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

1. 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.

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. 

From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

3. From Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Villages & Provence Wines Tour

This full-day tour takes you on a discovery of the hilltop villages in the Luberon region as well as the wine-making region of Sainte-Victoire. You will journey from Aix-en-Provence to Mount Sainte-Victoire, which was the source of inspiration for the famous painter Cézanne from 1880 to 1883. You will visit 2 wine properties, where you can sample the locally produced red and rosé wine from the appellation of Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire. You will have some free time for lunch in Aix-en-Provence before you head off to discover the typical hilltop villages in the Luberon region. Along the way you will take a photo stop in Lourmarin, famous for its Renaissance castle. You will visit Bonnieux, where you can stroll through this picture-perfect Provencal village topped by a 12th century church. You will then explore the colorful village of Roussillon, where all the houses are painted ocher. You will also visit Gordes, an amazing hilltop village built entirely with local dry stones called “lauze“.

From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Lavender Morning Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Lavender Morning Tour

Depart from Aix-en-Provence, drive along the scenic roads winding across the fields of flowers. Arrive on the wide Plateau of Valensole with its 800 square meters plateau, it specializes in the cultivation of lavandin, a hybrid lavender plant as well as cereals. It's nicknamed 'The Granary of the Region.' You will have many photo stops by the lavender fields in bloom and enjoy the breathtaking sights and scents. Stop at a farmer/ producer's place and learn everything about the cultivation, distillation and the properties of pure lavender and lavandin.  Have an opportunity to purchase pure lavender and lavandin essential oils, olive oil and lavender honey directly from them.

Hilltop Villages in Luberon

5. Hilltop Villages in Luberon

Visit the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in the southern Luberon. Discover the charms of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon, and Gordes on a 6-hour tour. Stop in Lourmarin for some free time, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, and noted for its Renaissance castle.Take a photo in Bonnieux, a picture-perfect Provençal village that features a 12th-century church surrounded by ancient cedars. Continue to Roussillon via the Roman-era Pont Julien. Roussillon, perched atop an ochre-colored cliff, is a favorite of painters, and a magical place where combinations of oxides give the ochre an infinite variety of colors. Gordes offers an extraordinary vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit.

Aix-en-Provence: Private Walking Tour

6. Aix-en-Provence: Private Walking Tour

A city of water and a city of Art, Aix en Provence perfectly embodies this Provencal lifestyle which is so praised around the world. It is the city of the painter Cézanne, whose campaign Aix has inspired some of the greatest impressionist masterpieces of all time. With boulevards shaded by majestic plane trees, the narrow streets lined with rich private mansions, the discreet squares adorned with lovely fountains, lined with welcoming café terraces, Aix invariably seduces those who take the time to linger. This is your opportunity to explore the culture and the history of this place, with the help of your knowledgeable guides. The beauty of Aix-en-Provence, city of art, is discovered while strolling. During your walks around the famous Cours Mirabeau, shaded by its vault of plane trees, you will admire a number of mansions and monuments. You will encounter sites such as City Hall, Old Archbishop's Palace, and Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. The squares decorated with fountains provide so many enchanting places to discover during your strolls. If you want to see another side of this city not mentioned here, simply mention it to your guide and they will take you there. Enjoy a personalized and scenic walking tour, and let yourself discover this wonderful city of Provence.

From Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Afternoon Lavender Tour

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Afternoon Lavender Tour

Depart from Aix-en-Provence and drive along the scenic, countryside roads passing the colorful lavender fields on the Plateau of Valensole. Enjoy plenty of stops to take photos and soak up the breathtaking sights and scents of the 'Blue Gold of Provence'.  Later, stop at a farmer/producer's place and learn everything about the cultivation, distillation, and the properties of pure lavender and lavadin (a hybrid plant). Finally, take the opportunity to purchase the essential oil, olive oil, lavender honey directly from them.

Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

8. Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

Explore the charming Cassis and its seaside port on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy a boat ride, awe-inspiring scenery, a visit to a local winery to taste Provence rosé, red, and white wines, and more. Meet your guide in Aix-en-Provence to journey to the seaside port of Cassis. Discover this inviting portside village and the Calanques, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage national park. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village, stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, and browse the small shops and stores that sell local Provence goods. The tour continues with a panoramic boat ride to the Calanques, located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis, and admire the beautiful coves of the steep rocky coast. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time for exploring Cassis and have lunch (own expense). No tour to Cassis is complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, head up towards the highest sea cliff in Europe, Cap Canaille. Your guide will stop in one of the many areas for taking in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. After the drive to Cap Canaille, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence – Sainte Victoire. This terroir is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. Take in the gorgeous view with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus, often planted with olive trees. Learn about the winery and its winemaking process. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds or whites. After the wine tasting session, you will be dropped off in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

Aix-en-Provence: E-Bike Tour of Mount Sainte-Victoire

9. Aix-en-Provence: E-Bike Tour of Mount Sainte-Victoire

The tour starts and finishes at the shop in Aix-en-Provence where you will be set up with a Scott Electric mountain bike and helmet. The first few kilometres to get to the mountain are on paved roads and then the route follows different off-road trails. There are various viewpoints to stop at and appreciate the magnificence of the mountain, take videos, photos and have a snack. An E-Bike is a great way to explore the trails and makes the mountain accessible to people of all ages and riding capabilities. The electric mountain bike makes it easy to ride up steep hills and you'll be able to ride areas that you never thought possible. Each route is chosen depending on the skill level of the group.

Aix-en-Provence: Private Old Town Tour

10. Aix-en-Provence: Private Old Town Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and first visit the city's largest and most famous fountain, La Rotonde. Stroll through the Cours Mirabeau and the Quartier Mazarin to feel the atmosphere of the ancient former capital of the Provence region. Make your way to the heart of the city where you will see the famous Clock Tower of the city. First constructed as a watchtower, it is located adjacent to the city hall and is a popular meeting point on the central square. Finally, discover the Cathedral of St. Sauveur, which has a history dating back to the 5th century. Note the range of architectural styles of the cathedral such as Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque.

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What people are saying about Aix-en-Provence

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 672 reviews

Ask for Natalie! We enjoyed a fantastic tour with Natalie starting from Aix-en-Provence to Cassis. Natalie drove us to Cassis in a comfortable minibus and is very entertaining along the way. Learn about the wines in the region and about the towns you pass. We took the optional boat tour to Les Calanques, and were promptly picked up by Natalie on return. Safe, efficient, and entertaining. Remember: ask for Natalie! Nous t'aime!

My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour. We feel like we really got to see and experience the area. Our guide, Natalie, was very knowledgeable and so much fun. We wanted to pack her up and take her with us on the remainder of our travels. The towns were so cute and we had several opportunities for pictures in the lavender fields. Thanks for a memorable day.

Good trip. We went places we would never have gone if we had stayed near Marseilles. Aix is a cute little town. Cassis is a beach town very different from Marseilles. Also visited a winery among other places. Beautiful views on the drive. Driver was excellent and knowledgeable. A bit pricey but remember it was an 8 hour private tour at today's gas prices.

Breathtaking views, wine was delicious and our guide Lucille was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The two wineries we visited were amazing. Was so happy to hear that one of the wines I could buy in Canada so I can continue to enjoy the experience

Very good tour. Guide was excellent and a great way to see the area outside Aix