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Provence and Lavender tour

Provence and Lavender tour

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What can be more ubiquitously Provençal than lavender?
A sea of fragrant purple flowers carpeting the rolling hills and extending into the horizon. It’s the stuff dreams and postcards are made of, and your chance to check it off the top of your bucket-list.

We’ll begin in the town of Vaison la Romaine, France’s largest Roman archeological site.   From here – not quite high enough in altitude for lavender – we’ll stroll through some of the most famous vines in Provence, around the village of Gigondas. A free day In Vaison will allow you to explore the great & famous Tuesday-morning market, one of the best in Provence, and perhaps check out the impressive Roman ruins.

And then we head into the lavender, on the plateaus east of Mont Ventoux, where we meander to Sault through the heavenly rows of flowers in bloom and find an idyllic picnic spot to enjoy some Provençal specialties. We visit a working family-run lavender distillery before reaching the village of Gréoux les Bains. Around the village of Valensole we enjoy a 100% lavender walk through the stunning fields.

Our holiday ends in Aix en Provence, a beautiful city with its wide, tree-lined boulevards and stunning architecture. You will enjoy on your last day its great & famous Saturday market

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  • Lavender as far as the eyes can see, in peak blooming period 
  • The medieval Vaison la Romaine, its Roman ruins and medieval village
  • The great markets of Vaison & Aix en Provence
  • The majestic "Dentelles de Montmirail" mountains
  • Beautiful Aix en Provence : town of art & culture
  • 1 wine tasting in the village of Gigondas 
  • Gourmet Provençal picnic in the lavender fields
  • 1 delicious apéritif & dinner included on the 1st day
  • Small groups : a maximum of 8 participants

Day 1

Vaison la Romaine

mont ventoux village

  • Our journey begins in Vaison la Romaine, three towns in one: Roman Vaison, its ruins discovered a century ago, sprawled out in the plains, France’s largest Roman archeological site. Medieval Vaison, perched up on a rocky crag, centuries-old majestic stone buildings separated by cobbled streets, all intact, made complete by the ruins of its 12th century castle. And new Vaison, centered around its open square, bustling with cafés and restaurants, and housing one of Provence’s best weekly markets. Our hotel sits just above the main square, a perfect base from which to explore the town. 

  • 6PM : The group meets the guide at the hotel. 
    Together you stroll through the streets to get your bearings, have a drink, enjoy dinner together (included) and go over the week’s itinerary.  

  • Aperitif + dinner included. Night in Vaison

  • Access : Vaison is accessible via a regular bus line from Avignon or Orange stations(closer). We can also organise a taxi transfer: contact us

Day 2

    • Distance :
    • 11 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300 m
      - 300 m

Gigondas and its Wines

provence vineyards

  • WALK : Gigondas > Dentelles > Gigondas (3h30, 7 miles)
  • A short transfer takes us to the village of Gigondas, world-renowned for its red wines. We stroll through the village streets, leading up to the imposing church, from where the entire Rhône valley is in view: the world’s second largest vineyard. From the village we climb up farming tracks through the gnarled vines: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, digging their ancient roots in the chalky soils. As the slopes get steeper the vineyards are carved into improbable terraces at the foot of steep cliffs, while Provence’s highest mountain – Mont Ventoux – paints the backdrop.  The scene is majestic.


    Our walk takes us up to the Dentelles de Montmirail: a chain of awe-inspiring and sheer limestone cliffs that soar high above the rows of vines. We follow farming tracks laced at the foot of these cliffs, between vines and mountains, with panoramic views along the way. Back in Gigondas we enjoy a wine-tasting before returning to Vaison for a second night.

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own, with plenty of options in town. Night in Vaison

  • Activities: Wine tasting in Gigondas

Day 3

Free day & market day in medieval Vaison !

market of provence

  • Today is a FREE day for you to explore some of the gems of Roman Vaison. And it’s Tuesday: market day ! One of the best markets in Provence, the entire town is filled all morning with colorful and fragrant stalls. You could spend hours meandering through the market!

    You have the freedom to arrange your day as you want  : It’s a free day in Vaison, and there’s so much to do and see !

    - The Roman ruins in Vaison are also worth a visit, as is the medieval village perched atop the hill. You can go for a guided visit
    - If you are interested, we can also help organize a visit or walk to the summit of Mont Ventoux, Provence’s highest mountain, from where a view of the entire chain of Alps is waiting for you!
    If you’re adventurous you may choose to rent bikes ( or e-bikes) and discover the genuine countryside and villages around Vaison

    • Dinner and lunch on your own, night in Vaison.

Day 4

    • Distance :
    • 9 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150 m
      - 150 m

The Lavender fields on the Ventoux platau

lavender tour in provence

  • WALK : Aurel > Lavender fields > Aurel ( 3h, 5.5 miles) 

  • We leave our base in Vaison la Romaine and head eastward, through the remote Toulourenc Valley, on the northern slope of the imposing Mont Ventoux. We pass the village of Brantes, just a handful of homes perched up on a hill, facing Ventoux, the giant of Provence.

    Rounding the eastern edge of the mountain we reach the sleepy village of Aurel, lost in a sea of lavender. It’s a common misconception: most people think of Provence and lavender together, yet lavender only grows up on the plateaus. And so here we are: endless rows of fragrant purple flowers, with Provence’s highest mountain as a backdrop.

    We stroll through the lavender fields, learn all there is to know about this special flower, and visit a family run lavender distillery. We drop by by the charling village of Sault, before our day ends in the village of Gréoux les Bains, east of the famed Luberon mountains. 
  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own. Night in Greoux
  • Activities: Visit of a lavender distillery

Day 5

    • Distance :
    • 11 km
    • Elevation :
    • + 150 m
      - 150 m

The famous rolling lavender fields of Valensole

valensole lavender

  • WALK : Valensole > lavender fields > Valensole ( 3h30, 7 miles)
  • A short transfer will take us to the sleepy village of Valensole, Provence’s lavender capital. Here is where the never-ending sea of lavender rolls out into the horizon. Here is where all the postcards of lavender are made. Beginning our walk in Valensole – graced by the intense Provençal sun over 300 days a year – the fine scent of lavender will follow us on tracks through the vast fields of intense purple.


    Lavender not only smells and looks good: it has proven medicinal qualities! From the Latin lavare, the Romans used it to perfume their baths; its aroma is a calming agent while its essential oils work as a strong antiseptic.

    Our cameras will be firing non-stop through the idyllic fields, while we find the perfect setting for a gourmet Provençal picnic. And where we can lay our heads under our backpacks, under the shade of an almond tree, listening to the cicadas sing us into a sieste, accompanied by some lavender aromatherapy… does it get any better? We return to Gréoux for a second night.

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own. Night in Greoux

Day 6

    • Distance :
    • 7km
    • Elevation :
    • + 300m
      - 300m

From genuine Provence to beautiful Aix en Provence

tours from aix en provence

  • WALK : Low Verdon loop ( 2h30, 4 miles)
  • After an early breakfast, we embark on a picturesque walk in the local countryside around Gréoux, set in the Gorges du Verdon area. After a leisurely picnic lunch we head to the majestic town of Aix en Provence, where you will bid au-revoir to your trusty guide.  

    You have the afternoon to discover this beautiful city.  Your hotel in Aix en Provence is set in the very heart of town, a perfect base from which to explore its treasures..

  • Picnic included. Dinner is on your own. Night in Aix en Provence.

Day 7

Au Revoir Provence!

market of provence

  • Today is a FREE day for you to explore Aix en Provence. .. and it’s Saturday: market day !

    The Cours Mirabeau, a boulevard lined with age-old plane trees, is adorned with magnificent and centuries-old fountains; on one side of the boulevard are bustling cafés, frequented by Cézanne and Picasso, amongst others (if you’re looking for the quintessential French café experience, look no further); and on the other side elegant hôtels particuliers, former masions now housing shops and bakeries.

    Visit the town’s cathedral, a jewel of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with its baptismal pool dating from the 6th century!  The town has several weekly markets and many other monuments to visit. Dinner is not included in Aix but there are many to choose from.

  • Your walking tour ends after breakfast.

  • How about continuing your travels in Provence along the French Riviera?

GUIDED TRIP - The rates and supplements are per person and subject to availability

Go to the TRIP INFO section:
- to check the minimum of person BASIS of this trip
- to check the single room ( 1 pers. ) supplement

Dates Sup. Status
From Sun Jun 24 2018
to Sat Jun 30 2018
Available

For a single room ( 1 pers. ) a single supplement will be charged.
> Refer to our TRIP INFO section

  • Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Hotel Le Burrhus - Vaison

    Set in the main square of Vaison la Romaine with a quaint terrace overlooking the town.

    The owners have a penchant for modern art: the hotel and its rooms are used as a gallery, showcasing art and regularly hosting new exhibits.

    Simple but comfortable rooms and an exceptionally warm welcome!

  • Hotel des Alpes -  Greoux

    Hotel des Alpes - Greoux

    A charming little hotel - family-run - in th heart of the lovely village of Greoux. Greoux is a typical villag of Provence, ideally located between the famous rolling lavender fields of Valensole and the entrance to the Verdon Gorges.

    You will feel home -- just like a local --  and will surely enjoy the warm welcome, the terrace and the heated swimming pool.

Guided trip rates

  • The rates are per person (shared room)
  • You can book this guided trip as from 1 person
  • Guaranteed departure from 4 participants
  • Small group of maximum 8  persons
  • On our guided trips, you may have the opportunity to meet & travel in Provence with international travellers

INCLUDED

  • 6 nights double occupancy with private facilities
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 gourmet Provençal picnic lunches
  • 1 aperitif + 1 dinner
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 1 lavender distillery visit
  • All food experiences listed in the program 
  • All transfers carried out by minivans, and driven by your guide(s)
  • A professionnal day-time guide for your 4 walks
    (your guide will also attend dinner on day 1 to go over the week's itinerary)

NOT INCLUDED

  • All lunches & dinners not noted-included in your itinerary
  • Entrance fees into museums (not included in the itinerary)
  • insurance,
  • drinks, items of personal nature
  • SINGLE supplement: 330€ 
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