Set out on a scenic drive from Avignon along the picturesque road to the lavender capital of Sault. Nestled on the border of a great wooded plateau, the quaint village of Sault affords stunning 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”.
This tour has 2 options: You can opt for a morning tour which includes a visit to the lavender capital of Sault or opt for an afternoon tour which includes a visit to Sault and the Lavender Museum in Coustellet.
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 along a 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 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, 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.
If you choose the afternoon tour, then from here you will be taken 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).
Continue 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 museums cinema. You can pick up some interesting lavender souvenirs from the museum boutique.
After a memorable tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.
The last day to see the lavender in the fields before the final days harvest, museum was a good start, followed by quick photo stop at Gordes then off to find some...P BARRETT
From the moment our tour started, everything was great. Our guides were very sweet and extremely knowledgeable about all the little details from the area. This was a very relaxed...Lindsay Jodoin
Our tour guide Reno is very helpful, passionate and humorous. He guided us to visit the last lavender field that was not yet harvested this summer. The other members of the...Chow Yeuk Yu
05 Jun - 14 Aug: Daily
4 - 5 hours
Lavender Tour Morning: 9:00am
Lavender Tour Afternoon: 2:00pm
Duration: Lavender Tour Morning: 4 hours
Lavender Tour Afternoon: 5 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
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.
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