Get your bearings in Aix-en-Provence with a stroll through the Vieil Aix (Old Town), where you can admire the eclectic Cathedrale Saint Sauveur, wander the former City of the Counts and haggle with the locals at the many weekly markets. Stop off for lunch at one of the alfresco cafés along the historic Cours Mirabeau, one of the prettiest streets in all of France.
Take a day trip around the key sights of the Provence region, starting with a visit to the UNESCO-World Heritage listed city of Arles, home to an impressively preserved Roman amphitheater and the architectural masterpiece of Cathédrale St-Trophime. A cycle or horse ride around the distinctive marshlands and salt plains of Camargue is next up.
On the cusp of the glitzy French Riviera, the coastal region of Provence benefits from a similarly glorious Mediterranean climate and exploring the beaches and historic ports south of Aix-de-Provence is a must for summer visitors.