01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Daily except Sunday
10 hoursStart time
Start Time: 9:00am
Duration: 10 hours (9 hours from November - March)
Your hotel in Avignon.
(Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
If you are not staying in a hotel in Avignon, a pick-up can be organized for you from the front of Provence Reservation 61, rue Grande Fusterie – next to the Pont d'Avignon.
The tour ends at the starting point
From the scenic villages (including where Van Gogh painted Starry Night) to the Lavender Museum and the ancient Roman aqueduct (Pont du Gard) all of the highlights are covered by this tour. During summer you will also get a chance to visit a local market to get a real taste for the Provence way of life.
Ideal for those with limited time - if you only take one tour of Provence this excursion has it all!
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned minibus from your hotel in Avignon. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken on a tour of the region of Provence.
You will visit the following sites:
• Pont du Gard: The Pont du Gard is a beautiful 2000 year-old Roman aqueduct that until recently supplied over 40 million gallons of water daily to the city of Nimes. Surprisingly, this gigantic stone structure has no mortar – the stones are made to fit together in a rather seamless fashion and using the arches the weight supports itself. The monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On your way to Alpilles, you will come across lock of Vallabrègues on the Rhône river and Tarascon with its 15th century medieval castle of Roi Rene.
• Baux de Provence: It is a beautiful village set upon a rock at a height of 245 metres. Tour around its historical centre and visit the museum of santons, Hôtel des Porcelets, beautiful 16th century houses, St Vincent Church and other attractions.
• Antiques of Saint Remy de Provence: It is a pretty village, and the old Gallo-Roman interior is circled by the remnants of a circular 14th century wall. St. Remy is located on the plains at the northern edge of the Alpilles, about 20 kilometres south of Avignon, this is where Van Gogh painted ‘Starry Night’.
Drive through the Luberon regional park, known for its beautiful countryside and picturesque hilltop villages Menerbes, where British writer Peter Mayle wrote ‘A Year in Provence’. Further on, proceed to Roussillon, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Visit the village of Gordes, one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region. Stroll around and you will see houses of white stone and labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets.
Continue to the Lavender Museum to discover the flower symbol of Provence. The museum was created by the Lincele family, cultivators and distillers of fine lavender for over 5 generations. The Linceles are one of the largest producers of fine lavender in the region. The museum tells you the history of distillation of this ancient plant and its utilization in medicines and perfumes. You will come across an impressive collection of copper stills dating from the 16th century. A demonstration of the process of distillation will be presented during the harvest season (July and August). On Sunday only, enjoy L’Isle sur la Sorgue, village famous for antique shops and the weekly market.
You will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that this tour may be cancelled after confirmation if minimum numbers are not met. Should this be necessary you will be offered an alternate departure date or a full refund.
The markets you will visit are: Gordes on Tuesday, Saint Rémy de Provence on Wednesday, Roussillon on Thursday and in L'Isle sur la Sorgue on Sunday.
Great tour, very comprehensive and the tour guide was wonderful with a vast amount of local knowledge. She was a great driver too!...Maria Moore
A great tour guide and a wonderful rich day with lavenders, small towns, buildings and markets. A tour that you can never miss in Provence....YOU TIANQI
Every place that we visited was a delight especially the Pont du Gard and the hilltop villages. The tour guide was lovely and drove very well...Lynda G Walker