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Explore Provence 8-day Small Group Tour
Personally hosted by Carol Haslam, Director of Slow Tours. Carol lived in this region for six years, speaks fluent French, knows this region really well and loves to show guests some of her favourite spots.
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. Our Provence tours may be based in the West (Arles, Nimes, St-Remy de Provence) in the north (Luberon) or south (near the Mediterranean), so if you have a preference, ask us for the itineraries and special dates.
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.
Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle. Maximum 14 passengers
Slow Tours offer other Small Group tours in Europe
Arrival at Arles train station for transfer to your hotel (there are regular trains to Arles from Marseille). If you arrive in the morning, there will be time to explore Arles, an old Roman town with the remains of the Roman theatre and some of the best preserved Roman arenas.
A morning visit to St Remy, birthplace of Nostradamus, and the place where Van Gogh created around 180 of his best works. The afternoon visit is to the chateau of Les Baux de Provence, perched village and a stunning performance of art and music combined will give you one of the most memorable days of this tour
Today we discover the Camargue with its wild white horses, black bulls and flamingos. The walled medieval city of Aigues-Mortes and the town of Saintes Maries de la mer will complete your day's visit.
Transfer to your accommodation near the Mediterranean coast in the wine valley of Bandol. A free afternoon to explore the beach and shops around the hotel
A boat trip to see the famous calanques along the coast from the charming town of Cassis towards Marseille. After lunch, an afternoon at leisure to spend on the beach, shopping, wine-tasting or chilling out with a good book.
Today we visit la Cadiere, where you can make an appointment for a spa treatment or explore the art galleries, and le Castellet, a medieval village perched on a hill with great views of the Bandol valley. Your time at your own pace to explore the village, its artisans, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and we group together for a Bandol wine-tasting just outside the village before returning to our accommodation.
A day coasting along to St Tropez for the day. A boat trip around the bay will start the day with lunch to follow at the old port of St Tropez. Afternoon with free time to explore the town, or climb to the fort for a wonderful view of the French Riviera.
The end of the tour with a transfer to Marseille airport or train station. If you would like to stay a few nights in Marseille, we can assist with accommodation and ideas of what to see and where to go
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, June 2015
We had the most fantastic time in Provence and can’t wait for our next holiday with Slow Tours. 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) 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) June 2009
Thank you Slow Tours for the tour experiences we had in France and Italy in September. 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. Thank you Slow Tours; the tours we experienced were memorable, fun, interactive with community and personal. Chris and Lorin Adelaide Australia (2016)
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