Provence Walking Tour

10 days Walking
Slow your pace. Breathe in the fresh air. On this walking tour, retrace the footsteps of painters and pilgrims who have long been inspired by France’s natural splendor. From the fields of fragrant lavender to the cliffs of Cape Ferrat, discover a Provence that delights all the senses.

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Handpicked hotels

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Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails and sandy paths, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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

  • 5 scenic walks

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Nice today.

French Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in the French Riviera

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Cape Ferrat & Nice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out for a series of activities along the scenic French Riviera today.

• Take a cliffside walk on Cape Ferrat, admiring views of the Mediterranean and the Côte d’Azur along the way 

• Drive along the famed Promenade des Anglais en route to Nice

• Discover the narrow streets of Nice’s charming Old Town

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cannes Catamaran Cruise & Dinner $125pp* Details

Spend an evening cruising through Cannes Bay, taking in spectacular sunset views of the Côte d’Azur. Enjoy a Mediterranean dinner with drinks as you pass incredible coastlines and the Lérins Islands. Depending on the season and if conditions allow, you may be able to swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Avignon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Avignon via Verdon Gorge & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know the Provence region with several visits en route to Avignon.

• Sample fougasse, a typical Provençal bread, at a cafe in Castellane

• Pass the dramatic canyons of the Verdon Gorge area, known as the “Grand Canyon of Europe” to take in the dramatic views from the top

• Walk through the medieval village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, known for its blue-and-white ceramics, and see the Notre-Dame de Beauvoir chapel

Day 5: Avignon

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a firsthand look at Avignon, a city on the Rhône River famous for its UNESCO-recognized historic center. 

• Stroll through the medieval city 

• Enter the opulent Papal Palace, from which Pope Clement V reigned during the 14th century

• Explore the forests and villages of the Luberon Valley by foot with your Tour Director

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting & Dinner $95pp* Details

During tonight's excursion, leave Avignon and travel to Châteauneuf-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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 6: Arles & Pont du Gard

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take a walking tour of Arles, the adopted hometown of Vincent van Gogh. Then, journey outside of the city to the Pont du Gard, the region’s famed Roman aqueduct.

Aix-en-Provence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Aix-en-Provence via Gordes & Roussillon

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Aix-en-Provence through the picturesque landscapes that influenced the French masters.

• Visit the hilltop town of Gordes and the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse spring

• Continue on to Roussillon for an hour-long walk through the colorful red rocks of the town’s open-air ochre mines

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence.

• Pass Aix Cathedral, built on the site of the first-century Roman forum 

• Enter Paul Cézanne’s studio

• Stroll the beautiful boulevards

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Coastal Cassis: Calanques National Park Walk $55pp* Details

Discover the seaside village of Cassis on the Côte d’Azur today. Ride a small train to the center of the hillside town, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore. Then, set out on a walk along the Cassis harbor promenade to view the stunning calanques, narrow fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone. Take in stunning views of the Mediterranean as you venture through Calanques National Park all the way to Port-Miou, one of the largest calanques. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Day 9: Sainte-Baume walk

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel outside of Aix into the Provençal countryside today. You’ll enjoy an invigorating uphill walk to the pilgrimage site of Sainte-Baume, where Mary Magdalene is said to have lived.

Later, celebrate your trip with fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Marseille Provence Airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Annecy.

Add Annecy Starting from $699 pp

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

Spectacular Alpine beauty, picture-perfect canals and intriguing history await in Annecy. Spend a few days soaking up your stunning surroundings in this quaint French town, situated on the shores of Lake Annecy.

Annecy 3 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Annecy

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel north to Annecy today. Then, get to know the lakeside town surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Walk through Annecy’s historic Old Town

• Stroll the cobblestone streets, passing the open-air market

• Take in the surrounding views of the Alps

Day 11: Free day in Annecy

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Annecy or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Haute-Savoie: Fier Gorge & Secret Gardens $89pp* Details

Travel just outside of Annecy to Fier Gorge, which has been carved out by the River Fier over thousands of years. Walk through the narrow canyon on a footbridge, viewing the stunning rock formations and unique geological features that surround you. Then, continue on to the village of Vaulx, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Secret Gardens. Stroll through the gorgeous gardens, galleries and patios before enjoying lunch amongst the flowers. Please note: The terrain you will be walking on during this excursion is mostly flat with a few steep steps.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Scenic Lake Annecy: Cruise & Dinner $69pp* Details

Board a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Annecy this evening. Take in views of the surrounding countryside and lakeside towns with the picturesque Alps in the distance. After your cruise, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Annecy. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from March through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 12: Chamonix walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Chamonix, a picture-perfect village at the base of Mont Blanc. 

• Take the famous Montenvers cog railway up the mountain

• Enjoy stunning  panoramic views of the Alps and Mer de Glace, a massive glacier, during an hour-long walk

• Take time to explore the village on your own

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Geneva Airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • French Riviera, France
  • Avignon, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads, unpaved trails and sandy paths, with some steep hills.  
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.    

Walks on this tour

  • Depending on local weather conditions, seasons and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change.
  • Sainte-Baume – 2.5 miles / 2 hours. A difficult climb up a rocky mountain path to see the Mary Magdalene Grotto at the peak.
  • Luberon Forest – 2 miles / 1.5 hours.  An easy stroll through the flat paths of the cedar forest atop the Luberon Mountains. Take in views of the lowlands stretching toward Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
  • Rousillon Ochre Mines – 1 mile / 45 minutes. Explore the Martian landscape of the red and yellow ochre mines on packed sand paths. Some uphill walking and stairs, with little or no shade.
  • Cape Ferrat – 3.5 miles / 1.5 hours. A challenging trek along the rocky peninsula’s promenade, past beaches and extravagant villas to the lighthouse. Depending on the season, bring a swimsuit to take a dip in the harbor.  

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Nice and depart from Marignane (or Geneva on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the cobbled stones and uneven terrain.
  • You may want to consider packing a collapsible walking stick for more challenging walks.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.    

Cuisine

  • Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. 
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

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 Paris. 

Currency

  • You will use the euro in France. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bon Jour

This was my third go ahead tour, and by far the best. We had 16 in our group which was the perfect number!!! Our tour director, Tristan Bayle , made this trip come alive with his expertise and wonderful sense of humor. We walked, we laughed, we learned, we ate well and we made friends. Voilà!!!

 

Hi Joan! It’s wonderful to hear that your third Go Ahead tour was the best! We appreciate your thoughts on your Tour Director, and we will be sure to share them with him. Let us know when you’re ready for your fourth Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Walking Tour Provence

This is my 7th Go Ahead tour. Our tour director, Tristan was one of the best we have had so far. The walks were great. There were opportunities for those wishing to walk a little and additional trails for those of us who like to walk a lot. The food options were excellent. It was great fun getting to know the French people and share in some of their culture.

 

Hi Martha! We're happy to learn that you enjoyed walking through Provence and getting to know the French people and culture. We're delighted to hear that Tristan is your favorite Tour Director you've had so far, and we will be sure to share that feedback with our team internally. Thank you for your great review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your 8th Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Pretty Provence

I say "ditto" to Larry's review. I loved this Provence Walking Tour! We traveled in June when weather was great and the lavender was in full bloom! If you look at Go Ahead's promo photo for this tour, you will get an idea of just one of the amazing experiences we had! Our driver knew just where to take us for a walk in the lavender fields for photo ops. Our tour guide, Thierry, and driver, Gerard, were both wonderful guys - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable! The itinerary was exceptional, too. We saw so many beautiful places, took invigorating walks, and enjoyed delicious food and comfortable accommodations along the way. Pacing was great. That said, it IS a walking tour, so come prepared to spend lots of time exploring on foot - going up and down some steep paths and steps to arrive at the spectacular sights you will see! Another real bonus to this trip was our delightful group of travelers. It was fun to get to know every one of them and we became quite a cohesive group. Thank you Go Ahead! See you again very soon!

 

Hi Marilyn! It’s great to know that you loved this tour. You’re right that June is generally a good time to view the lavender in full bloom. We’re so glad you were able to do that, among all the other amazing experiences you had on this tour. We’re also happy to learn that you enjoyed your Tour Director, driver, and travel group. You offer some great tips regarding the walking aspect of this tour. There is a bit of up and down, and it’s always good no matter what tour you go on to bring comfortable walking shoes. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Provence Walking Tour

Wow! What an amazing experience. The scenery was breathtaking and itinerary was perfect. I felt like i was stepping back in time to ore leisurely period. the hikes were done at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to take in the amazing views. Walking in the steps of Van Gogh and Cezanne (two of my favorite artists) were highlights of the trip. To see in person the places they immortalized on canvas have inspired the artist in me to create some new art quilts using images from my experience in Provence. This trip was well worth the value and one of my favorite I have taken with GoAhead. I can see why so many of the impressionist painters gravitated to the area. The light, colors, and images are awe inspiring.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/31/2015

Number of Past Tours: 18

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Hot Hot Hot in Provence

I recently went on this tour starting July 31. Unfortunately, Europe is having a record heat wave and Provence was impacted. The temperatures during the day went between the high 90's up to 100 with high humidity. It was very difficult to enjoy the walks while in the blazing sun!! Also, due to the weather, the lavender was harvested early, so we expected to see fields of lavender that were not there. We had a group of 8 which is ideal and most of us did things together during the tour. Our tour director Sebastien is very nice and watched out for us at all times. He has a great sense of humor which was appreciated. The hotels were OK and went from a luxurious spa hotel (Aquabella) to one with dysfunctional air conditioning (Hotel Bristol) to two suite style hotels. The breakfasts varied and breakfast at Hipark Residences in Nice was almost non-existent. The included meals were very limited in selection and often ended up being cod or duck (our vegetarians were accommodated). Our best meals and best times were the meals we got on our own! The walks were very challenging, many of them uphill. The heat made them much worse but they are still challenging. The optional to Monaco and Monte Carlo was very nice and lots of fun, the wine tasting and dinner optional not so great. The visit to Cezanne's studio was very interesting. I cannot blame Go Ahead for the horrible heat during our visit, but it certainly impacted on the enjoyment of the tour. If you are passionate about Provence and are an avid walker, you will love this tour and hopefully you will be fortunate enough to have Sebastien as your tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour and Director

Even though my wife and I were severely out of shape for a hiking tour, the time we spent with our new friends, Sebastien and the bus driver were (was) one of the most wonderful vacations we have ever spent. The bus driver truly saved my butt on the hike through the forest - I would still be there but for him. Others helped my wife - she is in better shape than this overweight atty. The meals were great. the wine tasting informative...I will without hesitation go on another GoAhead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spring in Southern France

We had such a great time on this tour. The walks were fantastic and the places that we got to see were very special. The south of France is very beautiful and historic. Our Tour Director Sebestian was knowledgable, enthusiastic and very helpful with anything we needed. We had a great group to travel with, lots of fun. This particular walking tour is rated as a 4 in difficulty which for some of the group was a bit tough but we really enjoyed the challenges. We took the extension to Paris and had such fun we will go back there again. Thanks Go Ahead for putting so much into your tours. It is really appreciated. Tim.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful walking tour

This is a great walking tour, your really get to see the small towns in Provence, some of the walks are challenging. Do not do this tour if you do not like walking. The tour did feel a bit rushed at times, maybe a town or two could be cut out so you can really enjoy the ones you do see without having to grab a to go lunch all the time and not have enough time in the towns you really like. I do have a complaint about the Giverny tour- the day was changed because the Versaille tour was closed on Mon., well our tour to Giverny was cut short-it was supposed to be a 6 hr. tour including travel and was supposed to leave in the morning, because of the change it left in the afternoon and was a 4 hour tour. I feel we should be reimbursed for this tour since it was not done as stated in the brochure. I also feel the hotels need to be upgraded and I said this after my last go ahead tour to Italy, we would be willing to pay a little bit more to have better accomendations. Also less group meals together, we had a few good dinners but one awful lunch that my daughter and I could not even eat, it was outside Arles I believe. There should also be more choices for people who do not like meat. Our guide Sebastian was great, he answered any question you had, was very helpful in suggessting places and restaurants to go, also gave directions. He was always availableto us. He gave us good background on all the places we visited.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Yes, it was a WALKING tour!

This was our 2nd Go Ahead walking tour. Both tours have had reasonably sized groups, they seem to go to areas that are a little off the beaten track which we like and we really enjoy the walking aspects. Here are observations and highlights: WEATHER: It was great! Had a few rain sprinkles the last day on the Paris extension. WALKS: Well, this was a walking tour. On the four walking highlights, using GPS, we logged 9.1 miles and almost 4,800 ft, up and down. Based on a Fitbit, we logged 108,000 steps and app, 40 miles in Provence and an additional 58,000 steps, 24 miles in Paris. The walking was great and helped us to not gain weight on the trip! GUIDE: Our guide, Greg, was great. English, but has lived in France for decades. For stops that required an admission or in town where we would need a map, a favorite comment and question would be along the line of, "Is there a man that knows the quick way to get in?" "Does such a man exist?" And the answer was always a resounding YES, it is Greg!. His knowledge and ability to explain the history and details/background of what we were seeing was excellent. HOTELS: The hotels were nice and suitably located. They were a step up from the ones we had on our previous tour. MEALS: Breakfasts and included meals were good and well prepared. I was a little disappointed that our welcoming dinner in Cannes was in an Italian restaurant. I reset my expectations a day later when I learned that much of the area we were in had been part of Italy until the late 19th century and the whole area still had Italian influences as part of their culture. A few memorable meals: on our own in Avignon we found a small place, Cafe Lulu - had the best burger, I've had in ages. Others were lunch at laTable du Meinier in Fontville and great dinner with duck roasted in a wood over at les Ecuries d'aube outside Aix. TOWNS: Really enjoyed the majority of the towns we visited. I was amazed at how many hill towns existed in this part of France. Our driver, David, did a masterful job of navigating the narrow roads and tight turns. My favorites, were Avignon, Arles, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Gordes. EXTENSION TO PARIS: Great time. Greg was very helpful is suggesting things to see and do and to navigate the Metro.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Relaxed Tour of Provence

For me this tour was great. Since I had previously been to 2 of the major cities, I had no need to see everything like the rest of the group did. Our tour director, Greg, treated us like capable mature adults able to solve most problems on our own. I enjoyed the trips to the small hilltop towns, and was able to explore on my own those towns with which I was already familiar. The hotels generally were good, the best being the Aquabella in Aix-en-Provence. The hotel in Nice, an NH hotel, was the worst of the NH hotels in which I've stayed. Too many loud Asian tour groups, and no refreshing the breakfast offerings after the large groups had depleted most of the fruit. So while I did only one of the walks, Cap Ferrat, I totally enjoyed this tour and the further opportunity it gave me to explore more in depth some favorite towns.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Provence

I was disappointed in this tour. This was my second tour walking tour with Go Ahead. The whole trip seemed very rushed and not as well coordinated as my first. The walks were not walks but serious hiking/mounain climbing trips. Of course the scenery was beautiful but I didnt have the same awesome experience. We also had several problems with transportation that took away from the enjoyment of the trip. Having to carry the luggage using the tram system and then walking with it uphill for 2 blocks will do that - the bus transportation never showed. Also the train ride from Nice to Paris was a total waste of time. 6 hours on a train was not a good way to travel and took up a great deal of the time we had to spend in Paris. Our tour director was not what I would have said was the best but by the end of the trip he greatly improved.

 

Hello Lela, I’m sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience on tour. We are currently working on improving the pacing descriptions of all tours, including walking tours, to make the descriptions clearer and more accurate for our travelers. We understand that travel can be unpredictable, but we will certainly be looking into the specific transportation issues you have mentioned.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 04, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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!

1 / 3

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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.

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