When most travelers hear Provence, they think of the Lubéron of Peter Mayle fame, with rolling lavender fields and quirky locals. And while this bucolic reverie of blue skies and intimate hilltop villages does exist, the vast region offers much more to discover: Michelin-starred restaurants and lovely vineyards (and rosés!)—not to mention antique markets and renowned artists—from Cézanne and Picasso to the Carrières de Lumières.

  • Perfect for
    Art Lovers | Families | Foodies | Romantics | Ultimate Indulgers
  • When to go
    June-August | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    1-2 Nights

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

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    3 Days: Essential Provence

    In Provence, Indagare can arrange for customized tours of museums and markets and organize cooking classes and hiking tours. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1: Aix-en-Provence

      Begin in Aix, the birthplace of Paul Cézanne and a paradise for those who like to stroll its maze of streets and lively cafés, which are perfect for people-watching and leisurely coffee breaks. Art aficionados should not miss insider tours of two very special museums: the Atelier Cézanne, which has preserved everything as the master artist left it; and Musée Granet, which hosts a permanent collection of works by mostly French painters. After lunch at a classic local spot, spend the afternoon wandering through Aix’s maze of backstreets and the buzzing marketplace.

    • Day 2: Arles

      Indagare can arrange a day trip to scenic Arles. Once a destination associated with haystacks, sunflower fields and Vincent Van Gogh, it has become one of Provence’s most charming cities. There are also several museums not to be missed in Arles, including the Musée Réattu for works by Leger, Dufy and Gauguin; and the Musée d’Arles for regional history and folklore. After lunch, browse the shop-lined Rue République, where you can pick up traditional Provençal antiques. Enjoy a massage and cocktails at your hotel before dinner at an Indagare-preferred restaurant.

    • Day 3: Cassis

      Drive to Cassis, a lovely seaside town 18 miles east of Marseille, which has remained an unspoiled spot with crystalline coves, pebble beaches and windswept umbrella pines. Start the visit with a dip at the Plage du Bestouan, a pretty cove with a pebble beach, or hop aboard one of the glass-bottomed boats at the port for a tour of the area. If you’re in the mood for a longer walk, Cassis offers great hikes thanks to its dazzling white limestone cliffs, beloved by photographers. After lunch, shop for local delicacies, or take a half-day tour to the area’s best vineyards.

  • Member Stories

    “We had an amazing time at Hôtel de Crillon le Brave. It is a beautiful hotel with an incredibly gracious staff. We had some of the best massages we’ve ever had, went on a 25-mile bike ride and then enjoyed late dinner and time by the fire. I couldn’t recommend this place enough.”
    Darby Fox, member since 2012
Indagare's Marley Lynch
“Often referred to as the Mediterranean fjords, the beautiful Cassis cliffs are a sight worth seeing, but combined with the crescent-shaped town and the region’s amazing wineries, a full day in the region is a lovely addition to any Provence itinerary.”
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