I'm planning to go for a trip in Provence, South France, this summer. I will stay a few days in Avignon and Aix en Provence. I've heard that transport is not very convenient and I'd like to go and visit some of the local villages. I'm interested in wine and also lavender. Do you know a good local agency, providing small tours (I don't want a big tour bus), with friendly guides?
Thanks a lot!
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I live in Melbourne. Last summer, I went to visit Provence with my husband and we stayed in Avignon. We realised that transport is rare and sometimes non-existant as soon as you wish to visit remote villages in the countryside. And so we went to the tourism office, on the main street of Avignon and they recommended us a local agency called Occitania Provence Tours (you can check their website occitania-provence-tours.com). We traveled with an other couple, in a small 8 seats van, and with a local driver/guide who was very friendly to us. Our guide made us discover the Alpilles region, South of Avignon, which is very beautiful. Since we were only four in the van and all getting on well with each other, our guide took the time to get off the van in the last village and took us around small paved streets and onto a small hill from which we had a beautiful view on the mountains. I don't think we'd have been able to find these places without the help of the guide...
2 days later, we decided to travel with this same agency and this same guide in another region called Luberon, East of Avignon. This time we were 6 in the van and it was also a memorable day...
I would advise you that agency if you go to Provence. I know that they also have trips departing from Aix en Provence but I'm not sure what they are like since our time was to short to go to Aix.
I wish you and your husband a great trip !!
Emma over 3 years ago