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Stroll down picturesque, tree-lined boulevards and admire stunning lavender fields on our trips to Provence.

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What travelers are say about their
trips to Provence

Incredible Tour
09/14/19 by 1st-time traveler Robert
An incredible 2 weeks touring all the highlights of France. Our tour guide (Adoram) was unbelievably knowledgeable and a great story teller - conveying the history of the country in an entertaining and engaging manner. Highly recommend this tour for it’s sights, history, great food, and wine!
Grand Tour of France
Wonderful tour of Riviera, Provence and Paris!
By 6-time traveler Marilyn B. on 09/25/2018
This tour was a delightful sampling of the best of the Riviera, Provence and Paris! Franck was the most pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable tour director we could have ever expected. Our group, which included many first time travelers to France, certainly got a taste of the best
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Travel tips for Provence trips

What type of currency is used in Provence?

Like the rest of France, Provence uses the euro (€).

To stock up, order some euros from your bank before departing or use your debit card at an ATM once you arrive. For tips on using the euro while on a trip to Provence, check out our blog on currency exchange →

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What language is spoken in Provence?

The primary language spoken in Provence is French.

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How many days are ideal for a trip to Provence?

We recommend spending at least three days on a tour of Provence.

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What are the most popular activities to do while on a Provence trip?

Known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, this beautiful French region has plenty to do. Here are three of our favorites—ones you’ll enjoy on our Provence tours:

  • Exploring historic villages and towns. Provence is dotted with picturesque settlements, each with its own charm and character. Places like Gordes, Roussillon, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Les Baux-de-Provence are must-visits, where you can stroll through cobblestone streets, admire well-preserved medieval architecture, and explore local markets and artisan shops.
  • Visiting lavender fields. Lavender blooms from late June to early August in Provence, especially in the Luberon and Valensole regions, filling the air with a delightful fragrance and bathing the landscape in purple. You can take guided tours of lavender farms, participate in lavender festivals, and capture stunning photographs amid the lavender fields.
  • Wine tasting. Provence is a renowned wine-producing region, and wine tasting is a popular activity for visitors. It’s particularly known for its rosé wines, but also produces excellent reds and whites. Head to vineyards in Côtes de Provence, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and Côtes du Rhône to savor local vintages and learn about the winemaking process.
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What are Provence’s top attractions?

Our tours to Provence showcase its natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural heritage. Here are three top picks:

  • Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). This massive medieval fortress and palace complex in Avignon was the residence of the Popes during the 14th century, when the papacy temporarily relocated from Rome to Avignon. It’s a remarkable example of Gothic architecture and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge). Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Europe,” the Verdon Gorge is a spectacular river canyon in southeastern Provence, offering breathtaking views of limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, and picturesque landscapes. Visitors can hike along the rim and take boat trips on the emerald waters of the Verdon River.
  • Les Calanques. A series of stunning limestone fjords and coves located along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis, Les Calanques is known for its rugged cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. Explore Les Calanques by boat, hike along its trails, or simply relax on its pristine beaches.

There are plenty to choose—but here are three you absolutely should have after booking one of our Provence tour packages:

  • Learn how monks cultivate lavender. The lavender fields at the 12th-century Sénanque Abbey are a popular tourist destination. Visit the abbey to see its lavender fields, learn about the monks’ way of life, and purchase lavender products—including essential oils, soaps, and candles.
  • Tour a family-owned olive oil mill. A great way to learn about the traditional process of olive oil production, visiting a family-owned mill also provides an opportunity to sample and buy some of the finest olive oil in the world.
  • Stroll through a local farmers’ market. A visit to a Provence farmers’ market is a feast for the senses: The air is filled with the aromas of fresh produce, flowers, and herbs; the stalls are piled high with colorful fruits and vegetables; and the vendors are eager to share their knowledge and passion for food.
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What are some cultural customs and etiquette to be aware of while in Provence?

Getting ready for one of our tours of Provence? Staying mindful of its cultural customs and etiquette will show respect for local traditions and ensure a positive experience. Here are some important things to remember:

  • Greetings. When meeting someone for the first time or entering a shop or restaurant, offering a polite greeting is customary. A simple “bonjour” (hello) or “bonsoir” (good evening) is appropriate, followed by “au revoir” (goodbye) when leaving.
  • Dining etiquette. In restaurants, it’s customary to wait to be seated by the staff. When dining with others, you should wait for everyone’s meal to arrive before eating. Keep in mind that in some restaurants, the bread is placed directly on the table, not on individual plates. If you want more bread, break off a piece from the communal loaf.
  • Dress code. While there isn’t an overly strict dress code in Provence, it’s respectful to dress neatly and modestly when visiting churches, museums, and historical sites. In general, casual attire is acceptable, but avoid wearing swimsuits or revealing clothing away from beaches.
  • Speaking French. While many people in tourist areas speak English, trying to speak some basic French is appreciated by locals. Simple greetings and a thank-you will go a long way in showing respect for the local culture.
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What’s the weather like in Provence?

Generally, the region has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. However, the weather will vary depending on the time of year you take your Provence trip, and the specific location you visit. Here’s an overview:

  • Spring (March–May). Spring in Provence is a beautiful time to visit, with mild weather and blooming landscapes. Daytime temperatures typically range from 59–68 F, with occasional rainfall. The countryside comes alive with colorful flowers, making it an ideal season for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
  • Summer (June–August). Provence is hot and sunny in summer, with daytime temperatures often reaching 86–95 F or higher—especially in July and August. The region experiences little rainfall during this season, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy its stunning beaches and outdoor attractions. However, you may also find crowds of tourists.
  • Autumn (September–November). A lovely time to visit Provence, autumn offers pleasant weather and fewer crowds than the peak summer months. Daytime temperatures range from 59–77 F in September and October, gradually cooling down in November. It’s an excellent time for wine enthusiasts to visit, as it’s the harvest season for grapes.
  • Winter (December–February). Winters in Provence are mild compared to many other parts of Europe. Daytime temperatures average around 50–59 F, but they can occasionally drop. Rainfall is more common during winter, but it’s still a relatively dry season compared to other regions. The winter months are also quieter and less crowded, making it a peaceful time to explore Provence’s historic sites and museums.
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When’s the best time of year to take Provence tours?

Each season offers something unique, so consider what activities and weather conditions appeal to you the most. Here are some factors to consider when planning a trip to Provence:

  • Spring. Spring is a lovely time to visit Provence: The weather is mild and the countryside comes alive with blooming flowers and lush landscapes. It’s an ideal season for hiking, exploring historic villages, and visiting gardens. Additionally, the region’s famous lavender fields begin to bloom towards the end of spring, creating a beautiful and fragrant sight.
  • Summer. During the peak tourist season in Provence, the weather’s hot and sunny, making it perfect for beachgoing, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and relaxing outdoors. However, popular tourist destinations can be crowded, and accommodation prices may be higher. If you prefer a lively atmosphere and warm temperatures, summer’s the best time to visit.
  • Autumn. Autumn is considered a shoulder season in Provence: The weather’s still pleasant, with mild temperatures and less-crowded attractions. It’s also the grape harvest season, and many vineyards offer wine tastings and special events. The fall foliage in some areas can also be quite beautiful.
  • Winter. Winter is the quietest time to visit Provence, making it perfect for travelers seeking a peaceful, less-crowded experience. The weather’s mild compared to many other European destinations, although snow is possible at higher elevations. The winter months are also a great time to visit Provence’s many museums, historical sites, and charming villages.
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What are the best places to visit in Provence?

Charming villages, diverse landscapes, and historical sites are found throughout the region. Here are three of the best places to visit. (Our Provence trip packages will take you to each!)

  • Avignon. A city steeped in history and known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, Avignon is home to the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), a massive Gothic fortress and former papal residence. Another must-visit? The Pont Saint-Bénézet, a medieval bridge spanning the Rhône River. Finally, Avignon’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, replete with winding streets, beautiful squares, and lively markets.

  • Aix-en-Provence. This charming university town is celebrated for its elegant architecture, cultural heritage, and artistic ambiance. The Cours Mirabeau, a wide tree-lined boulevard, is a popular spot for strolling, shopping, and people-watching. Additionally, the town’s historic center is dotted with beautiful fountains, including the iconic Fontaine de la Rotonde.

  • Gordes. A picturesque hilltop village perched on the edge of the Vaucluse Plateau, Gordes offers breathtaking views of the Luberon Valley. The village is known for its stone buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and charming squares. Visitors can explore the Gordes Castle, which houses the Pol Mara Museum, and visit the Village des Bories. As an extra treat, Gordes is surrounded by beautiful lavender fields, making it a great destination for photography.

Discover five of the prettiest places to visit on tours of Provence →  

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What food is popular in Provence?

Provence is renowned for its delicious cuisine, characterized by fresh seasonal ingredients, Mediterranean flavors, and a rich culinary heritage. Here are some popular foods to try:

  • Ratatouille. This classic Provençal stew is made with a medley of fresh summer vegetables—including tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and onions—sautéed in olive oil with garlic and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and basil. Ratatouille can be served as a side dish or as a main course, and it’s a delightful way to savor the region’s sun-ripened produce.

  • Bouillabaisse. This traditional fish stew originated in the coastal city of Marseille and is prepared with a variety of fish and shellfish (think: red snapper, sea bass, mussels, and shrimp) cooked in a broth with tomatoes, onions, garlic, saffron, and a bouquet garni of herbs. The dish is typically served with a side of rouille—a garlicky mayonnaise-like sauce—and crusty bread for dipping.

Hungry for more? Check out our The Flavors and Cuisine of Provence blog →   

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What should I pack for a trip to Provence?

Consider the region’s diverse landscapes and activities when packing for a trip to Provence. Here are some essentials:

  • Layered clothing. Pack clothing suitable for the time of year: lightweight, breathable items for the summer and light layers for the spring and fall.

  • Comfortable walking shoes. You’ll hike through fields, stroll cobblestone streets, and explore the Mediterranean coast while in Provence; depending on when you go, you’ll want to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes, sandals, and sturdy hiking boots.

  • Rain gear. A light rain jacket or waterproof shell is a must for unexpected showers.

  • Sun protection. High-SPF sunscreen and lip balm, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts, and a wide-brimmed hat are vital, especially during the summer months.

 Once you’ve reserved one of our guided tours to Provence, we’ll send you detailed information about what to bring. Download the free Go Ahead Tours app before you take off, so you’ll have all the info you need about your trip right in your pocket.

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