Above: The top of Gourdon overlooking the villages very far below.
I visited the Provence area with some girlfriends on our trip to Nice. There were a few Viator tours available for the Provence region and one which had amazing reviews. About 240 of them to be exact (although that number could be way off by now). It's called the Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip and everyone wrote about how it was the highlight of their trip and one of the best tours they've ever been on. I booked it and am so glad we went on the tour!
We were greeted by a large van which held 8 of us total (including the driver) on the morning of the tour. As written he drove right up to our hotel which made things so easy for us. We visited a lot on our day trip but never felt rushed at all. Our guide took us through Cannes where highlights included the site of the famous film festival, then on to Grasse for a perfumery tour, Gourdon (a beautiful medieval village), a small town with a confectionary tour, and Saint-Paul de Vence which was another stunning medieval village famous for it's winding streets and artists.
Above: Another shot from the village of Gourdon. The views were stunning up here.
Below is Saint-Paul de Vence, one of the most beautiful villages I've ever seen.
We started our trip with a visit to Cannes. Our driver was such a nice guy and quite funny as well. We stopped first at the site of the famous film festival that's held annually then went up a winding hill to a church overlooking the city. Needless to say it was a very rich area filled with many designer shops.
Next we were off to the perfumerie tour in Grasse. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this part of the trip as much as I did. The lady providing the tour was excellent and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about perfumes and how everything is made and now have a much bigger appreciation for the process! The name of the perfumerie is Fragonard. If you want to check out their products you can click here.
Then we were off to the part of the trip I was most looking forward to; Gourdon. I had seen many photos on Pinterest (and pinned many!) with images of a medieval village overlooking a huge valley below so I couldn't wait to get my own shot of the area. The drive up to the area wound around the steep cliffs, and if you get car sick easily this trip is not for you! You've been warned. My expectations were not only met but far exceeded. The air was crisp and clean and everything seemed magical from high above. We ate a fabulous lunch once we got there and then wandered the streets for a bit afterward. There were many tourist shops filled with cute items and trinkets for sale. I think I took about a million photos of the viewpoint but it was so stunning and beautiful I couldn't help myself. You can tell by the photos below!
Sad as I was to leave, I was excited to see what else we were doing on the trip. Honestly this was the highlight for me so anything afterward would just be extra. Well I was happily surprised that our trip was far from over. We headed back down the cliffs and stopped next at a confectionary for a quick tour. Many of the candies were made from flower petals. There was even Rose jam!
Warning: you may get hungry after seeing these photos!
After trying many many samples of their delectable candies and soaked fruits, we headed off to another medieval village. Saint-Paul de Vence was another amazing town and one I hadn't looked into before we left so I was more than pleasantly surprised. We had about an hour to wander the streets, check out the art, and do a bit of shopping.
Overall it was an amazing trip and one of the best tours I've personally ever been on. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
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