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The France - Provence Untour


Discover the scenery and light that inspired countless artists. The art of living is alive and well in this hotbed of food, wine, and natural beauty. Explore picturesque terracotta villages, shop for epicurean treasures in the local outdoor markets, taste the local wines, and linger over some of France's best cuisine.

Stay in a charming apartment in the countryside.

Day trip options: Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Gordes, Marseilles, Nîmes, Orange, St. Rémy, Vaison-la-Romaine, the Pont du Gard and more!
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WHAT TO DO ON YOUR PROVENCE VACATION

Day trips: Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Gordes, Marseilles, Nîmes, Orange, St. Rémy, Vaison-la-Romaine, the Camargue region, the Luberon Mountains.

Sightseeing: Les Baux (Old and New Town), the Pope's Palace in Avignon, the Pont du Gard (Roman aqueduct); the Roman arenas of Arles and Nîmes; the Abbaye de Sénanque and its lavender fields; the pink flamingoes, white horses and black bulls of the Camargue, Mont Ventoux.

Off-the-beaten-track attractions that can't be beat: Tasting the heady red wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape with the fourth-generation vintner; Crestet, a quintessential hillside town known only for oozing Provençal charm; the gregarious vendors of Isle-sur-Sorgue's Sunday market; outdoor displays of olives prepared in dozens of ways; plucking the world's finest melons in the fields outside Cavaillon; going the extra mile because the best bread and the best croissants don't always come from the same place; picking your own "herbes de Provence" in the garrigues; following Vincent van Gogh's footsteps in St. Rémy.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS UNTOUR?

The France - Provence Untour Includes:

  • One or two weeks in a personally selected apartment in the scenic French countryside.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Marseilles, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
  • Transfer assistance for airport arrivals, or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment with ease.
  • Car rental, with unlimited mileage and basic insurance, for the duration of your Untour.
  • An orientation session given by our local staff to start your trip off on the right foot.
  • Local information, a driving map, and the Untouring Provence guidebook, researched and written by Untours staff, full of insider tips and day trip information.
  • A local cultural event, like a traditional French meal at a local restaurant.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
  • Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.

Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Provence:

"This trip exceeded all my expectations. The French people are so friendly and welcoming. We found their English far superior to our French, but even with minor communication issues we were able to get our desires fulfilled. We packed every day with sightseeing and painting and came home every night thinking that that day had been the very best!" Barbara Bush

"We appreciated the friendly feeling we received from the French people...the lovely locations for out of the way restaurants and the great, interesting food served....and, of course, all the new wines we tried." Shirley Reed

"Provence has got to be one of the most beautiful regions on earth! Loved the glorious scenery, the food, the wine, the opportunities to connect with local Français." Suzanne Sligh

"Provence is wonderfully relaxing and lends itself to quality leisure time and unplanned, unexpected adventure and surprise... The people of Provence are very friendly, much as most southerly people. The food was wonderful." C.W. Lartigue IV

"I was there 17 years ago with Untours and enjoyed enough to return. Max is just as nice now as then and his wife very gracious to us. I feel my life has been enriched due to the many trips I have taken with Untours." Shirley Reed

"All in all, this trip was a wonderful experience. I was touched by the French people. Several times, when the local people saw we were confused, or didn't know where to go, they went out of their way to direct us to points of interest. They always say how rude French people are, we did not find that to be the case at all. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this lovely town and country for two weeks!" Arlene Larson

"We like the independence with the knowledge we have local backup if necessary. The Provence region is wonderful so we loved driving to the many beautiful villages and sampling lovely wines and amazing food." Allen Webb

""We loved everything! Great value for an awesome experience." Marvin & Diane Levake"

"Probably the three highlights were as follows: The Patrimoine (Heritage weekend in Pernes-Les Fontaines) We spent a total of over 10 hours there on Saturday and Sunday of our third and last weekend. Second: Cathedrale d'Images just outside of Les Baux de Provence. This year's theme was Van Gogh. It was a must-see. Third: Being able to walk to the village to hang out in the cafe, talk to French people and ex-pats, and drink in the ambiance." Loraine Kirkland

"I loved Provence--the people, the food, the wine, the flowers, water, and lavender. Everything was wonderful." Robert & Gail Davis

"Was it the beautiful little houses so tastefully decorated and ideally located within a five-minute walk from the medieval town of Pernes-les-Fonatines, or was it our lovely hostess Estelle and her charming daughter Melanie who spoke the King's English? Maybe it was the delightful little patio where we spent so many quiet hours enjoying the garden and the birds. Or perhaps it was the dish of ice cream at the café in St. Didier or the Sunday dinner at Bar de Casino in Pernes. Maybe the 'best' all boils down to our having the sense to take another Untour." Ruth Atkinson

"The best thing about Provence?...how about being situated on a lovely property in a spacious apartment surrounded by gorgeous scenery." Jack & Fran Ellena

"As always, Provence was splendid." Mary Ellen Guptill
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Sonia Ratcliffe - Specialist - France, Spain & the Americas Untours
Coordinator - The Right Vacation Rental

My first time to France was during a family vacation back in 2000. I was instantly hooked on the open-air markets, the grandeur of Versailles, and the beaming sun of Provence.
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