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  • Enjoy a picnic in a lavender field, and learn of the processes during a lavender factory visit.
  • Admire awe-inspiring views of the aquamarine Verdon Gorge, with private guide.
  • See impressive Roman amphitheaters in Arles and Orange.
  • With a private guide, explore the hilltop town Les Baux de Provence.
  • Luxury accommodations from beginning to end.
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Roving fields of lavender set a spectacular backdrop for this private-guided journey through the back alleys and country roads of picturesque Provence.

Arrive to coastal Marseille in the south of France, a historic trade crossroad built over 2,500 years ago. Explore the city and its old port with your private guide, and also visit the Mediterranean commune Cassis, with its famous cliffs and 'calanques'. In Aix en Provence, embark on a private guided walking tour of the quaint city, and visit famous Impressionist Paul Cezanne's studio. Discover the aquamarine waters and wild limestone canyon of the Verdon Gorge, then stroll medieval streets in a beautiful village, Moustiers Sainte-Marie. Marvel at the ruins of a 12,000 seat ancient Roman amphitheater in Arles, and take in the magnificent surroundings of the hilltop town Les Baux de Provence. Revel in soothing aromas as you tour a lavender factory, and get treated to a picnic in its stunning, adjacent lavender fields, for a slice of iconic, rural Provence. Tour narrow streets of medieval Avignon, and explore the UNESCO-listed town of Orange, where Provence's ancient Roman roots are exposed. Head to the Rhone Valley, marvel at rolling vineyards and taste fine wines at the Domaine de Beaurenard wine cellars. Welcome to Hidden Provence. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Marseille
    Marseille
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • France - Welcome Package
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Marseille
    Marseille
    • Tour - Private - Cassis & Marseille (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Boat
  • Day 3 Marseille to Aix en Provence
    Marseille to Aix en Provence
    • Marseille - Aix en Provence [Walking Tour with Atelier Cézanne (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Aix en Provence
    Aix en Provence
    • Tour - Private - Verdon Gorge & Moustiers Sainte-Marie (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Aix en Provence to Les Baux de Provence
    Aix en Provence to Les Baux de Provence
    • Aix en Provence - Les Baux de Provence [Arles & Les Baux de Provence (9 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Les Baux de Provence
    Les Baux de Provence
    • Tour - Private - Lavender Factory & Luberon Villages (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Les Baux de Provence to Avignon
    Les Baux de Provence to Avignon
    • Les Baux de Provence - Avignon [Walking Tour & Orange (8 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide(4)
  • Day 8 Avignon
    Avignon
    • Tour - Private - Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Domaine de Beaurenard & Brotte Wine Museum (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 9 Avignon
    Avignon
    • Transfer - Private - Avignon - Marseille [Airport] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
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Day 1: Marseille

For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Marseille (5*)

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is set in a superb 18th-century building in the historic quarter of Marseille, 350 meters from the Old Port. Perched atop the Panier hill, in what is the oldest district in Marseilles, the hotel is right beside the world-famous Vieux-Port, the cultural and historic center of France’s second largest city. The grand U-shaped stone building features tall arched windows framed by local golden-hued stone and masonry. The hotel offers guestrooms with contemporary, elegant decor, complementing its historical features. The property has an on-site gourmet restaurant -Le Restaurant Gastronomique Alcyone. Le Capain Bar offers an array of cocktails prepared by specialists. Other amenities include a spa with saunas, hammams, sunbeds, gym and indoor pool.

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Marseille
Marseille
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Intercontinental Marseille
Intercontinental Marseille

Day 2: Marseille

Embark on an exciting private day trip encompassing two French Riviera favorites- vibrant Marseille and the ancient fishing port of Cassis. Meet your driver-guide at your hotel and travel south to the seaside town of Cassis. Drive along the scenic Corniche des Crêtes road, stop to admire sweeping, magnificent coastal views of the Gulf of Cassis from Cape Canaille. Head down to Cassis and explore the charming fishing village. Wander along the gorgeous harbor, lined with colorful, pastel-painted houses. Enjoy some free time to browse the markets or stop for lunch (not included) at a seafront restaurant- look out over the harbor as you dine on delicious Provencal cuisine. Hop aboard a cruise to visit the magnificent Calanques and be awed by the untamed nature as you glide past the jagged rock formation,  soaring limestone cliffs, and tranquil inlets. Next, you will return to Marseille for a relaxing sightseeing tour and see highlights like Notre-Dame de la Garde, Abbey of St Victor, cathedral and more before heading back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Marseille (5*)
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Calanque of Cassis
Calanque of Cassis

Day 3: Marseille - Aix en Provence

Meet your driver-guide and transfer to chic and bohemian Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy a wonderful walking city tour and visit the Atelier Cézanne. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the city as you stroll along the picturesque streets, lined with centuries-old private mansions with lavish facades, elaborate fountains, and cafes. Next, you will visit the museum of Atelier Paul Cézanne–a studio where the post- impressionist artist created dozens of masterpieces, today found in the world’s best museums. You will also get a chance to visit  Santons’ (Provence figurines) manufacturer to see some exceptional pieces and a unique collection made of clay. Admission to Atelier Cézanne included.

Accommodation: Le Pigonnet (5*)

Le Pigonnet is an elegant country house that combines 18th-century refinement with contemporary style. Set in a beautiful 2-acre manicured garden the property is a 10 minutes’ walk from Gare d’Aix-en-Provence train station and 5 km from the Musée Granet. The hotel features guestrooms that are a mix of a modern and classic French style. Each room is equipped with basic amenities, and designed in a fashion that extends the elegant atmosphere of the hotel. Enjoy dining in La Table du Pigonnet that offers seasonal cuisine enriched with local produce. Other amenities include a pool by the magical gardens, surrounded by centenary chestnut trees and blooming rosary arcades.

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Aix en Provence
Aix en Provence
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en Provence
Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en Provence

Day 4: Aix en Provence

Today you will head out of the city into the rolling hills and transfer to Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) while admiring the beautiful scenery along the way. Verdon Gorge, named after the river’s striking turquoise-green color. The Gorge is a deep, wild limestone canyon worn away by the Verdon River forming a nature reserve, rich in flora and fauna and astonishing scenery. Admire awe-inspiring views from the rim before descending to the end of the canyon, where the river flows into Lake of Sainte-Croix. After spending some time at the canyon, continue onto the beautiful village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie. You will have some time to explore the narrow medieval streets, Notre-Dame de Beauvoir chapel and the ceramics shops- for which the village is known. Your tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Le Pigonnet (5*)
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gorges du Verdon
Gorges du Verdon

Day 5: Aix en Provence - Les Baux de Provence

Today set out to explore Les Baux de Provence and Arles, an ancient city sporting some incredible Roman monuments. On the first leg of the journey, you will visit Arles, home to striking architecture.  Marvel at the ruins of Arles Amphitheatre where some 12,000 people could once be seated, and then explore the city’s intriguing ancient theater. After spending some time exploring you will head to the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. Admire the town's many original 16th-century houses and main attractions such as the Museum of Santons, the Hôtel des Porcelets, and St Vincent Church.

Accommodation: Baumanière (5*)

Situated in a regional park, Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence is both a gastronomic institution and elegant country inn house that represents the Mediterranean art of living at its discreet, unostentatious best. The magical setting is the ideal backdrop to the art of hospitality practiced for over seventy years by the family who owns Baumanière. The guestrooms are nestled amidst the peaceful, gorgeous landscape. The impressive on-site gastronomic restaurant, awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide, delights its guests with an attention to perfection. Other amenities include a spa and an outdoor swimming pool. 

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cityscape of Les Baux De Provence
Cityscape of Les Baux De Provence

Day 6: Les Baux de Provence

Today in the morning you will visit a lavender factory to immerse yourself in the aroma and learn how the essential oils are extracted from the plants. The lavender fields of Provence spring into bloom for the balmy summer months each year, blanketing the region’s fields with a vivid violet color. End the guided tour with a wonderful picnic in the fields. Later in the afternoon, your driver-guide will drive you along the beautiful Luberon valley to discover one charming Provencal village after another. Admire the cliff-top settlements, sprawling vineyards, antique shops and the postcard-perfect sights. Picnic lunch included.

Accommodation: Baumanière (5*)
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields

Day 7: Les Baux de Provence - Avignon

Meet your driver-guide and transfer to Avignon for a wonderful walking city tour of the medieval city. Walk around the ancient papal city to discover the Avignon Bridge, Saint Peter Church, garden and narrow streets filled with history or visit the papal palace. Admire the famous Avignon Bridge, walk up to the Rock of the Doms and gardens to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. In the afternoon, head to the UNESCO-listed town Orange, to discover Provence’s ancient roots. See some of the impressive highlights such as the Roman amphitheater and beautifully preserved Triumphal Arch. At the end of the tour, your will transfer back to your hotel. Admission and lunch not included.

Accommodation: Hotel d`Europe (5*)

Hotel d’Europe is set in a 16th-century building in the heart of Avignon, just a 5-minute walk from both the Palais des Papes and Avignon Bridge. Built in the 16th century as an aristocratic townhouse, the hotel retains a sense of nobility. The hotel features exquisite and grand guestrooms adorned with period furniture and classy décor. The fine-dining restaurant offers a contemporary take on classic French dishes.

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Amphitheater in Orange
Amphitheater in Orange

Day 8: Avignon

Today you will visit Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a lovely town in the Rhône Valley surrounded by prestigious wine estates. Marvel at the rolling vineyards, learn about the region’s distinct viniculture and terroir and stop at a charming family-run estate Domaine de Beaurenard to taste some fine wine and tour the wine cellars. The Coulon family has been managing this estate for 7 generations, respecting traditional wine-making techniques. The winery boasts of extensive vintage wines. Next, you will hop back in your car and drive to ‘Brotte Wine Museum’.  Take some time to wander and see some impressive old wine making tools including a 16th-century press. After a full day of sightseeing and wine tasting enjoy a scenic ride back to your hotel. Admission included.

Accommodation: Hotel d`Europe (5*)
Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting

Day 9: Avignon

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer to Marseille airport.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Intercontinental Marseille (5*): Marseille

InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu is set in a superb 18th-century building in the historic quarter of Marseille, 350 meters from the Old Port. Perched atop the Panier hill, in what is the oldest district in Marseilles, the hotel is right beside the world-famous Vieux-Port, the cultural and historic center of France’s second largest city. The grand U-shaped stone building features tall arched windows framed by local golden-hued stone and masonry. The hotel offers guestrooms with contemporary, elegant decor, complementing its historical features. The property has an on-site gourmet restaurant -Le Restaurant Gastronomique Alcyone. Le Capain Bar offers an array of cocktails prepared by specialists. Other amenities include a spa with saunas, hammams, sunbeds, gym and indoor pool.

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Intercontinental Marseille
Intercontinental Marseille

Le Pigonnet (5*): Aix en Provence

Le Pigonnet is an elegant country house that combines 18th-century refinement with contemporary style. Set in a beautiful 2-acre manicured garden the property is a 10 minutes’ walk from Gare d’Aix-en-Provence train station and 5 km from the Musée Granet. The hotel features guestrooms that are a mix of a modern and classic French style. Each room is equipped with basic amenities, and designed in a fashion that extends the elegant atmosphere of the hotel. Enjoy dining in La Table du Pigonnet that offers seasonal cuisine enriched with local produce. Other amenities include a pool by the magical gardens, surrounded by centenary chestnut trees and blooming rosary arcades.

Hidden Provence Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en Provence
Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en Provence

Baumanière (5*): Les Baux de Provence

Situated in a regional park, Baumanière Les Baux-de-Provence is both a gastronomic institution and elegant country inn house that represents the Mediterranean art of living at its discreet, unostentatious best. The magical setting is the ideal backdrop to the art of hospitality practiced for over seventy years by the family who owns Baumanière. The guestrooms are nestled amidst the peaceful, gorgeous landscape. The impressive on-site gastronomic restaurant, awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide, delights its guests with an attention to perfection. Other amenities include a spa and an outdoor swimming pool. 

Hotel d`Europe (5*): Avignon

Hotel d’Europe is set in a 16th-century building in the heart of Avignon, just a 5-minute walk from both the Palais des Papes and Avignon Bridge. Built in the 16th century as an aristocratic townhouse, the hotel retains a sense of nobility. The hotel features exquisite and grand guestrooms adorned with period furniture and classy décor. The fine-dining restaurant offers a contemporary take on classic French dishes.

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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