Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Our most recommended things to do in Aix-en-Provence

From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

1. From Aix-en-Provence: Wine Tour in Cezanne Countryside

Enjoy a half-day wine tour in the scenic landscape of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, inspiration for the famous post impressionist artist Paul Cézanne, who painted many pictures of the mountain between 1880 and 1883. The Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire vineyards are located east of Aix-en-Provence and, like all vineyards in Provence, are considered some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind.  Learn about the characteristics of the terroir, and explore the wine-making process while visiting the cellars of 2 separate wine estates. Meet the winemakers, and taste AOC Côtes de Provence wines in 3 colors - tasty, full-bodied reds of excellent structure, subtle, elegant rosés, and whites of distinction.

Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

2. Aix-en-Provence: Luberon Market & Villages Day Tour

Travel from Aix-en-Provence to Luberon valley on a full-day tour of the area's charming and unique villages. First make your way to L'Isle sur la Sorgue, and wander through the open-air provencal market, and along the canals, taking time to stop in the various antique shops. Then enjoy lunch on your own in the exceptional hilltop village of Gordes. Afterward (from mid-June to mid-July only) stop for photos of the blooming lavender fields at Senanque Abbey. Continue to the colorful village of Roussillon and its ochre cliffs. Stop for a photo in Bonnieux and on the way admire the Pont Julien, a Roman bridge. Make your way back through the picturesque and winding Combe of Lourmarin. Stop in Lourmarin, one of the most beautiful villages in France, famous for its Renaissance castle. Here you can enjoy some free time before returning to Aix-en-Provence.

Hilltop Villages in Luberon

3. Hilltop Villages in Luberon

Visit the most beautiful medieval hilltop villages in the southern Luberon. Discover the charms of Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Roussillon, and Gordes on a 6-hour tour. Stop in Lourmarin for some free time, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, and noted for its Renaissance castle.Take a photo in Bonnieux, a picture-perfect Provençal village that features a 12th-century church surrounded by ancient cedars. Continue to Roussillon via the Roman-era Pont Julien. Roussillon, perched atop an ochre-colored cliff, is a favorite of painters, and a magical place where combinations of oxides give the ochre an infinite variety of colors. Gordes offers an extraordinary vision of a stone village erected on a massive rock. Its fortress castle and church dominate the houses of the village, which were built with stones taken from the rock on which they sit.

From Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Afternoon Lavender Tour

4. From Aix-en-Provence: Half Day Afternoon Lavender Tour

Depart from Aix-en-Provence and drive along the scenic, countryside roads passing the colorful lavender fields on the Plateau of Valensole. Enjoy plenty of stops to take photos and soak up the breathtaking sights and scents of the 'Blue Gold of Provence'.  Later, stop at a farmer/producer's place and learn everything about the cultivation, distillation, and the properties of pure lavender and lavadin (a hybrid plant). Finally, take the opportunity to purchase the essential oil, olive oil, lavender honey directly from them.

Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Wine Tour

5. Aix-en-Provence: Half-Day Wine Tour

Get the full South of France experience with this half-day, small-group wine tour to two wineries in the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire wine region.  This half-day tour from Aix-en-Provence to the Sainte-Victoire mountain wine-producing area will begin with a trip through the stunning landscape. A majestic mountain and lush vineyards serve as the perfect backdrop to the experience.  A wine region that extends over more than 47,000 acres, the Côtes de Provence AOC is the majority producer of Provence wines. Once you have reached the Côtes de Provence wine region, visit and taste local wines in two carefully selected, family-owned wineries.  Go on a fascinating journey through the history of each estate, with a focus on the wine-making process. After a visit to the technical installations to better understand how the wines are made, you'll then taste the excellent wines. 

Aix-en-Provence: Wine & Beer Tour by Motorcycle Sidecar

6. Aix-en-Provence: Wine & Beer Tour by Motorcycle Sidecar

We will pick you up at your hotel, we provide helmet and gloves, accessible to children from 4 years old with a parent in the basket, the price and for the reservation of the sidecar (for 1 or 2 adult passengers). On 2H: Leave Aix-en-Provence aboard our vintage sidecars to discover LA MONTAGNE SAINTE VICTOIRE which inspired Paul CÉZANNE so much. Enjoy a Beautiful Escape WINE TOUR: On the theme of discovering the Sainte-Victoire Vineyards and being one with the landscapes of our beautiful region to meet winegrowers and vineyards as well as olive groves, let's stop for a moment to visit authentic estates and enjoy do a tasting BEER-TOUR: To discover, the Brewery / Distillery in an exceptional setting nestled on the edge of a lake at an altitude of more than 500m. The range is composed of 6 beers, from the Hibiscus rosé, Blanche calisson through the original blonde famous Triple, their products will seduce you.

Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

7. Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the picturesque Verdon Canyon, departing from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus. Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Center of Aix, and set off on a lovely drive through the dramatic splendor of the Grand Canyon du Verdon. Cross the Valensole plateau, which is especially spectacular when the lavender fields are in full bloom (mid June to mid July). Head to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, famous for its earthenware workshops, and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own. Continue to the Verdon Gorges of the Verdon River for breathtaking views of the lake of Sainte-Croix. Stop for some free time on the beach before driving back to Aix-en-Provence via the enchanting village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

8. From Aix en Provence: Provence Full-Day Tour

One of the first stops on your day of discovery is the village of Les Baux de Provence. The narrow streets and the imposing castle ruins date to the Middle Ages – a time of proud lords and troubadours. From the rocky spur you’ll enjoy exceptional scenic views. See the Pont du Gard, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site that is the best-preserved part of the Nîmes aqueduct. Designed by architects and engineers during the Roman era, it is considered a technical and artistic masterpiece. You’ll continue on to Avignon, the 14th century City of the Popes. See the medieval walls, the Pont d’Avignon that crosses the Rhone River, and the Popes’ Palace, which is the largest Gothic palace in Europe. (Note that entrance fees are not included.) Next on your itinerary is a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, surrounded by its world-famous vineyards. Wine tasting at one of the numerous cellars is included. Please note that you’ll have free time for lunch on your own during the tour, and that the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.

Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

9. Aix-en-Provence: Cassis boat ride and wine tasting day tour

Explore the charming Cassis and its seaside port on this full-day guided tour. Enjoy a boat ride, awe-inspiring scenery, a visit to a local winery to taste Provence rosé, red, and white wines, and more. Meet your guide in Aix-en-Provence to journey to the seaside port of Cassis. Discover this inviting portside village and the Calanques, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage national park. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village, stroll through the narrow streets of Cassis, and browse the small shops and stores that sell local Provence goods. The tour continues with a panoramic boat ride to the Calanques, located near Cassis. From the small port, reach the Calanques National Park that stretches from Marseille to Cassis, and admire the beautiful coves of the steep rocky coast. After the boat ride, enjoy some free time for exploring Cassis and have lunch (own expense). No tour to Cassis is complete without a drive along the Route des Crêtes. As you leave Cassis, head up towards the highest sea cliff in Europe, Cap Canaille. Your guide will stop in one of the many areas for taking in the views over the village and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. After the drive to Cap Canaille, enjoy a wine tasting session in the Côtes de Provence – Sainte Victoire. This terroir is ideal for the production of elegant rosé wines and robust and generous red wines. Take in the gorgeous view with the Montagne Sainte Victoire in the back and limestone plateaus, often planted with olive trees. Learn about the winery and its winemaking process. Depending on the winery visited, continue your tasting with reds or whites. After the wine tasting session, you will be dropped off in the city center of Aix-en-Provence.

Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

10. Coteaux d'Aix: Ste Victoire Wine Tour & Cezanne Mill Visit

First of all, you will be picked up at your hotel or cruise ship and taken to the first vineyard area close to Aix-en-Provence. Then you'll go to the vineyards of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and visit two wineries. You'll also have a 3 wine color tasting. After that, you'll discover the mill of the painter Paul Cézanne, The museum of the Mount Ste Victoire to learn about its climate, fauna, flora and more... There will be a lunch stop in a selected restaurant (optional).

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What people are saying about Aix-en-Provence

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 714 reviews

We had a marvellous day exploring these beautiful villages carved into the Luberon mountains. Expect breath-taking views, lovely churches, cafes and restaurants and some colourful geological landscapes. Greg drove us round (rather him than me) and conducted the tour with impressive knowledge and good humour.

The tour was an excellent way to see more of Provence and sights that we wouldn’t have seen. We absolutely loved Baux and would have loved a bit more time there, but there is only so much you can do in a day. Hot chocolate at Lily’s was the best we’ve had in France.

The tour was amazing and our guide Natalie made the whole experience exceptional. The wine tasting in the morning and the village tours in the afternoon were incredible. I would definitely recommend this tour and our guide Natalie was the icing on the cake!

Love it! The 3 little towns are gorgeous and so different from one another. The only thing I would have made me love it even more is to do it in July with the lavender!

The trip was very well timed to see countryside and enjoy tasting at two local vineyards. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable.