4 Ways to Visit Provence –
Finding the ideal
Provence vacation for you
- Rent a villa – day tours and villa quiet time in one convenient location that feels like home
- B&B – exploring one region in-depth – feel more like a local than a tourist
- Stop n’ Go – Design your itinerary to never go down the same road twice
- Car Free, Care Free – convenient way to see Provence without a car rental
« Tell me how you travel and I’ll tell you who you are »
This is my take-off of the famous words from Brillat-Savarin, French writer of « The Physiology of Taste » published in 1826, who marked the words we still use today, “ Dis-moi ce que tu manages, je te dirai ce que tu es ” (Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are – you are what you eat).
Personalities and passions all make us different and thus we get our « adventure » adrenaline in various ways. While Mr. and Mrs. Smith might enjoy renting a Provencal country villa with a swimming pool for relaxing and independence, the Robinson sisters can’t wait to do their Provencal road trip changing hotels every night to never drive the same road twice.
One of the biggest advantages Provence offers, besides affordable wine and breathtaking countryside, is its friendliness in welcoming all sorts of travelers: the adventurous, the slower moving, the gourmet, the hiker, the luxurious traveler, the eco-traveler, the independent or the one wanting to join group travel.
It can be overwhelming and time-consuming filtering all the information to visit Provence today. My advice is to first decide:
What kind of traveler are you? What is it that you want to get from this vacation?
Here are some quick ideas on possible ways to visit Provence:
Rent the villa for a week (most are from Saturday to Saturday). Pick-up your rental car from Marseille airport or Avignon TGV train station. Mornings are good for market tours, afternoons are good for relaxing by the pool and early evening is a good time to go out again to capture a picturesque hilltop village in the best lighting. This routine is great for resourcing with the slow Provencal lifestyle. If you would like help finding the perfect villa for you, Your Private Provence can help.
Owners of a B&B are there to give you touring advice and make you feel at home. It’s also nice to have those artisan French breakfasts already made for you. Choose the region you’d like to explore the most and find a B&B in that vicinity. My favorite regions for country B&B stays: Luberon, Les Alpilles, Le Ventoux.
Stop n’ Go
I have created many itineraries that « circle » through Provence. This travel is more for the adventurous at heart. Some don’t appreciate changing hotels a lot but the advantage is that you don’t waste time back-tracking – you see more of Provence with less time on the road. Contact Your Private Provence if you’d like an itinerary like this designed for you.
Choose your hotels in the larger cities (Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille) where public transportation is easy and day tour companies can offer you private tours for the off-the-beaten path experience.