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Lake of Sainte-Croix Tours

Set between the dramatic landscapes of the Verdon Gorge and the Valensole plateau, the man-made Lake of Sainte-Croix is among Provence’s most popular vacation spots. With sandy lakeside beaches, water temperatures rivaling those of the Mediterranean Sea, and fewer crowds than the French Riviera, it’s the ideal summer destination. 

The Basics
Whether hiking through France’s “Grand Canyon,” swimming in the lake, or just taking in the views, a visit to the Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) and Lake of Sainte-Croix (Lac de Sainte-Croix) is a popular inclusion on tours of Provence. 

Private tours are the most convenient option, allowing ample photo stops along the way. Tours depart from Marseille, Nice, and Cannes along the French Riviera coast, and Provencal towns including Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. On the way to the lake, take in highlights of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region, from magnificent lavender fields to the medieval villages of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Valensole.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The three villages around the lake—Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Bauduen, and Les Salles-sur-Verdon—all offer various accommodation and dining options. 
  • Summer temperatures regularly reach 80°F (27°C), so be sure to bring sun protection.
  • Booking tours and accommodation in advance is highly recommended, especially during the peak summer season.

How to Get There
Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon is the main entry point to the lake, located 58 miles (94 kilometers) northeast of Aix-en-Provence, or about a 1.5-hour drive. There is little public transport in the area, so it’s best to drive your own car or participate in a guided tour. The closest international airport and cruise port are in Marseilles, less than a 2-hour drive away. 

When to Get There
The most popular months to visit the lake are July and August. To avoid the crowds but still benefit from summer temperatures, opt to visit in June or September. For hiking the gorge, the cooler months of May and October can be ideal. 

Outdoor Activities at Lake of Sainte-Croix
As France’s third-largest lake, the Lake of Sainte-Croix offers plenty of opportunities for swimming, sailing, and water sports. Motorboats and sailboats depart from the harbor at Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, while most of the lake’s beaches have pedal boats and kayaks for hire. Other popular activities include windsurfing on the lake, rafting or canoeing along the Verdon River, and canyoning in the gorges.

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Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix

In this full day tour, you will discover the North of the French Riviera in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and admire the stunning scenery of the area. Explore ...  Read more

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

From USD $1,193.62
Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix from Avignon, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix from Avignon

Discover in this private full day tour the North of the French Riviera in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and enjoy the stunning scenery of the area. Go to the ...  Read more

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

From USD $795.75
Private Day Trip: Verdon Canyon plus Castellane & Moustiers Villages from Cannes, Cannes, Private ... 
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Private Day Trip: Verdon Canyon plus Castellane & Moustiers Villages from Cannes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a private day trip from Cannes to discover the astounding natural beauty of Provence. Visit the tucked-away village of Castellane, venture into the mighty ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.62
Small group Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix, Arles, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Small group Private Day Trip to Manosque, Valensole, Moustiers Ste Marie and Lake Ste Croix

In this full day tour, you will discover the North of the French Riviera in the Alpes de Haute-Provence and admire the stunning scenery of the area. Explore ...  Read more

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

From USD $938.98
Full-day Private Provence and Verdon Canyon Tour from Nice, Nice, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-day Private Provence and Verdon Canyon Tour from Nice

This full-day private tour gives you the chance to see an authentic face of the French Riviera and Provence away from the coast and will provide you with ...  Read more

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

From USD $1,020.54
Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Verdon Gorge and Moustiers Ste-Marie Tour from Aix-en-Provence

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

On this day trip from Aix-en-Provence, venture north from the French Riviera to Alpes de Haute-Provence to see the highlights of this wonderfully scenic ...  Read more

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.30
Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour, Nice, Day Trips
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Private Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come and enjoy a fantastic day in a unique nature. You will visit medieval villages, nature and environments that affect both heart and soul. Paddle swim, just ...  Read more

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

From USD $835.53

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