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South of France Tours, Travel & Activities

The South of France includes the regions of Languedoc-Roussilon, Provence and the Cote D'Azur, and Corsica. The South is the most popular vacation spot in France, and the stunning sun, sand, and atmosphere of the Riviera draws millions of visitors each year to the beach resorts, while Corsica maintains a quaint charm and natural beauty in abundance.

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• Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence Tours, Travel & Activities

The polished jewel in Provence's crown, Aix-en-Provence is elegant, historical and beautiful, making it the place to go to experience the French joie de vivre. Founded by the Romans, the town not only has history dating back to 1st century BC, but it boasts artistic heritage, too. Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was a local, and the town treasures the legacy he left behind…

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• Avignon

Avignon Tours, Travel & Activities

With its world-famous performing arts festival, Europe's largest Gothic palace, outstanding Côtes du Rhône wine, a nursery rhyme bridge and a historic walled city -- a pocket of which falls under UNESCO World Heritage protection -- it is understandable why wealthy Avignon comes across as smugger than smug. The city has it all: historic treasures, a clutch of interesting museums, great dining and a cutting-edge bar and cafe scene …

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• Cannes

Cannes Tours, Travel & Activities

Cannes' reputation as a glamorous resort for the beautiful people is well-deserved. With the harbor, the bay, the beachside promenade, the beaches and the people sunning themselves, Cannes provides more than enough natural beauty to make at least a day trip here worth the effort. It's especially popular at the end of May, when film stars and photographers descend on the town to attend the International Film Festival. But during the rest of the year, the sleepy former fishing village is all about leisure …

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• French Riviera

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The French Riviera is a legend in its own time. Renoirs, Matisses and Picassos in and around Nice, Cannes and St-Tropez lure tourists by the millions - as does Grace Kelly's Monaco, the chestnut-studded Massif des Maures, the rocky-red Estérel and Alpine foothills that plummet precipitously into the Med east of Nice. Cats on leads, dogs in handbags and prima donnas dusting sand from toes with shaving brushes are madcap sights to savor on this frenetic coastal strip …

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• Marseille

Marseille Tours, Travel & Activities

In parts very African, in others distinctly Middle Eastern but in its entirety unmistakably French, the cosmopolitan port of Marseille (spelt Marseilles in English but pronounced the same) is a brusque, bustling place with bags of character. There's the pretty old port, the gritty (and often stinking) back streets, lively markets with the atmosphere of a Moroccan souk, heavenly harbourside restaurants and an increasingly buzzing nightlife. …

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• Nice

Nice Tours, Travel & Activities

Nice, the capital of the Cote d'Azur, is not 'nice' - what an insult! Nice is a sparky, sexy city, with a gritty underside that keeps it grounded. If Nice were a person, it would wear designer cocktail dresses with old army boots, cause lots of trouble and be livid about that insipid adjective. Nice's beaches are pebbly. On the other hand there are a lot of them, and most are free, warm and clean as a whistle. The city itself is brash and bold and enormously popular …

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• Provence

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First-time visitors may be as captivated by the beauty of this ruggedly lovely chunk of France as the painter Van Gogh was when he arrived from a gloomy Paris in 1888. 'What intensity of colors, what pure air, what vibrant serenity,' he wrote. 'Nature here is extraordinarily beautiful, everything and everywhere.' He wasn't wrong. That colorful intensity in land, sea and sky is brought out by the glorious, almost-year-round southern sun …

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The South of France includes the regions of Languedoc-Roussilon, Provence and the Cote D'Azur, and Corsica. The South is the most popular vacation spot in France, and the sun, sand, and atmosphere of the Riviera draws millions of visitors each year to the beach resorts, while Corsica maintains a quaint charm and natural beauty in abundance …

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The coastline of the French Riviera was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales …

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