

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Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence

Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence

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Discover the delight of Provencal red and rosé wines on this 4-hour tour from Aix-en-Provence. Drive through the foothills of St-Victoire Mountain, which greatly inspired French painter Paul Cézanne, and visit two traditional wineries in the Côtes de Provence St-Victoire winemaking region. Sample exquisite wines, and learn about the unique soil and climate of the Provencal landscape that produces wines with full-bodied minerality. Round-trip transport by minibus included. From April 1st 2022, this tour will operate both in the morning and in the afternoon, depending on the day.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon
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Highlights of Provence : Chateauneuf du Pape & Luberon

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Come to explore this scenic drive through the vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape followed by wine-tastings at 2 different wineries. From the ruins of the Pope's summer residence, enjoy a panoramic view over the Rhône river valley and the hill ranges surrounding the village. You will discover the village of Roussillon and its colorful houses. Continue to the village Ménerbes, famous thanks to the novel ‘A year in Provence’ written by Peter Mayle. You will take a look at Pont Julien, from the Roman time. Drive through the village of Lacoste, where you will see the remains of the castle of the Marquis de Sade. You will also have some free time in the dry-stone built hilltop village of Gordes.
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  • 10 hours
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Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour
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Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour

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Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this small-group tour of Marseille and Cassis. Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

Private Tour of Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

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Imbibe the essence of southern France with a private 4-hour tour of charming Aix-en-Provence from Marseille. Travel by coach through pastoral Provence and accompany your guide on a stroll of Aix’s tree-lined streets, viewing centuries-old private mansions, shops and cafés. Catch unique sights like the Fountain of the Preachy and Saint Sauveur Cathedral. Then enjoy a walk on your own or visit Cezanne’s famous art studio (own expense).
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  • 4 hours
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