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Lavender Museum and Villages of Luberon

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Key Highlights

  • Travel through the Luberon region to see some of France’s most scenic villages
  • Learn everything about lavender flowers at the Lavender Museum
  • The tour is led by a local expert guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday

    Duration

    Varies

    Start time

    Start time: 01 Apr - 31 Oct:
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00am
    Monday, Wednesday & Saturday: 2:00pm
    01 Nov - 31 Mar:
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00am
    Monday, Wednesday & Saturday: 1:00pm
    Duration: Approx. 5 hours

    Meeting Point

    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 Avignon Tourist Information Center located 41 Cours Jean Jaurès in Avignon.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Explore the Luberon region of Provence. This stunning region is known for its countryside and picturesque hilltop villages and has inspired countless writers and painters.

    You will visit Roussillon, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France and 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.

    During summer you will also get a chance to visit a local market to get a real taste for the Provence way of life.

    Our visit 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”.

    Itinerary

    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 villages of Luberon.

    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. After exploring Gordes, you have free time for lunch (cost not included).

    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 lavender farm is located in the Vaucluse mountains at an altitude of 1,100 metres. 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).

    You will be dropped back to your hotel in Avignon.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned minibus
    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fee to the Lavender Museum

    Exclusions

    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Between April to October the tour stops enjoy a weekly traditional market and this will extend your tour by 1 hour. On Tuesday the market is in Gordes and Thursday in Roussillon

    From 01Apr15 to 31Oct15
    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - Return at 1:45 pm
    Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - Return at 7:00pm

    From 01Nov15 to 31Mar16
    Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - Return at 1:00 pm
    Monday, Wednesday and Saturday - Return at 6:00pm

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Nice Tour

      The lavendar museum was interesting, Gordes and Roussilon were beautiful and there was time for shopping! It was fun talking to the other tourists on the tour and hearing about...

      Patricia A. Clark, United States, 19/Sep/2016
    • Nice experience

      The villages and countryside are beautiful. Our guide/driver Carol was excellent....

      Shlomo Antika, United States, 10/May/2014
    • Best time in France

      I was dreaming about lavender fields in my way to France. Finally, I got to see those beautiful plants and I really enjoyed the trip, although it was not the time for the fine...

      Carolina Zamorano, Colombia, 28/Jun/2016
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