Yacht-lined harbors, quaint cobbled streets and rich cuisine; the South of France certainly has a lot to offer for a traveler.  It’s unparalleled beauty had my jaw dropped at every town and my camera endlessly clicking. It was a photographers dream destination. Some of the stops to these cities were done while on the Portraits of Southern France Viking River Cruise and others we visiting while on a road trip (where I drove a very cool black Citroën) from Lyon to Nice.

Lyon

As Florence is to Rome, Lyon is to Paris — a slightly smaller, yet charming version of its larger counterpart. For me, it was a city I wish I could have spent more time exploring, photographing and eating in.

Bridge in Lyon South of France

Flowers in Lyon South of France

Meringue in Lyon South of France

Lyon South of France

Children at the Amphitheater in Lyon South of France

Bistro in Lyon South of France

Postcards for Sale in Lyon South of France

Les Baux

Les Baux-de-Provence is a picturesque city that has been labeled as one of the most beautiful villages in France. This stone fortress will impress with architectural treasures, quaint shops and stunning look-out points.

Nougat in Les Baux South of France

Les Baux South of France

Perouges

Perouges is a medieval walled town located northeast of Lyon. It is perched on a small hill that overlooking the Rhône plain.

Perouges South of France

Annette White in Perouges South of France

Arles

It was hard not to be enchanted by the narrow and winding streets of Arles. Another stop with Viking River Cruises where the Roman and Romanesque Monuments are recognized by UNESCO.

Streets of Arles in the South of France

A bicycle in Arles, South of France

Avignon

Set on the Rhone river, Avignon is known as the city of popes. It is home to the UNESCO Palais des Papes, a historical medieval palace.

Avignon in the South of France

Avignon in the South of France

Avignon Bistro, South of France

Avignon Carousel in South of France

Marseille

Marseille is the second most populated city of France and the harbor is absolutely stunning with its overflow of beautiful boats.

Harbor in Marseille South of France

Saint Remy

Nestled in the hills of Les Alpilles, in the heart of Provence, you’ll find the charming village of Saint Rémy. It is known as the “must see” city in the South of France and for good reason. It is truly charming with its inviting bistros, shuttered windows and tunnel of trees.

Saint Remy South of France

Saint Remy South of France

Saint Remy South of France

Tournon

This quaint commune in the Ardèche department in southern France was another amazing stop with Viking River Cruises. It is a lovely place to use as a base for exploring the nearby wine region.

Tournon South of France

Tournon South of France

Which is your favorite South of France photo?

. . . Read More . . .

Bucket List Itinerary: 12 Hours in Lyon, France
See the Carrières de Lumières Art Show in the South of France
Take a Christmas Market Cruise Along the Rhine River
Attend Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
Learn the Art of Making French Macarons in Paris
Get Spooked at the Catacombs in Paris