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Swathed with lavender fields, dotted with medieval hilltop villages and graced by elegant cities, the southeastern region of Provence stretches from the Rhône in the west to the Italian border in the east and south to the Mediterranean. Its light and landscapes inspired both Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, and you can stroll along the leafy boulevards of the former’s home city of Aix-en-Provence and trace the works of the latter in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Whatever your interests, our specialists can help you find your way.

Julius Caesar’s first Gaulish conquest was in Provence, and Rome’s presence here is indelible. The number and scale of the region’s Roman ruins, including the Pont du Gard aqueduct, are on par with what you’d find in Italy. On a walking tour in Avignon, you can explore the papacy’s dalliance with Provence during a 70-year break from the Vatican. Evidence of life here from long before Rome’s acquisition still survives just outside Gordes in a village of ancient stone huts built without mortar, known as bories. Close by, monks tend their bees and make honey at the Romanesque Sénanque Abbey, where you can wander the surrounding lavender fields. Whatever you choose to do, our specialists will be there to guide you.

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Places to visit in Provence

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Provence, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Map of Provence

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Provence

    Accommodation choices for Provence

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Provence. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Provence

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Provence, and which use the best local guides.

    • Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village
      Gordes, Provence

      Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village

      Lavender fields at Abbey de Sénanque, Les Bories and Gordes village

      Discover the beauties of Provence on this half-day tour of its quintessential sights. Visit a medieval hilltop village, a rustic monastery surrounded by fields of lavender and a collection of traditional stone bories, dwellings of a typical Provençal style.

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    • Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour
      Palais des Papes, Avignon

      Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour

      Palais des Papes and Avignon walking tour

      Discover the secrets behind the Palais des Papes in medieval Avignon, learn about the regal life of the pontiffs and the political turmoil of their era on a guided walking tour of the old town's meandering cobbled streets.

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