Scented hillsides, ancient cities and shady sidewalk cafes
If you’re seeking a slower pace of life, holidays in Provence are the perfect way to take things easy. The region lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps. Just its name conjures thoughts of swaying oleanders, olive groves, and the aroma of purple lavender. You can experience a slice of local life too, with a stroll through one of the many produce-laden markets, followed by a café crème or pastis at a shady sidewalk cafe.
On a Provence tour, you’ll discover the landscape that inspired artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh and Chagall. Natural wonders include the Gorge du Verdon, the deepest canyon in France. Find spectacular views and hiking trails, as well as the chance to try adventure activities like white-water rafting. If that’s too energetic, the beaches of the Côte d'Azur are not too far away.
A tailor-made holiday in Provence gives you all kinds of options. Visit local vineyards and sample the latest rosé wines; explore the history and culture of elegant Provençal cities like Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, or simply share a laid-back meal with friends under the summer sun. However you choose to spend your time, Provence is sure to seduce.