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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.

From Nice: Verdon Gorge Full-Day Tour

2. 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 Aix-en-Provence: Lavender Day Trip to Valensole

3. 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 Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

4. From Nice: The Grand Canyon of Europe & its Lavender Fields

Explore the natural wonders of the French countryside on a guided tour to the Verdon Gorge. Admire spectacular views and visit nearby villages for an unforgettable experience. Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with a stop at the Saut du Loup waterfall to capture stunning photos in this natural location. You will begin to drive through the French Alps to arrive at Castellane and enjoy free time in this village located at the gates of the Verdon Gorges and nestled at the foot of its famous rock culminating at 180 meters with its church perched at the top. Follow the Verdon River, named after its surprising turquoise green color, to the canyon considered the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views of the depths of the gorges which reach depths of up to 700 meters. Your driver guide will take you to the end of the canyon to enjoy a photo stop at a point overlooking Lake Sainte-Croix. Stop at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France, known for its rich history of ceramic crafts. Take the time to enjoy a good lunch and take a walk. Marvel at the lush lavender fields when they are in bloom (June 15 to late July depending on weather conditions) Depending on the weather conditions and your wishes, your driver/guide may offer you free time at the lakeside instead of the walk in the village of Moustier. At your convenience !

Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

5. Aix-en-Provence: Verdon Canyon & Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the picturesque Verdon Canyon, departing from Aix-en-Provence by air-conditioned minibus. Meet your guide at the Tourist Information Center of Aix, and set off on a lovely drive through the dramatic splendor of the Grand Canyon du Verdon. Cross the Valensole plateau, which is especially spectacular when the lavender fields are in full bloom (mid June to mid July). Head to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, famous for its earthenware workshops, and enjoy some free time for lunch on your own. Continue to the Verdon Gorges of the Verdon River for breathtaking views of the lake of Sainte-Croix. Stop for some free time on the beach before driving back to Aix-en-Provence.

From Nice: Full-Day Provence and Lavender Tour

6. From Nice: Full-Day Provence and Lavender Tour

Discover the highlights of Provence on a full-day tour. Appreciate the region's architecture and the sweet brightness of the famous lavender fields.  Visit Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, filled with ramparts, fountains, and an ancient aqueduct. Photograph the world-famous lavender plateaus and then go on a guided tour of a lavender processing plant located in the heart of the field. Lac de Sainte-Croix is located in a wooded setting at the foot of the Gorges du Verdon between the Alpes de Haute Provence and Var, this artificial reservoir of clear and pure water is a jealously guarded quality and one of the most beautiful lakes in Provence.

The Gorges du Verdon & its Lake Full Day Tour

7. The Gorges du Verdon & its Lake Full Day Tour

The Haute Provence offers impressive Canyons, the Gorges du Verdon, dug by the river of the same name. On the way to the Ste Croix Lake, you will admire incredible panoramic views. At your request, the driver can stop so you can take photos. You will discover Castellane, a remarkable historical, cultural and sporting heritage. The village is today classified "city of character". It is located in a privileged environment, at the gates of the site of the Gorges du Verdon. Located on Route Napoleon and on the roads of lavender, the old village is also partly surrounded by the ramparts of the XIV century. Then, we invate you to discover Moustiers-Sainte-Marie that is ranked one of the most beautiful villages in France. Located at the gateway to the Gorges du Verdon, this village is built in the form of an amphitheater. It is known throughout the world for finesse faience and unique decors. Moustiers Sainte Marie enjoys an exceptional environment: from here, you have a view of the lavender fields, the mountains and the lake of Sainte-Croix. And experience one of the most beautiful lakes of Provence surrounded by fields of lavender. Sainte-Croix is the third largest lake in France! Ideal for swimming in summer or canoe, pedal boat or electric boat.

Verdon Gorge: The Grand canyon of Europe, Lake and Lavender

8. Verdon Gorge: The Grand canyon of Europe, Lake and Lavender

Explore the natural wonders of the French countryside on a guided tour to the Verdon Gorge. Admire spectacular views and visit nearby villages for an unforgettable experience. Leave the coast and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Gorges du Loup with a stop at the Saut du Loup waterfall to capture stunning photos in this natural location. You will begin to drive through the French Alps to arrive at Castellane and enjoy free time in this village located at the gates of the Verdon Gorges and nestled at the foot of its famous rock culminating at 180 meters with its church perched at the top. Follow the Verdon River, named after its surprising turquoise green color, to the canyon considered the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking views of the depths of the gorges which reach depths of up to 700 meters. Your driver guide will take you to the end of the canyon to enjoy a photo stop at a point overlooking Lake Sainte-Croix. Stop at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France, known for its rich history of ceramic crafts. Take the time to enjoy a good meal and take a walk. Marvel at the lush lavender fields when they are in bloom (June 15 to late July depending on weather conditions) Depending on the weather conditions and your wishes, your driver/guide may offer you free time at the lakeside instead of the walk in the village of Moustier. At your convenience !

Bespoke Luxury Sightseeing Experiences

9. Bespoke Luxury Sightseeing Experiences

Explore among many of our sightseeing experiences : - hiking at the dog's head cliff - cliff jumping in the esterel - picnics in outstanding spots (on demand) - rafting in the gorge du Verdon (available on summer) - photo shooting amidst lavender fields (available from mid june till mid July) - ski in the french South Alps and experience the unique Gorge des Cians drive - and many more... Here's some examples of stops that cover the whole French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) and its outback (l'arriere pays nicois) - Velvet tour : Nice, sentier litoral, Mont Boron forest park, medieval Eze village, Monaco, La Turbie - Charming tour : Antibes, St Paul de Vence, Tourettes sur Loup, Grasse - Glamour tour : Cannes, Port Grimaud, Ferry crossing the gulf (the bay) of St Tropez, St Tropez old port, Pampelonne beach, Ramatuelle. - Purple tour : Grasse, Castellane, Gorge du Verdon, Puimasson lavender fields, Moustiers Ste Marie. - White tour : road trip on the Valley de la Tinée, Auron ski resort for lunch on the ski slopes

Private Lavender of Provence Tour

10. Private Lavender of Provence Tour

Explore the beautiful region of Provence on a private full-day tour. After pickup at your hotel or cruise ship port, you’ll see the infamous lavender fields of Provence, which bloom from May to July. After this, continue to the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, perched on the cliffs of the Verdon Gorge. Overlooking the huge lake of Sainte-Croix, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is ranked one of the most beautiful villages in France. Wander through the village to see the shops filled with fine earthenware and unique handicrafts, and the stunning fields of lavender. Choose to have lunch in a local restaurant. Later in the afternoon, you will be dropped off at the Verdon Gorge, to admire the incredible views over the river gorge. Finally, you’ll pay a visit to a lavender distillery and museum before your return to your hotel or cruise ship port.

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4.5
(858 reviews)

David was an AMAZING tour guide. I couldn’t recommend him and this experience enough. After seeing other cities in the South of France, this was a refreshing change of scenery and very different from the other cities along the coast. If you like nature and want to see some beautiful sights… I highly recommend this tour!

My family and I had an amazing time on our tour today. Matt was a fantastic driver and tour guide; he is very knowledgeable and helped us enjoy every moment of the trip. We would recommend this tour to everyone and in particular to have Matt as a tour guide! Thank you.

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!

We had a fantastic time, even though out of season our day was still filled with adventure and lots of facts and history. Thank you Matt!

Our guid Roman is very good! He took us to the fantastic scene!