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Provence, the Riviera & Tuscany

12 days |  14 days with Florence extension
12 days |  14 days with Florence extension
Group size1538 travelers
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Sweeping ocean views and storied history are yours to savor.

Make your way from the seaside in Provence to the rolling hills of Tuscany, taking in some of France and Italy’s most striking vistas as you go. Stroll down picturesque, tree-lined boulevards in Aix before heading to the coast, where the Mediterranean traces your route from Cassis to Cinque Terre. From admiring stunning seascapes and Renaissance art to indulging in regional cuisine, you’ll slow your pace and slip into a more laid-back lifestyle on this immersive journey.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Sénanque Abbey
  • Hilltop Gordes
  • Aix Cathedral
  • Calanques of Cassis
  • Monaco
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Marseilles today.

Aix-en-Provence3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Marseilles & transfer to Aix-en-Provence
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Arrive in Marseilles and transfer to Aix-en-Provence, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sénanque Abbey & Gordes
Included meal: Breakfast

Start your morning browsing the stalls at Aix’s farmers’ market (seasonal). Then, admire stunning landscapes as you transfer through the Luberon Regional Nature Park on your way to the hilltop village of Gordes.

  • Stop to enter the 12th-century Sénanque Abbey with a local guide, and learn how the monks cultivate the lavender that grows around the abbey (seasonal).
  • Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in Gordes, known as one of most beautiful villages in France.
  • Stop to sample some regional olive oil as you travel back to Aix-en-Provence.

Tonight, explore Aix-en-Provence at your leisure or add an excursion.

Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting

From $135 per person

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off on a walking tour of Aix-en-Provence, a Roman-influenced city and hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.

  • Browse the stalls at the Aix-en-Provence farmers market, known for their local specialities like honey, fruits, textiles, antiques, and more.
  • While exploring the markets you'll be treated to a surprise from your local guide from one of the stalls.
  • Visit Aix Cathedral, built on the site of a 1st-century Roman forum.

Spend a free afternoon in Aix-en-Provence or add an excursion.

A Day in Arles

From $85 per person

French Riviera2 nights
Day 5: French Riviera via Cassis
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the French Riviera, stopping to discover the seaside village of Cassis on the Côte d’Azur.

  • Board a boat and take a cruise through Cassis Harbor.
  • Soak in beautiful vistas of the surrounding coastline and calanques, narrow fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone.
  • Make stops to snap photos of the scenic harbor and calanques.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to the French Riviera.

Please note: The cruise is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, the cruise will be replaced with another activity.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Free day on the French Riviera
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day on the French Riviera or add an excursion.

A Day on the French Riviera: Cape Ferrat & Nice

From $85 per person

Italian Riviera2 nights
Day 7: Italian Riviera via Monaco
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave France for the Italian Riviera today. Stop en route to explore the tiny principality of Monaco with your Tour Director.

  • Visit Le Rocher, or the Rock of Monaco, to see the cathedral and Old Town.
  • Stop outside the Prince’s Palace, first built as a fortress in the late 12th century.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Cinque Terre
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director to discover Cinque Terre, an idyllic cluster of five villages set on seaside cliffs.

  • Board a train to Vernazza and admire the colorful houses that dot the waterfront.
  • Continue by train to the dramatic coastal village of Riomaggiore.
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride to Monterosso and soak in views of the pebble beach that the village is known for.
  • Learn about Via dell'Amore, one of the area’s most famous hiking paths, which connects two of the five villages.
  • Enjoy short walks through each village before spending free time exploring, shopping, and eating.
  • Admire the Liguria regions’ varied landscape as you transfer back to your hotel by train.

Please note: The boat ride is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, you’ll visit the villages by train. In addition, the specific villages you visit may vary.

Siena2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Siena & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Siena and set off on a guided tour of the charming Tuscan city.

  • Walk through the Campo, the square that’s the center of civic life, and learn about the Palio horse race that takes place there every summer.
  • Learn about the marble details carved into the panels surrounding Fonte Gaia.
  • Discover the town’s black-and-white marble duomo and see brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library.
Day 10: Free day in Siena
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Siena or add excursions.

San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

From $115 per person

Tuscan Villa Winery & Dinner

From $145 per person

Florence1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Transfer to Florence this morning. Join a local guide and get to know the birthplace of the Renaissance as you make your way through the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic center.

  • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
  • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio.
  • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life.

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Florence.

Extension to Florence
Not ready to say arrivederci? Continue your trip in the Tuscan capital of Florence, where Renaissance beauty and really (really) good food are practically everywhere. See the highlights alongside a local guide, then lean on your Tour Director’s expert recommendations to seek out even more.
Florence2 nights
Day 12: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Florence or add excursions.

Accademia Gallery

From $65 per person

Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner

From $115 per person

Day 13: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Medieval Lucca & Farmhouse Lunch

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    9/23/23 by 2nd-time traveler Eric

    3 out of 5 stars

    Not an easy trip
    9/23/23 by 1st-time traveler Joshua

    The trip is absolutely amazing, beautiful.I’d do it again, but it’s not for someone that’s not in good shape! Lots of walking uphill and down hill. Lots of uneven surfaces to walk on! You will need an exceptional pair of walking shoes for this trip. The hotels are very hot no a/c or fans only two ou...

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    3 out of 5 stars

    Not for the faint of heart
    9/23/23 by 2nd-time traveler Kim

    I really enjoyed this tour. Scenes are beautiful, as expected. It is a very busy tour with a lot more walking than was expected. This is not a tour for anyone with mobility issues as there are steep grades over uneven ground. A number of our group did not get to do the walking tours of the towns bec...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/1/23

    Hi Kim, Thank you so much for taking a moment to ...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Grand Hotel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre MGallery
    Grand Hotel Roi René Aix-en-Provence Centre MGallery

    This upscale hotel is located in the Cours Mirabeau neighborhood. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, restaurant, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find the...

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    AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes - Juan les Pins
    AC Hotel by Marriott Ambassadeur Antibes - Juan les Pins

    This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of Juan-les-Pins. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a restaurant and bar. Nearby, you’ll find...

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    Europa Hotel Design SPA 1877
    Europa Hotel Design SPA 1877

    This stylish hotel is located in the center of Rapallo. Guests enjoy a restaurant, wellness center, and peaceful garden. Nearby, you’ll Rapallo Castle...

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    Hotel Garden Siena
    Hotel Garden Siena

    This charming hotel is located near the city center of Siena. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and bar and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find 18th-century ga...

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    Grand Hotel Adriatico
    Grand Hotel Adriatico

    This charming hotel is located in Florence’s city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, courtyard, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Uffizi Gal...

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    Flights

    Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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