Provence Culture & history

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Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water which is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice.

Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Marseille: Mucem Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Learn about the history and culture of the Mediterranean with a skip-the-line entry ticket to the fascinating Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem). Opened in Marseille in June 2013, the Mucem has now joined the ranks of the most visited museums in the world thanks to its program of exhibitions and cultural programs. Admire the stunning architecture of the building by Rudy Ricciotti, and stroll along the corridors of the museum to get stunning views of the old port and Mediterranean Sea. Explore exhibitions that combine anthropology, history, archaeology, art history and contemporary art to explain the Mediterranean world and its dialogue with Europe in amazing detail. Exhibitions: Jeff Koons Mucem, works from the Pinault collection. Showing from Wednesday 19 May, 2021 to Monday 18 October, 2021. Déflagrations — Children’s drawings and mass violence Mucem. Showing from Wednesday 19 May, 2021 to Sunday 29 August, 2021. Connectivities Mediterranean Gallery 2 Mucem. Showing from Monday 29 June, 2020 to Monday 13 March, 2023.

Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

3. Pont du Gard, Uzès & Nîmes: Half-Day Tour with Entry Fees

Visit of the charming medieval town of Uzès, founded during the Roman era and the site of an aqueduct that was built to supply the city of Nîmes. The Pont du Gard is the most well-known stretch of the aqueduct left standing. On this 5-hour program, you’ll see the traces of Roman civilization in Uzès as well as substantial monuments from the Middle Ages. Visit the famous 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, a section of the Roman aqueduct that provided water to Nîmes. The highly photographed bridge was listed by UNESCO in 1985 as a World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the treasures of Nîmes, including the Coliseum that is considered to be second only to the Coliseum in Rome. Its Roman amphitheater is still in use and today has a seating capacity of 10,000.

Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

4. Nice: Train Experience Through The Alps and Baroque Route

Escape the tourist crowds and join a combo tour of train experience, discovery of medieval villages, stunning baroque architecture, and incredible natural spots in the middle of the Alps. After meeting your guide 7:55 AM, depart at 8:30 AM from Nice Ville Central Station. Discover breathtaking landscapes as you pass by natural canyons, highly elevated bridges, and tunnel on a 2.5-hour train ride to your destination. During the ride, your guide will tell you the secrets of one of the most beautiful train lines in France, a testimony of French civil engineering at the beginning of the 20th century. Make a stop at 2 medieval villages, Saorge and Tende, and some days La Brigue. First, visit Tende and its Museum des Merveilles to discover Stone Age and other historic artifacts from the Mercantour National Park. Then, head over to Mercantour National Park and spot protected species of flowers. See other highlights of Tende, including a Baroque cathedral, a maze of medieval streets, panoramic views from the top of the village, the cemetery, and the ruins of an old castle. Continue the tour to Saorge, an impressive medieval village with steeped streets, built on a concave hillside. Admire the charming and peaceful Franciscan Convent of Saorge founded in the 17th century before visiting the Church of Saint-Sauveur. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century following a fire and restored in the 18th century. The village offers spectacular sceneries of the Alps and the canyons around. When it's time for lunch you can either select from a lunch picnic or lunch at a local restaurant.

Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

5. Nice: Allianz Stadium and National Sports Museum Tour

Spend an enjoyable 2 hours on a visit to the National Sports Museum in Nice and touring the Allianz Riviera stadium. Tours are available in French and some information is translated into English. Allianz Riviera, Nice’s new stadium for the UEFA Euro 2016 is a venue full of positive energy. It was designed to meet the demands of hosting a football competition as significant as UEFA, while respecting the principles of sustainable development. During the tour you'll hear stories from the changing rooms, stand at the side of the pitch just like the players do and visit areas that are normally reserved for VIPs and the press.

Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

6. Nice Old Town and Castle Hill: Guided Cultural Walking Tour

The stunning Old Town of Nice (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful baroque churches, boutique shops and charming restaurants — hidden gems can be found around every corner. It’s a hive of activity with vibrant squares, buzzing both day and night. After meeting your guide at the Place Massena Square fountain, head past architectural masterpieces such as Nice Town Hall, the Opera House, and Palais de la Prefecture. Explore the Palace of Justice Square and Rosetti Square, where Nice Cathedral is situated, before discovering the bustling Cours Saleya market. Amble down the famous Promenade des Anglais, the Port of Old Nice, Belanda’s Tower, and the final destination of the historic Castle Hill. During the tour, you will have a short break at a flower market, where you can learn about local delicacies and purchase handcrafted gifts and flowers. Here, you can also take a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up before continuing the tour.

Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

7. Arles 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Get to know Arles on a 2-hour walking tour of the French city. Maybe you have already heard about this place, as it is famous for its festival of photography, Rencontres d'Arles, which takes place every year in summer. But let's focus on discovering the historical center of this amazing city. Arles has important remains of Roman times, and you will start your tour by visiting the arena of Roman amphitheater, constructed in the 1st century. Then visit the Antique Theatre and the Arles Obelisk. If you would like to visit another place, simply let your guide know your wishes and your tour will be adjusted accordingly. Keep in mind that Arles is also rich in museums, like Musée de la Camargue or Musée Réaltu, which you can visit on your own. Additionally, some of the buildings and cathedrals of Arles are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are a wonder to behold.

From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

8. From Marseille: Provence Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore some of the historic sites of Provence on a full-day minibus tour from Marseille, starting with the medieval city of Avignon. Drive along the docks between the Rhône River and historic city walls, looking at the Saint-Benezet Bridge made famous by the children's song, “Sur le Pont d'Avignon.” See the impressive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), the site of the Papacy in the 14th century before their return to Rome. Sample the wines of the Rhône River valley in the legendary village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, boasting a castle ruin that overlooks the vineyards of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Visit the cellar of a winery for a complimentary wine-tasting session. Next, drive to the Pont du Gard to see the remains of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to the city of Nîmes. Continue to the Alpilles Mountains to visit the lofty village of Les Baux de Provence, located on a rocky spur overlooking the valley. Take an unforgettable journey back to the Middle Ages at Les Baux, before your return journey to Marseille.

Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

9. Avignon: City Walking Tour with Popes Palace Entry

Climb up to the top of the fortified medieval city walls and discover Avignon in all its beauty. Explore the rich past of Avignon where the papacy was established in the early 14th-century. Enjoy skip-the-line access and follow your guide inside the Pope's Palace, the largest Gothic palace in Europe. Immerse yourself in this maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels. Walk on the cobbled streets to the Place de l'Horloge and find out about the secret of the painted windows. See the town hall with its clock tower and the theater. Your tour will conclude with a glass of Côtes du Rhône wine.

Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

10. Nice: Guided Private Tour by Electric Vélotaxi

Discover Nice's history and heritage in a special way as you are taken through the city by a professional driver. Hear anecdotes, important dates, major monuments, and what defines the city's cultural richness; your guide can also adapt your sightseeing itinerary as you please. Embark on an unforgettable experience that takes you out of the usual channels in order to access forgotten secrets of the city. Discover the Saleva Market, the Opera House, and Rossetti Square with its magnificent church. Cross the famous Place Massena and Garibaldi, full of exciting stories. Walk along the seaside on the famous Promenade des Anglais and enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea from the highest point: an ideal landscape to take selfies. In the new city, "à la française", you will discover the Belle Epoque neighborhoods together with the Negresco hotel, the Musicians district, and the magnificent Orthodox cathedral. Passing through the port Lympia, admire the imposing yachts but also the small boats of traditional fishermen. Finally, you will end up along the prestigious Promenade du Paillon with its gushing fountains and pedestrian streets full of shops and restaurants. Stop at any time to take pictures or ask your driver to stop for ice cream or Socca. A free audio guide option is available in the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish You will see the following sites depending on the tour option:  • La Place Massena / Massena Square  • La Fontaine du Soleil / Fountain of the Sun  • L’Opéra  • Le Cours Saleya / Saleya Square  • Le Palais des Rois Sardes / Palace of the Dukes of Savoy  • Le Palais de Justice / Courthouse  • La Cathédrale St Réparate - La Place Rossetti / St Reparate Cathedral - Rossetti Square  • La Vieille Ville / The Old Town  • La Maison de Matisse / House of Matisse  • Les Ponchettes / The Fishermen’s Houses  • La Promenade des Anglais  • Le Jardin Albert 1er - Le Monument du Centenaire /Albert 1st Garden – The Centenary Monument  • La Rue Paradis (Little Champs Elysées)  • La Colline du Château - Le coup de Canon de Midi / Castle Hill - Midday Cannon Shot  • Le Quai Rauba Capéu / The Docks  • Le Monument aux Morts / Memorial  • Le Port Lympia / Le Quartiers des Antiquaires / Antiquaries Neighborhoods  • L’Eglise du Port / Port Church  • La Place Garibaldi / Garibaldi Square  • Le Théâtre de Nice / Le Mamac  • La Tête Carrée / Square Head  • Le Lycée Massena / Massena High School  • La Coulée Verte / Green Lane  • La Cathédrale Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et l'Hôtel Negresco

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We had a great time on this tour. We were collected from our hotel and dropped back there afterwards. We saw some absolutely stunning views such as the gorges du verdon which is the deepest canyon in Europe. We also stopped at a lovely waterfall and visited some lovely traditional villages including the very charming Moustier. A very enjoyable day which was greatly helped by our wonderful driver/ guide Andy who spoke excellent English and was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and informative throughout the day.

We had an amazing time with Chris on this tour. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Chris was born in Nice and his love and appreciation for the city comes through. Our kids (8 and 10) listed the walking tour as the highlight of our time in Nice. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking at a tour.

Our guide Chris was wonderful! Very engaging and knowledgeable, he even brought us some traditional Nice food his mom made so we could try it! Highly recommend

Great trip and a wonderful guide. Youness took us for this trip and we had a memorable time. The company hosted it well too

Great way to explore Marseille, our guide Lucie was amazing.