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Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

1. Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

Sail along the coast of the Calanques National Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in France, aboard either a small or large catamaran. Discover the rocky coastline that stretches for 20 km along the Mediterranean Sea between La Madrague and the town of Cassis, via Les Goudes and Callelongue. Journey to the heart of this natural heritage and discover the creeks of Marseille. During the cruise admire the wonderful landscape of the Calanques National Park whilst sunbathing on the boat and swimming in heavenly coves. Enjoy lunch, comprising Spanish plancha, various side dishes, and dessert. During winter, the menu is different and may include fish and other seafood. Board at 11:00 AM and return to port is at 4:00 PM. Several itineraries are possible: National Park of the Calanques on the maxi catamaran, the Calanques of the Blue Coast, and the Friuli Archipelago on the small catamarans.

Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Wine Tour

2. Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Wine Tour

Get the full South of France experience with this half-day, small-group wine tour to two wineries in the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine region.  This half-day tour from Aix-en-Provence to the Sainte-Victoire mountain wine-producing area will begin with a trip through the stunning landscape. A majestic mountain and lush vineyards serve as the perfect backdrop to the experience.  A wine region that extends over more than 47,000 acres, the Côtes de Provence AOC is the majority producer of Provence wines. Once you have reached the Côtes de Provence wine region, visit and taste local wines in two carefully selected, family-owned wineries.  Go on a fascinating journey through the history of each estate, with a focus on the wine-making process. After a visit to the technical installations to better understand how the wines are made, you'll then taste the excellent wines. 

Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

3. Marseille: Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Watch the sun go down on a sunset cruise departing from the port of Marseille. Enjoy a delicious meal as you take in the tranquil atmosphere sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. Set sail from the port in Marseille in the early evening. During the cruise you'll have the chance to watch the colors of the sky change to shades of deeper orange, purple and red. Savor a delicious dinner on the open-air deck, enjoying the wonderful surrounding landscape as you cruise along the coast of Marseille. As the sun goes down, anchor in a secluded cove and enjoy dinner in the cool night air. Afterward, you'll be back at the port in the late evening. 

From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

4. From Avignon: Châteauneuf du Pape Afternoon Wine Tour

Tucked between the Alps to the east and the Rhone River to the west, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing Avignon, you will combine a tour of its Roman heritage with a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Start your afternoon wine-tasting tour with the village of Gigondas. Located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, the vineyard covers an area of 12 km² and the wines produced belong to the Crus of the southern Côtes du Rhône. The Grenache noir expresses its full flavor in glimmering red wines with pronounced tannins, a robust body, and a solid propensity for ageing. Afterwards, stop at the ruins of the castle built by the former Popes who relocated the papacy to Avignon in the 14th-Century and used it as their summer residence. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy a wine-tasting in one of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

5. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

6. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

7. Saint-Raphaël: 2.5-hour sea and creeks boat excursion

Enjoy unparalleled views of the French Riviera on a 2.5-hour boat tour from Santa Lucia port that takes you to hidden coves before letting you loose for a scenic snorkeling adventure. Take your spot on a 12-seater boat and get whisked across the Cote d'Azur for a panoramic view of the volcanic Esterel massif and Agay bay, where you can explore idyllic coastal creeks that are only accessible from the sea. Grab your snorkel gear when the caption drops anchor to admire the beauty of the Mediterranean seabed — keep an eye out for sea turtles as Esterel is also a Natura 2000 conservation site. Hold on tight as it’s then full-speed back to the port at Saint-Raphaël with drinks and music to wrap up a fun-filled day.

From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

8. From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

Enjoy a half-day wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, inspiration for the famous post impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, who painted many pictures of the mountain between 1880 and 1883. The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east of Aix-en-Provence, and like all vineyards in Provence, are considered some of the most natural in France, due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind. The poor and shallow soils, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone, help to produce high-quality vineyards. Learn about the characteristics of the terroir, and explore the wine making process while visiting the cellars of 2 separate wine estates. Meet the winemakers, and taste AOC Côtes de Provence wines in 3 colors - tasty, full-bodied reds of excellent structure, subtle elegant rosés, and whites of distinction.

Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

9. Half-Day Saint Paul de Vence and Wine Tasting Tour from Nice

Board an air-conditioned minivan outside your Nice hotel and sit back and enjoy a scenic 1-hour drive to Saint Jeannet. The drive will take you through the rolling landscapes of Provence's wine country. The tour duration is 4 hours. En route, your tour guide will provide an overview of the history and traditions of French winemaking. In Provence, the temperate Mediterranean climate and mineral-rich soil create ideal conditions for growing grapes. Varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache flourish in the warm sun. Stop to visit a wine cellar and experience the subtleties of the local wines during a tasting with the winemaker. You’ll be able to taste a variety of wines. Next stop is Saint Paul de Vence, the second-most visited village in France and the jewel of Provence. The stunning walled village has been home to numerous artists, including Renoir, Chagall and Picasso and many film stars as well.

Cannes: Half and Full-Day Provencal Wine Tours

10. Cannes: Half and Full-Day Provencal Wine Tours

Tour the Var commune in Provence on a half- or full-day wine tasting tour, and taste the famous Côtes de Provence AOC wines. Departing Cannes, drive towards Draguignan, close to the Operation Dragoon landing site of August 1944, when the Allies liberated the region from German occupation in World War II. Stop at the Château Saint-Martin, steeped in history and full of treasures. It has belonged to the same family since the 18th century and features exceptional wine cellars. After a guided tour, taste some of the wines and learn about the Provencal production. Continue to Château Font du Broc, an acclaimed estate of the Côtes de Provence appellation. The mood is set as soon as you step through the doors of the historic château. After a guided tour of the prestigious domain, visit the cellar to see a superb underground cathedral dedicated to wine. The 3rd domain of your tour will be Château Sainte-Roselyne, where the Romanesque chapel features works of art by Chagall, Giacometti, and Ubac. Visit the cellars and taste the wines of this historic winery, before continuing to the picturesque village of Les Arcs sur Argens, where you can wander the medieval streets at leisure.

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What people are saying about Provence

Had a great day out with our guide Thomas. He gave information on all little things of the area that made us appreciate the things we saw a lot more. Very passionate about the things he liked to talk about, with Thomas our day went by just like that. The boat tour was a bit boring, just sat there looking at places from a far. Also, could have spent a bit more time at the wine tasting, but no complaints.

Johanne gave us a most interesting and memorable learning experience. We learnt everything there is to know and had a lot of fun with 3 very experienced highly trained truffle finding dogs. All in all a very well prepared experience that we would highly recommend.

Pierre was an excellent guide. We learned about the history of Aix - as well as enjoying markets, food tastings and some wine and cheese. Great value.

Everything was great! Guide was informative and friendly. We saw a lot and really enjoyed the day. Greetings to our guide!:)

Great guide, delicious wines, and very informational!