Food and art are forms of expression in Southern France, inspired by the remarkable landscape and history spanning thousands of years. Your custom tailored Provence tour follows in the footsteps of Cezanne and Van Gogh, exploring charming tree-lined streets and indulging in savory culinary creations. Lavender fills the air with herbaceous aromas. The Rhine River shines alongside the former Papal Palace. Roman ruins decorate the hillsides. Idyllic lanes wind through gardens while medieval cobbled...
Marseille - Introduction to Southern France
Marseille is an energetic, cosmopolitan city on the water. Greek settlers settled on the shores in 7th century BC, and the borders of the city have grown to become France’s second largest city after Paris. Serene blue water brushes against the Old Port. The sea breeze brushes over the cobblestone streets. The Old Harbor is considered the birthplace of the city. Fishing boats wade in the water with their tall masts drifting back and forth against the hilltop. The aroma of authentic bouillabaisse fills Canebiére Boulevard. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and leads you into the heart of the city, where you settle into your luxurious hotel.
The flavorful seafood stew is a Marseille specialty. In the morning, the east side of the harbor, known as Quai des Belges, hosts a vibrant fish market. Fishers set out their wares on large stands, bearing the weight of fish, mussels, clams, and more caught earlier in the day. Chateau d’If stands off the coast, basking in the sunlight and immortalized in the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The 16th-century fortress became a prison nearly two miles away from the city’s shore. The fortress is 92 feet long with flanking towers. A large gun sits between the embrasures pointing out to sea. It was constructed in the 16th century and demilitarized in the late 19th century. Consider reading some of our travelers' travel reviews of France to further refine your own personalized itinerary.
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Avignon - Exceptional Provence
- Discover the residence of Vincent Van Gogh during his years of producing paintings such as The Starry Night and The Wheat Field series
- Follow in the footsteps of celebrated Impressionist painter Cezanne, touring his house and gardens in Aix en Provence
- Explore the fairytale towns around the countryside, filled with historic charm, vibrant ambiance, and rich history
- Delight in a hands-on cooking class that takes you through the markets of Avignon and into a private kitchen accompanied by personalized sommelier
- Witness the grandeur of the Pont du Gard, an exceptional Roman aqueduct that has withstood the tests of time
- Enjoy a wine tasting tour of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the premier wine growing regions in France
- Indulge in the intoxicating colors and aromas of a lavender farm located on the property of a 12th-century abbey
- Relish the coastal and historical ambiance of the Old Port in Marseille, with pristine views of the historic prison of Chateau d’If
Provence is a region that lends itself to indulgence. Art and food are passions that fill the soul, an undeniable reason for being. Your 9-day Provence tour introduces you to the impassioned culture of Southern France, bursting with locals who take pride in simple pleasures and brimming with a history that spans the lengths of Western Civilization. Your journey begins with your arrival in Marseille, a seaside city with ties to ancient Greece. Your private transfer escorts you from the Marseille Provence Airport to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city.
Get acquainted with the city on the first of many France tours with a brief discovery of the Old Port and its historical borders. The following morning, you continue your exploration of the fabulous past inside Marseille before venturing to the quaint streets of Aix-en-Provence to further your discoveries of the charm and elegance found in Southern France. Then, your guide leads you on a search of the markings of Paul Cezanne at the artist’s home. Continue your immersion into culture with a visit to the vines and pathways of Chateau La Coste. Leave the city of Aix-en-Provence behind and enjoy the stunning village of Gordes, a fantasy-like construct surrounded by hills and overlooking the plains.
Settle in the quiet town of Joucas in the evening. The beauty of cedar and oak trees stretches out across the Luberon region. Visit the Abbaye de Senanque to experience the aromas of lavender and explore the beauty of the town of Menerbes. Travel to the town of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and journey through the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where Vincent van Gogh once resided and produced some of his most famous paintings. Stroll along the Roman city of Glanum to witness the largest and oldest ruins in France.
Next, you immerse yourself in the markets of Avignon with a guide and chef. Enjoy a hands-on culinary class accompanied by a sommelier to teach you the best combinations of wine and local cuisine. Spend the afternoon exploring the city by bicycle. Discover the Pont du Gard and sample the stunning wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to the airport in Marseilles for your flight home.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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