It doesn’t get much dreamier than summertime in Provence, when blooms of fragrant lavender blanket the verdant hills. Soak up the beauty of southern France on this full-day trip from Avignon. Wind through blossoming flower fields, explore charming Aix-en-Provence and Valensole village, and visit the L’Occitane factory and museum. Learn about this distinguished brand and purchase some upscale cosmetics or essential oils to take home.
Day trip from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence, Valensole and the L'Occitane factory
Spend a day admiring the blooming lavender fields of Provence
Visit a bustling city market in Aix-en-Provence
Stop for photos of the Valensole Plateau’s magnificent lavender fields
Browse boutiques in the village of Valensole
Tour the L'Occitane museum to learn how Provence’s flowers are transformed into high-end beauty products
Small-group tour limited to 8 ensures a more personalized experience
Set off from Avignon in the morning aboard a comfortable minivan. Your first stop is Aix-en-Provence, the region’s bohemian university town. See the best of Aix on a walking tour of diverse markets, lovely squares and tree-lined streets.
Travel next to the stunning Valensole Plateau, a region of sunshine and fertile soil that creates the perfect environment for lavender fields and almond groves. Breathe in the perfumed breeze as you wind through colorful hills, snap photos and explore the streets of Valensole village – a lovely hillside town where you can purchase bursting bouquets of lavender, fresh herbs or some essential oils.
Afterwards, head to the L'Occitane factory and museum near Manosque. As you tour the facility, learn about the global brand and see how L’Occitane transforms Provence's rich flora into exquisite cosmetics and products. Pick up some perfumed creams or essential oils at the company store before you go.
Enjoy a relaxing evening ride back to your hotel in Avignon, where your tour ends.
Please note: This summer tour runs from mid-June to mid-July only.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Great tour. Really do take you to...
, Jul 2015
Great tour. Really do take you to some lovely lavender fields, (given you go during the season) amazing to see. Tour guide was friendly and helpful, and didn't rush us too much. I have also done a half day tour which was way too rushed. Definitely do a full day tour so you have time to experience!