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Ophorus Tours - 5 Days Provence Shared Travel Package

Aix-en-Provence

5 Days Provence Shared Travel Package

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  • 05 days

  • Small Groups ( 1~8 )

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Participate in our 5 days/ 4 nights Provence France vacation Package based in Aix en Provence. Arrival and departure transfers included, 3 sightseeing excursions from Aix en Provence, entrance fees and Provence Wines tasting fees included.

Highlights

  • 3 Days of Provence Tours from Aix en Provence
  • Easy paced Slow Travel Provence Tour
  • Small group ensures personalized service
  • Visit Luberon villages, Cassis & Vineyards around Aix en Provence
  • All visits, entrance fees & tasting fees in program included
  • English speaking guides, Provence experts

Program & Itinerary

Located in Southern part of France, the Provence region is one of the most sought after destination by French and International travelers alike. The region is famous for its beautiful landscapes and scenery a highlight being when the Lavender fields are in bloom.  Other attractions include small villages classified as 'Most Beautiful of France', Provence Markets that take place everyday in the villages or in Aix en Provence where visitors can taste local delicacies. Provence wines are also very popular especially the Rosé wines produced here that are considered to ...

Located in Southern part of France, the Provence region is one of the most sought after destination by French and International travelers alike. The region is famous for its beautiful landscapes and scenery a highlight being when the Lavender fields are in bloom. 

Other attractions include small villages classified as 'Most Beautiful of France', Provence Markets that take place everyday in the villages or in Aix en Provence where visitors can taste local delicacies. Provence wines are also very popular especially the Rosé wines produced here that are considered to be the best. 


Provence is also the Mediterranean Coast with its lovely fishing ports and regional Capital of Marseille. The Provence region of France is also famous for the number of Attractions, Sites & Monuments that are dotted all over the area such as Pont du Gard, the Pope's Palace in Avignon, the Roman Monuments in Arles and so much more. 


So relax and take some time to discover this unique region on our slow travel France Provence package that includes easy paced sightseeing excursions out of Aix en Provence to carefully selected locations that make for a perfect introduction to the region.

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  • day 1

    Arrival in Aix en Provence / Private Hotel Transfer

    Pick up at Aix en Provence train station or Marseille Provence airport and private transfer to your hotel in Aix en Provence. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery depending on time of arrival. Evening is at leisure in Aix en Provence.
    Pick up at Aix en Provence train station or Marseille Provence airport and private transfer to your hotel in Aix en Provence. Enjoy some free time for personal discovery depending on time of arrival. Evening is at leisure in Aix en Provence.
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  • day 2

    Cassis Village, Calanques Boat Ride & Provence Wines

    Breakfast at your Hotel8.15 Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels...
    Breakfast at your Hotel

    8.15 Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.

    This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance. 

    Meet your English speaking local guide

    Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them. There, your guide will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Board your premium, comfortable A/C vehicle and begin your tour from Aix en Provence towards the lovely seaside village of Cassis.

    Cassis village visit

    Arrive in the fishing village of Cassis and discover this cute portside village as well as the calanques listed by Unesco as a world heritage national park. The land & sea area is known for its white cliffs and turquoise water. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village so as to get your bearings. As you stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, browse small shops and stores that sell local goods of Provence, far from the chain stores that you would find in larger cities. If you are in the village on a Wednesday or Friday morning, your guide will certainly take you to the local market where it is possible to taste local delicacies.

    Boat Ride in the Calanques National Park

    This full day tour from Aix en Provence also includes a panoramic boat ride of the Calanques that are located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis to admire some of the most beautiful coves part of the steep rocky coast that developed in limestone due to erosion. The result is a breathtaking landscape that mixes turquoise waters with impressive limestone cliffs and inlets.

    Enjoy some free time for personal discovery & lunch (at own expense)

    The great thing about this tour is that the program has been designed to leave you enough time to thoroughly enjoy your time in Cassis. After your visit & 45 minute boat ride, you will have sufficient time to take in some of that "Provence atmosphere" and lose yourself in the small quiet backstreets compared to the bustling harbor. It will also be time for you to taste some of the local delicacies in one of the many restaurants or bistros of the village. Ask your guide for recommendations as there are a number of restaurants that serve fine meals. As you can imagine, fish & seafood are among the most popular dishes to be found in the village. 

    Reach Cape Canaille, the highest cliff in Europe

    No tour to Cassis will be complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, your drive will begin to head up towards the highest sea cliff in all of Europe. Of course, your driver/guide will stop in one of the many areas dedicated to take in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The views are stunning and make for a great opportunity for astounding photos. 

    Provence Rosé, red & white Wines

    After the drive to Cap Canaille, it will be time for you to experience a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence - Sainte Victoire, an appellation that was created in 2005. The soil here is quite poor and is mainly formed of limestone and clay/sandstone. This 'terroir' is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. For the Provence Sainte Victoire Rosé and red wines, the main grape varieties used are Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Occasionally, other varietals can include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan or Mourvèdre.

    After a short drive, arrive at a carefully selected winery of the Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire wine producing area. Here, the view is stunning with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus that are often planted with Olive trees. Upon arrival, taste local Rosé wine and find out about the winery and the wine making process of this very popular wine. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds and/or whites of the Appellation. 

    Return to Aix en Provence

    After your wine tasting session, it will be time to make our way back to Aix en Provence.
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  • day 3

    Villages of Southern Luberon, Olive Oil Tasting Half Day

    Breakfast at your Hotel8.50 Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels...
    Breakfast at your Hotel

    8.50 Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.

    This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

    Depart for the Luberon region of Provence


    The Luberon is without a doubt one of the most exquisite destinations in Provence. A small mountain range of the pre-alps, the area was declared a Regional Natural Park in 1977. What makes the Luberon region so attractive is the landscape with its rocky canyons, ridgelines, hilltop villages and towns surrounded by Olive trees, lavender fields and vineyards. Your half day tour today will take you to some of the best rated Luberon Villages that are classified as some of the most beautiful villages in France. 

    Reach the Village of Lourmarin

    After your departure from Aix en Provence and a short drive, arrive in the village of Lourmarin. Unlike the more crowded hilltop villages of the Luberon, Lourmarin is set in plain and is easily accessible to all visitors. Upon arrival, follow your guide through the narrow streets of the village for a short walking tour.

    Highlights of the tour include the 17th century Private Mansion of Philippe de Girad, the numerous fountains that are scattered across the village, the 17th century belfry or the Protestant Temple that is the largest in the Vaucluse area.

    Visit and Olive Oil mill followed by a commented tasting

    After the visit of Lourmarin and a scenic drive, reach a local Olive Oil mill. Here, your guide will explain all there is to know about how local Olive Oil is produced from harvest to press using the cold extraction procedure. Once the process of Olive Oil making has been explained, it will be time for you to taste a minimum of 5 different Olive Oils. Here, it as all about color, texture,  aromas and flavors. This commented tasting will enable you to make the difference between Olive Oils obtained from Green fruity olives, ripe fruits or matured ones. 

    Visit the Village of Ansouis

    Once the Olive Oil tasting is over, we will take you to the authentic village of Ansouis. Far from the crowds that flock in the other touristy villages of Gordes or Bonnieux, Ansouis has remained authentic and was justly proclaimed as one of the most beautiful villages of France in 1999. The village is typical or the area with its stone houses and narrow streets.

    For a stunning view over the valley, your guide will lead you to the top of the village where the Castle of Ansouis still stands. Along the way you will discover the 13th century church of Saint-Martin, medieval houses, ornate fountains and intricate doorways. For those of you that would rather relax to soak up on the Provence atmosphere, why not take some time at the local pastry shop know for its home made Sainte-Delphine or Mont-Ventoux pastries.

    After the visit of the village, we will make our way back to Aix en Provence.
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  • day 4

    Les Baux de Provence, Carrières de Lumières & Provence Wines

    Breakfast at your Hotel9.15am Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels...
    Breakfast at your Hotel

    9.15am Meet your guide in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office.

    This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Aix en Provence Tourism office. The tourist office is located in the heart of the city, close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

    Visit Carrières de Lumière Light Show in Les Baux de Provence


    After a short drive from Aix en Provence, reach the Carrières de Lumières located at the base of the village of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles area. The site, known since the Romans, is an ancient quarry from where the local limestone was extracted throughout the centuries to build towns and villages such as Glanum, Les Baux de Provence and its castle.

    Closed in 1935 the site quickly became the perfect setting for several artistic happenings such as the filming of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau. In 2012, Culturespaces obtained the management of the site and created and Art & Music Immersive Experience. In march of the same year, the Carrières des Lumières opened with an exhibition called "Gauguin, Van Gogh: painters of Colour".

    Every year since the opening, the Carrières des Lumières operates a unique sound and light show that is devoted to a major artist. In 2021, the light show features the famous painter Cézanne as well as a shorter screening of major works by Kandinsky.

    In 2022, the Carrières des Lumières will feature an immersive experience dedicated to the town of Venice. Program will include a stroll along the Grand Canal, the discovery of the mosaique of Saint Marc basilica and paintings by Canaletto, Le Tintoret or Bellini. The short movie will be dedicated to Yves Klein and the infinite Blue.

    Discover the small village of Les Baux de Provence

    Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, Les Baux de Provence will be a highlight of your day. After your Light & Sound experience in Les Carrières de Lumières, reach the village of Les Baux de Provence. Perched on top of a natural plateau, the site has been continuously inhabited since Prehistoric times. The first fortified town dates back to the 10th century while the castle, that dominates the village, was built in the 13th century. The Renaissance period left its print on Les Baux de Provence with the building of beautiful private mansions that can still be seen today.

    After a time of prosperity linked with the quarrying of the local limestone, the village slowly fell asleep when the demand for stone decreased. After the 2nd WW, Les Baux de Provence became an artistic and touristic destination that attracted famous artists such as Louis Jou, Pablo Casals or Yves Brayer. In 1998, Les Baux de Provence was listed as one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'.

    As you reach the village, follow your guide for a walking tour. Pass through Eyguieres gate that was the only entrance to the village until 1866 and stroll through the narrow streets of the village. Admire the Hotel de Porcelet, a 16th century Private Mansion that now houses the Yves Brayer museum.

    Other attractions in the village include the White Penant's Chapel, the 12th century Saint Vincent Church with its stained-glass windows by Max Ingrand and of course the Château des Baux that is one of the most stunning of the region and that offers a breathtaking panorama. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense).

    Provence Wine Tasting

    After your time in Les Baux de Provence, it will be time to begin to make our way back to Aix en Provence. On your way, we will stop in a local Provence Winery so that you may taste some of the local wines that are produced in the region.

    The Côtes de Provence wine region spans over 20 000 hectares (roughly 50 000 acres) and has been recognized as an AOC since 1977. Rosé wines are mainly produced here and represent about 90% of the total amount of wines, 5% are reds and 5% whites. Main grape varieties for the rosés and red wines include cinsault, grenache, mourvèdre and syrah.

    For the white wines, clairette, sémillon, ugni blanc and rolle (vermentino) are the most commonly used grape varieties. The highlight of your tasting will be Côtes de Provence rosé wine that are known for their aromas of fresh flower, yellow fruits and red fruits. You will also have the pleasure to taste reds & whites so as to cover the whole range of Provence wines.

    After your wine tasting, it will be time to head back to Aix en Provence.
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  • day 5

    Departure transfer from Aix en Provence

    Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer from your hotel in Aix en Provence to TGV train station or Marseille airport. End of our services.
    Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer from your hotel in Aix en Provence to TGV train station or Marseille airport. End of our services.
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Prices

Accommodation

  • Hotel du Globe (or similar)

    From € 1,165.00
    Founded in 1970, the Hotel du Globe offers 45 renovated rooms in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The Hôtel du Globe enjoys a dream location near ...

    Founded in 1970, the Hotel du Globe offers 45 renovated rooms in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

    The Hôtel du Globe enjoys a dream location near the thermal baths and a few steps from the old Aix-en-Provence district. You can easily explore the town's markets, its fountains, its cathedral and its authentic town hall square. 

    Everything has been thought out to make your stay at the Hotel du Globe pleasant and comfortable. They offer many services and remain at your disposal to accompany you for the duration of your visit. Their terrace will offer you the privilege of being able to relax while admiring the splendid view of the rooftops of Aix-en-Provence, the Saint-Sauveur cathedral and the Sainte Victoire.

     

    Only a few minutes separate us from the famous Fontaine de la Rotonde, Cours Mirabeau and the Mazarin district.

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  • Hotel Aquabella & Spa (or similar)

    From € 1,490.00
    A true haven of peace, our 4-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden that invites tranquillity. It ...

    A true haven of peace, our 4-star hotel in Aix-en-Provence is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden that invites tranquillity. It has been designed to create a soothing atmosphere that is a marvellous marriage between the tranquillity of Provence and the historic riches of the town of Aix.

    This charming hotel in Aix-en-Provence offers the perfect setting for discovering the heritage of the town of a thousand fountains, its market, its museums and its Provencal-style art of living. It also allows you to familiarize yourself with the world of the famous painter Paul Cézanne, who immortalized the colours of Aix-en-Provence and the nearby Sainte-Victoire mountain. 

    A complex dedicated to your relaxation, the Aquabella Hotel & Spa boasts a Sensory Spa that is free for hotel guests over the age of 17. A heated outdoor swimming pool, open from April to September depending on the weather, allows you to enjoy a moment lazing in the Provencal sunshine. 

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  • Hotel Le Pigonnet (or similar)

    From € 2,030.00
    "A secret garden in Aix-en-Provence" The Hotel Le Pigonnet is an enchanting escape in the heart of Aix-en-Provence. This elegant Provence bastide combines ...

    "A secret garden in Aix-en-Provence" The Hotel Le Pigonnet is an enchanting escape in the heart of Aix-en-Provence. This elegant Provence bastide combines the 18th century warmth with a contemporary style in order to offer guests a pure delight of charm and peacefulness.

    A few mullioned windows evoke the original 18th century foundations, leaves crawl across the façade and the green shutters ooze timeless charm. A sculpture of Saint Peter holds the key to this garden of Eden, which is the hotel's most cherished treasure.

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Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • Departs every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Order of Tours can be modified depending on days of travel
  • Final program will be sent to you after booking
  • Adult tour only, no children accepted under the age of 18
  • Winery visits are not private
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

300 Avenue Giuseppe Verdi, 13100 Aix en Provence

Departure

On arrival we will come and pick you up at Aix en Provence TGV train station or Marseille Provence Airport and organize a private transfer for you and your party.

For each day trip, meeting point is in front of Aix en Provence Tourism office located in central Aix en Provence. Hotel pick up not available on this shared travel package from Aix en Provence.

Return

Day trips return to original departure point.

FAQ

  • Where to eat in Aix en Provence?

    Aix en Provence in France has a large number of choices when it comes to food & wine options.
  • Where to stay near Aix en Provence?

    You have quite a number of options if you would like to stay near Aix en Provence and not in the city itself. A number of high end Hotels such as Les Lodges Sainte-Victoire or Château de La Gaude are located outside the town and make for a perfect stay for your Provence Holiday or Vacation. 
  • Where to stay near or to see lavender fields in Provence?

    The Lavender blooming season in Provence usually takes place between mid to end of June until mid to end of July. There are three distinct areas that are known for their Lavender fields: the Luberon area, the Valensole Plateau area and the Sault Plateau area of Provence. Knowing that Lavender grows better in high elevations, both Valensole and Sault Plateau are considered as mid-mountains and there are not that many places to stay in the area. From Aix en Provence or Avignon, you will have great opportunities to access the Lavender fields and your options for Hotels, Guest Houses or AirBnB accommodations will be much easier. Moreover, Provence Tour Companies such as Ophorus offer daily day trips to the Lavender fields during the blooming season.
  • Where to Park in Aix en Provence France?

    The area several parking areas in the town of Aix en Provence. If you are looking to park in the city center then you must know in advance that you this is definetely a difficult thing to do. There are not many parking spaces in the center, the streets are narrow and very ofter unaccessible to non-residents. Our suggestion is that you park in one of the public parkings located around the city center of Aix en Provence.

    There are a total of 9 parking areas where it will be much easier for you to find a spot:

    Parking Méjanes : 4 Boulevard Victor Coq, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Rotonde : 2 rue Lapierre, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Mignet : 8 Avenue Malherbe, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Carnot : 10-16 Boulevard Carnot, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Bellegarde : 51 Boulevard Aristide Briand, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Pasteur : Rue du chapitre, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Signoret : Allée Rufinus, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Cardeurs : 50 Place Forum des Cardeurs, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
    Parking Rambot : 50 avenue du Docteur Aurientis, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
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