Stay for a week in accommodation typical of Provence warmth and hospitality. Enjoy the village markets, wonderful food and wine-tasting of this beautiful region known for its rolling hills, olive groves and fields of lavender.
On this tour are visits to quaint villages with cobblestone squares and rustic fountains, stunning scenery of Europe’s largest gorge, lunch in the beautiful village of Moustiers, and take a boat on the lake to work off lunch. If you are feeling adventurous you could ride a bike along the narrow countryside lanes.
Optional excursions include a cooking class in a Provence farmhouse, a tour of the Occitane en Provence factory, lavender fields (flowering in June/July), local food, clothing and antique markets, Europe's largest underground water source, canoeing and bike-riding.
Included in the price are transfers to/from Marseille airport, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with a glass of wine or beer, all excursions, entry fees, bike and canoe hire, boat trips
Travel for daily excursions is in a comfortable new 5-14 seat vehicle
Arrive at Marseille airport and transfer to your accommodation with time to relax before our welcome dinner
After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the perched medieval villages of Le Castellet and La Cadiere. Le Castellet remains unspoiled by modern construction. Its old walls and gates still surround and protect the village which is perched high on a hill. Facing Le Castellet across a valley of vineyards is the village of La Cadiere which retains its old charming centre and medieval cottages. Both are filled with art galleries, artisan shops, restaurants and cafes.
Today we drive to the fishing village of Cassis and take a boat trip to see the famous calanques along the coast between Cassis and Marseille. After lunch overlooking the little port, we visit some of the Bandol wineries for a Rose wine-tasting before heading back to our accommodation
We leave early after breakfast for a day of art and culture at Aix-en-Provence. It is the day of Aix markets, which spread out through the cobblestone streets until lunchtime. After a stop for lunch, your choice of exploring on your own or with the group. There are several art galleries, manor houses, churches and Paul Cezanne’s studio where he worked until his death. After meeting at a designated spot, we return to our accommodation, stopping at the Roquefavour aquaduct on our way, time permitting
Today we head east along the coast to explore Le Lavandou and les Baumes de Mimosa. A day to bring bathers and a towel if you would like to relax on the beach
We leave early today to drive through acres of lavender fields on our way to have lunch in Moustiers Sainte Marie. The afternoon will work off some energy with a pedal boat or canoe in the gorge de Verdon, a spectacular trip through the gorge and across the lake. This is one of those unforgettable days!
After a leisurely breakfast, we spend a day in Marseille to see Notre Dame de la Garde, the church built on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, the Palais Longchamps and Chateau d’If on its island in the bay of Marseille. Lunch at the Old Port
Transfer to Marseille airport for departure or continue on to the Languedoc-Roussillon tour
Our Slow Tours holiday in the south of Provence was a special part of our first European trip. We were so pleased to see our tour guide waiting for us at Toulon train station. With everything we did, we felt special. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was fantastic, so was the cooking school and the tour was a wonderful mix of old villages, boat trips, walking, discovering markets, and we even took a pedal boat on the lake in this picture. Thank you for giving us a wonderful and memorable holiday. We always felt we were travelling with an old friend. Cheryl and John. Adelaide Australia.
We had the most fantastic time in Provence and can’t wait for our next holiday with Slowtours. Everything was run so well, accommodation was wonderful, food and wine were excellent, we had time to see what we wanted and never felt that we were rushed. One of my unforgettable memories was a half-day cycle ride from Bonnieux to the amazing Roman bridge at Pont Julien, on to Lacoste and back to Bonnieux, taking in the beautiful country scenery all the way. An early morning balloon ride over the Luberon valley was a highlight, as well as the day in the Verdon gorge. We also really enjoyed the Picasso spectacle in the Cathedral of Images. Overall - fabulous! Kaye and John, Adelaide Australia
What a fabulous experience to have a tour guide who really knows the place. We had such a wonderful time, lovely small group and we think we have made some new friends for life! Every day was just as Carol said - a great day. Relaxing, nice pace, and a beautiful Provence farmhouse we stayed in. The medieval village close by was so pretty and full of history. We could imagine all those people before us who had walked along the same cobblestone lanes. Our favourite excursions were to Les Baux de Provence and the fantastic light and sound display of Renoir and Gauguin’s paintings, the Pope’s palace at Avignon and the Verdon gorge and lake. One of our best holidays ever. Thanks Carol. Jude and Dave (Perth) Provence September 2012
Roussillon was one of the many places we visited during our Provence holiday. What an adventure and such fun. I loved the lavender fields, exploring village markets, and I really enjoyed sharing a pedal boat on the St Croix lake to the Gorge. The markets were lively with music and lots of fresh local produce. My French improved a lot during our two weeks holiday. Now I’m looking forward to my next Slow Tour of Brittany. Wendy (Aldgate) Provence June 2009
Thank you Slow Tours for the tour experiences we had in France and Italy in September. The Italian Lakes Tour was spectacular; beautiful scenery combined with so much history and art. Having the opportunity to stay in Lenno on Lake Como and travel the lake to other villages by ferry ensured a memorable, cultural experience enhanced with wonderful cuisine and wines. The same applies to our time on Lake Maggiori, staying in Verbania; we particularly enjoyed our nights dining in the Plaza watching families and friends come together to dine, meet and listen to the music and/or musicians performing for the evening. The various palaces, stunning villas and their respective histories, their beautiful art and gardens were unbelievably beautiful. Our favourites were: Villa Carlotta, Villa Del Balbianello and Villa Taranto. Our trip to Provence and our stay in the medieval village of Le Castellet was equally memorable and enjoyable. The Slow Tours approach to travelling to the various cities, towns and villages was again appreciated. We had the time to wander, climb up sides of mountains and stairs to amazing cathedrals and churches and wonder at the scenic vistas below; take in the local village cultures, their individual specialisations and wonder at the history and art they each have. We were so pleased to have Carol as our Tour Guide; her intimate knowledge of France and ability to speak the French language fluently made it so easy for us to “sit back and enjoy the ride”; be that paddling boats down a river; a boat trip along the Coast; or visiting the Paul Ricard Racing Track. We loved the restaurants in Le Castellet and the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. Our last tour, also organised through Slow Tours, was an Arts, Food and Wine Tour of Tuscany. Based in Cortona every day was filled with visits to medieval cities including Sienna, Chianti and more. Along with other guests on the tour, we were often left breathless at the beauty of their towns, their history, art, and food and wine experiences. We were so lucky to have an opera singer as a guest on this tour. She entertained not only us, but also the staff and diners in two restaurants with her beautiful voice that simply had everyone in awe followed by applause. An unexpected and delightful experience. Thank you Slow Tours; the tours we experienced were memorable, fun, interactive with community and personal.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Sep 24 2018||Oct 01 2018||8||Single rooms||2,450€|
|May 21 2019||May 28 2019||8||Single rooms||2,475€|
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