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Things to do in Provence

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Welcome to Provence

Provence, in southern France, is technically part of a larger region in the country, maintains much of its historic regional identity. Known for its charming towns and lavender fields, scenes captured by artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, and Renoir, the region – which includes the French Riviera – extends from the Mediterranean Sea up into the Luberon and the Alps, with coastal Marseille as is its largest city. Visitors relax on the beach at seaside resorts like Nice and Cannes (two hours from Marseille), and explore the coastal nature reserve of the Camargue (a little over an hour). Further inland, fountain-filled Aix-en-Provence was once the capital of Provence, while Arles boasts a well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheater. Travelers flock to Avignon's main draw, the papal palace complex, the base of the papacy for most of the 14th century (all about an hour away. Meanwhile, the small towns that dot the countryside demonstrate the region’s wealth of culture and history. Half- and full-day tours brings visitors to one or more that fit their specific interests, from markets to mountain towns. Picturesque Les Baux de Provence offers a glimpse of a medieval village, and can be combined with the nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region tastings. The air around the hilltop town of Grasse smells of lavender, so it makes sense three perfumeries are headquartered there. Pause to cool off in the river running through the Gorges du Verdon, a chance to swim under the Pont du Gard–an ancient Roman aqueduct.

Top 10 attractions in Provence

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Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)

Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques)

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As Europe's only protected park to contain land, water, and semi-urban areas, Calanques National Park (Parc National des Calanques) is a mecca for outdoor adventurers. Whether you want to snorkel and sail, kayak and climb, or hike and watch out for wildlife, France's answer to the Garden of Eden has it all.More
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Camargue

Camargue

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Located in southwest Provence, the Camargue is one of France’s wildest and most scenic landscapes. Protected as a regional natural park, the expanse of wetlands, beaches, salt pans, and rice paddies is known for its herds of white Camargue horses and Camargue bulls, all tended to by localgardians (cowboys).More
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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

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Reaching a height of almost 160 feet (49 meters), the three-tiered Pont du Gard bridge was part of a 31-mile (50-kilometer) Roman aqueduct network that carried water from a source at Eure to bathhouses, fountains, and patrician villas in Nîmes. Constructed in the first century, the ancient engineering marvel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Quarries of Lights (Carrières de Lumières)

Quarries of Lights (Carrières de Lumières)

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Located near the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, the Quarries of Lights (Carrières de Lumières) is a multimedia art show projected onto massive limestone walls of a former quarry. Accompanied by music, this 40-minute light show mainly features works by famous artists.More
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Marseille Cruise Port (Terminal Croisières Marseille)

Marseille Cruise Port (Terminal Croisières Marseille)

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Marseille is France’s largest and busiest port, welcoming over 1.5 million cruise passengers to its shores each year. As the gateway to Provence and the south of France, Marseille is a popular stop on Europe cruise itineraries, and offers ferry connections to Corsica, Sardinia, Algeria, and Tunisia.More
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Chateau d'If

Chateau d'If

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The Chateau d’If, situated just off the coast of Marseille, is a former French naval base and prison that was immortalized by Alexandre Dumas in the novelThe Count of Monte Cristo. Visit the island fortress to see its jail cells and enjoy panoramic views of the city of Marseille.More
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Orange

Orange

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The French town of Orange is a popular destination known not only for its sunny, picturesque charm, but also for its long history. Visit to see it’s impressive Roman architecture, which include some of the world’s most notable examples outside of Rome itself.More
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Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

Senanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque)

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The 12th-century Sénanque Abbey outside of Gordes is run by a small community of Cistercian monks who fastidiously grow, harvest and process lavender from the surrounding fields. Come June, thongs of visitors arrive to lay witness to the enormously beautiful and fragrant landscapes and the abbey’s impressive botanical production.More
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Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)

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The largest Gothic palace in the world, Avignon’s Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes) was home to the heads of the Roman Catholic Church in the 14th century. Visitors can tour the grand rooms, landscaped gardens, and secret passages used by members of the clergy, and see special exhibitions and concerts held at the palace.More
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La Corniche

La Corniche

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Winding along the Mediterranean coast along the South of France, La Corniche is a waterfront roadway that stretches five kilometers through Marseille. As both a walkway and a road for cars, it offers wonderful views of the sea and coastline. It was a particularly popular promenade for residents of Marseille in the 1920s. From there you can also see the Iles du Frioul, elegant villas of the late 19th century, and the Prado beaches. The Chateau d’If (of the Count of Monte Cristo fame) is also visible.Along the way sits the Maregraph Building, which took measurements over thirteen years to determine France’s sea level elevation. The bench of La Corniche runs three kilometers between the Pont de la Fausse-Monnaie and Hotel Sofitel Palm Beach, making it the longest bench in the world. Part of the roadway is named after President Kennedy, who was assassinated during its construction.More

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Top activities in Provence

Provence in a Day Trip from Aix

Provence in a Day Trip from Aix

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Recent reviews from experiences in Provence

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Fabulous cooking class
David_S, Oct 2021
Cooking workshop with an exceptional chef in Avignon
John taught our course in English, but he is also fluent in French and obviously has cultivated great collegial relationships with shop owners throughout the market.
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Marvelous Day Tasting Wine and Exploring Hilltop Villages
David_R, Sep 2021
Provence Wineries and Luberon Villages Day Trip from Aix-en-Provence
At the first winery, we had great luck to see the grapes being harvested and crushed.
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Amazing day around Provence
Neal_T, Aug 2021
Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon
This was an awesome way to see a lot of Provence in a short time.
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Wonderful experience specially sunset at Lavender fields
KashifSaleem_B, Jul 2021
Sunset Lavender Tour in Valensole with pickup from Marseille
Managed to see sun flower fields as well.
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Great tour
Max_N, Jul 2021
Cotes de Provence Wine Tour from Aix-en-Provence
Although its a bit early in the morning, it frees up your afternoon to visit the town of Aix-en-Provence.
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Excellent tour
Boubker_E, Jul 2021
Full-Day Provence Villages and Lavender Fields Tour from Avignon
The guide was very nice and professional, everything was on point, we spent a great day visiting La Provence A must to do if you want to see the beauty of this area, I reccomand 5/5.
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Totally recommended
Hanna_P, Jun 2021
Full-Day Provence Villages and Lavender Fields Tour from Avignon
Incredible provence views were breathtaking and lavender fields are must to see !
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Great day!
Glenn_L, Jun 2021
Provence Highlights Full-Day Tour from Avignon
Would definitely recommend if you are short on time and want to see all the best bits.
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Merci beaucoup, Gordana!
Michael_W, Feb 2020
Nimes, Uzes & Pont du Gard Small Group Half-Day Tour from Avignon
The tour was well paced and we were able to see many highlights of the region without feeling rushed or that we were skipping anything.
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Great tour!
Navigator657553, Oct 2019
Luberon Villages Half-Day Tour from Aix-en-Provence
This is a great way to see many beautiful and historic areas of Provence.
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The right way to see Provence
LynetteH2254, Sep 2019
Luberon, Roussillon & Gordes Half-Day Tour from Avignon
What a wonderful way to see a bit of Provence.
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So fun!
courtney_g, May 2019
Marseille Shore Excursion: Half Day Tour of Marseille by Electric Bike
We got to see so many sights and view this gorgeous provence with time to spare to explore on our own.
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Great tour of key sites in Provence
Patrick_B, Oct 2018
Avignon, St Rémy, Les Baux de Provence & Pont du Gard
The selection of sites to visit is perfect for a one-day intro to Provence.
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Since this was my first trip to...
Marilyn V, Sep 2017
Provence in One Day Small Group Day Trip from Avignon
Since this was my first trip to France and I didn't have a car, this was a fantastic way to see small villages in Provence, experience a street market, and see the countryside.
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A very full day! The only Wish we...
Christian B, Oct 2017
Provence in a Day Tour from Marseille
The only Wish we had had more time in Avignon, a city WAY too big to visit in 90 minutes!!
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The tour was good! However the tour...
Sanjay_D, Oct 2017
Marseille Shore Excursion: Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille
Other than Cezanne, there is not much to see in Provence...
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I LOVED this tour! It was amazing to...
Alissa B, Jul 2017
Lavender in Luberon Small Group Half-Day Trip
It was amazing to see the lavender fields in their glory.
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A great way to see the highlights of...
Brenda_C, Oct 2017
Full Day Best of Provence Tour from Avignon
A great way to see the highlights of Provence...
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The driver, Bruno, was fantastic...
Thomas_G, Sep 2017
5-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour of the Provence from Marseille in Luxury Car
On time, courteous, friendly, excellent English.
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We had a great time. Moustiers...
Lisa_M, Apr 2018
Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence
If you'd like a getaway day to see the countryside and mountains of provence, this tour is the perfect choice.
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