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It’s hard to believe, but there was a time not so long ago when visitors to Provence rarely ventured far from the Côte d’Azur. The inland was chiefly known as the center of France’s fragrance industry and apart from Avignon, was thought largely uninteresting for tourists.

How times change. The same lavender hills which provide the base ingredients for a multitude of different scents now welcome multitudes of visitors, all reveling in the sight and smell of purple blooms carpeting gently sloping hills. The landscape is only interrupted by historic villages where artisanal crafts are practiced much as they were 200 years ago.

If you’re staying on the coast, you can head out from Cannes or Nice on a private full day tour of the hinterlands, stopping at the beautiful village of St Paul de Vence, its narrow streets lined with galleries, as well as the perfume center of Grasse.

Otherwise, Avignon is the ideal starting point for a full- or half-day journey filled with stunning vistas and bewitching aromas. In summer, the roads are lined with rows of lavender under bright Provencal skies as you journey to such towns as Sault or Roussillon, where you can stock up on perfumes, soaps and other delightfully scented products, right at the source. And there’s a whole museum devoted to lavender in the village of Coustellet.

The stunning hill-top village of Gordes, with its distinctive dry-stone walls, is another favorite destination. Notable historic landmarks in the region include the beautiful 12th century Sénanque Abbey, which looks over its own lavender fields, and the miraculously preserved 1st century aqueduct Pont de Gard. There are more Roman traces in the village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, birthplace of Nostradamus and the subject of Van Gogh’s most famous painting, Starry Night. And all over Provence you’ll find charming antique stores where you can find your own piece of portable history to pack away with your perfume.

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Provence in One Day Small Group Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Forget the hassles of hiring a car and finding your own way! Take a small group tour of Provence and its exquisite highlights: Avignon, Pont du Gard, Les Baux ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 10 hrs

From USD $143.16

Small-Group Lavender Day Trip from Avignon: Aix-en-Provence, Valensole Plateau and L'Occitane Factory

Summer is the perfect time to experience the beauty and fragrance of Provence. On this day trip from Avignon, visit a market in Aix-en-Provence and venture ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.97

Small Group Provence and Lavender Museum Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Spend a full day immersed in the lavender fields and picturesque villages of Provence on this day trip from Avignon. Drive through purple fields of fragrant ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.52

Provence Lavender Small Group Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Admire Provence’s lavender fields in full summer bloom on this half-day tour from Avignon. Visit the lovely villages of Sault, Roussillon and/or Gordes for ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $68.17

Lavender and Villages in Provence Small Group Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Venture through Provence’s lavender fields and picturesque villages on this half-day tour from Avignon. Admire the unique red ochre cliffs of Roussillon, spend ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.80

Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Visit the vibrant Provence lavender fields on a full-day trip from Marseille! Traveling with an expert local guide, you'll spend the morning of your tour in ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.24

Avignon and Provence Independent City Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Palace of the Popes stands as the mighty symbol of the church's influence throughout the western Christian world in the 14th century. Construction was ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $122.71

Private Provence Tour: Luberon Villages and Lavender Day Trip from Avignon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Venture into the rugged hills east of Avignon on this private half-day trip to the spectacular Luberon region, marked by cliff-top castles, tucked-away ...  Read more

Location: Avignon, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.72

Private Tour: Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Day Trip from Marseille

Visit the spectacular Provence lavender fields on a full-day private tour from Marseille! Traveling with an expert private guide, you'll spend the morning in ...  Read more

Location: Marseille, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.44

Provence Lavender Fields Tour from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the fragrant Provençal lavender fields on a tour from Aix-en-Provence with an expert guide! With a choice of a morning, afternoon or full-day ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $74.99

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