Rolling vineyards, pastel-painted villages and sweeping landscapes straight out of a Van Gogh painting, this is southern France. Start your adventure with 3 nights in Aix-en-Provence, where you can admire the eclectic Cathedrale Saint Sauveur, wander the former City of the Counts and haggle with the locals at the many weekly markets. Stop off for lunch at one of the alfresco cafés along the historic Cours Mirabeau, one of the prettiest streets in all of France. Maybe take a day trip around the Provence region, starting with a visit to the UNESCO-World Heritage listed city of Arles, home to an impressively preserved Roman amphitheater and the architectural masterpiece of Cathédrale St-Trophime. Or maybe journey north to visit the dramatic Papal Palace of Avignon. You can stop off to admire the famous Triumphant Arch of Glanum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on the way, then take a scenic drive through the Lubéron Natural Park.
Spend your next three nights in the glitzy capital of the Côte d’Azur, with its beaches and promenades, elegant restaurants and art museums, Nice offers plenty of tempting, sun-drenched attractions. Admire Nice from the water, sail past extravagant yachts, and spot other coastal cities, from the Cap d’Antibes to Cannes; there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the tranquil, Mediterranean ambiance. You will be delighted with all this trip has to offer!
Treasures of Southern France
- Cost: $3,495
- Suggested Value: $4,500