Take in the stunning French countryside on a half-day tour of Provence’s lavender fields from Avignon. In a small group, wind through undulating hills and fragrant seas of lavender, and stop in the charming villages of Sault, Roussillon or Gordes to purchase local soaps, flowers, essential oils and honey. You will also enjoy a photo stop at the Senanque Abbey, an authentic cistercian church, surrounded by lavender fields.
Provence villages and lavender fields tour from Avignon
Drive through Provence’s blooming lavender fields and stop for photos
Browse the fragrant lavender shops in Sault or Roussillon
Visit the picture-perfect village of Gordes
Discover the uses of lavender at the Lavender Museum in Coustellet (afternoon tour)
Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience
Your morning or afternoon small-group tour begins with pickup from central Avignon. Take a seat in the comfortable minivan and admire the scenery as you traverse the Provençal countryside, laced with fields of lavender. Your guide will make frequent stops, giving you plenty of opportunities to take photos. Enjoy free time in the village of Sault or Roussillon, depending on which is most in bloom. Wander the town on foot and browse the lavender shops full of flowers, fragrant essential oils, and local honey. Take photos of the hilltop village of Gordes, classified as "one of the most beautiful villages in France", from a panoramic viewpoint on the route. Finally, enjoy another short photo stop at Senanque Abbey a Cistercian church surrounded by lavender fields and still governed by monks. Your tour ends when you return to Avignon by early afternoon or evening, depending on start time. Please note: This tour is seasonal and runs from June to August only.
The description of this tour has changed since I booked and paid for our family of four. It use to say the morning tour was 4 hours and afternoon tour was five hours because it also included a stop at the Lavender Museum which we really wanted to see. That didn't happen. Now I go back and see that the verbiage has been changed and both morning and afternoon are five hours. Our tour did not last five hours. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable and dropped us at the parking garage at the conclusion. I don't feel this is the guide's fault. Viator had one description of the tour and the tour guide had other instructions from his local company. First time not entirely happy with Viator.
The villages were beautiful. The lavender was not quite at its peak, but we knew that. Our guide talked about Provence, lavender, the villages etc the entire 1 hour drive to our first stop. The PROBLEM was the 3 people in the third row heard NONE of the guides comments. I found out later, the company had to rent a van to honor all their bookings. That was creative and accommodating, BUT the failure to provide the guide with a portable microphone was bad for half the guests and really unfair to the guide. She caught the anger of the people she was working hard to please and I don't think she was given any tips!!!
Our trip was very fun, and we saw beautiful lavender fields and multiple village towns. Our host was very accommodating, but extremely difficult to understand. French and English were not her first languages, so multiple people in our can were having trouble hearing and understanding her. Out of the van, though, the beauty of the tour was very worth it! The villages were gorgeous, and the lavender in bloom! At the Abbaye de Sénanque, the lavender was not in full bloom yet, since it was in a valley. All in all, the trip was fun (apart from not understanding 3/4 of what our guide was telling us.)
This trip was such great value! The driver kept us informed and amused with his stories and information during our drive. We were able to walk through the lavender which was such a joy. Seeing the still rustic and traditional 'processing' building felt like a step back int time.
So worth it, in fact i would do it again.
Remi did a splendid job as our guide. He presented interesting information, took us to lavender farms, a beautiful Abby, and 2 gorgeous villages. The scenery en route was just amazing! Great way to see Provence in 5 hours.
My wife and I went for the afternoon tour. The driver / guide was late which he said was not a fault of his own. We had to wait a while at the designated meeting place. It was a rush-rush thing because 2 in our group had to be back in time to catch their train schedule. They made it time but was rather inconvenient for us who expected better...