On this full day lavender tour as well as the most stunning lavender fields you will also spend time in some picturesque villages of Provence.
Nestled on the border of a great wooded plateau, the village of Sault, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, affords spectacular views of immense blue lavender fields alternating with fields of wheat. If you are touring the place in August, you could be just in time for some lavender revelry.
Stroll around the village, with wide squares, a few cafes and a well-restored church, and pick up some interesting lavender souvenirs from the local shops.
Our highly recommended trip to the Lavender Museum in Provence will give you a glimpse into the reaping and distillation process of fine lavender, popularly known as the "Swiss Knife of aromatherapy".
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 around the lavender fields of Provence.
Drive to the traditional open market in the village of Provence and you will come across stalls selling a range of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Further on, proceed along the picturesque road through wild lavender fields to Sault, situated about 65 kilometres from Avignon. The pretty village of Sault is situated on the border of a great wooded plateau at a height of about 776 metres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the stunning views of its lavender fields. The village also hosts summer lavender festivals, the biggest being held on the 15th of August every year. The celebration comprises of games, competitions and other activities to do with lavender, including sales exhibition of local products. You will have leisure time in Sault to pick up some souvenirs from its impressive lavender shops.
At the beginning of the season (June to the beginning of July), when the lavender is not in bloom yet in Sault, you can stop at the Claparedes plateau for a photo opportunity. You could also visit the village of Roussillon and appreciate the beauty of its ochre-coloured cliffs and surreal landscape. Along the way, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included).
Continue to Coustellet across lavender fields and small picturesque villages. Stop for a photo-opportunity at St. Jean, Lioux and Gordes (some of the most beautiful villages of 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. Along the way, make a photo-stop at the Senanque Abbey, a Cistercian monument surrounded by a wonderful lavender field (blooming period is mid June to mid July).
Proceed to the Lavender Museum in Coustellet where you can learn everything about lavender. 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 10-minute audiovisual documentary about the reaping and distillation is also projected on to the big screen in the museum's cinema. You can pick up some interesting lavender souvenirs from the museum boutique.
After a memorable lavender tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.
The tour was outstanding. The guide was determined that we see lavender even though we were at the very end of the growing season and we were not disappointed. In fact the... DONNA M HURST
very nice and friendly guide took us to almost every single lavender field... rubi xu
05 Jun - 15 Aug: Daily
Start Time: 9:00am
Duration: 9 hours
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
This tour has plenty of photo opportunities, so carry your camera along.
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.
At the beginning of the season (June to the beginning of July), we go to Roussillon instead of Sault (lavender blooms later there)
At the end of the season (July to mid-August), we go to Sault instead of Roussillon
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