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The France - Provence Untour

Come 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.
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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.


The France - Provence Untour Includes:

  • One or two weeks in personally selected private apartment.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Marseilles, France, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (More information on Untours' air policies here.)
  • Transfer assistance from Marseille airport to apartment or a meeting point for the apartment (directions to be provided).
  • Car rental for the duration of your stay.
  • Lots of pre-trip planning advice from our staff who are available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • An orientation session by our superb English-speaking representatives to get you off on the right foot.
  • A group meal at a local restaurant.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to dash off to the grocery store right away.
  • A Michelin map of the Provence region.
  • Our own On-Site Guides researched and written by Untours staff.
  • Ongoing support via telephone 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:

"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

"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

"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

"We loved the freedom to make our own itinerary." William S. Brettmann

"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

"The towns were wonderful places to be. It was easy to get to many places of interest and back in the same day." Pat, Rick, & Cindy Holloway

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

"[Provence] was a very relaxing yet empowering vacation--a real 'I can do this!''' Sherry Sturges

"This was a great area. I would go back if I had the opportunity." Imogene B. Speas

"[The Provence Untour] - Freedom to go where I wanted, when I wanted." Lee Tyson

"Excellent all the way. I would not hesitate to do it again." V. Harla
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Sonia Ratcliffe - Team Member - 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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