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From Avignon: Lavender Tour to Sault

1. From Avignon: Lavender Tour to Sault

Enjoy this half-day excursion dedicated to the blue gold of Provence, lavender. Drive north of Avignon in the direction of the highest mountain in Provence, Le Mont Ventoux! Then head in the direction of the village of Sault, the capital of lavender. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the lavender fields in bloom. Take some free time in Sault to wander the area, and experience shopping in lavender shops. Take the opportunity to taste local specialties such as the nougat produced in the village with lavender, honey, and almonds. Stop by a lavender producer during the distillation period to learn about all the process, and discover how to use the essential oil of lavender. During your tour, make the most of the varied photo stops around Sault, and in picturesque lavender fields.

From Avignon: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

2. From Avignon: Wild Landscapes of the Camargue

Travel in a comfortable minivan through the wild landscapes of Camargue, listening to your guide's insightful commentary while looking out for flamingos, black bulls, and wild horses. See the local salt marshes and rice fields before visiting Pont de Gau's Ornithological Park, which hosts several species of birds including pink flamingoes all year round. Then, drive to Saintes-Maries-De-La-Mer, which is an important pilgrimage destination for traveller communities. Afterwards, you can opt for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea or a stroll along the lively streets of the village and a visit to its fortified church. You will have some free time for lunch there. Finally, visit Aigues Mortes and travel back to the Middle Ages in this wonderful fortified town, surrounded by warmly colored salt pans.

Ocean of Lavender in Valensole

3. Ocean of Lavender in Valensole

Discover and enjoy the sights of one of the most beautiful and unique scenes in Provence: the ocean of lavender! You'll see the endless fields of lavender in Valensole, surrounded by the golden colors of sunflower and wheat. Walking among the blue palette and diving into the lavender scents, you can enjoy a peaceful moment under the Provencal sunshine.  You will also stop and visit the beautiful Moustiers Sainte Marie village. Located in Haute Provence, this village is titled Un Des Plus Beaux Village de France (one of The Most Beautiful Villages in France). Moustiers has a rich history in ceramic craftsmanship and the faïence is renowned for its fine decoration. On the back way, you make a short stop at the L'Occitane factory to learn about how this small workshop became a worldwide cosmetic factory. 

From Avignon: Half-Day Camargue and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

4. From Avignon: Half-Day Camargue and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Depart Avignon and embark on a half-day tour of the beautiful wetlands and other landscapes of the Camargue by air-conditioned minivan. See wild horses and different bird species in their natural habitat, and learn more about the region from your driver/guide. Hear all about the local culture of the Roma people and get the chance to have your fortune read. Pass the historic city of Arles and see the wild horses and bulls unique to the region roaming freely as you make your way to the coastal town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Get some free time to explore the town center and soak up its charms. Use the time to look inside the Romanesque fortress-church and follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who gather yearly for a religious festival in honor of Saint Sarah.

From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

5. From Avignon: Half-Day Baux de Provence and Luberon Tour

Explore the Alpilles and Luberon regional parks in this half-day trip from Avignon. Focusing on a fusion of cultural heritage and natural beauty, you'll discover your own mini "year in Provence" within the space of a mere few hours with these twin attractions. Admire the panoramic view of the Alpilles from the hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence. Visit the Luberon and its precariously perched villages, along with Gordes, listed among "the most beautiful villages in France". Lest we forget Roussillon with its red houses and ochre textures. Final stop will be a fab photo opp at famous Senanque Abbey.

From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

6. From Avignon: Half-Day Hilltop Villages of Luberon

Visit the French regional national park of the Luberon and the typical Provençal villages perched atop cliffs that Peter Mayle described so well in his popular books about life in Provence. Your driver/guide is experienced and knowledgeable and will help ensure that this half-day tour is a memorable one! Wander along the narrow streets of Gordes, admire the ochre-red façades of Roussillon and stop to see the magnificent Abbey of Sénanque, surrounded with lavender fields in bloom during the summer (15 June to 15 August). On the tour you’ll make stops in Ménerbes and Lacoste to admire these typical Provençal villages as well.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Highly recommended! Pink flamingos, Camargue horses in the wild and characteristic bulls of the place already make the tour noteworthy for those who love nature and discover new landscapes. St Marie della Mer is the stop where you can enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean Sea (beautiful water). Agues Mortes, with its walkable walls and tower of intense human significance, is the perfect ending. And last but not least a phenomenal guide! Veronica is the guide that everyone dreams of: passionate, super nice, very helpful, punctual, organized, brilliant. In short: to do! 10+

Fantastic tour and a wonderful tour guide. She was so personable, informative and helpful! The white horses were amazing and beautiful. I had some grapes with me and they ate them right from my hand…very gently. The flamingos were also incredible to observe. We stopped for lunch in a very sweet walled town and had plenty of time to walk around too. I highly recommend this tour and the guide as well! She was a very safe driver as well.

Guide was very polite and explained our activities well. Also gave us good references for restaurants and shops in the villages we visited. Very considered of our interests, we made several unplanned stops for photo shooting of horses and bulls. Very nice tour with a good pace of activities, not too much not too few, right exact amount.

The guide was very knowledgeable and considerate of our needs. This is the first time in my experience that the group was actually asked if any one was car sick and she made sure to seat us in the front of the van. She also made it a point to find out if any one had any train or bus to catch after tour! We were back very much on time!

Very nice trip, wonderful guide, we reccommend it wholeheartey!