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Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

1. Nice: Gorges of Verdon and Fields of Lavender Tour

Discover France’s most scenic landscapes on a full-day trip to Castellane, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and the Verdon Gorge from Nice. See the iconic Lavender Fields and learn about these picturesque locations from your guide. Be picked up from your hotel or home address in Nice. Depart with your driver to the hills of your countryside destination. Cross the "gorge of the wolf", complete with its 40-meter-high waterfall, before stopping at Castellane. Whilst traveling along the Verdon (named for its astonishing turquoise green color), enjoy spectacular views of the 700-meter-deep canyon. Afterward, move on to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, nestled under a rocky cliff and surrounded by mountains from all sides. Known for its rich history in ceramic craftsmanship, you will have free time here to explore Moustiers at your leisure. Discover the earthenware in the stores, and buy souvenirs before lunch in one of the terrace cafes. Photograph the world-famous lavender platters, or enjoy the lake of St. Croix, an artificial treasure of clear water that is one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence. Then, marvel at the endless lavender fields at the foot of the Alps and stop to take unique and memorable pictures with this impressive backdrop. Stop to smell the light and enchanting lavender aroma surrounding you as you do. After enjoying your trip, return to your vehicle at which point you will be driven back to your point of origin in Nice. Nb: Lavender season runs from approximately mid-June to mid-August.

Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Fields Visit

2. Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Fields Visit

Come and have an encounter with Provence! We welcome you as if you were our guests and in this sense we really want your Terre Ugo experience to be a parenthesis of discovery and rest, in the heart of our 3 hectares lavender field. Our family estate opens its doors every day from June 1st to August 31st. As soon as you arrive, you will be lulled by the sound of cicadas and the sweet smell of lavender. We will share with you the family history of the domain and we will explain to you the particularity of this flower so emblematic of the South of France. You will then be free to visit the lavender field. Chiliennes are at your disposal to relax under the Provencal sun. We also have very pleasant shaded areas. A small restaurant is available every day from 12:00 to 14:30 with regional, fresh and seasonal products. - 12 years old - Free of charge - Free visit

From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

3. From Avignon: Afternoon Wine Tour Châteauneuf du Pape

Between the Alps and the Rhone River, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing from Avignon, you will enjoy a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Stop at the ruins of the castle which was the summer residence of the Pope during the 14th century. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy two wine-tastings in two of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

4. From Avignon: Half-Day Great Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine country of 3 Grand Crus on this 5-hour guided tour in the Côtes du Rhône. The highlights of this renowned wine region include Gigondas, Seguret, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose wines carry the certification of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). During your tour you’ll have a chance to admire the beauty of vineyards and the small regional villages dominated by bell towers. You’ll be at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and in this lovely landscape you’ll learn about wine production and grape varieties. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some fine wines with a wine specialist. The specialist’s expert knowledge will help make your tasting session a unique and memorable experience.

From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

5. From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day shared group or private tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Nice and admire the famous Promenade des Anglais as you depart the city. With your guide, travel first to Castellane, a quintessentially-French, cultural village at the gates of the famous Verdon Gorge, and classified as a "city of character". Visit its ancient ramparts, and three listed monuments, including St. Victor's Church, the Clock Tower, and the Pentagonal Tower. Continue to the charming village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and part of the phenomenal Verdon Natural Regional Park. From here, make sure to snap pictures of the idyllic Provence setting complete with lavender fields, panoramic views of the surrounding rocky mountains, and the blue waters of the Lake of Sainte-Croix, the third largest lake in France. Finally, return to your accommodation in Nice after a full day of memorable sightseeing.

From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

6. From Avignon: Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Provence during this guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy the town of Fontaine de Vaucluse and stop in the lavender fields for photos. Go for a walk in St-Rémy-de-Provence and take in the views from Pont du Gard.  Be picked up from a meeting point in Avignon and board a comfortable and air-conditioned van for the scenic drive to Fontaine de Vaucluse. Take in the relaxing atmosphere in this town that is next to a spring at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains. Admire the Provençal landscapes in of Luberon and have a chance to have a photo stop in lavender fields in summer (from June 15th to July 31st). Head over to Gordes which is listed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France." Walk in the red streets of Roussillon and marvel at panoramic views of the Alpilles in Baux-de-Provence. Take a stroll through the beautiful city of St-Rémy-de-Provence. Stop at the ancient Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard before returning to your meeting point. 

From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Day Trip to Valensole

7. From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Day Trip to Valensole

Drive through the valley of the Durance River and discover the Plateau of Valensole specializing in the cultivation of lavandin, where small roads wind through the fields of flowers. Many stops will be included by the fields in bloom. Stop at a farmer/ producer's place with lavender and lavandin essential oils, olive oil and lavender honey. Stop in the perched village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, so famous for its earthen ware workshops (free time for visit and lunch not included). In the afternoon, continue to the breathtaking opening of the Canyon of the River Verdon. Stop in the lavender fields for a photo. Have free time in the picturesque village of Sainte Croix du Verdon by Sainte Croix Lake, and possibly swim or sunbathe before going back to Aix-en-Provence.

From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

8. From Avignon: Best of Luberon in an Afternoon

Spend an afternoon discovering the Luberon region's most charming villages. Depart from Avignon in an air-conditioned minibus and explore the picturesque villages of Lacoste, Roussillon, and Gordes. From the meeting point in Avignon, set off to the village of Lacoste, once the residence of the Marquis de Sade, for a photo stop. Your tour guide will show you the must-see landscape of Luberon. On the way to Roussillon, take a look at the Roman bridge Pont Julien, one of the numerous Roman remains in Provence. Arrive in Roussillon and admire how the village is built at the top of an ochre cliff, as well as the ochre-washed façades of its buildings. Next, head toward Gordes, another village erected on the top of a cliff, and discover its fortified castle and church. See the village's typical houses, built from the rock on which they stand, before returning to Avignon.

From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Half Day Morning Tour

9. From Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Half Day Morning Tour

Depart from Aix-en-Provence, drive along the scenic roads winding across the fields of flowers. Arrive on the wide Plateau of Valensole with its 800 square meters plateau, it specializes in the cultivation of lavandin, a hybrid lavender plant as well as cereals. It's nicknamed 'The Granary of the Region.' You will have many photo stops by the lavender fields in bloom and enjoy the breathtaking sights and scents. Stop at a farmer/ producer's place and learn everything about the cultivation, distillation and the properties of pure lavender and lavandin.  Have an opportunity to purchase pure lavender and lavandin essential oils, olive oil and lavender honey directly from them.

From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

10. From Avignon: Morning Wine Tour to Châteauneuf du Pape

Between the Alps and the Rhone River, Provence is a rich tapestry of natural and manmade wonders. On this tour departing from Avignon, you will enjoy a trip to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Stop at the ruins of the castle which was the summer residence of the Pope during the 14th century. Then drive to the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one of the world’s most popular wines. Discover the different grape varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, which give distinctly fruity and spicy wines. The 13 varieties of grapes combined with the various soils create a large palette of complex red wines and elegant white wines. Enjoy two wine-tastings in two of the numerous cellars of the village before going back to Avignon.

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David was an excellent guide! He was super nice and went above and beyond to give us an unforgettable experience. The day was perfect and we would go on another trip with him anytime!

It was a beautiful day ! Loved seeing all the towns/villages. Lucy- the Tour guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Perfect day trip!

Our guide was very friendly and well spoken. We enjoyed our time and experience along the food tour.

Our Provence tour was fantastic! Our tour guide, Fred, was awesome!! Highly recommend

It was a lovely day. The lunch was amazing. The last two wineries were spectacular.