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From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Full Day Tour

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  • Calling all explorers to go discovering gems of Provence! From medieval villages to Roman ruins — this comprehensive itinerary has it all!
  • With just 8 in the group, you can bond over the secrets hidden in lavender fields.
  • Immerse in the breathtaking scenery of the Alpine mountain range and the medieval charm of Les Baux in the comfort of a plush minivan.
  • Get a taste of Provence’s revered wine culture with an exclusive vineyard visit at Châteauneuf-du-Pape and peek into ancient cellars.
  • Be amazed by the Pont du Gard, as you learn how water was delivered to a city 33 kilometers away, some 2000 years ago!

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Provence
  • Round-trip transfers from Aix-en-Provence
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Small group of up to 8 people
  • Vineyard visit and wine tasting

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry to Palais des Papes and Bridge St Beneze
  • Les Baux de Provence
  • Pont du Gard
  • Avignon
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Tip: Try local cuisines like Bouillabaisse, a traditional Provencal fish stew, during your lunch break.
  • Children under the age of 18 years and pregnant people cannot partake in wine tasting. However, you can ask for delicious in-house grape juice.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Guided Tour

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  • Calling out nature lovers and photography enthusiasts! Embark on a full-day tour through Provence, discovering its remarkable villages and ancient Roman remains alongside an expert guide with round-trip transfers.
  • Awe at the vibrant ochre cliffs of Roussillon and enjoy a local Provençal market, immersing yourself in the heart of the unique culture of Provence.
  • Explore the picturesque medieval village of Les Baux de Provence, perched atop a rock boasting mesmerizing views, and the charming St Vincent Church, which is partially carved into the rocky hillside.
  • Marvel at the best-preserved Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll through the charming streets of Saint Rémy de Provence.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Provence
  • Expert English and French-speaking guide
  • 8-seater AC minibus transfers
  • Entry to Pont du Gard
  • Roussillon villages
  • Provençal market (on Thursdays only)
  • Village of Gordes
  • Free time in the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse
  • Pont du Gard (entrance fees included) - UNESCO
  • Baux de Provence & St Vincent Church
  • Saint Rémy de Provence
  • Tip: While in Fontaine de Vaucluse, try the local specialty, candied fruit. It's the perfect sweet treat to keep your energy levels up!
  • This tour is restricted for children aged 3 and under.
  • A minimum of 2 participants are required for a tour. If the count is not met, the tour might get canceled.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Marseille: Provence Full-Day Tour

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  • Dive into the heart of Provence with this full-day tour, an eclectic mix of heritage, scenic landscapes, and exquisite wines with transfers in an air-conditioned minivan from Marseille.
  • Witness the majesty of a 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, and explore the city of Popes.
  • Delve into the verdante vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Sip and swirl well-bodied local wines as you uncover secrets of the 14th-century papacy.
  • Reap the benefits of a private tour. With small groups connect with like-minded travelers from around the world.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Provence
  • Roundtrip transfers from Marseille
  • Small group of up to 8 people
  • Entry to Pont du Gard
  • Vineyard visit and wine tasting

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and drinks
  • Les Baux de Provence
  • Pont du Gard
  • Avignon
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Tip: If you are a wine lover, consider booking your tour for autumn. September to November is ideal to witness the traditional grape harvest rituals and fragrant vineyards.
  • Children under the age of 18 years and pregnant people cannot partake in wine tasting. However, you can ask for delicious in-house grape juice.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Avignon: Lavender Full-Day Tour of Sault or Roussillon

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  • Nature lovers, immerse yourself in the beauty of the most famous lavender-growing region in Provence, on this small-group full-day tour from Avignon.
  • Start your tour at 9am in a minivan to go to a traditional Provencal market where the local atmosphere of fresh produce and stalls will treat your senses.
  • Go on a scenic route to Sault or Roussillon (depending on the bloom season), and stop for lunch to try out some Provencal specialties like nougat with honey and almond and a nice ice cream scoop.
  • After Sault, head to, Luberon, where you can see Gordes, and admire the beautiful castle.
  • The last stop takes you to Senanque Abbey, a Cistercian monument surrounded by lavender fields, where you can capture beautiful memories.

Inclusions

  • 8.5-hour tour of Provence lavender fields
  • Minivan transfers from Avignon
  • Small-group tour of 8 people
  • 9:00am: Meet in Avignon
  • First stop at Provencal market
  • Drive to Sault or Roussillon
  • Explore Luberon and Gordes
  • Last stop at Senanque Abbey
  • 5:30pm: Head back to Avignon
  • Tip: The best time to see the lavender in full bloom is from mid-June to mid-August, plan your trip accordingly.
  • Safety is a priority so this experience is restricted for guests under the age of 3 years.
  • Nobody likes a crowd. A single group has a maximum of 8 people.
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required for this tour. If only 1 person is booked, A la Francaise will contact the customer to reschedule or refund the total amount.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Avignon: Sault Lavender Morning or Afternoon Tour

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  • Delight in a tour of Sault, the lavender capital, from Avignon and experience the Provencal landscapes with blooming lavender fields in a 5-hour journey.
  • Enjoy a comfortable ride in a minivan and capture the picturesque lavender fields in full bloom, a sight that's a quintessential image of Provence.
  • Explore the charming village of Sault, dotted with lavender shops and local Provencal specialties. Be sure to taste the lavender honey nougat, a regional delight.
  • Visit a local lavender producer during the distillation period as you delve into the meticulous process of extracting essential oils, a unique experience to this aromatic tour.
  • The lavender fields have a unique charm in the afternoon too – opt for the afternoon tour at your convenience.

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  • 5-hour tour of Sault (morning or afternoon)
  • 8-seater AC minivan
  • Photo stops at lavender fields
  • Free time in Sault
  • Visit to local producer
  • Tip: If possible, wear light-colored clothing to contrast the vibrant purple of the lavender fields for stunning photos.
  • A minimum of 2 participants are required for a tour.
  • This tour is restricted for children aged 3 and under.
  • This tour is restricted for wheelchair users and pregnant women.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Day trips in Provence - Lavender, wines & more!

Rolling fields of lavender, quaint hilltop villages, and a lifestyle that seems straight out of a French fairytale. That's Provence for you – a dreamy destination that embodies the essence of the French joie de vivre. 

From mouthwatering cuisine to world-renowned wines, and bustling markets to sun-kissed landscapes, this region has it all. Inspired by the timeless allure captured in Peter Mayle's iconic travelogue, "A Year in Provence," generations of travelers have been drawn to its rustic charm. And now, it's your turn to experience the magic firsthand as we show you a curated selection of day trips that promise to immerse you in the heart and soul of Provence.

Why visit Provence?

  • Lavender fields: Every year, between June–August, the lavender fields in Provence put up a show, in their full bloom. The fragrant purple landscapes create a surreal and picturesque backdrop.
  • Medieval villages: The medieval villages of Gordes and Uzès stand out, each boasting winding streets, traditional markets, and ancient architecture. Gordes’ Sénanque Abbey, during the lavender season, is a sight to behold.
  • The French Riviera: The seemingly endless coastline of the French Riviera (about 550 miles), with its sunny beaches, glamorous yachts, and celebrities galore, is an experience worth investing in. If you want to escape the lavender crowds of Provence, head to Menton (38 miles).
  • Provencal markets: From sampling fresh produce to shopping for artisanal crafts, Provencal markets are a must-visit. These open-air markets are held in almost every city/village and are based on the deep-rooted French belief that “the best food goes from field to plate in the shortest amount of time”.
  • Pont du Gard: Near the city of Avignon is a 2,000-year-old aqueduct– Pont du Gard, one of the ancient world’s most remarkable feats of engineering. Standing tall, over 48 meters high, this three-story arched bridge was built with stone blocks and no mortar.
Best day trip destinations in Provence

Map of the best day trip destinations in Provence

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From Aix-en-Provence: Provence Full Day Tour
• Visit the medieval village of Les de Baux. • Vineyard visit and wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. • Visit to the Pont du Gard.
9 hours 30 minutes
From Avignon: Provence Full-Day Guided Tour
• Visit to the cliffs of Roussillon and Gordes. • Visit to Saint Vincent Church in Les Baux de Provence. • Visit to the Pont du Gard.
10 hours
From Marseille: Provence Full-Day Tour
• Visit to the Pont du Gard. • Vineyard visit and wine tasting at Châteauneuf-du-Pape followed by a visit to Palais des Papes.
11 hours 30 minutes
From Avignon: Lavender Full-Day Tour of Sault or Roussillon
• Private tour of the fields followed by a market visit. • Visit to the village of Gordes.
8 hours 30 minutes
From Avignon: Sault Lavender Morning or Afternoon Tour
• Tour of the lavender fields followed by a lavender distillery visit in the afternoon.
5 hours

Highlights of day trips in Provence

Sault lavender fields

Sault

Sault boasts fragrant lavender fields and the majestic Mont Ventoux, offering breathtaking views of the Provencal landscape.

Things to do:

  • Lavender Fields: The enchanting lavender fields surrounding Sault are a sight not to be missed. Explore them and capture the breathtaking scenery.
  • Mont Ventoux: Go on an adventure to Mont Ventoux for spectacular views of the countryside.

Where to eat:

  • L’atelier: Within a warm space decorated on the Provencal them, L’atelier offers French cuisine prepared from carefully selected local products, served with regional wines.
  • Les Lavandes: Get to try traditional French dishes at Les Lavandes, a cozy restaurant, famous for its warm hospitality.
View of the Roussillon village in Provence

Roussillon

Roussillon beckons with its vibrant ochre trail and picturesque streets lined with charming boutiques and cafes.

Things to do:

  • Ochre Trail: Explore the stunning Ochre Trail and spend some time exploring the vibrant red cliffs and rock formations.
  • Village Stroll: Take a leisurely stroll through Roussillon's streets - its distinctive architecture is what will grab eyes. 

Where to eat:

  • Le P'tit Gourmand: If you’re after classic French cuisine with a creative twist, Le P'tit Resto is where you need to be. It’s also known for its warm ambiance.
  • La Maison de Savournin: Experience innovative cuisine at La Maison de Savournin, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering exquisite dishes.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a wine lover's paradise, known for its prestigious vineyards and historic castle ruins.

Things to do:

  • Wine Tasting: Explore Châteauneuf-du-Pape's vineyards and make sure you indulge in wine tastings at renowned wineries.
  • Château Ruins: Climb to the ruins of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's historic castle and enjoy panoramic views of the Rhône Valley.

Where to eat:

  • La Mère Germaine: Dine on exquisite French cuisine at La Mère Germaine, a family-owned restaurant with a rich culinary heritage.
  • Le Verger des Papes: Feast on Provençal specialities at Le Verger des Papes, a charming restaurant overlooking the vineyards.
Les Baux de Provence

Les Baux de Provence

The old charm of Provence is concentrated in the village of Les Baux de Provence–narrow streets, little squares, shaded terraces, and joyful spirits.

Things to do:

  • Saint Vincent Church: Visit this 12th-century church, partially built into the rocks behind it.
  • Carrières de Lumières: Attend an immersive light and sound show, which takes place within 7000 square meters of a limestone quarry.

Where to eat:

  • Les Baux Jus: An organic raw food cafe run by a family, known for its fresh cold pressed juices and their popular discovery plate, with six different items on it.
  • Le Bouchon Rouge: A charming restaurant, with an outdoor terrace, serving traditional provençal flavors.

Visitor tips

For the lavender tours

  1. There are a lot of bees buzzing in the fields (don’t worry, they are more interested in lavender than you!) 
    But, be cautious not to cause them any harm so that you are not harmed. Also, keep this in mind if you are allergic to bees! 
  2. Wear a soft, muted color palette like whites/creams on the day trip. They will complement the lavender backdrop.
  3. Don’t fly your drones over the lavender fields because the bees (and thousands of them) don’t like the sound of the drone and they are sure to attack it.

For the wine tours

  1. Avoid wearing perfume/cologne to the wine tasting. Wine tasting is about smell and taste. If you can only smell your perfume, you’ll miss out on all the aromatics and flavors in your wine.
  2. If you can smell the soap on your hands, wash it with plain water till you no longer can. If your hair smells of shampoo, tie it back.
  3. Avoid brushing your teeth an hour before the wine tasting.
  4. If this is your first time on a wine tour and you are worried about spillages, opt for a dark-colored outfit, instead of a light one. Avoid dangling sleeves/jewelry which could knock over the glasses.

Frequently Asked Questions about day trips in Provence

How do I choose the right day trip for me?

Consider your interests, time availability, and your location. If you enjoy being outdoors and in nature, book yourself a day trip from Avignon to Sault/Roussillon to see the lavender fields. If you’re a history buff, book yourself a full-day tour that covers historic villages and landmarks in Provenec such as Gordes and the Pont du Gard. If you're a wine connoisseur or enjoy an occasional glass of wine, all the full-day tours include a trip to the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape, with wine tasting.

Are these day trips accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Since the tours are outdoors and on (mostly) uneven terrains, they are not accessible for travelers with disabilities.

Is transportation available to and from the starting point?

Yes, the transportation for all the day trip tours are round transfers (to and from the starting point). The starting point for tours from Avignon is from Avignon Tourist Office and for tours from Marseille, it is from the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Are there any age restrictions for day trips?

Yes, children aged 3 years and under are not allowed on these day trips due to safety concerns. Concerning the lavender fields day trip, there are (many) bees, and on the day trip, the destinations include cliffs and an aqua duct, which can be dangerous to take little ones. For tours that include wine tasting, the restriction is pregnant women and children under 18 years of age are not allowed to drink. However, they can ask for delicious in-house grape juice.

What is the cancellation policy on my day trip tickets?

You can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund. It is important to note that both the day trips (lavender fields and wine tours) require a minimum sign up of 2 participants else the organisers will cancel the trip at their discretion.

What should I bring on the day trip?

Since day trips are (mostly) outdoors, essentials include wearing comfortable (breathable fabric) clothing and shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and any personal items that you need during the day. Carry a valid ID proof and your ticket (this will be emailed to you).

Are meals included in the day trip or should I carry my own?

No, meals are not included in the day trip. However, post/during the day trip (depending on the one that you are on), you can enjoy lunch at your own pace. The wine tour from Marseille has a lunch stop in the medieval village of Le Castellet.

Are there any additional costs I should be aware of during the trip?

While everything on the itinerary is included in your ticket price, anything additional like shopping and meals are additional costs from your own pocket. It's a good idea to budget for any extras you may want to enjoy during the trip.

How far in advance should I book a day trip?

It is recommended that you book your day trip at least 2 months in advance, when the booking opens. While some are seasonal day trips (lavender fields trip), some others (wine tours) are determined by peak tourist season (spring–March to April and fall–September to October).