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Provencal cultural heritage marvels in Côte d’Azur

History and heritageAround the art

Provence is a legendary region in the south of France by the Mediterranean Sea. The hilltop villages and towns bursting with Art and history are also part of the region's cultural heritage. Before diving into the past, see the most well-known cities and towns in the vast region first such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, plus heaps of Art and history museums and authentic villages full of character. 

We recommend staying at the Hôtel Le Pigonnet and the Domaine des Clos for this tour.


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  • 5 days
    5 nights
  • Stages: 
    7
    258 km
  • From
    660€
    (double
    occupancy)
  • Spring Summer Autumn

Step by step

  • D1

    From Cassis to the Hôtel le Pigonnet

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    The tour starts at Cassis. A provençal village with a fishing harbour, vineyards and two incredibly beautiful nature sites - Cap Canaille headland and the creeks to expore by boat, kayak or on foot. Majestic cliffs plung straight into the turquoise water making the inlets an ideal spot for swimmers. The best ones are at En Vau, Morgiou, Sugiton and Sormiou.

    Book your 1st night at the Hôtel Le Pigonnet - the luxury Provence experience.

     

  • D2

    From the Hôtel le Pigonnet to Marseille

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    Day 2 begins at Marseille, the oldest port in France. The city is located in magnificent settings with the Palais Longchamp, a sumptuous 19th century water tower which is now the Fine Arts museum to the east. The Château d’If, famous for being one of the settings of The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas), in the Frioul archipelago offshore can be seen from The ledge of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (locally dubbed La Corniche). Then on to the MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) at the entrance to the Old Port also offers a spectacular view, passing by  Saint-Jean fortress, a 12th century historical monument. After the MUCEM go up to Le Panier district, the oldest part of Marseille to see the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, affectionately nick-named "the good mother".

    Book your 2nd night at the Hôtel Le Pigonnet - the luxury Provence experience.

  • D3

    A day around the Hôtel le Pigonnet

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    We suggest heading for Aix-en-Provence today, the town of elegant Art. The 17th century Town Hall, the wide cours Mirabeau thoroughfare and the Tapestry Museum are some of the most stunning buildings to see. Next off to admire works by Paul Cézanne at the Granet Museum, followed by visiting exhibitions at the Caumont Art Centre, an exquisitly-renovated town house with delightful French gardens. The art centre at Château La Coste makes for another interesting visit to end the afternoon.

    Book your 3rd night at the Hôtel Le Pigonnet - the luxury Provence experience.                                                                                                                                                                                          

  • D4

    From the Hôtel le Pigonnet to the Domaine des Clos

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    We suggest beginning the day in Salon-de-Provence to see Marius Fabre's traditional soap factory, one of the few remaining in the south of France. Another must-see attraction is the Baux-de-Provence resort in the Alpilles Nature Park, member of the "most beautiful villages in France" association. Then on to soak up more Art and history in the historical centre of Uzès – private town houses, Saint Théodorit cathedral and a remarkably proportioned and finely decorated 138-ft tall campanile. Not forgetting the Georges Borias museum inside the old Uzès bishopric to learn about the town and region's interesting past.

    Book your 4th night at the Domaine des Clos, a delightful 18th century country house.

  • D5

    From the Domaine des Clos to Nîmes

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    Start the day by visiting Arles, once called the grand "open-air museum" by Chateaubriand. You will fully grasp of the scale of the town's heritage from the top of the amphitheatre. There is also a magnificent cloister and a beautifully sculptured 12th century doorway at Saint-Trophime church to see. The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation embodies the link between the artist and Arles as this is where he produced The Sunflowers and The Blue Cart, his most famous paintings and the foundation presents works of other painters who inspired him. Followed by a short break at Montmajour Abbey founded Benedictine Monks, ideal for mediation. Continue driving onto Nîmes to see the Roman temple (la Maison carrée), one of the town's Roman sites. The Carré d’Art gallery and media library designed by English architect Norman Foster is just opposite. Lastly the Magne tower offers a beautiful view of the town and surrounding countryside.

    Book the 5th night at the Domaine des Clos, an exquisit 18th century country house.