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How to Spend 2 Days in Provence

How to Spend 2 Days in Provence

With its colorful fishing towns, medieval architecture, olive plantations, and lavender fields, Provence is among the most beautiful regions in France. With two days, you can explore Aix, Avignon, and Marseilles and still have time left over to explore the countryside. Here’s how.

Day 1: Inland Provence

Morning: Avignon

Start your day with a tour of Avignon, characterized by medieval architecture and winding streets. The medieval ramparts are collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include the Pont d'Avignon, the Avignon Cathedral, and the Palais de Papes, an 14th century for which skip-the-line admission tickets are recommended.

 

Afternoon: Lavender and the Countryside

Take an afternoon tour of Provence’s countryside. If you visit during the summer months, you’ll get to see lavender fields in full bloom, particularly if you make your way northwest from Avignon towards the Vaucluse area.  

 

Night: Dinner and People Watching

Spend the evening in Aix-en Provence, where a pedestrian-friendly city center lends itself well to walking tours. As night begins to fall, grab a terrace seat at one of the many brasseries or restaurants lining the city's main Cours Mirabeau promenade.

Day 2: Coastal Provence

Morning: Cassis

Spend your second day visiting Cassis and Marseilles as part of a day trip, which saves you the hassle of car hire. The fishing town of Cassis offers both cultural attractions and activities for nature lovers; there are plenty of half- and full-day tours here from Marseilles. Just outside of town sits Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France, with beautiful Mediterranean views. 

Afternoon: Marseilles

In the afternoon, head to Marseilles; some tours stop in the Vieux Port area for lunch, where seafood bouillabaisse is a specialty. After lunch, head down to the sands of Catalans Beach for a seaside stroll or make your way up to the Pavillion, famous for its mirrored ceiling.

 

Night: Sunset Cruise on the Mediterranean

As day turns to night, set sail on a sunset dinner cruise along the Mediterranean. If you have energy when you return to shore, go dancing or grab a nightcap at one of Marseille’s many late-night clubs and bars.

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Provence Full Day Private Tour with Professional Guide from Marseille

Provence Full Day Private Tour with Professional Guide from Marseille

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

Provence Lavender Fields Tour from Aix-en-Provence

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Saturate yourself in the aromatic fields of lavender in Provence on this guided tour from Aix-en-Provence. Choose between a morning, afternoon or full-day tour and then set out with your guide to wander around the violet-colored fields. Learn about the history of lavender production in the area, wander around a lavender farm and take some time to pose for pics in the middle of a lavender field.
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  • 4 to 9 hours
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Sunset Dinner Cruise in Marseille

Sunset Dinner Cruise in Marseille

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Take in the beauty of Marseille on this sunset dinner cruise. Sail along the coast and enjoy a drink on the deck of a catamaran. Dine on board in a scenic cove behind the Frioul archipelago. Admire stunning views of Marseille illuminated and dance the night away to music by a professional DJ.
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

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

Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence from Marseille

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