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How to Spend 1 Day in Provence

How to Spend 1 Day in Provence

As one of France’s most popular destinations, Provence attracts visitors with its fragrant lavender fields, historic architecture, and delicious food. If you’ve only got one day in the region, it makes sense to focus on a small area rather than trying to cram too much in. Here's how to make the most of 24 hours in Provence. 

Morning: Aix-en-Provence and Lavender Fields

Start your morning with a walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, concentrating on the historic center of town. Stroll down the tree-and-fountain-lined Cours Mirabeau before making your way to the Romanesque-meets-Gothic Aix Cathedral via the Place d'Albertas and the Hotel de Ville (or City Hall). Pop inside the cathedral to view the 15th-century Burning Bush Triptych and beautifully carved Altar of the Aygosi Family before taking a tour of the lavender fields on the Valensole Plateau, which are at peak bloom in July. If you opt for a custom, private tour, include a stop for lunch in the town of Saint-Martin-de-Brôme.

Afternoon: Art and Nature in Cassis

In the afternoon, make your way toward Cassis, a picturesque port town on the Mediterranean Sea; if you’re staying in Marseilles, it’s easy to visit on an afternoon tour, which typically include convenient round-trip transfers. During a walking tour or free time, stop at the Place Baragnon and the adjacent Hotel de Ville (City Hall) for some people-watching. From here, pop into Musée d'Art et Traditions Populaires de Cassis to check out its large collection of archaeological artifacts or drop into the Museum of Perfume, dedicated to one of Provence's most celebrated industries. Wrap up your afternoon with trip out to Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France—a 15-minute drive from the city center.

Evening: Marseilles and the Mediterranean

Finish your day with a visit to Marseilles, the second-largest (and oldest) city in France. Be sure to check out the Vieux Port area, where historic attractions such as the City Hall and the Eglise Saint Laurent are situated. While you may want to spend your evening soaking in the local atmosphere or sampling the city's world-famous bouillabaisse (fish stew), evening dinner cruises let you see the city from a different perspective and tend to include a sumptuous French supper. 

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Aix en Provence and Cassis Small Group Tour from Marseille

Aix en Provence and Cassis Small Group Tour from Marseille

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Explore the quintessential Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence and the UNESCO-listed calanques (inlets) of Cassis on this 5-hour tour from Marseille. Enjoy a taste of Provence on a guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence and sample local specialties at a typical Provençal market. Then, set sail for a 45-minute cruise along the dramatic coast of Cassis, before drinking in the views from Cape Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliff.
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  • 6 hours
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Provence Full Day Private Tour with Professional Guide from Marseille

Provence Full Day Private Tour with Professional Guide from Marseille

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Provence has scenic views, medieval villages, and fantastic architecture. Get more out of your time in Marseille by going on a private day tour. You’ll have a hassle-free day with round-trip transport included. The tour is fully customizable based on your needs and interests. Potential highlights include multiple stops in the Avignon and Luberon region, such as Gordes, and Menerbes. It’s also possible to explore Arles and the Alpilles area.
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  • 8 hours
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Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Marseille

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseille Small-Group Tour from Marseille

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Spend a delightful day in southern Provence on a small-group tour exploring highlights of this romantic region. Stroll through the famous market in charming Aix-en-Provence, enjoy the UNESCO-listed inlets and beaches of Cassis and take a guided tour through more than 2,500 years of French history in seaside Marseille. Travel aboard a comfortable minivan with a small group for a more personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
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Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour

Provence, Marseille and Cassis Sightseeing Tour

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Discover highlights of the French Riviera on this small-group tour of Marseille and Cassis. Journey along the rugged yet beautiful Route de Crêtes, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the Gulf de Cassis from Cape Canaille. Cruise from Cassis (option) to view the region’s three famous calanques, then head back to Marseille to tour the city’s main attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Abbey of St Victor.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

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Soak up Provence’s exquisite natural beauty on a full-day tour from Avignon. Cross expansive plateaus covered in lavender blooms as you travel to several enchanting French villages such as Sault and Roussillon. Browse lavender shop and markets, visit the hilltop town of Gordes and learn all about Provence’s symbolic flower at Lavender Museum in Coustellet. The small-group format ensures a flexible and personalized tour.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

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Witness the unimaginable beauty of Provence’s lavender fields on this excursion from Marseille. In a small group, visit the delightful bohemian town of Aix-en-Provence and travel through Valensole Plateau. Marvel at the endless, undulating fields of lavender and soak up the distinct fragrance that perfumes the air, particularly in the middle of summer. Stop in Valensole village to pick up a bouquet and some essential oils to take home!
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  • 9 hours
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Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

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Imbibe the essence of southern France with a private 4-hour tour of charming Aix-en-Provence from Marseille. Travel by coach through pastoral Provence and accompany your guide on a stroll of Aix’s tree-lined streets, viewing centuries-old private mansions, shops and cafés. Catch unique sights like the Fountain of the Preachy and Saint Sauveur Cathedral. Then enjoy a walk on your own or visit Cezanne’s famous art studio (own expense).
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  • 4 hours
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