itinéraire un air de provence

Beneath the Sun of Provence and the French Riviera

In the natureHistory and heritageAround the art

Nice to Avignon: the wonders of the region.

 

The land of lavender and olive trees, Provence has always been associated with its natural charms. Its small hill-top villages and cities of art and history are also part of the region's cultural heritage.

Before you dive into the memory of Provence, Esprit de France invites you to explore a few sites of the French Riviera. Visit the must see places of this great area, like Marseille or Aix en Provence, not to mention the art and history museums, and the picturesque villages that have maintained their authenticity.


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  • 7 days
    6 nights
  • Stages: 
    15
    318 km
  • From
    1 175€
    (double
    occupancy)
  • Spring Summer

Step by step

  • D1

    From Nice to the Bastide du Calalou

    Km to Km

    The first day opens with a visit to the city of Nice. Stroll through the old town and discover its baroque churches, its history and its colourful markets. Be sure to walk along the Promenade des Anglais along the Bay of Angels. Then head to Saint-Paul de Vence. This town owes its fame to the artists and writers who made it their vacation spot in the 1920s. At the History Museum, you will discover an interesting gallery of photographs of the celebrities who travelled to St. Paul: Simone de Beauvoir, Catherine Deneuve, to name just the main ones. The village is best known for the Maeght Foundation, which includes a modern art museum and sculpture garden with works by Calder and Miró in particular. Then head to nearby Vence, the typically Provence village, to admire the remarkable Rosary Chapel decorated by Matisse.

    1st night at the Bastide du Calalou.

  • D2

    From the Bastide du Calalou to the Pigonnet Hotel

    Km to Km

    This second day is entirely dedicated to Cassis. Discover its Provençal village, its fishing port, vineyards, and two natural sites: the Cap Canaille and Les Calanques (inlets). The latter can be explore by boat, on foot, or by kayak. These majestic cliffs plunge directly into the turquoise sea. The nearby coves are ideal for swimming. The calanques at En Vau, Morgiou, Sugiton, and Sormiou absolutely should be explored.

    2nd night at the Hôtel le Pigonnet, where we suggest you stay 3 nights.

  • D3

    Day around the Hôtel le Pigonnet

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    The third day is dedicated to visiting Marseille, the oldest port in France. The city enjoys a beautiful location. To the east, the Palais Longchamp, a majestic 19th century water tower, houses the Museum of Fine Arts. Kennedy Boulevard, which runs along the cliff-side, has a view of the Frioul islands, home to the famous Château d'If from the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The MUCEM, a museum located at the entrance to the Old Port, also offers spectacular views. To get there, you will pass by the Fort Saint-Jean, an historical monument dating from the 12th century. After MUCEM, end the day by visiting the Panier district, the oldest part of Marseille, as well as the basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, known as "The Good Mother."

     

    3rd night again in the Hôtel le Pigonnet.

  • D4

    Day around the Hôtel le Pigonnet

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    On this 4th day, explore Aix-en-Provence, an elegant art city. Among the most beautiful buildings are the 17th century town hall, the Cours Mirabeau, and the Tapestry Museum. Head to the Granet Museum, which houses several works by Paul Cézanne. Next, head to Caumont Art Centre, an historical monument and temporary exhibition space, with its French gardens. Finish the day by the Art Centre at the Château La Coste, which is worth the trip.

    4th night again in the Hôtel le Pigonnet.

  • D5

    From the Hôtel le Pigonnet to the Domaine des Clos

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    For this 5th day, visit the Salon-de-Provence to discover the Marius Fabre traditional soap factory, one of the last of its kind in the South of France. Then head to Baux-de-Provence, a town ranked one of the "most beautiful villages in France," an essential Provençal stop in the heart of Les Alpilles Regional Park. 


    5th night at the Domaine des Clos.

  • D6

    Domaine des Clos to Maison d'Uzès

    Km to Km

    Start your day by visiting Arles, which Chateaubriand called the great "outdoor museum." From the top of the arenas you will become aware of the richness of its heritage. The Church of St. Trophime is known for its magnificent cloister and beautifully carved portal from the 12th century. Arles is also associated with Van Gogh, since this is where the artist painted his most famous paintings such as the Sunflowers and Harvest at La Crau. The Van Gogh Foundation exhibits paintings by artists he inspired. You can also discover the Abbey of Montmajour, good for meditation, founded by Benedictine monks. Then head to Nimes. You will discover the Maison Carrée, one of the city's Roman jewels, and opposite is the Carré d'Art, an art gallery and library designed by the English architect Norman Foster. The city's tower, meanwhile, offers a beautiful view of the city and surrounding countryside.

    6th night at Maison d'Uzès.

  • D7

    From Maison d'Uzès to Avignon

    Km to Km

    On this last day, go to Uzès, a city of art and history, to visit its historic centre with its houses, its Saint Théodorit cathedral and the Tour Fenestrelle, some 42 metres tall, remarkable for its harmonious proportions and its fine décor. Then discover the Georges Borias Museum, housed in the Old Bishopric of Uzès, and which traces the rich history of Uzès and its region. Then head to Avignon, with its Rocher des Doms, which presents a set of remarkable monuments with the Pont Saint Bénezet, the city walls, and in particular the Petit Palais, which houses a museum. The works come from the most largest collections of Italian Primitives outside Italy, with some 300 Italian paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

     

    After visiting Avignon, you can once again sleep at Maison d'Uzès or stay put.

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