driving holidays in provence




the discerning traveller's club

2018 SELF DRIVE HOLIDAYS in provence
for discerning travellers



Self- drive holidays in Provence from 750 Euros (twin-share).

Driving in Provence with all its vast diversity, allows you the freedom of a whistle-stop tour or slow meandering - taking in its many facets. Its scenic variety from the mountainous north, dramatic coastline, vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields amid the harsh, sunbaked countryside with its unique and charming villages alongside cities steeped in history - Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. All renowned for their famous residents; history, arts and shopping. Take the time to luxuriate and discover author Peter Mayle's 'A Year In Provence' world and visit villages made famous by films set in the region, for example: A Good Year, Jean de Florette and Manon de Source. Spend an afternoon at Pont de Gard, the world famous Roman aquaduct, and the villages of Luberon and Vaucluse. A touring feast!

Why choose a self-drive tour rather than car rental?

Renting a car in France is easy. You do not need assistance for that. However, getting suitable accommodation could be a challenge as well as knowing where to go and what to see. Our solution is a self-drive tour where all of this ( accommodation, tour guide and local knowledge) is provided. We can't do much about driving on the right, but we can make you feel more relaxed at the wheel with precise directions to follow, a list of places to visit and pre-booked quality accommodation every night, including where to park. Choosing one of our self-drive tour will allow you to see a lot without worrying or wasting any time. Each night, you will stay at a good hotel we have inspected and carefully selected for you.


Our self-drive wallet contains:

• One or several green Michelin guides (the best!) • Detailed maps of the region (scale 1cm = 1Km) • Iitinerary with distances, time & GPS bearing • A list of restaurants, shops, wine producers • Practical notes on "what to do and see".


visit provence at your own pace

2018 provence 8 & 15 day self-drive tours.

your itinerary at a glimpse

Spend the first day in Avignon to tour of the Popes Palace and discover the historical monuments and local museums. On day 2, we send you across the river Rhone at Villeneuve Les Avignon to visit the castle, the abbey and have the best view of the Pont d’Avignon. On day 3, drive to Carpentras, visit the villages nested in the Dentelles de Montmirail - Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas, Vacqueyras – and reach Vaison La Romaine. Orange, Uzes, Pont du Gard are on the agenda the next day. The day after, you will head to Tarascon and Nimes, the ancient Roman city. You will drive further south to Camargue to Aigues Mortes and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. On day 6, you are in Arles. No point of taking the car, the town has enough to offer: a rich history of more than 2000 years! On day 7, you will discover Saint Remy de Provence, the roman ruins of Glanum and the rocky fortress of Les Baux de Provence in the Alpilles Mountain. For your last day – day 8 - , you will drive through the Luberon, home of many politicians and artists. Stop at Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes and the Cistercian Senanque abbey. Discover Roussillon, a picturesque colored village perched on ochre cliffs, Lourmarin, the Silvacane abbey. Finish your tour in Avignon or Aix en Provence.



8 day full itinerary, click here
15 day full itinerary, click here.


  • Avignon

  • Aix-en-Provence

  • Arles

  • Avignon

  • Baux-de-Provence

  • Calanques - Cassis

  • Dentelles de Montmirail

  • Gordes

  • Marseille

  • Mont Ventoux

  • Orange

  • Senanque


Check Availability

NOTE: For your convenience, our prices include car rental. If you prefer to hire a car directly yourself, you are welcome to do so. Ask our consultant to quote the tour without the car.

Avignon - Luberon - Arles: 8 day.

Tour begins at Avignon and finishes in Avignon or Aix-en-Provence.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 750 Euros / person
accommodation in 2-star family-run hotels handpicked for you and very often listed in Tourist French guides as Red Michelin or Gault et Millau guides.

GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 1137 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel de l’Horloge 4* (website)
Day 3 – Vaison la Romaine – Le Beffroi (website)
Day 4 – Pont du Gard – La Bégude Saint Pierre 4* (website)
Day 5 & 6 - Arles - Le Calendal (website)
Day 7 – St Rémy de Provence – Hôtel du Soleil (website)

DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 2148 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel de l’Horloge 4* (website)
Day 3 – Rochegude – Château de Rochegude (website)
Day 4 – Pont du Gard – La Bégude Saint Pierre 4* (website)
Day 5 & 6- Arles - Le Jules César 5* (website)
Day 7 – St Rémy de Provence – Château Roussan (website)

PRESTIGE*****(4/5* Chateaux-Hotels): 2586 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel d’Europe 5* (website)
Day 3 – Rochegude – Château de Rochegude (website)
Day 4 – Pont du Gard – La Bégude Saint Pierre 4* (website)
Day 5 & 6 - Arles - L’Hôtel Particulier 5* (website)
Day 7 – St Rémy de Provence – Hôtel du Vallon de Valrugues 5* (website)


Avignon - Aix - Marseille. 15 day.

Tour begins at Avignon and finishes in Marseille.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 1485 Euros / person
accommodation in 2-star family-run hotels handpicked for you and very often listed in Tourist French guides as Red Michelin or Gault Millau guides

GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 2338 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel de l’Horloge 4* (website)
Day 3 & 4 –Vaison la Romaine – Le Beffroi (website) Day 5 – Orange - Lou Cigaloun (website)
Day 6 – Nîmes – L’Amphithéâtre (website)
Day 7- Arles - Arles - Le Calendal (website) Day 8 – St Rémy de Provence – Hôtel du Soleil (website)
Day 9 – Gordes – Le Mas des Romarins (website)
Day 10 –Lourmarin – Le Mas de Guilles (website)
Day 11 – Aix en Provence – Les Augustins (website)
Day 12 – Gémenos – Le Relais Magdelaine 4* (website)
Day 13 & 14 – Marseille - Escale Océania (website)

DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 4039 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel de l’Horloge 4* (website)
Day 3, 4 & 5 – Rochegude – Château de Rochegude (website)
Day 6 – Nîmes – Novotel Atria (website)
Day 7- Arles - Le Jules César 5* (website)
Day 8 – St Rémy de Provence – Château Roussan (website) Day 9 – Gordes – La Ferme de la Huppe (website)
Day 10 –Lourmarin – Le Moulin (http://www.moulindelourmarin.fr/en/)
Day 11 – Aix en Provence – Le Cézanne (website)
Day 12 – Gémenos – Le Relais Magdelaine 4* (website)
Day 13 & 14 – Marseille - La Résidence du Vieux Port (website)

PRESTIGE*****(4/5* Chateaux-Hotels): 5657 Euros / person
Day 1 & 2 – Avignon - Hôtel d’Europe 5* (website)
Day 3, 4 & 5 – Rochegude – Château de Rochegude (website)
Day 6 – Nîmes – Jardins Secrets 5* (website)
Day 7- Arles - L’Hôtel Particulier 5* (website)
Day 8 – St Rémy de Provence – Hôtel du Vallon de Valrugues 5* (website)
Day 9 – Joucas – Le Phébus 5* (website)
Day 10 – Bonnieux – La Bastide de Capelongue 4* (website)
Day 11 – Aix en Provence – Le Pigonnet 5* (website)
Day 12 – Gémenos – Le Relais Magdelaine 4* (website)
Day 13 & 14 – Marseille - Intercontinental Hôtel Dieu 5* (website)




self drive holiday in provence


8-day and 6-night self drive holiday
Self drive tour from avignon or Aix-en-provence

Day 1 : arrival at Avignon - Tour of the Popes city that harbors many monuments and museums, some are ranked among the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 2 : Visit of Villeneuve lez Avignon and Avignon - In the morning, transfer by taxi to Villeneuve on the other bank of the Rhone river for a tour of the city that was the residence of Popes, Cardinals and Prelates of the Pontifical court. You walk back to Avignon to better admire the Benezet bridge and will continue to visit Avignon and its quaint districts.

Day 3 : Carpentras, villages in Dentelles of Montmirail and Vaison la Romaine - Pick up of the rental car - You will tour the ancient town of Carpentras before starting a drive in the Dentelles of Montmirail to discover some wine producing villages (Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas, Vacqueyras…) and reach Vaison la Romaine with its Roman ruins and romantic medieval perched town.

Day 4 : Orange, Uzes and the Pont du Gard - Passing through vineyards, you will reach Orange and will visit the famous antic theatre, the Arc de Triomphe and some other monuments. Then, you will head to Uzes, a lovely medieval city. You will end this day by the discovery of the Pont du Gard, the tallest and the most beautiful aqueduct bridge in the Roman world.

Day 5 : The day starts with the tour of two medieval cities – Beaucaire and Tarascon- located of both sides of Rhone river before reaching Nîmes and discover some Roman monuments as the Maison Carrée or the arena. You will cross the Petite Camargue to reach the medieval city of Aigues Mortes, departure point of two Cruisades. You will continue to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, pleasant city on Mediterranee seaside before reaching Arles.

Day 6 : Visit of Arles - A rich history of more 2000 years, a huge inheritance of monuments. All the Roman and Romanesque buildings of Arles are listed as UNESCO world heritage.

Day 7 : Historic and religious sites in Alpilles mountains - You will visit the Montmajour abbey, cloister of which is dated back from the 12th century, the ruins of the acqueduct and flour mill of Barbegal, the only hydraulic Roman factory known in the world, the Alphonse Daudet’s windmill, the tiny and beautiful St Gabriel chapel, the rocky fortress of Les Baux de Provence and its medieval village. After crossing the Alpilles mountains, you will reach the ruins of Glanum, a former Roman commercial city and further, St Remy de Provence.

Day 8 : Luberon and abbeys - The first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse and its famous Sorgue river springs. Then, you head to Gordes and the Cistercian Senanque abbey. You will discover Roussillon, a picturesque colored village perched on ochre cliffs and Apt, typical Provencal city, Luberon capital. You’ll go to the Luberon mountains via the Roman Pont Julien (bridge) and along the Combe of Lourmarin (deep and narrow valley) to reach Lourmarin and Silvacane abbey, abandonned during the 15th century. End of the tour of Avignon or Aix en Provence.


self drive holiday - aix-en-provence - marseille


15 day & 14 night tour from avignon to marseille

Day 1 : arrival at Avignon - Tour of the Popes city that harbors many monuments and museums, some are ranked among the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 2 : Visit of Villeneuve lez Avignon and Avignon - In the morning, transfer by taxi to Villeneuve on the other bank of the Rhone river for a tour of the city that was the residence of Popes, Cardinals and Prelates of the Pontifical court. You walk back to Avignon to better admire the Benezet bridge and will continue to visit Avignon and its quaint districts.

Day 3 : Carpentras, wine-growing villages in Dentelles of Montmirail - Pick up of the rental car - You will tour the ancient town of Carpentras before starting a drive in the Dentelles of Montmirail to discover some wine producing villages (Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas, Vacqueyras…)

Day 4 : Mont Ventoux and perched villages in Dentelles - You will reach Malaucène and start the ascent of Mont Ventoux, Giant of Provence along the northern road. Breathtaking view from the top. You drive down along the southern road via picturesque villages as Bedoin to head to Dentelles de Montmirail. For a scenic tour in these white chalky mountains to discover some perched villages as Le Barroux, La Roque Alric, Suzette and Crestet.

Day 5 : Visit of Vaison la Romaine and Orange, two cities very prosperous in Roman times. Day 6 : Pont du Gard, Uzés and Nîmes - You will start this day by the discovery of the Pont du Gard, the tallest and the most beautiful aqueduct bridge in the Roman world. Then you will tour Uzés, a lovely medieval city before reaching Nîmes and discover some Roman monuments as the Maison Carrée or the famous arena.

Day 7 : Camargue and Arles – The Camargue is an immense flat era of seashore, marshlands and fields between the mediterranean sea and the two arms of the river Rhone delta with a fantastic flora and fauna. You will visit Aigues Mortes, a medieval fortified city in the middle of marshes and Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, well-known for gypsies pilgrims before reaching and touring Arles , a city of Art and History. All the Roman and Romanesque monuments of Arles are listed as UNESCO World heritage.

Day 8 : Alpilles discovery tour, Les Baux de Provence and Saint Remy de Provence - You will visit the Montmajour abbey, cloister of which is dated back from the 12th century, the ruins of the acqueduct and flour mill of Barbegal, the only hydraulic Roman factory known in the world, the Alphonse Daudet’s windmill, the tiny and beautiful St Gabriel chapel, the rocky fortress of Les Baux de Provence and its medieval village. After crossing the Alpilles mountains, you will reach the ruins of Glanum, a former Roman commercial city and further, St Remy de Provence.

Day 9 : Luberon and ochre’s villages - The first stop will be Fontaine de Vaucluse and its famous Sorgue river springs. Then, you head to Gordes and the Cistercian Senanque abbey. You will discover Roussillon, a picturesque colored village perched on ochre cliffs and and later, will have a stroll through the Colorado de Rustrel, a vast quarry site where ochre was once extracted.

Day 10 : Perched villages in Luberon- You head to Petit Luberon mountain via Pont Julien, a bridge built by Romans on the via Domitia linking once Italy to Spain, to discover some old perched villages as Maubec, Oppede le Vieux, Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux before reaching and visiting Cucuron, Vaugines and Lourmarin, on the othe side of mountain.

Day 11 : Silvacane abbey and Aix en Provence – You will cross the Durance river to visit the austere but beautiful the Silvacane Romanesque abbey. you will head to Aix en Provence, ancient capital of Provence region where you will discover its architectural and cultural heritage by walking around the old Roman town and the quarters built in Middle-Ages or Renaissance.

Day 12 : tour in the Sainte Baume and Sainte Victoire mountains, two sacred Provence mountains – you will discover some beautiful places as the basilica of Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume, picturesque villages of Trets, Sainte Zacharie and Gemenos.

Day 13 : Cassis and Calanques – To day you will reach the Mediterranean sea and will discover a tiny jewel, Cassis before taking a boat for a Calanques discovery tour. Then you will continue your driving tour via the amazing Soubeyranes cliffs to Marseille. Return of the car.

Day 14 : Discovery tour of Marseille and its monuments or you can spend this day on the Frioul islands at only 20 minutes by boat from Le Vieux Port.

Day 15 : Marseille, end of the tour in late morning.


bon voyage !


ALSACE - CHAMPAGNE - LOIRE VALLEY - DORDOGNE - PROVENCE