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Choose Provence Tours For A Perfect Holiday

By Maryanne Goff

With its sunny Mediterranean climate, the south of France is the ultimate destination for a summer vacation. Beautiful people from all over the world flock to the French Riviera to enjoy the gorgeous beaches while those who want to experience country life head to the towns and villages a little more inland and rent a chateau. If you’re pressed for time, however, you may want to consider one of the Provence tours on offer to explore this magical region.

Provence is the region that covers the south-eastern part of France. The Rhone River forms its western border while the region extends eastwards all the way to the border with Italy. It also stretches southwards to the coastline known as the Cote D’Azur.

Many tours of the region start in the historical port city of Marseilles. Other cities often included in the itinerary are Avignon, Nice, Arles and Aix-en-Provence. There are packages that will let you see the area in a day but to really appreciate the beautiful landscape and the little medieval villages, it’s best to spend at least three days here.

A general tour is a great introduction to the region but you may also want to consider a themed tour to focus on only one aspect of Provencal life. Since it’s one of France’s important wine regions, especially for the production of rose wines, a wine tour here is a must if you’re an oenophile. Include a trip to a pastis distillery as well if you can, so that you can try the local anise-flavored liqueur.

Food lovers have long known that the region is culinary heaven and that people here take their food seriously. After all, a Provencal tradition at Christmas is to serve a whopping thirteen desserts after the main meal. The variety of fresh produce has given rise to dishes like bouillabaisse from Marseilles and ratatouille from Nice. On a food tour, you can try the many regional specialties and may even visit a local market, where a great gift to buy for loved ones back home is Provencal herbs.

For an olfactory sensation, try a perfume tour. The little medieval town of Grasse is the heartbeat of the perfume industry and the surrounding area is fragrant with the smell of roses, jasmine, lavender and other flowers. You may visit some of the traditional perfumeries here and learn how fragrances are made.

Provencal history dates back many centuries and you can tour the Roman and prehistoric sites for a journey back in time. A more colorful option is to explore the areas like Arles that have been immortalized on canvas by painters like Cezanne, Matisse and, of course, Van Gogh. Many writers have lived and worked here too, including Edith Wharton, Colette and F Scott Fitzgerald. Robert Louis Stevenson even wrote a travel book on the region and it’s a great idea to follow the trails that he traveled.

When it comes to finding Provence tours, you’re spoilt for choice. Simply do a quick online search for a package that suits you. Alternatively, have a travel agent create a personalized tour for you. Just remember that it’s very easy to lose your heart here and never want to go back home.

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