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Great scenery, great guide. A chance to see a Provence village, take great photos, enjoy a market stop all in one day. Comfortable van and accommodating service in Avignon.
Our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and flexible. We thoroughly enjoyed him and the tour.
I wanted to give this tour 5 stars, and it was very good, the guide Melani went out of her way to ensure we visited some great lavender fields. However, for me personally there was a very big disappointment, that we didn't visit the Senanque Abbey, as per the iconic picture on the website, and as per the itinerary. I had actually been spurred on to book the holiday to Provence, at the early part of July, and take this tour, in order that I would be able to see this specific, beautiful vista. When I booked via the website, the tour info was very specific about the dates that they would visit the Senanque Abbey, 15th June to 15th July only so I booked within that period. When I got on the tour and specifically asked when we would be going to Senanque Abbey, the guide told me that the lavender had been pulled up this year in front of the Abbey, so, if I insisted on going she would take us, but that actually there was nothing to see in the way of lavender there! I had to agree that there was no point, and no on else wanted to go under those circumstances either. I felt that knowing this was the case, the local tour company should not have used this iconic picture on the Viator website, and it should not have been in the itinerary that it was to be visited. Very misleading and for me personally very disappointing. But you cannot take away from the beauty of the lavender, and the sunflowers. That was worth seeing.
Sorry for delay in review. Great tour great day. Francoise (sp?) was lovely and did a good job - felt sorry for her having to try talk over 2 very rude constantly talking guests in the front seat which meant it was difficult for the others of us to hear Francoise talking. Felt the day was just a little bit rushed, however there was a lot to fit in and we had to keep on the move. Pick-up was exactly on time and the vehicle was perfect for our sized group. No complaints (except for rudeness and lateness of several of the other travellers which is outside Viator's control!!)
Very nice views. Time free at all points. In Senanque I think it could be have a litle more time free.
Robin was super friendly and informative. He told us stories and background of the towns. We definitely enjoyed our day out with him. One suggestion for improvement...As it was our first time in those towns (Roussillon and Gordes) that we got dropped off, it's probably worth the extra 15 mins to show us around before free time.
Beautiful lavender fields! It would have been nice to have more time at the Abbeye de Senanque and the towns (Gordes and Sault). Perhaps skipping one of the fields so we can have more time for the other sites would be better.
Lovely tour! Have seen lots of Lavender fields as we expected!
KWOK LEUNG H
The trip is wonderful as it took us to some beautiful lavender fields. The tour guide was friendly and helpful. The only thing needs to improve is the trip was a bit rush and we did not have enough time to take photo and shop!
Excellent, but I would have added Bonnieux, Menerbes, and possibly Lacoste. Also, you could do all of this on your own in a day with a car for a lower price.
I love this trip even though it was not the best season to see lavender in early June. We still had a lot to see, not just the lavender fields, but also the small towns. The trip ran according to the schedule, very good timing. The guide was friendly and knowledgable.
A great day out in the countryside. The experience of wading through lavender fields is superb. A market day in picturesque Gordes offers you the tastes and smells of Provence life.
I have used Viator several times in the past in European cities and will continue to do so, as well as recommending your services to others! However, I do have two suggestions for this particular full-day Lavender tour. One complaint is that we were picked up at our later than the advertised time, due to Festival traffic and then, had to spend nearly half an hour going to two other hotels before embarking on the tour. We lost almost an hour of time, including the dropping off process for those people at the end. I was also disappointed to not get to see the famous Abbey. Instead, we went to a small town first to shop at the market. Since the focus was the Lavender, I wasn't satisfied spending an hour doing this instead. My compliments to the driver guide was very informative and always looking for the best opportunities to take photos. She was very flexible and patient. I really appreciated being able to see the distillery, too.
The lavender field is not same as the picture. I think maybe not enough big.
Very good tour but we tried for 2 days to get hold of the company to confirm pick up point and the Tourism office in Avignon phoned them in the end to confirm. I would recommend that the 2 and a half hours in Rossouline be shortened with an hour to accommodate a visit to the Abbey in the afternoon.
Emilie, the tour guide, was excellent. We had an entire day. Most of it was spent stopping for a photo op at every lavender field she could see. Ok, snap the photo and leave. But we lingered and lingered for maybe 20 mins or longer at each field. Then when it came to our stop in Gordes, we had only 45 mins or so Rousillion was a wonderful thrill, and I'm elated we were there. However, one or two lavender fields is great. Every one of them is overkill and a waste of our time and money. The lavender museum is ok, a gold mine, money-maker. I don't want to know THAT much about lavender. Again, overkill.
bus was crowded. Most of time was driving. Was unable to get to tour on time and tour was very inflexible.
Lavender is still green, should arrange more flexible time in each site
The trip was excellent. But I booked another trip on the previous day and they cancelled it because the car batterie died and they refused to wake up the mechanic on a Saturday. He fixed it at about 2pm. If you fly over from afar, plan for a week to week around the french schedule
Lynda M. B
Through no fault of the company or our tour guide, our group was trapped in a town where a bicycle race was occurring. The police would not let any cars out for four hours. So we lost all that time. I would have liked to reschedule the tour, but the tour guide said it was impossible because the company was booked for the rest of the week. Consequently, she rushed through the tour for the next four hours. It was very uncomfortable. She drove exceedingly and frighteningly too fast through the mountains and on the roads also. We were rushed at every stop. Finally we had only one facility stop in four hours even though the passengers asked her for another stop. That was very uncomfortable also! We had all paid for the day long leisurely trip and did not get a leisurely time. Very disappointing. I was very happy to get out of that van when the trip was over.
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