Antique heritage, extraordinary light, endless fields of lavender, silvery olive hills, perfect geometry of vineyards, hilltop villages, Provencal markets, Provencal wines, living traditions - an enchanting experience to be had along the tortuous roads.
Your personal tour guide Boba accompanies you in the heart of Provence and its hilltop villages, fields of lavender and silvery olive hills… Sightseeing tours, scenic tours, cultural tours, subject focused tours (art and museums, architecture, history and cultural heritage, etc.), walking tours, gourmet wine tours, food tasting tours, …for groups or individuals, Your Guide Boba designs for you tours "à la carte" or tailor-made tours for a truly fabulous and a memorable holiday. Here is a short guide to some of the most emblematic and quintessential places in Provence:
Aix-en-Provence: hundred-year-old plane trees, elegant 17th and 18th-century private mansions (hôtels particuliers), fountain squares, fashion boutiques,… At the foot of the mountain Sainte Victoire, the historic capital of the Provence and the Counts of Provence, saw two friends growing up: Cézanne and Zola. Along its streets, Aix displays a captivating elegance of French baroque unique in its style.– Unforgettable!
Your Guide Boba accompanies you and shows you the hidden treasures of the ancient capital of Provence…
Avignon: a gothic beauty of the ancient Christian capital is to be discovered behind its proud ramparts constructed right on the bank of the river Rhône and inside of its Popes' Palace (Palais des Papes). Inseparable from its Theatre Festival that makes it frantic and brimful with energy, Avignon can also be peaceful during the rest of the year within its enclosure walls and cobbled streets.
Arles: born by the will of Caesar, immortalized by Van Gogh, loved by artists for its magical light, celebrated by aficionados for its tradition of bullfighting and photographers for its International Festival of Photography, Arles shows off charming streets with elegant private mansions (hôtels particuliers) and lovely Provençal houses with a cascade of orange-tailed roofs. - Stylish and relaxed!
Saint-Remy-de-Provence: Provençal-style Saint-Tropez whose mere mention provides a certain idea of an idealised Provence… down its alleys punctuated with squares and fountains, splendid private mansions and secret gardens (revealed only by a few porches left ajar), the Provençal way of life peacefully goes by.
Les Baux de Provence: under an infinitely blue sky, the breathtaking remains of the medieval castle dominates the rocky spur. Extraordinarily impressive! (One of the most visited villages in France!
cliffs and gorges cut through the lush and steep hillsides, perched villages with paved alleys, fountains, Romanic churches and plane shaded squares, fertile plains, vineyards and cherry orchards stretching as far as the eye can see… a magnet for the café society and political and art-world scenesters.
With your personal tour guide Boba, immerse yourself in this marvelous Provençal region: Luberon, whose charm attracts artist from all over the world. Here are few examples of the most emblematic Luberon villages:
Roussillon and the the Ochre Trail (Sentier des Ocres): in the heart of one of the most important ochre quarries in the world, a village with steep lanes and stairways, serene squares, churches and ancient mansions displays a whole palette of ochre shades. While "Waiting for Godot", Samuel Beckett liked it here! – Marvelous!
Lourmarin: Homeland of Albert Camus, the pretty village with streets worthy of a cinema set and overlooking the 15th century Renaissance Castle (very rare in Provence) and lovely countryside with olive groves, vineyards and forests, has preserved its literary soul.
Along its tortuous alleys and stairways, with Your Guide Boba you will discover the cultural heritage of this delightful village in the heart of Luberon.
Ménerbes: "A year in Provence" by Peter Mayle (and directed by Ridley Scott) was written here! – Basking in the sun atop a rocky cliff, Ménerbes' paved alleys and stairways, passageways and vegetal cascades meander down the slope overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside (olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields). – A must-see!
Bonnieux: a typically Provençal harmony reigns here : cascading roofs, tortuous streets "en calade" and old ramparts. Ridley Scott's movie "A Good Year" was partially filmed in Bonnieux. – Peaceful.
Lacoste: like a cold and mysterious beauty, the striking village clinging to the castle that once belonged to the notorious Marquis de Sade, is a veritable open-air museum. – Impressive.
Gordes: an almost unreal image of a village perched on the mountain ridge and streaked with terraces and pastel-colored houses. – Serene.
And, many other marvelous and breathtaking places yet to be discovered : Oppède-le-Vieux, Ansouis, Tourtour, Bergamon, Correns, Grambois, Goult…
Discover the charms and the flavours of Provence with Your Guide Boba (a Licensed Professional Tour Guide) and appreciate having "à la carte" tour or a tailor-made tour (an individual or a group tour) with a personally customized itinerary designed only for you.