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Discover Provence Tours with Locals

It must have been a bit of a letdown for Sarah Pernet, the founder of Discover Provence, to meet with travel guru Rick Steves one week and myself the next. It is obvious why Discover Provence (established 2012) is on Mr Steves’ radar, this young company has achieved the number one rating on Trip Advisor for activities in Aix-en-Provence.

Sarah is a geophysicist by training; she met her French husband while working for Shell in Norway. The couple ended up in Aix-en-Provence in 2001 after stops in Paris and Brussels. Moving south and away from big city life Sarah and her husband chose to buy a country house near Aix-en-Provence. They renovated a small seasonal rental cottage on the grounds and enjoyed the company of visitors from around the world.Discover Provence Traditions @AboutProvence

Small groups!

The vision for Discover Provence came together after Sarah had helped countless renters with touring ideas during their visits to the region. Sarah is adamant that quality content, friendly guides (embedded in local society) and small groups (maximum six people) are the key elements to differentiating her company’s tours. In Sarah’s words,

“ Our guides are able to offer the ‘insiders’ view to our clients. As groups are small, we can go ‘off track’ and take clients to less touristy sites to experience a true ‘feel’ of Provence.”

No bus coach tours!

The team at Discover Provence is fully bilingual and has lived a minimum of 23 years in and around Aix–en-Provence. These are folks who have had to juggle their kids and the French school system, driver’s licenses and car registration, resident’s cards and the at times incomprehensible store opening hours. Discover Provence guides have a “native” understanding of Provencal life.Discover Provence History @AboutProvence

Tour with locals!

Discover Provence has 12 different guided day tours (all in English), and each one is customizable for private groups. The most popular tours are Cassis, Luberon villages, Wine (Chateauneuf-du-Pape), the 3-Day Tour Package and the Walking tour of Aix.

Perfectly Provence bonus!

Discover Provence – Custom Guided Day Tours of Provence in English

Tel: +33 (0) 6 16 86 40 24

(* NOTE: This offer does not include the wine tours)

Image credits: all photos were provided by and published with the permission of Discover Provence Ltd.


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    Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

    With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

    While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

    Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


    1. June 27, 2015 at 7:27 am — Reply

      Hi Carolyne -Thanks for the tip. I accompany small groups ( 6 guests max) to Provence for cooking/wine tasting/cultural adventures and I am always looking for good 1-day guided tours..especially in Aix!

      • June 27, 2015 at 8:39 am — Reply

        Hi Martine: Glad to be able to help. I know of some others as well send me an email if you want. Your trips sound lovely.

    2. Elisabeth shields
      June 29, 2015 at 9:12 pm — Reply

      Hello Carolyn
      just came upon your lovely website…You might be able to help me???I am searching for a wholesaler in provence selling french souvenirs, but not food..I will be in the alpilles area and chateau neuf du pape for 2 weeks, travelling from Melbourne Australia…It,s very hard online to find anything concrete or mildly interesting???My hope is to sell some specialites provencales in my own shop from home…that,s why I am looking for grossistes, instead of retailers!!!I am french born from the loire valley, but lived in Melbourne for 39 years…I love Provence, and miss it, come back every year for a visit….Thanks for the read…Elisabeth

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