There are countless reasons to visit Provence. From the scenery to the food to the distinct culture of southern France, the list goes on and on. But, to point you in the right direction, we’ve put together our 5 favorite reasons to take a Walking Tour of Provence.
1. Strolling in St Remy
On Day 7 of our Walking Tour of Provence we’ll meet with a local friend, Odile Mifsud, a renowned pastry maker who invites us into her home for lunch. Next, we’ll learn about the last years of van Gogh’s life and his most famous painting, The Starry Night - which was inspired by St Remy - on a guided tour of the village with a local historian. After our informative and inspirational tour, set out to explore the small, bustling village of St Remy on your own. What it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. Its convenient, horseshoe-like center invites a delicious stroll around town. Luckily, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to indulge in when you’d like a rest.
2. Marvel at one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France
On Day 4 of our adventure in Provence, we’ll take in the cobblestone streets of Gordes, which is included in the listing of “The Most Beautiful Villages in France.” Take your time exploring before ambling just outside of the village among Provence’s iconic lavender fields en route to Senanque Abbey. Here, we’ll learn how the lavender is cultivated by the Benedictine monks that still work and reside in this peaceful hamlet.
3. Mingling at le Marche
Getting closer to culture is one the best reasons to travel with VBT. On Day 5 of our Walking Tour of Provence we’ll combine a cultural experience with lots and lots of local food, visiting the market of Vaison la Romaine. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of local life here and maybe pick up a few of the most tempting items to enjoy for lunch.
4. Looking Out from Les Baux
One of the most interesting towns that you’ll find on our Walking Tour of Provence is Les Baux. Built directly into the rocky hills of Les Alpilles, this 12th century town astounds and delights visitors with its quaint shops and majestic views of the valley below. On Day 7 of our vacation, we’ll have time to explore the fascinating village and the Château des Baux, a fortified 10th century castle that sits atop the historic town.
5. The Food of France
On top of all the wonderful experiences that we’ve built into our Walking Tour of Provence, we’ve also left some time for you to wander on your own. Exploring in France is often best done by way of your taste buds. Enjoy free afternoons and evenings to find a perfect bistro to reward your day’s discovery. Best of all, our native Trip Leaders can fill you in on all the local secrets, spots that only residents know about. So you’re guaranteed to find a culinary highlight or two on your VBT Provence vacation.
Find your own favorite reason to visit southern France and join us on a Walking Tour of Provence this year!