The hidden secrets of France


The Provence



Our tours in the Provence take place in particular in the Alpilles, Luberon, Monts du Vaucluses, Montmirail and Mont Ventoux areas.

This is Provence at its most picturesque.

The villages are graded by the French as some of the nicest of France and they are surrounded by some of France's nicest countryside. Colorful villages are outlined by surrounding lavender fields and vineyards, and in some areas, the whole thing is contrasted by the pure white of the limestone cliffs.

The villages spring to life on market days and people here love to spend some time at a café terrace in order to savor some local drink or eat some delicious Provencal dish

Van Gogh's bedroom in Arles

Provence has inspired numerous artists, like Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, Daudet.

Van Gogh lived in Arles and Saint Remy from 1888 and 1890 and Van Gogh's was very creative during this stay, painting numerous local scenes. He painted all sort of local scenes.

In 1888, Van Gogh's friend, the artist Gauguin came to stay with him. But .their different temperaments led to a quarrel, after which van Gogh, overcame with despair, cut off part of his left ear. In May 1889, because of his madness he voluntarily entered an asylum in St-Remy de Provence where he stayed for a year. In 1890, while staying north of Paris (in Auvers-sur-Oise), Van Gogh was in despair and conscious that his madness was incurable : he killed himself.


Provence is in southern east of France and benefits from a pleasant Mediterranean climate : it is dry and sunny for much of the year even so some days can be very windy because of the mistral wind.



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