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Provence Walking Tour

10 days Walking Tours
Slow your pace, breathe in the fresh air and experience the French countryside at its purest and prettiest. On this Provence walking tour, you'll retrace the footsteps of painters and pilgrims who have long been inspired by the region's natural splendor. From the fields of fragrant lavender to the cliffs of Cap Ferrat, discover a Provence that will stimulate all your senses.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your journey begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to the French Riviera on an internationally recognized airline.

Cannes1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! A representative greets you at the airport in Nice after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in Cannes. This evening, meet your fellow walking enthusiasts at an included welcome dinner.

Avignon3 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Fragonard Perfume Factory

This morning, visit the town of Grasse, the heart of France’s perfume industry. Surrounded by fields of jasmine, roses, violets and lavender, Grasse produces a high percentage of the world’s bottled fragrances. Make a visit to the Fragonard Perfume Factory to see the process in action on your way to Avignon. Next, discover the fresh air and flowering vistas of Provence during an invigorating two-hour walk in Ste.-Baume. Medieval pilgrims followed these same paths to pray at the shrine of Mary Magdalene.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Papal Palace

Stroll through the medieval city of Avignon this morning with your Tour Director. You’ll also experience an in-depth visit to the Papal Palace with an audio guide. In the 14th century, Pope Clement V chose to reign as pope from his native France, rather than from Rome. Visit the opulent palace that he and his successors inhabited during the 75 years of the Avignon Papacy. This afternoon, explore the villages of the Luberon Valley. Consider joining this evening’s optional excursion to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region for a wine tasting and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $89*pp Details

During tonight's excursion, leave Avignon and travel to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a region boasting 13 different varieties of grapes. At a local wine cellar, you'll be invited to sample several of the region's most distinctive vintages. After your tasting, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant featuring a selection of Provençal dishes.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Pont du Gard

Arles was the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. Your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of the town before an included lunch. Then, journey outside the city to visit the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Roussillon ochre mines

This morning, visit the hilltop town of Gordes, and a nearby waterfall. Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the town’s open-air ochre mines. Although mining has ceased, the colorful red rock continues to draw visitors from far and wide. Continue on to Aix where you’ll enjoy dinner with your group.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte- Marie, known throughout Europe since the 17th century for its blue-and-white ceramics. After free time for lunch, continue past the dramatic canyons of the Gorges du Verdon area, known as the “Grand Canyon of France.”

Nice2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cézanne’s Studio

This morning you’ll follow in the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne during a guided tour of the city, including the painter’s studio. In his paintings of the surrounding countryside, Cézanne immortalized this charming town. Continue on to the Mediterranean city of Nice, where you can choose to join an optional dinner and visit to the famous Monte Carlo Casino in the principality of Monaco.

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day with a walk on Cape Ferrat, the peninsula separating Nice from the principality of Monaco. Your hour-and-a-half walk along a cliffside path presents memorable views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur. Relive tour memories at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not continuing on our tour extension to Paris, a representative will escort you to the Nice airport for your flight home.

Add a Paris City Stay $579 pp

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, beauty and history in the French capital. Browse the bookstores and boutiques, stroll manicured parks and walk along the Seine. Then take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Board the TGV train to Paris, where you’ll be met by a representative who will assist with hotel check-in. The rest of your day is free to begin acquainting (or re-acquainting) yourself with the French capital. Tonight, opt to have dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a cruise along the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the highlights of Paris on this morning’s sightseeing tour, which will pass by Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. This afternoon, opt to visit magnificent Versailles.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris, delving deeper into the neighborhoods or lingering longer at the cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Giverny to see the setting and scenery that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A representative assists you with the transfer to the airport.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your journey begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to the French Riviera on an internationally recognized airline.

Cannes1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! A representative greets you at the airport in Nice after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in Cannes. This evening, meet your fellow walking enthusiasts at an included welcome dinner.

Avignon3 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Fragonard Perfume Factory

This morning, visit the town of Grasse, the heart of France’s perfume industry. Surrounded by fields of jasmine, roses, violets and lavender, Grasse produces a high percentage of the world’s bottled fragrances. Make a visit to the Fragonard Perfume Factory to see the process in action on your way to Avignon. Next, discover the fresh air and flowering vistas of Provence during an invigorating two-hour walk in Ste.-Baume. Medieval pilgrims followed these same paths to pray at the shrine of Mary Magdalene.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Papal Palace

Stroll through the medieval city of Avignon this morning with your Tour Director. You’ll also experience an in-depth visit to the Papal Palace with an audio guide. In the 14th century, Pope Clement V chose to reign as pope from his native France, rather than from Rome. Visit the opulent palace that he and his successors inhabited during the 75 years of the Avignon Papacy. This afternoon, explore the villages of the Luberon Valley. Consider joining this evening’s optional excursion to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region for a wine tasting and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $89*pp Details

During tonight's excursion, leave Avignon and travel to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a region boasting 13 different varieties of grapes. At a local wine cellar, you'll be invited to sample several of the region's most distinctive vintages. After your tasting, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant featuring a selection of Provençal dishes.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Pont du Gard

Arles was the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. Your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of the town before an included lunch. Then, journey outside the city to visit the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Roussillon ochre mines

This morning, visit the hilltop town of Gordes, and a nearby waterfall. Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the town’s open-air ochre mines. Although mining has ceased, the colorful red rock continues to draw visitors from far and wide. Continue on to Aix where you’ll enjoy dinner with your group.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte- Marie, known throughout Europe since the 17th century for its blue-and-white ceramics. After free time for lunch, continue past the dramatic canyons of the Gorges du Verdon area, known as the “Grand Canyon of France.”

Nice2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cézanne’s Studio

This morning you’ll follow in the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne during a guided tour of the city, including the painter’s studio. In his paintings of the surrounding countryside, Cézanne immortalized this charming town. Continue on to the Mediterranean city of Nice, where you can choose to join an optional dinner and visit to the famous Monte Carlo Casino in the principality of Monaco.

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day with a walk on Cape Ferrat, the peninsula separating Nice from the principality of Monaco. Your hour-and-a-half walk along a cliffside path presents memorable views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur. Relive tour memories at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not continuing on our tour extension to Paris, a representative will escort you to the Nice airport for your flight home.

Add a Paris City Stay $579 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, beauty and history in the French capital. Browse the bookstores and boutiques, stroll manicured parks and walk along the Seine. Then take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Board the TGV train to Paris, where you’ll be met by a representative who will assist with hotel check-in. The rest of your day is free to begin acquainting (or re-acquainting) yourself with the French capital. Tonight, opt to have dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a cruise along the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the highlights of Paris on this morning’s sightseeing tour, which will pass by Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. This afternoon, opt to visit magnificent Versailles.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris, delving deeper into the neighborhoods or lingering longer at the cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Giverny to see the setting and scenery that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A representative assists you with the transfer to the airport.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your journey begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to the French Riviera on an internationally recognized airline.

Cannes1 night Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! A representative greets you at the airport in Nice after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in Cannes. This evening, meet your fellow walking enthusiasts at an included welcome dinner.

Avignon3 nights Hotel info

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Fragonard Perfume Factory

This morning, visit the town of Grasse, the heart of France’s perfume industry. Surrounded by fields of jasmine, roses, violets and lavender, Grasse produces a high percentage of the world’s bottled fragrances. Make a visit to the Fragonard Perfume Factory to see the process in action on your way to Avignon. Next, discover the fresh air and flowering vistas of Provence during an invigorating two-hour walk in Ste.-Baume. Medieval pilgrims followed these same paths to pray at the shrine of Mary Magdalene.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Papal Palace

Stroll through the medieval city of Avignon this morning with your Tour Director. You’ll also experience an in-depth visit to the Papal Palace with an audio guide. In the 14th century, Pope Clement V chose to reign as pope from his native France, rather than from Rome. Visit the opulent palace that he and his successors inhabited during the 75 years of the Avignon Papacy. This afternoon, explore the villages of the Luberon Valley. Consider joining this evening’s optional excursion to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region for a wine tasting and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $89*pp Details

During tonight's excursion, leave Avignon and travel to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a region boasting 13 different varieties of grapes. At a local wine cellar, you'll be invited to sample several of the region's most distinctive vintages. After your tasting, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant featuring a selection of Provençal dishes.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Pont du Gard

Arles was the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. Your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of the town before an included lunch. Then, journey outside the city to visit the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Roussillon ochre mines

This morning, visit the hilltop town of Gordes, and a nearby waterfall. Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the town’s open-air ochre mines. Although mining has ceased, the colorful red rock continues to draw visitors from far and wide. Continue on to Aix where you’ll enjoy dinner with your group.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte- Marie, known throughout Europe since the 17th century for its blue-and-white ceramics. After free time for lunch, continue past the dramatic canyons of the Gorges du Verdon area, known as the “Grand Canyon of France.”

Nice2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cézanne’s Studio

This morning you’ll follow in the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne during a guided tour of the city, including the painter’s studio. In his paintings of the surrounding countryside, Cézanne immortalized this charming town. Continue on to the Mediterranean city of Nice, where you can choose to join an optional dinner and visit to the famous Monte Carlo Casino in the principality of Monaco.

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day with a walk on Cape Ferrat, the peninsula separating Nice from the principality of Monaco. Your hour-and-a-half walk along a cliffside path presents memorable views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur. Relive tour memories at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not continuing on our tour extension to Paris, a representative will escort you to the Nice airport for your flight home.

Add a Paris City Stay $579 pp

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, beauty and history in the French capital. Browse the bookstores and boutiques, stroll manicured parks and walk along the Seine. Then take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Board the TGV train to Paris, where you’ll be met by a representative who will assist with hotel check-in. The rest of your day is free to begin acquainting (or re-acquainting) yourself with the French capital. Tonight, opt to have dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a cruise along the Seine.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the highlights of Paris on this morning’s sightseeing tour, which will pass by Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. This afternoon, opt to visit magnificent Versailles.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris, delving deeper into the neighborhoods or lingering longer at the cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Giverny to see the setting and scenery that inspired Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp Details

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A representative assists you with the transfer to the airport.

How's the weather?

  • Cannes, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nice, France
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Walking on Tour

Will I be able to keep up?    

This is a physically demanding walking tour. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain for two hours at a time. Travelers should be prepared for some steep inclines and difficult hikes. Hiking boots are a must. If you don’t have them, sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. Backpacks and walking sticks are also recommended.

What happens if it rains?    

The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility. In the unlucky event of inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?    

Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Provence. All Tour Directors are bilingual.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that for those traveling on our Paris extension, porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders and legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. Travelers should be in good physical health. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

A stroll along the main street of any French town soon reveals how seriously the French take their food. Throughout the country, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Nice. (Passengers traveling on the tour extension will depart from Paris.) Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you’ll find that all of the cities and towns in Provence and the French Riviera are easily walkable.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Provence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Cannes, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nice, France
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Walking on Tour

Will I be able to keep up?    

This is a physically demanding walking tour. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain for two hours at a time. Travelers should be prepared for some steep inclines and difficult hikes. Hiking boots are a must. If you don’t have them, sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. Backpacks and walking sticks are also recommended.

What happens if it rains?    

The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility. In the unlucky event of inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?    

Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Provence. All Tour Directors are bilingual.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that for those traveling on our Paris extension, porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders and legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. Travelers should be in good physical health. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

A stroll along the main street of any French town soon reveals how seriously the French take their food. Throughout the country, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Nice. (Passengers traveling on the tour extension will depart from Paris.) Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you’ll find that all of the cities and towns in Provence and the French Riviera are easily walkable.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Provence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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Walking on Tour

Will I be able to keep up?    

This is a physically demanding walking tour. Travelers should be able to walk comfortably over hilly or uneven terrain for two hours at a time. Travelers should be prepared for some steep inclines and difficult hikes. Hiking boots are a must. If you don’t have them, sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes are highly recommended. Backpacks and walking sticks are also recommended.

What happens if it rains?    

The day-by-day itinerary is an outline of daily activities. This kind of program requires maximum flexibility. In the unlucky event of inclement weather, we will arrange more activities in town and fewer in the countryside.

Who is my guide?    

Walking Tour Directors have been trained on how to lead a program of this kind. They not only have a comprehensive knowledge of the region, but also a genuine enthusiasm for Provence. All Tour Directors are bilingual.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that for those traveling on our Paris extension, porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, please be respectful and refrain from baring shoulders and legs when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France. Travelers should be in good physical health. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

A stroll along the main street of any French town soon reveals how seriously the French take their food. Throughout the country, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Nearly all restaurants post a menu outside.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Nice. (Passengers traveling on the tour extension will depart from Paris.) Included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you’ll find that all of the cities and towns in Provence and the French Riviera are easily walkable.

Electricity

France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Provence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A lot more than lavender fields

Good food (La table du meunier in Fonvielle, Les ecuries de l'aube in Aix, the cafe at Mt Ste Baume, pretty much all the breakfasts, Les 5 sens on our own in Avignon, the farewell dinner across from the hotel in Nice), colorful driver Didier (Avance, ma poule... Serre, mais serre! ... C'est le bordel, putain!), excellent tour director Franck, best hotel in Aix, those hill towns (Gordes, Rousillon, Menerbes), my man Jimmy the photographer (you gotta shoot in Raw) this tour has a lot going for it. Excellent value. We did it at the height of the French vacation season and it was still real smooth. Hats off to Franck!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic scenery

This is an active tour with lots of walking. Time on motorcoach is not too long from place to place. If you enjoy walking, history, beautiful buildings and great food, you will enjoy this tour. It did have 4 hotel stays within the ten days. Dress is casual and comfortable, The tour director's name was Frank and he was just fantastic. Small group of about 20. Bring dressier clothes if you plan to do the Monaco option. You are out the door by 8:30 most days to visit cities and explore. There are some nature walks as well. The buffet breakfasts are very good. Bon Voyage!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Better than we could have hoped

We thought we knew what Provence would be like, but it was better than we thought. It was more varied - mountains, red-rock country, vineyards, cliff walks, lovely town and village squares, Roman ruins, charming market towns - just wonderful. Adoram, our tour director, is a tireless, insanely well-informed young man who took such good care of us, always concerned about our comfort, safety, fun. The people on our coach all became friends so quickly, and it was so hard to say goodbye to them. Can't wait for our next GoAhead tour!!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Finally France!!

After having taken 4 trips to Italy(3 with Go Ahead),we finally made it to France. The Provence area was a joy to behold and a photographers's delight. Our tour director Sebastian was energetic,enthusiastic and entertaining. He made sure that we all got to enjoy the best that France had to offer. Our sub-group of 12 travelers mixed very well with the other group members and this good commraderie made for an enjoyable trip for all. About half of the group took the Go Ahead extension to Paris with Sebastian who made sure that we also enjoyed the best that Paris had to offer.. The fast and furious pace that we maintained kept those of us who are seniors longing for a little slack time. However, now that we are home and rested and refecting back on the trip,we realized that we got to see and do far more by keeping such an active schedule,and we are happy that we did. Overall a wonderful trip,a patient and enthusiastic guide,and a whole new collection of memories to enjoy for the rest of our lives.. Thanks Go Ahead for being there for us. Until our next adventure, Dick&Jane

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Bonjour Provence

This tour was breathtakingly beautiful. It was directed by an extremely knowledgeable and caring tour guide (Sebastien) who did everything possible to make it memorable. He had terrific language skills in both French and English. He organized little extra outings for those who preferred to stay with a guide. In fact my favorite village was medieval Eze (no cars allowed!!!), which wasn't even on the itinerary. However there was a long wait for the public bus back to Nice. Cassis was another gem not on the itinerary. The group was quite large (30) and at times it was a challenge to maneuver such a large bus, but the drivers did fine, even if they had to go back to the town to make a turn. (Our Walking Tour of Tuscany was only 14...much better.) There was not enough time for the Papal Palace in Avignon for me. I like to listen to every audio headset description and there was a lot to take in. I would not recommend the optional wine-tasting and dinner in Avignon. Some of the walks were leisurely, and some were more challenging, but there was always an alternative route for those who preferred less exercise. The hotels were mostly 3-star, but comfortable and clean. I noticed the standard room rates were quite expensive (285 euros/night). I personally would have preferred hotels in smaller towns, like the village with the wonderful lunch near Arles, or Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, but I enjoyed those hotels within the old wall of the city where you could wander the maze of the ancient cobblestone streets. So if you are looking for a wonderful vacation, do consider the south of France and the Cote d'Azur. And hope you are lucky enough to meet up with Sebastien!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Overall, a Good Experience

This was a very nice trip but in my opinion, did not quite measure up to the walking tour of Tuscany we did last year. Overall, there was plenty to do and our Tour Director kept us very busy. The only problem with this was there was little free time to explore on one’s own or time to unwind from all the sightseeing. Overall, the best three things were: 1. Our Tour Director Sebastien was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, articulate, helpful, friendly, and always eager to please. One of the best Tour Directors I’ve ever experienced. 2. The town of Eze, outside of Nice. Make sure you see this small medieval town on top of a hill. One of the best sights of the trip. 3. I enjoyed Monaco and Monte Carlo just to see the opulence and how the really wealthy people entertain themselves. The most disappointing three things were: 1. The optional wine tasting and dinner in Avignon was a total let down. The dinner was at a downtown restaurant (not at a farmhouse like we did in Tuscany) and the food/service was underwhelming. This restaurant should be replaced with a higher quality one, or better still, find a winery that also serves good meals. 2. The hotel in Aix on Provence was nice and had a great location but I missed having a shower with a tall shower head. 3. Not enough time to adequately tour the Papal Palace in Avignon. Need to allow more time to explore all the rooms. Overall, a very nice tour but with a few adjustments could be an excellent one.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience

What an enjoyable tour! We saw so many things - more than promised in the brochure. Provence is a beautiful area to visit, especially with such a knowledgeable tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great local flavor!

The Walking Tour of Provence is very face-paced & so you get a good sense of the local flavor of Southern France (more so Provence than the Riviera). The tour is very structured by nature so be prepared for very little free time. I enjoyed that we were able to visit numerous villages and partake in various activities; the Monaco optional was my favorite -- absolutely worth it & I highly recommend it! I only wish we could have spent one more day in Nice (the last day's activity) but it now gives us an excuse to go back & dedicate time to exploring the Riviera!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Very interesting sites visited

Tour was good and so was the weather. Walking was a little challenging, but not too much. Very busy schedule with little time in places to see things on your own. Tour director did not gave little historical or current information about the places visited or current life in France. Carried on too much private conversation with the people seated at the front of the bus. The one local guide used in Aix was very good. Would have been good to have more local guides, but I guess that is the way Go Ahead saves money. Hotels were OK except for the one in Aix which was poor. It was located far from the city center and the hotel restaurant was poor. Rats were seen on the hotel grounds by some of our tour friends. The hotel in Nice was the best and the only 5 star one on the trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Walking with Go Ahead!

I'm telling all my friends that "Walking in Provence" was my best tour yet, and I've been touring for twenty years. We saw Provence in ways and from places folks on the cruise ships never will and it looked fabulous. Our tour director, Jean-Jacques, knew all the secrets about the spots we visited and walked to, and he volunteered to lead those who wanted to go beyond the itinerary "to new heights." Avignon, Arles, Aix, the Acqueduct all earned A's. This was a thoroughly exhilarating experience! I also want to compliment the desk staff at the Holiday Inn on the Quai de Seine in Paris. They did so many helpful things for me during my additional day that I can never propertly thank them.

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