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·         From Avignon to the hill top villages of the Luberon

Your tour in Provence begins in Avignon; a city that has a lot to offer in history and old stones. After a visit of the Pope’s city and its palace, head East toward the Mountains of the Luberon. On the way, the country of the Sorgue will charm you with its very traditional Provence villages like l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Saumane-de-Vaucluse and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.  Arriving in the Regional Natural Parc of the Luberon, you’ll appreciate the first views of the perched villages, like Gordes, considered one of the most beautiful village of France. Among those stunning hill-top villages, the remarkable Sénanques Abbey and its celebrated lavender fields. Part of the treasures of the Luberon is also the village of Roussillon in the middle of the largest deposit of ocher in Europe; the old village has the colors of the valley. From Roussillon starts the renowned ocher trail, where you walk in what has been renamed the Provençal Colorado!

 

·         From Marseille to La Ciotat- a part of the French Riviera

From Marseille, a historical harbor and a modern and cosmopolitan city, discover the beautiful sea port villages of Cassis and Bandol. Don’t miss the town of Aubagne on the way, the native town of Marcel Pagnol. Near Cassis, the famous limestone cliffs of the Calanques plunged into the Mediterranean sea. It is a protected area for hiking with magical and enchanting coves on the way. Bandol is a true seaside resort for leisure on wonderful beaches and for sailing. Cassis and Bandol are also the names of delicious wine, so don’t miss the vineyards! Further East towards Italy, La Ciotat has kept its provincial authenticity as a small charming port. The road between Cassis and la Ciotat is said to be one of the most scenic and magnificent scenic road of South France.

 

·         From Aix en Provence, the Mountain Sainte-Victoire and the Verdon river.

Avignon is situated on the left bank of the Rhône river in Vaucluse department, Northwest of Marseille, it is a commercial and industrial center that manufactures flour, oil, textiles and wine. The population is around 100 000, among which12 000 inhabitants live in the ancient town center enclosed by its medieval ramparts. Tourism is very important thanks to famous historical buildings and cultural events. The historical center, which includes the palace of the popes, the cathedral, and the remains of the ancient bridge of Avignon, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The grand project of 2015 is the opening of a wine tourism complex like no other – a showcase for the Rhône Valley’s AOC wines on the Pope’s palace Square.
Between 1309 and 1377 took place the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. The town is now the capital of the Vaucluse department and one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. Avignon is now a lively student city, its ancient cobbled streets lined with inviting boutiques and its leafy squares overflowing with cafe tables. In July thousands come for the renowned performing-arts festival, one of the most important theater festival of Europe.

Avignon

Avignon is situated on the left bank of the Rhône river in Vaucluse department, Northwest of Marseille, it is a commercial and industrial center that manufactures flour, oil, textiles and wine. The population is around 100 000, among which12 000 inhabitants live in the ancient town center enclosed by its medieval ramparts. Tourism is very important thanks to famous historical buildings and cultural events. The historical center, which includes the palace of the popes, the cathedral, and the remains of the ancient bridge of Avignon, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The grand project of 2015 is the opening of a wine tourism complex like no other – a showcase for the Rhône Valley’s AOC wines on the Pope’s palace Square.
Between 1309 and 1377 took place the Avignon Papacy, seven successive popes resided in Avignon. Papal control persisted until 1791 when, during the French Revolution, it became part of France. The town is now the capital of the Vaucluse department and one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. Avignon is now a lively student city, its ancient cobbled streets lined with inviting boutiques and its leafy squares overflowing with cafe tables. In July thousands come for the renowned performing-arts festival, one of the most important theater festival of Europe.

From the Pont du Gard to Camargue

The Pont du Gard, a most famous roman site of the South of France, classified by Unesco, is worth the detour. This 2000 years old great aqueduct is a good introduction to what Provence has to offer in terms of heritage. Take the direction of the South to enter the Alpilles, an expanse of rugged limestone; those rocky mountains overlook plains covered in olive groves and vineyards. In the Alpilles Baux-de-Provence is a historical village with incredible remains of medieval times. Not far is located Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, renown for being visited by Van gogh. The village today has beautiful mansions and gardens for the visitors to see. Going on South in your Provence tour, you arrive in Camargue, the town of Arles is notorious for its rich cultural life. From Arles to the Mediterranean sea is the largest river Delta of France, a marshy landscape with lakes and an exceptional biodiversity, with wild horses, bulls and pink flamingoes.

                                                                  

Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence lies on the principal routes to Italy and the Alps. Aix has a population of 150 000 and is an agricultural center, producing olives, almonds and wine.

The city was founded in 123BC. During the Middle-Ages, Aix was the capital of Provence and reached its zenith after the 12th century, when it became an artistic center and seat of learning. Aix passed to the crown of France with the rest of Provence in the 15th century. This city of the Counts and its many mansion houses makes it an open-air history book. With this rich and vibrant thousands of years old heritage, the capital of Provence combines elements from all eras. The city is situated in a plain overlooking the Arc River. The city gently slopes from north to south and the Montagne Sainte-Victoire can easily be seen to the east. This mountain is one of the favorite perspectives of the painter Paul Cézanne, native of the city and father of the modern painting. The town is also famous for an average of 300 sunny days a year.

Aix-en-Provence is a canvas of delightful impressions, beautiful architecture and baroque splendor, colorful festivals, festivities and traditions, Provencal markets, delicious delicacies, walks and hikes in the countryside and relaxing activities…Make sure to include it in your Provence tour.

Bandol

Bandol is a popular coastal town and a wine growing region in the western part of the Côte d'Azur and to the west of Toulon. As a tourist destination for a Provence tour, Bandol is not a newcomer to the scene: Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Marcel Pagnol, and D.H. Lawrence all spent time here. Bandol is many things to many people. It is a vibrant harbor for boating enthusiasts accommodating about 1500 boats of all sizes at any given time, and to land-based vacationers Bandol is a beach town and buzzing hub of activity.

A wonderful promenade around the harbor delights the tourists: this is an attractive palm-tree lined walk, backed by some lovely pastel painted houses. Bandol port has also several bars and restaurants, perfect for people watching and eating, as well as a casino. In addition to the harbor there are several beaches close to the town center in Bandol. The center of the traditional village of Bandol is around a square called the Place du Marché where fountains, a church, shady plane trees and lively cafes combine to make a very attractive traditional Provencal square. The streets around the square are also fascinating to explore with a surprise around every corner like an ancient fountain, a tiny old house and flower boxes or a grand Belle Epoque villa…

Starting West with Salon-de-Provence, native city of Nostradamus, and perfectly situated in between many important spots of Provence, the town is famous for its soap industry, dating from the early 17th century. From Salon de Provence and its historic soap museum take the direction of the splendid Aix-en-Provence. Aix is a must-see among the cities of the South; superb architecture and fountains this buzzling student city is rich with culture and art. It’s in Aix that Paul Cézanne painted his masterpieces, often depicting the illustrious Montagne Sainte-Victoire, that you can see from all over in the area of Aix. This little mountain is an exceptional natural site for the locals and visitors of Provence . You can’t miss it. After appreciating the beauty of the Sainte-Victoire, go on North-East to the Verdon country. The Verdon area is full of colors and perfumes, lavender and vineyards, and the Verdon canyon is a stunning place thousands of years old, said to be one of the most beautiful gorge in Europe.

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