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Discover the picturesque hilltop villages, purple lavender fields, and medieval monuments of Provence on a full-day tour from Avignon. Visit the 12th-century Abbaye de Senanque; the villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Roussillon, and Gordes; and the lavender capital of Sault.
Full-Day Provence Villages and Lavender Fields Tour from Avignon
Visit Provence attractions such as the Abbaye de Senanque and the riverfront Fontaine de Vaucluse
Experience a traditional Provencal market in Gordes and admire the ochre cliffs of Roussillon
Stroll through the lavender fields and shop for lavender products in Sault
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip transport
Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Provence or those short on time
Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience
Unfortunately, the day we planned our Provence Villages and Lavender Fields tour it rained hard. Fortunately, our driver, Gilles, reworked the itinerary and drove us to the location of the remaining lavender fields first. We started out near Sault. The lavender fields were sparse (end of July), but we knew that would be the case. Nevertheless, they ticked the box for seeing and smelling the beautiful lavender and bucolic French countryside. Our shoes and pant legs were quite muddied due to the rain, but we were able to get some good lavender field shots before moving on to Sault. Sault was a charming village. We purchased some nice lavender products there, which was good because there weren't too many better shopping opportunities after. We had a lavender flavored ice cream. The ice cream was great quality, but the lavender was a bit strong. I would recommend another flavor. I grabbed a small sandwich at the boulangerie, because it was unclear where we would have lunch given the rain and detours. The boulangerie was fantastic and we got a peek at the bread oven. We then went to Rousillon, which is just beautiful. Fortunately, the rain had subsided and we were able to stroll around unfettered by the rain and enjoy a nice lunch on a rear patio overlooking the valley. We ate at one of the two restaurants across from the Hotel de Ville. The food was just so-so, but the service was very pleasant and the view fantastic. Others that opted for restaurants without the views reported better food. We then went near Gordes. This part of the tour was a little weird. Gilles told us he could not drive us to the center and drop us, but we could walk to it and return. He mentioned that there wasn't much to see. It looked too far to comfortably walk to, so we all took photos and loaded up and took off. Later, we actually drive through Gordes and he asked if we wanted to stop and look around. It actually looked interesting and worth a walk around, but we were all tired by that time and opted to keep moving. We also went to the Abbaye to Senanque, which is the quintessential Abbaye you see in photos with gorgeous lavender growing in front of it. Unfortunately, the lavender was not in full force when we visited. There were only small, baby plants in front. However, there were some other fields a bit further away. We opted to take a tour of the Abbaye itself, which was quite beautiful. The last stop was really nice, Fontaine de Vaucluse. Gilles did a great job.
Our tour was beautiful even though it was a hot day. We ended up as a private tour as we were the only passengers that day. Our tour guide was on time and gave us several good tips as we went around in the different towns. If I had one suggestion though, he drove quite too fast but glad we made it safe! We also went to the lavender distillery and had the opportunity to see how they make lavender essential oils. At the end of the tour, he took us to this shop and we tasted the best lavender ice cream! If I had to do this tour again, I will probably go earlier on July where there the fields are more blooming of the lavenders. However, we took great pictures and are satisfied we crossed this off our bucket list.
The tour was amazing! I've taken dozens of tours across the world and this one was by far one of the best ones and just incomparable to other tours I did in Provence. Giles was very knowledgeable and fun with many stories to share about the places we visited. It was the biggest highlight of my trip