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Classic Luxury Provence & the French Riviera

13 days from $17,660pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Marseille
  • Gordes
  • Provences' Luberon National Park
  • Provence Northern Region
  • Avignon
  • Provence Alpilles Region
  • Nice
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Riviera, Nice & the Eastern Region
  • Èze
  • Riviera Central Region
  • Taste typical Provençal olive oil at a local mill.

  • Hunt for truffles with a local expert and trained dog before enjoying a four-course gourmet meal in Ménerbes.

  • Sample some of France’s best-known wine appellations at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

  • Explore the Roman and medieval heritage of Pont-du-Gard, Uzès and Arles with a guide. -Walk the streets of Monaco, Monte Carlo and Èze. -Relax and enjoy coastal views over a glass of champagne on a private sunset cruise.

Audley Travel Country Specialist Jesse

What our specialists say...

The south of France has mastered the art of rest and relaxation. This itinerary showcases the best of both Provence and the Riviera. It begins with time spent exploring Provence’s medieval hilltop villages, in particular, Gordes and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Here you can take part in cultural traditions such as a truffle hunting and enjoy tastings at local wineries and an olive oil mill. You then venture to the French Riviera, where you can immerse yourself in the style of iconic seaside towns such as Saint-Tropez, more medieval hilltop villages such as Èze, and the bustling city of Nice with its strong Italian influence. As well as soaking in the endless sunshine and glistening turquoise waters, you’ll have time to explore villas drenched in flora and fauna and enjoy a private sunset boat tour on the Mediterranean Sea.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Marseille
  • Gordes
  • Avignon
  • Nice
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Èze
  • Nice

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Day 1 Gordes

Marseille , Gordes

Upon arrival at Marseille's airport, you're met by your private driver and driven to your hotel in Gordes. One of Provence's best-known villages, it faces the Luberon Valley. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure to acquaint yourself with your hotel and the winding cobbled streets of this medieval town, often referred to as the 'jewel of Provence'.

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Day 2 Gordes

Provences' Luberon National Park , Gordes

Your private driver picks you up this morning for a tour and tasting at a local olive oil mill in the heart of the Luberon Valley. From here, you're driven to meet a local truffle-hunting expert, Robert, and his trained dog, Kita, joining them on a traditional truffle hunt through the valleys and woods of Provence. Afterwards, you journey to the village of Ménerbes to enjoy a truffle lunch before returning to your hotel, where you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. We recommend taking a swim, relaxing in the spa, or just enjoying the commanding views from the hotel's gardens.

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Day 3 Gordes

Provences' Luberon National Park , Gordes

This morning your private driver takes you out to explore the beautiful Luberon National Park and its many medieval villages, fields of lavender, and vivid sunflower meadows. Immerse yourself in a culture where locals have mastered the slow pace of life while visiting the canal village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the medieval Abbaye de Sénanque, and the ochre quarries of Roussillon, among other sites.

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Day 4 Avignon

Provences' Luberon National Park , Provence Northern Region , Avignon

After checking out of your hotel in Gordes, you're driven to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region. Named after the Pope's summer residence during the 14th century, this region is internationally renowned as one of the highest quality wine-producing areas of France. With a small group and guide, you journey to the heart of the vineyards to gain an in-depth understanding of the land and agriculture. While here, enjoy a few tastings with some of the local producers. Your driver-guide will then bring you to your hotel in Avignon's old town with views of the colossal Palais des Papes (Papal Palace).

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Day 5 Avignon

Provence Northern Region , Avignon

You'll be met by your driver this morning and head into Provence for a Roman and medieval heritage tour. Starting with a visit to Arles, you visit a remarkable Roman amphitheatre, still in use today, before exploring the city and a cafe that inspired artist Vincent Van Gogh. Following a drive through the narrow winding countryside, you arrive in the authentic hilltop village of Uzès. Have lunch here before exploring the village's historic square, browsing its boutiques and taking in panoramic views of the Provençal landscape. Finally, you visit the largely intact Pont-du-Gard, a Roman aqueduct used to connect Arles to the town of Nîmes, before returning to your hotel.

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Day 6 Avignon

Provence Alpilles Region , Avignon

Today's private outing brings you south of Avignon to the picturesque mountain villages of Les Alpilles. You stop in towns such as Les Baux-de-Provence and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence to take in views of the sprawling landscape and stroll the medieval streets, pausing to enjoy lunch and do a bit of boutique shopping. You'll also visit the Carrières de Lumières (Quarry of Light), the Roman ruins of Glanum and the nearby monastery, Saint-Paul de Mausole, where Vincent Van Gogh lived for a year in 1889.

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Day 7 Saint-Tropez

Avignon , Nice , Saint-Tropez

Today your private driver escorts you to Avignon's train station where you board your train to Nice. Another private driver will meet you at Nice's train station and drive you to your hotel in Saint-Tropez. Situated on the French Riviera, the coastal town boasts views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Day 8 Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez

Spend the day at leisure, perhaps taking time to enjoy your hotel's facilities or venturing out to take in Saint-Tropez's sights. You may want to take a stroll downtown to visit streets lined with designer boutiques, or relax on the white sands of Pampelonne Beach.

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Day 9 Èze

Saint-Tropez , Riviera, Nice & the Eastern Region , Èze

After checking out of your hotel, you're picked up by your driver and driven to meet your private boat for your journey to Nice. Arriving in Nice, you're met by another driver for a private tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo and Èze. Your guide will introduce you to the second-smallest country in the world, Monaco, and walk you through its lavish Monte Carlo Casino. The tour concludes at the hilltop town of Èze, where you check in to your hotel.

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Day 10 Èze

Èze

Enjoy the day at your own leisure, acquainting yourself with your hotel and the town of Èze with its Mediterranean seascape and tranquil gardens.

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Day 11 Èze

Riviera, Nice & the Eastern Region , Èze

Departing from your hotel this morning, you'll travel with your driver to the small seaside town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Take some free time to explore this fortified town, wandering its streets and soaking up the sea views. Re-join your driver and venture towards the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, home to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Here, you can wander through the historic home and gardens to discover tapestries, frescoes, exotic plants and magnificent fountains. Before heading back to your hotel, stop at the beautiful Paloma Beach for a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Day 12 Èze

Riviera Central Region , Èze

Saying goodbye to the coastline for the day, you head west with your private driver for a visit to Grasse, where you can take a tour of the world-renowned Fragonard Perfumery. The short tour ends in a gift shop, where you can smell and test out perfumes covering a wide range of scents. Next, visit Tourrettes-sur-Loup and stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets, before heading farther west to explore the medieval streets and art galleries of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Later in the evening, you meet your yacht captain at the Port of Nice and board a private yacht for a sunset cruise.

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Day 13 Return home

Èze , Nice

Today your private driver escorts you to Nice Airport for your onward flight.

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